Monthly Archives: February 2013

Paris Fashion Week: Balenciaga Fall RTW 2013

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Posted on February 28, 2013 by

Karl Lagerfeld does it.  Marc Jacobs does it.  Now Alexander Wang does it.  With “it” being successfully designing collections for multiple houses including their own eponymous labels.  True, Lagerfeld has been doing it for a long time with Fendi and Chanel and Marc Jacobs is quite comfortable with designing for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs so the comparison may be a stretch, but Wang is proving to be quite promising as the new creative director at Balenciaga.

His highly anticipated debut collection for Balenciaga took place in Paris this morning laying the foundation for the designer’s future collections for the fashion house.   As customary (or as it should be customary), Wang looked to the archives of Cristóbal Balenciaga to ensure he paid tribute to the designer’s legacy.

It was evident in this initial show of respect to the house and its designer that Wang wanted to not only prove his abilities, but also demonstrate his appreciation and understanding of Balenciaga.  Though he may have constricted himself too much to the Balenciaga silhouette, his presentation was still impressive and he managed not to ruffle too many critical feathers.  After all, there will be other collections and opportunities to delve deeper into the fashion house’s history and interpret it more creatively as his comfort level increases.

If Wang wasn’t able to bring his chic, New York “cool girl” aesthetic to Balenciaga, at least he was able to pepper in the use of new technology and techniques to elevate the interest of the sleek black and white assortment.  Where Wang’s personal touch ended, Cristóbal’s began.  Volume dominated the catwalk in the form of cocoon coats and sculptural, rounded-out jackets and petal skirts.  An open back and smart draping helped to soften the structurally clean lines and portray a sense of movement.  The most eye-catching pieces of the line featured  a marble-inspired pattern on dresses, mink jackets and skinny pants.

 

The view the collection in its entirety, visit wwd.com.

 

 

 

Beauty Review: SPF Essentials from Sun Bum

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Posted on February 28, 2013 by

Planning for warm weather vacations involves more than booking fights and hotels and packing your suitcase full of swimsuits – protecting your skin also deserves some proactive attention.  The FDA recommends using sunscreens with broad spectrum SPF values of 15 or higher.  They also suggest limiting time spent in the sun, but that becomes a challenge because your vacation is probably planned around some serious beach time.

Not to put a damper on your ray-catching plans, but too much of the sun’s UV rays can increase the risk of skin cancer and cause sunburn and early skin aging.  Since we don’t want that… one of the most important actions you can take is to use a sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” and be sure the SPF value is 15 or higher.

There are multiple brands to choose from, but right now we’re loving Sun Bum Sunscreens.  Tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation, you can be assured you’re getting the best in skincare.

Sun Bum products are available in a variety of forms (lotion, spray, or stick), and SPF’s ranging from 15+ to 70+.  Check one thing off of your vacation to-do list by picking up any of these Sun Bum broad-spectrum sunscreens:

Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen: Available in SPF 15+, 30+, 50+ and 70+

Speed up your sunscreen application without skimping on coverage with this quick-dry, water-resistant spray.

Benefits:

  • Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof
  • Paraben Free / PABA Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Photostable
  • Oil Free
  • Vitamin E Enriched

$15.99

 

 

 

 

Sun Bum Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion: Available in SPF 15+, 30+, 50+ and 70+

Sun Bum Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotions absorb instantly to provide lasting, powerful protection.

Benefits:

  • Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof
  • Paraben Free / PABA Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Photostable
  • Oil Free
  • Vitamin E Enriched

$15.99

 

Sun Bum Face Stick: Available in SPF 30+

This easy to use face stick provides advanced broad spectrum protection and Vitamin E in a convenient roll-up stick formula. 

Benefits:

  • Ultra Waterproof / Ultra Sweatproof
  • Non-greasy Formula
  • Hypoallergenic
  • PABA Free
  • Oil Free

$9.99

 

 

Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm: Available in SPF 30+

Protect and moisturize your lips with Sun Bum’s SPF 30+ Lip Balm with added Aloe and Vitamin E.  These scented lip balms are available in banana, coconut, key lime, mango, pink guava and pomegranate.  Yum!

