Just shy of his 30-year anniversary in the business, Michael Kors is receiving the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the CFDAs tonight. He's hardly resting on his laurels-as you'll read, the guy spent the weekend literally making snow in the summer heat-but that's business as usual for the indefatigable designer (and TV personality). Kors spoke with Style.com executive editor Nicole Phelps about his early ambitions, fashion's recent re-embrace of reliable all-American sportswear, and how much has changed in the nearly three decades he's been in business. (Hint: Plenty.)
How are you spending your weekend before Monday's awards ceremony?
I'm not heading out to the beach. We're shooting our Fall ad campaign on Sunday, and we're re-creating a snowy day in this heat. We shot last Spring's in the cold, so we thought, why not go for 90 degrees and snow? It's insanity.
And how does it feel to be receiving the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award?
At first, I
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Just shy of his 30-year anniversary in the business, Michael Kors is receiving the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the CFDAs tonight. He's hardly resting on his laurels-as you'll read, the guy spent the weekend literally making snow in the summer heat-but that's business as usual for the indefatigable designer (and TV personality). Kors spoke with Style.com executive editor Nicole Phelps about his early ambitions, fashion's recent re-embrace of reliable all-American sportswear, and how much has changed in the nearly three decades he's been in business. (Hint: Plenty.)Read More »from Michael Kors on His Nearly 30 Year Career
If having to seek out a Minx-approved nail salon near you to have a trained professional apply the popular overlays has deterred you from experimenting with fun cheetah-printed tips and the like, you're in luck. The brand that made quality temporary nail art easy and accessible (well, fairly accessible) has arrived at Sephora in the form of eight limited-edition patterns that are part of a collaborative effort with Sephora by O.P.I. You simply warm the Chic Prints sheets in your hands, apply to fingers, trim, and file down for a quick summer mani. No, it's not going to last all that long (cool as they are, Minx tend to chip off pretty quickly), but permanence is not the overall goal here; variety is. Chrome lace and nautical stripes in one week? We dare you.
Photo: Courtesy of Sephora
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Fact: I spend way too much money at Urban Outfitters. I like to blame it on my complete and total inability to resist the lure of a good sale item, of which there are always many. Another fact: Starting today, I will be blowing even more cash at the cool-kids chain, because it's launching its first-ever beauty shop. That means brands with the Urban stamp of approval will now be available online and in many of the chain's stores. And as I suspected, considering past collaborations with designers like Kim Gordon and Rachel Comey, the Urbanites also have great taste in makeup, hair care, and fragrance. Now, alongside those floral-print rompers and drainpipe jeans, you'll also find eaux by Costume National and Malin + Goetz; Japonesque beauty tools; makeup by Stila, Too Faced, and Pop; nail polishes by KO and Urban's own house brand (from which there will be more releases later this year); and extras like blotting papers and nail files from Paul & Joe. And lest you forget that this isRead More »from Urban Outfitters, The Beauty Shop
- Style.com | Fashion – Thu, Jun 3, 2010 12:31 AM EDT
My love for Wet N Wild is multifold. First off, the name, which seems just as suitable for a beachside strip club as a beauty brand, rules. Then there is the fact that the drugstore line has always managed to remain trend-focused, occasionally even predicting them (any nineties-era goth kid can attest to the fact that Wet N Wild's Wild Shine nail color in Black Crème hit shelves many years before Chanel's Black Satin). Finally, there is the simple truth that buyer's remorse does not exist with Wet N Wild; when you spend $3 versus $37 on an eye shadow palette, there is less guilt when you inevitably grow tired of the shades. The same goes for its latest lip innovation, Megalast Matte. I love the poppy tinged Coral-ine and the retro-nude Just Peachy for summertime because they look great against bronzed skin. But why choose? At $2.99 each, you might as well get both.
