A few weeks ago I attended an event where I was introduced to Bandelettes, a brand that produces thigh bands to relieve all of the uncomfortable problems of inner thigh chafing that many women encounter when wearing skirts and dresses.
What is chafing? It’s the irritation skin may experience due to the repetitive friction from a specific area, such as the thighs, rubbing together. Bandelettes prevents this problem, with an exclusive trademarked and patented design that features non-slip silicon on the underside of elastic lace that lightly wraps thighs and stays in place. The result: no more redness and soreness and the elimination of messy powders or lotions. Moreover, the garment is not just functional, but aesthetically pleasing, as the 6-inch long chic lace can provide a sexy peek-a-book look to rev up any outfit.
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Every looked for a fashionable way to store your makeup brushes? The Hold Me Company has just announced a new size to their line of makeup organizer bags, The Hold Me Middle Sister Bag. The eco-friendly mid-sized bag is just a step-down in size from the largest and original Hold Me Bag and perfectly fits inside an average purse for easy transportation. Available in 11 different patterns, including basic black to bright pinks, the bag is a chic way to organize an assortment of cosmetics and brushes that can be stored for daily use. Closed, the Middle Sister Hold Me Bag measures, 9″ H, by 6″ W, by 2.5″ D, and extends to 20″ W when fully opened, giving full access to makeup and brushes with 8 separate brush sleeves. The exterior of the bag is made of vegan black suede, and the bag includes a removable bottom liner.
Hand made in the USA, the Hold Me Bags are available in three sizes and retail for $60 to $95. The Hold Me Bags can be purchased online and at fine makeup and beauty supply retailers.
Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a playful twist on the traditional ponytail look for Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2014 Paris Fashion Week show. The out-of-the-box look lent itself well to the eccentric designs presented in the collection season, and added lightness to the collection as a whole.
“The collection this season felt more eclectic, so I wanted the hair at Valentino to be more whimsical and playful,” said Guido. “I created a simple part and added a little bit of height at the crown to give the hair a late 60s kind of feel. Regardless of these youthful subtitles, the vibe remained true to the brand’s identity. The hair is beautiful and very Valentino.”
Here’s how to get the look yourself at home:
Redken Products Used – Collection:
-guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam
-forceful 23 super strength hairspray
Create the Look:
1.Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair
2.Blow-dry hair straight with natural bristle brush
3.Create a clean center part
4.Comb hair straight back creating slight lift at the crown
5.Gather hair into a low ponytail covering ears and secure with elastic
6.Place elastics every 2-3 inches down the ponytail
7.Pull hair in between each elastic to puff out the hair
8.Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray
During New York Fashion Week designer Diego Binetti revealed his FW14 collection title LOVE. The collection features cape-like wool coats, wild prints, and oversized knits and tops. According to Binetti, “The LOVE by Diego Binetti FW14 has a spirit that is Nomadic with a city-slicker vibe…LOVE collection is unapologetically street-inspired with a sophisticated bohemian flair.”
Stylist Jenny Balding created the hair look for the collection’s debut developing hairstyles that had a naturally disheveled, rocknroll, effortless feel. “This is a woman who wouldn’t spend much time on her hair, but looks effortlessly sexy and disheveled. “ said Balding. “Enhancing natural beauty was key for this look.”
Here are the steps to create the look:
•Start with clean, dry hair to showcase hair’s natural texture
•Use a dry shampoo like Redken pillow proof blow dry two day extender & oil absorbing dry shampoo to give body and volume at the roots
•Spray section by section from the nape of the neck, right up to the front hairline
•Mist hair all over with a light hairspray – “I used Redken fashion work 12 versatile working spray as you can layer it on without it becoming sticky” said Balding.
•Use a large curling iron only to create a bend in the mid shaft of the hair – this creates movement and texture
•Shake your hair out and let it fall into its natural part to give this effortless, sexy disheveled finish
On Friday, February 14th I attended the 6pm show of Couture Fashion Week featureing designers Nonye Lumm Couture, Wesley Petermann and Marisol Henriquez.
