Jennifer Hudson stunned on the red carpet on March 28th wearing a fabulous black jumpsuit to the 28th annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in Inglewood, California. The all-black fitted number stood on its own with a sexy v-neckline, while the only bright pops of color were seen with the purple lipstick she rocked and the blue strap on the sassy sandals that adorned her feet. Perfect for Spring, here are some black rompers you can wear, inspired by the American Idol starlet.
Experts from Olivia Garden, makers of high quality styling tools, kept a close eye on the hair trends making the way down the runway at New York Fashion Week, and in their expert opinion, the major hair trend for Fall 2015 is effortlessly chic. From slicked back ponies to textured hints of wave, Fall 2015 is all about easy, no fuss styling for a natural, carefree look.
Here, the experts from the company share tips and products to achieve the most sought after looks from the runway.
To get that slightly disheveled texture with a bit of bend use the Olivia Garden FingerBrush. The fingers of the brush move independently from each other, unlike other brushes, to hug every part of the scalp creating a very natural “lived-in” result. Let hair air dry or blow dry with brush.
For a simple, yet sleek, ponytail start by using Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush with a blow dryer to dry hair flat to the scalp. Once hair is dry, use the tail of the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush to create a part down the middle. Then use its mixed bristle brush to smooth hair down and place in pony at the base of the neck. Secure with hair elastic.
Undone Beauty as seen at BCBG and Michael Kors
Chic and easy with a bit of an edge, creating an undone ponytail or bun is all the rage for Fall 2015. Use the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush on dry hair to create volume and pull back into a low pony or bun. Then using the tail end of the brush pull out pieces of hair to frame the face. You can go back and tease the loose pieces or bottom of ponytail for a more textured look.
For a sophisticated style with shine and bounce, start by drying hair with a large paddle brush like the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush. Then use a curling iron on the ends of the hair to create a loose curl. Brush out the curls with the same paddle brush to create soft waves. Lastly, use a 100% boar brush, Olivia Garden Divine Care & Style, to smooth out the crown of the head and fly-aways around the face.
Last Thursday, I attended the Art Hearts Fashion show, which closed out Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with an amazing display of one-of-a-find pieces. Designer Mister Triple X kicked off the show with a sophisticated street wear line for men and women. Bold prints and subdued colors were characteristics of the collection, with the only major burst of color seen with fiery red pants worn by one of the male models.
Walter Mendez’s chic and elegant gowns took to the runway next, featuring dresses that were absolutely breathtaking. Soft greys transitioned smoothly to dark blues and bold velvet greens. Reality star and entrepreneur Lilly Ghalichi stunned the audience as she graced the runway, showing off one of the designer’s most elegant pieces in the collection.
House of Li Jon was by far my favorite, as the designs featured bold patterns and the brand’s signature hand crafted wearable couture armor, which glistened as it hugged the curves of each model’s frame.
Hailing from the Netherlands, House of Byfield showcased fitted suiting and men’s bags as well as contemporary dresses for women.
Furs were abundant in Hallie Sara’s collection off luxury pieces reminiscent of the iconic old-world glamour and timelessness of feminine silhouettes.
Finally, MTCostello’s immaculate collection of gowns were absolutely breathtaking. His showcase of designs proved to be a crowd pleaser, opening with a model wearing a reptilian face makeup and a solo male model who walked down the runway wearing nothing more than a golden robe and covering his manhood with his hands.
Check out some of the photos from the fashion show below.
The nail looks created at The Blonds F/W 2015 show were nothing short of extraordinary. CND, the global leader in professional nail care, created 20 unique and theatrical nail designs for the show, which was held at MILK Studios in New York City. As always, CND pushed the boundaries of creativity with powerful visual displays of nail art that enhanced the over-the-top runway fashions. Inspired by dystopian elements of several iconic films, the clothing and nails featured a clash of distressed and refined elements.
“Our ongoing collaboration with The Blonds has become an integral part of CND’s fashion culture – it’s so exciting to get together each season and brainstorm concepts for our nail artistry,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The Blonds’ aesthetic for this collection correlated perfectly with our Fall 2015 trend story, which is all about the contrast between edgy, almost explosive, design elements and high-end finishes for an overall dark elegance.”
Artists from the CND Design Lab Team handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with CND® Liquid & Powder and BRISA® Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and VINYLUX® Weekly Polish, using innovative techniques to create matte suede texture. Accented with gold chrome accessories, textural elements and layering created serious dimension, while couture camouflage in industrial tones were embellished with hand-crafted molten paillettes. The bold 3D designs, which took a total of over 900 combined hours to create, were pierced, draped, laced, torn and burnt, perfectly accessorizing The Blonds’ theatrical collection.
“Once again, Jan and the entire CND team totally blew us away with incredible nail designs to complete the collection. It was amazing to see it all come together on the runway,” said designer Phillipe Blond.
Last night’s artic temperatures didn’t keep away NYC’s fashion elites who converged at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers for the 8:30pm Nolcha Fashion Week runway presentation. Prieston, a Hungarian designer, kicked of the show with an amazing collection featuring crystal embellishments, flowing dresses and geometric cutouts. The fall-winter 2015 collection was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” which could be seen with the feather design elements adorning some of the pieces, as well as with the colorful, chunky sweaters.
Following Prieston, Ann Himsel, an NYC-based designer debuted her first collection completely inspired by menswear colors, style, fabrics, and silhouettes. Strong, structured pieces emerged one by one with a sophisticated feminine flare sneaking through the masculine undertones.
