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

…..as 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

…..as 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

Alessandra

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….

Princess

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…..credit 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

Cara it s shan talking to you through the computer

 

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’!

 

Cara can u see the secret message

 

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…..you will see……

 

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

 

…..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!!!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Haute Couture Hair: Hairstyles for The Rise of the Avant Garde

The Rise of The Avant Garde

Significant changes are brewing in the fashion world as we speak. Since the 2010 suicide death of the influential fashion designer Alexander McQueen, the fashion community has witnessed a landslide of his iconic ideas, tidily sweeping away the banal, and replacing it with brilliance. It’s The Rise of The Avant Garde….and it has yielded endless unique and exquisite ways to adorn yourself, coming from the grave of a visionary. I am especially fond of embellishing ‘from the neck up,’ ie.–the head and the face….whether it be with fabulous Face Lace or exotic facial jewelry, dramatic feathered lashes, or my favorite trend, the headwear craze….

Haute Couture Hair

But today we’re going to talk about hair. Your hairdo is critical and can make or break your look, as evidenced in the photos in this article. Here I will show you my top picks for some fabulous “Haute Couture Hair,” as I call it, and advise you on how to achieve it. Enjoy.

 

Heart shaped updo

 

Desperately Seeking Drama

The first thing to aspire to, when trying to achieve memorable, haute couture hair, is…..Drama. High-fashion clothing needs to be matched with an equally epic hairstyle, and you’ll definitely want an exaggerated effect….how much depends on just how much chutzpah you have. Consider your event or the activity that you will be doing, and strategize for the clothing ensemble so the look is cohesive. After all, an updo can look very average…..dowdy and matronly, even….or it can stop people dead in their tracks, like the one above, a fanning, heart-shaped display with a dramatic white streak and thick blunt bangs. I adore this do! It is so unique and awe-inspiring….sexy, yes….a sublime confection that will definitely not go unnoticed!

Drama in your hairdo exists through many factors, including texture; length and volume; cut and proportions; the silhouette; and finally, color. It is important to remain realistic and realize that you will never be able to re-create some of these looks–even if you are a talented hairdresser–without the use of fake hair and other materials, so you might need to familiarize yourself with both a wig shop and an art supply. According to expert stylist Edward Tricomi of the prestigious Warren-Tricomi Salon in New York City, an art supply is a great place to score materials for creative hairstyles. “You can find pastel chalk to color the hair and all kinds of other interesting things, like aluminum wire. You can create updos with that,” he explained.

 

 

Giant hair bow

The giant hair bow above is a custom piece made with wire and synthetic hair. If we were to see the model’s head from the back, we would probably notice that her own hair was tucked into the center “bellybutton” of the bow, and this bow is a custom hairpiece created by a talented stylist or perruquier, also known as a wigmaker. So if you are dying to recreate this style, set forth to interview a few experts in the field to find out who is capable of creating a giant hair bow like this one, which would be engineered to easily slide on and off a high ponytail/bun with little gripping combs built into the structure of the hairpiece. It would probably also include a drawstring tie to anchor such weight securely on your head. I would make it a little smaller for the real world, but not by much. Keep it oversized. The size is exaggerated for the fashion editorial, but in real life, you would need to scale it down a bit. I think this look is elegant yet edgy, and that stark contrast makes it memorable—this is a true couture coif. And now let’s examine some other styles and discuss.

 

The Updo

Beehive

 

The beehive above is the result of a sleek blowout in the salon, after which the hair would be ironed straight with a flatiron, then anchored on the very top of the crown of the head in a high centered pony….and finally, it is alternately teased and then smoothed until it reaches new heights as a perfectly conical beehive….it’s created almost like the cotton candy you’d get at a carnival. The model is probably wearing a hairpiece for height and structure. The hairpiece is most likely a faux ponytail that was attached at the crown, and then mixed with her own hair to achieve that super high, narrow shape. The beehive was popular in the 1960s, a decade ripe with sexy hairstyles that require a lot of time and patience, and of course a lot of hairspray!!!

