If we had a penny for every time we purchased makeup and used it just twice, we’d be rich enough to hoard more junk.
To help simplify our needs, we enlist eco-conscious makeup artist Kristen Arnett. In today’s Inside Story video, she shows us her personal beauty closet, including the five daily essentials you need in your cosmetics bag (and nothing else). Not only are they effective, they’re free of harsh (to you and the earth) chemicals.
Arnett knows her stuff: She’s been powdering famous faces — from Jude Law to basically every model you can think of — for years, using the most natural items on the market.
Instead of every item on the market.
For more information on Arnett, go to greenbeautyteam.com. Want to keep watching? Check out designer Chrissie Miller’s collection of rock ’n’ roll tees, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s fridge contents, and designer Kaelen Haworth’s New York apartment.
Hey, have you heard? Prince Will and Kate Middleton are getting married! It’s crazy how no one is talking about it.
Clearly, we jest. We’re as obsessed with the royals as the next palatial interloper. In today’s video, we team up with NYC-based milliner and all-around cool lady Eugenia Kim to craft a beautiful headpiece (perfect for 5 a.m. viewing parties).
You can buy all the supplies at any craft store for about $20. Feel free to use your favorite colors, fake flowers, and feathers — or even sub a headband for the clip.
We also asked Kim for her take on a Kentucky Derby hat. All you need is your favorite silk scarf, scissors, and a wide-brim straw hat. Don’t have the latter? We just bought one on the street in Soho for $15.
Too scared to DIY? Check out our Roundup of 62 headpieces that make us swoon. For more information on Kim (or to buy one of her gorgeous hats), go to eugeniakim.com.
You need just four things for a successful Kentucky Derby party: a TV, paper to write down all the bets, mint juleps, and a big hat. In this video, NYC-based milliner Eugenia Kim helps out with the proper topper.
Find DIY intimidating? Check out our Roundup of 62 headpieces that make us swoon. For more information on Kim (or to buy one of her gorgeous hats), go to eugeniakim.com.
High school prom: CK One. Trip to Italy: au naturel. Major lapse in judgment: Axe.
Since a smell can bring back memories more vividly than pictures, why leave it to chance? In today’s video, Steven Gontarski of Los Angeles-based perfume store Lucky Scent, has tips for finding your perfect fragrance — from where and how to spray it to how to decide what’s you.
If you’re like us, you’ll want to start spritzing away. Nose around Lucky Scent’s site — which carries tons of hard-to-find brands — and choose a few to try (samples are just $3-$5).
It’s about more than just common scents.
To shop and order samples, go to luckyscent.com. Since Gontarski talks about perfumes so eloquently, we asked him to tell us about his favorite seven fragrances (we’re now hooked on the Peau de Peche and At the Beach 1966).
When we told our assistant editor Emily she’d be modeling in a video showcasing hair feathers, she was reluctant. “I don’t want to look like David Cassidy circa 1973,” she said.
We’re not talking about hair feathering: These are extensions made of rooster plumes, a bohemian-inspired trend that’s taking flight this season.
Accessories designer Wendy Nichol offers the service at her Soho shop using ethically sourced feathers from a small farm. In ten minutes, she’ll help you decide where they should go and attach them using a silicone-lined clamp that won’t rip your hair. Once in, they last up to six weeks — and you can wash, dry, and curl them as you please.
The extensions come in an array of colors, from bright blue to natural-looking brown. Nichol warns, however, that people who opt for subtler hues often come back requesting bolder ones.
It’s a surefire way to, c’mon, get happy.
Available at Wendy Nichol, 147 Sullivan Street, between Houston and Prince Streets (212-431-4171 or wendynicholnyc.com), $45. An appointment is recommended.
Usually, we’re content not knowing what goes on behind closed doors (they’re shut for a reason).
So we elbowed our way back — amid slews of photogs, models, and publicists — to see what beauty trends might emerge next season. We talked nails at Alexander Wang (above), hair at Behnaz Sarafpour, and makeup and hair at Marc Jacobs.
Though the product and stylist recommendations are indispensable, we admit the dominatrix-inspired hair at Marc might be more on the conceptual side.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t try it in private.
Want to know what else is in? Check out our spring trends video (starring designers and store owners) and visit The Dossier for ongoing show coverage.