Benefits:

  • Relieves Drying Effects of the Sun, Wind and Sea
  • Contains Cocoa Butter
  • Petrochemical Free
  • PABA Free

Purchase Sun Bum at select stores or visit www.trustthebum.com to shop online.

 

Milan Fashion Week: Featured Collection – Prada

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Posted on February 22, 2013 by

The Miuccia Prada presentation was a breathe of fresh air after back-to-back days of fashion week that were beginning to run together.  Not to say previous collections shown in New York, London, and now Milan weren’t up to par, but Prada managed to reset the bar by creating a collection that was literally an eye-opener.

The designer is a master of transcending time through her clothes by capturing pieces of different decades and updating them to remain relevant in modern times.  To be able to create looks that could be plucked from the runway and worn now or years from now is a true feat not easily-mastered.  Prada does this effortlessly with a collection that is equal parts feminine and bold.

Her models were well put together with the exception of the intentional caught-in-the-rain hair and loosely-styled dresses that revealed a bare shoulder or a contrasting sweater.  Colors were muted and bold all at once with shades of pink, blue, green and red against tweed, fur and leather and volume was tamed with a loosely-belted or cinched waist.

It was so many things all at once, yet sensible – the intentional imbalance managed to balance out the collection.

Get Red Carpet Ready with Oscar-Worthy Eyes

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Posted on February 22, 2013 by

The 2013 Oscars are taking place this Sunday and although we can’t predict which film will win Best Picture or who will win Best Actor and Best Actress, we can help you get red carpet ready, whether you’re walking the red carpet or not.

A smokey eye is our favorite trick to ensure we’re prepared for every photo opportunity and the Smashbox Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette is ideal for enhancing eyes so they look amazing on and off camera.

The palette is available in Smokebox, for a bold look, or Softbox, for a more romantic look.  Each set includes six perfectly coordinated Photo Op Eye Shadows and a double-ended brush for effortless application.

Where to buy: Smashbox.com, Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenney, Ulta, Nordstrom, Beauty.com, and select Macy’s Stores

Price: $39.00

 

 

We’re not quite done yet.  Well-shaped brows are crucial to creating a clean frame around your eyes.  If you don’t have time to wax or tweeze, we recommend Sally Hansen’s Now Brow Perfect Arch brow kit. This innovative brow shaper and scissor set allows you to shape your brows like a professional.  You can refine, define, arch, and accent your arches within minutes!

Where to buy: Available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers

Price: $9.49

 

 

NYFW – Badgley Mischka Fall 2013

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Posted on February 12, 2013 by

We may have a future street style blogger in the making after seeing JBCStyle recruiter Debra Harris’s Instagram shots before attending the Badgley Mischka show.  She spotted Kyle Anderson, accessories director for Marie Claire, rocking the jumbo-sized Chanel hula hoop bag and quickly snapped his picture.  See it here on the @teamjbc instagram feed.

If not for her amazing ability to identify talent for JBCStyle’s fashion industry jobs, we could say she’s found her second calling.  After a few more quick photo opportunities, it was time to head to the show!

For fall 2013, Mark Badgley and James Mischka channeled inspiration from the enigmatic female characters of various Alfred Hitchcock films.  The attempt to portray the characteristics of Hitchcock’s leading ladies was determined, but more apparent in a few key looks rather than the entire collection.

Debra’s top picks from the show consisted mostly of the dresses that rounded out the final looks of the collection and made up for the statement that some of the initial, more subtle looks were lacking.  Regardless of whether or not the designers were able to hit the Hitchcock  nail directly on the head, if one of the film industry’s most prolific directors was the inspiration, the collection could be interpreted in a number of ways depending on the viewer.

