Fashionistas have but one purpose in life: getting dolled up & as an added bonus, getting photographed! However, if a side effect is that a good cause benefits, then 'sall good. The French fashionistrix recently curated a catwalk's worth of gold looks made just for "The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show" which will stream during Cannes on the World Gold Council's LoveGold.com. Part of the 20th *Cinema Against AIDS to benefit amfAR*, the designers being showcased include Chanel, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Armani, Shiatzy Chen and Tarun Tahiliani - and their creations will be walking the eRunway on mannequins illustrated by Lula Herself. Which is kind of a fun idea, no?
"The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show” will stream on May 23, 2013 (Thursday) at 9pm (CET). To see what the Tweeples think, be sure to follow #lovegoldcannes.
...were designed by the British brand Oliver Goldsmith, which was founded in London in 1926.
Of late, they've begun opening their vintage archive each year and re-issuing past favorites, including this pair that so famously helped Holly Golightly - & stylishly. Handmade in Italy, they're flattering, timeless without looking too retro and worst of all: in addition to the green-lensed "Dark Tortoiseshell" which breakfasted in such high style, there are three other colors you'll need to try and choose between.
This tweet inspired the first episode of #CandidlyNicole, a fun new docu-ality show by AOL featuring the social media musings of Nicole Richie about parenthood, friendships, marriage, showbiz, style...and trampstamps. And removing them, the focus of Episode 1, in which she visits a tattoo-removal clinic. "I was sixteen and an idiot," she muses. "Now I want a respectable spine." After discussing ink-related regrets and removal experiences with other patients in the waiting room, she sees all the hideous/scary/funny tatts the good doc has removed and decides what to do about her own.
Strong, vulnerable, sensual, maternal, fun, flirtatious...we chicks are one big bundle of conflicting tendencies. Which is part of our feminine charm, no? (No, don't answer that.) This notion that women can be all things is the inspiration for the new "Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M" campaign. Bey, who just kicked off her sold out "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour," partnered up with the retailer to spotlight their summer must-haves both on billboards & in print. "In the campaign Beyoncé is wearing the key pieces from H&M you need for life in the sun this summer,” explains Ann-Sofie Johansson, Head of Design for H&M. "There’s the perfect bodycon dress, as well as a flowing sun dress that makes a real statement. And of course there are the bikinis, especially the fringed bikini. What makes these pieces even more special is that Beyoncé herself had input into the design, and
they are full of her own personal style."
Plus good karma: 25% of sales from the tie-dye bikini featured in the summer campaign will be donated to H&M for WaterAid, their decade old initiative with WaterAid which has raised £2,650,000.
The campaign images were shot in Nassau in the Bahamas by photographers Inez & Vinoodh; the commercial was directed by Jonas Åkerlund & features a new song from Beyonce, Standing on the Sun, which underscores the theme of the opposing nature of the four basic elements. "I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind," says Beyoncé. It's "an epic fantasy, with glamour, drama and also a sense of paradise," adds Donald Schneider, Creative Director, H&M. "It was amazing to watch her on the shoot make it all look effortless – a quality that makes her such an icon for women around the world. The campaign is the essence of Beyoncé, and also the essence of H&M this summer."
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with H&M. The words are mine.]
The German-born model-turned-actress has teamed up with the maison a few times already. First, back in 1996 in the Allure fragrance campaign and then again in 2007 for the Paris-Biarritz handbag campaign lensed by Lagerfeld. As a current brand ambassador (sorry, it's hard for me to say - or type - "ambassadress" and keep a straight face), she will be gracing a new skincare campaign to be unveiled later this year.
In fact, they traveled to Bridgehamton and East Hampton, NY, specifically to find out from striaight from those in the know - including Real Housewife (NYC) Countess LuAnn de Lesseps & celebrity stylist Lauren Rae Levy - as to what exactly constitutes this fabled Hamptons chic & how it differs from Manhattan style. For additional eye candy, this helpful video primer also Includes footage from the 2012 Bridgehampton Polo season as well as the 2012 Longhouse Reserve Benefit.
For more on Gotham's insider style secrets & tasty lifestyle dish, be sure to check out New York Insider TV.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with New York Insider TV. The words are mine.]
Inspired by her travels and affinity for tribal influences, she recently collaborated with Swarovski on a 9-piece collection featuring her birthstone, turquoise, as well as feathers & crystals. Each piece includes a delicate leaf shaped engraved with her signature. Prices range between $100 & $200.
