Monday, July 13, 2015

My New Find: Amina Marie Millinery

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There’s no question that the headwear trend is in full swing, and fashion is loving this very couture moment in history. Talented designers are popping up everywhere, making millinery slightly more mainstream.

I will be featuring several talented milliners here on Beauty Shall Save the World, and for all my hat enthusiasts I have a very special treat: it is my article on a millinery legend, the great Philip Treacy, who has granted an exclusive interview to Beauty Shall Save the World. You will love what this talented man has to say about creativity and genius, as well as his late dear friends, fashion designer Alexander McQueen and style icon, Isabella Blow. I cannot wait to share it with you.

By now you all know that I love unearthing a new find, or revealing a talented but unrecognized designer or artist. Well today I am very excited to share with you my new discovery, a little-known milliner who has been practicing the craft of hat-making for only one year. She took just three classes in millinery, yet she creates some of the most beautiful, feminine couture hats. Her name is Amina Marie Hood, and her hats are treasures. Many of them are deceptive; they don’t look like much until you place them on the head, where they transform both the wearer and themselves. In short, each one is a little work of art. Just look at some of Amina’s fabulous creations, shown here in an exclusive photoshoot for Beauty Shall Save the World, styled by yours truly, Shannon McGovern.

White rabbit

First up we have “Rockefeller,” this fuzzy, pure white freeform sculpted hat that makes our model, Christine, look like the pearl in the center of an oyster shell. I had to have this hat, it is such a stunner. Love the texture, the pure white was a big selling point for me, and the scalloped edges, which really are so unique and memorable. This hat is made from white long-haired rabbit fur felt, and I thought the price point, $350, was reasonable for a couture hat such as this. Luckily, I didn’t have to pay it, however; Amina gifted me this hat as thanks after we wrapped the shoot. Thanks, Homegirl. You rock. 😉

Camel cloche wiht hardware

Next up is “Espresso,” $300, this little camel sliver of fur felt with chain detailing.

The thing about Amina’s hats is that they look stylish with all kinds of attire, whether it be fancy or casual. They can be dressed up or down, while remaining perpetually chic.

Here, I partnered Amina’s hat with a copper distressed leather jacket, but make no mistake, this diminutive little punctuation mark for your head could go haute in, literally, the drop of a hat! I absolutely adore the seemingly small touches that make her works look infinitely sophisticated, like the bronze hardware trim piping here along the edge.

Olive military hat

I love “Letters from The General,” above, an army green fur felt hat, $300, constructed similarly to “Espresso,” with a freeform sculpted silhouette. This hat is ideal for the military trend. So current. Looks great with the Christian Lacroix olive blazer shown and tortoise cat-eye shades.

Ivory mod hat

The cream parasisal straw saucer hat with black ribbon edge, “Out of This World,” $425, looks right in a nod to mod. Christine is wearing a vintage mod shift dress by Dominique, circa 1960s. But, this versatile hat would look very appropriate with a feminine Easter dress or even dramatic couture.

Red and black

I love the idea of this hat. It’s Amina’s “Convertible Derby” in cherry red fur felt, $400, with black “Pop.” This is the hat that caught my eye when I discovered Amina. She had earned her place amongst eight other finalists in Lock Hatters first annual Millinery Competition. Lock & Co., by the way, have designed hats for Kate Middleton and other royals.

This convertible hat can be worn as shown, or the black top can “pop” off, allowing the hat to be worn in solid red……or, you can wear it with other pops, which Amina sells for $50 each. This hat offers up so much versatility at a very friendly price-point. I would love to have this hat with several pops, including a funky fur felt leopard print! Meow!

Rose portrait shot

“Smells Like a Rose” is a natural ivory, extra-fine sinamay straw, freeform draped fascinator, $400, which knots beautifully into a rose-like shape. The diaphanous fabrication is so stunning in person, yielding a gauze-y kind of filter over the face. The texture is fine and malleable, with a voluminous body to it, like starched linen. But make no mistake, this is actually that beautiful, high-end sinamay straw that is one of Amina’s trademark materials.

Black sheer hat

Amina uses the same extra-fine sinamay straw in black to create “Jackie’s Funeral,” a freeform draped hat, $600, which looks gorgeous on Christine in a fitted vintage dress above. This hat travels effortlessly to the beach as well, with swimwear and a sheer sarong, for example. The versatility of Amina’s hats truly amazes.

