Hi guys.….Well, I just had the most fabulous time at an haute couture runway show in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel last night, and it was such a treat to watch the gorgeous models strut the runway in the breathtaking fall/winter 2014–2015 collections of Parisian haute couture designers Franck Sorbier and On Aura Tout Vu, as well as American designer Mimi Tran, all underscored with a lively performance that was sung entirely en Français by a hot Frenchman. The event was put together by FSHN Magazine, namely publisher Elisabeth Thieriot, founder of Replete Skin Care. Replete is a luxe line of skin care products that the striking French beauty Thieriot swears by for her glowing visage.
Along with FSHN editor-in-chief, Shankha Goswami, pictured above left, and fashion editor, Ylevol Tam Nguyen, center, the FSHN team delivered the goods in a two-hour fashion show that left me wanting more.
I can only imagine how difficult, and expensive, it was coordinating this event–(I heard through the grapevine that the grand total for the damage was a cool half million!)–which featured the Paris fashion designers, who were flown into SF from Paris; as well as dozens of models; a $70,000 lighting fee for the catwalk; and no doubt other endless preparations and expenses.
It was an enchanted evening, and I left with a copy of FSHN Mag and “Be Fabulous at Any Age,” a book written for ageless living from the ageless publisher herself, Thieriot.
I had a blast and met some interesting people, such as Pearl Dworkin from Glamologie. Like me, she’s a licensed aesthetician with a penchant for publishing.….publishing beauty secrets, to be precise. Give her blog a whirl!
But the real treat came when I was reviewing FSHN Magazine at home. I sincerely love this publication! Fashion editor Tam Nguyen and her staff clearly know where it’s at in fashion and beauty. FSHN is a great, informative resource for beauty aficionados and fashion fiends, and it’s published right here in San Francisco. The photos are TDF!
And they write about meaningful trends such as ‘The Headwear Craze,’ for example, which reports on fascinating fascinators, hats and other headpieces. It’s a great little article by Katarzyna Tarabula and includes shopping resources so you can actually buy the haute headwear that’s featured in the article. Must read.
Then there’s ‘7 Designers to Watch’–a runway report from Milan Fashion Week. I love ‘Top 10 Haute Couture Dresses’ which features a few of my favorite and lesser-known designers, like Stephane Rolland and Dice Kayek. Page after page of behind-the-scenes accounts at fashion shows, you will find, with the latest news…
…as well as a spread titled ‘Haute Couture Makeup Trends,’ which chronicles the most striking looks from Versace, Dior and Chanel.
There’s a whole editorial called ‘Beautiful Warrior,’ which features a sexy spread of one of my favorite emerging trends, and you’ve heard me talk about it: facial jewelry!!! It’s page after page of stunning photos by the talented photographer Paul Kim…so avant garde and edgy, I can hardly stand it!
You’ll find a Q and A with celebrity hairstylist Charlie Le Mindu, who defines himself somewhere between a couturier and a coiffeur; a great story on the best resources for online fashion consignment (Loved! Thank you, Gabrielle Manchester!) and countless more fun reads in a glossy mag that you can tote with you. Total Eye Candy!!!
FSHN, btw, stands for: Fashionable. Sexy. Haute. Naughty.
Naughty? Huh, a little weird… But aren’t we all! To subscribe, click here. Au revoir.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died from complications of cancer last night. He was 82. De la Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, below, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
He leaves a lifetime of beautiful gowns and beautiful memories behind. Here are some highlights of his illustrious career.
1969. A model in a frothy display of organza ruffles, ala Oscar.
1982. Two models on the runway wearing ruffled bouffant taffeta skirts.
1986. Christy Turlington was photographed wearing Oscar de la Renta by Bill King for the September issue of Vogue.
1989. De la Renta and Liza Minnelli at the CFDA Awards, which was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
1989. The designer with actress Audrey Hepburn.
1991. A model takes to the catwalk in a look from the designer’s spring/summer 1992 collection in Paris.
1992. Eva Herzigova in a black cutout dress from the designer’s spring/summer 1993 show in Paris.
1993. Carla Bruni in a paisley-print look from the designer’s spring/summer 1993 collection in Paris.
1995. An Oscar de la Renta creation for Pierre Balmain, from the French fashion house’s autumn/winter 1995–96 couture show.
