Fashion

How Dior Turned Rodeo Into Fashionable Bliss

Leave it to Maria Grazia Chiuri to turn something as simple and traditional as rodeo into a pure work of art. Yes, you’ve guessed it, we’re talking about Dior’s Cruise 2019 collection, where barriers between conventionality and modernity and masculinity and femininity all merged into one core body that is Diorodeo.

So how does one break barriers with fashion? Simply put, by drawing inspiration from old customs and traditions, and slowly but surely infiltrating them into today’s fast-forward and feminine-driven world. In Chiuris’ case, the well of inspiration was none other than the famed “escaramuzas”, also known as the traditional Mexican women riders who received the right – just like fellow male riders – to participate in the equestrian practice “charreada”. This sense of freedom and non-conformism was projected onto a plethora of ample skirts worn with fitted jackets and a high belt and of course, with a slew of wide-brimmed straw hats.

Show-stopping fabrics such as the French classic toile de Jouy featured a series of wild animals such as tigers and serpents, while lace pieces were offset by black rubber boots. Where there was volume, there was also an accentuation of the narrowness of the waist, as both factors came hand in hand together. Pieces from Dior’s archives were revisited in more modernized versions such as the haute couture afternoon dress from the Spring-Summer 1948 collection and of course, the iconic Saddle bag. The accessories were out-of-this-world with thick waist-belts, rubber boots, equestrian and wide-brimmed hats and animal-infested handbags taking center stage.

Chiuri gave power to the women and the women gave power to the otherworldly riders of the 21st century. Here are our favorite accessories from Dior’s Cruise 2019 collection. The Photo Gallery, right this way…

 

Cindy Menassa

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Victoria Beckham Spring-Summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear

Victoria Beckham has always been about high-end minimalism. Her designs are the kind of clothes you can wear anytime, anywhere, anyhow. It’s all about the attitude you sport. And so, it only seemed fair she used her incredible effortless elegance for her Spring-Summer 2020 collection, where she sent out models in pantsuits at times and midi skirts and lightweight coats at other times. Her collection was all about using a hint of the seventies – what with the pointed shirt and blazer’s collars – and adding them to the modern-day woman’s everyday clothes. In the fashion world, that meant houndstooth pantsuits, tweed blazers matched with midi skirts, tapered trousers with wool jackets and shirts layered atop turtleneck sweaters. Along came the fluid dresses that all had particular details to them, such as the ruffled details and the high-neck style combined with a cut-out plunging neckline. Nothing Victoria Beckham couldn’t pull off herself! And hey, with Posh’s family watching her from the front rows right next to Anna Wintour, who wouldn’t want to be there right now?

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Lip Fillers

My girlfriend just called me to ask me if she should get her lips injected; “just a little bit” she said. Of course, my response was “do whatever makes you happy.” But let’s admit though, we all have that one friend that became addicted and is labeled “duck lips” because of her Instagram selfies.
Lip injections have become out-of-control-popular with even super young girls asking for them nowadays. If done right they look pretty amazing. But the idea of a needle going anywhere near my lips is frightening to me. That said, I do always stare at this one influencer’s lips in envy.

So, if you are self-conscious about your lips and the lip liner just isn’t cutting it, here is everything you need to know.
First off, the safest form is a hyaluronic acid injection. Collagen is a thing of the past and fat transfer is too permanent.

Go to a doctor that understands the look you are going for. For example, for a more natural look don’t do the corners of your mouth.

There are different injecting techniques so get more than one consultation.

It lasts about 4-6 months the first time and kind of dissolves on its own.

It does hurt a lot unless you get really numb and you might bruise from a couple of days to a week. Happy pouting!

Article written by Aline Agopian

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Redefining Charm with Musky Fragrances

Cover Photo: Bvlgari’s Le Gemme Collezione Murano Noorah fragrance

The weather is getting colder and as the temperature drops, you might be considering  a warmer fragrance. However, going for a perfume with warm notes doesn’t necessarily mean that the one you choose must have a strong scent. Here’s where the musky fragrances come in to offer you a great substitute for strong scents that are ideal for those colder times of the year.

Becoming rarer with time, musk in fragrances acts like the white canvas on which all the other notes lie. Why is it so important in the fragrance industry? Well, it’s all thanks to its ability to add a perfect balance to the perfume’s composition while adding a subtle touch of sensuality and warmth to it and making the perfume last longer as it reduces its evaporation rate.