Kimono hat

There is something very organic about “In Carolyne’s Gardens,” Amina’s tribute to Carolyne Roehm. It’s a natural sinamay straw freeform sculpted hat with hand-dyed sinamay edging, $400. A gentle draping is so flattering around the face, and this hat’s ease of wear is synonymous with simple elegance, just like Carolyne Roehm herself.

Blue fox

“Foxxxy” is the slate, hand-dyed parasisal straw hat with seafoam blue fox fur trim and crin peekaboo, $400. This is quite the head-turning hat! I love the nuance of colors that Amina works with. Her palette is always sophisticated, never garish.

Each hat is pure couture–both feminine and stylish–without any trendy gimmicks, and the versatility of each piece, remarkable. These are the hats that I could see as easily on the runway at Vivienne Westwood as I could with Issey Miyake. That really says something about the timeless versatility that Amina captures in her work. They would be equally at home with Balenciaga, Balmain and Donna Karan, and her price point is awesome for this type of couture, hand-finished hat. In addition, Amina uses only the finest materials, including fur felt, sinamay, parasisal straw, fish leather, leather and silk.

So what’s next for this burgeoning milliner?

“I still have a lot to learn,” Amina said. “I would love to study under some of the greats. I think Philip Treacy is amazing and I really respect and love the works of Noel Stewart, Jane Taylor, Anya Caliendo. I hope to collaborate with some talented photographers and stylists, and for my designs to be on the runways and in the magazines…but most importantly, on the streets, on the heads of fashionable women, because I want my work to be accessible, wearable and relevant to many women, for many years.”

Crew at photoshoot for amina

A quick shout-out and a hearty thank you to the rest of the team that made this gorgeous shoot possible: from left, that’s Sui, who was responsible for coiffing our model’s hair to perfection; the breathtaking Christine Alward was said model; photography by Topher Adam, editor of Dark Beauty Magazine; fabulous makeup by Jasmine Cardenas; that’s me, Shan, in the I “HEART” Paris t-shirt; and last but definitely not least, standing by my side, is Amina, of Amina Marie Millinery. The very talented Tim Engle was in charge of lighting in this project. We could not have done it without him, yet here he is invisible because, like most good photogs, he’s busy taking the picture of the rest of us! Jajajaja. Thanks, Tim, and thanks everybody. This shoot was a true triumph.

For information visit Amina Marie Millinery. You can follow Amina on both Facebook and Instagram. Custom orders call 816.830.9793.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Beauty Binge: A Sweet Surrender to Sisley

Many people know me as a fashion analyst, but are not aware that I also have my aesthetician’s license, after completing intense study here in California. This knowledge broadens my capabilities as a writer–on many levels–and the experience, knowledge and training that I have accumulated enables me to very accurately and poignantly disclose to you my best in beauty products and cosmetics.

It goes without saying that I have a complicated, and sometimes dangerous affair with makeup. Nowadays, I get so much free product that I nearly never have to buy a single stitch of it myself…..until I pass the Sisley Paris cosmetics counter. Few things can make my heart race as fast as when approaching that counter, which for me is nestled inside the bright Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco’s Union Square. And my lovely long-term liaison with Sisley artist Richard Winser is a relationship that I have treasured for around 20 years now.

Me and richard at sisley

Above, Richard applies a new Sisley pencil to my eyes. I will tell you all about this great product, but first I just want to say that every change of season I pop in to say hi to Richard and see what Sisley is up to. I have Richard assess my face and we discuss any concerns that I may have with regard to skin condition or anything like that. But most importantly, I love it when Richard quickly applies a little makeup on top of what I’m already wearing, to give me a few ideas about the newest emerging trends and how my face has changed, or, remarkably, not. Time is a luxury for me, and Richard understand this. He is so deft with the powder brush that he can do his thing stat-quick, while making me feel special and pretty, and also giving me some ideas about application and fresh colors. Richard makes staying current a snap. I don’t know what I’d do without him. I think that everyone should have a Richard. So, the moral of the story is: Try to develop your own local relationship with a ‘Richard’ because it really is so invaluable! It’s great to have a skilled set of objective eyes that you can trust when evaluating your appearance.

