Posts Tagged ‘accessories’

Hair Decor: 7 Styles Straight From The Spring 2015 Runway

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
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This week was the first time I grabbed a light jacket on the way to work, and I plan to mostly embrace Autumn’s cool aura with sophisticated and somewhat somber ensembles. Key word here is “mostly”. Serious fashion is maximized by a touch of levity, a whimsical flourish to add cheeky personality to even the most serious fashion statement. And what better place for fun flair than the tippy top of your hair? I got the idea from the Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Shows, where ornamental accessories added a touch of irreverent opulence to many a model mane. Inspirational items included a simple gold ring (Céline), graphic comb (Lanvin), gilded headband (Valentino), or a few fresh floral blooms (Dolce &Gabbana). The Spring of 2014 will forever be known (in my mind at least) as the Season of Guido Palau, who lovingly fastened gorgeous custom pieces into place at all three of those fashion houses. With Palau on the forefront, there’s a breath of fresh innovation flowing from the east and set to make a mark out west. 

Let’s break down the key details of Spring 2015’s designer hair decor. 

1. Celine

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On the Celine Spring 2015 runway, hairstylist Guido Palau accentuated models’ casually textured hair with golden barrettes personally designed by Celine Designer Phoebe Philo. Slender golden circles neatly held hair in chic half back hairstyle that offered a glimmer of glamour as each model turned and walked back down the runway. “The hair is pulled half back, which is a very classic style,” Palau explained to Allure Magazine, “We sprayed freshly washed hair with Redken Windblown, a texturizing spray, to add natural-looking movement… Then we placed the hair in this beautiful gold ring, which elevated the quite simple hairstyle into something super-rich. It’s kind of amazing what a hair accessory can do.”  Even cooler, these hair pieces are almost identical to the signature hardwear on Celine’s latest it-bag offering, a strappy leather pouchette forged of brown and black leather.

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2. Lanvin: Combs In Chignons

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AtLanvin’s 125th anniversary show, Palau tucked gold combs beneath classic chignons to “give them a bit of glamour.” The low placement and understated sophistication lent the hairstyle a graphic, structured edge. “It’s a nice way of using a hair comb,” Palau told Allure Magazine, “It gives the look a little bit ofchicness and glamour, and it also makes a simpleknot feel more special.” Simultaneously elegant and modern, the hairstyles at Lanvin beautifully straddled the fine line between honoring one’s fashion roots and looking forward to the next big thing. Best of all, these neat knots are easily replicated and accessorized by fashionistas from LA to NYC. Lanvin looked forward and reminded us that good taste will never go out of fashion. 

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3. Valentino: Mermaid Tiaras

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“It’s almost like she’s been in the sun for the first time,” Palau sad of the modern mermaid hairstyles he created for Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion show, “There’s a real softness to conjure up the spirit of the summer, with waves and a center part that hangs slightly over the ears.” After spraying damp strands with texturizing spray, the model’s hair was scrunched and set with a blowdry.Then, Palau curled sections at random and then gathered the hair into a deconstructed, beachy half ponytail. Good hairdressing aside, the real genius was once again in hair accessorization, this time with a gold shell studded tiara Ariel would have almost certainly gone mute for. This Season’s muse was The 18th Century Custom of a ‘Grand Tour’, or finishing school/summer vacation abroad hybrid during which elite young ladies would spend months promenading glamorously through Italy. I’m especially smitten with the way Palau wrapped pieces of hair around the accessory, as if human and ocean came together as one long-submerged wonder. 

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4. Dolce & Gabbana: Ruby Blooms

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“Feminine, soft, pretty—this is how girls want to look,” Palau told reporters backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 Show. Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection is Spanish inspired, specifically by Kingdom of Sicily’s rich aesthetic during Habsburg rule stretching from 1516-1713. Palau accentuated the designer’s matador red dresses and gold-embroidered flats with fresh ruby roses and carnations. After blowing it smooth, Palau gathered the model’s hair into romantic gatherings that sat low and a little loose. Those gorgeous, saturated blooms were randomly added along with lacquered ornamentation to strike the perfect balance of whimsy and passion.

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5. Fendi: Crocodile Tail Hair

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More “fierce” than “feminine”,  the Lagerfeld-designed leather flowers at Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 were attached to “crocodile tails” and pinned on top of the models’ messy, sexy ponytails. Yes: crocodile tail hair. Dreamt up by hairstylist Sam McKnight (presumably to give Guido Palau a run for his money), the crocodile tail begins as a low-slung, vastly volumized ponytail with tons of semi-messy texture. Then came the oversized leather flower dripping down into long tail shaped flap and ending just above the hair tips.

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6. Bottega Veneta: Floral Combs

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“It’s almost like gym hair,” Guido Palau said of the undone knots he created for Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show. After working his usual texturing/blowdry magic, Palau wound the length of the model’s hair into a loose, après-sport bun with unfinished ends and a few face framing flyaways. The chic concoction was topped by delicate, jewel encrusted floral combs for an intoxicating hint of femininity.

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7. Missoni: Patterned Turbans

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For the Missoni Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show, hairstylist Paul Hanlon topped sleek buns and ponytails with the label’s signature color saturated scarves. Missoni has long been a bastion of modern bohemia, and the inspiration for Spring’s sensual hairstyle is no exception. Novelist Zadie Smith was the muse for the bold faux-turbans Hanlon fashioned out of winding scarves and padded topknots seen on some of Missoni’s runway models. He began by winding the scarves an inch back from the forehead, and into a customized conical headwrapping that rested tightly over ballerina buns. “There’s a 1940s chic to it,” Paul Hanlon said of his creation “plus it’s great for the eyes!”. 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Classic, Chic, and Crap

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Whenever I begin browsing the ‘Gifts For Moms’ section in May, I’m struck by how poorly suited the selections seem for real women. 

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Who are these demure souls wielding garden gnomes and keepsake boxes while raising America’s youth? The cliché, uninspired ‘Mother’s’ gifts highlighted by every major retailer appeal solely to one aesthetic–an aesthetic of bland kitsch and unremarkable thought that is at best hilarious, at mediocre hideous, and at absolute worst nauseating. You know this already, which is why you’ve been giving your mother a book, or (*shudder*) an Ann Taylor Loft gift card, every year since college.  This year, I challenge each and every one of you to step your daughter game way, way the fuck up. Every ounce of effort you give has already been returned ten-fold by your long-suffering Mother. The woman DESTROYED her abs for you. I’ve sorted our gift guide into 3 sections: Classic, Chic, and Crap. Classic choices are a thoughtful upgrade on traditional Mother’s Day gifts. Chic selections are stylish, luxurious gifts that  any mother would be thrilled and grateful to receive.  Crap gifts are crap.

CLASSIC

Flowers

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Why should anyone pay $69.99 for what essentially boils down to a gingham and sorrow wrapped turd? A turd that always turns out to be SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than in the picture? Down with over-priced, under-sized corporate flowers.  Here is how to order flower delivery at local rates from a long distance:

1. Know your mother’s address

2. Search for flower shops near your mother’s address

3. Research, select, and place your order over the phone.

That’s it. Maybe that seems super basic, but younger generations tend to nurse a sincere-ish phobia of communicating with strangers via telephone. Don’t listlessly browse from site to site, ignoring any without images, until you feel exasperated enough to overpay.

 

Gold Bracelet

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via Cartier

Timeless elegance that fits everyone, thy name is bracelet. No matter what Mom’s size or style is, an elegant bracelet will add a touch of class to her day-to-day look. While earrings and necklaces are also fabulous gift picks, bracelets have a certain traditional charm and universal appeal that makes them perfectly for an older woman who may or may not follow fashion. Even if you’re Mom couldn’t care less about fashion, she’ll appreciate the luxury of truly well made wrist bling. Gold bracelets are timeless. A Cartier Love Bracelet is the pinnacle of luxurious gold bracelets, the one bracelet to rule them all. Originally intended to be a romantic gift, the Cartier Love Bracelet symbolizes a permanent bond. Men might come and go, but the bond between you and your mother will never break. Even the surliest of mamas will surely be charmed by a semi-irremovable bracelet that symbolizes an unyielding bond of love/codependency. If you can’t currently afford Cartier (no shame), there are many high quality ‘Cartier-inspired’ lockable gold bracelets that are basically indistinguishable from the real thing. It’s not fake- there’s no label- it’s simply a lower priced alternative. 

Spa

‘Treat yo self’ is the unofficial mantra of shopaholics everywhere. This Mother’s Day, suspend your self-absorption and bask in the pious glow that comes from treating someone else. ‘Treat yo Mama’ is this weekend’s mantra. Spice up a Spa gift by forgoing generic treatments like the omnipresent mani/pedi for services your Mother wouldn’t usually get like a mudbath or high-tech facial. A fabulous way to find local services at radically discounted prices is Lifebooker, an amazing website that lets you grab high end services at a fraction of the price and book appointments directly. If you don’t live in the same city as your Mother, lifebooker is an exceptional way to find, purchase, and schedule treatments for your Mom from far away. If you’ve waited until the last minute, Lifebooker is a total Godsend.

Print Scarf 

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In my humble opinion scarves are the least interesting gift ever. Yet they remain a classic because even the most critical Mama can appreciate a nice fuckin’ scarf. Don’t just swing by Old Navy and grab a boring red cotton scarf. If you must get a scarf get one of THE scarves: Hermes kerchief, Missoni knit, or Pucci swirl One of those scarves that have gone down in history as statement pieces on some of the chicest women in history. Dearest Mama will feel like Jackie O and all her friends will be green with envy. Or if you’re not feeling designer, simply exert some time and energy and find a truly unique print a tropical tones that will set your Mom apart from the Mom pack. Vintage stores are a great place to look.

Gift Basket

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via World Market

So help me God if you send your Mom an Edible Arrangement we are no longer cool. Fruit cut into fun shapes is still fruit, and fruit is bullshit. Why not just give her a bushel of beets or kale smoothie? Maybe some radishes? How would YOU feel if the person you nurtured for 18 years and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on decided to pay you back with MELON? Your Mom can buy her own cantaloupe. Show a modicum of effort. Get her a gift basket filled with fun items that are not a balanced part of your daily diet. Acceptable items for your gift basket include cheese, bacon, booze, CLASSY sweets, makeup, pampering type items. Sephora and Ulta are good bets, and WorldMarket has come original and affordable items. Body Shop is ok I suppose but Bath & Body Works is so 2001.

CHIC

Jared Jamin Necklace

9Jared Jamin Ice Queen Dream Necklace This gorgeous piece is a timeless, yet on trend statement piece that any woman would covet. Come in to stylehaüs to grab this one of a kind piece.

AS BY DF  Fabiana Moto Jacket

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Any woman of any age can rock the right Moto Jacket. This piece is perfect for Moms who want to be chic, not grunge, with a perfectly tailored lightweight jacket in a dramatic pop of color- or for classic cool, it also comes in black. This is a great way for mature women to go motorcycle without taking the risk of looking ‘leatherdaddy’.  Available online or in-store at stylehaüs. 

Neoprene Dress

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Neoprene is a massively popular new fabric that’s making waves in the fashion industry. Neoprene is a unique material that manages to hide flaws and accentuate assets to make for one super smooth silhouette. This Clover Canyon  is made of neoprene and comes in a festive, super summery print that just screams ‘Resort’. If Mom can’t make it to Santorini, she can at least look private Island ready.

White Leather Jacket

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Everyone has a black leather jacket­ but what about white? The lighter color is just as versatile and twice as fresh! The Marina jacket from Alpine Stars is a modern Mom’s  must­ have, featuring quilted leather panels and gold zipper detailing for a breezy, sophisticated look that’s incredibly flexible. 

Stylehaüs Day Pass or VIP Experience

For LA girls with local mothers, take ‘Treat Yo Self’ to the next level and give Mom an utterly one of a kind experience. A Day Pass includes a one-hour appointment with a stylehaüs stylist and a customized pull of clothing. The Grove VIP Experience includes two hours of personal shopping throughout the Grove, in-store consultation with one of our stylists, and a customized pull. Available online or in store at stylehaüs.

CRAP

Charm Bracelet

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Charm bracelets are for elementary schoolers and depressed  housewives. Charm bracelets are as dated and tacky as frosted blue eyeshadow. Buy the woman a real bracelet, a bracelet that does not have a tiny suitcase dangling next to a tiny foot print.

