Here’s The Low-Down On The Fashion Shows Happening Post-Lockdown | British Vogue

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t experiencing a bit of an identity crisis during this global pandemic. How does a style blogger and product junkie write about beauty and fashion when isolation is strongly encouraged and there’s nowhere to go? Where would I wear a yellow lace dress? Or a corset swimsuit? Why wear makeup if half of my face is covered and it’s just going to come off on the mask and create skin problems?

Until recently, I felt the idea of fashion shows was nothing short of sadistic; they were just a reminder of places I couldn’t go without the constant worry of catching COVID-19, or having my great mood stifled by the reality of temperature checks, discouraged socializing, or the lack of money to shop. I’m living in robes and sweats, so while I’m not an athleisure girl, I see the appeal now.

Apparently, my issues are poor peoples’ problems because fashion shows are still going on, albeit digitally, and Vogue is here to break down every show as they come in. 

Dreaming is still free…

Source: Here’s The Low-Down On The Fashion Shows Happening Post-Lockdown | British Vogue

Selena Gomez Is Loyal To Louis: The Face Of Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2016 Campaign

Selena Gomez is the face of Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2016 collection as the face of the luxury brands Series.5 line. When I first heard the news, my eyebrows raised, because my view of the singer is still very innocent despite the fact that she is a grown ass woman. Even when she’s playing a villain (“Bad Blood”), there is something childish (in a good way) about her, and there’s nothing naive about Louis Vuitton. But as I look at some of her magazine covers and award show ensembles, this fashion house seems to be a go to for the 23-year-old. She’s been a walking advertisement for the brand for quite some time.

Loius Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere and Selena released Instagram photos featuring her in the fall-winter 2016 campaign modeling pieces from the Series.5 collection.

I am loving Selena Gomez’s top and the asymmetrical skirts.

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Does this look innocent to you?

Selena Gomez in a tough black leather studded high-slit Louis Vuitton gown.:
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Selena Gomez Louis Vuitton Magazine Covers

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{sniff… She’s grown up so fast.}

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What’s your thoughts on Selena Gomez as the face of Loius Vuitton’s Fall 2016 campaign?

Beyoncé’s CFDA Speech And That Givenchy Suit

I completely forgot about the Council of Fashion Designer of America (CFDA) until my half-listening to Wendy Williams caught her going off about Beyoncé’s Givenchy suit — she wasn’t a fan. Queen Bey was crowned the CFDA Fashion Icon and according to Vogue, many were speculating that Michelle Obama would get the honors this being her last year as First Lady and all, but the honor went to Beyoncé and she took to the stage in a bejeweled pinstripe Givenchy suit and a wide-brimmed hat. (Is it me, or is she really into wide-brimmed hats and Givenchy lately?) Before we get to the suit, let’s talk about her speech.

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Her speech was, in my opinion,  an eloquent “How ya like me now” to all the high-end designers that shunned Destiny’s Child back in the day, and wouldn’t dress them for high-profile events. Her mother (Tina Knowles) and her uncle made their outfits, and she made sure the audience was in on the fact that without their struggles, sacrifices, and determination, she wouldn’t be where she is today professionally and fashionably.

Beyoncé’s grandmother was a seamstress and fashion is in her blood. It would be interesting to see her actually design a line. I know she co-designed House of Deréon with her mom in 2004,  and she sells Miss Tina by Tina Knowles at Walmart, but I would love to see Beyoncé pull a Victoria Beckham.

I digress…

The Carter's in Givenchy - Image via Vogue.
The Carter’s in Givenchy – Image via Vogue.

Was Givenchy one of the fashion houses that rejected Destiny’s Child? If so, this would be a serious case of turn the other cheek. Riccardo Tisci, the creative director for Givenchy has dressed Beyoncé for a while; the majority of her Met Gala appearances are courtesy of Givenchy, and the rest of the Carter’s (Blue Ivy and Jay Z) were dressed in Givenchy at the CFDA event. And while they can afford it, I doubt she pays anything when “rocking her Givenchy dress,” so all I can say is “My, how things have changed.”