And now I’m really happy to report to you on a few of my new Sisley finds during last weekend’s beauty binge. You will love them.

First up is this great chunky pencil for eyes. It’s the Phyto-Eye Twist, $50, a giant waterproof crayon that glides on silky smooth and deposits a nice opaque line, thick or thin, you choose. Buff it, smudge it, or leave the line crisp. I love this pencil, especially in colors Havana, a sparkling burgundy great for dark eyes, below….

Phyto pencil

….or Lagoon, below, a tantalizing turquoise, which is great used as your spring 2015 statement eyeliner.


Richard shaded my upper lash line and the crease of my eye, creating a V-shape on the lid, with this jumbo stick, in the photo. It adds depth for a sultry yet simple summer eye. I loved the result. These pencils are great—I want to collect them all—and the performance is stellar, truly impressive and waterproof. It’s almost all you need in a single pencil! The coverage is buildable, so you can easily give more depth to a tone, more opacity, with every swipe. The color twists up, so you need not sharpen. Just throw it in your beach bag or purse, and you’re set for a weekend away, no messy eyeshadow required. And did I mention that the brilliant people over at Sisley have incorporated yummy skin-care ingredients into this über stick?!?! They think of everything! I love their ‘treatment cosmetics,’ which nurture your skin while acting as a smart cosmetic! This powerhouse of a pencil is packed with Green Tea, White Lily and Camellia, all of which are potent anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants that are going to treat your skin–actually protecting and repairing–while you’re making up. Brilliant.

White eyeliner

Next up, for the white eyeliner trend that’s got me and countless other beauty aficionados all crazy this summer, you must, must, MUST try Sisley’s Phyto-Khol Perfect liner in Snow, $57. Wow. And it is so perfect! Perfectly firm, yet soft, so it buffs a pearly white pigment onto the lid, or the waterline, with an effortlessness that is both comfortable and welcome. No tugging, no tearing. And the luminous white is very flattering. I adore this pencil, and I love the way Richard applied it. Use the liner on the top lid only, and create a subtle cat eye with the white kohl. This will lift the corners and create an innocent yet sexy, provocative doe-eyed look! This is the ideal pearly white crayon liner for the white eyeliner trend. (Remember to further invest in a white liquid for a different and more haute look. See my story all about white eyeliner, featuring our favorite reader, the gorgeous model Cara Delevingne, here!)


Last up, you are going to need mascara, and Sisley’s is the best…..Specifically, their So Intense Mascara, $67, and this time you have to get it in black. I love Deep Blue, which is a rich, complex indigo that flatters all eye shades, from brown to cool-toned and kaleidoscope eyes. But with a white lid or line, you want to wear black mascara. It makes the contrast pop.


The brush in this mascara is bomb–perfect for alternately building and separating…..But the formula is also pretty dope, because it’s enriched with peptides and rice phyto-ceramides that are going to give you more beautiful lashes as a result of using it! Gotta love that! Thanks, Sisley….I adore you! xxx

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The 2015 Met Gala…..One Word…..RIHANNA

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The stars shone so beautifully bright last evening at the 2015 annual Met Gala. This year’s theme celebrated the museum’s Costume Institute exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” And the stars did indeed twinkle, all with glistening lips and even shinier hair, sparkling jewels and brilliantly beaded gowns…but the North star of the night was indisputable. One word…..RIHANNA.

Actually, make that three words: Rihanna & Guo Pei.

Guo Pei is the brilliant Bejing-based female fashion designer, age 45, behind the opulent sunflower yellow confection worn by Rihanna, which easily renders one speechless when beholding its honeyed grandeur.

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Yards upon yards of heavy golden silk satin, decadently embroidered and edged in matching fur, the gown is, quite easily, one of the most stunning visions we have seen on the Red Carpet in years, and I stand behind that statement. But such a breathtaking creation is really neither rare nor remarkable in the world of Guo Pei, whose art via couture routinely astonishes.

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With this gown, worn with a gilded stiletto manicure and a lamé headpiece, Rihanna has redefined elegance and set a new standard for drama in the entertainment industry.

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Now, for more fabulous designs by Chinese couture sensation, Guo Pei…..

