News From The Beautiverse – NYFW Fall 2015 RTW Edition

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I didn’t get to follow Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York as closely as I would have liked, but when I did get the opportunity to catch up, Wow! I mean WOW! Surprisingly, a couple of the designers I was most impressed with were designers I am not normally drawn to. I am so glad I was in the mood to explore. Ralph Lauren, J. Mendel, and Marc Jacobs really got my attention and are my top three favorite collections from the NYFW Fall 2015 RTW shows.

I am not normally pulled towards Ralph Lauren and J. Mendel, but they finally got me. I am always impressed with Marc Jacobs, and this time he was, how they say, “money.” At least he was for me. What was a running theme at New York Fashion Week 2015 is fur, fringe, and the 70s. I was actually amazed at how much fur there was seeing how animal rights groups like to congregate outside the arenas, but it’s pretty clear that designers are either using fake or socially acceptable fur or they aren’t concerned about haters.

J. Mendel

J. Mendel’s color choice for his show was primarily in one of my favorite color combinations; black and white, and red. Somehow, the black and red make the white seem bold, don’t you think? The silky, flowing paisley printed dresses, colorful fur jackets, plunging necklines, and high slits gave off a definite 70s vibe.

Scarves were rampant in this collection and the pop of embroidery here and there made this collection retro and exquisite at the same time.This collection was an unexpected and pleasant surprise, and I am sorry I haven’t paid closer attention to this designer. If J. Mendel is trying to bring the 70s back, he was successful.

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See more of J. Mendel’s New York Fashion Week 2015 RTW collection at Style.com.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren tends to be a little All American conservative for me, but there were a lot of pieces in this collection that I would definitely wear. This collection was classic, elegant, and versatile, so versatile that there was something in this collection for most aesthetics at any time of day. another interesting dynamic was masculine looks such as a pinstripe suit being balanced out by a fur collar. Actually, anything made of fur is actually made of shearing, a good thing because I was feeling a little guilty for loving the furry hats and furry elbow length gloves.

All of the shearing, richly hued cashmere, and suede gave off a rich Western aura as if we were at a Southfork gathering on Dallas. The collection was in very earthy tones, olive-green, camel, winter white, and multiple tones of brown, but it screamed extravagance. I love earth tones and I think brown is a luxurious color and it certainly was here. After the floppy hats, ankle boots, fringed purses, and flowing skirts were a few glittering metallic dresses at the end just to throw you off.

 

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See more of Ralph Lauren’s New York Fashion Week 2015 RTW collection at Style.com.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs collection was dark and elegant, just the way I like it. Pine green and midnight blue plaid. Yes, please. Wide bugle bead trimming on body-conscious dresses and patent leather boots. Perfection. Black gloves, thin leather belts, and animal prints. Absolutely. Can you tell that this was my favorite collectIon?

This collection is definitely me. It got a bit risqué for a minute with the sheer dresses and panties, but there was something morbidly romantic about it. There really wasn’t one thing in this collection that I do not want, and that includes the risqué outfits. Marc Jacobs is a freakin’ genius, not just in his clothing designs but in how he dresses his models from head to toe. The accessories, makeup, and hair are always the final, perfect touch to his show. Again, perfection.

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See more of Marc Jacob’s New York Fashion Week 2015 RTW collection at Style.com.

 

2013 MET Gala Ball Exhibition and Fashion Notables

Everyone is salivating over what the celebrities wore to the 2013 MET Gala Ball, when the real fashion moments were courtesy of the Costume Institute‘s Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition. Those who were lucky enough to participate in the event, barely put forth the effort to follow the theme. The majority simply wore what they wanted or let their hair and makeup do the talking.

The Costume Institute’s exhibition, led by Andrew Bolton, mixed distress with luxury to tell the history of punk and how it inspired and continues to influence today’s fashion. At this very moment, punk is surging as a trend; so did the MET’s theme influence what’s next, or is this just a coincidence? There was a total of seven galleries, some were interactive, but all of them offered visual homages to a style that will never die. Take a look at a sample gallery of what the exhibition offered and for more pictures visit – Costume Institute: Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition.