1996. Ruched silk was the order of the day at a fashion show in New York.
1998. De la Renta waves to the crowd at the end of his spring/summer 1999 show in New York.
1999. Naomi Campbell walks in the designer’s autumn/winter 1999 show in New York.
2000. Gisele Bündchen takes to the catwalk in a striped ruffled skirt and white shirt.
2002. A leather cap and khaki hues from the designer’s autumn/winter 2003 show in New York.
2003. Sarah Jessica Parker wore an Oscar de la Renta dress in this season six episode of Sex And The City.
2006. With American Vogue editor Anna Wintour at the designer’s autumn/winter 2006 show.
2007. Stella Tennant was photographed wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown by Benjamin Alexander for the September issue of Vogue.
2007. With Ralph Lauren at the CFDA Awards, where he was awarded Womenswear Designer of the Year for the second time in his career.
2007. Model Agness Deyn wears a striking feather-embellished creation from the label’s spring/summer 2008 collection.
2009. A model in an appliquéd red and black gown at the designer’s autumn/winter 2009 show.
2009. Mario Testino photographed Lara Stone in an Oscar de la Renta gown for the December issue of Vogue.
2009. Doutzen Kroes was photographed wearing Oscar de la Renta by Patrick Demarchelier for the December issue of Vogue.
2009. Kate Hudson attended the New York premiere of her film Bride Wars wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown.
2010. Jessica Biel attended the Los Angeles Premiere of Valentine’s Day wearing an asymmetric Oscar de la Renta gown.
2011. Kate Moss was photographed wearing Oscar de la Renta by Mario Testino for the August issue of Vogue.
2011. Freja Beha Erichsen was photographed wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown by Mario Testino for the May cover of Vogue.
2011. Jason Bell photographed Jessica Brown Findlay wearing Oscar de la Renta for the August issue of Vogue.
2011. Laura Carmichael, wearing Oscar de la Renta, photographed by Jason Bell for the August issue of Vogue.
2011. After-dark elegance at the designer’s autumn/winter 2011 show in New York.
2012. Oscar de la Renta, at his spring/summer 2013 show.
2013. Amy Adams in an Oscar De La Renta strapless lavender gown at the Oscars.
2013. Oscar was presented with the Eleanor Lambert Founder’s Award by Hillary Clinton at the CFDA Awards. “Simply put, he is an American icon,” said Clinton in her presentation speech. “His style and personality have permeated our culture and shaped the industry for decades.”
2013. On the catwalk at his autumn/winter 2013 show, with Karlie Kloss and Magdalena Frackowiak.
2014. Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta at the 2014 Met Ball.
2014. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown to the Met Ball, a creation signed by the artist himself.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Hi guys. I love to hang with the fashionable crowd and surround myself with those in-the-know, and of course I am always anxious to introduce you to my friends in the field. Steve Pauley is one of my closest inside connects for fabulous insights in both beauty and fashion. He knows what’s up way before it goes down, with an intuition that’s notably on-point.
Here he is, pictured above with Olivia Newton-John, on a recent trip to Vegas. A little FYI on Steve…just like me, he is no stranger to sacrificing necessities for luxuries, and he is into fashion in a big way. I asked ‘Stylish Steve’ to record his fall fashion roundup for men–a 2014 style forecast! Now, for all you women shopping for your man for fall, and for all you men wanting to know what’s completely hip and on-the-scene…Steve is in the house! Read and enjoy. You’ll adore him.
Hello fellow fashion fiends in Beauty-land! It’s me, your fashion sleuth on the beat, reporting everywhere from the penthouse to the street! Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Steve, and I’m just another appreciator of all that is beautiful in life, and for me, some of the most beautiful things fall under the category of men’s fashion. Yep, I’m obsessed with it and have been pretty much all my life.
But enough about me…let us get on with it. Today I am here to give you all my little take on what’s up in men’s fashion for fall/winter 2014. (Applause, applause!)