Awesome updo

 

Here is another updo, a bit more casual than its ancestors. I would imagine that this model is using at least one hairpiece, maybe more, and probably a hair rat or two. You can find hair rats in your specific color on Amazon online. Note the fringy tendrils that were cut to frame the face for this particular look. An experienced stylist would be able to recreate this updo. But you should always book a trial appointment with your stylist to ensure that you will be satisfied with the end product. And for every trial with a hairstylist comes the bill. They are not going to give it to you free. This can really eat up both time and money, but there’s no greater buzzkill than to be entirely prepared for a lovely event or beautiful engagement, just to find out that your hairstylist is a newbie–green cosmetology graduate–or that they simply don’t know what the hell they’re doing, which is often the case. I’m not going to lie to you—finding a talented hairdresser is no easy feat. And when you do find one, you had better treasure that relationship. It was actress Joan Crawford who said, “I think that the most important thing a woman can have–next to talent, of course–is her hairdresser.” Touché, Joan. Touché!

I’m continually shocked by the lack of mastery that lurks in many a salon these days. So please, do your research. The best way to find an amazing hairstylist is by referral—that is, word of mouth….of course, however, you must be listening to the right mouth! So find the savviest fashionista in your circle, or ask a well-heeled woman whose look you admire. You can also do some detective work online and interview your prospective hairstylist prior to the appointment. Ask poignant questions, and it wouldn’t hurt to see a portfolio of their work, if they have one.

It is an empowering feeling to be armed with knowledge, and knowledge is something that no one can strip from you. So challenge yourself and do your homework! It will pay off in the end.

 

Braided updo

Another useful tip is to check out some books from the library on hair from different eras….For every time in history, there are different looks which reflect the society and its people. I love the hair from the 1960s, it is so sexy and big, and it’s making a comeback.

You can also look at cosmetology industry magazines–hair journals, that is–that focus on all kinds of different styles. Look online by doing a google search, and pick a hairstyle that is completely unique. It might even have step-by-step instructions on how to create the look.  

Cute topknot with white eyeshadow

And remember, even if there are instructions, you should still schedule at least one trial before the “big day,” whatever that may be—the wedding, a fundraiser, a gala, New Year’s, a special night out, or your ex-bf’s funeral.  😉

She Bangs

Black bangs

Another haute couture hair element is severe bangs. Bangs often signify youth and are very flattering on many face shapes, but they are extremely high-maintenance and if you have one ounce of natural curl, you are going to regret making the cut.

Blunt blonde bangs

It really is best to work with Mother Nature, because, my darlings, she will always win. To maintain a perfectly straight, thick curtain of bangs like the ones on Cara Delevingne, above, you must have compliant and naturally straight hair. 

 

Blunt blonde geisha cut

This is the biggest mistake that I see women making in their beauty routines: don’t fight Mother Nature. Work with what you have, not against it. Besides, there are plenty of sources for clip-in synthetic bangs, or wigs with bangs, that would supply you with the look you are trying to achieve without the growing pains of a regrettable haircut.

 

When Short is Chic

 Short but chic

The styles are always changing, and one year short hair my be in and the next year, it may be out. If you are hankering to make the cut, there are still many options for shorter haute couture hair. Remember that for your daily do, you want something that works with your natural texture, not against it…..something more low-maintenance. We all have too much to do in this complicated world than to worry about waging a war on our hair every day. Special occasions are different, but if you are not sure what you want, and are feeling undecided, I strongly urge you not to chop off your hair on a whim, because you will regret it. 

Choppy short do

Hair grows at an abysmal rate of a half-inch per month……that’s only six inches in a year! Talk about a long-term commitment. There is nothing more frustrating than those awkward stages of hair growth in between layers or bangs.