Set to the pulsating beats of African music Nonye Lumm Couture was first up with a vivid display of gorgeous evening gowns, billowing dresses and tailored suits. The edgy androgynous creations of swiss designer Wesley Petermann was up next. Highlights included a show-stopping fur dress creation, and a flamboyant Lady-Gaga-esqe metal top with spikes. Lastly, Marisol Henriquez presented her with “Retro Texturas” Collection featuring rich and varied textures, oversized bows and translucent bodices.
The hair at the 2014 Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week presentation by Marc By Marc Jacobs, brought us all back to our school girl days, with two tight clean braids accessorized with black headbands. The hair was made a little playful with slightly disheveled strands, as a way to make it clear that even though the hairstyle was playful, a Marc girl isn’t a typical girl next door. The hairstyle “incorporated elements of manga, cartoon warriors and Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family into the look I designed for Marc by Marc Jacobs.,” said Redken Creative Consultant Guido. “I created this schoolgirl hairstyle with the Marc girl in mind, in that I wanted the overall style to remain youthful, cool and a bit punk. There is substance and style to the Marc girl, but there is also a rebellious dark side. Quite simply, the two braids are not meant to be that cute or innocent.”
Intrested in how to get the look? Then, read on.
Redken Products Used:
-flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste
-pillow proof blowdry two day extender
Create the Look:
1. Apply flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste to damp hair from root to ends
2. Rough dry the hair with fingers
3. Create a messy center part down the center and divide hair into two sections
4. Apply pillow proof blowdry two day extender from mid-lengths to ends for added texture
5. Braid hair tightly on each side and fasten with an elastic
6. Place black headband behind ears
7. Pull some loose pieces around the face for an undone finish
On Monday, February 10th I attended the A/W 2014 Presentation of London fashion designer Misha Vaidya at New York’s Lali Lali Gallery. Vaida’s clothing line By Misha, which launched in 2011, always unveils a collection with a unique story and theme. This season’s collection titled “Eloquence,” debuted against a simplistic romantic backdrop of hanging lights in a dimly lit room. Featuring deep colors such as navy, burgundy, mustard and olive-green, the collection includes expertly tailored cropped jackets, flowy dresses, pencil skirts and several lace pieces. Check out some of the photos below to see some of the garments that were on display.
Looking for you next fashionable outfit? Check out the new arrivals at Liveinfashion.com , an online boutique launched in December 2009 by Michelle Akers. The website features unusual, daring and bold pieces for the woman who dares to be different and is a reflection of Akers’ unique style. The new winter collection includes feisty jewelry pieces, sultry peek-a-boo black garments, and metallic gold and silver fashions at affordable prices. Check out some of the new items available now below.
Paris Hilton was spotted wearing a fabulous red jacket at LAX Airport at the end of December.
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What do you get the name brand aficionado in your life who has everything? How about a limited edition brown and beige monogram Louis Vuitton teddy bear? The bear named DouDou, is the only teddy bear made by Louis Vuitton in 150 years, and recently became available at NYC’s Toy Tokyo for a whopping $8,999.99, a steep price to pay for a toy stuffed with cotton. The bear was first offered to the top 500 Louis Vuitton VIPs worldwide during the 2004-05 Fall/Winter mens runway collection. Now, DouDou is available for regular non-VIP folk who have enough bank to spend on this exclusive item. Interested snagging one? Click here.
During Couture Fashion Week held in NYC this past September, there were various exhibits stationed outside the entrance of the Grand Ballroom, including Oksana Tanasiv, a Ukrainian-born American artist who recreates fashion as a 3-dimensional art using fabric and Swarovski® crystals on canvas. The unique collection of oil paintings is really something to be admired. Beautiful crystals sparkle and glimmer off of “Secret” (pictured above) and soft fabric realistically drapes off the canvas of “A La Dior” (pictured below). Each masterpiece would make the perfect gift for the die-hard fashion enthusiast in your life. For more information and to see more pieces in the collection click here.