Cerise gown with train

Guo Pei’s distinctive, characteristic opulence almost always includes heavy embroidery, gems and beading, and of course the most luxe fabrics in brilliant jewel tones. Elaborate headdresses, haute couture hair and dramatic makeup are a foregone conclusion.

Asian marie antoinette

This beautiful gilded display is Guo Pei’s interpretation of a modern-day Marie Antoinette, married with the precocious designer’s Asian sensibilities, yielding an ensemble reserved for royalty.

Face jewelry

Facial jewelry is one of my favorite emerging trends…..but Guo Pei has been embellishing the visage with jewelry for many years, as seen in this striking example from Hong Kong Fashion Week in 2010.

Facial jewelry

Here, the jewelry encompasses a large territory, and extends up into an exotic headdress which intrigues.

Funnel dressing

These designs, from the Hong Kong Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010 Show, remind us of the visionary that is Guo Pei.

Greeen and purple cone gown

Rich, playful color combinations, breathtakingly unique silhouettes and lavish details are three Guo Pei trademarks. I adore the rose gold filigree hair fixture and delicate hand jewelry. This striking display is further enhanced with decadent beading, and painstakingly embroidered for a most regal yet avant garde end product.

Mint and gold cone gown

Just look at the ornate, gold-encrusted pistachio pantsuit above, with cone-shaped pleating.

Mint and gold side view

I’ve never seen anything remotely like this. Absolutely riveting.

Mint and gold back shot

The back is a study in texture, shape and color.

Red fringed gown

Weighted with long, thick fringed tassels, the billowing arms of this red-hot Chinese gown are further embellished with heavy golden embroidery. A geisha-esque headdress with red and gold beading heightens the drama.

Silver and white empress

This empress gown and matching cape must weigh a ton! Just look at the beautiful heavy workmanship, all of which is painstakingly hand-applied on a Guo Pei couture gown.

Tangerine gilded dress

An abbreviated tangerine hemline is awash in gold jewelry.

Tangerine gilded gown

The model is drenched in ornate gems and facial jewelry is, once again, of primary focus.

Wheat gown

This wheat-colored gown defies description.

White gown

I simply love Guo Pei’s use of mixed materials in this pure white wonder, complete with fur-lined, floor-length kimono sleeves and beading galore. Stunning!

Black cherry gown

Drama runs high in a black cherry gown with a huge, elaborate headdress that is absolutely undefinable.

Turquoise and white gown

Guo Pei plays with proportions in this epic gown, which is crimped at the waistline….

Princess gown

…..for an unusual aesthetic result.

Very long train

A massive train leaves spectators in awe of its regal splendor.

Pink and gold gown

I adore the concept of this ensemble, and its execution is flawless. Satin rosettes in cerise, hot pink and red compose the shell of this arresting gown. A coordinating robe is worn on top. The gilded headdress is the final, exalted couture element. Ravishing!

And now we have seen China, through the eyes of Miss Guo Pei.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Hippest of Hands: All About the White Manicure

Gold tipped white mani

Backstage at New York Fashion Week for Spring 2015, an interesting trend emerged: The White Manicure. Clean and neat and decidedly different than darks, white nail polish is making a comeback and looks great on any skin tone, nail length, and nail shape.

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I personally love the look of opaque white nail polish tidily swept, simply, onto long, almond-shaped nails, above, as well as on the more dramatic stiletto manicure, sans any additional embellishment. Know that you can wear this look and remain perfectly on-trend. It’s clean and modern and luxe. However, here are some adaptations of the Great White, straight from the runways of New York Fashion Week……

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Above, the model compliments her white eyeliner with a matching mani, although the slight derivation here on the nail here is merely a darker tip. You are going to be seeing this look a lot–the white eyeliner and matching mani will infiltrate fashion with powerful and enduring force.

White lines manicure

If you have the patience for nail art–and I don’t–then here are some additional adaptations to play with. This sparse white mani is a fresh take on the natural nail and on white polish. Beautiful.

Silver french mani

A silver French mani takes white to new height! Holly Falcone created it for the Alon Livne show.

White linen mani

With a look that is reminiscent of linen, this textured white mani was created by Rita Remark for Essie at Wes Gordon’s collection.

White mani with vertical lines

A single natural stripe down the center of the nail is left unpainted at Nonoo.

White stripes mani

Prabal Gurung implemented a similar tactic.

Single stripe mani

At Kate Spade New York, models wore a blunt white mani with a single black strip.

Blue and white stripes

Capitalizing on fashion’s new blue trend, this blue and white mani was designed by Ann Yee and created by Inni for Ann Yee.

Graphic black and white mani

I love the uniqueness of this mani for Kye’s spring 2015 collection. Bold, graphic, avant garde.

Great White Sightings…..

Aubrey plaza

Aubrey Plaza wears a similarly graphic black and white mani on the cover of Nylon magazine…..a publication which clearly is a fan of the white mani!

Alexa chung

Here, Alexa Chung models it with black graph lines…..

Leighton meester

And Leighton Meester does the white mani straight up…..

Rihanna for elle in white mani

… does Rihanna, looking haute for Elle…..

Tyra banks

…..and Tyra, seeming as equally as urban.

J lo

J. Lo wears her stiletto nails white as snow, no doubt to match her pure white Cavalli couture.

Kylie jenner

Kylie Jenner likes them long, long, long…..

Short white mani on cara

…..but Cara Delevingne keeps it short and sweet…..

Kim k

…..just like Kim.

Hands and feet

White nails look appropriate on executive women, above, and are spot-on for all-white fashions. They also work with couture, below…..

Couture white nail polish

…..avant garde styling…..

White mani with iridescent eyeshadow

… well as Boho chic! Could one nail varnish be any more versatile?

White polish and crochet dress

Oh, and don’t forget your toes. Wear a white pedi on the beach with foot jewelry.

With foot jewelry

Nonoo made matchy with fingers and toes at their spring 2015 show, below. See how great white polish looks with a tan??? Fresh and current.

White pedi at nonoo spring 2015

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And finally, as a quick aside, if you’re like me, and the thought of nail art is either just a little too cheesy, or simply mind-numbingly tiresome–or both!–check out the fingernail armor by my friend and jeweler, Marianna Harutunian, as shown here on a white mani on Scandinavian star Laleh in her video “Colors,” styled and directed by Bea Åkerlund. Hot! Just a tad more sophisticated than nail art, don’t you think?

For the hippest of hands (and feet!), buy a bottle of white and let your imagination run wild…..It looks great on everyone, and in any which way you choose. Worn with the new white eyeliner trend, the look is quite striking indeed.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Alessandra Ambrosio Delivers Gorgeous New Bohemian Jewelry for the Coachella Crowd


I love the unique jewelry and Boho style that the Coachella music festival birthed, but it can be hard to find all those awesome pieces, and definitely pricey! I am so happy that Brazilian-born supermodel and mother of two, Alessandra Ambrosio, has taken over Baublebar to provide some cool ornamental offerings for the modern woman.

And Alessandra positively nails it, with creative body jewelry and headdresses that are hip and gorgeous, as well as reasonably priced. I love what this girl has done! She’s making that Coachella rich hippie new bohemian look accessible to every girl.

Here are some of my favorites from her comprehensive collection….


Every princess needs her crown, and my current obsession is the Princess Gem Headpiece, $48, that turns an ordinary look into an extraordinary one. Isn’t it just gorgeous??? I love the way all the stones are different shapes and sizes. A lot of thought went into the execution of this piece, and the price is right!

Phallic symbol

I adore snake imagery, and after all, doesn’t every girl deserve at least one phallic symbol? Alessandra captures that with her Crystal Constrictor Ring, $48, and it comes in both rose gold or smokey hematite…..Love this ring for Coachella or clubbing. It can look Boho chic, or go to a darker couture spot in a heartbeat. The perfect ring for almost any wardrobe change. Gotta have it!

There’s no denying that body chains are a hot ticket in fashion right now, and this one is irresistibly priced! It’s the Crystal Raja Body Chain, $22, with a criss-cross in the front for visual interest, and a haunting spine full of crystals in the back!

Alessandra in body chain

Or for a fancier version, check out the Celestial Body Chain, $28. Hot! Wear it with your bikini, or let it peek out from a one-shoulder top with denim shorts. Super sexy!

Alessandra in hand chain

Every girl needs a hand chain, I think, and the Pavé Fishtail Hand Chain, $36, is glam with pretty pavé detail. And at this price, why not buy two, and reserve one for gifting….Seriously, this is a great deal and it’s right on trend. Pair it with the Fishtail Chain Ring, $48, if you feel the urge to make a match….

