Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is a veteran beauty editor with over two decades of industry experience. She spent nine years as Beauty and Fitness Director at Cosmopolitan and was editor-in-chief at sephora.com. Now her beauty tips, advice and solutions appear regularly in Glamour magazine. Andrea also carries a little black book teeming with of-the-moment industry contacts and celebrity stylists, so it’s no surprise that she’s known around Glamour as the resident ‘beauty sleuth’. In her new tome, How to Look Expensive, Andrea shares her secrets on looking glamorous with an everywoman’s budget. As we caught up with Andrea on her latest project, she dished about her personal style, favorite beauty picks and tips on how fashion-forward women can make the most of every dollar.
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!
When it comes to wardrobe staples, nothing is more essential than your favorite t-shirt. Equal parts comfortable and flattering, it’s just the perfect piece for an easy weekend outfit. Check out our picks for the softest and coziest cute tees and tanks out there.
BellaLuxx Big Pocket Tee, $48
Once you touch a BellaLuxx top there’s no way you’re going back — they are SO soft and comfy and feel amazing on. Slightly sheer and slouchy, they have an incredible fit and color. Try this one with an over-sized pocket for a chic update on a classic look.
Helmut Kinetic Jersey Tee, $90
Helmut Lang makes amazing basics with an edge. His new, less expensive line Helmut has gorgeous draped t-shirts with the same luxe Helmut Lang aesthetic.
Monrow Tissue V-Neck Tee, $50
This tissue soft, slightly sheer 100% cotton tee will be your new favorite go-to for underneath blazers and cardis.
Zadig & Voltaire ‘Joss’ Rhinestone Skull Cashmere Tank, $320
Your basic tank gets an upgrade with cashmere fabrication and a skull embellishment.
Vince V-Neck Tee, $110
For a gorgeous fit and feel, this tee blends modal and viscose fabrics. Love the center seam detail to make it special.
American Apparel Unisex Viscose Tee, $34
Loose-fitting and a little sheer, this ultra-comfy crew neck looks great with leggings or skinny jeans.
Joie Layering Tank, $28
Joie is great brand for basics, so it’s no surprise their tank is easy to wear on its own or style with other items in your closet.
When we think about wardrobe staples, a perfect fitting blazer is one of the first items that comes to mind. But that doesn’t mean you should have just one basic black one, so how about expanding your blazer collection this spring? We’ve rounded up a stylish selection to suit (pun intended) anyone’s taste whether your into color, embellishments or even print.
Zadig & Voltaire’s very wearable python print blazer is edgy chic. Love!
Now that it’s getting chilly, I’ve been on the lookout for chic and quality coats that I can wear for winters to come. Here are my classic picks with a fashion forward twist (covering various price points):
Helmut Lang Leather & Fur Combo Coat, BUY NOW $1,895
If you’ve been reading my posts lately, it will probably come as no surprise that I’m including a piece from Helmut Lang. This leather and fur coat is amazing because it combines the look of a trendy fur vest with the edge of a leather jacket–it’s certainly at the top of my holiday wish list!
Andrew Marc Military Coat, BUY NOW $595
A pea coat is a closet staple so why not update it with the military trend? I love the interesting neck and hem lines and the piping for an added touch of style.
Calvin Klein Drapey Wool Blend Belted Coat, BUY NOW $469.50
This beautiful Calvin Klein coat has a dramatic, oversized collar that is a great topper for a jeans and boots look or an office shift dress. Also, can be worn day to night.
ASOS Oversized Coat With Hood, BUY NOW $197.67
How cozy does this coat look? I love the built-in scarf and the cape style. ASOS also offers free shipping and returns so if it doesn’t fit, it’s no hassle to send it back.
Zara Coat with Leather Edging, BUY NOW $159
This coat is simple and streamlined but the exposed zipper and leather trim add an edge that makes this coat stand out.
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.
When all you can think about in the summer heat is comfort and staying cool, white items are the go-to pieces that make a statement. And the best part about wearing a white ensemble? It’s a blank canvas, ready and waiting to be accessorized . Just make sure you’re wearing the correct undergarments to prevent that dreaded VPL!
Go elegant yet subtle with this Ani Lee Taryn Dress as seen on Jamie Chung of Hangover 2. The plunging neckline and short hem is sexy while the classic cut and simple style is perfect for day or evening. Pair it with minimal accessories so the white can really stand out.
Buy Now, $299
Cutouts with intricate detailing seem to be all the rage right now. The front of the Sparkle and Fade Cutout Bustier Dress looks prim and proper, or even business casual but the back is a pleasant surprise of flirty triangle cutouts.
Buy Now, $69
Maxi dresses are still an “it” item this season. Featuring a scoop neckline, racerback with macramé straps, the ASOS Macramé Back Beach Dress is trendy and super comfortable. Add a statement necklace and you’re good to go!
Buy Now, $60
People say a black blazer is the ultimate closet staple. But a summer white one is just as crucial. Blazers in general are such timeless pieces that can dress up any outfit. Pair this Silence and Noise Boyfriend Blazer with a bright outfit and watch the heads turn. The clinched sleeves are also a cute, subtle touch.
Buy Now, $60-$80
Tired of plain white-tees? This Linen Lace-Up Tee from Calypso St. Barth is like a white-tee with a grungy feel. Love the lace-up neckline with antique brass grommets- great look with a pair of feathered earrings.
Buy Now, $85
Speaking of classics, white shorts are also a wardrobe must-have! These cuffed Helmut Lang Jacquard Facet Shorts will make your legs look miles long and it feature a tonal jacquard pattern that’s chic and subtle. A silk chiffon belt that buckles at the back is also attached.
Buy Now, $160
The Proenza Schouler (PS1) bag has become a celebrity “it” item ever since its debut. The sleek and clean look of the PS1 with it’s multiple pockets, top-handle and removable shoulder strap (great for functionality) has made it a must-have for celebs such as Reese Witherspoon, Vanessa Hudgens, and the Olsen twins.
Buy Now, $1,995
Look chic and protect your face from the sun with a cool pair of white shades. These oversized sunglasses by Roberto Cavalli feature round frames with a curved cut-out design to the temples, gold toned logo detailing on the arms and graduated tinted lenses. They will compliment any outfit, white or not!
Buy Now, $440
A big white hat is a great option especially in the summer heat, and perfect to protect your face from additional sun exposure. Achieve a playful look with this Floppy Summer Hat from American Apparel. You won’t even need any other accessories.
Buy Now, $38
Melissa loves this Helmut Lang Spray Ombre Dress. Stylish draping, asymmetrical hem, and just swap out the accessories to go day to night.