Contemporary Inside Classic: Carine Gilson’s Lingerie Couture Spring 2011

14 Jan

Anyone that knows me understands my love for lingerie and anything inspired by early-to-mid-20th century fashion, so I really couldn’t be more giddy about Carine Gilson’s Spring 2011 Lingerie Couture line. The French lingerie coutureier recently released a preview of the line, exhibiting a supreme delicacy and sophistication infused with the decadence of vintage lingerie.

Although these designs are a bit more pricey than average (running around $250 for a lace thong, $500 for a chemise, and so on), they’re beautiful and keep me hoping for a special occasion. Take a look at some of my favorites here, and the full collection over at HighSnobette.



The Portland Collection by Pendleton

14 Jan

Native American prints and knits have held a sizable chunk of our hearts over the past season (ahem, Pendleton x Opening Ceremony) and if Pendleton’s newest collection is any indicator, the allure may grow stronger next winter.

The 121 year-old Maine heritage brand has unveiled the Portland Collection, its contemporary line designed from Pendleton’s own archive of textiles and prints. Sweaters, dresses, weekend bags, and even an oversized blanket are included in the collection, due out next Fall/Winter 2011.

While I hate nothing more than contemplating next winter’s inevitability when we’re almost to spring, I have to admit I’m a little excited at the prospect of adding a few singular pieces from the collection to next winter’s wardrobe.

MAC Cosmetics Announces Spring Wonder Woman Collection

14 Jan

No girl ever outgrows Wonder Woman. Call me a nerd, but something about the empowering mythos surrounding this Amazon became so deeply engrained in my childhood psyche that it carried over into my adult-self. That being said, you can imagine my delight when I heard about MAC’s upcoming Wonder Woman collection for spring 2011.

Inspired by the superheroin herself, everything in the collection is super-sized including jumbo Lipglasses, large blush duos, and a metallic utility belt. “Since Wonder Woman has this amazing strength, we decided that the products in the collection should be larger than anything we do; from the size of the compacts to the jumbo blush,” says MAC’s creative director James Gager.

Designed around the era that took the comics to live-action with superbabe Lynda Carter, the packaging has a super-70s look and feel. The cosmetics themselves bring to mind an early-70’s look, featuring nude contoured face with hints of Pop-Art color a la Wonder Woman’s classic primary pallatte of fire engine red, mustard yellow, and royal blue. Eye shadows feature hues of iridescent white, pink and bright silver shades, dark forest green, olive-bronze, and lime with a yellow frost. Mascaras also come in shades of purple, green, and blue in addition to black, and nail polishes are available in bright red and navy.

Instead of finding a flesh-and-bone “face” of the collection, MAC opted for an illustrated one to pay homage to the comic book heroin. MAC will be opening up a pop-up shop in Soho at 109 Prince Street from February 3 through mid-April to commemorate the launch of the collection.

Scarcely 2011 and MAC is already killing it this year with its enormous multitude of collections. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will look like with MAC!

Gwen Stefani Added as Newest Face of L’Oreal Paris

14 Jan

No Doubt frontwoman and L.A.M.B. designer Gwen Stefani is joining the ranks of Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and Beyoncé Knowles as the next face of L’Oreal Paris. “I can’t believe I get to be one of the L’Oréal Paris girls,” says the singer, “I love playing dress up, on stage or shooting videos, it’s always been one of my favorite parts of being in a band.”

Stefani, who’s made crimson lips her trademark signature, will make her first appearance in a campaign for L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge lip color during this Sunday’s Golden Globes.


Rihanna to Be Featured on ‘Vogue’ Cover

13 Jan

It’s official: Rihanna will grace the cover of American Vogue sometime this year. “The Only Girl in the World” broke the news of her impending Vogue cover yesterday via Twitter, announcing a wrapped photo shoot for the fashion mag with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Donning a fresh new hairstyle, the flame-haired icon kept consistent with her fashionable reputation at Wednesday night’s Lakers game clad in skinny jeans, a washed-out Americana tee, nude pumps and matching nude Givenchy handbag.

Rihanna was set to appear as Vogue‘s covergirl back in 2009, but was quickly replaced after nude photos of her leaked. No word has surfaced officially on which cover will be Rihanna’s, but rumor has it that April or May newsstands will see the pop starlet cover the fashion bible.


Image via CocoPerez.

Spring Accessories with a Conscious

13 Jan

Ethical fashion has been on the rise in the last decade and continues to pick-up steam with products like the FEED Project‘s juggernaut FEED Bag, Join(RED)‘s multitude of designer collaborations, TOMS canvas shoes, and Falling Whistles‘ striking necklaces to name only a few. Embraced by celebrities, high-brow magazines, and the public at-large, fashion’s growing conscience isn’t going anywhere.

This spring ushers in new products with a larger purpose than keeping you sleek and stylish. Take a look at some of the season’s ethical accessories sure to make a big splash in the coming months.

Super Earth Goods Weekend Bag — Contribute to a greener planet with Super Earth Goods’ Weekend Bag, a handmade top-handled tote assembled completely out of re-purposed materials like like tires, rice sacks, and potato sacks. Originally designed as a weekend carryall for the creator’s boyfriend, this unisex tote can hold a change of clothes and a pair of shoes, but could easily be carried as a handbag to add an earthy, summery flare to any casual outfit. The Weekend Bag is available in two sizes and can be purchased online at Super Earth Goods. And hurry — it’s 50% off right now!

Kayu Bamboo Sunglasses — Inspired by the evolved business model of TOMS slip-ons, San Francisco-based label Kayu funds a sight-restoring surgery to a person in India for every pair of sunglasses purchased. Kayu’s fun and streamlined shades are crafted out of natural bamboo and feature 100 percent UV gradient lenses, for full protection as sunlight becomes stronger in spring and summer. Four styles of the sustainable sunglasses are available from oversized Jackie O. frames to more modernized shapes, including the timeless Wayfarer style, running for $180 each online.

Strawfoot Handmade Bags — Support American handmade goods in your wardrobe with a Strawfoot Handmade tote. Constructed by hand in Northern California entirely from materials sourced in the US, this sturdy shoulder bag makes fashion functional as well as conscientious. This must-have staple is available in four styles and retailing from $128 to $184 online.

Would You Like to Smell Like Money?

12 Jan

Patrick McCarthy would like you to smell like money, and with good reason. McCarthy infused his new perfume Her Money with the crisp papery scent after being inspired by a Japanese study showing that efficiency increased around the smell of currency. The fragrance, a juicy and enlivening amalgam 0f pink grapefruit, mandarin, freesia, passion fruit, Hawaiian wedding flower, and melon mingles with the aroma of dead presidents and even comes in a box of shredded US cash. Her Money and its male counterpart His Money are both available for $35 at Liquid Money.