It’s no surprise that fashion people are generally accepted as some of the most difficult personalities out there. It’s not necessarily a bad thing — they just have very specific visions of their objectives and how to reach them. You can’t write off an entire demographic, of course, because there are always exceptions, even if they aren’t technically the rule. There’s no better paradigm of this aberration from the norm than Alber Elbaz, the Israeli fashion designer who has headed the house of Lanvin since 2001. In telltale form, model Lily Donaldson calls him “a magical man,” and I would be inclined to agree. With his self-deprecating, humble wit, frank honesty, and tenderhearted approach to women’s fashion, Elbaz isn’t just one of the nicest people in fashion — I think he may very well be one of the nicest people, period. Keep reading »
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What is this, a kimono pantsuit? I don’t get it. How does one get in and out of this garment? It seems like Rihanna has been getting into Asian-inspired styling in a big way — she wore a Pucci kimono pajama set to another premiere of “Battleship” just last week. On the bright side, this is the best hair and makeup I’ve ever seen on the pop star. Props! [photo via Just Jared]
“I carry McCormick’s Pure Vanilla Extract — the baking kind — and dab it on my neck. Men are attracted to the scent! One time, I put it on and four different guys were like, ‘You smell amazing!’”
— I’m so not surprised that this absurdity came from the mouth of Jennifer Love Hewitt. You know how it goes: if men like it, it must be good! [Us Weekly]
Okay, so it may not be an entire Missoni-designed condominium tower, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t impressive: renowned Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta was given carte blanche to design a 1,400-square-foot suite in Chicago’s Park Hyatt Hotel. The Lake Suite by Bottega Veneta boasts a master bedroom, separate living and dining areas, a kitchen, an office, and two bathrooms, all decorated in their trademark understated, unfussy luxury. Of course, the room wouldn’t be complete without touches of the brand’s signature woven leather, which embellishes the furniture drawn from their home collection. The press release states that the “warm and light” palette is composed of signature Bottega Veneta neutrals, “like pergamena and noce.” Pergamena and noce! Imagine that. [Refinery29, Park Hyatt Chicago]
If you’ve ever been photographed with professional lighting versus, well, any other type of lighting, you’ll know how much well-placed shadows and highlights can change the structure on your face. Almost every time I look at a photo of myself, I’m bothered by how unphotogenic I am. “I don’t even look like that!,” I whine, thrusting the picture into the hand of anyone who will take it. “Tell me I don’t look like that.” When I look in the mirror, I’m often (but not always) content with the fundamental way I look: the structure of my face, the definition of my cheekbones, my almond-shaped eyes. My face in photographs makes me sad. I will never forget how sometime in elementary school there was a picture hung on the wall from our class Halloween party. Whenever I looked at it, I noticed a round-faced, unfortunate-looking girl who I didn’t know. She wasn’t in my class. Finally, sometime at the end of the school year, I asked someone who it was. “That’s you!,” they said. Oh. Keep reading »
Macy’s is really getting on their designer collaboration flow these days. Their first few capsule lines were little-hyped and could have fallen easily to the wayside, but they followed up with a power line-up: first Doo.Ri, with Alberta Ferretti hot on its heels, and now news has broken that Calvin Klein designer and perennial supermodel favorite Francisco Costa is next up before the Ferretti line has even hit stores. Hey, we’re not complaining — the more high-end designers with mid-range price points, the better, if you ask me. Unlike the other collars, which were part of Macy’s contemporary Impulse line, Costa’s collection will be part of the chain’s promotion to benefit the Amazon rainforest under the title of “A Magical Journey to Brasil” — consequently, Costa’s home. The “fresh, youthful” line of crepe and jersey dresses will be priced from $135 to $180, a mere shadow of what his other designs go for, and sold in more than 80 Macy’s stores and on Macys.com starting May 15. Is that a subsequent database crash I see in the distance? [The Cut]
I do enjoy going to museums and galleries to get a closer look at art, whether it’s an iconic masterpiece produced by a long-dead Renaissance man or a modern work by an up-and-comer, but truth be told, I’m also lazy. Of course, some of the most amazing museums are right here in New York City, but $20+ price of admission and a long hike uptown are two factors that invariably make me want to gag. I fantasize about one day strolling through, say, the Château de Chantilly or the Leopold in Vienna, but those dreams are intangible for now.
Thankfully, the fine people at Google, bless them, have established what I think to be one of the most truly innovative ideas on the web: the Google Art Project, which allows users to look at works of art from galleries all over the world. Keep reading »
I’m a diehard believer in the power of makeup to make you not just look better (though it’s a fortunate byproduct) but truly feel better. We’ve all reenacted, purposely or not, the scene from “Mean Girls” that shows the Plastics staring in the mirror alongside one another, discrediting their appearances, one by one, for one reason or another. Everybody is flawed, thank the powers that be, and it’s up to us to make the best of those flaws — in many cases, to embrace them, rather than hide or strive to change. Self-confidence is a tenuous thing, but it’s always important to do what you can to benefit your own. For me, not necessarily everyone, the most negligible amount of makeup on a bare face can spin my worldview 360 degrees. I’ve narrowed it down to a few products that, in conjunction or on their own, can take my slightly swollen Sunday morning face from sad to suitable — not just for public viewing, but for feeling good about myself, too. My must-haves may not apply to everyone, but if you’re the type of person like me who spends a couple of days lazing around the house, resultantly feels like crap, and needs an about-face instant-beauty pick-me-up, there’s nothing quite like one of these quick fixes.
I cannot lie: there must be a bit of Hot Topic teen buried somewhere within me, because I have an undeniable attraction to unnaturally-hued hair, specifically colors more commonly found in a 64-pack of Crayolas — you know, the nice one with the sharpener. But like any hair color (or trend, for that matter) some people carry it well, while others … not so much. Luckily, celebrities have taken to testing the waters on this adventurous creative-cool look, giving us some pretty good examples of what and what not to do. Check out the good versus the bad (in my opinion — your thoughts may vary!) in the gallery above.
Oh, Claire. Just yesterday I was fawning over your honest, funny, totally relatable interview with ASOS. You looked simultaneously adorable and enviably cool. You called yourself a “sales slut”; I identified. The Preen dress you wore last night to the premiere of “Girls,” however, was a different story. A really, really different story — it was straight up ugly. Bad fit, bad length, bad … design. Bad everything, really. Your hair and makeup looks great, but as far as the outfit goes, the question must be posed: what were you thinking? Even Chloe Sevigny would say, “That’s ugly.” Actually, maybe not, but you should know better than to ever take fashion advice from Chloe Sevigny.