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Trends: Fall ’14 makeup tips to try

Versace

You’ve got your oversize knits on standby and your knee-high boots on set to march, but what about your cosmetics case? There are plenty of ah-mazing makeup looks trending for fall right now, from blushed up cheeks to dramatic eye makeup and beyond. Here’s a sneak peek at the face paint you’ll be playing with when the seasons start to change.

Gucci

The September issues we cooed over yesterday aren’t the only ones smitten with the 60′s. It seems the hottest fall 2014 makeup trends are equally hip to the look, offering up Gucci F/W ’14 doe eye look as evidence. Think top and bottom lashes lush with mascara and even double falsies to create that sexy Bardot Bambi look. Paired with a nude lip to accentuate your fluttery eye fringe, this look plays mod and modern all at the same time.

Gucci

Whether you’re faking them with brow pencil or blessed with a big bushy set, big eyebrows continue to be a bold statement for fall 2014. So keep your tweezers tucked in the drawer and invest in a good clear brow setting gel to keep your brows bold and all business.

Prada

Lip color loses definition for autumn in favor of a softer, smokier look. The runways of Giorgio Armani and Prada each played up this look by favoring diffused color and eschewing lip liner to create a “kissed off” look that’ll have you reaching for your blotting papers.

Balenciaga

Contouring will continue it’s reign but in a much softer, less-Kardashian style, favoring toned down beiges and neutrals to gently sculpt and highlight features in a natural way.

Giles

And keep that blue eyeliner and shadow on hand, as Spring’s flattering cobalts and a more fall appropriate navy are perfect hues to highlight your peepers and still look sleek and decidedly grown up. Check the runways of Giles, Anna Sui and Temperley London for your cues.

 

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Get a jump on fall fashion trends

Marc Jacobs

We realize it’s still sweltering, but fashion waits for no one and it’s time to start talking about fall. From coats to boots  and back again, fall trends are about bundling up without losing your stylish summer edge. So let’s dive in a take a sneak peek at some of the latest and greatest in the world of of-the-moment cold weather chic.

Stella McCartney

The rule of thumb for fall is oversizing. Everything is big, big, big. Think The Row’s chunky sweaters, the big bold robe coats from Chloe, Stella McCartney, and Altuzarra, even oversized frocks from Sarah Burton. Summer’s less-is-more look will turn to bigger-is-better before a single leaf falls.

Cushnie et Ochs

A decidedly Western appeal and an all out 60′s mod vibe was seen on the most recent fall runways, from Cushni et Ochs and Tibi’s cowboy chic hats and jackets, to Valentino, Gucci and Saint Laurent’s 60′s-inspired colorful shift dresses paired with black tights and over-the-knee boots.

Gucci

And finally turtle necks are taken to the extreme on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang and Chanel, with the cuts covering half the models faces and some going right up over their heads like a cowl. Covering up was never taken so literally as this over-the-top fall trend.

Helmut Lang

The idea of rocking any of this might be unappealing right now, but you’ll likely want to get a jump on things before the leaves start a fallen’.

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Pucker Up: Must have lip-prints

I spy a trend amongst the current sea of popular prints that perfectly evokes the effervescent and flirty vibe of summer: the lip print. Seen on the S/S runways of Giles, Alice + Olivia, Gucci and Saint Laurent, and peppered across the shelves of nearly every fast fashion house in town, this smoochy print plays cheeky, retro like nobodies business and still manages to look entirely grown up.

It was likely also hard to miss in the puffed out sequin off-the-shoulder Saint Laurent top in Rihanna’s March Vogue editorial and Lily Collin’s Apring ’14 cover of Lucky magazine. So pucker up, buttercup. There’s no better time to sport this cheeky lip print than right now!

Giles S/S 14 runway

Alice + Olivia

Jimmy Choo

MSGM

 

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Gucci’s enters the cosmetics game

Confirming last year’s rumor, Gucci has officially announced its arrival on the cosmetics scene with news of a September launch of the brand’s first beauty line.

While not the first haute house to enter the beauty realm, Gucci is most definitely an inspiring contender, partnering with the company behind its popular fragrances, P&G Prestige, to produce a collection of eye, lip, nail and ”luxurious brushes and preparation products for skin” in collaboration with Gucci ready-to-wear show make-up artist and P&G beauty divisions creative design director Pat McGrath.

Gucci has also tapping Grace Kelly’s granddaughter and the brand’s long standing muse, Charlotte Casiraghi to front the cosmetic line’s first campaign. Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci has this to say of the continued partnership, ”Charlotte was a natural choice as she embodies the modern iconic Gucci woman.” Casiraghi returned the compliment with, “I have really enjoyed my relationship with Frida over these lasts four years, and I am now excited to work with her again on this signature product.” We have to admit, we’re excited too.

 

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Spring’s must-have fringe trim

Céline S/S 14

Once a hippie statement staple, fringe is having a tres haute moment as it become’s Spring 14′s trim du jour on must-have sandals, heels and handbags. Whether cut out of simple, sleek leather or soft colored suede, long and short fringe is a great way to spice up this season’s accessories, adding movement and texture in one fell swoop. Everybody’s doing it — Marc Jacobs, Céline, Valentino, Topshop, Zara — so what are you waiting for? Here’s a little fringe-spiration to get you going.

Marc Jacobs Fringe Sandal

Valentino Gryphon Finger Fringed Clutch

Gucci Fringed Sandal

Lucero Fringed Tote

Express Fringe Heel

Guiseppe Zanotti Peep-toe Fringe Ankle Boot

 

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Keratin: Your Answer To Straight, Shiny Hair


As your rifling through the recent ad campaigns of Missoni, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Gucci, and Givenchy, you’ll notice that stick straight hair is a thing for spring. So in the spirit of sweet emulation, let’s review the merits of keratin treatments without all the formaldehyde fear-mongering.