Short bob with bangs

The drama in a short cut is usually attributed to its overall silhouette. I love the geometric lines of a Sassoon cut, above, but again, only those with naturally straight, smooth hair need apply. Don’t be fooled by how another woman’s hair may look. You have to work with your characteristics and lifestyle, not hers. So curly girls, this look is not for you. One drop of rain–or five minutes outside in humid air–will cause your curls to kink up and revolt against Vidal Sassoon, who would most certainly roll over in his grave, the poor man.

 

  Such a Tease

Sexy 1960s hair

Backcombing, or teasing, as it is affectionately called in the industry, is a great way to build volume and create a sexy silhouette like the photos above and below. It’s also a great way to break the hair and destroy the healthy smooth cuticle on your strands. For this reason, I do not recommend teasing your hair every day, or soon you will have very little hair to work with. For an elegant night out, however, I am so fond of these looks.

Braided teased mess

They’re both half-up, half-down hairstyles with a slightly disheveled look that I like to call “Bedroom Hair.” You want it to look like you just took a tumble with someone and almost got caught. A little dirty, yes, but that’s what makes it so drop-dead sexy!!! Live a little!

 

Orange hair tucked in

The look above is serious haute couture hair…..Notice the way the fashion stylist for this shoot put the model’s hair underneath the garment to peek out. I love this technique because it is very unusual. I’ve actually never seen another woman do it, other than myself. It’s kind of like you’re playing with the clothes and challenging traditional notions of how to dress oneself. I think it’s very creative. You can do this with jewelry in lieu of the fabric—especially if you have a gorgeous large statement necklace. It just looks so cool and unique to tuck the hair beneath the necklace or weave it in between the gems, something like that. Very avant garde. 

Heavily teased beehive

And finally, the French twist above gets its own twist when you backcomb it for a bigger end result. I love the look of a French twist, and many women can do them on themselves, so give it a try and practice teasing the hair before you assemble. Check online for tutorials. They’re all over the internet. 

Elegantly Wasted

 Messy mess

Sometimes, the best solution for a problem is the opposite of what you might have expected. Such is the case with “Elegantly Wasted” hair. The contrast looks so hot, I think. It’s young and hip and modern. Just look at our striking model above. Her messy hair looks great when worn with sooty rockstar eyeliner and a shiny nude lip….pure seduction! 

Giant teased mass

I also like “Elegantly Wasted” updos. They look great with couture.

Blonde mess with roses

Add an Accessory

Integrating hair accessories into your coif is a great way to make your style even more dramatic and memorable. I love the bevy of blooms in the “Elegantly Wasted” updo above. Hair accessories don’t have to cost a fortune, either. Synthetic flowers like the ones above are not costly, and neither are chopsticks, below.

Chop sticks and flower

I highly recommend getting a few hair accessories to jazz things up. Chopsticks look great in a simple topknot or back bun, and a flower behind the ear is always fresh and pretty in the summertime.

 

Pink ribbon

I also love a little ribbon from the fabric store. This type of trim is cheap, cheap, cheap, but as you can see, it looks so sweet and lovely above.

 

Hair jewelry

Hair gems and jeweled sticks are two more cool accessories that I love playing with, and as you can see, the sticks look downright elegant in a modern geisha updo.

Working With a Hat or Fascinator

 

Black lace veil

The headwear craze is surging through fashion right now at a feverish pace, and I could not be any more thrilled. I’ve always loved hats, and the new creations, by so many talented milliners, are so creative, wildly imagined, and artistically executed. Headwear always elevates an ensemble to newer, more avant garde heights, but if you are not sure how to wear your headpiece, here are some tips.

 

Slicked back with leather hat

When wearing a hat or fascinator, you usually cannot go wrong with a simple bun or elegant chignon at the nape of the neck. Sweep the rest of the hair back for a smooth look, and then put on your headpiece.

