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The Buzz Guide to NYFW Feb 2013

NY Fashion Week: Girl’s Best Friend Diary, Day 1 Essential Foundation


The Fall 2013 shows at New York Fashion Week are about to kick off and given the frigid weather, it's more important than ever to think ahead and make sure I have all my essentials ready to go. I never know who I'm going to run into in New York City, but during Fashion Week, I'm guaranteed to see plenty of people I know, so looking my best is key. When it comes to makeup, everyone's best friend is a good foundation because, well, everything looks better when pores, fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes are visually minimized. Currently, I'm loving Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup ($36.50), a cult classic that has been around for decades but was recently revamped to be even better than ever.

The foundation's creamy texture is perfect for when you're on the go and need something that will take you from day to night. It comes in a toteable two-tier compact for quick touch-ups which is crucial because no one wants to spend more time in the cramped bathrooms set up inside Lincoln Center's Fashion Week section than necessary. The texture is also lightweight so you can set it with powder without dehydrating your skin, something that's especially important given the dry air that inevitably comes with winter. In fact, the steadfast color base will stay put for 12 hours*, no matter how many layers of scarves and face masks you've put on (just remember to prep your skin with a primer). It's also infused with micronized diamond powder to reflect light, so odds are you won't need to apply highlighter on top of the foundation, at least not for your everyday look, since the foundation works to boost luminosity and radiance.

Now I'm headed off to start my Fashion Week at the BCBGMAXAZRIA show with my other best friend: my mother!

*Based on a US clinical study of 31 women aged 18-65 over a 12 hour period.

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Florence Welch’s New Capsule Jewelry Collection

Florence Welch’s style is envied by many, and there aren’t many Brits who can say that their own natural sense of style has gone on to influence the likes of fashion power houses Gucci and Chanel.  Let’s face it, if you can count Karl Lagerfeld amongst your fans, can your fashion credentials really get any bigger seal of approval?

If lusting after her wardrobe and constantly having her tunes on repeat inside our heads wasn’t enough, now we’ve also heard the exciting news that she’s released her own capsule jewellery collection. Her first line has been inspired by her album "Cermonials," and features a range of art deco themed cuffs, earrings and rings which will make the perfect purchase for this year’s forthcoming festivals.

You’ll also be pleased to know that she’s still in touch with the real world despite her dalliances within the luxury fashion sector, as she’s kept the price points of her new collection rather modest. Ranging from £20 – £50, you can channel Florence without breaking the bank!

She’s also given the range the rather cute name of Flotique, and all of the pieces are available to buy on her e-commerce site. So, if you’re a big fan of Flo’s vintage-come-ethereal style, then we suggest you check out the capsule collection soon, as it’ll definitely be a sell-out.   

Images: WENN, Florence and the Machine.

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Link Buzz: Lindsay Lohan Looks GREAT; Fashion Week Is On Dot Com (Sorry)

  • Hey, here's Lindsay Lohan at the amfAR Gala looking pretty and healthy and happy. I keep hoping for a LiLo comeback and I think I can make out the beginnings of one in the rosy glow of her cheeks. [AmyGrindhouse]
  • NYFW officially kicked off with the BCBG show early this morning and if you want to know what the deal was backstage use your mouse to hover over the link which immediately follows this sentence. [BellaSugar]
  • This is an A+ headline: "Marchesa's New Contemporary Line Gives the Term Fancy Pants a Whole New Meaning." (Also: news you can use.) [Fashionologie]
  • Did you miss Prabal Gurung's Target party? It's a hard life. [FabSugar]
  • Bar Refaeli and Jay Leno recreate that disgusting GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial. [DailyStab]

Image via WENN

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Minimum Effort for Maximum Style

Scandinavia — more known for its pine trees, meatballs and big box furniture stores — is having a fashion moment with its Danish brand Minimum. Already stocked in Europe, Asia and Australia, Minimum is now hoping to make its entrance into Canada with collections available in boutiques across the country come this February.

