On September 9th, I attended the Spring/Summer Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway show of Kati Stern Venexiana, known as the go-to fashion house for rock-n-roll haute couture. As the last show of Saturday night, the presentation did not disappoint. Fifty-seven gorgeous evening gowns graced the runway, captivating the audience with a show of freely flowing fabrics and intricate crystal detailing. The collection itself is a unique juxtaposition – gowns featuring billowing chiffon and taffeta contrasted greatly with bold metallic and pieces featuring open-backs and deep, plunging necklines.
Prints were scarce, but crystals were in abundance with this collection, so these gowns are not for the woman who doesn’t want to be a glittering showstopper.
Although, black was prominent, the color scheme nicely incorporated soft, feminine pastels with a pallet of yellow, aqua, turquoise, yellow, mint green, pink and lilac.
Launched in 2003 by designer Kati Stern, the collection is sold at high-end retailers around the world including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Last week I had the opportunity to view the collections of Jade & Jasper, a trendy accessories company based in New York City offering incredible jewelry at great prices. Whether your style is European vintage or urban grunge, there is something in the collection that appeals to every woman. The stylish pieces are made out of the finest materials with extraordinary attention detail, so it’s not surprising that celebrities have snatched up various items in the collection. Check out some of the jewelry below and visit jadeandjasper.com to learn more.
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.
Living Proof Haircare Master Class at Sephora Times Square with Founder, Ward Stegerhoek and Creative Director, Tim Rogers
*Get Sneak Preview of Living Proof’s Latest Technology Satin before it hits stores and receive a complimentary gift with purchase and many more free samples*
WHAT: Celebrate the launch of Satin, the latest technology from the Living Proof Style Lab series with consultations, styling and demonstrations from Living Proof’s renowned editorial stylists, founder Ward Stegerhoek, and Creative Director Tim Rogers.
WHO: Living Proof, the innovative beauty company that uses new technologies originating from MIT, introduces its breakthrough oil-free and silicone-free hair serum, Satin, to create the smoothest hair possible with less time and effort than traditional serums.
A new addition to the Living Proof Style Lab Collection, Satin relies on cutting-edge science to create a high-performance, superior smoothing formula without any of the usual tradeoffs.
WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2013
12pm – 1:30pm: Touch-Ups and consultations with Tim Rogers
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Master Class with Ward Stegerhoek, live transformations on models using products from the Living Proof Style Lab Series
WHERE: Sephora Times Square @ 43rd Street and Broadway
NOTE: Living Proof Satin is available online at Sephora.com and will be available in all Sephora stores beginning June 15th.
WHAT: Celebrate the launch of Oscar de la Renta’s fragrance, Something Blue, and meet the designer with your purchase. A scent that makes a woman feel her most beautiful, Something Blue celebrates life’s most magical moments. A woman’s good luck charm for when she wants to feel her most vibrant. Feminine, romantic and full of life, Something Blue is a fragrance to cherish forever.
There will be an opportunity to purchase an exclusive Something Blue gift box, only available during the event. The gift box contains a 1.7oz Eau de Parfum Spray, 7.0oz Fragrance Candle, 4ml Deluxe Mini, 1ml Purse Vial and a Charm Necklace designed by Mr. de la Renta for $150.
WHO: Oscar de la Renta’s gift of making once-in-a-lifetime dreams come true is captured in Something Blue. Join Mr. de la Renta in celebrating the launch and meet with iconic designer.
WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2013
5:45pm Live Radio Interview
6:00pm Meet Mr. de la Renta
1000 Third Avenue at 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Fragrances on 1
NOTE: Something Blue is available at Bloomingdales stores nationwide as well as online at www.bloomingdales.com
If you’ve been reading this blog long enough you know that I have spent countless hours of time and money trying to find a perfect foundation shade for my hard to match skin tone (See Makeup Felony: Mismatched Foundation and In search of “The One”). I finally decided that it was best to try one final route: have my foundation custom blended. I searched online and came across GIELLA cosmetics, a makeup company founded in 2001 that custom blends cosmetics for the face, eyes, cheeks, lips, and nails. Everything is blended for you on the spot, so you can take home your brand new cosmetics to use right away. The company doesn’t only custom blend makeup, but also matches discontinued colors. In love with a lipstick shade that is no longer available in stores? Bring it to your nearest GIELLA location and they will recreate it.
I made an appointment with a GIELLA makeup artist in New York City a few months ago. I told her about my frustration of not being able to find a perfect match, and she explained that one of the problems with most foundations out on the market is that most of them have yellow undertones. Most people have blue undertones. She added some blue coloring into my foundation mix, as well as quartz mineral to aid in reducing the size of my pores. Three color mixes were made and tested across my jaw line. After we both agreed that the perfect match was created, the makeup artist painted it on one side of my face, and the result was amazing! I finally had a foundation that matched, felt lightweight, and gave just the right amount of coverage.
Next, we moved on to concealer. In order to make the concealer, the color base had to be melted. Once it was liquefied, my unique color formula was added and mixed. It was tested on me to make sure it perfectly matched, and then the liquid was poured into a small GIELLA container to harden into a creamy consistency.
I was very happy with my results, but when I used the foundation the next day, it no longer looked great on my skin. The color pigments separated, and no matter how much I mixed the foundation on the back of my hand, I couldn’t get the foundation to blend into one solid color. I emailed the makeup artist, who sweetly invited me to return for a do-over at no cost. At the dimly lit makeup counter, the newly mixed foundation looked perfect; but, once again, when I got home, it didn’t match. I didn’t bother to send another e-mail, so the search for the perfect foundation continues….
On February 10th, I went backstage at Emerson’s Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center. The team of Red Door Spa, led by National Creative Director and Master Stylist Zahir Ziani, was responsible for the teased up-do seen on the runway. The hair, as described by Ziani, was created to look effortless and natural, “as if the model put her hair up in the pony-tail herself.” Tousled curls were created first to add volume, and hair was wrapped around the base of the pony-tail and secured with bobby pins. Only one product was used, a dry spray by Kérastase, which allowed Ziani to apply the spray repeatedly while avoiding a greasy-weighed down look.
All of the make-up used for the show was by Bobbi Brown. Dark, rocker-chic cat eyes were created using Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in black. And, the top of brows here highlighted using Bobbi’s limited edition Sparkle Eye Shadow, a combination of shimmering pearls and fine glitter. Similar to the hair, the makeup was done to look as if the model did it herself.
The nails were just as edgy as the makeup. Inspired by the black lace used in Emerson’s collection, ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain and ORLY Nail Lacquer in After Party was used to create the fabulous nail detail seen below.
On Wednesday, September 12th, I attended the fashion show of Thailand-based designer Angelys Balek, as part of Nolcha Fashion Week at Pier 59 in New York City. The show opened with playful patterns, and slowly transitioned to a more subdued style. The incorporation of cut-out leather in bold colors amplified what would otherwise be monotone, black clothing. Though a little rebellious, the leather somehow managed to be sweetly feminine, elegant, and absolutely chic.
On September 11th I attended the S/S 2013 Presentation of William Okpo, a women’s wear collection designed by two sisters, Darlene and Lizzy Okpo. The line, named after the sister’s father, takes its inspiration from their parents, Nigerian immigrants, who would often intertwine their culture’s clothing with American styles.
NYC skyscrapers peeked through the glass windows of the The Ailey Studios, as guests marveled at the clothing that seemed to evoke work wear of historic plantation workers mixed with modern-day sophistication. Earthy tones, playful polka dots, color-blocking, and some abstract silhouettes were noticeable trends in the collection.
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This week in NYC, take a break from summer’s soaring temperatures, and stop by the Fresh Beauty Cleanse Pop-Up Truck. As an introduction to the Fresh Beauty Cleanse campaign, the truck will be stationed in two different locations (see map below) on July 25th and 26th, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of the company’s new Soy Face Cleanser, while enjoying BluePrint’s signature Spicy Lemonade.
An ultra-chic Fresh tote will also be distributed on the streets near the truck. The tote will be filled with the Soy Face Cleanser, BluePrint Cleanse Spicy Lemonade, and a card for a free mini Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy.
Can’t make it to any of the locations? Then, head on over to Fresh’s Facebook page, where you will have the opportunity to take part in the Fresh Beauty Cleanse by entering a contest for a chance to win $1,000.
Follow Fresh on Twitter for giveaways and prizes @Freshfounder #UltimateCleanse.