Tag Archives: fall 2010

Sneak Peek: The J.Crew Fall Preview Was Gorgeous, Obvi

Even though spring weather is just peeping out from the layers of yesterday’s ice and we’re just barely defrosting, the fashion world works in mysterious ways, kids, and editors are busy checking out upcoming fall collections. Last night we scoped out J.Crew‘s deliciously styled fall line and at least we can say we have something to look forward to when it gets chilly out again. The sequins trend continues with drool-worthy bedazzled pants and skirts, and spots of denim, leather, wool, tweed, yummy jewelry and hats are all on the menu. Another look (and the ultra sharp men’s collection), after the jump. Keep reading »

That Iceberg At Chanel Was Real!?

Maybe we were a little slow to realize this, but apparently that huge iceberg in the middle of Chanel’s runway was in fact a real iceberg. Imported from Sweden. (Seriously, where was our Chanel Paris Fashion Week invite this year? We’re missing extremely important news here, people!) We’re actually not surprised that Uncle Karl would stop at nothing to realize his snowman-chic show, but these details via New York mag are still pretty crazy: The ‘berg weighed 265 tons, needed 35 ice sculptors for a six-day carving job, and required a room temperature of a chilly 28-degrees Fahrenheit (you can bet Anna kept her fur coat on during the show). We wonder what Lagerfeld is planning next that could possibly outdo transporting a giant hunk of the tundra to Paris? [New York Mag] Keep reading »

Alexander McQueen’s Final Collection

Yesterday, a handful of fashion editors were treated to a private showing of Alexander McQueen‘s fall collection, a mix of Hieronymus Bosch and other great artist-inspired prints that, as Suzy Menkes put it, embodied “the designer’s exceptional reach from historic past to cyberspace future.” The models wore mystical-looking golden mohawks, the shoes were outrageous, and of course, the couture-quality clothes were absolutely transcendent. If you’d like to see the 16 looks up close — and you should, the level of detail is insane — click on their hyper zoom-friendly slideshow. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Trend Spotting: Metallics Rule At Paris Fashion Week

The big takeaway from the French collections? Lots of shine. There was a stunning silver suit at Balenciaga, gold dresses and jackets at Dries Van Noten, a gorgeous shift woven with silver metallic threads by Martine Sitbon and Giles Deacon presented flashy pants and prom dresses. Sadly, it’s hard to do less-expensive metallic looks without looking, well, cheap, but expect the trend to shimmy down to the Urban Outfitters and American Apparels of the world soon. A great way to trick out this trend without looking like Ziggy Stardust? Accessorize with a metallic bag or belt. Keep reading »

Pro Trick To Get Lips Their Darkest Aubergine

Besides all the signature zigzag prints and tribal silhouettes, the real star of Missoni‘s Fall 2010 show was (for me anyway), the deep, dark eggplant-hued lips the models sported in what MAC makeup artist Lucia Peroni called “A little bit Scottish, a little Masai, a little punk.” Sounds good to me. I’m a little obsessed because I’ve always been drawn to lip shades in blackberries and deep plums–must be my junior high goth roots–but Lucia’s mix is ultra arresting and looks really unique. To get the look she used MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony, mixed Lipsticks in Cyber and Hang-Up and blended them into the lips with a brush, then applied Matte on top to get rid of any and all shine. How ’bout that! Black eye liner to get your darkest plum! Love it. Will I be wearing this look to work Monday? Not bloody likely, but I may do some experimenting this weekend. Keep reading »

Trend Spotting: The Chic And Chunky Heel

I’m not sure if it’s the winter doldrums that are inspiring designers or just causing me to notice, but the runways were full of chunky boots, perfect to stomp around the concrete city in. During Derek Lam’s Wild West-inspired collection, I fell in love with his modern take on cowboy boots, which were feminine yet hard and fashionably utilitarian. His footwear of choice wasn’t the only chunky boot on the runways for the fall 2010 season. Alexander Wang give his models a 5-inch round heel while Narciso Rodriguez’s mid-calf boots (left) were substantial, and both Tracy Reese and Peter Som paired their delicate designs with platform boots. Time to put away your skinny heels! Keep reading »

“Gossip Girl”-Style Camping At Isaac Mizrahi?

It was the last day of Fashion Week, and despite having to hobble around on heels that made our feet burn, backstage at Isaac Mizrahi’s show was coolishly refreshing. Because Isaac cited “camping on the Upper East Side” of Manhattan as part of the inspiration for his fall collection, makeup artist Val Garland made them look as chilly as they would if they were sleeping outdoors on one of New York’s coldest evenings. She used MAC Prep and Prime powder to matte-ify the skin and create what she called an all-around “frosty and frozen” look, applied Vanilla Eye Shadow to lighten the models’ lids, and used Lip Pencil in Naked, which is actually really wearable and pretty. We’re not sure we’ll go full-on ice queen (or go camping uptown anytime soon), but Val’s perfectly matte, nude lips were inspiring. Keep reading »

The Sleek Lip Show At Davidelfin

Makeup artist Gregory Arlt dubbed the Davidelfin fall 2010 beauty look the “lip show” because, as you guessed it, the makeup was all about lipstick. Most of the Davidelfin collection is black, but Gregory said he was inspired by two magenta coats, so he created a full lip to match. He first applied the Process Magenta Paint Stick from the MAC Pro line (we non-professionals can use the MAC lipstick in Lustering for the same effect). Then, he dabbed the Show Orchid lipstick on top. The combo of both of these pigments created a neon fuchsia, which is a departure from the typical fall lip colors of burgundy, blood red, and classic red. To keep the focus on the lip, Gregory left the skin and eyes “cold” with little to no color. The skin was moisturized with Studio Moisture Fix, and then he applied Face and Body Foundation. The foundation was set with Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, which Gregory calls “the all you need powder” because it doesn’t look like powder, but also buffs away the rubbery texture of foundation. The cheeks were left bare; instead he contoured them following the natural bone structure of the models. He defined the eyes by applying an eyeshadow that matched the models’ skin tone and then applied a darker but also natural-looking shadow into the creases. Gregory also applied concealer to the eyebrows to give them a bleached look, but he doesn’t recommend this for regular women — it’s purely for the runway. With a lip this bold, the hair was left sleek and simple with a low, braided ponytail. Check out more photos after the jump. Keep reading »

Make Way For This Model’s Shoulders

So much for shoulder pads going out of style. At the African Collective show, they were very much out in full force. [NYC, 2/13/10] Keep reading »

Do Not Attempt The Blonds’ Nails At Home

We take it back–technically, you could re-create the amazing nail look at The Blonds’ fun, wacky show, but we would recommend stepping away from the broken glass part. Creative Nail Design nailist Kristina Esterbrooks used CND Coulours in Scarlet Letter, Blackjack and Brilliant white nail enamels mixed with crushed glass and glitter to make beautifully bright and textured nails that looked so perfect with the modern-day glamor-puss hair and makeup. Pretty. Dangerous. Keep reading »

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