What do you get when you combine one of the most famous fashion photographers in the world, Mario Testino (who’s work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair), his favorite not-for-profit, MATE, an arts foundation that promotes and celebrates the arts in his home country Peru, and Net-A-Porter? A very exclusive, vibrant capsule collection.
Comprised of images from his Alta Moda photography exhibit, it’s a celebration of traditional Peruvian costumes and crafts which Testino has dramatically splashed across tote bags, wallets, t’s, kaftans and mesmerizing Vicki Beamon jewelry. Testino said “I wanted to give back to my country and I figure the best way I can do this is through culture,” he says.
The highlight is probably the surprisingly lightweight, colorful earrings and necklaces (from Beamon who is a jeweler to the stars) featuring Swarovski crystals, neon beads and over-sized pompoms.
All of these vibrant pieces are surely collectors items. We’ll be wearing ours on the beach with a umbrella drink in hand! View the entire collection here. Twenty per cent of the profits will be donated to MATE, Mario’s organization which aims to promote and celebrate arts in his home country. Don’t you love online shopping for a good cause?
Seen on some of the most stylish feet in Hollywood, The Blonde and The Brunette are lusting for the Dolce Vita Archer Sandal $69; our new favorite summer sandal. It has the perfect silhouette for hot summer days and nights with celebs from Lauren Conrad along with new moms Vanessa Minnillo and Kim Khardashian donning them.
Not only do these come in the cutest colors and prints, but they exude a hip and trendy vibe inspired by Southern California.
Jenna Hipp, Hollywood’s most sought-after nail stylist, is the latest member of the high-low beauty and fashion partnership club that is everywhere these days. Known as the Celebrity Green Nail Stylist for her dedication to healthy hands and nails, and commitment towards creating eco-friendly nail color, she’s just released a “What’s Hot Now” Nail Collection with Costco.
You gotta love that prestige beauty products are becoming more and more accessible—especially now since Costco launched its Beauty’s Most Wanted program. While you’re pushing your shopping cart for basics, you can now grab the most current shades of the season and feel good about doing it, just like Jenna’s celebrity clients.
Available at select Costco locations and at www.costco.com. $14.99 per shade. You “Can Afford It”.
Kick back, relax and if you are so inclined, the latest trend is retailers creating “glossy” digital mags. You probably already know that. One of our current favorites is the premier issue of Saavy Mag . Great buys with a lot of inspiration! What more can a girl want?
Attention all accessory freaks. Our beloved Warby Parker just introduced their new limited edition Ocean Avenue collection. Super hip and inspired by New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. They’re great just throw them on frames.
Of course, what’s a launch these days without a video? The brand collaborated with Cass Bird to create a short film shot in Coney Island (and I have to admit that back in the day I did one of my first videos there. NYU film student. Long story). You can watch the seaside summer dance off and be transported to the land of the Cylone and the infamous boardwalk.
Choose from eight optical frames and fourteen sunglasses with color combos for gals and fellas. Totally unisex. Am I dating myself? You know the Warby Parker drill. Ship. Try. Ship back what’s not right for you. Free shipping and 30-day returns at WarbyParker.com
It’s not just fashion that has trends. So does the art world. Earlier this week at Art Basil, the world famed showcase for staged modern and contemporary art, everyone seemed focused on mirror, mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all.
Collector’s were suddenly transfixed on mirrored objects for prices ranging from $250,000 to well over a $1.1 MM. Works by Doug Aitken, who was spelling out foam clad words like “MORE”, in reflective glass in giant letters, and Anish Kapoor’s 6-foot-tall stainless steel bowl, “Parabolic Twist,” equally intrigued viewers (and the press) with its funhouse-mirror shapes.
Other mirrored objects that reportedly sold well included silvery fireplaces and staircases to Alice-In-Wonderland-like looking glass panels smashed into kaleidoscope fragments.
I admit, I am as memorized as all the über collectors and want my own version of more, more, more. The hunt is on.