Priced at almost $45,000 per kilogram, musk is one of the most precious ingredients used in perfumery. In fact, it’s not only precious in price, but its scent also adds an unparalleled luxurious feel to the fragrance. For the love of this sophisticated ingredient, we’ve gathered a list of perfumes that make musk their base note to get you ready for the colder days. Join us below and check it out!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Dolce & Gabbana Beauty, Velvet Oriental Musk
 
Gucci, Guilty Absolute For Her
 
Louis Vuitton, Le Jour Se Lève
 
CHANEL, Coco Mademoiselle
 
Guerlain, Musc Noble
 
Narciso Rodriguez, Pure Musc For Her
Elie Saab, Le Parfum in White
 
Hermès, Musc Pallida
 
Givenchy, Eau de Givenchy
 
Kenzo, Flower By Kenzo Red Edition
 
Ermanno Scervino, Ermanno Scervino The Perfume

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New York’s Runways Steal the Lights with These Accessories 

As if New York didn’t offer enough to win our hearts, its runways went beyond what any of us could expect and offered a selection of accessories that set the tone for a promising fashion month ahead. Every brand had what it takes to pack a statement and win its own special place on the list of Spring-Summer 2020’s best accessories. 

If you’re a fashionista that never misses the chance to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, expect a whole lot of glamour come next spring and summer. For the warmer seasons, the Big Apple’s runways offered you accessories that you will be in awe of. From statement hats to must-have bags, stylish shoes, glamorous fashion jewelry, lovely belts, stunning sunglasses and much, much more, they’ve got you covered from head to toe! 

Are you ready for some serious shopping fun? Until these beauties hit the stores, we thought that you’d love to dream a little. So, we’ve gathered the best accessories that made their debut on New York’s runways.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Oscar de la Renta

 
Prabal Gurung

 
Jonathan Simkhai
Oscar de la Renta
 
Dion Lee
 
Dion Lee
 
Michael Kors
 
Michael Kors
 
Ralph Lauren
 
Ralph Lauren
 
Coach 1941
 
Gabriela Hearst
 
Gabriela Hearst
 
Carolina Herrera
 
Carolina Herrera
 
Marc Jacobs
 
Marc Jacobs
 
Longchamp
 
Longchamp
 
Brandon Maxwell
 
Brandon Maxwell
 
Kate Spade New York
 
Jason Wu
 
Adeam
 
3.1 Phillip Lim
 
3.1 Phillip Lim
 
Self-Portrait
 
Self-Portrait
 
Badgley Mischka
 
Badgley Mischka
 
Pamella Roland
 
Tory Burch
 
Tory Burch
 
Christian Siriano
 

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New York, the Land of Beauty

Call it whatever you want to, but we will refer to New York City as the land of beauty. Believe it or not, fashion was only a small part of this fashion week. In fact, here’s something that would make every beauty guru out there happy with a big smile on her face: the runways witnessed a beauty phenomenon like no other! Indeed, they were filled with makeup looks that would make your heart skip a beat. 

The no-makeup makeup look took new dimensions with the freshness of a dewy skin from here and rosy cheeks from there. As for those who are fond of vibrant colors, they will surely find what they are looking for to rock their way through spring and summer with a makeup look that exudes joy in the best possible ways. Red lips remained a classic choice for some and were paired with a flawless complexion and a simple eye makeup. 

Oh New York, you truly deserve to be the starting point of new beauty trends!

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Marc Jacobs

 
Tory Burch
 
Elie Tahari
 
Jason Wu
 
La Petite Robe
 
Christian Siriano
 
Badgley Mischka
 
Ralph Lauren
 
3.1 Phillip Lim
 
Carolina Herrera
 
Oscar de la Renta
 
Brandon Maxwell
 
Prabal Gurung
 
Bronx & Banco
 
Proenza Schouler

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Time in Flowers

Cover Photo Courtesy of Instagram.com/vancleefarpels

Every watchmaking house has its own special way of interpreting a certain source of inspiration. Using its creativity and expertise, it comes up with marvels that soon become a feast for the eyes, as well as a must-have to accompany us in our daily adventures. Nature is one of those endless sources of inspiration that most houses use in order to create stunning time-tellers, breaking the boundaries of the conventional. One of Mother Nature’s offerings – the finest and most delicate, might we say – are flowers, which bloomed on many dials and cases, exuding a unique sense of femininity and elegance.

Whether we’re talking about a big timepiece that redefines audacity or one with a small dial that offers a modern interpretation of the most classic watches of all times, the world of watchmaking is bursting with beautiful creations that cater to every style. Some houses chose to let their flowers bloom on the dial such as Jaeger-LeCoultre and Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron, while some others like Chaumet planted them on the case in the most delicate of ways. And for the woman who always seeks a modern style, Harry Winston offers two options that will certainly enhance her look.

The list goes on and on, but we made the task of helping you choose your favorite flowery timepiece much easier. Check out our 9-watch list!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Van Cleef & Arpels, Sweet Alhambra watch
 
Harry Winston, Premier Lotus Automatic watch
 
Chaumet, Hortensia Eden watch
 
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rendez-Vous Sonatina Purple Orchid watch
 
Girard-Perregaux, Cat's Eye Plum Blossom watch
 
Boucheron, Epure Fleur du Jour watch
 
Van Cleef & Arpels, Charms Extraordinaire Lotus watch
 
Harry Winston, Premier Precious Micromosaic watch
 
Chaumet, Hortensia Voie Lactée watch

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