For Fall 2011, Derek Lam paired up with eBay to create a line of 16 easy-to-wear dresses which he presented at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week earlier this year. After the presentation, consumers were invited to vote to their favorite pieces, and now the five most popular styles — the black poplin evening dress and shift, the floral print dress in maxi and midi silhouettes, and the indigo denim sun dress — are being sold on eBay.com in the wallet-friendly price range of $125-$295. We’d opt for the black sheath dress — who doesn’t need another LBD? Be sure to check out the whole collection to shop your favorite style!
The beautiful, and newly signed face of Lancôme, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld has been a busy bee over the past couple of weeks, especially this weekend in Paris as she made her way from Chanel to Givenchy wearing two different, yet equally show-stopping lipstick colours. This look is much more bold that what she was wearing at the Burberry Prorsum show when we chatted, and I actually really like both the soft and extreme styles on her. How about you, and if you had to choose, which is your favourite lip hue on the French fashionista?
I know that Millan Fashion Week is already over and now we're onto Paris already, but I am still catching my breath from all that I saw during London Fashion Week and wanted to make sure that I wrapped up my backstage beauty coverage with some of the trends I saw. Whilst tons of shows like Saloni, PPQ and Caroline Charles donned red lips down the catwalk, a typical trend for the Autumn and Winter seasons, three shows that all bore black lipstick were Maria Grachvogel, Felder Felder and Ashley Isham. All exciting fashion brands, they are now on my top list of ones to watch beauty-wise for next season too. Cheers to these risk-takers!
The last show that I attended for London Fashion Week was the Taka-Naka presentation. Designed by twins (nicknamed Taka and Naka), the collection had two very distinct looks to it: prints inspired by comic books from the late 1950's and a clean, almost conservative Jackie O. feel. Naturally, the makeup look created by Alex Byrne for Benefit Cosmetics incorporated both of these styles which Alex describes as, "Classic Irving Penn glamour. Think Audrey Hepburn and a chic collision with the 50's bright colourful looks."
The focal point of the look was a deep sienna-coloured lipstick in a new shade called Saucy that was intensified with a brick eyeliner called Call Me Nutty. Skin was prepped with You Rebel Tinted Moisturizer and a bit of Hoola was shaded into the deep part of the cheeks for a sculpted, understated look. Georgia Peach or Sugar Bomb powder blushers were dusted onto the apples of the cheeks, and brows were "fat and fun" filled in using Brow-Zings in Medium. Bikini Line Cream Shadow was blended over the top of Tattle Tale Cream Shadow, and Eye Bright was used inside the water line of the eyes. Lastly, a bit of That Gal was masked around the eyes (think about the strip of skin where your glasses go) for brightening purposes, and Bad Gal Mascara in black coated the lashes.
Paul Smith is one of Britain's iconic brands and I just love how he used clear glasses on the runway as an accessory to his bright separates with clean lines and fitted shapes, don't you? This simple yet polished "preppy chic" inspiration also transcended onto the beauty look created by lead makeup artist Petro Petrophilos for MAC Cosmetics.
Petro began by applying Face and Body Foundation all over the face and neck and then used some Mineralize Skinfinish on top. Pinch O Peach blush was used on the cheeks and Dark Brown Mascara with Ebony Pencil lightly lined the rims of the eyes. Brows were filled in with Velvetone Pencil and and Petro also used some Dark Brown Mascara to keep them in place. Lips were plain and simply coated with a bit of Lip Conditioner, something we've seen a lot of this season. What are your thoughts on preppy beauty? Do you think it's pretty or would you prefer to pass?
How did it evolve that you have become to be the new face of Lancôme? It just really happened out of nowhere, but I still can't believe it to be honest. It's like any girls' dream come true, and it's French like me, so I'm just flattered!
To find out what Julia's favourite makeup products are the the beauty look she donned at the Burberry show, just read more
Terry Barber, Director of Artistry for MAC Cosmetics took time out of his busy backstage schedule at the Jean-Pierre Braganza show to tell me how much he loves FabSugarUK! Thanks Terry, we love you too! He also told me that the inspiration for this outrageous makeup style was "not grunge rock and roll, but mannequin rock and roll. Think Thierry Mugler ... and Gerry Hall with red lips and red eyes to keep it modern. It's not a decadent look, but more reminiscent of the 80s and 90s. I love a show being a fantasy."
To create a fierce, sculpted, couture-style face, Terry used Colour Corrector Concealer and then pressed a new Electric Coral MAC Pro Pigment from next season into the eyes and cheekbones. Superslick Black Liquid Liner was used to draw a feline shape and #36 false lashes were cut in half and shaped into an angle. Lips were designed to look like a lacquered electric guitar so Cherry and Vino Lip Pencils were used along with Runaway Red AW '11 (a new lipstick) under Clear Lipglass.
I was totally blown away by the hair and makeup yesterday the Aquascutum show. It's one thing to create a bare looking face and bouncy hair, but when you do it with such perfection, it's envy of every girl. MAC provided all of the makeup and lead artist Cher Webb was on hand to talk to me about "the wholesome, healthy, rich girl style" that she was aiming to achieve.
She began by using Studio Sculpt Foundation on the face and Vanilla Pigment on the brow bone. Strada Powder Blush was applied to the hollows of the cheeks for contour, and Groundwork Paintpot was used around the eyes — think raccoon, but go light with your touch so that it looks more like a shadow. Fluidline lined the top lash-line, and was "pressed into the eye to create definition, not drama". Pro Lash Mascara was applied as a finishing touch, and nothing but leftover foundation from the brush mixed with Conditioner was on the lips.
Hair was styled in a "luxe and healthy looking blow-dry with a 70's outdoorsy, casual feel" by lead hairdresser Sam McKnight for Pantene. He doused wet hair with Magnifying Mousse and dried it with a large round brush. Then, he pinned the curls back whilst their makeup was getting done. Once they were ready, he tousled the hair, brushing it out gently and applied Hairspray all over. For those with thin or short hair, he also added in some extensions.
FabSugarUK and I spoke to Olivia Palermo on Sunday at the Antonio Berardi fashion show about her collaboration with Mango, what she was wearing and of course about beauty. Although she was hesitant to reveal anything too juicy (this is the second time that she told me she keeps her product faves on the down-low), she did let me know that she loves FabSugarUK (yay!) and that she does all of her own hair and makeup to keep her look fresh.To find out what else she told me, including the non-colour she likes to wear on her lips (hint, hint), just read more
Being at the Burberry fashion show is nothing short of amazing. The energy is high, everyone is properly dressed in Prorsum and you know that you're in for some serious celeb-spotting and surprises from designer Christopher Bailey. But for me, the real dream come true was getting backstage this season for the first time ever. I was able to hear straight from Wendy Rowe, the queen of Burberry beauty's mouth, all about the "modern take on 1960s makeup" that she was creating right before my eyes. Wendy said, "I couldn't be working with a better brand. I'm British, for me, Burberry is it!" Below is a little clip of some really raw footage from the backstage atmosphere, but if you watch closely, you can see Wendy in action!
The beauty look created for the show was all about a "stormy, smoky eye. Since Burberry is so weather oriented," Wendy used a grey, taupe and a rose-coloured shadow and blended them together to create kind of neutral plum. Eyes were lined in a shimmery taupe shade called Molton and topped with a brown mascara. Brows were filled in and had a bit of structure to them. Cheeks were also structured using Earthy Blush, a beige shade that added contour to the hollows of the face. Lips were dabbed with a selection of shades from the Lip Mist Palette (out in May), so each model had a little bit of a different raspberry, rose-petal type creamy shade that was customised to suit their skin tone.