With the upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, a 1920s fashion revival is well on its way. The decade was all about opulence, decadence, and over-the-top everything. And the clothing was no exception. The distinct flapper-girl look included short beaded dresses, bobbed haircuts, and embellished headpieces. Everything was elaborate and luxurious—and we love it!
Get your Daisy Buchanan on with these choice picks:
Sunglasses were present all over the spring 2012 runways. Top designers used the essential accessory to add flair to the face and bring the ensembles together.
One ever-present trend is the cat eye frame! This retro look fairs well on a range of face shapes. The model shown here from the Anna Sui collection shows off a colorful cat eye frame that accentuates the face while adding style.
Another trend is vibrant colored lenses and frames, including white. A wardrobe staple carried over from Jackie O era, plastic white frames are now making a come back on runways all over the world. Whether you opt for white or loud, vibrant colors, you are sure to add some flair to your look.
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While ready-to-wear often steals the spotlight, we’d be making a big mistake not to give some special attention to the fresh beauty trends that graced the runway last week. With as much presence as the covetable clothing, New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2012 season brought us an assortment of hair and makeup looks that inspire our beauty routines as much as the collections inspired our wardrobes. From voluminous, airy updos to nail art we’ll be taking to the salon, here are the best and brightest beauty highlights from backstage to the catwalk. (Hint: keep those tweezers at bay—bushy eyebrows aren’t going anywhere!)
Whether you were into kinderwhore or hypercolors, the 90’s were an exciting time in personal fashion. Not everything always made sense (ultra low rise jeans, anyone?) but it was certainly always interesting.
Naturally, the films produced during that time reflect this smorgasbord-aesthetic. Every girl remembers the first time they saw “Titanic” or “Clueless”. We remember sobbing with our friends at the end of “Cruel Intentions,” cheering on the protagonists of “Pretty Women” and “A League of Their Own,” and having our jaws drop during the adrenaline needle scene of “Pulp Fiction.” While these films are not exactly all Oscar-winners, they have stood the test of time in a different way. The reason it was so easy for us to jump right into the worlds of the characters was due to the flawless work of their costume designers.
Established in 1895, Henri Bendel was the first retailer to introduce Coco Chanel’s designs to the United States. Throughout the brand’s long history, it has gained a reputation for welcoming new talent. Henri Bendel has helped launch the careers of Anna Sui, Todd Oldham, James PurcelI, as well as many other iconic designers.
Today, Henri Bendel no longer sells clothing, but has now shifted the focus solely to high-quality accessories and cosmetics. The company currently operates eleven stores, including six boutique-sized stores, four medium-sized stores, and a massive flagship on Fifth Avenue. And, multiple new stores are currently underway to debut late next year.
Coveted fashion designer Anna Sui teamed up with Medicom Toy to create her own spin on "Bearbrick". The quirky, novelty toys remind us of those of KidRobot's and will break your wallet just the same. Those interested in purchasing Sui's "art" may choose from a selection of sizes ranging from 50% (the perfect little desk model) to 400% (Huge!).
Metallic can be fun, and metallic can be oxidized. This season, some of the leading runway designers have plastered oxidized metallic over their coveted accessories. You know, just to spunk things up. When pairing these accessories with looks that don't require too much debate or attention, oxidized accessories have the privilege of being a statement piece - and we love statement pieces, don't we? Whether it be a clutch from Balenciaga or a sky-scraping platform from Gucci, the oxidized trend is also a conversational tool, intriguing aspiring designers everywhere to wonder, "How did they do that?" Of course, it's a secret unless you have the privilege of landing an internship at one of these ateliers. Meanwhile, we suggest taking apart your local Forever 21 knockoffs, and running with the idea.
You've already seen her at our Halloween party at Espace earlier this year. But now Kelly Killoren Bensimon is back and ready for more action at Gustavino's on New Year's Eve. Don't let her drama-instigating role on Housewives mislead you: Bensimon is more intelligent, funny, and eloquent than you think, and she's not stopping anytime soon. Love her or hate her, you better get used to her. Joonbug was thrilled to get a chance to speak with her and find out more about her family, her work, and her unrelenting quest for quality.