The other day I was sitting on the train in New York City and could not help but admire the feather earrings worn by the woman sitting across from me. Her outfit was nothing more than a plain grey t-shirt and blue jean shorts, but the addition of the long maroon feather earrings dangling from her earlobes took the outfit from bland to chic. Try adding some (faux) feather earrings inspired by your favorite bird, and watch your outfit pop. Below are some suggestions.
Whether it’s to the gym or on a night out on the town, color blocked leggings are a chic wardrobe must-have wearable any time of year. Take advantage of the trend, but remember, not all leggings are created equal….be sure to wear the most appropriate one for each activity.
As part of a fashionable outfit:
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The recent Couture New York Bridal Fashion Week, held at the Hilton hotel in New York City, was home to many beautiful wedding gowns this season. But, amongst the sea of chiffon, the collection that stood out the most to me was Je vous aime by Cymbeline. The European company debuted its 2014 collection featuring regal gowns delicately constructed by hand with intricate lace detailing and embroidered bodices. Whether you’re preparing to walk down the aisle or just fantasizing about it, the collection, which evokes the spirit of French romanticism, features options that appeal to every woman. Here are some of my top picks.
The Timeless Beauty
The traditional bride will love the simple elegance of dresses like Hadda and Hane (shown below). The soft, romantic ball gowns with large skirts have a lightweight, airy appearance, while still looking luxurious and feminine.
The Vintage Princess
For the bride that wants to feel regal and channel the classic Grace Kelly look with a sheer bateau neckline and a blossoming skirt, dresses like Hippie and Himalya offer a modern twist on Kelly’s timeless look. Cymbeline also offers numerous hand-made wedding boleros and cover-ups that can be purchased separately to achieve a similar look.
The evocative sheer corset bodices and dramatic tulle flounces featured in dresses Holly and Hirma will be appealing for the fashion-forward bride that wants to turn heads and feel sexy on her wedding day.
The Simple Bride
Not all weddings call for extravagant gowns. Some brides opt for more simplistic looks on their big day and dresses such as Hermione and Hera are perfect for these no-fuss wives-to-be. Perfect for a beach or outdoor wedding, the delicate fabric on these lightweight dresses offer a graceful and romantic wedding look.
The full 2014 collection can be viewed here»
On October 9th the 3rd Annual United Colors (UCOF) was held at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. Event Honorary Chair Fern Mallis presented legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award against a colorfully lit backdrop that spelled out the night’s theme in oversized letters: FAITH. HOPE. FASHION. Additionally, the event honored Sade Solomon, UCOF’s top student, with the Achiever of the Year award. Solomon presented her first collection featuring bold geometric cuts and a feminine tomboy aesthetic to the packed room of attendees.
In addition to Solomon, seven international designers showcased their collections: David Tlale, Marc Bouwer, Naked Ape by Shaldon Kopman, Ron n’ Ron, Sukeina Kosibah, and Carmen Marc Valvo.
Founded in 2010, United Colors of Fashion is a New York City-based non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides a free fashion education and mentorship program to under-resourced youth in New York City. The organization also offers financial assistance, food, and clothing to youth in South Africa who are living with HIV/AIDS, sickle-cell anemia and paralysis. Proceeds from the gala’s ticket sales will go towards the cost of running a year’s worth of the orginzation’s programs.
Check out photos from the event below.
If you add one item to your fall must-have list, make it a Joseph Nogucci bracelet. Designed by a team of University of Toronto Architecture graduates, each piece in the line is meretriciously handcrafted using the finest materials, and invokes Buddhist traditions to bring you positive spiritual energy in a fashion-forward accessory. One of the most popular items in the collection is the Dharma Stone bracelets; each feature a silver plated Tibetan Buddha head and are meant to allow you to embrace the essence of truth and inner peace. My personal favorite is the shimmering bracelets in the Kikiballa collection, which feature dazzling Swarovski Elements Crystals and is a symbol of peace, tranquility and happiness. Check out some of the arm candy below and visit josephnogucci.com to learn more.