 

Slicked with fascinator

As you can see, the hat or headpiece takes center stage and a bad hair day is nullified.

 

Floral fascinator

You can also perch your headpiece atop a French twist…

 

 

Red mink fascinator

…or wear it rakishly on one side with a high pony!

 

Christian lacroix 2

I love to see creativity in dressing. It makes the ultimate imago more memorable, so try integrating the hair with the headpiece, as shown above on the catwalk at Christian Lacroix.

Christian lacroix

And remember that you can combine elements for a really beautiful outcome. Wear a long synthetic ponytail with some ribbon or a flower, or both! Hair accessories integrate faux hair with your own hair seamlessly and make the partnership even more believable.


Keeping Track of Trends

Long loose braid

Keeping track of trends insures that your hairstyle will look cool and current and cutting-edge. Fashion is forever changing. And if 2014 was the year of the braid, above, then 2015 is primed to promote the pony!!!

 

All ponytails

The runways at Fashion Week were positively permeated with the popular pony!!! Above, from left to right, the pony appeared, in different incarnations, at: Monique L’huillier, Herve Leger, Fendi, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Chanel!

The pony popped up at both Dior and Carolina Herrera as well. At Dior it was a sultry rendition by stylist Guido Palau, and at Herrera, Orlando Pita styled the pony low and sleek and wrapped with silver leather!!!

The Power of the Pony

 

Formal ponytail

I positively adore the look of a ponytail with couture. You’re challenging conventions and redefining elegance. Rules are meant to be broken. Trust me, life is way more interesting that way. So the next time you contemplate your hairstyle for an haute couture moment, consider a high pony like the one above. You can buy the synthetic ponytail at wig shops on the cheap, so they are an attractive option for Haute Couture Hair on a budget. In addition, they are easy-peezy to put in, and instantly transform hair from drab to drama! I like to use my own hair to wrap around the base of the ponytail for a similar effect to what we saw at Dior.

Color

 

 

Chic pony

The color or colors of your coif will definitely factor into the final look. Bright colors and unusual colors are widely accepted nowadays, and I must admit, I think I have a crush on cherry red, above. If you can find a synthetic pony like the one above, there’s no need to even damage your own hair in the curious quest for color.

Pink knots

Do you see how the bright colors above work with couture? I think it looks unique and fabulous, but experiment and find your signature style.

Cruella 3

Personallly, I’m slightly obsessed with the notion of opposites, and I’m digging this photo editorial above, sourced by my fashionable friend Lexee of Lexee Couture. The model is a witty nod to Cruella Deville. Love it. I’d like to try this in reverse: my black hair with a single, brilliant white skunk stripe! Talk about drama!!!


If All Else Fails….


Slicked with chopsticks

 

If you’ve run out of money, time, or options, or if the hairdresser screws it up, simply slick your hair back in a tight bun, puncture it with a pair of chopsticks, and call it a day……a Bad Hair Day. See you around. xxx

Monday, March 30, 2015

Clothes Crush: Italian Fashion Designer Sylvio Giardina

Sylvio giardina coat 2015 2016

Hi guys! I am totally crushing on this fabulous coat by Italian artist and fashion designer, Sylvio Giardina!!! Isn’t it just spectacular?

I realize that summer is just around the corner and high temperatures are eminent….but it’s never too early to plan ahead with regard to fashion! I just discovered this coat and fell head-over-heels in love! Imagine the couture scene you could create in this stylish offering from Sylvio’s 2015-2016 fall collection! I will wear it with leather leggings or a leather mini-skirt and thick textured tights! It is so decidedly ‘now,’ what with the current black-and-white trend that you’re seeing all around the European runways. This coat is just heavenly….

Sylvio, who created his namesake brand in 2011, is truly an artist, and that is a fact. You see, the search for a new silhouette is the philosophy of his work. Classic shapes of the body are eliminated to create other, new ones. While doing a lot of experimentation, Sylvio never loses sight of the main function that the clothes must be wearable. He believes that you must find a balance between creativity and production.

