Valentino is synonymous with feminine beauty and captures the quintessential Italian spirit, identifiable in Italian “It” girls. (Think Bianca Brandolini, Giovanna Battaglia or Vivianna Volpicelli). This Spring, Valentino pays tribute to today’s Valentino woman with a new fragrance – Valentina. It is the first fragrance launched under the house’s creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.
Hair has quickly become one of fashion’s statement accessories. Whether it’s a textured updo adorned with jeweled embellishments or a sleek ponytail, the Spring runways spoke to individual modern style.
The best way to achieve impeccable style, when it comes to your hair, is to use products that respond well to the nature of your hair. B. The Product is a professional styling line of luxurious hair care products created by Los Angeles-based celebrity hair expert, Brandon Martinez. His formulaic line works together to create a specific recipe for your hair type. Martinez is an expert when it comes to immediately identifying what hair needs to shift styles.
Gucci’s Fall 2012 women’s wear collection was short on color but rich on texture. Frida Giannini’s deep color palette – plums, navy, blacks, dark greens – paired with plush velvets, brocades, fur, and leather made for a modern romantic collection.
When Miuccia Prada rolled out a purple geometric print carpet to reveal Prada’s Fall 2012 women’s wear collection you knew bold pattern and color were to come. Although the first seven looks were solid black, the color wheel soon began to spin to offer honeycomb and diamond print tailored separates in mustards, oranges, blues and purples all embellished with gem grommets.
Sicilian Baroque served as the inspiration for Dolce and Gabbana’s Fall 2012 women’s wear collection. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce decorated their Fall designs with golden embroideries that recall the period’s architecture and tapestries, along with elaborate florals filled with cherubs and angels representative of notable Italian artistry.
Go-to fashion manicurist Deborah Lippmann, famous for long-wearing nail shades with radio-hit names, knows that a chic outfit is nothing without perfectly polished fingertips. At New York Fashion Week this month, Lippmann was backstage at Kate Spade, Donna Karan, Rodarte, Marchesa and more, shaping and painting models’ nails with the most covetable shades of the season.
At Kate Spade, Lippmann created a pretty polka dot nail for the ladylike label that’s always full of fun touches. The rounded tipped nail’s base is Fade to Black, an opaque vinyl record black, topped with sporadic polka dots in I’m Not Innocent, a clean creamy peach.
Peplumed waists enhanced with bow belts and exposed pockets walked down the Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012 runway. Structured military jackets were paired with whimsical elements like illustrated bird tees and gem embellished collars. Christopher Bailey proved that his line-up of London-inspired designs were intended to face all elements as plastic rain pellets fell from the sky as the models did their final walk.
Moschino Cheap & Chic
Moschino’s diffusion label Moschino Cheap & Chic showed it’s Fall 2012 collection for the first time at London Fashion Week. Live music queued Sixties ladylike cuts splashed in playful prints and rainbow hues.
The British vibe continued at the McQ Autumn/Winter 2012 show. Models coifed with dramatic tubular updos crunched on Fall foliage as they marched down Sarah Burton’s extra-wide runway. The more accessible diffusion label from the house of Alexander McQueen showed military coats, nipped waists, leaf embossed velvet, lace-up Victorian-era boots, and corseted full-skirted dresses.
1.5 oz Ocean Vodka
.25 oz Peach Schnapps
.25 oz Blue Curaçao
3 oz. House made Lemonade
Build the drink into a pilsner glass and garnish with a lemon. Cheers!
In this new series, we feature outstanding wardrobes of real women. Stacy Azcarate is a lawyer from Mill Valley, CA who has a penchant for prints. Photography by Molly DeCoudreaux.
NM: How would you describe your style through your wardrobe?
SA: Bohemian with conservative work clothes thrown in.
NM: What era are you most passionate about?
SA: The 1970s. Lots of great dresses, boots, jackets and hats!
NM: Do you collect anything?
This recap of Project Runway All Stars contains spoilers! Stop reading if you don’t want to know who won or lost last night. This week’s show opens with the final six designers standing under 193 stately international flags at United Nations headquarters. With only four challenges left, things are getting serious. “Just to see all of these flags flying you know this is a place of extreme importance,” Jerell says in awe. Like a world history professor, host Angela Linvall starts dishing facts about the UN. Are the designers about to solve world peace?
With Fashion Month in full swing we can’t help but feast our eyes on the well-coiffed models. Thick, full manes bounce softly as models saunter down the runway at Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. Fall’s more-is-more mentality adds grandeur to the hair with jeweled headbands and ribbons. The key to shiny, smooth hair starts with an amazing blowout. Start practicing now with Sedu’s Revolution Pro Ionic Travel Dryer. According to Sedu, the dryer delivers the power of a professional dryer in a compact size for fast ionic drying and frizz-free results. Come Fall, you will be runway ready!
Complete your bouquet with A Dozen Roses new energizing fragrance – Electron. The clean, fresh rose fragrance is a pleasant shock to the senses, a stunning combination of electric pink rose blended with a jolt of green tea, violet leaves and cattalyea orchid mixed with neon musk, and A Dozen Roses’ signature rose absolute. The bottle blooms in vibrant lime green and bright pink. A fresh rose is juxtaposed against a modern abstract with original artwork showcased on both sides of the bottle making this scent a gorgeous gift!