My take on the suit Mrs. Wendy was dogging? [crickets…]

I Want: Naja Nude For All Lingerie – REAL Nude Colored Underwear

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Naja nude color swatches. Photo: Naja

I know, I’m a bad mommy. I have been focusing on passing a writing internship and my blog has severely suffered. Now that I have accomplished that task — proud author at Inquisitr News — I can breathe and let my mind wonder about such things as beauty product reviews, red carpet looks, and baffling trends.

There were many things going on that I wanted to write about — skin lightening, lampshading, and those trying to have it all no matter who is inconvenienced — but the news that Naja just released a lingerie line that understands that the traditional nude tone does not fit all peaked my interest. I too believe that “Nude” is a matter of perspective.

Soon New York subways will help promote Naja’s #NudeForAll diversity campaign featuring real women with varying body types and occupations wearing the LA-based lingerie brand’s multi-toned underwear. Up until now, nude underwear was a one-size-fits-all affair and everybody had the choice of the standard nude hue, black or white.

Catalina Girald, Naja’s CEO and creative director and a Stanford business graduate, got the idea to produce a wider variety of nude tones after she noticed how the nude ankle wraps Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas wore drastically differed from her skin tone.

One of the reasons other brands have not stepped up to the plate is because of limitations. Girald’s business savvy and connections have allowed her to bypass order minimums that prevent other brands from producing a wider range of nude tones. It’s an innovation that is desperately needed. A company statement explains:

“Naja’s super-fast supply chain can produce in one month instead of 12 months, with minimum order quantities at 200 units per style instead of 10,000.”

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Naja’s eco-friendly bra and panty set. Photo: Naja

Naja was developed by Girald in 2013, and actress Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) joined in 2015, and they have built a company that empowers women, and is socially and environmentally conscious. One of their passions is helping women in Latin American countries support their families by paying them fair wages for sewing the lingerie bags the bras arrive in. Health benefits and education stipends for their children are also included. Also, Naja has an eco-friendly collection made from recycled plastic bottles.

The brand has paired each of its colors with a major makeup brand’s foundation shade to determine which nude shade is best; foundation colors from Nars, Bobby Brown, Mac, and L’Oreal are listed. The collection includes three styles of underwear, in sizes XS to XXL, and one memory foam cup underwire bra, in sizes 32 to 40 and cups A to DDD. The bra sells for $39 and the underwear range from $15 to $18, and the plan is to introduce more styles and colors in the future.

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The result is a high-quality product that is made with hand-harvested Peruvian cotton, bonded and seamless bra straps, and breathable memory foam cups, that are nestled inside varying colors and unexpected prints that are stylish and trendy.

The Nude For All campaign can be seen online and at the Bedford L stop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the collection will be available May 30.

Photo: Naja Instagram

 

I Barely Recognized Kristen Stewart At The 2016 Met Gala: ‘Manus x Machina’ Event

There were a few outstanding looks at the 2016 Met Gala: Manus x Machina event, but I really liked Kristen Stewart’s look; there was something provocative about it and I barely recognized her. Kristen Stewart’s interpretation of the Manus x Machina theme was really more focused on her hair and makeup.  Participants were asked to embrace fashion and technology; the future of fashion. I’m not sure she embraced the technical aspect of the challenge, but she doesn’t look like she took any fashion steps backward.

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Kristen Stewart at the Met Gala 2016 ~ Image via The Cut.

She’s what I consider an enigma; there is something so confident yet panicked about her. She’s one of those rare celebrities that isn’t desperate for attention. While scrolling through the Gala photos on The Cut, I had to stop and stare because it didn’t look like her, but I could see her in her outfit if that makes any sense. In other words, she pulled it off, and she did it in Chanel, but a lot of the attendees did. Chanel was a prominent fixture.

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Kristen Stewart and a model wearing a dress from the Chanel Fall 2016 RTW collection ~ Images via The Cut and Vogue.

Stewart wore a dress from the Chanel Fall 2016 RTW collection (actually my favorite dress from that collection) but it goes beyond her dress; it was the whole package. It was minimalist; barely-there lips, one earring (she doesn’t seem to wear earrings), the necklaces she wore were hidden beneath her dress, and her hair was haphazard. Her makeup featured silver graphic eye shadow and dark liner. Her presentation wasn’t overdone or cartoon-ish, it was still fashion-forward. She could have easily pulled this look together herself without a stylist.