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London fashion week is one of the biggest fashion events in the fashion calendar and is considered to be one of the big four international catwalk influencers. What happens in London influences the world. With over 5,000 visitors, 60 catwalk shows in the official schedule, another 45 shows off schedule and over 30 on schedule presentations and designer showrooms showcasing over 120 ready to wear and accessories designers and over £100m orders placed during the week London still remains a must-attend week. The media coverage alone rivals that of a major sporting or current event. London crams a lot into a very short space of time and it’s very easy to get information overload. So here is a selection of key trends and designers you need to know about.
Rumours are swirling that JW Anderson will join the lucrative stable of LVMH, whether he chooses to join them remains to be seen. However this year he chose to remain bohemian and went ‘Avant-bland’ as he called it with dresses which were inspired by the mundane such as Vileda supermops and take away boxes. Not that Anderson is the first designer to take inspiration from the every day with Celine using prints inspired by laundrette bags last year.
Pastels are no longer reserved for the older woman with pale pinks, greens and yellows splashed across the catwalks this year. The feed back for Preen and Emilia Wickstead was unanimous so expect to see Kristen Stewart and the Duchess of Cambridge wearing these shades next season.
To dress up next season you’ll need to dress down with Antonio Berardi teaming smart skirts with sweatshirts. The days of lounging around in jeans and a blouse are over and don’t think the skirt can be slouchy either with sharp pleats or asymmetric hem to balance out the look. Think Mad Men meets university student.
Say it with flowers as petal prints and flowers are taking over from slogans. To look the part you’ll need peonies, lilies and buttercups emblazoned across your chest. They may not look it but flowers according to designers like Christopher Bailey and Christopher Kane are all about fragility and sexuality, using flower blooms as metaphors for a female body part. The House of Holland took this one step further with dresses decorated with rose tattoos.
Now you see me
Transparent and nearly see through are set to be all the rage next year with Burberry showcasing a semi sheer lace pencil skirt. The singer Paloma Faith was spotted in the audience already rocking this trend with her bronze see through latex skirt giving on lookers a good glimpse of her Burberry underwear. Preem decided cellophane was the perfect see through material for their collection, while Erdem went with layered organza for theirs.
This Is Not Just Pink, This Is M&S Pink
Like pastels, pink is back in vogue thanks to M& S with it becoming the must have shade of the season and was seen making its appearance on supermodel of the moment Cara Delevingne for Burberry and causing Richard Nicoll to go one step further and accessorize the furniture for his show.
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As part of Nolcha Fashion Week, held a couple of weeks ago, I attended the event’s annual brunch at Yotel in midtown Manhattan. At the brunch many different vendors were on hand including Msglocal by Glocal Connection, a company started by two friends to provide an e-commerce platform for global artisans and micro-producers, allowing them to make an income. The company curates beautiful handcrafted accessories by locals in communities across the country, and gives them the opportunity to sell their creations to a global audience. Additionally, Msglocal provides them with business coaching. The goal of the company is to achieve positive social impact via economic development: Impact GLObal Shop loCAL!
Check out some of the photos below to see just a few of the gorgeous creations by some of their artisans, and visit msglocalstyle.com to learn more.
On September 11th, I attended the 7:30pm runway show of Nolcha Fashion Week. The night’s show was jammed pack with an audience eager to see the creations from up-and-coming designers Mariana Valentina, Leka, Lum, Studio 6th Sense and Nina Athanasiou. The designers did not disappoint. Mariana Valentina’s line on women’s eveningwear kicked off the show with freely flowing silk gowns. Next up, were breathtaking dresses by Léka, which featured crinolines and stylistic components inspired by her architectural and landscape design background.
One of my favorites of the night were the gowns of LUM by Lama Taher, which were adorned with sparkling embellishments and black lace embroidery on various tulle and chiffon creations.
Designer Stephen Goudeau of Studio 6th Sense presented his collection “Religious Paradise” which has bright colors of blue and yellow with patters inspired by his love of drawing and sketching.
Finally, Nina Athanasiou collection for both men and women started off with a rocker vibe so I was surprised when feminine silhouettes began emerging….so was the crowd. One model walked down the runway wearing a short cocktail dress, and within seconds transformed it into a long evening gown before our very eyes. Everyone was left in awe.