Socks are the new fashion frontier for men. If you’ve been under a rock, what was once subdued and muted is now artistic and imaginative. So if you are looking for a quick, last minute Father’s Day gift idea, this is it.
We promise, no matter his age, dad will smile if you go unconventional. Bright neon colors, crazy patterns, tribal motifs, polka dots, geometrics, mini-squares, crew-style stripes, plaids, camouflage or a modern argyle. You name it. Two of our favorites are Happy Socks and their four-sock gift pack ($45) or the Arthur George Collection By Robert Kardashion which is known for its outrageously colorful, uniquely artistic styles. $30 each.
Go ahead. Be bold! Dad might actually use your gift; and while your at it, your special guy might covet a pair. It’s the perfect unplanned “I love you.”
Rarely has there been so much buzz about a collaboration. I’ve been drumming my fingers, holding my breath and anxiously awaiting to get my hands on the deliciously happy, limited edition nine-piece Lancôme Show Collection by Alber Elbaz. It just launched online and arrives tomorrow in stores. Yeah!
Comprised of Lancôme bestsellers, which includes one set of false lashes, their famous mascaras (Hypnôse Doll Lashes, Hypnôse Star, Hypnôse Drama, Definicils) and four different Color Design Eye Shadow Palettes, each piece bears the the designer’s beloved whimsical doodles.
Elbaz uses four scrawled motifs from striking blue stars, red hearts, pink polka dots, and green heavily lashed lids along with winky eyes and kissy lips to make us all smile . This was all apparently inspired by his ” time backstage at the Lanvin shows.” The designer explained, “when I come out at the end, all I see are people’s eyes.”
If you’re quick with your Internet trigger finger, you can get one of these gorgeous beauty treats that received an Elbaz reboot. Mascaras are $29, Lashes $35 and the Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette $51. To shop the collection, click here.
As far as Elbaz is concerned, “eyes are the new fashion accessory.” We agree.
Want to change your look? It isn’t always easy and the emotional drama is half the battle. A few weeks ago NJ, Kathryn and Astrid decided to take the plunge. They went to the José Eber Salon in Beverly Hillslooking like their usual selves, and suddenly, with the power of famed celebrity stylist José Eber, and his amazing team, were given fabulous makeovers. Some more temporary than others!
But, let’s back track just a bit. It was quite an afternoon as the ladies sailed into uncharted beauty territory. Astrid was game. Of course she was! Out of control! She went bold and cut bangs! Love it! So did everyone else. But the big drama of the afternoon was when NJ and Kathryn went for a temporary change.
Anticipating their visit, the original Charlie’s Angel, award-winning actress, designer, and iconic beauty, Jaclyn Smith, secretly sent over her new, exclusive collection of Style by Jaclyn Smith Wigs. Surprise! Oh yes, it was a big surprise especially since NJ is not the best with change. She’s got her look. Right, Same as you. José and his team took Kathryn and NJ right out of their comfort zones and suddenly everyone was having a lot of F-U-N.
What happened next? José, along with Angelica and Paul Anthony (who also cut Astrid’s bangs), custom cut two of the extraordinary full-coverage wigs created by Jaclyn and José (who are long-time friends). NJ as a Blonde and Kathryn as a Brunette. Talk about flipping the switch.
We grabbed some behind the scenes photos while the cameras were rolling for the final episode of Season Four of Astrid In Wonderland. We just had to share some of them. We also have a quick clip from the show of Astrid as a Blonde too!
So what did we learn? Change is good. Astrid looks great with bangs. Kathryn is a stunning brunette and NJ looks fabulous as a blonde. That was the real shock of the day. The beauty moral. Go outside your comfort zone. Live a little! It doesn’t have to be permanent.
Now it’s your turn to experiment. Check it out! Prices start at under $100 for volume-boosting hairpieces to quick ponytails and up-dos. Full-coverage wigs start at about $115.José Eber Salon/ 360 N. Camden Drive/Beverly Hills/ 310-858-4000.
Like Jaclyn says, ” Get glamour without the work.” We agree.