By Fiorella Valdesolo
Photo: Courtesy of Wet N Wild
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Summer is making an impressive showing in New York today. The sunshine and 80-degree temperatures are making us wish that a) we left our cropped denim jacket behind this morning (one less thing to carry home, you know), and b) we remembered to apply our SPF this morning. Luckily, the jacket isn't that bulky and MD Skincare's new Daily Sunscreen Towelettes have just arrived on our desk. We typically rely on a moisturizer with SPF 15 year round, but we always feel the need to step up the sunblock factor around June, to try to keep the inevitable freckling from getting too out of control. Dr. Dennis Gross' new individually packaged towelettes boast broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, vitamin C and green tea for ozone protection, and antioxidants to prevent premature aging, but their real selling point is their easy on-the-go, single-application size and the fact that you can gently pat them on at any point in the day to avoid messing up your makeup. We recommend throwing a few in yourRead More »from Powerful Sun Protection, Pocket-Sized
- Style.com | SATC – Wed, May 26, 2010 12:21 AM EDT
Last night, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte reunited on the big screen at the premiere of one of the most anticipated movies of the year. In Sex and the City 2, the fab four take Abu Dhabi (actually, Morocco, where it's apparently easier and cheaper to shoot a big-budget film), and while their characters' personal squabbles have changed slightly-matured even, with Carrie and Big struggling over domestic bliss, Charlotte learning that motherhood can be a curse as well as a blessing, and a defiantly single Samantha dealing with menopause-some things remain the same. Like, for instance, the ridiculously high-end Patricia Field-styled wardrobes and the flawless beauty routines. Here, a brief look at some of the products that kept the characters' real-life counterparts looking their respective parts.
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With a desert providing the setting for the majority of the flick, hair department head Frank Barbosa often opted for relaxed, natural waves. Why fight the warm
I keep a Mason jar full of makeup brushes that never get used on my dresser. They serve as decoration-a pink-feathered, ivory-handled sort of decoration that's essential to the antique apothecary cabinet mounted on my wall to hold my vast collection of nail polish. The fact that I typically prefer a finger-painting approach to powder, concealer, and blush doesn't stop me from amassing these design wonders-especially when something new and improved hits the market. Like, say, Sephora's I.T. Brushes. The 15-piece collection of aluminum-handled makeup applicators is unique for a few reasons: Bright and lightweight, they boast a streamlined silhouette designed by architect Philippe Di Méo (that's right, architect), which allows perfect application no matter how you hold them (close to the head for more precision, further away for a lighter touch). The coolest part, as far as I'm concerned, is that Di Méo fashioned an original plastic cap for each brush to protect its bristles and allowRead More »from Sephoraâ€™s New Handheld Power Tools
- Style.com | Fashion – Fri, May 21, 2010 9:14 PM EDT
It's a week before Fox unveils the seventh season of So You Think You Can Dance, and the show's hostess is on the phone with a confession. "The first dress I bought where I thought I had gone completely mad was an Alexander McQueen," Cat Deeley tells Style.com. "It was the most beautiful dress I had ever seen, like I had gone up to my grandmother's attic and opened a trunk and pulled out this treasure of millions of layers of white tulle. It looked like a fairy-tale rock princess's dress. I spent a fortune on it. But it's so over the top that I've never, you know, actually worn it."Read More »from The Must-Watch Show For Runway Fanatics Isâ€¦So You Think You Can Dance?!
Huh? This from the hostess of a weekly Fox dance-off?
But Deeley's enviable wardrobe is reason enough for fashion-minded viewers to tune in, however they feel about splits and pliés. She's quietly brought Balenciaga, Christian Dior, YSL, and Givenchy to prime time. "I like to have fun with what I wear on the show," Deeley says. "People either love it or hate it, but they always have strong
Our colleagues over at Style File have already given a shout-out to Michelle Williams and the Chanel Haute Couture frock she wore yesterday in Cannes to the premiere of Blue Valentine, but we couldn't resist a mention of our own. Her corn silk blond pixie cut is the beauty moment that we've been waiting for since the film festival got under way on the Riviera last week-on par with Angelina's matte red lip circa '09. The choppy style suits the actress' cherubic face quite well, in that it's similar to her Mia Farrow incarnation from a few years back, another high point in Williams' hair history. Here, we've compiled a little retrospective for you so you can fully grasp the magnitude of her latest transformation. It's hard for us to say what looks best on the actress, as long hair and fringe seem to work for her as well, but feel free to voice your opinion below.
Photos: Getty Images
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Despite current New York temperatures that feel more autumn than spring, summer is coming (fingers crossed). Time to adjust your beauty regimen. Apropos to hair specifically, some decisions need to be made if you're going to make it through the heat and humidity unscathed. So we've turned to Manhattan-based master stylist Mark Garrison, who graciously offered up his top three tips for looking cool when things get hot.
"Keep your layers longer in the summer," Garrison advises, as short, choppy sections don't fare as well when pitted against sun, sea, and sweat-inducing barometer shifts.
Steer Clear of the Straight and Narrow
"Embrace your natural texture so you're not a victim of the 'fuzzy blow-out,' " Garrison says, suggesting that even manually adding definition and movement with a curling iron will help you battle the bulge from high-humidity levels.
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The only way to effectively keep hair safe from the elements is to protect it