On Saturday, September 7th, Atlanta-based Fro Fashion Week closed out their four-day takeover with a GOTHIX themed fashion show, featuring the fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. One of the designers featured was Antoinette Middleton of I AM Designs, who creates fashionable clothes for curvy women. Sassy pieces were showcased on the runway including garments adorned with chains and waist-clinching belts. Check out some of the fabulous fashions from the designer below.
On September 6th, I attended the 6pm show of Couture Fashion Week New York held in the Grand Ballroom at The New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The show opened with an amazing display of bedazzled gowns by up-and-coming fashion designer Priya Saluja. A native of New Delhi, Priya draws her inspiration from India’s rich cultural heritage and creates one-of-a-kind pieces embellished with handcrafted printing and embroidery. The opulent garments were visually stunning and made a statement on the runway, showcasing a very contemporary twist on traditional Indian garments.
First Nations designers Linda Lavallee and Luugigyoo Patrick Stewart’s line creenisgaa clothing followed with handcrafted and hand-painted leather boots, along with wearable art fashions.The line’s name “creenisgaa” is named after the Cree and Nisga’a nations Linda and Patrick belong to.
Up next were the fashions of Canadian fashion designer Linda Kay Peters who debuted her line Bell Robes by Linda Kay Peters. Her designs incorporate elements from her own Ojibway/Cree heritage, while others feature her interpretations of the Coast Salish/Sto: lo culture. The formalwear for women was seductive and sexy, without being too raunchy. Male models donned pieces from the men’s line featuring expertly tailored vests.
Finally, the fashions of Aboriginal Fashion Designer and Artist Sho Sho Esquiro took the stage, whose elegant pieces feature meticulous detailing and figure-flattering silhouettes. A show-stopping strapless black gown with billowing ruffled bottom evoked a waterfall of verbal “wows” from the crowd before the room filled up with applause, and it wasn’t even the final piece in the collection to grace the runway.
The show featured a performance by Reagan Richards: Rock & Roll Oddity.
A recent article in the New York Timers referred to the lack of diversity in the fashion industry as Fashion’s “blind spot, noting only 6% of African-American models were casted to walk the runways in at New York Fashion Week this past February. To combat this disparity in the industry, an innovative fashion experience is emerging in New York City this fall: Fro Fashion Week. Already in its 6th season, the Atlanta-based event is planning to take the East Coast by storm by bringing its highly anticipated event to Brooklyn, NY this September 5-8th. The week will consist of workshops, pop up salons, trunk shows, and an after party.
The festivities will culminate with a GOTHIX themed fashion show on September 7th, which will feature fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. The runway will be host to a diverse selection of models with various curly, kinky and coily hair textures, a non-traditional presence currently missing in the fashion industry. Also different from the credentials-only shows at NY Fashion Week, Fro Fashion Week offers designers, models and attendees the chance to be a part of the excitement of fashion week, an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t be given.
“Not everyone can find themselves in New York Fashion Week,” says Valaira Sa-Ra, Executive Producer of the ‘Fro Fashion Show. “We wanted to bring Fro Fashion Week to New York because we cater to a demographic that isn’t typically represented.”
The featured designers presented at GOTHIX are:
- D’Andra Williams, Renee Fredrique (Queens, NYC)
- Chantel Gibbs, Shannon Shenone (Elmont, NY)
- Ronnisha De’Lynn, Aura Clothing (Kansas City, Missouri)
- Antoinette Middleton, I AM Designs (Bradenton, Florida)
- Raqui Rhodes, Necessories by Raqui (Atlanta, Georgia)
- Valeri Reaves, MyMeApparel (Atlanta, Georgia)
The show will be hosted by blogger Rochelle “BlackOnyx” Graham and exclusive backstage coverage provided by NaturallyCurly.com.
For more event information including ticket sales and show times, visit www.frofashionweek.com.
ICU Eyewear, a global eyewear company featuring stylish designs at affordable prices, wants your opinion on the newest designs in two of their collections: Wink, a chic line of women’s frames or, Dr. Dean, a classically styled collection of specs for men.
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