Fashion week’s bevy of beautiful models had their natural beauty highlighted for Spring 2013. Eyes, lids, brows, and lips were the focus: soft, feature-enhancing makeup and bold, modern looks both reigned on the runways. From iconic images of the past to scenes in nature, makeup artists drew inspiration from a variety of muses and really mixed the old with the new. We can’t wait to try out these fresh trends next spring!
Stars made their way down the red carpet for last night’s Grammy Awards. See which looks rocked and which looks hit a sour note.
Best: Taylor Swift
Taylor donned her most mature look on the red carpet, sparkling in a silk Zuhair Murad mermaid gown. “It’s one of my favorite dresses I’ve gotten to wear,” she told Seacrest before the show. “I saw it months ago, and I said ‘We’ve got to save this for the Grammys.'” We can see why!
Worst: Nikki Minaj
Nikki’s goal has to be to appear on every worst dressed list! Her scarlett Versace cape with striking black beading was daring, but that’s the only nicety we’ll give her! With a pope look-alike on her right arm, all we can think is – How sacrilegious can you get? Oh wait, then there was her Grammy performance…
Rihanna’s latest tattoo and recent reports that she went back to Chris Brown had us worried she was headed for a breakdown. If she is, you would never know it by looking at her. She was an absolute knockout in a Giorgio Armani dress she helped design. If this is what going crazy looks like, sign us up!
While we are still obsessing over the amazing Spring/Summer hairstyles we saw earlier this month at Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, we’re also ready to step up our hair game for this season. Luckily, PageDaily was backstage at last February’s Fall 2011 Fashion Week, too, and caught up with the best hair experts in the business who gave us all the tips, tricks and product picks you need to get flawless hair this Fall!
Size may not always matter but when it comes to hair this Fall, bigger is better. Models at Bibhu Mohapatra, Cynthia Rowley, Marchesa, Vivienne Tam and L.A.M.B. sported dramatic updos like bird’s nest buns and retro pompadours.
Hair Care Products for the Dramatic Volume Trend:
Buy Now, L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium, $24
Buy Now, Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel, $24
Effortlessly chic textured ponytails were also a runway favorite in February. They were windswept and natural at Rodarte; low and grungy at Tibi; and polished ‘60s mod on the side at Kate Spade. This trend is perfect for Fall’s laid-back looks but can also add some attitude to a polished black dress.
Hair Care Products for the Textured Ponytail Trend:
Buy Now, Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray, $22.99
Buy Now, René Furterer Vegetal Mousse, $23
Buy Now, Rsession Tools Pin-Up Girl Hair Styling Kit, $24.99
If last February’s shows were any prediction, we’ll be seeing lots of tousled, relaxed braids this Fall like the ones dressed with turbans at Mara Hoffman or the multiple strands we saw at HERCHCOVITCH; ALEXANDRE. We love that this look works best with dirty hair!
Hair Care Products for Braids with a Twist Trend:
Buy Now, Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme, $26
Buy Now, Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, $13.98
We saw romantic undone curls and waves backstage at Chris Benz, Prabal Gurung, Rebecca Minkoff, Vena Cava, Christian Siriano and Rebecca Taylor. You can achieve this easy-to-do look at home with a little help from a styling product like and by either curling hair with a small barrel curling iron and then brushing out or loosely braiding it and the applying heat with a blow dryer or flat iron. If it looks morning-after chic, you’re on the right track.
Hair Care Products for the Undone Curls & Waves Trend:
Buy Now, Ouidad PlayCurl Volumizing Foam, $22
Buy Now, Fekkai Coiff Océanique Tousled Wave Spray, $24
Buy Now, Ted Gibson Fix It Styling Gel, $7.75
If you’re not one to go crazy styling your hair, one way to update your look this Fall is with a statement-making part. Stylists’ backstage Nicole Miller and Proenza Schouler shows created severe center parts while those at Timo Weiland and Tadashi Shoji styled defined side parts. The only tool you need is a tail comb!