What started out as a small retail shop in 1997 by Peter Tang in the center of Aarhus, Denmark, has grown into a collective of 40 dedicated individuals who live and breathe Minimum. The line, for both men and women, focuses on contemporary designs, matching undertones of Scandinavian coolness with a metropolitan edge. It is inspired by the urban pulse, evolving into sharp designs reflected by the upcoming and current trends. Building an unexpected bond with colour and texture, this season specializes in the art of unconventional layering, graphic tees and surprising patterns.

It's typically Scandinavian street style: effortless and, well, minimalist. Designed for comfort yet with a twist of deviance, which we Canucks generally lean towards. Choice pieces in the Spring 2013 collection include the Lido jumpsuit and Vega jacket for woman; while for men, how can you ignore the peach Samden shorts and baby blue Edi blazer?


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Lara Bingle and Isabel Lucas Shine at the Launch of Dior’s New Sydney Store, But in Very Different Ways

Well this is awkward. Lara Bingle and Isabel Lucas both attended the launch of Dior’s new store opening in Sydney last week, and one was significantly better dressed than the other.

Normally at events like this, it’s considered common courtesy to wear the designer you’re there to celebrate, however Lara opted instead for a baby pink Christopher Kane dress from the designer’s Resort 2013 collection. The rather demure look (it has pleats!) is a refreshing change for her, and the only thing she could have improved on is the tone of her spray tan. Baby steps, we figure. Though the red lipstick and dewy skin do, somehow, make the orange look a little more natural.   

Glowing in a slightly different way was Isabel Lucas, who was gift-wrapped in a piece of leftover ribbon from Dior’s Spring 2013 collection and who unfortunately agreed to have her photo taken standing next to Lara. Even perfect genes can’t rescue this sartorial disaster, her otherwise enviable mermaid hair and waifish frame instead leaving her looking in desperate need of a hair tie and some complimentary hors d'oeuvres. It’s a bit disappointing considering Isabel normally looks great dressed in Sienna Miller’s leftovers from 2003, and that the Dior dress really did look great on the runway. 

Image: Lara Bingle's Facebook

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Marc Jacobs for Diet Coke: No Way.

Let me just start out by saying that I do understand why Diet Coke would want to tap Marc Jacobs for its Creative Director position, a role previously held by Karl Lagerfeld in 2011 and Jean Paul Gaultier in 2012: he's perfect for the brand. If I imagined Diet Coke in human form, it would probably look like a freakishly fit fifty-year-old who is impossibly charismatic despite his massive ego.

The news broke in WWD this morning: the American designer created three cans, three bottles, and three ad campaigns for Diet Coke. These are set to launch in Europe (*sad face*) next month. The whole concept revolves around references to "iconic looks and female empowerment" from the Eighties, the Nineties, and the Naughts/Aughts/Two-Thousands.

The ads were shot by Stéphane Sednaoui (because no one knows how to capture female empowerment better than two men) and samples were teased online today. Here's the concept: What gets young women all hot and bothered? Marc Jacobs in a photo booth with a can of Diet Coke. 

As a young woman, I say: ha ha ha. 

“I think glamour and sex sells just about everything,” the designer told WWD.

"Enjoy his nod to the iconic 'Diet Coke Man' — hunky!" says the Diet Coke copy which accompanies the video. 

Ha ha ha.

“I still think it’s hysterical people want me to take my shirt off," the designer said.

But upon reflection, I don't know whether Diet Coke's attempt to sell us Marc Jacobs as an object of desire is more "hysterical" or "depressing." How did this become an international campaign? Is the world really so confused about female desire? The unattainable is only appealing when it's hypothetically attainable and Marc Jacobs is not that. There's only one older gay male designer that's sexually attractive to straight women and that's Tom Ford, for reasons that are impossible to identify. 

This whole thing is so upsetting to me because it's such a missed opportunity: They wanted to give us a Diet Coke Hunk, instead we got a creepy alternate universe.

Image via WWD

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