Pretty, natural-looking curls — not ringlets — were the look at Behnaz Sarafpour’s fall/winter 2011 show. In this video, Bumble and Bumble stylist Laurent Philippon demonstrates his technique for getting the hairstyle just right.
Man, this hairstyle is tight. No, literally: Mononymous Redken stylist Guido slicked models’ locks back into taut, dominatrix-inspired ponytails for the fall/winter Marc Jacobs show on Monday. In this video, he describes the process and why he likes the look.
Nana, who’s been wearing the same Avon blush since 1963, may not seem like the most fashion-forward lady. But designer Marc Jacobs and makeup artist François Nars beg to differ. In this video, Nars talks us through Jacobs’s granny-inspired fall/winter 2011 look.
A wall of 20-degree days and sidewalk perma-sludge make it hard to imagine life without galoshes and sleeping bag-style overcoats.
Which makes dreaming of spring fashion all the more irresistible. So, in today’s video, we asked nine designers and store owners to tell us their must-haves for the coming season — from head-to-toe white to bold prints.
Our panel: Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato, Erin Beatty at Suno, Isaac Mizrahi, Jen Mankins at Bird, Kyung Lee at Albertine, Neil Blumenthal at Warby Parker Eyewear, Nicholas Kunz of Nicholas K, Mara Hoffman, and Morgan Yakus and Karin Bereson at No. 6.
A fine group, indeed. And despite the variation in taste, we found there are a few core looks that will be ubiquitous this spring.
A scarf that covers the whole face is not one of them.
For more spring trend reports, bloggers’ personal obsessions, and show coverage, check out our Fall 2011 Fashion Week site, launching today. Want to see the catwalk in person? Enter to win two tickets to designer Rebecca Minkoff’s fall/winter 2011 show this Friday at Lincoln Center.
We’re not going to name names, but we know someone — definitely not one of our editors — who doesn’t wash her sweaters. (“Why dry clean when you can Febreze?”)
Don’t be That Girl. Clean knits yourself (even cashmere!) with help from Lindsey Wieber Boyd, co-founder of The Laundress. In today’s video, she demystifies the sweater-washing process, from removing pills and stains to proper drying.
Want to keep washing? Check out our video on cleaning a coat in the washing machine. Seriously. To prove how doable it is, Wieber Boyd demonstrated on her vintage Chanel jacket. (It’s wool, but the procedure also works for down.)
Now a certain someone — no one you know — won’t have to keep her arms down on the subway.
For more information or to buy the products mentioned in the videos, go to thelaundress.com. Enter DCVIDEO11 at checkout for 15 percent off (good through January 19). For more laundry tricks, watch our tutorials on cleaning silk in the machine and washing delicates.
You wear your coat every day during winter. Why not wash it once in a while? In this video, The Laundress co-founder Lindsey Wieber Boyd demonstrates the simple way to clean outerwear at home using her gorgeous, vintage Chanel coat.
For more information or to buy the products mentioned in the video, go to thelaundress.com. Enter DCVIDEO11 at checkout for 15 percent off (good through January 19). For more laundry tricks, watch our tutorials on cleaning silk in the machine and washing delicates.
Dashing through the snow,
In a sparkly designer dress,
And sky-high Christian Louboutins.
From where? Take one guess.
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Shop the holiday gift finder online at net-a-porter.com/gifts.
No matter where you stand on the “Are leggings pants?” debate, you can’t deny their appeal: They’re supremely comfortable, stylish, and flattering (when worn correctly).
Here to ensure the latter is Swirl stylist Brian Primeaux, who put together five great looks for today’s video, featuring Cosabella Jeans leggings. All the leggings you see will be for sale on Swirl starting October 12 at 11 a.m. EST.
Further incentive to stock up: You’ll get free shipping on your order when you enter COSALEGS at checkout.
Shop online at swirl.com. Sale ends Saturday, October 16, 11 a.m. EST.
We’ve been in love with Rebecca Minkoff for ages, from her early days as a T-shirt designer to her just-launched shoe line. And, of course, the in between: a stunning ready-to-wear collection and, most notably, her drool-worthy leather handbags.
So it only makes sense that we’ve partnered with Minkoff to sell — starting today — a curated collection of her bags at 50 percent off. We’re talking five-zip clutches, studded satchels, and even witty pouches (a Swirl exclusive).
In this video, Minkoff shares how she got her start (it wasn’t always easy), her inspirations, and some of the items she’s selling on Swirl. We’ll take one of everything, please.
Shop online at swirl.com. Get $20 off when you spend $50 or more on any Swirl sale (excluding wine) through Friday, October 1, with code SEPTSAVE at checkout. Rebecca Minkoff sale and pouch offer end Thursday, September 30, 11 a.m. EST.
Put the puffy paints and fleur-de-lis-shaped stencils down. This isn’t that kind of craft.
P.S. — I Made This genius Erica Domesek (who has an amazing new book out) makes DIY fashion that is as much a statement as anything from the runways — and a lot less expensive.
In today’s videos, she shows you how to make a fringe scarf from an old T-shirt (above) and a statement necklace from scraps of fabric. They both cost next to nothing to make and require little more than a good pair of scissors.
On tonight’s episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts, contestants create sweets from cocktails. Yes, booze brings the party, but cake is crucial. Check out our gallery of favorite gateaux, curated by editor-at-large (and TCJD judge) Dannielle Kyrillos.
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Believing art and life should freely mingle, former Project Runway star Jeffrey Sebelia offers avant-garde designs made with comfy fabrics. Let your clothes reflect your good taste and street smarts while they’re up to 55% off on Swirl.
For this video, Erica Domesek, the clever crafter behind website P.S. — I Made This, creates a simple-yet-elegant statement necklace. All you need are scissors, scraps, and ribbon.
For more great DIY ideas, visit Domesek’s blog online at psimadethis.com. To buy her book, go to amazon.com. And if you haven’t already, check out our other video with Domesek: How to Make a Fringe Scarf from an Old T-shirt.
Microminis are great for their leg-lengthening sex appeal, but they make everyday tasks (exiting the subway, tying your shoes, sneezing) downright risqué.
That’s why we’re so glad below-the-knee skirts are back. We’re not alone in digging the look: We spotted versions in the fall 2010 collections of Charlotte Ronson, Rachel Roy, Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Madewell by Alexa Chung, to name a few. But how do you wear them without looking like a homely Anne of Green Gables extra?
Even those in the leggings-are-pants camp will have no reason to skirt this trend.
For more below-the-waist fashion advice, check out our gallery of legwear for fall.
|Want to know what it takes to be a model? How clothes make it from the designer’s mind to the runway? Check out Chris Benz’s casting session and Ann Yee’s magical workplace, part of our inimitable Fashion Week coverage.|
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Score Tom Scott’s clever knits until 11 a.m. EST, then head to the grand finale of the week when we restock goods from the fall collections of our featured designers. Hurry to Swirl, before it pops down!
When we heard artist Victor-John Villanueva was painting T-shirts with the likes of renowned fashion writers (Simon Doonan, Lynn Yaeger, André Leon Talley, and more) for Début’s Fashion’s Night Out celebration, we had to see him in action. So we ventured to his upper-Manhattan studio with our Flip — and the rest is history.
Available September 10, 8-10 p.m., at Début, 298 Mulberry Street, between Houston and Bleecker Streets (212-343-2717). All shirts are $200, and proceeds go to SCAD.
Like what you see in DailyCandy’s Fashion Week coverage? Visit the Swirl pop-up shop. Starting September 8, the site will be selling the F/W 2010 ready-to-wear pieces (everything you see in this video) from designers Ann Yee, Bodkin, Samantha Pleet, Tom Scott, and Whit. Our editors are already drooling over the merch. Still not a Swirl member? Join here.
Living together is one thing. Living and working together all day, every day (yikes), is something else entirely.
Yet cutest couple ever, designers Bianca Benitez and Rob Sinclair, pull it off beautifully. The result: their amazing line, Dear Creatures.
In our video, hear about their inspiration — and get a sneak peek of everything that’s going to be up for grabs on our sample sale site, Swirl, starting July 19. We’re talking sailor-inspired tanks, jean shorts with removable suspender-style straps, and patterned rompers (our favorite), created exclusively for us.
The best part: Everything’s 65 percent off the retail price. And that’s something we can live with.
Sale begins July 19 exclusively at swirl.com.