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J.Crew Set To Reveal Shoe Collab With Sophia Webster

Today’s must-have is actually set to make its appearance at New York Fashion Week tomorrow (and sadly, won’t be available in stores until spring 2014) but you’ll need the day to adjust to the over-amped level of pining the launch of J.Crew’s footwear collaboration with Brit footwear designer Sophia Webster is sure to incite.

Presentationg at tomorrow morning’s J.Crew spring 2014 preview, the 12 styles are set to reveal themselves adding the designer’s signature whimsical touch to J.Crew’s new back-to-basics approach to clothing.  We can expect what she described to WWD as a “hybrid of the two brands” with colorful tassels, embroidered details, and crystals adorning a capsule of stilettos, pumps, and Webster’s coveted Aztec sandals.

“The collection is really fun and feminine, very me,” Webster said to the fashion tome. “The brand has a real sense of fun and color that I love, and I think that my designs complement their clothes well.”

J.Crew’s Jenna Lyon had a much more cinematic descriptive, likening the shoes to “…miniature sets—a beautiful world for your feet to spend the day in. Each shoe tells a unique story.”

So if we’re judging from the drawings alone, we can tell that J.Crew’s spring 2013 shoe world, is one we’ll enjoy living in just fine.

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Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose’ New Shoe Collection for HSN

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We watched her dress the likes of hip hop royalty and peeped her sitting next to her daughter front row at New York Fashion Week. June Ambrose lives the glamorous life and it’s okay with us if you get a little jealous. We do. Every day. Like seriously.

Now Ambrose isn’t just dressing celebrities and high rollers. She’s also giving the every day woman a chance at capturing her signature style. The style icon teamed up with HSN for a shoe line all her own… and it’s pocket-friendly too with items under $120 and payment plans to boot.

The line made it’s formal debut today and features an array of suede fringe, color blocking sandals, outrageous floral details and look at me now pumps.

Take a peak at some of the looks below:

 

 

 

 

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Via Spiga’s 2013 Ad Campaign

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Via Spiga revealed their Spring 2013 Collection advertising campaign shot by photographer Nick Knight (aka the newly appointed creative consultant   for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming Costume Institute exhibition). The Spring 2013 marks the second collection of women’s footwear designed by Via Spiga’s creative director, Edmundo Castillo and features an array of highly textured, luxury materials and fresh color combinations.

“The Via Spiga consumer knows what she ideally needs in her wardrobe, and I like to give her that with a touch of the unexpected. When working with Nick Knight, I get an element of creativity and surprise from his work that I also try to give the Via Spiga customer,” said Castillo in a press release.

The ads showcase six styles from the Spring 2013 collection, which offer both style and affordable style with personality.

  • Georgette – woven leather, high-heel sandal in white and camel
  • Patsy – high heel, specchio leather sandal in new gold, pale copper and silver
  • Pacifica – leather, high heel sandal with cut-outs in white patent leather
  • Deanne – high heel, sling-back in blue- and orange-painted snake print leather
  • Leanne – thong sandal in silver, turquoise and pink metallic snake print
  • Phoebe – high heel, calf leather sandal with woven straps in orange

 

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via spiga, via spiga spring 2013 collection, new york fashion week, spring shoe collections

 

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Lancome and Jason Wu Partner for Fall Collection

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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.

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Posh Beauty Expert – Camara Aunique Makeup Artist

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When she’s not transforming models backstage at New York Fashion Week, she’s making every day women glamorous for their special day. And she’s having a blast every step of the way. Camara Aunique takes her craft seriously and has developed a career that keeps her on her toes and her makeup brushes at work. Learn Camara’s story from her interview below:

 

What has been your most memorable moment working in the beauty industry?
My most memorable moment working in the beauty industry has to be when I volunteered my time to work at a Domestic Violence Safe House. I had to give the survivors beauty tips for job interviews and taught them how to cover scars…. That was a very humbling moment.

 

What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty to me is unique, genuine, confident, humble, loving, and strong.
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WHAT IS ONE “MAKEUP SIN” THAT YOU SEE WOMEN MAKE QUITE OFTEN?

One makeup sin I see a bit too often unnatural brows. I ask the ladies to try a lighter tone brow pencil and maybe a brow gel to soften the color too. I use MAC Boy Girl brow gel on top of spiked pencil even though its blonde. It blends with my brow hair really nicely. Also comb your brow to soften them. And don’t bring them too close together. Natural is key!

 

WHAT ARE THE HOTTEST TRENDS IN MAKEUP CURRENTLY?
The hottest trends in makeup right now are bold lips in shades of reds to purples and the boldest grey! My go to bold lip is MAC Nightmoth lipliner with Rebel lipstick.
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What are your plans for fashion week? Which brands will you be working with?
My plans for fashion week is to be booked solid for as many shows as possible! The adrenaline rush you get backstage is incredible! I haven’t booked the shows yet but I’m sure they will be just a fabulous as the ones I participated in Spring 2013′s fashion week.
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Where do you get your beauty inspiration?
I get my beauty inspiration from my fellow coworkers. I’m constantly watching them apply makeup and asking questions on their tips and tricks.

 

What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about your job as a makeup artist?
My family and friends excite me the most and push me to keep going. Also my clients, they are fabulous women I meet on a daily basis and all of them are naturally beautiful inside and out and love to treat themselves once in a blue.

