We sure love doing our nails, don’t we ladies? More versatile than lipstick and more flexible than hair colour, nail polish offers us a seemingly endless variety of colours and treatments, and the delightful whimsy of being able to change it every day if we so choose. This season, newbie Canadian brand la couleur couture launches its second collection of shades in tune with the colours seen on the international fall catwalks.
Whether you’re looking for daring reds in line with Wes Gordon’s runway show, vampy black à la Vera Wang or elegant, Elie Saab-inspired gold, this collection has you covered. As if a wide spectrum of fashionable shades wasn’t enough, the brand also trades on an eco-minded philosophy. Founder Farima Hakkak wanted to offer nail polish lovers a highly pigmented and fast-drying product that was also safe and cruelty free. As such, her lacquers feature a UV inhibitor, are vegan-friendly, non-toxic and free of parabens, gluten, formaldehyde, DBP, camphor and toluene. All you get are lustrous, beautiful colours and long-lasting shine.
You can get your hands on la couleur couture at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Jay Z and Beyoncé are rumored to be recording a top secret album together. [Page Six]
Cindy Crawford is LOVING Georgia May Jagger. [Vogue UK]
It does not get ANY cuter than these pets posing with their favorite handbags. [PurseBlog]
Halsbrook is having a charity pop-up shop to benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. From today through Saturday, head over to 1440 Third Avenue (between 81st and 82nd Streets) to pick up designer duds from Oscar de la Renta, Peter Som, Max Mara and more for a fraction of the price. [theFashionSpot Inbox]
Lauren Conrad would like to sell you ceramics now. [Racked]
Here’s what happens when a French person tries to throw shade at Jay Z. [Paper]
To combat gender inequality, Sarah Silverman gets a sex change…sorta. [Cosmopolitan]
H&M sparked controversy for selling a jumpsuit that looks like the fatigues of female Kurdish soldiers fighting the Islamic State. [Los Angeles Times]
After a seven-year run, Gap CEO Glenn Murphy is vacating his role at the retailer. He will be replaced by Art Peck, president of Gap’s digital division. [Fashionista]
Betabrand tapped a few female comics to model its spring collection. [Jezebel]
Today, the White House held its much talked about Fashion Education Workshop, hosted by none other than our stylish First Lady, Michelle Obama. Young fashion students flocked to the White House for a panel and a series of workshops covering topics like fashion tech, garment construction and more. Michelle was appropriately outfitted for the occasion in a dress designed by FIT student Natalya Koval. This afternoon featured a livestreamed panel of fashion bigwigs, including Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg, Lafayette 148‘s designer Edward Wilkerson, Tracy Reese, J.Crew‘s Jenna Lyons and Prabal Gurung. The panel, moderated by Lilliana Vazquez, covered everything from how the designers started out to how to present yourself on social media.
“Our mission is always the same: To inspire you guys to dream bigger, to reach higher and most importantly, to pull someone else up along the way,” the First Lady said before presenting the panel of esteemed fashion designers. And there was plenty to be gleaned from the talk, like when von Furstenberg shared how her iconic wrap dress officially became a thing. She said that it was legendary Vogue editrix Diana Vreeland, who encouraged her to continue making improvements to her frock in 1972. She took her advice. “In 1976, I was in [the White House] having dinner,” the designer recounted. “I was next to President Ford at the time and I was on the cover of Newsweek, and I was only 28.” (more…)
As the November issues continue to come in slowly but steadily, Vogue Netherlands’ cover is the most recent to be dissected by our forum members. Cato Van Ee stars on the magazine’s November 2014 issue, shot by Paul Bellaart. The native Dutch model delivers a high-energy cover shot, appearing as though she’s jumping while giving good face before Bellaart’s lens (and almost flashing a nipple in the process!). Impressed?
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As usual, members of our forums didn’t hold back. “OMG! This magazine is getting worse by the month…” proclaimed an unimpressed KissMiss, suggesting the magazine needs to step up its game.
“Have always and will always love Cato. But completely unclear how this shot made it to print? All I see is her boob awkwardly poking out. Not good,” posted HeatherAnne.
GlamorousBoy recommended we swiftly move on: “LOL what is this? Absolutely unoriginal and uninspiring… another one please!”
Also feeling underwhelmed was kokobombon, who wrote, “In theory, it should be a great cover. But in reality, imo the smile doesn’t reach her eyes which gives me a more depressed than happy vibe. I don’t get the styling either. The boob is very distracting…”
Not everyone was left unsatisfied, though. “I like this one actually. Their best covers seem to feature medium to extreme close-ups, preferably styled in black and topped with luscious hair. Like last month’s or Ymre‘s cover for October 2013,” posted Mr-Dale.
“I love that you can barely see the masthead,” stated gazebo.
So, from rave reviews for Karlie Kloss‘ October cover to mixed sentiments for the latest offering. Join the discussion and await the contents of the issue here.
Interview‘s October cover has finally hit our forums and the issue marks the magazine’s 45th anniversary. The magazine tapped Jessica Chastain to front the celebratory issue and enlisted Craig McDean to capture the actress for a black and white cover story. Jessica also fronts the November issue of U.K. Harper’s Bazaar and the two covers couldn’t be more different, showcasing Jessica’s versatility to perfection.
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Our forum members are left with mixed feelings toward Interview‘s latest cover, though. “Good cover, but not blown away. Kind of hate the hair,” noted VogueDisciple93, who was left a little underwhelmed by Interview‘s efforts this month.
“This is the worst I have seen her in print!!! Why make her look like a bad copy of Lana Del Rey?!! And she looks just as uncomfortable in this styling. Not impressed,” commented Miss Dalloway.
Melancholybaby was also left feeling uncertain: “It’s quite different for an Interview cover, can’t remember the last time they did a full body shot. The logo placement bothers me too and all in all I think I need some time to digest it. I hope the contents are just as amazing as last month’s though!”
“Me too!! Thought this would be a close-up. Pleasantly surprised. Love the vintage femme-fatale vibe going on here. The masthead bothers me a bit, but it’s fine,” replied Benn98.
The conversation regarding Jessica’s resemblance to Lana started up again. “Love Jessica Chastain and these B&W shots are awesome! Yes, a bit, LDR, but love her too!” declared justaguy.
“She looks like Lana Del Rey in this kind of styling, hair and makeup,” agreed fluxxx.
Another forum member not feeling the cover was tigerrouge: “Monochrome images are a great way to make a visual impact, but there’s far too much going on in the cover shot. It fails to make the most of what film noir style can offer. I don’t need to see the shadows of random electrical wires. It isn’t some sort of reflective commentary on how films get made, it’s just untidy.”
Do you think Jessica has a likeness toward Lana here? See inside the thread for Jessica’s cover story by fellow actress Mindy Kaling and input your own two cents here.
The auto industry needs Yohji Yamamoto. The Japanese designer was recently filmed by director Matthew Donaldson while cruising to Tokyo’s Aoyama Cemetery, a stone’s throw from his flagship shop. Inside his 80s Nissan Cedric, Yamamoto waxed poetic about his wheels. “It is the only moment [when] I can become myself — when I drive a car,” he said. “A car is like a girlfriend. So, it’s nice to just look at her, or ride with her. It means a lot.”
The over three-minute short for NOWNESS features music performed by the designer and is the first installment in a series called “Getting There.” “I like glamour, but I also want to have a low profile,” he told NOWNESS. “I find modern car design so ugly, so I found this car on the internet.” Mitsubishi, are you watching?