Hot on the heels of his just-released album, "The Next Day" is an upcoming retrospective *David Bowie is* opening March 23, 2013 at the Victoria and Albert Museum. More than 300 objects will be on display, exploring the creative processes of the man, including some sartorial gold designed by one of the men behind The Man: the Japanese fashion designer responsible for Ziggy Stardust's hyper-glam early-70s wardrobe.
Kansai Yamamoto was born in 1944, opened a boutique in Tokyo in 1968 and then began expanding into other countries. His Japanese heritage and westernized silhouettes - not to mention his grand "Kansai Super-show" spectaculars - attracted the trenderati of the day en masse.
Lead by Bowie, who borrowed some of his designs for a performance at Radio City Music Hall. "He's neither man nor woman," noted Kansai in 1973, "which suited me as a designer because most of my clothes are for either sex. I love his music and obviously that has influenced my designs but most of all there's this aura of fantasy that surrounds him. He has flair." To this day, Kansai's avant-garde costumes and iconic platform boots continue to resonate with artists including Madonna and Lady Gaga. (And me.) (image & quote: source)
House of Liza, which specializes in a keenly-edited selection of rare vintage fashion pieces from the last few decades, currently has some fabulous Kansai treasures in stock, including this sequined jacket, embroidered dress, shoulder-flap jacket & printed shopper.
While studying French at the Sorbonne, Cali native Angela Caglia fell in love with that particular passion of finely-complected French filles, skin care. "I was mesmerized by the elegance and tradition of French women caring for themselves and their beauty rituals," she recalls. Enough so that she returned to Paris to study & work alongside a well-known French esthetician. She later landed stateside, where she's spent the past 16 years tending to many an A-list complexion & is now in collaboration to start her own line of skin care goodness.
FASHIONTRIBES: As an aesthetician in Los Angeles, what is the most common skin issue
ANGELA CAGLIA: The most common is sun damage. I also see a lot of clogged pores which comes from their active lifestyles; lately,
I have many women in their thirties starting to break out for the first
times in their lives. I treat with LED light therapy, peels & extractions. Because skin is a barometer for many things in ones life, especially health, I focus on educating my clients on how to care for their skin and make any necessary lifestyle changes.
FT: Such as? AC: Wear sunscreen every day - SPF 30 or higher. For night: use peptides, retinoids & night serums.
FT: If you can only get one treatment per month which should it be? AC: Hydra facial treatment. It is good for all skin types, even sensitive. It exfoliates and deep cleanses the pores and refines texture while plumping your skin up with hydration!
FT: Typical day for you? AC: Wake up, coffee, check emails, read my flipboard articles on my iPad then get ready for gym. Then I grab a green drink & head to work; I usually have between 7 to 9 clients a day. I come home to a glass of wine and make dinner with my boyfriend.
...eye cream? Anything with caffeine in it. It's perfect to stimulate circulation under the eyes for puffiness and dark circles. I like one by a cult favorite line called 100 percent pure. It's all natural and made in Napa and it costs around 20.00.
...Los Angeles Day Spa? Ole Henriksen Body Spa
...food for your skin? Salmon. It's filled with omega oils and my
skin is glowing the next day. I am making it tonight for dinner too
with steamed broccoli. Also, berries and nuts are fantastic.
...local resource for beauty products? Sunset Plaza Beauty Boutique. They hand-pick some of the best beauty
...part of the your job? Making my clients look ten years younger!
...lunch spot? Chateau Marmont on the patio.
...regimen for great skin? Wash your face, moisturize it, protect with sunscreen. Every day. Also, get monthly facials.
...Los Angeles based skincare line? I love Glamglow. It's a Hollywood-vibe packaged mask. One of my clients
started the line a few years ago. The mask exfoliates and brightens. It
has won best beauty mask for two years at Neiman Marcus.
... skin care on a budget? Ole Henriksen products are affordable; they are all under $45 so they're not really expensive like other lines. For a drugstore brand, I like Salma Hayek's line of skincare for CVS.
- interview by Kelly Croteau
About Kelly: She recently interviewed Hollywood stylist Anya Sarre for Fashiontribes, as well as fashion insider Laurie Pike of mystyle.com & model-turned-jewelry-designer Barbara Adler. Her work has also appeared in Ask Miss A, Project Lena & Malibu Magazine. She recently interviewed Pose co-founder Alisa Gould-Simon, one of Refinery29's Top 30 Under 30.