Along with most viral sensations, the #iwokeuplikethis hashtag is blissfully running its course — but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. The simple beauty of au natural is continuing to rule the fashion week runways, with scores of stylists taking the “no makeup” trend further north to the hair. Scores of models sporting “effortless” hair have been seen sashaying down the catwalks at Rebecca Minkoff, Coach and Jason Wu — slightly disheveled, lightly (and not so lightly) textured and decidedly undone, the considerable “effort” (and product) put into making “effortless” happen is apparent, but worth it for the sex appeal alone.
As we prepare to turn the corner from January to February, our thoughts turn to what’s trending in the wonderful world of shoes. We’re sick to death of bundling up in boots, and judging from the latest spring collections, there’s a footwear trend a-coming that is just ripe for the winter-to-spring transition: the mule.
Seen on celebs like Kate Bosworth and Katy Perry, the mule is as stylish as it is easy to slip into. And did we mention universally flattering? Designers like Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, and Chloe have all offered up their version of the mule, each as leg-lengthenging and go-with-anything as the next. So in the spirit of spring, here’s a few of our personal favorite spring mule styles for you to ogle.
The latest designer to join the cosmetics collaboration crazy is… (drum roll)… Derek Lam.
WWD revealed that the designer will be joining the ranks of such illustrious fashion heavies as Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu in signing his name to a beauty line, partnering with cosmetics giant Estée Lauder. The line will include five product: a navy eye crayon, gold eyeshadow, black mascara, blush lipstick and a “barely gold” gloss, all nested inside a bonus navy clutch.
The collection was used in Lam’s spring 2014 fashion show and was a collaborative effort between the designer and his longtime friend and creative makeup director of Estee Lauder, Tom Pecheux. “I’ve been working with Tom since my very first show and Estée Lauder for the last eight seasons,” the designer told the fashion tome. “That longtime involvement is invaluable — we’re really working hand in hand.”
“I’ve always tried to incorporate beauty and fragrance — I see that as very intrinsic to what I do, which is not about one particular look or way of dressing, but trying to express personal style,” Lam went on to explain. “This is another expression of style that is curated by me and Tom. We wanted it to be an elevated experience, but accessible.”
You can expect the Derek Lam + Estée Lauder collab to hit store shelves in January 2014, and retail for $85.read more
From diamonds to pearls, a gals treasure trove of baubles is notably one of the best resources for accessorizing from season to season — but this particular season is taking the reflective quality of your jewelry box and putting it at your fingertips, eyelids, and brow by way of your makeup. Backstage watchers at this week’s NYFW have been treated to visions of glittery gold eyeshadow opalescent contouring, and pearly manicures.
Makeup artist Diane Kendal and hair stylist Odile Gilbert tricked the models at Jason Wu’s runway out in gold — to very expensive-looking effect. By layering finely milled gold glitter on top of an already smokey base, Kendal expertly paired the makeup with Gilbert’s use of gold hair accessories for a look that was more sophisticated than suburban kitch.
At 3.1 Philip Lim, makeup artist Fracelle Daly took inspiration from a pair of holographic sunglasses to create a look heavy in iridescent hues, highlights, and contouring down the chin and bridge of the nose.
And finally, over at Thakoon, the fawned over pearly nail polish that accompanied a collection dripping with pearls. By using polish brand Morgan Taylor’s “Adorned in Diamonds” under a coat of “Heaven Sent” across an elongated nail, manicurist Gina Edwards created a nail that played equal parts under-played and elegantly stated.read more
Oh sailor! As evidenced on the New York Fashion Week runways of Thakoon (who peppered there’s with glittery gold) and Jason Wu (who kept his rich and classic), and witnessed adorning the pretty peepers of Emmy Rossum and Jessica Alba, navy is the eye hue to do this fall.
From sparkle-infused to a simple matte, shadowing the eye (or manicure for that matter) in the classic blue shade is all the rage in the realm of makeup — bonus points for layering your lashes in a matching mascara.
Navy has the ability to sit just north of the smokey eye on the shadow spectrum, infusing the typically dramatic black/brown trend with a little extra gem-toned oomph — so put aside your aversion to colored eyeshadow and boldly go where your cosmetics case hasn’t gone before. Seriously, everyone is doing it. Why shouldn’t you?read more
Never content to sweat through those summer days and nights like the rest of us, those industrious fashion folks are hard at it doling out the latest and greatest for fall. Witness from the Nicole Kidman fronted Jimmy Choo campaign and Versace’s campaign featuring a nude (again) Kate Moss — Fall’s haute couture campaigns are heavy on the drama. They’re also heavy on model-of-the-moment Cara Delevigne, who scored heavies like Mulberry, Saint Laurent, Fendi, and DKNY.