For an exotic influence, I am loving the Turquoise Capri Amulet, $65. The new Boho look is all about mixing ethnic influences with modern concepts, so a squash blossom turquoise necklace is mandatory! This one looks so authentic to Native American tribal jewelry, and at a fraction of the cost.

The Quartz Spoke Collar, $44, combines the healing quartz crystal with modern design sensibilities to create a statement necklace like no other! This is a rich hippie accessory if ever there was one, but its price makes it accessible to every girl. Check it out as worn by Alessandra herself, pictured top, at Coachella this year!

Now that Alessandra Ambrosio has distilled the essence of Boho chic jewelry into a single chic shopping destination with ále by Alessandra, she has simplified both my summer accessories shopping as well as my gift list. Kudos, Alessandra!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Test Driving My Marvelous Mojitos….The Carbon Fiber Heel, One Year Later

Well it’s been exactly one year since the shopping spree with my dear friend Holly Bridge and her gorgeous brood of children in San Francisco last summer where I test drove my first pair of carbon fiber heels designed by London architect, Julian Hakes.  Because these unique metallic heels are crafted from carbon fiber—the same material used for constructing the bodies of luxury sports cars–I coined this shoe A Ferrari For Your Feet, and if you’ll recall, I opted to buy them in metallic Lamborghini blue, below, but I had no idea what I was going to wear with them, if they’d be comfortable after my foot surgery, practical in general, and how I really felt about incorporating this visual oddity into my wardrobe with so many unanswered questions! So what’s my final verdict, now a year later?!?! WELL, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THEM!!!!!


Mojito metallic blue

I must admit, I rarely rack up a fashion faux pas these days… it if you will to logging years of shopping experience, or perhaps it’s just in the fate of the fashion gods, but The Mojito, above, was a gamble on several different levels for me. I guess I got lucky.

Dark chrome

And we all know my theory about luck, right? What’s that saying? I’d rather be lucky than good. In this case, I was so very lucky that I went back and bought another pair of Mojitos in dark chrome, above. I happily scored them at 50% off and wear them constantly with black leather leggings….they also look great with a short skirt and fishnets, too! Now to answer your questions about this enigmatic masterpiece—The Marvelous Mojito!

First, let’s address the comfort. Wow. Because the Mojito is fashioned from durable, stronger-than-steel-yet-malleable carbon fiber, the shoes ‘flex’ when you walk, and yield to pressure, so blisters are not an issue and neither are swollen feet! I can walk for days in these things! In addition, the carbon fiber material is waterproof…..and, as an added bonus—and get this—if you chip, scrape or scratch the brilliantly shiny finish, all you do is take your Mojitos into the auto body shop and have a technician match the paint of your shoes! How brilliant is that?!?! A quick, thin strip of touch-up paint will restore your Mojitos to like-new condition, and no one will be the wiser!  Can you believe it??? They’re like a dream come true shoe!

The final issue was: What do I wear these crazy things with??? Well, for the dark chrome above, it’s a no-brainer—black, black, and more black! But they were my second acquisition. How’d I reconcile the first pair, in that captivating cobalt? Easy, darlings! Blue, in case you haven’t heard, is so au courant! And it’s hard to beat the charisma of that metallic Lambo blue! So here’s what I wore: a vintage cobalt blue fox coat circa 1950s that matches perfectly, and this fabulous, fascinating fascinator, below, by New York milliner, Anya Caliendo. It’s her tribute to the Blue Morpho Butterfly! The metallic sheen of the butterfly wings is so perfectly matched by my carbon fiber shoes….and the melange of vintage, with the coat, mixed with the modern shoes, and the otherworldliness of a flurry of butterflies round my cabeza made a most memorable impression at the soirée I attended.

Blue morpho butterfly


So as you can see, another shopping triumph in the life of a fashionista. And all is right in the world, if only for just a brief moment.