Hair Care Products for the Defined Part Trend:
Buy Now, Catwalk by Tigi Your Highness Weightless Shine Spray, $28
Buy Now, Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-Dry Gel, $15.73
Rsession Tools Runway Series Pin Point Straightening Iron, $79.99
Fashion Week was a whirlwind of outrageous styles, sky-high heels, glamorous parties and celebrity sightings. We spyed Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Stam, Beyonce, Heidi Klum, Johnny Weir, Nigel Barker, Olivia Palermo, Ramona Singer, Whitney Port, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Rutherford and Kourtney Kardashian, among others. Everyone loves to spot the celebs at Lincoln Center but fashion week is really about the designers and showcasing their new collections for Spring 2012. What shows stuck out in our mind? Read on for our Fashion Week faves!
Zac Posen is known for ultra-feminine and figure-flattering styles (see picture above). This season he went retro chic, too, and we loved it! Flirty dresses in fab prints and colorful solids. No wonder he is a celeb red carpet favorite.
Rag and Bone was sporty with hoods, drawstrings and pops of neon orange. Super young and fresh!
Rebecca Taylor was also a feminine favorite with muted grays, flowy florals and lace cutouts.
We loved Diane von Furstenberg’s use of lace and color blocking. Her clothes were very wearable, as usual!
The Pamella Roland presentation rocked with models that turned up the attitude with dramatic poses and chic shades! Gowns and sequins galore, real Hollywood glamour.
Rachel Roy’s last look was absolutely breathtaking: a fabulous blue dress with a dramatic back was our hands-down favorite.
Models at Elie Tahari donned tailored pieces paired with gladiator boot-sandals for a Greco-Roman look. Tailored and at the same time feminine.
Ralph Lauren was total modern elegance. Think silk pastels with feather and sequin accents…very Spring!
This year Christian Siriano’s collection was his signature oversized chiffon ruffles and edgy footwear meets J.Crew-esque nautical striped tees. (PS, Did you know you can get wearable versions of his glam shoes at Payless?)
Jill Stuart used lots of pastels including pale coral, yellow and blue. There was a great mixture of pants, dresses, flowy skirts and silk fabrics in solids and soft ethereal prints (lots of Hermes orange too!).
Yigal Azrouel’s contemporary line Cut25 used color blocking to create a line of flawless casual basics. Sporty, clean lines reminiscent of 80’s surf culture.
Narciso Rodriguez’ collection was full of graphic prints, pretty below-the-knee shift dresses and lavender. Feminine and modern.
Donna Karan featured tribal prints and flattering fits with lots of a-line styles. Favorite cocktail dress: short purple, one shoulder number with perfect ruching.
Michael Kors went for an African-inspired collection with flowing earth tone fabrics and neutral animal prints. The accessories (bags and belts!) were the highlight.
Prabal Gurung had one of the best collections we have seen! Lots of violet, fabulous use of sheer fabrics and prints, black and white. Simply gorgeous…We want everything!
Helmut Lang is one of our all time favorite designers and this edgy collection did not disappoint. We love his signature use of draping in severe black and white with a splash of daffodil yellow for spring.
We all know how hard it is to find the time to go shopping. By the time you make it to the store to pick up this season’s must-have item, it’s sold out. To assist you, we are introducing you to our favorite new fashion e-commerce sites to make sure that you achieve your summer wardrobe for the best price with just a few clicks.
FOR THE CAN’T-SHOP-ALONE SHOPPER:
Everyone has such a demanding schedule these days that scheduling a shopping trip with friends is not as easy as it used to be. Thank goodness for WingTipIt, a site that allows us to virtually shop and connect with our friends, family, and other trendsetters. WingTipIt was founded by Columbia Business School graduates Kimberly Karpf Skelton and Carla Holtze, who wanted to create an improved way for shoppers to connect online and mimic the fun, social, in-store shopping experience. As Holtze says, “For many people shopping is very much about sharing and getting feedback from those you trust. Up until now, it has been challenging for online shoppers to get the second opinions that they need prior to purchase in a quick, simple and realistic way.” WingTipIt allows us to save and see any online product in our “closet” as well as view our friends’ “closets.” We can also share products, generate wish lists, and obtain shopping advice from friends and family. Best of all, once we get the approval from our friends we can effortlessly purchase the product, as the site has more than 100 affiliate retail partners, including Bloomingdale’s and Bluefly. WingTipIt brings your together online through a social shopping community.
