Entrepreneur Dylan Lauren is not only the daughter of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren and Author Ricky Lauren, but also the namesake of her own successful company, Dylan’s Candy Bar. Dylan created the ultimate destination for sweet tooths offering everything you can think of in candy land. Her NYC store has become a must-see attraction for tourists (and locals too)! I caught up with the beautiful “Candy Queen” to find out her tips on starting a business and some of her best kept beauty and lifestyle secrets.
MM: How did you come up with the concept of Dylan’s Candy?
DL: I always loved candy and travelled the world finding cool candies I wanted to carry or display like a museum does. I also wanted a fun retail-entertainment environment to make the candy shopping experience more magical and exciting. Willy Wonka and Disneyland’s theatrical environments also inspired me.
MM: What made you decide to expand to a clothing line? Tell us about it.
DL: Candy is like art and fashion to me. I love the shapes, colors, textures of candy and have created patterns that would work well on clothing, jewelry, bags, spa products. We are a candy lifestyle brand and our customers come to us to enjoy more than just eating candy.
DL: Just Do it! Follow your gut!
MM: How would you describe your personal style?
DL: colorful, Ralph Lauren casual-chic
MM: What do you do to stay in shape?
DL: Candy always but along w/ protein and salad (fish), weight training, TRX and Tony Molina bands, aqua jogging, stair mill, jogging.
MM: What are your beauty/skin secrets? Must-have products?
DL: Makeup Forever bronzing powder and Maybelline mousse for making skin look tan naturally and to avoid the sun. Also Body Butter by Body Shop is great for moisturizing skin.
MM: Whenever you’re snapped in pictures, you hair is always camera ready. What products do use to keep your hair looking glossy and healthy?
DL: Bumble+Bumble straight gets it silky, Its a 10 to protect the ends and overall hair.
MM: Congratulations on the launch of your new LA store! What lucky city is next?
MM: Any other new projects in the works?
DL: Yes opening Miami this winter!
It may be the night of film but the real winners (and losers) are chosen on the red carpet. Here’s a list of the best and worst looks of the night.
Best: Jessica Chastain
The Best Supporting Actress nominee strove away from her simple red carpet looks and donned a black and gold Alexander McQueen gown. We love the contrast between the tight bustier and flowing skirt. She completed her look with loose curls and Harry Winston yellow diamond jewels worth $2 million!
Best: Emma Stone
Emma proved just how smart she is. She chose a gown that closely resembled Nicole Kidman’s Balenciaga from the 2008 Oscars. It was a hit then and it is a hit now. She paired the scarlet Giambattista Valli dress with Louis Vuitton rubies.
For years I have been into skull accessories, so in the spirit of Halloween I selected five of my favorites to share with you!
I pretty much wear this ring every day on my index finger and it seems that everyone who likes it, buys one for themselves. The positioning of the skulls make it very subtle and understated so a great option if you want to keep your inner Goth under wraps.
I can’t help selecting another accessory from Alexander McQueen. I saw this scarf and love the lavender skulls (I am currently obsessed with all things purple). The cashmere will keep your neck warm this winter!
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.
The Ralph Lauren fashion show symbolizes the end of New York Fashion Week. Well, for me at least (I won’t be heading to Europe for the shows, but I will be reporting about them right here.) Skylight Soho was filled with a semi-intimate batch of editors, celebs, and of course, the Lauren clan. This season’s show proved to be no different than any other. Each piece, in some way, was quintessential “Ralph”. Spring is all about pastels, silks, feathers and sequins. The color palette included robin’s egg, blush, celery and ivory, reminding me of those mini Cadbury eggs available at Easter time. Yum. Even the creams popped with touches of feathers or pearlized details. The raffia wedges with metallic lizard trim were paired with the more casual looks (cardigans and floral skirts), and the python sandals with gold heels worked perfectly with the evening looks (gowns and bustier/skirt combo).
Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with Mr. Lauren’s creations, though not surprised. Another elegant collection graced the runway—the perfect way to end NYFW.