Gift Card

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Gift cards say: I stopped at CVS on the way over, and I am too self involved to ask you what you want this year.

Cash

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Mother. Not Hooker. Mother.

Handmade Coupons

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‘One free hug’ and ‘one floor sweeping’ will never be redeemed and you both know it. If you really want to do something for your mother, DO IT. SWEEP THAT KITCHEN. Don’t talk about it. Be about it.

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Not a real gift bitches. Not a gift.

A final note on giving:

When in doubt, focus on the sensory. Giving an experience, such as dinner or some wretched Groupon white water rafting voyage, is thoughtful but hard to predict. Different people experience things differently, and there’s a special circle in hell called ‘Pretending to enjoy doing something you wait while a loved one watches happily’.  Practical presents, such as a magazine subscription or toilet paper, will be appreciated but probably will not touch any sort of emotional core. When thinking about a possible present, first think about the Giftee’s senses. Do they respond strong to visual stimulus, such as bright colors or patters? Sounds? Think about what your Mother admires or praises most.  Then pinpoint your search to items that trigger their strongest sense. I know it sounds kind of creepy when I type it out, but thinking about sensory (or even emotional) experiences has led me to be a better gift giver. Try it.

5 Crazy Creative New Ways To Carry Your Purse

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you hold it…

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Want to know a secret?

It’s not the bag that matters. Ok J/k no the bag totally matters, but also important is how you carry your purse. Street style starlets and it-girls alike know that carrying your purse in an unexpected and seemingly unintentional way elevates your look from standard to superior. For inspiration I turned to three superior fashion bloggers who are masters: The Blonde Salad, The Haute Pursuit, and Song Of Style

Here are five bold new ways to carry your bag like a modern muse.

1. The Leash

If you’ve ever been to Disney land, you’re familiar with the horrifying yet hilarious sight of grubby, shifty-eyed spawn trotting about on leashes held by weary parents. Nothing says “I don’t want to lose you, but you might want to lose me,” like a leash. When employing ‘the leash’ technique, think of your purse as a child; only better. Purses don’t pick their nose, throw tantrums, or rip open your lady bits, and compared to a college education, a new Prada is downright FRUGAL.

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Unlike raising non-horrible children, which is apparently very difficult, maintaining a non-horrible purse is as easy as proper storage and regular cleaning. Actually now that I think about it, several children I’ve recently encountered could greatly benefit from proper storage (not under my feet) and regular cleaning (not in the public restroom).

If you’re contemplating motherhood or even pet adoption, why not polish your transportation skills stylishly by employing ‘The Leash’ technique of unorthodox purse carrying.

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Using a cross body bag, gather the straps in your hand like a coiled whip for your imaginary naughty children. Hold it just far enough to the front or side so it’s close but not so close as to smack your legs while walking. Then simply a. take a picture and b. saunter off, swinging your purse/child about jauntily and feigning regret when it hits an actual child careless enough to block your path.

Marina Monroe

Marina Monroe

The Leash is fantastic for pictures because it a. shows off a cross body bag from the front b. employs your hand and c. keeps at least one arm from smashing hideously against your side. When photographing with The Leash, hold your purse forward center, cross your ankles, and delicately point one toe.

If you DO accidentally(ish) whack a child while walking with The Leash, defuse any tearful tots or irritable mothers by loudly chastising your purse/child. “BAD BALENCIAGA BAD BAD BAD BACK TO THE CLOSET YOU GO,” you’ll say, confusing the child and confounding the mother just long enough to scamper off.

2. The Heartbeat

There is a famous and incredibly depressing study about motherhood conducted on baby monkeys some years ago. Taken from their mothers, the young primates are given only a towel wrapped figure to nurse. Without their mother’s physical and emotional affection, the adorable baby monkeys slowly withered away, clutching desperately at the wooden figure. Depressing as fuck, yes. I share this horrifying scientific anecdote with you because in order to fully utilize The Heartbeat, you should evoke the intense clutching of an emotionally deprived baby monkey.

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Imagine your purse is a baby monkey (or baby human if you’re boring) that has never experienced love. Your purse can be a crossbody, satchel, whatever as long as it’s not too small and has a strap or at very least a handle. You love your purse baby monkey so deeply that you’re coddling it to your bosom protectively. It can hear your heart beat. You can smell it’s sumptuous leather. The Heartbeat is deeply intimate; nothing comes between you two. Except maybe the wheel and/or a drink. Your baby monkey bag will understand that sometimes mommy needs a cocktail, as it is far more understanding and well-behaved than an actual baby of any species.

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The Heartbeat works wonderfully on the ever flexible cross body bag, particularly the newer style of crossbody bags that fall higher and more centered than their less domesticated ancestors. For a more dramatic and equally chic (or even more chic if it’s a great bag) utilization of The Heartbeat, cuddle an enormous it-bag to your breast like an obese baby monkey or Britney Spears’ offspring circa 2007.

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via the blonde salad

Sidenote: the wild, desperate look in 2007 Britney Spears’ eyes is disturbingly similar to the wild, desperate look in the eyes of those motherless baby monkeys.

3. The Runaway

Have you ever wanted to run far, far away? Of course you have. People are ghastly.

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Runaways of popular fiction are often marked by an over-the-shoulder pouch made of a napkin tied about a stick. While sticks and napkins are still not chic and today’s runaways are instead marked by signs of abuse, holding your purse tossed over one shoulder is now considered the height of sophistication. Progress!

Marina Monroe

Marina Monroe

Any purse with a strap can be used for The Runaway. Ideally, you want a strap long enough to hit between shoulder-blade and ass. If the strap is too short, your lovely Lanvin will viciously slap the nape of your neck as you come to the unpleasant realization that your stride is less ‘delicate glide’ and more ‘ungainly trot’.bindleToo long a strap and that gorgeous Givenchy will start smacking your ass like Rick Ross at Jumbo’s Clown Room.

4. The Target

Remember when Cher Horowitz faced down a mugger after that Cranberries-loving tool crassly abandoned her in the Valley?

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Cher may have lost her shoes and sullied her Alaïa, but kept her sense of style.  Today, that scene is an infamous moment in fashion legend and continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. The defensive, wary way that Cher grasps her purse is a fabulous example of The Target. Cher Horowitz really was way before her time. A visionary. A prophet.

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The Target is distinctive because a. it almost exclusively applies to clutches, b. the clutch is held against your upper abdomen, below your boobs and slightly to the side. As if you’re shielding that fragile Fendi from being snatched by a scoundrel. Or you’re a 7th grade girl self-consciously carrying her binder from Algebra to English.  Like a victim, really.

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Carrying your cIutch like a victim may seem counterintuitive to looking cool, but trends often make no sense whatsoever so just go with it. Clutches, unimaginatively named after the way women are intended to clutch them, never made much sense to begin with. Clutches fly in the face of opposable thumbs and are the #1 way drunk girls to lose their iPhones. All hail the end of clutching. Stretch your fingers with pride and hold your bag like it’s 1AM in Compton.

5. The Boulder

The Boulder is essentially The Victim’s dramatic foil or, more simply, opposite.

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The Boulder involves carrying a purse like a clutch: one-handed, arm cupping, handles or strap flapping pointedly as if to say “Oh you still use these? How quaint.” While The Victim is a defensive pose, The Boulder is an aggressive pose. You’re not only flouting convention, you’re storming the convention castle while carrying a Bottega Veneta like a boulder. A boulder you might chuck at someone wearing Crocs at any minute, just for the hell of it, because you’re hard like that.

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The Boulder works during day or night, depending on where you are and what you’re wearing. If you’re underdressed I’d suggest NOT employing The Boulder because it’ll look accidental, like you wandered in accidentally and are now trying to fit in by pretending your purse is a clutch. The Boulder should say ‘I don’t give a damn’ not ‘Let’s play make-believe’.

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If you’re correctly dressed The Boulder looks like a distinctive mark of personal style. When faced with the prospect of being overdressed, The Boulder is actually a genius trick to salvage the situation. Simply substitute that dainty Marni clutch with your chunky Chloe satchel to balance stuffy formality with a dash of stylish irreverence.