Friday, February 26, 2010
With Spring right around the corner Too Faced Cosmetics have two new products which should be on your radar screen for the season. First is their eye shadow duo which come in four different combination. Peach Fuzz & Sexpresso, Silk Teddy & Erotica, Heaven & Teddy Bear and Honey Pot & Cocoa Puff. Each duo will retail at around $17.00.
The second item is Fun in the Dark from the quickie Chronicle series which was very popular when started. Benefits from this set include four eye shadows, Sun Bunny Bronzer, Brightening Blush, Lip Gloss and one Lip of Luxury lipstick. The truly great aspect to this new compact is the "built-in" lights which makes applying makeup anywhere possible. We have always been huge fans of the design aspect regarding Too Faced and they just keep wowing us! The retail for Fun in the Dark is set around $32.00. For more information head over to www.toofaced.com
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Who says only nice thing are expensive? With the nations economy still struggling Target has teamed up with Liberty Of London to offer consumers a colorful collection of home, kids and ladies fashions! Our personal favourite is the home with most items under $40.00. It seems that Target has a winning formula with attracting great designers for collaborations and Liberty Of London is a perfect fit. For more information go to www.target.com
Saturday, February 20, 2010
For a long time we had always been invited to Nary Manivong's fashion shows but due to either conflict or location we had never seen his work. For his F/W 2010 collection we are sorry we did not see this designer sooner! Mr. Manivong shows what many other designers lack which is creativity, focus, great editing and restrictive color choices. Showing a small collection this season Nary Manivong presented a wonderful black and white brush stroke print along with black leather separates. The collection is less than twenty looks but at times less is more. If your interested there is a documentary about him www.dressed-themovie.com which is coming out soon, we can't wait to see it!
The Dennis Basso Fall Winter collection for 2010 demonstrates how powerful his clothing can be. His ability to make women look sexy, smart, cool and confident is like no other fur designer we know of. His dresses and separates are nice no doubt but its the furs that speak volumes. Slap on some great heels and a cool pair of sunglasses along with a fur and your good to go!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Alexandre Herchcovitch has been showing in the tents for well over seven years season after season but a few things we have noticed regarding this designer is that his name is not on the lips of fashion editors nor do we see any of his clothing in stores such as Barneys, Saks as well no magazine editorial? So if this is the case why would this designer keep showing season after season? We chalk it up to home town pride and cultural affairs funds via his home country of Brazil. Show in New York and be front page news back home the next day. As for his clothing we have always found his collections very avante guarde and not very wearable, as for this season it seems he is sticking with his own vision whatever that might be. There are a few coats he sent down which seem to have touches of the classic Chanel suiting but done in his own way. Other items have that jewel embellishment which is about two to three seasons old and indicates a "follow the leader" mentality. As for this trend most editors have moved on from this, but we still see it from bags to swimsuits from other designers mainly Prada.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
From various past post regarding Douglas Hannant we have always been big fans of this designer and have been following him for over ten years. The Fall 2010 season seems to have taken a different turn design wise regarding this house with inspiration coming from Jean-Michel Basquiat a famous artist from the 1980's and a part of the Warhol group. Mr. Hannant's backdrop for the show was graffiti billboards and 1980's music as a soundtrack. All of the past Hannant shows have been very upscale, refined and elegant but this was something different for the Park Fifth Avenue set that attends his fashion shows. Looking over his run of show there were forty one looks and a vast amount of color choices something we have never witnessed before. As for the collection it's self it seems this designer is tossing out a net hoping something will catch, his signature silhouette seems to be missing in this collection and forty one looks seems a little much to show in this still depressed economy. The Basquiat inspiration seems to be a tough sell for his customer but Douglas did manage to present a few pieces worthy of red carpet/society affairs. Our favorites were his Watermelon crepe back satin strapless gown and Emerald sequin/Tulle dress. As well the hand painted taffeta gown. In the separates department we loved his copper leather coat and black cigarette pants (very Hannant). Last season the 1980's were a very big inspiration for many designers but that was last year! It seems this collection broke slow from the gate and might have been better received if shown last season when the 80's trend was hot.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Jean Paul Gaultier is the third designer who is joining forces with Target in its designer series. The collection pays tribute to American women. The collection which touches on Rock 'n' Roll chic, Hollywood glamour, Hip Hop and Punk alternative trends represents how women have changed fashion over the decades. The collection ranges in price between $17.99 - $199.99. More information can be found at www.target.com
The Oumlil fall 2010 show was titled "shades of a man" with different colors representing emotion. Men might not be dressing via emotion but they are dressing for style and this is a very small segment in America since most men are clueless regarding fashion and sports have a higher prominence then looking good. Designer Hisham Oumlil it seems has gone in a new direction with his line for fall incorporating different fabrics and treatments to his jackets such as a diamond quilt pattern for a jacket and different colored lapels. While most mens designers seem to be playing it safe this season Mr. Oumlil is pushing the envelope with this collection. Our verdict is that its a risky move due to the current economic situation despite his private clientele. The ultimate victory would be having buyers ordering this collection for there stores but with mixed fabrics and patterns we feel this collection does not translate to the majority of men or women who might buy for their boyfriends/husbands. We have seen more focused collections in the past but we cannot fault a designer for trying new things. We feel his strongest outing for this collection are his overcoats which seem straight forward and very stylish.
Hailing from Brazil Iodice chose once again to go the presentation route which is fine with us since it allows close inspection of the clothing. Heavy in black and prints with multitude of different fabrics; leather, silk and wool the collection does more then fix a woman for the fall season. The prints from this collection we see as a gateway to spring if you want to venture down that road. As well this designer adds a few accessories like gold cuffs with a large black spike in the middle making for a bold statement piece. There is a vast selection of pieces in color and interesting prints to pick from which makes us make the spring statement. In short your getting more for your money with this design house.
The Norman Ambrose fall collection is awash with heavy fabric coats to keep a woman warm with a English country feel of tweed. We found Mr. Ambrose when we saw his spring collection and were instantly hooked with his talent. His customer is the woman whos got money to burn but might not be a size 6 which is not a problem since all his clothing is made to measure. According to Mr. Ambrose there are over 10 fittings on a client before the final piece is constructed. This attention to detail and his premiere fabric selection makes his clothing worth investment.