Men in Blue
Now, being the visual artist that I am, let’s first talk color. To my roving eye THE color of the season is blue, baby. And I don’t mean baby blue–I’m talking electric blue, majestic blue, bright, deep and dark blue–you know that hue! Oh yes you do, it’s everywhere.
Everything’s gone blue from shoes to sunglasses and everything in between. If you want something new, get yourself into some hot blue.
Put down your accessories in black and brown; we’ve all got enough of that, and right now, blue is where it’s at!
Fendi is staying true to the trend offering an overdose of blue in the collection including a divine men’s leather suite of matching blue leather clutch, messenger, wallet and keychain! Why choose and lose? Get ‘em all and be set.
Beyond blue, colors are popping all over the place, but in sharp punctuations rather than taking over the whole space. I’m seeing that so many collections this season are based on solids in darks and a good amount of beiges or traditional patterns like plaids and checks accented with a bright blast of color–at the cuff, waist, chest or at the collar.
Gucci is sporting vibrant neon colored sneakers and and belts in every color of the rainbow to give your ensemble that essential kick.
The Fact is Fur
Also in, in a big way, is fur–in all forms such as scarves, vests, jackets and coats. Kanye wore a floor-length rabbit coat to the Givency fashion show at Paris Fashion Week…And Givenchy, one of my fave designers of the moment, does in fact have it; so does Valentino, whose coats and scarves are TDF!
Check out the colorful options by Dries Van Noten, above…and Louis Vuitton is also rocking some awesome items including a decadent fur vest with a monogrammed chest that I would love to put myself into and forget the rest.
In fact, luxurious, textured fabrics are all over the runway and in the shops. In that respect, thin is not in. It’s the chunky fabrics that are ruling again! Two wardrobe staples incorporating this aesthetic that are thriving right now are the long coat, as seen above left in houndstooth at Saint Laurent and above right at Dior…as well as the chunky, fuzzy sweater, as seen at Louis Vuitton, top. Who doesn’t love sumptuous weaves and blends of wool, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, angora and others? You could never have too many of these!
Just For Kicks
Fanciful footwear has captured my soul! Wow, have I seen some exciting shoes this season. High-top sneakers are still stepping high! If memory serves me correctly, I seem to remember Kris Van Ashe doing high-tops when he took over for Dior, and that’s no lie. With today’s appreciation having grown out of that, and that was a relatively slow-growing process, but here we are today when every designer under the sun is pulling a high-top out of his hat. Those Giuseppe Zanotti’s are pretty rad with all the fur, jewels, metal hardware, crazy, unexpected colors and every kind of doo-dad.
Rapper Ace Hood sports $875 Zanotti’s in crisp, clean, white crocodile, pictured above and below. Worn with white jeans and a white T-shirt (and we will get to the best T’s later…!) the look is, oddly, urban and simultaneously elegant. Rich. Of course you need not be a rapper to wrap up these shopping acquisitions; they also adapt brilliantly for the modern Everyman.
But the design house that gets my vote for coolest high-tops is Maison Martin Margiela. I love this fella!
I love the style (highly coveted and appreciated by the legion of fans, of which I am one) known as the Replica, which comes out every season in different fabrics and leathers with subtle modifications, perfect for home life and vacations! Celebs love the Replica, too…from Kanye West to Orlando Bloom. They’re just so simple and effortlessly hip.
The silhouette I’m appreciating right now is the relaxed one. I don’t want to rant, but I sincerely love the big, baggy, wide-leg pant. They seem so nice now after so long with all the skinny stove-pipe cuts I’ve been rocking for so long. I am all for getting back into this pant with its higher waist with the fabric flowing like a song.
Givenchy’s runway trouser, above, is one of my favorites with its interesting dual flaps along the front. They really are a little different and daring but at the same time classic and blunt. Louis Vuitton also has a gorgeous wool drawstring trouser in grey that I think I could make great use of this day. And what to wear with the voluminous trouser? How about my fave sweater of the moment, the long cardigan, a sensual arrouser. Damir Doma, Ann Demeulmeester and Rick Owens among others, know how to do some great longer-cut cardigans correctly.