Lindsay BrookeWeiss (Cohen) is a fashion and accessories editor and on-air style expert. She was previously Haute Living’s editorial director, Niche Media’s fashion and accessories editor and fashion editor for L-Atitude.com. Lindsay has been a frequent contributor at styledon.com and is a regular guest stylist on NBC’s “Gossip Gram.”
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The 15th Anniversary Season of Bridgehampton Polo kicked off on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the famed Two Trees Farm. The match was pushed back an hour due to the sweltering heat, but that didn’t deter the Hampton social crowd from coming out to watch Yellow Cab take on White Birch. Hundreds came to cheer the two teams on including “Real Housewives of New York City” star Cindy Barshop, model Adriana Bachich, Blue Star Jets President Todd Rome, chair of the 53rd Annual Southampton Hospital Summer Gala Jean Shafiroff, Niche Media’s Jason Binn (pictured above), actor Malik Yoba, Russell Simmons (pictured above), Vanity Belles, who sang the national anthem, and designer Betsey Johnson and daughter Lulu who started the match off by throwing the ball onto the polo field. Blue Star Jets and Sibarth Villa rentals, the ultimate luxury villa rentals in St. Barthelemy, celebrated their new partnership at the event.
White Birch started strong with a nine to zero lead in the second, before Ralph Lauren model and polo player Nacho Figueras finally got Yellow Cab on the scoreboard. White Birch kept their lead the whole match and had a 16 to 10 win over Yellow Cab team in the opening match of the 2011 Monty Waterbury Cup.
This year at Bridgehampton Polo, guests in the new Blue Star Jets VIP Tent were treated to a new level of sophistication and entertainment including live musical performances, celebrity hosts, notable chefs and specialty bars as well as exclusive fashion boutiques. The event featured innovative American cuisine from celebrity hotspot Southampton Social Club. Guests stayed hydrated with delicious Vita Coco Coconut water. They also enjoyed a variety of cocktails…Aperol had its own table featuring a few specialty drinks. Jewelry girls Alex and Ani had a pop up boutique where people could purchase a variety of bangles and bracelets. Sector watches were on display in the VIP tent. Guests enjoyed music by DJ Air Loom and were entertained by magic tricks by magician Kevin Nicholas.
The Bridgehampton Polo Club partnered with Donna Karan this year and will feature The Urban Zen Lounge where the Urban Zen Retail Collection is available and benefits Hope Help and Rebuild Haiti. The collection includes beaded necklaces, tee-shirts, and vases.
The CIRCA Championship Field for The Monty Waterbury Cup takes place from July 23 to August 13, 2011; Hamptons Cup is from August 13 to August 27, 2011. Proceeds from Bridgehampton Polo Club will go to benefit the Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreational Center.
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Finding the right pieces for your best gorgeous + glam look is easy, but who says elegance is an evening-only affair? Equal parts comfy and chic, we’ve compiled a list of on-trend casual clothes for summer – mix and match for a variety of looks guaranteed to keep you looking cute long before cocktail hour.
It’s all about fit this summer… less of it! Stay lovely in tanks that are loose and frame-flattering, such as this nautical-striped silk top from Joie or SPLENDID’s Cotton Mesh & Chambray Stripe Tank. Like any designer piece worth its price tag, beauty is in the details: Accenting the finer, delicate features of your body is both sexy and feminine. We’re loving scoopnecks, the perfect style for highlighting your collarbone and elongating your neck. Try ecoSkin’s Hydra Top, Two Color Rugby Stripe Scoopneck Top from SPLENDID, or Ralph Lauren’s Modal-Cashmere Scoopneck Tee for a look that shows you off without showing too much. If your taste is more dramatic than demure, we recommend Rammy Brook’s DEBBY top. The charmeuse staple combines the airy flow of a summer tank with the daring plunge of a night-worthy neckline, while the high neck in back and careful front drapery keep it just right for the daylight hours.