Finally, Danny Nguyen Couture closed out the evening with stunning evening gowns that mesmerized the audience, with soft, luxurious fabrics, lace and detailed craftsmanship seen in the intricate use of fabric floral and crystals. It was also the only collection of the night to insert bright pops of color, with reds and magenta.
Check out some of the photos below to see pieces from each of the designers.
Tree Craft Diary is a unique jewelry line that takes the organic elements of nature and combines it with fashion. Launched in 2012 by Cindy Kuo, the collection came about when the designer, who poured her ideas for chic fashion jewelry into a diary, eventually decided to take the bold step of turning the dream creations she wrote about into a reality. The pieces in Tree Craft Diary utilizes earth materials, such as natural gemstones, to create one-of-a-kind statement pieces. Because all of the items are handcrafted they are exclusive and available in limited quantities, so you can be sure that you own something very special. There’s something in the collection for everyone, including men, classic glamour girls and those with a boho-chic aesthetic. The company even makes custom jewelry upon request. Click here to learn more about Tree Craft Diary.
The prayers have been answered for all sassy fashionistas who are looking to stand out in a crowd and enhance their fabulousness. A new couture frame line #touchedbykymmi is aiming to adorn the faces of fashion-forward individuals with one-of-a-kind specs designed in a variety of colors and embellishments.
The collection was created by Kymmi Tea, who combined her love for designer sunglasses and her need to upgrade what is seen as “normal” to launch #TouchedByKymmi. And, the collection is anything but normal – the web store features ornate specs designed with everything from gems to flowers to chains, and named with unique hashtags such as #BrunchWithOprah and #PinUpVixen. The goal was to develop an accessory that is seen as the “shapewear” for the face, with frames that are just as beautiful as the makeup applied.
Since its launch the frames have proven to be a must-have accessory, as they have been seen on numerous runways and reality TV stars including Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez, as well as talk show host Wendy Williams.
To learn more visit kymmitea.com.
We’ve all been there. We spend hours changing our outfit so that we look our very best, walk into an event, and there stands someone one wearing the exact same thing. The great thing about fashion is that it allows you to celebrate your own uniqueness; however, this can get a little difficult sometimes when you have items that hundreds of other people own because of mass reproduction of retailers. This is why I love the idea of B Street Shoes, an artist collective led by Blake Barash featuring one-of-a-kind hand-painted custom shoes.
“ I came up with the name B Street Shoes after feeling like the people wearing my custom shoes were connected to me, like we all live in the same neighborhood, even the same street,” says Blake on his website. “Whether you live in the UK or USA, if you’re wearing B Street Shoes, you’re a unique individual expressing your love for custom fashion.”
As the demand for custom designs has grown, so has the company which now boasts over 200 unique designs and a full team of professional artists. Consumers can visit bstreetshoes.com and shop a collection of Nikes, Toms and Vans. The company will also customize any type of shoe with the design of your dreams.
B Street Shoes is sold exclusively online with shoes shipping out of Costa Mesa, CA. Prices start at $149. Click here to learn more.
On Tuesday, October 14th, I attended the launch party for CAT Footwear’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection at their new Pop-Up location at the Roger Smith Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
The event was held to celebrate the company’s original 1990 “Colorado,” boot, which is now returning to retail shelves and will be available in the U.S. for the first time this fall.
Prior to the event, five NYC based artists were challenged to come up with creative designs using the Colorado boot as their blank canvas. The result was a spectacular display of out-of-the box creativity that incorporated the use of a wide range of various materials, colors and patterns. Check out the gallery below to view some of their artwork. The featured artists included Ivan Orama, James Gulliver Hancock, Liz Lomax, Amanda Dolan, and MIsha Tyutyunik.
For the entire month of October, CAT Footwear’s Pop-Up shop will be open to consumers from October 21st – 28th, 11am – 7pm daily, and will feature 3 limited edition styles from the UK that have never been available to the U.S. consumer. The pop-up will be the first and only place to get these styles, while supplies last.
For more information, visit: www.catfootwear.com.
On Thursday September 11th, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week came to a close with a fashion show developed to support AIDS awareness and the work of exciting designers. The show, Art Hearts Fashion, was presented by the AIDS healthcare Foundation and drew a fashionable crowd of industry tastemakers and celebrities.
Erik Rosete’s Mister Triple X Street-wear line kicked off the event with the star-spangled banner in honor of the 13th anniversary of September 11th. His fashion collection, “Pair-A-Dice” also incorporated a special 9/11 tribute with war veteran and model Alex Minsky walking down the runway as part of the edgy fashion show.
“Bringing the first amputee to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway not only showed his strong spirit and support of the disabled but also a strong support of our troops and war veterans on this special day,” Art Hearts Fashion said in a press release.
The theme of support for all regardless of physical differences continued as Control Sector opened its presentation with Albino model Shawn D. Ross.
Later on, guests were treated to a special surprise when ANTM Winner Jaslene Gonzales and Sha’s of Sunset’s Lilly Ghalichi, graced the runway of MTCostello’s presentation.
Other designers who displayed their collections included Hallie Sara, Gregorio Sanchez, Shrekahnth, Altaf Maaneshia and Furne Amato.
In NYC Art Hearts Fashion may have closed fashion week, but in Los Angeles, it will serve as the premier launch event, and bringing together an eclectic mix of top designers and artists over the course of three days (October 12th to the 14th).
Text “FIGHTAIDS” to 41444 to support AHF’s work in fighting AIDS in 34 Countries.
For more information, visit www.ArtHeartsFashion.com.