Our network partner, Beauty Is Within, has given us a reason to look forward to Summer makeup. Usually, when we think of Summer, we imagine mascara running down our faces, we imagine the dreaded sweaty upper lip or the horrendous sunburns we get when we forget our sunblock. Chanel, always the purveyor of poise and beauty, has caught Beatuy Is Within's attention with their Summer colors. Now, we envision a scene from Fitzgerald's Tender Is The Night, the Chanel woman lounging under a parasol with the perfect light pink manicure and brown matte lipstick to match her slightly tanned skin. It's amazing what Chanel can do to a girl. Check out Beauty is Within for even more makeup and beauty knowhow.
Our network partner, Catwalk Queen, was having an nostalgic moment when she created a modern outfit inspired by Sweet Valley High. The 1980's cult book series is reportedly being revamped by Random House to include new book covers and marketing strategies. Being fellow children of the eighties we thought to take a cue from Catwalk Queen by creating other looks based on the Sweet Valley Covers of our childhood. Below, check out the various stock character looks, the nerd, the jock, and the sorority girl, all fashioned after our favorite covers.
An original photo editorial for Coutorture.com. Photographer Alex Norden, Fashion Editors Megan Zanke and Julie Fredrickson, Styling Sue Stemp, Makeup Megan Zanke, Models Caroline West and Leslie Wilson from Elite Model Management.
From some vantage points, our generation cannot separate itself from that visceral relationship we had with Abercrombie and Fitch when we were young. A perfect example, Earnest Sewn, Trovata, Corpus, Steven Alan, and Gilded Age. Need we say more? All in operation for ten years at most, all with that familiar flavor of WASPy Americana that deviates just slightly from other 'classic' labels, like Ralph Lauren. A good majority of us, upper middle class (well, at least more of us than in any generation in America, ever), a good majority of us going through puberty in shopping malls where the dark lights, loud music, and sexy employees, made Hot Topic look like kiddie land. It's no wonder we spawn likeminded brands (even if much better versions) by the season.
Most people think they own too much blue. We're not sure if this is some scientific fashion fact but we know we've heard it somewhere, said it ourselves, noticed it reported by others. Blue is a color people can get down with. Whether it's navy or cobalt, most people fancy themselves in some shade of blue and even if they don't, well, they probably own a pair of jeans after all. But yellow, well, yellow is the runt of that dysfunctional family we call The Primary Colors. Yellow, that is, is sitting in his bedroom writing chain letters while Blue is downstairs getting fifty dollar checks from grandma and grandpa. To that end, our network partner, Shoe Blog, has decided to befriend the little color that could, in spirit of a season where the fashion folk have opened their cold, thin arms to its spectrum. To which we say, why the hell not. We own too much blue as it is.