News From The Beautiverse – Pre-Fall and Couture Edition

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Gucci Pre-Fall 2015.

 

What Exactly Does Pre-Fall Mean?

The pre-fall shows have just ended and the haute couture shows are winding down. They are the appetizers before we sit down for fashion week. I don’t know why they call it fashion week when globally, it lasts for two and a half months. While I’m owning my confusion, when did pre-fall become so popular? I remember when there was no pre-fall which wasn’t that long ago. It seems that the frequency of pre-fall collections has increased dramatically in the last few years, a new reality brought on by the necessities of many entities. Pre-Fall collections are the most wearable of the runway shows and, therefore, earn the most money. Also, If you noticed, many of the fashions worn at recent award shows were pre-fall fresh off the runway. If the term “pre-fall” sneaked up on you like it did me, perhaps this article can clear things up.

 

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JPG opening look for his wedding themed Couture 2015 show

 Gaultier’s Couture Was Bridezilla Heavy And Full Of Surprises

John Paul Gaultier never ceases to amaze me. His wedding themed Haute Couture show was titled, “61 Façons de Se Dire Oui, or 61 Ways to Say Yes.” His runway show opened with a model stomping the runway with the ‘leaning tower of curlers’on her head as if she wasn’t quite ready for the show. Upon further inspection, she might be the wedding cake because she had a cake topper on top of the curlers. Many of his looks had split personalities and he highlighted several of his all time favorite models mid through. The show closed with supermodel Naomi Campbell looking toned and crafty as the bridal bouquet. Last year he closed the show with burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, who was a lovely butterfly.

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Naomi Campbell closing the JPG Haute Couture show as a wedding bouquet.

 

Be Careful Not To Spill

Yet another French designer with a marvelous imagination. The encrusted masks worn at the On Aura Tout Vu show needs no explanation because seeing is believing. I just keep thinking that it would be a great accessory on those days that you just don’t want to shave your face.

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Bedazzled mask on model walking the On Aura Tout Vu show during Paris Haute Couture 2015.

 

Pleats and Thank You

Out of all the collections shown at Haute Couture Spring, I was most impressed Christian Dior, perhaps it’s because of the sleek hardware knotted hair:

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Now, that’s a ponytail.

 

Maybe it was the endless amount of pleats:

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Runway look from the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2015 show.

Or maybe it was this video that documents the 200-hour process it took to make the dress above:

 

What was your favorite moment from the Paris Haute Couture Spring 2015 shows?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January Lacquer Legion Submission Featuring Jacqueline Quinn’s Diamond Silver Bracelet

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Created with Sally Hansen Magnetic nail color in Cosmic Blue and Essie Hors D’oeuvres nail lacquer from the 2013 Encrusted Treasures Collection.

I wanted to share my submission for the Lacquer Legion’s January Challenge. The challenge was titled “Reinvention” but my submission was based on my current manicure of which I was testing magnetic nail polishes. I wasn’t attracted to these type of polishes at first but now I love playing with them. They can be expensive, but I found a set of four at Walmart a couple of weeks ago for $10 and there are some pretty good deals on Amazon as well.  I have also gained a new respect for photography, and I will be shopping for a camera that is not attached to a phone soon. As if I needed a reason to shop.

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Jacqueline Quinn Diamond Silver Bracelet

Like a lot of people, I was reluctant to share my lackluster skills but I had to find a way to show the Jacqueline Quinn Diamond Silver Bracelet. I covet her Gabrielle clutch, and I wear this provocative bracelet all the time, and it is a testament to why she is one of the coolest designers around. I can’t even call her trendy because she supersedes that term. 

In addition to her fabulous bags and jewelry, Jacqueline’s newest contribution to the fashion world is the Sara Emanuel Fall 2014 collection. While Jacqueline will not be showing at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week F/W 2014, the Sara Emanuel line will be previewing at the Refinery Hotel on February 23, 2014. Check out the video for a closer look at Jacqueline and the Sara Emanuel line and stay tuned for more on Jacqueline Quinn and her newest success. 

Ombré Lips and Eyebrows (Video)

We have heard of ombré hair, clothing, and nails, but ombré lips? Why didn’t any of us think of that? Well, apparently Yumemi S., a regular contributor at Beautylish, and I suspect, a talented makeup artist, judging from the exquisite contributions and tutorials she posts. These lips gave me all kinds of ideas for outfits, and as I think about it, I am heading over to Polyvore with her lips. I hope she doesn’t mind.

She isn’t the only one. Sam C., London-ish “Jackie of All Trades” has a video tutorial for ombré eyebrows. Yes, even I didn’t see that coming. Head on over to Beautylish and check out these trendsetting makeup divas before they blow our minds away.