To A Tee
The T-shirt is often an underestimated item, but it is oh so important, though so often we hide em. T-shirts should be chosen very carefully, because the right one can liberate you, while the wrong one can obliterate you! Well, sort of! It’s definitely Rick Owens for me when it comes to the T. I think he makes the best T-shirts hands down.
They are the softest, most comfortable I have ever worn, and he makes them in so many different styles. I adore the standard T’s of cotton and silk with the extended hem because they are great for layering beneath and beyond something worn over them. I have these in both long and short sleeve styles and don’t even recall how I ever got along without them, but now I’m all smiles.
And don’t think I’d leave you all hanging. I don’t do this all the time, but since we are in Beauty-land, I will pass on to you my top 5 most-shopped web sites where many of the items mentioned here, and so much more, may be seen and purchased (and they all feature items for women too!)
And in no particular order they are:
An incredible array of fashion, ships straight from Italy, free shipping and free returns via DHL, duty and sales tax free…does it get any better!?
Great, great stuff, ships from Canada, free shipping usually, duty and sales tax free, though returns are paid by buyer.
Excellent selection of merchandise, often free shipping, free returns, ships from US so they do charge sales tax.
A network of independent boutiques spanning the globe! Fantastic selection! Ships from the boutique that is listing the item, so shipping costs vary, though all returns are free. If shipped from within the US there is sales tax. If shipped from outside the US, there is no duty nor sales tax.
I’ve watched this site grow over the last 14 years into what it is today…great fashion at some really good prices! Stock is usually from previous seasons but it’s all new and you can find some incredible deals on items that you may have originally missed or those you thought were gone forever. Often free shipping, always free returns. Items are shipped originally from Italy and then distributed from the US. Yes to sales tax, but no duties.
All of these sites do have end-of-season sales and promotions, so get on the mailing lists and keep your eyes peeled!!
Well, that brings my chat to a close, my little beauties in Beauty-land. Now, if you take all of this information and put it together within reason you will have the ingredients for an absolutely well-dressed man this season! Now go out there and get something great…or work hard and save for sale time…it’s never too late!!!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The modern concept of jewelry is changing. Designers are challenging conventional ideas of jewelry with different areas of the body to embellish while they reinvent those types of jewelry in astonishingly beautiful and unexpected ways.
These changes are coming from exotic places…toe rings and pierced noses, from India…hand jewelry and body harnesses, from the Middle East, crowns and headdresses, from all throughout history. And the list goes on.
I am so excited to introduce you to a friend of mine, Marianna Harutunian, who is at the forefront of jewelry design. Marianna, a cherry-haired visionary, pictured below, designs and executes pieces that can define an entire wardrobe. As jeweler to celebrities like Cher, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, pictured above wearing a jeweled glove from the Marianna Harutunian Collection, Marianna has a pretty impressive resumé…but she’s also really down-to-earth. Her accessories, however, are not.
This woman creates the most outrageous jewels…jewels that look like they came from another world, another time, or both. Sometimes her work is feminine, sometimes it’s dark–really, really dark–but it’s always mind-bogglingly unique, very interesting, bizarre, and completely surprising, and I love it all…from her dagger-sharp rings to her fingernail armor. From her intricately filigreed harnesses to her heavily-jeweled masks, which, I must say, I cannot decide whether they disturb me or have seduced me. I think it’s a bit of both.
Marianna’s pieces have been featured in Vogue Japan and on the runways of London’s Fashion Week…plus, she counts a formidable force in fashion, Italian-Japanese fashion director Nicola Formichetti, as one of her Facebook followers! He’s the former art director at the French fashion house, Mugler. Now that is impressive.
You scarcely see a repeat idea; and when you do, its execution is so different that it renders it completely unique. Marianna just never runs out of ideas.
And so I am so excited to have commissioned Marianna to work on a piece for me: a dress for Halloween, fashioned entirely out of jewelry! The back will be a spider’s web…But that’s another article for another time. For now, I am delighted to show you some of her most captivating creations.
This elaborate bodice is actually encrusted with hematite and smoky grey pearls. Just look at the detail invested in this piece. This is ART!
The left sleeve of the bodice redefines the impact of jewelry. Wear it over a flesh-toned bodysuit…or a corset, if you’re daring!