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Kristen Stewart wearing a look from the Chanel 2015/16 Cruise collection.

She seems to favor Chanel, she wore it to the Met Gala in 2013, she skipped the Met Gala in 2015 in favor of a Chanel show in Seoul, where she wore a look from the Chanel 2015/16 Cruise collection, and again for this year’s Met Gala. I understand her Chanel obsession and personally, the look from the Seoul show would have worked at the 2016 Met Gala, perhaps better than the one she wore.

Feature Image by Dimitrios Kambouris

Denver Fashion Week Spring ’16

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A look from Velvet Wolf at Denver Fashion Week Spring ’16.

Let me start out by saying that I really enjoyed the Denver Fashion Weekend Spring ’16 festivities, a multi-day event that features local and national designers and boutiques, along with hair shows and awards ceremonies. Unfortunately, I missed the 303 Awards/Southwest Hairstyling Awards on Night One, but celebrity stylist Tabatha Coffey received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In Focus host, Eden Lane was holding court, and without too much criticism (I can’t imagine what it takes to pull off a production like this on multiple nights), compared to my experience at the Fall ’15 shows, DFW Spring ’16 was a massive improvement. It was better organized, the press didn’t have to fight to get into place, and the overall mood was less manic. This production had their act together; they were much friendlier (even after I knocked a stack of cards off of a pole), the security staff was more personable, the press was given more respect, and the people attending this event were much more festive and much less bitchy than the last fashion event.

Eden Lane hosting Night Three at Denver Fashion Week '16.
Eden Lane hosting Night Three of Denver Fashion Week ’16.

I should have had this blog out last week, but I wasted a lot of time trying to unsuccessfully edit fashion week videos while trying to learn a new job, so please excuse me in advance for the janky video and extreme lateness. Last year’s footage was so bad I barely bothered to post anything. This time was no different. The Fall ’15  runway was cool but complicated, and we were situated on the side next to a platform with a lone photographer on it. Thankfully, the person I brought for photography was taller than my 5′ 2″ frame, so he was more successful with photos. This year, I was told that we could have used that near-empty platform, but no one told us.

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Back to work after having to bail on Night Two of Denver Fashion Week. The one and only time I successfully applied false lashes.

This year was no different as far as lousy positioning, but at least there was a reason for it. Night Three was PACKED and so was that platform. Apparently, there was a schedule change because when I RSVP’d the event, the night I attended was scheduled to be a hair show.  I was a little bummed because I had to bail on Night Two at the last-minute and I was more interested in the fashion than the hair, although I had planned on going to both. To be honest, I was probably more bummed about the fact that I had finally applied false eyelashes without them coming off or getting adhesive all over the place, and I had nowhere to go. I can’t be the only person who hates to waste time and a good makeup job.

A streetwear look from Denver Fashion Week.
This was the cutest outfit. This local blogger knew how to mix her prints. The photo does not do this outfit justice.

I should probably go back; the kick-off event for DFW Spring ’16 was Red Pearl, a fashion comedy movie by Stacy Barton and Jessica McGaugh. The comedy-drama movie with fashion overtones is based in Colorado, and is about Scarlet (Desira Pesta), a recent transplant from Ohio fresh out of fashion school. She’s having difficulty making friends professionally and personally, and she’s nursing a broken heart as well. Project Runway’s Mondo Guerra makes an appearance as her mentor and I thought he was in attendance, but it turned out that the gentleman I mistook as Guerra was not. One would have expected him to turn up for the premiere of a movie he is in, but…

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The gentleman I mistook for Mondo Guerra.

My favorite performances were from Scarlet’s creepy apartment manager (William Leiren), and her married lover and neighbor (Matt Block), whom I met at the fashion show. He walked right past us and I said, “He’s cute,” and my daughter/photographer said, “That’s that guy from the movie, her neighbor.” Being who I am, I ran after him. He’s all kinds of cute. That movie does not do him justice. He was beyond charming and very funny. He was also taking part in the shows.

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Red Pearl actor and model Matt Block with me at the Denver Fashion Weekend Spring 2016 show.

Back to the show…

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Final walk for Soignee.