 

 

JBCStyle at New York Fashion Week – Pamella Roland

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Posted on February 11, 2013 by

The sophisticated lady ruled the runway at Pamella Roland so JBCStyle recruiter Lisa Russo fit right in as Roland’s designs are made for the woman who is confident, polished and requires a classy wardrobe.

For fall 2013, the theme was “From Russia with Love” and the inspiration was the Winter Palace, the former home of the Russian Monarchs.  If that doesn’t set the stage for a dark, but opulent and elegant collection, each look was capable of speaking for itself.

Woven into the collection was a mix of brocade, leather, fur, tweed, and embroidery that together brought the term “heavy” to mind.  But to say the collection was “heavy” would be an easy adjective that garners the collection “too much” of something.

If one considers each look separately, as they should, Roland displayed a very wearable fall wardrobe for her target market.  Together, the theme was consistent and only lightened up slightly to offer an assortment of red carpet-ready gowns.

Lisa’s favorite picks from the show included a little bit of everything from the lightest to the darkest shades:


To view the collection in its entirety, visit wwd.com.

 

JBCStyle Recruiters Take Fashion Week – One Show at a Time

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Posted on February 11, 2013 by

The JBCStyle recruiters continue to make their way around New York Fashion Week.

Sunday evening, while we were all snuggled up watching Jay-Z drink the night away at the Grammy’s, Melissa Rosa was making her rounds at Lincoln Center.  Vivienne Tam was one of the shows she attended earlier in the evening and as usual, the edgy, rebel vibe really resonated with our fashion-forward recruiter.

Tam fused punk and pop culture to create a collection that was determined to make a statement as a zeitgeist of the times.  The influence of current events was apparent in the collection that featured QR codes, caricatures of President Obama, and a letter from Chairman Mao printed on the dresses, tops and jackets.

 

 

This morning, she started her day off at Mathieu Mirano then came back to the JBCStyle office near Bryant Park… as much as we adore Lincoln Center, we miss those days when we could just look out the window and fashion week was happening right before our eyes.  Rosa shared her favorite looks from the collection:

From left to right:

Head-to-toe nudes. A beaver fur cropped jacket paired with a felted wool pencil skirt and nude leather boots with gold-capped toes.

Black fur and leather all over. A black, paneled fox fur jacket paired with a black leather pencil skirt and pumps.

Take a peek. A black fox fur coat featuring an asymmetrical organza inset.

Strike gold. A black merino and metallic chain cashwool sweater and pencil skirt paired with the Stingray boot with gold-capped toes.

 

 

NYFW – Marissa Webb Fall 2013

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Posted on February 9, 2013 by

Marissa Webb’s sophomore collection was another testament to her ability to design womenswear that finds the perfect balance between femininity with a masculine edge.  The tailoring was sharp and each detail was meticulously styled to showcase the finest details such as the lace inserts in a tiered dress or the hand-beaded collar on a blouse.

Leather was used to create a full piece or to accentuate; and whether as a funnel neck vest or as the trimming on a jacket, it paired well with every item from the lightweight blouses to the heavier tweed pieces.  The all-leather funnel neck vest was a stand-out piece that one could easily picture layering over a blouse as shown or under a jacket as an inner layer.

Webb succeeded in showing a collection that could easily complete an entire fall wardrobe.  She demonstrated wearable layering options which served as an important aspect in styling each look while also making it easy to visualize the versatility of each piece separately.  The assortment was smart and executed thoughtfully – we’re looking forward to seeing what’s to come next from this talented designer.

Leather, Layers and Darkness – Kenneth Cole Collection Fall 2013

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Posted on February 8, 2013 by

Kenneth Cole at the amfAR Gala

Kenneth Cole is no stranger to the runway.  True, he hasn’t shown a collection in seven years, but the designer has been in the game for three decades so last night’s show wasn’t as much of a comeback as it was a solid reintroduction of the brand to fashion week.

