Ex-pat Corrie Nielsen paid homage to her Scottish roots with her A/W '12 collection, Vestiarium Scoticum. Neilsen's signature Tudor sensibility and structure were present, this time in tartan plaid. A drone of bagpipes could be heard as models took the stage in pencil skirts and tailored coats in the traditional Highland tartan, matched with puffy pleated sleeves and Elizabethan collars. A plaid print was even slashed across models' foreheads.
Headwear rivaled tartan for stand out element of the collection. Tiny Renaissance caps, veils, spiked headpieces and feathers were showcased on hair pulled back in sleek buns.
London based label Negarin showcased its Autumn/Winter 12 collection during London Fashion Week with a private film screening at Sommerset House. The short film, shot on New York City's bustling Varick Street, features a model posing amidst downtown traffic-- looking as calm and striking as on the runway.
Husband and wife design team Clements Ribeiro have once again defied the old adage love and business shouldn't mix with their Autumn/Winter 12 collection. The couple, who met while studying at Central St. Martin's and went on to form their eponymous label in the early '90s, stayed true to their femininity but this time showing a tougher side with leather.
The show was held in the ornate Goldsmith's Hall, which with its gilded mirrors and crystal chandeliers was the perfect juxtaposition to the punk feel of the collection. Models wore disheveled chignons held back by turban styled headbands and aces were dewy and fresh tainted only by a brilliant hot pink lip to match their spike heeled Jimmy Choos.
Topshop launched a capsule t-shirt collection at London Fashion Week designed by former recipients of their NEWGEN sponsorship --an esteemed award for emerging fashion designers.
The collection commemorates ten years of the retail giant supporting new talents and offering them a platform to showcase their designs to a global audience. Notable NEWGEN alums include Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane, Matthew Williamson and Alexander McQueen.
The limited edition t-shirts feature colorful and playful designs from the likes of newly minted labels Erdem, Louisa Gray, Meadham Kirchoff and Mary Katrantzou, who recently created her own collection with the retailer. A percentage of sales will go to Centrepoint, a London based organization that aims to end homelessness.
Tees are on exhibit at LFW in the NEWGEN exhibition center alongside this years recipients of the award. Winners' collections were shown in runway shows, exhibitions and installations throughout the week.
Mascara wands should be synonymous with magic wands. When you’re having one of those I’m-so-hungover-I-could-cry days, a simple coat of mascara transforms your face from a mugshot on America’s Most Wanted to a refreshed vision of a girl who got her solid eight hours. Or, when you want a more seductive look but cringe at the thought of bearing any cleavage- luscious lashes create instant sex appeal. (Think Twiggy or Sharon Tate in Valley of the Dolls.) Yes, mascara wands are magic wands there to transform us into bright eyed, bushy tailed sex kittens. Here are a few of our favorite spell casters.
If you’re walking down Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, you’d be remiss not to pay a visit to the beacon of 14k gold light that is Catbird. Situated amongst a dozen coffee and bagel shops, the boutique is rife with select jewelry and curios from local and little known artisans. Everything from simple stud earrings to ornate engagement rings can be discovered inside the tiny treasure trove- and the bounty of baubles means there’s something for every taste and budget. The amount of eye (and ear, neck and finger) candy can be overwhelming to choose from so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite pieces to get you started.
Stella McCartney for Adidas' Procera Ballerina Shoes are perfect post work out footwear. Modeled after the classic ballet flat, the sporty shoes made of nylon and mesh allow your feet to breathe while an added Agion anti-microbial treatment prevents bacteria from growing. Plus for the days you're not in the gym, pair em' with your favorite jeans for a comfy and chic look.
Lululemon Chasse Tights are made from Lululemon's signature fabric and boast moisture wicking so you're not left drenched in sweat. Their snug fit ruched waistband make them flattering on any figure. To top it off, the sewn in gusset allows for greater freedom of movement and keeps fabric from bunching in uncomfortable areas. (Ahem..good-bye Camel-toe!)
With winter a mere month away, it's time to admit to summer's departure, lay the bronzing powder to rest, and break out the defensive gear. Frizzy hair, dry skin, and chapped lips are a few of the unsightly casualties in the battle against cold weather. Luckily there’s an arsenal of products on the market to help us defend ourselves against Mother Nature and send her packing into spring.
Frizzy Hair- Dry, brittle hair is nearly unavoidable during winter- even for those of us with locks normally on the oily side. Dreads, tangles and fly-aways can be tamed with Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid. Made from organic lavender and jojoba oils, this serum restores softness and shine to your winter ravaged mane.
It's been a while since the days of coloring my nails with a black Sharpie during 7th grade study hall. But that doesn't mean my penchant for nail art has changed much. As an adult I've upgraded from marker to proper polish, and occasionally even enlist the help of a professional. Still, the perfect onyx color has long eluded me. Most black lacquers I've tried are runny, chip easily, and leave my nails looking well, about the same as they did in study hall. Light and sheer is desirable for some shades, but with black it's important to find a rich, full bodied color. Polish that is too thin or light requires multiple layers that eventually end up a gooey mess. Countless cotton balls and bottles of acetone later - not to mention the occasional cringe worthy paint fleck on my teeth - I've compiled a list of lacquers perfect for fall that make the angtsy teen inside me pout with appreciation.
Like UFO pants and polyester suits, some shameful trends of yore should remain buried in the past. Others, like the iconic creeper shoe, have risen from the dead to meet the dawn of a new popularity. Made popular amongst the dapper Teddy Boys of late 1950s London, the creeper has for decades been the preferred footwear for alternative's most stylish. From the Teddies and their drainpipe slacks, creepers made their way onto the feet of 70s punks with their leather jackets and pyramid studs, and later peeped out from beneath the draped lace and velvet of 80s and 90s goths.