I immediately ran into the Beauty For Real booth at the bazaar and the rep. went to work selling us on how innovative the makeup line is. Ok, the lip gloss has a mirror AND a light on the applicator. Hello, where have you been all of my life? She told me Leslie Munsell, the founder of Beauty For Real was walking in the show.

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Is this Leslie Munsell, founder of Beauty For Real walking in the Marks-Lloyds fashion show?

I thought I saw her walk for Marks-Lloyds, but I can’t be certain. [Doesn’t this look like her? I feel like a post about the brand is in order.

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Beauty For Real

When I left Beauty For Real counter, I perused a couple of apparel vendors, and then ran into Sam LaBella, hairstylist and makeup artist at Family Affair representing the Balmain Hair Couture line. Remember when I said I had never heard of Balmain Hair? Ta-da! She was so much fun, and I had the best time with her. She even spritzed my dusty bun with a shining product. In the middle of entertaining me, she also provided me with a little more education about the line and where it is headed. Balmain Hair won’t stay hush-hush for long.

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StylEnigma (Lynnette Southwood) and Sam LaBella from Family Affair.

The line up for the shows I attended were:

Marks-Lloyds Furs
Lions in Four
Kouture
Velvet Wolf
Soignee
Royal Outerwear
ILy ILey
Femme Fatal Intimates
Georgine

While I enjoyed every show, the standouts for me were Velvet Wolf, Kouture, and ILy Iley. I am not an outerwear fan per se, but as far as a physical reaction, I loved Royal Outerwear. The styling and makeup was inspiring and Torell Madsen, A.K.A. Tory, was especially breathtaking. I may have to relax my style a bit and embrace street wear more.

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Torell Madsen in Royal Outerwear

I recorded a few of the shows but I didn’t get them all. Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos or footage of Femme Fatale Intimates and Georgine NYC, which I truly regret. Poor battery life and difficulty holding the camera with so many bloggers and photographers jockeying for position dictated I sit out a few shows so again, please enjoy the sketchy camera work. The fact that there were so many people in attendance tells me that the popularity of the event is growing, as it should. A special shout-out to my photographer Raven Refuerzo, a.k.a., my kid. Denver Fashion Week Spring ’16 was a great production and a lot of fun. Can’t wait till the fall shows.

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I Didn’t Know Balmain Had a Hair Care Line Either

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Balmain Hair muse Noémie Lenoir.

 

It was during Paris Fashion Week that the I discovered Balmain was into hair. Should I feel stupid for not knowing the French fashion brand extended to a hair care line? This revelation came just yesterday while reading an article on Business of Fashion about Balmain’s new custom wig venture – an extension of the already existing Balmain Hair Couture line. During Paris Fashion Week, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadi seemingly swapped hair colors at the Balmain Fall 2016 RTW show and of course, everybody went nuts because those two can’t cut their nails without it becoming breaking news. Sorry (not sorry), I’m just so sick of those two. Anyway…

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Balmain Hair Couture muse Devon Wilson and Gigi Hadid as brunettes.

 

According to the piece, that was an introduction of sorts to Balmain Hair, a custom-made wig and hair extensions service. The intended fuss about the hair color swap got tails wagging about the orientation of the wigs the chosen were wearing , expansion news, and the admittance that the hair care line is largely unknown. Now, I don’t feel so stupid.

 

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Alessandra Ambrosio walking in the Balmain Pre-spring 2016 show in her natural hair color.

Alessandra Ambrosio, a favorite Balmain runway model is shown with her natural hair color in the Pre-spring 2016 show, and again wearing a Balmain custom-made wig in the Fall 2016 show at PFW 2016. Joan Smalls, Rose Huntington-Whitely, and Lily Donaldson were among the models walking with one of those coveted pieces.

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Alessandra Ambrosio walking in the Balmain Fall 2016 show in a Balmain wig.

Balmain Hair Couture brand isn’t new if you are heavily immersed in the beauty scene or in Europe – it’s been around for 40-years slowly making its way into high-end salons and fancy-schmancy fashion sites. Currently, the Balmain Hair repertoire consists of extensions, styling products, styling tools, and now custom-made wigs. You’ll have to do some jet-setting if you want one of those custom-made, 100 percent human hair wigs. The Balmain Hair wigs are only made at their location in the Paris at 13, rue Royal which is headed by Nabil Harlow a “master hair designer.” Yeah, you’re going to need super model money in order to afford one.