Cole, quite the social media butterfly himself, incorporated social media into the show utilizing clever taglines such as “We don’t care if people love it, we just want them to ‘like’ it” in an opening video and featuring models who carried handheld devices during the finale.

The collection, featuring men’s and women’s looks from Cole and creative director Kobi Halperin, was trés downtown New York City.  From the strategic layering to the dark shades of gray, green, and burgundy, each look was ready to be plucked right off the catwalk by many a New Yorker.

Of course, black was a staple, providing a dark foundation from which to layer bold pieces that could work just as well alone or super-layered as seen on the runway.  And that’s just how I like my layers – dark, plentiful and diverse in texture.

“Urban Liberation,” the collection’s name, is the first to hit the runway since Cole bought his company back from investors in 2012.  In a sense, the show did signify liberation, for both designer and consumer.  The Kenneth Cole brand has always targeted the youthful (not by age, but by lifestyle), urban man or woman and the message was clear last night: Kenneth Cole is looking to the future.  The designer has embraced social media and technology, two factors that will continue to play important roles in the growth of the brand.

Yesterday, for every @KennethCole Twitter follower who used the hashtag #KCRUNWAY, Kenneth Cole Productions pledged to donate $1 to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research that honored the designer at the amfAR gala last night for his dedication to finding a cure for AIDS.

A few more layered looks:

Welcome back to fashion week Mr. Cole!  By the way, I could really use one of these puffer-snoods/neckwarmers today in snowy NYC:

To view the collection in its entirety, visit wwd.com.

Fashion and Tech: When Two Worlds Collide to Create 3-D Perfection

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Posted on February 4, 2013 by

Fashion and technology were meant to be together.  At first it was tough for one to embrace the other, but fashion has finally agreed to accept technology as an ally.  When Google Glass walked the Diane von Furstenberg runway last year, we got a small hint of a relationship that was blossoming from one brand to the next.

As the two worlds continue to mingle, designers are not only embracing emerging digital technology, they are using it to push the envelope and expand their offering.  From Kimberly Ovitz, who utilized 3-D printing in her jewelry designs, to Iris van Herpen who has always incorporated technology in her couture collections, designers are stepping further out of the box and experimenting with new ways to showcase their work.

Kimberly Ovitz’s debut jewelry collection was created in partnership with Shapeways, a 3-D printing marketplace and community that allows users to make, share, and sell their designs.

Using Shapeways, Ovitz was able to create 3-D printed pieces from structured, lightweight nylon.  The line includes a collar, ear cuffs, rings, and bracelets – each produced on white nylon and then dyed the desired color.  The process allows designers as well as any Shapeways member to use the technology to digitally manipulate materials in a way that is not possible two-dimensionally. Another benefit of using this method is the quick turnaround time of two to three weeks.

Ovitz will debut the collection during her runway show at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 7.  The prices for the 3-D pieces will range from  $50 to $150.  Check out a few pieces from the collection inspired by animals and insects in regards to their colors and varying exoskeletons:

Iris van Herpen can’t help but let her architectural background shine through her designs.  Couple that with her couture collections and you’ve got one of fashion’s most technologically savvy designers showing at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

For her spring 2013 show, titled ‘Voltage,’ van Herpen produced 11 garments using 3-D printing and laser sintering. One design was created in collaboration with Neri Oxman, an MIT Media Lab professor using Stratasys, a 3-D printing company.  To create the outfit, an Object Connex printer was used to incorporate different materials into the final design using only one model versus multiple models.

 

Another collaboration involved Austrian architect Julia Koerner and Belgian company Materialise.  Together they used laser sintering, a fabrication technique that uses lasers to fuse together particles of plastic or resin, to create a dangerously, stunning black cocktail dress.

Van Herpen continues to go beyond the expected scope of being a fashion designer by experimenting with new technologies and teaming with innovative minds from different industries.

Watch Iris van Herpen’s ‘Voltage’ below: