I’m all for Aldo’s collaborations with high-end designers at a lower price point, and I usually die for Preen, but I don’t know if these are working for me. They’re a replica of the shoes worn on the runway in the design duo’s heavily pixelated spring 2012 collection, but I wasn’t so sure of them there, either. I loved the dresses in the show mainly because of the large scale of the pixels, so I think this condensed incarnation lacks the impact of a bigger print. I do, however, love that chunky, sculptural heel. I’m so torn. What do you think? Would you wear them? ($155, Aldo)
Have you heard about BB cream? It’s the latest buzzword in beauty, and for good reason. Any product can claim to change your life, but this one actually will. “BB” stands for Blemish Balm, a product that’s been popular on the Asian market for years but has only recently presented itself in the States and Europe. It was originally formulated by a German dermatologist as a treatment to help patients of laser facial surgery soothe and protect the resulting extremely sensitive skin while imparting light coverage. Somehow it found its way to Asia, where it became increasingly celebrated, before it was brought to other countries. BB cream is like a primer plus tinted moisturizer on crack, if crack was skincare benefits and sun protection and made foundation totally superfluous. While before it could only be accessed through questionable Korean dealers on Amazon (I went there), big American brands are now cashing in on this in-demand beauty booster, and I couldn’t be more excited. If you haven’t sampled a BB cream yet, you must. Once you give it a try, you’ll never go back to thick, cake foundation. They come at all different price points and there’s bound to be one that suits you.
Paris Fashion Week is my favorite for many reasons, not all of which are a direct result of my all-encompassing Francophilia. I love the grandiose clothes marched down the catwalk, the sense of total, no-holds-barred luxury, and, well, the refined French-ness of it all. It also helps that many of the most iconic designers show there. Whatever the reason, I haunt Style.com for eight days, clicking furiously until the latest coverage appears, then I drink it all in with my eyes wide and mathematically assess my chances of wedding an impossibly wealthy, possibly corrupt oligarch who has the means to finance all of my wildest fashion dreams. Just kidding! As someone whose personal mantra is “think rich, look poor,” ballroom confections aren’t my thing. What I do covet straight off the runway is the beauty. It certainly helps that models are beautiful to begin with, but the makeup artists who serve them have all but mastered the art of taking pretty perfect canvases and turning them into flawless works of art. Here are my favorite beauty looks, hot off the runway. Tell me — which of these faces would you like to try yourself? [all images via Style Bistro]
A couple of weeks ago, we showed you the GIFs Steven Meisel created as a teaser for this spread, which will be featured in Vogue Italia’s April issue. The usual cover girls are in some distinctly unusual ensembles, poses, and situations, and it seems to have stirred up a bit of controversy. The publication alleges that the shoot was inspired by drag queens, but others, like Vibe, are calling racism. I would say questionable taste, yes, but not racism, especially after reading the accompanying description. What’s your opinion? Mine is that both photographer Steven Meisel and makeup artist Pat McGrath, who did the faces, are complete criminal geniuses. This editorial is all kinds of progressive. [Fashionista]
I carry around a makeup bag with me every day. It’s a small makeup bag, but it’s not light, mostly because I have shoved things into it over capacity. I stuff it into whatever bag I’m carrying, even if it’s a teeny-tiny crossbody like the one I use during the week to offset my 1,000-pound laptop bag. Some days I don’t even use anything in the makeup bag, but it comforts me to have it in my possession, like a narcissistic safety blanket. This little bag is the one I’m sharing because my at-home makeup bag, the one I use to get ready in the morning, has been known to leave brothers, fathers, boyfriends, and even mothers flabbergasted by the sheer weight and seize of it. This one is marginally less shocking: it contains very little real makeup and is more like a shrine to lip balm. Here’s what’s in my dirty little makeup bag — do you have a permanent purse beauty fixture like mine? Keep reading »
Perfume may not be for everyone, but those of us who love it really love it. I have a hyper-sensitive sense of smell — I smell things before anyone else does, and I can often identify them instantly. I can smell a new perfume offhand and rattle off the most dominant notes in it. Many of my childhood memories are steeped in scent, so much so that whenever I catch a whiff of the Yves Saint Laurent Paris perfume my mother wore when I was small, I’m suddenly five years old again. Keep reading »
Louis Vuitton is basically synonymous with luxury, so it’s no surprise that the brand goes all-out for its shows … especially with one Marc Jacobs at the helm. If you thought last season’s stunning life-size carousel was unbeatable, well, think again. As is fitting for a collection heavily influenced by “the golden age of rail travel,” Jacobs and team Vuitton truly outdid themselves with a custom-painted, LV-branded steam locomotive that transported the models out onto the runway. I can only daydream about the kinds of shows Marc would produce should he be tapped for la Maison Dior … [Fashionista]
Chanel is one of the biggest trendsetters season after season. After all, we’re talking about the brand that made temporary tattoos chic. Global creative director of beauty Peter Philips is inarguably a makeup mastermind and his bedazzled eyebrows are nothing if not striking, but I pray that this latest venture will not be the next one to make its way off the runway and out into the streets. High fashion is high fashion for a reason. This is the reason.
Kanye “dressed” Kim, whatever that means, for her appearance at his fashion show in Paris, so naturally that’s head-to-toe Kanye West you’re seeing … or not seeing, if you’ve already closed your eyes to make it go away. I’m somewhat less concerned about the fur than the human she must have scalped for their hair.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I almost prefer Fashion Week street style to the clothes marched down the runway. I know, I know, it’s basically blasphemy, and I acknowledge that none of the real-girl style would exist without catwalk collections to forecast trends, but there’s nothing quite like seeing an actual outfit put together in an individualistic way. Of course, the attendees of the shows also happen to be some of the best-dressed ladies in the world. Checking out street style shots induces way more envy in me than the designs alone. I always find myself thinking, “where did she get that?,” or “damn, I wish I thought of that first.” I didn’t think of it first, but I will relentlessly copycat the effortless, inspired outfits until I’ve mastered creating them myself. If you, like me, are in the throes of style thievery, try these three Paris Fashion Week street style-inspired looks on for size.