Today’s keratin treatments are a whole new ball game from the big backlash to the Brazilian Blowout in ’09. In fact, there are many formulas that actually are formaldehyde free. Of the ones that aren’t, the level of formaldehyde produced during the treatment is relatively low and safe.

Here’s how it works: Your hair is made of keratin, so in order to smooth out the surface of your hair follicles, more keratin is applied with a heat process until it sticks, making hair shinier, helping to prevent breakage, and even releasing curls and waves. And if the later isn’t your thing, keratin treatments comes in formulations that vary according to the result you want. Curly, but with less frizz? They can do that. Nary a wave and shinier than gold? They can do that too. The trick is finding a stylist who offers a wide variety of keratin formulations and is seasoned in the process.

During the process, your stylist combs the keratin formula into your hair, leaves it on to fully coat the strands, and then flat irons your hair to seal it in. Today’s formula’s don’t require yesterday’s 72 hour wait to wash policy, but be sure to ask, just in case. Then it’s up to you. If you want the results to last, you can switch to a sulfate-free shampoo—most cleansers that sud will likely strip your hair of the keratin you just applied—and staying away from chlorine and salt water is likely a good idea too.

Keratin treatments are still fairly pricey— as in between $200 – $600 a pop. But if you’re pining for the frizz free hair of your dreams and can deal with the fact that keratin does eventually rinse out—most treatments last between 8 weeks to 6 months—then this just might be the answer.

 

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2014 Trends: A Stick Straight Spring

Elizabeth Olsen for Miu Miu

From Lady Gaga for Versace to Elizabeth Olsen for Miu Miu (and nearly every other haute couture ad campaign in between) — we’re going to call Spring 2014 the season of stick straight hair.

So far 10 of this Spring’s designer ad campaigns have doled out a bevy of beauties sporting shiny, long, and seriously straight hair. Valentino, Givenchy, Gucci, Prada, Missoni — the heavy hitters are heavily into slick, simple styles that aren’t so simple to pull off without a natural heady of silky straight strands.

It seems that spring is going to be rife with flyaway sprays, flat irons, and blow dryers and stock up on the deep conditioners! Here’s our evidence!

Christy Turlington for Missoni

Lady Gaga for Versace

Gucci

Prada

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Gucci Pairs With Beyonce and Salma Hayek In Chime For Change

Smart, beautiful, successful and philanthropic superstars Beyonce Knowles and Salma Hayek have joined up with Gucci to launch the brands global campaign for female empowerment. The initiative, called Chime For Change, aims to raise awareness and funds in support of projects for girls and women on a global scale, through sharing “powerful stories” about inspiring females.

“I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women. Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be,” Beyonce recently told fashion magazine Vogue.  ”It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honoured to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation of young ladies.”

Officially announcing the organization and it’s goals at the TEDxWomen luncheon, Hayek had this to say, “I am proud to be joining the growing international movement on behalf of girls and women around the world. I believe that by working together we can change the course of history to ensure that girls and women are empowered to realize their potential and thrive.”

Gucci’s Chime for Change campaign shares an equally star-studded advisory board of experts and global advocates – Julia RobertsMeryl Streep, Jada Pinkett SmithFrancois-Henri Pinault, Gordon and Sarah Brown, and Arianna Huffington.

Frida Giannini, Creative Director of Gucci

This isn’t the luxe label’s first time supporting women’s rights issues, Gucci has enjoyed a seven-year partnership with UNICEF in support of girls’ education, and has founded two female film awards — the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award and the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema with the Venice Film Festival.

“This is the emergency and the opportunity of today,” said Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini. “We have reached a significant moment in the history of girls’ and women’s empowerment and now is the time for change. I think it is essential for girls and women to see and celebrate what is possible. I hope that through Chime we can help the voices calling for change to become so loud that they cannot be ignored.”

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A Sexy Spring Breeze: 2013 Resort Campaigns

Miu Miu Resort 2013

If you’ve spent any time at all rifling through the pages of your favorite haute couture fashion lately, you’ll have noticed that the 2013 Resort collections ads are out enforce. It is, after all, the time of year when the Chanels, Pradas, and Guccis of the fashion set start to reveal what’s next up to bat. And while we realize, a baseball reference doesn’t exactly play well here, the sheer numbers involved in the latest campaigns is enough to call this a competitive event. Here’s a sneak peak at Chanel’s Marie Antoinette-inspired Resort 2013, Donna  Karan’s soft-lit star Karlie Kloss, and Miu Miu’s super-model laden looks — the very best of the 2013 Resort campaigns.

Chanel Resort 2013

Prada 2013 Resort

Donna Karan Resort 2013

 

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Gucci Plays Monochromatic Favorites

Amidst all the talk of fall 2012′s dark neutrals and spring 2013 prints, it seems designer Gucci designer Frida Giannini strategically played the contrarian—and still came out on top!

Gucci’s Spring 2013—recently revealed at Milan Fashion Week—is all about solids.  We’re talking a collection dominated by solid bright hues like fuchsia, yellow, coral, cobalt blue, teal and kelly green.  And what a rainbow it was, adorning chic pantsuits, highly ruffled dresses and caftans.  The structures and cuts were reminiscent of a glamorous summer night in the 70′s without being completely tied to the era, which was accentuated by the layering of bold, chunky jewelry.

Oh sure, there were a few pieces featuring prints, including snow leopard and reptile patterns, but the styling was so in-line with the rest of the monochromatic crew, that they seemed to fall right in line with the rest.  And we’d be remiss if we didn’t show you this most elegant of long black frocks… *sigh.

 

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