Accompanied by owls, beaches, modern art, boats, and taxi cabs, Fall 2013′s campaigns are high on theatricality, and that suits us here at PoshBeauty.com just fine. So here are a few of favorites that you’re surely already starting to see as the August fashion mags are hitting stands now.
We’re not entirely sure why the model above is screaming into the phone, but we’re going to go ahead and guess that she’s urgently informing her lady friends of today’s release of Jason Wu’s adorable Fall 2013 Miss Wu collection.
The darling diffusion line hit Nordstrom shelves exclusively this morning, offering up a slew of the designer’s chic ready-to-wear pieces, like silk collared blouses, pleated skirts, and sweet printed dresses. The line is a distinctive nod to the ’60′s and is ideal for playing up your wardrobe right now as well as into the fall/winter. We love the girlish meets glam appeal of Wu’s latest efforts! Which pieces will you be vying for?
The stilettos are clamoring the steps at Lincoln Center and if you’ve never witnessed the chaos that is New York Fashion Week wrapped in 20 degree weather, we’ll spare you the gloriously glamorous details. You’ll just have to check it out yourself.
But we will, however, dish on a budding new relationship recently announced by beauty giant Lancome who is partnering with designer Jason Wu. The designer has been a featured favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama and is due out for a dynamic collection for Lancome which will hit stores this fall.
“Jason’s vision of femininity and talent for designing clothing and accessories that truly embody a modern, elegant and stylish woman are directly in line with Lancome’s brand equity. By partnering with Jason, we are able to reach an even more fashion savvy and sophisticated woman,” said Silvia Galfo , Senior Vice President of Marketing, in a press release.
The 28 year old designer seems to only attract greatness. We’re here with you Jason and we’re ready to witness your beauty and fashion domination.read more
Mr. Jason Wu is at it again — and when we say again, we probably mean more like agaaaiiinnn.
Next up for the FLOTUS-fave is another (aaanoootherrr) collaboration, this time with makeup giant Lancôme on a range of limited-edition cosmetics. Let’s recap — there was Jason Wu x Target, Jason Wu x La Perla, Jason Wu x Melissa, Jason Wu x CND, Jason Wu x Nordstrom, Jason Wu x Supreme Aupres, and the Jason Wu handy home good faucet. Somebody isn’t shy about playing-up a hot streak.
The designer had this to say about his pairing with the beloved beauty brand, “Beauty has always been extremely important to the Jason Wu label and I’ve made it an integral part of my fashion shows. What was so intriguing about partnering with Lancôme, beyond the quality and luxury of their products, is the notion that the brand doesn’t impose a model of beauty but rather invites women to embrace themselves. This is the embodiment of a truly sexy, modern and confident woman, much like the women I design for.”
We don’t often see Lancôme pairing up in the collaboration game, but that could all be a-changin’ as the rumor mill churns of future designer partnerships for the brand.
According to WWD, the limited-edition collection is set to be available in September 2013
All good things must end — just not quite yet.
Target’s high-end designer collaborations enjoyed their spot in the sun, garnering record sales and leaving shoppers clamoring for more. But with collaboration-fatigue creeping in, and the mega-retailer’s latest efforts not showing the remarkable success of… say… their Missoni capsule, Target is turning to a new type of pairing partner: the celebrity stylist.
Taking her turn at the collaboration bat is celeb stylist Kate Young, who regularly works for such luminous red-carpet lovelies as Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams.
“Kate is a nontraditional partner for us,” a Target rep explains the switch to WWD. ”This is the first time we’ve worked with a stylist. It’s interesting [to work] with someone that may not have formal training. It’s the first time a limited-time collection has been so focused. We always wanted to do a line of semiformal and special occasion dresses. Here’s someone that creates jaw-dropping moments.”
By “first time” the Target rep must have meant “first time-ish” — since Young also had a hand in creating the Jason Wu for Target lookbook and has dressed both Williams and Portman in pieces from Target collaborations like Wu and Rodarte — but never mind. Chock full of semi-formal and special occasion dresses, the Kate Young for Target collection is set to hit store shelves on April 14th with an accessories collection that will only be available online.
Of course, Kate Young for Target will be affordably priced between $29.99 and $89.99 — so set your calendars!