My current obsession with gold meets an intricate structure that’s crazy-beautiful. Check out those huge, shoulder-dusting earrings! And I’m way into the claw the model is wearing on her index finger. Keep your eyes open for claws. They’re going to be a new ‘thing’ for the youth.
Nicki Minaj is already a huge fan, as seen with one of Marianna’s claws on every finger in the photo above.
Green gem-encrusted sunglasses? Why not. Snoop (yes, the only Snoop) utilized Marianna’s talents in a recent video with his females decked out in bejeweled sunglasses, taking eyewear couture to new heights.
A glistening mask of tiny black jewels makes a dramatic and most memorable entrance…I don’t know where, but that’s up to you to figure out…
I do think it would look quite spectacular with the body chains above. It just doesn’t get any better than this!
This is as ordinary as Marianna will go: a bold gold bib, ornate with filigree, and a bracelet, heavy with pearls, transform a simple black pantsuit.
Facial jewelry is a new development in fashion, and this delicately-draped, lace-like creation couldn’t look any more current. Wear it to the clubs.
Sparkling crystals compose an entire dress! And just look at that headpiece!
Lady Gaga shines in a pale display of Swarovski crystals, set in shimmering silver.
Loving this harness, this fabulous bracelet, and the enormous hinged knuckle ring. The detail is outstanding. And that ring is a must for many a woman’s wardrobe.
Check out the detail studio shot above of a near-identical bracelet, if you choose to call it that, in different lighting, just so you can marvel its workmanship, the design, the details…Isn’t it complex and gorgeous and unexpected? It’s positively arm candy in Marianna’s skilled hands, where pieces are ‘more is more.’
And speaking of arm candy, this obscenely huge, gem-encrusted bangle is taken to such an extreme as to be indescribable. The scale of the piece is almost ridiculous…Isn’t it great?!? I love the drama. Don’t you just adore Marianna?!?
Another arrestingly beautiful mask/headdress is sure to leave everyone speechless, including the person who is wearing it.
This shoulder piece is both bold yet feminine. Wear it over something, or wear it under something. Just wear it.
Marianna’s version of a “simple” necklace is one that plunges practically to the waist. It’s anything but average.
Too gorgeous for words, this gold-and-pearl set is positively spellbinding!
Now I know what some of you are thinking: “Where would I wear any of these designs? They might be beautiful, but they’re a little ‘out-there’ for me. Too weird.” Personally, I think any woman would look fab wearing one of Marianna’s oversized rings or a giant cuff bracelet. If you’re a little more daring, go for a bold statement necklace, or a combination of the aforementioned. You can wear her things casually with jeans and an off-shoulder sweater, for example, or with couture, for that matter. Loosen up and get creative.
And if you really, seriously cannot bring yourself to fall in love with these most edgy, iconic jewels, then stick with something elegant and simple, like this gold necklace that speaks of sophistication. You can’t go wrong wearing this creation to the opera with a plunging neckline, or as-is over a black cashmere turtleneck during the day and into the night for dinner and drinks with friends.
My advice is to go to Marianna’s Shopping & Retail Page on Facebook, and poke around. Make sure you ‘follow’ her on FB. She sometimes has big sales with slashed prices that make owning a Marianna Harutunian an irresistible bargain.
Also check out the Marianna Harutunian Etsy storefront. There are 375 items in that store. You may find a few you like. I’m currently lusting after her adjustable knuckle rings with matching fingernail armor, $125, above. I need these in my life, lol! I want a set for both hands…Now how dramatic would that be?!?! You must admit, it’s a tad more sophisticated than nail art!
I’m also coveting the black grapevine-style cuff made with hematite Swarovski crystals and plated in black metal, $375; the diamond cluster choker made with lime green Swarovski crystals, plated in 24 karat gold, $278; the triple-stone ring made with vitrail medium Swarovski crystals and gold-plated with adjustable band, $85; the Medieval arrow ring, with hematite Swarovski crystals, $55; the antique silver hematite cluster ring made with Swarovski crystals, $65; the emerald beauty necklace, $195; the fairy ear cover, $38; the Queen Bee ring made with light peach Swarovski crystals and gold-plated with adjustable band, $55; the couture body armor, $3,500; the large cocktail ring, $98; and the crystal flower cuff, $145.