For Sylvio Giardina, “art is the inspiration, and fashion is the instrument,” he stated. “These are not separate entities, but complementary and indispensable to one another.” Wow, now that’s an intelligent approach to beauty. Thanks, Sylvio…and can you ship that coat to me, STAT?!? I’m planning ahead, Darling. xxx

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Top Trend Prediction: Facial Jewelry

Givenchy facial jewelry 1

Models for Givenchy floated down the runway with a new form of embellishment that I’m deeming one of the most exciting forthcoming trends, ever: facial jewelry. This is my bet for the single most important innovation that has sprung from the 2015 fall fashion collections. Other things, we have seen before—whether it be the certain swing of a silhouette or a particular texture of a textile…Facial jewelry, however, is something so unique and unchartered that I’m completely thrilled to write about it, and even more curious to see where this no doubt novel and unique trend may surface again and yet again, as I am wagering it eventually will.

Givenchy facial jewelry 2

The brilliant makeup artist Pat McGrath adhesed pearls and gems to the models’ faces as per requested by Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci, who wanted to embellish them.

Givenchy facial jewelry

“He gave us the jewelry,” McGrath stated, “but we had to work out how it would stay on,” she continued, “because it was quite weighty,” and the process took more than six hours to complete. Because some of the septum piercings almost resemble a handlebar moustache, I am actually preferential to the facial embellishments we witnessed at John Galliano’s brilliant debut for Maison Margiela just months ago, below. This art was also crafted by Pat McGrath.

Galliano 1

I adore the dramatic smoky gem-encrusted eye above and the shellacked gold-leafing on the model’s hair. Talk about exotique!

 Pat mcgrath for galliano at margiela

And just look at the workmanship above, also from Galliano’s debut! On the model, left: a beaded brow, giant clusters of gems, shimmering eyeshadow and a glistening golden hairline; on the model, right: a face covered with pearls and sparkling stones! I love the way they drape across the forehead and the cheekbones, and hang with an asymmetrical precision off one side of the model, where here, the face truly is a canvas!

 

I am so fascinated by the concept of facial jewelry, and so curious to see how it will evolve. And if you’re like me, and you want to start experimenting with facial jewlery but you’re not quite as artistic (or patient) as Pat McGrath and her staff of talented makeup artists, here is a little secret: the jewelry doesn’t have to be attached to the face with glue or piercings….Do you remember my friend Marianna Harutunian? She is the jeweler I wrote about back in 2014, and she…is…fabulous! Read my article from last September here, where I introduce you to Marianna and I discuss the future face of jewelry.

But first, check out these jaw-dropping jewels that just garnered her heavy praise from moi, personally! Here is a way to incorporate the facial jewelry trend without the bother of time-consuming methods, sticky glue, or piercings! Just look at this headdress, below, on Scandinavian star Laleh in her video “Colors,” styled and directed by Bea Åkerlund!!!

Laleh face shot

 

Isn’t it positively ethereal?!?! I could see this headpiece as a veil alternative for a rebel bride…or an accessory worn by a fashionista at a formal event like a fund-raising banquet for a chic cause, or perhaps to the opera or some such…or even on the beach, for an haute couture moment! It’s super sexy!!!

 

Laleh s fingers

This shot from the same video by Laleh, above, shows even more of Marianna’s breathtaking work! Note the crystal fingernail armor on each tip and that insane hand harness! I need these in my life!!! Marianna, are you listening? 

(AND……as a quick but profound aside, Marianna’s agent told me that the accessories director at Alexander McQueen in London left a message for her! Hmmm….what could be brewing there? I will keep you posted if I hear, my darlings!)

Now, go read that article I wrote about Marianna, before you forget! Don’t worry, fashion can get me all ADD sometimes, too!

Until next time…Peace. Love. Beauty.

xxx