Before we drive a nail (no pun intended) into nail arts coffin, let’s pause to admire the spate of Spring’s enviable striped manicures prompting us to put aside our simple neutrals and classic red polish in favor of something with a little more edge. Modern, nautical, multi-colored and B/W, stripes are big on this season’s clothing, so why not take it that extra step? We found inspiration in the striped nail art featured on designer runways like Tibi, Emerson, Zimmermann, Tracy Reese, Sun Rays and Kye and have seen plenty of the look on the street style blogging scene—it’s only natural to take up the trend ourselves. So load up on the scotch tape, or get thee to your manicurist—flaunting a full rainbow or sporting a simple thin wisp of black on your prettily painted neutral, striped manicures are without question the thing for spring. Here are some of our favorite looks!
All you beach babies pining for summer casual style can breath a sigh of relief; the long-awaited MAC Proenza Schouler cosmetics collection is finally here.
We’ll admit the idea is unusual in its surf-infused inspiration, as makeup doesn’t typically translate to a frolic in the sea—but this pairing is a sure-fire way to nail sand-and-sea beauty. Breaking from their signature black-and-white palette, designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have created a very pretty collection of neutral/pink lipsticks, liners, nail polish and ombré blushes, peppered with a few choice nighttime elements like an orange-red lipstick called Mangrove, an electric peony lipstick called Dynamo, and a bloom-inspired red-pink nail lacquer called Bougainvillea. There’s even a collection of brushes with holographic tie-dyed handles to match the makeups whimsical packaging to get you in the mood. The limited-edition collection is set to be priced from $18-$39 and is poised to appear briefly on store shelves from April 24th through May 22. Set your calendars folks, the MAC + Proenza Schouler collection is promising to be makeup’s must-have answer to the song of summer.
Today’s post is equal parts inspiration and admiration, offering up Emma Watson’s star turn on April’s cover of Elle magazine. The Harry Potter actress is clearly outgrowing her identification with the famed franchise, looking every inch the modern “it” girl in a spread that varies from casual to downright chic. The cover shows a fresh Watson draped in this spring’s trendiest “do,” double-denim, while inside there’s a decidedly grown-up and 60′s inspired vibe, with a fresh cat-eye/nude lip and nail combo, and a vintage-ish swimsuit/jacket pairing that is to die for.
It’s probably no secret — we here at PoshBeauty.com L-O-V-E Lupita. From her heart-wrenching turn as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave, to her emotional Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress (and don’t get us started on her dancing in the seats moment with Pharrell), Lupita Nyong’o is gunning for the role of America’s sweetheart — one with impeccable style and graciousness. So who better to illustrate today’s Spring tip: Get thee to a makeup counter for the new slew of happy hued lipsticks that aren’t cherry-bomb red.
Illustrated by an exuberantly beautiful Lupita in a recent Essence magazine spread, Spring 2014 is all for a bold lip — but this time in unexpected shades of orange, purple, hot pink, and gold. Let your lip palette put a little Spring in your step!read more
The admiration between Balmain creative director, Olivier Rousteing and pop-star Rihanna has landed the singer a prime spot as the face of the labels 2014 spring campaign. On the heels of her signature collections for River Island, an impressive collection of designer clothing documented on Instagram, and her executive producer credit of the fashion reality show “Styled to Rock,” Rihanna‘s appreciation of fashion is apparent, with this current coup making it official — and in the case of Balmain mutual.
In a recent chat with WWD, Rousteing told the mag, “When the woman that inspires you wears your creations, your vision feels complete. Rihanna embodies my vision of Balmain in this new campaign,” Rousteing said. “In front of the camera, she makes you feel like she is the only girl in the world.”
Shot in New York City, the campaign features the singer adorned in a variety of looks from Balmain’s latest efforts, including a pink-and-white Kimono style coat, and an edgy off the shoulder denim-and-gold chain outfit.read more
Today’s spill is further evidence that cosmetics titan MAC‘s brand name is slowly morphing into an acronym for Mother of All Collaborateurs. Pairing with Proenza Schouler’s design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the lux make-up label intends is set to release a collection that is rumored to include Face Powders, Lipsticks and Lip Pencils, Eye Liners, Nail Lacquers, and a fancy 129SE Powder Brush (spend some time on this one, folks — she’s a beauty.) The spill is light on details, but Style.com claims that the McCollough meets Hernandez meets MAC collection will hit store shelves and e-commerce in April 2014 — plenty of time to speculate whether or not the pre-advert above is alluding to a bright, neon spring.read more
With manicures resetting back to neutral and blacks, whites, grays, and navy ushering in a less obtrusive wardrobe, you may have thought that bold hues were bidding adieu to the trend set. Recent fashion week runways are telling us otherwise, and while, yes, they’re dolling out Spring ’14 collections — we see no reason to wait. Here are some of the biggest and brightest color trends for the warmer season — perfect for warming up winter’s less-than-jovial wardrobe.
1. GREEN: Just in time for natures resurgent variations on the shade, green is ranging in tone from emerald to icy, and mint to money.
2. RED: Having never really seen its way out of favor, red is definitely raising temperatures on the runways. Taking it’s cue from winter’s deep garnets and cranberries, spring’s red is more red hot.
3. ELECTRIC PINK: Spring’s pinks are less girly and more electric, balancing the colors definitively feminine mystique with a thoroughly modern sensibility.
4. PURPLE: The pallet for fall is rife with purple hues — from sorbet to royal… even eggplant. Purple reigns.
5. CITRON YELLOW: No color screams happy louder than yellow, and Spring 2014′s citron variation of the hue is no different… it’s just distinctly more urban.
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.read more