Marianna’s pieces are certainly more interesting than what you’ll find at the mall. And it’s not even that expensive to walk away looking hip and cool and completely unique. Get a piece of Marianna before she’s too costly for us mere mortals; she is Cher’s go-to jeweler, remember?
You’ll be seeing Marianna’s pieces on the celebs, of course, and these types of creations on the street as they infiltrate urban fashions. But you’re not merely wearing Marianna’s pieces. Let them become a part of who you are. Someone once said that when you buy something made by a person, there is something special there, and you do feel it. The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself. And trust me, you’ll look amazing, darlings! Ciao.
It is better to arrive late than ugly. However, it is best to be punctual and look banging.
Award-winning makeup artist Rae Morris has worked on many a famous face–from Miranda Kerr to Naomi Campbell–and she knows all too well that makeup application and shopping for cosmetics can be both time-consuming and confusing.
But it need not be. Rae is author of five outstanding reference books on the art of making up, and now she is preparing to give birth to a new baby: The Ultimate Beauty Guide, her sixth tome on looking lovely. Just check out her work from the forthcoming book, below, on model Lana Zacocela, shot by photographer Gavin O’Neill…It’s nothing short of awe-inspiring! This is a sneak peek into her new project, not even available in stores yet!!! Just look at those eyes!
I have collected every book from Rae’s illustrious 20+ year career in makeup, and I find them to be invaluable references. They are chock-full of low-maintenance tips for high-maintenance girls.
Here are the rest of Rae’s incredible books. You’ll want to buy them all!
Makeup, the Ultimate Guide was Rae’s first attempt in publishing back in 2008, and this book is brilliant! “I wanted to create a book that would bring high-end fashion makeup into the realm of everyday life,” Rae said. “Every single look–even the most glamorous ones–was broken down into a simple step-by-step photo guide with clear and concise instructions, so that no matter your experience, you could teach yourself.” She continued, “This is the format that I have stuck with ever since. The response was amazing and the book became an instant best-seller.”
As a quick aside, Rae managed to get Catherine McNeil for the front cover and Miranda Kerr for the back cover. Not bad for book number one.
Rae changed focus with book number two, Express Makeup. “I have spent a lot of time in my career working back stage at fashion shows where everything has to be done quickly,” Rae stated. The tricks that she has learned in the trenches of fashion were the inspiration for this book.
“Whether you have fifteen minutes to spare or just five, there are express fixes perfect for women who may be put off by how long it takes them to do their makeup,” she said. This book is all about real women with real-world time frames, about tricks like using sticky tape to do eyeliner and the most efficient sequence in which to do your makeup. “Express Makeup is about making makeup livable,” she added.
Timeless Makeup was Rae’s third book in 2011. “It was really a culmination of several things for me,” she said. “I’d just turned 40 and having been a professional makeup artist for almost 20 years my appreciation of beauty at all ages had really evolved.”
Fascinated with the difference makeup could make in reducing the signs of aging and, when applied with age appropriateness, how makeup could actually create a timeless beauty as we age, Rae belted out another winner with Timeless Makeup.
“Rather than working on 15-year-old supermodels, I found I actually often preferred older models where a simple technique could literally takes years off apparent age,” she said.
This book focuses on women over 30 where the signs of aging are starting to show, and the average model age in Timeless Makeup was 56.
Along the way two other books emerged as extracts: Beautiful Eyes, being the eye section of Makeup, the Ultimate Guide, and Quick Looks, below, Rae’s latest release, which is derived from Express Makeup.
“My books are now published in eight languages and are used as the curriculum text for makeup academies around the world.”
She continued, “I’m particularly proud of this because I’m dyslexic,” she stated, adding, “I’m just more passionate than I am dyslexic!”
You can find all of Rae’s books on her website, and while you’re at it, you just have to check out her awesome collection of magnetic brushes…Yes! Magnetic!
