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November 23, 2008

MAC Cosmetics Announces Upcoming Hello Kitty Collection

Filed under: Cosmetics — luxebeaute @ 3:31 am

MAC Cosmetics has announced they will be working with Sanrio Global Consumer Products to create a Hello Kitty color cosmetics collection. The Hello Kitty collection consists of two collections: the Hello Kitty Colour Collection and the more high-end Hello Kitty Kouture. While pre orders could be placed online, the collection in its entirety is available in North American M.A.C stores on Feb. 12 and into overseas stores in March.

November 19, 2008

Japanese Street Fashion Comes to SF: The New People Mall in JapanTown Under Construction

Filed under: Fashion (Couture, RTW, Trends, Designers) — luxebeaute @ 12:28 am
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New People(1746 Post Street) will bea 20,000 square foot Japanese pop culture mall in San Francisco’s Japantown set to open on Summer 2009. The fashion brands will be located on the second floor of the building while the first floor will feature a café, the mezanine a pop heaven and the third floor a gallery for emerging artists that draw their inspiration from Japanese popular culture.[The building’s basement will house a cinema, the only one in the US primarily dedicated to Japanese films, documentaries and anime]. The NEW PEOPLE building, now under construction, will feature a striking 3-floor transparent glass façade bringing a futuristic look to this historic area in San Fransisco. It is one of only three Japantowns still surviving in the US.

These will be the first permanent stores that Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and Black Peace Now will open in the United States while  6%DOKIDOKI and SOU • SOU are not opening permanent stores and are part of a short-term rotating program.

The opening of Japanese “street fashion mall” in the United States is really interesting and I am particularly excited to see how these East Bay youth adopt and continue to customize these trends. While Japanese street fashions are a mixture of east and west, I have a feeling its going to birth an entirely new sub genre once mixed with a group of differently influenced youth.

November 15, 2008

Couture Cell Phones: The Coolest of the Cool

Filed under: Totally Random — luxebeaute @ 5:29 am
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Lucky for my bank account I am not into expensive and fancy cell phones… Groovy new fangled technology does not interest me at all- matter of fact I can still barely work my remote, I always have to reset my Palm TX and I absolutely hate when I am told to upgrade or update anything electronic and have yet to use the camera on my cell. So yeah, in no way shape or form am I a techie tho’ I secretly wish I was- hell, I’m so far removed from one that I don’t even know how to spell it!

Also, I really don’t need to high sign with my celly because well, I will just loose or break it… or somebody will inevitably steal or rob me because after all, I do live in Oakland. I’m not exaggerating either- it happened once before and it was only an old RAZR V so…

Cell Phones by Designer Houses These don’t ordinarily do anything innovative or cool per se, but they sure look good. I am one of many of the mindset too many designer accessories is just plain tacky so if I were into celly couture, I’d do one of the sleek and chic Japanese issues (sans diamond encrustment of course)… The MOTORAZR V3i Dolce & Gabbana is modeled after the MOTORAZR V3, the MOTORAZR V3i Dolce & Gabbana has a luxurious gold and silver finish with an engraved Dolce & Gabbana logo. While I don’t think it does anything really spectacular other than shine away, it does have an SD card so you can read it via computer or printer, downloading and drop/dragging pics and such too and from. But hold on to your hats kids because now there is a Diamond Edition Dolce & Gabbana Motorola RAZR V3i crafted with 855 diamonds that weight 3.8 carat. There is also the Prada LG Cell phone, From the company that brought you the world’s first 60 inch plasma TV. LG and Prada worked together to introduce the first full touch screen cell phone completely controlled by a three inch touch screen, which is kinda cool actually. Only two other phones currently have featured stylus-less touch screen navigation, and they hope this may be the beginning of the next new trend amongst cell phone manufacturers-we shall see. Now supposedly there is a Gucci and also Louis Vuitton cell phone too but other than an online photo, I have yet to get any legit info on it at all. Now this next one is right up my alley! It’s the Vertu Signature Cobra by Boucheron and it is awesome looking-totally reminds me of the Dior Samourai 1947 handbag collection. Vertu is now taking orders for the Signature Cobra, designed by French jeweler Boucheron, but you had better be quick as I hear only 8 are being made! The Cobra will feature one pear-cut diamond, one round white diamond, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies. Vertu will also be offering a “cheaper” version, ruby free, at the bargain price of $115,000.

Sleek and Chic High Tech Cell Phones Wow, some of these are amazing, tho’ I have no idea what the hell they actually do. Apparently the World Most Expensive Cell Phone just happens to be is the one and only Designed by diamond encruster extraordinaire Peter Aloisson The Diamond Crypto Smartphone is sometimes quoted as the World’s most expensive cell phone and has a Windows CE-based smartphone ready for Aloisson’s bejeweling that employs “powerful encryption technology” to “provide secure protection of information against kidnapping, technological blackmail, financial racketeers and corrupted state officials” — what this actually means hell if I know, but it must make the paranoid owner feel pretty important. But just to loosen up that tie so that its not all about CIA business, its accessorized with 50 blue diamonds. 2nd in line is the Million dollar “Le Million De La Nuit Cell made by GoldVish, which comes in 15 different incarnations, encrusted with diamonds or not depending on your preference, but always made with at least 140 grams of solid gold.  Third in line is the Motorola SLVR L7 Diamond Mobile Phone ( $75000) while it doesn’t really appear to do shit in the advanced robotic sense of the word, it is the possessor of 260 top quality diamonds beautifully framed around the case of the cell phone. Austrian designer Peter Aloisson, has taken a standard Motorola, studded it with 1,200 diamonds and added a keyboard inlaid with 18 carat gold. And the Nokia Vertu has been touted (tagged?) as the equivalent to a Ferrari in Car Industry. Unlike all these bling blingy phones this one actually does something. According to Vertu’s website, they spend twice as many hours went into the research and development of the Vertu Ascent than goes into a modern Formula One racing car. While I have no idea what the hell all that means, I think its safe to assume it’s a fast phone and while cruising for free Asian porn, its owner will not be settled with interruptions and crashes… Also kinda neat looking is the Russia based Gresso, is a new entry into the luxury phone market. The Gresso Luxury Phone is made of gold and African Blackwood and apparently they will be releasing a collection of five models in the near future. Currently there are two versions of the African Blackwood phone, one with pink gold highlights named the Gresso Blackwood Gold Edition, and one made entirely of African Blackwood. In addition to the two African Blackwood phones Gresso also make a phone made entirely of pink gold named the Gresso Gold phone. Initially, the phones will be on sale only in Russia.

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