 

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However, if you want their Argan Moisturizing Elixir ($43), or instant extensions ($390), that’s available onlinealthough the company encourages you to seek a professional for extension installation. For professionals, there are classes to teach you how to install their products. I’ve watched some of their tutorials, it looks very involved. There are 5,000 hair salons worldwide (300 in the US) that carry Balmain Hair, and “Prestige Salon”  has been created to place their products in exclusive style focused salons.

 

 

Balmain joins the likes of  Wendy Williams, Jessica Simpson, practically the entire cast of RHOA, and Beverly Johnson – who have been on the hair extension/wig train for quite some time. Balmain has stepped up as a response to the apparent explosion of couture wig and hair extensions. Well, when everybody is trying to be Beyoncé, that’s gonna happen, and Bey ain’t wearing Sally Beauty Supply hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Want – Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao Bag

 

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Look 1 ~ Issey Miyake Crystal Series Shoulder Bag SS16 – $1,250.

 

I was smack dab in the middle of ogling Chanel’s Fall 2016 collection when I ran into this beauty, the Issey Miyake Bao Bao Crystal Shoulder Bag. Isn’t it fascinating? It must be EVERYTHING if it made me stop looking a Chanel. This is, as most things are on my “I Want” list, completely unattainable, but a girl can dream, right?…

 

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Look 2 ~ Issey Miyake Crystal Series Shoulder Bag SS16 – $1,250.

 

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Just like the Bao Bao bags, Issey Miyake’s apparel frequently conforms and transforms into dramatic shapes. The Issey Miyake Geometric Jacket.

Issey Miyake, in addition to producing my favorite perfume, is the most innovative fashion designer alive. The Bao Bao line has been around for a sixteen years and I am ashamed to say that this is my first time seeing one. I really like how the bags transform to accomodate whatever is in your bag be it a file or a bag of oranges, after all, the concept is “shapes by chance.”

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Issey Miyake Bao Bao Rock series Crossbody SS16 in Matte  Light Grey – $805.

I want the Crossbody so bad I can taste it…

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Issey Miyake Bao Bao Prism Series Tote in Aurora SS16 – $925

This gorgeous creature is from the Prism series and I want you to look at the details; the bag is made out of small triangles that are placed on top of mesh fabric. It is so architectural and futuristic. I’m completely in love. Triangles placed on mesh makes this concept so transformative.

 

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Look 1 ~ Issey Miyake Bao Bao Platinum Tote SS16 – $1,295.

 

But not as in love as I am with the Platinum; it reflects like a mirror, so eye-catching, a total hater instigator.  Check out the incredible Bao Bao bags from Issey Miyake.

 

 

 

 

 

Denver Bronco Super Bowl 50 Celebration Style

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I thought I would produce a quick little post at 1:30 in the morning to gloat. The Denver Broncos have won Super Bowl 50 and now it’s time to celebrate by putting away our game day apparel and put on some celebratory blue and orange (and gold for the golden anniversary) clothing and rocking those Bronco nails and makeup a little bit longer. While blue and orange can be a difficult color combination to pull off, it can also be mesmerizing when done correctly.

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I live in Denver so we’ll be wearing blue and orange for the foreseeable future, and I would encourage all Bronco fans to stretch it out as long as possible. Again, congratulations to Peyton Manning and the Broncos on another Super Bowl win and for showing the doubters why this team has been one of the top teams in the NFL for decades.

Denver Bronco Super Bowl 50 Celebration Style

 

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Lovers Friends dress
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Illamasqua eyeshadow
$24 – illamasqua.com

I Want: Michael Kors’ Floral Mary Janes

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First of all, I loved, loved, loved, Michael Kor’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection. I am so stunned and surprised by some of the elements he incorporated into the current trends, that my mindset for the couture shows is completely blown. I’m not a pink girl, but I NEED that pink and white mink coat. What I couldn’t get over is the floral Mary Jane’s in black and white, and black and army green. I’ll take them both.

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Kors who rejects the label “Pre-Fall” and prefers to use “Transeasonal” because it’s less limiting, says he approaches design this way: “She’s got to fall in love.” Mission accomplished.