“The magnet in the base of the handle means the brushes can securely stand upright,” as opposed to just lying down, Rae explained. “This takes up less space, makes them extremely easy to organize and find, and is great from a hygiene perspective because the brush heads don’t have to be in contact with anything. In combination with our storage system, the magnets secure the brushes in transit, this protects the heads so that you don’t open your kit on arrival to find bent brush bristles everywhere,” making them perfect for travel!
Another nice trick is that when you clean your brushes you can hang them upside down (using a metal surface) and they drip dry!
But the most important aspect to Rae’s brushes is the intelligence with which they are shaped–the artistic keen knowledge that’s applied to each and every brush.
“Over time I became more passionate about brushes than anything else in my kit–over years I tested different designs and textures and in the process, almost without realizing it, I came up with my own range of brushes. My brushes are the secret behind many of my most famous creations.”
“To me, makeup is all about the brushes. You can do more with minimal product and an incredible brush range than you can with cotton buds and drawers full of makeup.”
Thanks, Rae, for sharing! You are an inspiration to women everywhere who want to look great but don’t have hours and hours to primp. We love you!
I sometimes think that life without fashion would be a mistake. There is an infinity of art and craftsmanship wrapped up in a fine wardrobe.
Currently, I am absolutely seized by the magnificence of Dubai-based Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco, above.
Throughout history every once in a while a few flashing jewels will sparkle so brilliantly bright, influencing fashion and art with unignorable magnitude. Right now those jewels are sitting squarely in Dubai with the peerless Cinco at its helm. Cinco is bringing back luxury haute couture, the avant-garde, the fashion eccentric…and all in exciting ways that most of us could not conceive. I find his work to be some of the most beautiful art in fashion that I have ever seen.
Cinco’s unmatched creativity, uncompromising attention to detail, boundless understanding of materials and obsession with perfect tailoring have catapulted this quiet creature into internationally-famous circles, dressing both Hollywood stars and Middle East royals alike.
He has secured himself well with the Red Carpet crowd worldwide, having dressed both Rihanna, as seen above for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, and Beyoncé for her video, Haunted, below.
An indisputable genius and fashion visionary, Cinco looks at the world through a compound eye like that of a fly, perhaps a result of his giant dark eyes which must see so much–eyes that he perpetually conceals behind enormous black shades–eyes which see things differently than the rest of us.
Here are some of Cinco’s most memorable in bridal attire and haute couture. By deconstructing the typical for atypical results, Cinco yields gown after epic gown so gloriously grande that they astonish, defying description.
Above is Cinco’s favorite shot from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 16, Hippie Hannah wearing a recycled Michael Cinco gown.
Cinco pays tribute to Valentine’s Day with this crystal-encrusted concoction that is steeped in Asian undertones.
Elle China features Michael Cinco bridal 2013.
Another Cinco couture favorite, from L.A. Fashion Week.
The Russian Czarinas, above, from Dubai Fashion Forward.
“One of my biggest dreams in fashion is to see my couture dress on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,” Cinco stated. And his wish was realized when British singer Paloma Faith wore his creation at the most prestigious event in fashion: The Met Gala, in 2013.
Supermodel Ria Bolivar spins on the catwalk in a spectacular Cinco creation.
Supermodel Rodina Luspo, above, as the Black Swan.
‘The Impalpable Dream of India,’ above and below, was Cinco’s first solo show in Philippine Fashion Week 2009. Inspired by the Maharajas of India, the dresses are fashioned almost entirely from gems.
His headpieces are works of art in their own right.
And yet more from the ‘Impalpable India’ collection, above.
More wedding couture, from 2013.
Detail from the cover of Ara Magazine in Dubai.
A Cinco creation from a 2008 Wedding Collection, above, was shown at Philippine Fashion Week.
Here are some breathtaking couture details of a Swarovski dress inspired by the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.
The dress pictured above Cinco describes as suitable for Dracula’s Bride.
The back is equally riveting.
This gown and headpiece would make any bride blush.
And Cinco takes fashion into sci-fi with a glow-in-the-dark bridal beauty that fascinates. This dress could define an entire wedding theme, starting with a dark entrance of the bride followed by nuptials in a spotlight and ending with lights up for a full celebratory scenic moment. What genius!