 

Who was your favorite client?
My favorite client?! All of them touch me in a special way…. Latisha Daring of Ashtyn LLC and Pieces of Brooklyn has opened many doors for me and has always supported me. Tani Chambers is my mentor and is always pushing me to the next level. Sharifa Murdock is like my number one cheerleader. Karen Dennis, celebrity trainer, sends me powerful inspirational messages weekly to let me know I’m on her mind. Emily Lloyd, the President of Prospect Park, has followed me since I started. There are so many beautiful supporters I can’t just choose one.

 

Finish this sentence: A woman is most beautiful when ___________.
….when she is Confident and humble.

 

What is your advice for anyone looking to break into this industry?
My advice to anyone breaking into the beauty industry is to be confident in your work, know your history, take pictures of everything you do; especially the fun before and afters. Promote and market yourself. You are your biggest cheerleader and if you don’t believe in yourself first no one will! Practice, practice, practice. Practice on your friends, collaborate with photographers and build a portfolio and ask LOTS of questions.
Discover Camara’s work and passion for painting faces on her website www.CamaraAunique.com and by following her on Instagram and Twitter.
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Christian Siriano Inks Fragrance Deal

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We watched him dominate the runways at the tender age of 21 when he won Project Runway and showcased his designs at New York Fashion Week. WWD reported Friday that the fashion designer will be adding an entirely new project into his portfolio of fashion works this time collaborating with the Fragrance Group for his forthcoming  scent.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to create my first exclusive fragrance, a fragrance which to me symbolizes the type of women I love to dress who is stylish, sophisticated, and powerful,” said Siriano.

The designer has already collaborated with Payless Shoe Source and has a maternity collection called Fierce Mamas.

We look forward to getting our hands on the new scent.

 

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B. Michael Presents RED at Macy’s NYFW

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If you weren’t able to make it to the tents or spend time at FNO last week, no worries, we’ve got you covered. Last week, legendary couture designer B. Michael presented his ready-to-wear collection at Macy’s Herald Square with celebrity guests in tote and designs that please. The AMERICA RED collection is priced between $155 and $400 dollars taking inspiration from the dramatic looks that surfaced from his collaboration with costume designer Ruth Carter for Whitney Houston in the recently released film SPARKLE.

The collection of dresses offer a seamless transition from day to night with clean lines, retro-femininity, dramatic sleeves and necklines with a modern day aesthetic. Bold neutrals and solid pieces make their debut in this collection that presents simple sophistication and a timeless color palette suited to appear in your wardrobe season after season.

On the scene to cover the event was blogger Merli of Miss Merli in NYC, who  provided the pictures you’ll find below.

Here’s a look at some of the designs from the AMERICA RED collection:

 

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NYFW Spring 2013: J.Crew’s Optimistic Turn

J.Crew’s Spring 2013 collection, as revealed earlier in the week at New York Fashion Week, has proven to be one that will have us pining away all winter for.  The dizzying array of happy prints and colors, paired with boy-meets-girl style will leave you wanting to bypass winter’s brooding looks in favor of the Crew’s preppy springtime’s optimism.

The collection’s palette was inspired by a childhood collection of 1960′s-70′s Time-Life nature and wildlife books that head womenswear designer Tom Mora unearthed from his parents’ home.  Calling the color scheme “Instagram-like,” Mora pointed out, “Back then, the saturated colors were considered state of the art; now they look like the filters we put on digital photos.”

And what fun little filters they are in all their neon-leather skirted and bright floral pant glory.  The collection also includes the staple white tunics and djellabas reminiscent of summer vacations, and a smattering of blue-hued tomboyish looks that J.Crew model Caroline Issa aptly calls “masculine tailoring with a dose of pretty.”

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Kate Spade’s Fashion Week Manicures Go Long and Pointy

Ala Lana del Rey, we imagine—the nails at Kate Spade’s recent New York Fashion Week appearance eschewed the traditional square, neat and rounded shaping in favor of the much more dramatic, long and especially pointy manicure that the fledging pop-star is regularly seen sporting.  And did we mention the bright colors and patterns?  We didn’t.  Well, take a look.

Spade’s manicures went bright, gingham and polka-dotted for spring 2013, in that pointedly sexy retro shaped way that usually only 50′s and 60′s starlets could pull off.

“It’s all about attention to detail now, so nails have become really important.” said creative director Deborah Lloyd when questioned about Spade’s seemingly new pop-cultural urban take.  ”And we’re loving these longer nails because the collection can be quite sweet and quite preppy, so we wanted something a bit edgier and grittier. Even though some of the nails are quite pretty, with the ginghams for example, by having them longer and more pointed it just gave a little bit of edge to them, which I think is a nice counterbalance to the sweetness of the clothes,” she told us.

So is this the next adventure in nail art?  And if it is, who on earth will open can tabs for us in the future?  Let us know what you think!

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Oscar De La Renta’s New Luxe Fragrance Line

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There isn’t much more we can say about our cult following of Oscar De La Renta. Whatever he makes…. we want it.  And we’re pretty sure you do to. While the streets of NYC are still buzzing after a full day of endless designers at the tents and a fashion week full of booze, boys and beauty beauty, we’re happy to have gotten our hands on Oscar De La Renta’s newest creation Essential Luxuries. 

You’ll have a difficult choosing just one scent to indulge in as the line features six fragrances with captivating stories such as Oriental Lace and Sargasso. At $150 a pop this little luxury can be found at Sak’s and De La Renta’s Boutique. If you need a little help along the way finding your perfect match you can get some assistance via the designers mobile app “The Scent Stylist” which will quiz you on your unique tastes and dresses you with your perfect fragrance.

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