Peace. Love. Beauty.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Where It’s At: White Lines

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There were many gorgeous themes going on regarding backstage beauty at Fashion Week, but the one that prevailed for me was bold statement eyeliner. I love the look, and I’ll be showing you my favorite picks from the shows later this week. Modern makeup artists are challenging black eyeliner and producing atypical and stunning results. At Saint Laurent, it was as bold as it gets….ditto for Cusnie et Ochs, and at Prada, too. But my favorite favorite *favorite* most fashionable makeup trend is one you won’t see on the pages of any magazine…..yet. And that’s because no one is doing it…..yet.

It is: White Eyeliner. I’m experimenting with all kinds of white eye makeup, in fact: white liners, powders, even white mascara. And I just love what white eyeliner does to the eyes and to the face, and come spring, it’s all you’ll see me sporting with a bright lip and a face full of freckles! There’s something about it that is so fresh, and it makes your eyes look huge and wide awake, even if you’re at the end of a four-day bender. With a white manicure? Are you kidding me? You’re stylin’!


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I love white eyeliner on model Cara Delevingne, pictured above and top. It gives her an uncharacteristic innocence and an ethereal other-worldliness, while making her lashes look positively epic! ((Cara, incidentally, is a fan of Beauty Shall Save the World and she tells me she thinks this blog is “cool.” Ditto, Cara. We think you’re pretty cool, too.  😉 ))


But back to the white liners. Prestige or NYX or Rimmel London make great white eyeliner pencils which can be found at the drug store on-the-cheap, and since they don’t break the bank, you can also afford to pick up Stila’s wonderful white in a liquid, which is truly opaque and smudge-free. (Don’t you just love the way I can rationalize a purchase, btw?!?) Seriously though, it’s a good idea to have at least one of each, a pencil and a liquid, in your kit for the white eyeliner trend that hasn’t happened yet….but is sure to come. You might want to also buy a sparkly white powder if you don’t already have one. I love the custom blended powders by Giella. They’re blended by makeup artist extraordinaire, Mario Dedivanovic! Armed with an arsenal of summer whites, you will be able to cop any one of the many white-eyed looks shown here. I’m obsessed!  

What are you doing right now cara


Makeup artist Pat McGrath used white eyeliner in the March 2015 issue of Teen Vogue to create a custom design on the eye that is perfect for easy summer days. What a dramatic, bold and whimsical statement to reveal as you remove your shades! This look is great for the beach, the poolside, or even a fancier affair, in my opinion, for those who have the moxie. I love the wit and the irreverence of it. If you’ve got the time and the talent, go for it! It’s a young and hip way to wear white lines!


Or should i say WHO are you doing right now


Megan Fox knows what’s up. The tantalizing screen siren uses white lines herself. It may not be as outwardly overt as Pat McGrath’s Teen Vogue example, but if you examine her makeup very very closely… will see……


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…..white lines in her waterline! Yes, to open the eye and really make her blue peepers pop, Megan knows that white eyeliner is the correct choice.


Bet you didn t see that one coming cara


I love the look of the top lid lined in thick white, worn with bare skin and a nude lip. As seen above, it works with a tan, left, and also on paler skins.


But seriously shouldn t you be doing something productive


White lines also read well with a dark-complected gal, and I love the way it rims her entire eye, including the waterline. White lines, when teamed with false lashes and a glossy coral lip equal undeniable glamour!


Ha ha ha look who s talking right


You can make the coveted cat-eye even more dramatic when you surround the black lines with the opposite counterpart—white lines.


Guess we re both just wasting time


Make it mod, as seen above……I adore that 1960s sensation……


I seeeeee you cara


……Or pencil in the inner corners only–follow the ‘V’-shape near the nose–to broaden the gap between your eyes and make them look wider-set and instantly, infinitely more alert! You can dot a bit of white sparkly powder over the V shape to add a bit of glamour and shine, if you choose. Just play with it, and see what happens.



Are you still in Hong Kong cara


I love white lines any which way. Even on a bare lid with just a hint of bright blush and a poppy-red lip……looks so outrageously French! Ooh la la.


Seriously i ve gotta get back to work luv u cara


White lines can look playful, trendy, or drop-dead sexy. Go thick or thin, it doesn’t matter. Smudge it or streak it, it’s up to you. Winged-out or waterlined, it’s all good. Just remember that white lines look great on all complexions and with any lip color. Now slick back that hair, shimmy into a Zeugari kaftan, and settle down for a relaxing day by the pool……Oh, who am I kidding??? Get back to work, Slackers!!!!