Get back in touch with your inner child this summer by channeling this season’s whimsical inspiration: Rainbow Bright. Summer’s hottest bottoms are coming fast and fashionable in an assortment of colors, from muted rose to hot, hot pink. J Brand’s Cut-off Shorts come in five eye-popping varieties, while Forever 21’s short shorts have you (mostly!) covered, with faded denim cutoffs available in a trio of light, pastel shades. Skinny jeans are a great fit all year round, and the warmer months are a perfect excuse to experiment with a warmer color palette. Rag & Bone have a sweetly rose-toned skinny cigarette pant, Urban Outfitters offers a high-rise take on the look in berry, and for an even comfier fit with the skinny flair, we can’t wait to kick back in American Apparel’s Unisex Stretch Twill Slim Slack, carried in both hot + cold colors. Twill is our latest material of choice, great for those lazy days that mosey rather than move too quickly, and Forever 21’s Twill Joggers are right up our alley of relaxation. Ramy Brook’s Silk Stretch Charmeuse pants are a higher-end take on the jogger look, offered in the more understated options of mocha and fern.
There’s lots of crossover action going on in this season’s dress designs, and we want a piece of it! Both Edit and H&M are carrying dresses with the detailing of a great fitted shirt, replete with sleeveless button-up fronts and attached belts. We’re reaching for Phillip Lim’s Sleeveless Belted Patch Pocket Dress W/ Shirtail Hem, and H&M’s spin on the style, in either white or brown. Can’t decide which style suits you best? There’s always James & Joy’s Orange Convertible Dress, which goes both ways to equal fun and flirty effect: Pull the fitted bottom down for a sassy shift, or hike it up and pair over skinny jeans to wear as a loose, flowy top. For those whose style trends to the wild, jungle genre-bending is in: mix your maxis with fierce patterns, including Mink Pink’s Tribal Dancer Dress or TIBI’s Mosaic-print stretch-jersey maxi dress.
There’s only one way to move when your heels are strapped and styled in summer’s must-have sandals: sashay! Gladiators are still very much on-trend, but to more understated – and comfortable – effect. K.Jacques Suede Knot Sandal is a simple interpretation of the distinctly summer design, with a single strap around the heel and two encircling the front of the foot. A more open shoe, Endless’ Cocobelle Women’s Samuna Sandal puts a spin on traditional straps by twisting them over and around the big toe, while the crisscross design of Urban Outfitters’ Ecote Toehold Simple Gladiator Sandal keeps the detailing and definition of traditional Gladiators without restricting your foot.
Coco Chanel always said she never left the house without taking at least one item off – but she didn’t have accessories like these. We say, the more the merrier when it comes to Chan Luu: Layer the wrap bracelets for an exotic, beachy vibe, or wrap your wrists in a leather or intricately beaded cuff. Jill Heller Fine Jewelry is dedicated to bringing spiritual substance to the style of her Abundance bracelets – each sterling silver or gold-linked piece comes encased with a “scrolled mantra for abundance,” including instructions on how best to use the fashionable and wise words.
Any outfit, no matter the time of day, is ever complete without the right bag to complement, highlight, and pull everything together! For a comfy look, go for bags that, like your outfit, are less structured: CALYPSO St. Barth for Target’s Linen Tote is the perfect accessory for any relaxed beach-day wear, functionally sized and decorated with fun threaded detailing. CALYPSO’s Convertible Tote may be a little pricier, but it stands apart from the style pack as a study in daytime slouch chic.
I am in love with preppy-inspired clothing for men in the Modern Fields collection by Polo Ralph Lauren. And since it was designed specifically for the 2010 World Cup, it is even better! Perfect for all soccer fanatics, the collection features a “Create Your Own” option, where customers can have a name embroidered on the back of a polo shirt (limited countries available). Although the collection includes caps, mesh shorts, windbreakers, and crewneck t-shirts, my favorite are the slim country polo shirts. I am definitely surprising my boyfriend with one!—Katrina Caspelich
Buy Polo Ralph Lauren Modern Fields Custom-Fit Mesh Polo Shirt, $135, at ralphlauren.com