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May 23, 2009

D&G Cosmetics Now Available

Filed under: Cosmetics — luxebeaute @ 3:52 am


Although there was mass hysteria in the beauty world over the fact it would only be released in Europe and women everywhere were loosing their minds in the fear they would be wait listed, all may now breath a sigh of superficial relief! Not only will the D&G line be available exclusively at Saks, but also a D&G Cosmetics Website.

D&G Reps state the line is “Unconventional to the extreme, this luxurious campaign breaks the rules of make up traditional communication, introducing the entire body of a woman. The inspiration is the modern Marilyn  and the essence of the Dolce&Gabbana woman, glamorous and sensual, always with a confident and provocative edge. Inspired by the dreamy Mediterranean coasts and the treasured screen sirens that have defined Hollywood glamour, the campaign is formidably fresh. “

May 20, 2009

The Gladiator heel trend Continued

Filed under: Fashion (Couture, RTW, Trends, Designers),Shoes — luxebeaute @ 2:16 am

At first I was completely put off by this trend because I could not stand the whole Roman empire flat sandal look. But it has evolved into a great heel option for Summer evening wear with pants and likely also throughout Fall and Winter 09 as well.

I have found for me personally, the look only works in two ways; big sweaters in a variety of colors, leggings (both gloss and varied color cottons) accessorized by a designer handbag or vintage reptile clutch bag and 2) a colorful pair of  Desert Blue Jeans with fitted tees . Doing this look with dresses just doesn’t work for me, tho’ I definitely plan to work it with some shorts during the hotter months. [FYI for all my short sisters out there (I am 5 ft) doing gladiator heels with skinny fits and leggings really elongates well.

Because this is an obvious trend with no forecasting of it ever becoming a classic wardrobe staple (and you know how I feel about trends!) I have no desire to purchase designer gladiator heels . While some of them are great, I know they would end up taking up much needed closet space for years after the fact. I caught myself checking out the Dior Extreme platforms over and over again but there are so many similar styles that I opted for the Candice ones which are basically identical. While you will never catch me doing “knock offs” I am certainly all for “similar” lol.

Since there actually really is quite a variety of gladiator heel styles, I picked two: Candice glads in black (which are basically identical to the Dior extreme glads believe it or not) and also the CHAI from Michael Antonio in both grey and purple. While not exactly an obviouse “in your face” gladiator, I also went for the  Cage heel from Dulce Vita also because its gorgeous, sort of vintage-ish, available in a forest green suede shade (my fave!), looks like an expensive designer piece (DV is of great quality), and has been marked down from its original $160 to $50 (aprx).

The Candice,  Chai and Cage heel can be  found online for abt. $50 a pair if you do some digging, making it quite the reasonable value considering I don’t forsee this trend letting up any time soon.

May 15, 2009

Yellow was the new black but orange is the new yellow for summer and hot pink and green shades will be the new orange for Fall

Did ya get all that?

Now of course I can’t take any legitimate credit for the Summer color scheme considering it is made up by the design elite close to two years in advance,  but both my closet and eye is happy with such a fitting transition from the yellow of 08. Upon planing my Summer color palette a few months back, I knew my main staples were going to be orange and white, and bold magenta type hues. As everyone is likely sick of hearing, I have been really into contrasting colors (or in fashion industry lingo “harmonizing opposites”) and finding ways to make them work successfully, which initially came about when I couldn’t resist purchasing an opalescent pseudo army green and pink skirt that I adore…

My favorite harmonizing opposites are army green with pink, creamcicle orange with pastel pink, red and pink,  and aqua or teal with rust orange. Noticeably many are pairing up rust orange and browns, orange and red and deep purple with dark or bright blues (but unfortunately these aren’t really working for my tone). Spring/Summer 2009 implies the idea that fashion is not the serious matter we know it to be in reality. The fun lies in mixing and combining pieces or the possibility of changing the volumes of clothes through invisible mechanisms. The color preferences, general fashion considerations and styling directions in this years Color Trends & Fashion Inspirations are divided up into three categories: Chic, Classic and Casual.

***NOTE***The TFL Color Trends & Fashion Inspirations catalog (spring / summer 2009 season) was originally realized in association with the two well-know designers Carmen Rimoldi and Sergio Belloni. The main advantage of this trend book for TFL’s customers is that it is published 21 months in advance of the retail season.

TFL Fashion & Color Inspirations

Spring/Summer 2009

Chic                                       Classic                          Casual

May 14, 2009

Summer Sunglasses: Oversized Sunnies 2009!

Filed under: Seasonal (Summer, Winter Trends, etc) — luxebeaute @ 7:16 pm

Yes, I already know the fashion police have a warrant out for my arrest over my love for Chanel half tints and huge sunglasses in general…until now that is!  I have been collecting mod-esque shades for abt 12 years, from vintage to designer over sized and generics; I have about 50 pairs and  I adore each and every one of them. Lucky for me, big sunglasses are where it’s at again this summer.  Bright bold  and unique shades and shapes are the cat’s meow this summer, so I can utilize some of my most loved by me/hated by my friends pieces=such as my beloved Dior orange aviators, lol.

For those of you who want to work the big sunglasses trend but don’t typically purchase them regularly, I advise going with cheaper ones so you can pic up a variety of shapes, shades and colors. Since I already have a pretty big collection, I too am opting to forgo the pricier delights this summer for similar and inexpensive styles.

The Jackie O’ 70’s era squared look is big this summer-instead of the Bvlgari ($500) or Ninna Ricci version ($250), try the  vintage inspired Jackie O’s from Blue Dame ($12.00) or Farah Squares and galas from 80’s Purple ($10.00). If you like the shape of Prada’s Butterfly sunnies ($250), check out the multi butterflies carried by Blue Dame ($15.00)- they come in a great array of colored frames, many of which are two tone. Open temple sunnies are hot this summer- Dior, Michael Kors Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Cavalli are just a few of the designers feeling out this trend. At $175-$500 …. I love the pink suite rimless sheilds ($15.00) and Yvettes.

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