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I was so excited about the punk theme for the 2013 MET Gala Ball’s Punk: Chaos to Couture Exhibition, because every fashion icon still breathing was there and  punk, THE ‘no rules’ style was being honored. I was anxious to see how creative the participants would be. I have to say, I was disappointed in the lack of effort. With the exception of Madonna, Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, and a few others, the majority neglected to take the theme seriously, or dressed to impress no one but themselves. Perhaps their anarchist attitude was punk enough?

The one person I wanted to see in reimagined punk was Anna Wintour. Apparently, this floral Chanel couture gown from the Spring 2013 collection, is as punk as she gets. This was her show, and she didn’t even bother to play along. As lovely as that Chanel gown is, it isn’t remotely MET worthy. Boo, Anna! Boo!

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Anna Wintour punk’d everyone by showing up dressed for a garden party. Photo courtesy of Refinery29.com

Let’s give a shout out and a round of applause to those who made an effort and paid attention to the memo.

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Best Dressed ~ Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles. She knocked it out of the park in re-imagined punk & topped it off with Philip Treacy’s mohawk headdress. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com

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Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge looked like they knew what they were doing. She kept her dress simple and let her studded Burberry jacket and nails handle it. The studded headband was another great choice. Photo Courtesy of Instyle.com

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Ginnifer Goodwin’s look is a complete departure from her Snow White persona wouldn’t you say? She punked it up head-to-toe with dark eye makeup, punked out nails, and a Tory Burch gown. Photo courtesy of InStyle.com..

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Madonna in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci ~ Go ahead diva, show them how it’s done. She took the theme seriously, down to the shredded fish net dress. Who else was this daring? I love that she wore Casedei pink blade heels that complimented her ageless body. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com.

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Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs ~ This is her category so I knew she wouldn’t disappoint. Simply and elegantly punk. Sometimes you can make your point without all the bells and whistles. Photo Courtesy of InStyle.com.

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Nicole Richie in Topshop ~ This is another style icon that thinks outside the box. Thank you Nicole for dressing for the occasion and straying away from clichés. Her Bordeaux lips, silver hair, and white Topshop gown were the very definition of anarchy. Photo courtesy of InStyle.com

Even though I was disappointed with the lack of punk fashion, there were some outfits worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Christina Ricci, Anne Hathaway, and other fashion notables that made up for it.

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For more pictures from the 2013 MET Gala Ball visit InStyle’s Photo Gallery.

Sephora Joins Forces With The Olsen Twins And Marc Jacobs

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It seems that popular cosmetics retailer Sephora is stepping further into the luxury collaboration market by joining forces with Elizabeth and James and Marc Jacobs in 2013. With an already powerful arsenal of 250+ brands, the one-stop beauty boutique is credited for making upscale products more accessible to the masses of beauty product connoisseurs. The newest collaborations with these two designer powerhouses are exciting additions to the brand.

This year, the Olsen twins will unveil a yet to be determined fragrance under their Elizabeth and James line in March. Mary-Kate and Ashley have come a long way since their first collaboration with Walmart in 2001.

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Courtesy of: Sephora

While Marc Jacobs already has several of his fragrances available at Sephora, he will go all out with an exclusive makeup collection tentatively launching for fall. He discussed the new cosmetic collection with WWD saying, “I see makeup, fragrance — everything, really — as an opportunity. The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner — it’s just such a delight. The ritual of waking up and making those choices is something people really enjoy”.

Check out the Marc Jacobs video on YouTube about his leap into makeup.

Collaborations are nothing new to the cosmetics chain. In 2012, Marchesa climbed on board with its luxurious MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE line. Also, The Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color for the entire design industry, based its exclusive makeup collection on the color of the year, Tangerine Tango. Their 2013 collection will also be based on the color of the year, Emerald Green.

  

The Karl Lagerfeld Beauty Collection for Sephora launched in November, 2011, in Singapore and Europe. Unfortunately, there are no plans for a U.S. launch which is a travesty. The eye shadow palette alone is a must-have; it is shaped in his image. Lagerfeld clearly has a healthy sense of himself. Hopefully, his cosmetic line will make an appearance in the U.S. soon. Until then, we will look forward to what Marc Jacobs and the Olsen Twins have to offer.