FOR THE SAMPLE-SALE FANATIC:
Online sample sales put the excitement back into shopping without aggressive crowds and fights over the last pair of size-7 shoes on the table. MyNines is a free service offering shoppers one convenient location to discover designer products from various sample sale sites. Instead of going to five different sites a day, you can log onto MyNines and see products collected from over 80 sites at 40-90 percent off during a time frame of 24-72 hours. Users can search and filter by designer, category, price range, sales ending soonest, most viewed items, deals under $100, and newly listed. Using MyNines will assure that you are always “dressed to the nines.”
FOR THE SHOE OBSESSED:
Sole Society and ShoeDazzle are subscription-based shoe delivery services. Both are sites that provide quality and on-trend shoes. Members’ picks are based on in-depth questionnaires completed at registration.
On ShoeDazzle, once members complete their questionnaires stylists will create their first selections. On the first of every month members will receive a new style selection and can pick their shoes of choice. Subscribers can also request alternate selections and are under no obligation to purchase – simply select the Skip This Month Option and you won’t be charged the $39.95 monthly fee for that month.
Within 24 hours of completing their questionnaires, Sole Society members will begin receiving a selection of monthly recommendations, be able choose a pair of shoes for $49.95 a month, select alternatives, or even opt out. Similar to ShoeDazzle, there’s no obligation to purchase.
The main difference between the two sites is the price-per-month for ShoeDazzle and Sole Society. Likewise, with ShoeDazzle members get the impression they are working alongside glitzy Kim Kardashian and Los Angeles stylists.
FOR THE ACCESSORIES MAVEN:
If you have an affection for jewelry and shopping but dislike going to overwhelming department stores and sifting through all the merchandise, make sure to visit these three online retailers that bring personalization to fashion accessories. At Send the Trend, BaubleBar, and JewelMint, consumers can find the right selection, excellent customer service, and picture-perfect piece without hassle. Both Send the Trend and JewelMint additionally take each member through a style assessment to evaluate which trends would best fit him or her, then offer a monthly list of curated and personalized recommendations of items available for purchase.
Send the Trend, curated by “Project Runway” designer Christian Siriano, offers its customers affordable accessories, such as fashion jewelry, sunglasses, and scarves. At Send the Trend, fashion experts are able to answer any style inquiries, provide individual recommendations, and keep a woman on trend with must-have accessories.
BaubleBar prices pieces based on quality and materials, allowing consumers to splurge on certain trends and save on others. If a consumer is uncertain how to wear an item, he or she can go to BaubleBar’s Lookbook for general outfit and shoe recommendations.
JewelMint, created by Kate Bosworth and stylist Cher Coulter, is captivating many fashion trendsetters with its large selection of beautiful jewelry. The monthly members-only jewelry site offers custom-made, trendy jewel selections centered on your individual style.
FOR THE MID-SUMMER WARDROBE UPDATE:
StyleMint (launching in July 2011)
With its debut set for July, StyleMint will work in the same way as the other monthly membership sites. After taking a personality and style quiz, StyleMint will recommend purchase selections that a member can choose to either buy into or not every month. Founded by fashion icons Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the principal collection will consist of a variety of eight T-shirt styles in a choice of solids and stripes, selling for $29.99 each. As Ashley Olsen told WWD, “Online commerce is the perfect medium for us to create a brand that is as much about the clothing as it is about the customer experience.” StyleMint’s parent company, BeachMint (http://www.beachmint.com), plans to further develop its gamut of monthly clubs comprising of beauty, footwear, home, and wellness.