Posts for June 11th 2008
Maybe it's due to the summer heat, but lately we've been nostalgic for pin-up girl style. The cheeky poses, cherubic girl-next-door faces, and naughty getups have us thinking about short shorts and vintage bathing suits. However, as our network partner Flying Saucer reminds us, perhaps their most inspiring legacy was the awesomely fabulous hair. Row upon row of gleaming curls piled atop the head, falling into cascading waves that seem both done and undone at once, suggest a playful spirit, flirting with onlookers and hinting at unbridled passions. Flying Saucer did some research and discovered a treasure trove of homages to these hair styles as well as instructional videos on YouTube. If you don't know a beehive from a victory roll, you'll want to check them out. Whether it's rockabilly babe or vintage glamour you're aiming for, with a few bobby pins, any of these retro-sexpot styles can be yours.
After conducting a bit of research of our own, we found a How-To for the pomp, the reverse roll, and the Rita Hayworth. We also learned a bit about Lauren Luke, the makeup artist who, within a year, became a YouTube sensation with her makeup tutorials and has even inspired video tributes to her artistry by her fans. Known on YouTube as Panacea81, her archive includes Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis inspired looks, so you can create a vintage makeup look to go with your new hairstyle.
»Anna Wintour curtly addresses the likelihood of a Vogue reality series [The Cut]
»Nicole Kidman: Confirmed for the July Vogue cover [FWD]
>> This is a snub, if I ever heard of one. For the Fall 2009 season, the CFDA has announced that New York Fashion Week will run from February 13-20, rather than February 6-13, as it has in the past. The reason for the switch? The designers don't want to have to show on Labor Day, September 1, for the Spring 2010 season, and they want the reorganizing to start ASAP.
But herein lies the problem: With the February date change, New York Fashion Week will still be going on when London Fashion Week was scheduled to take place. The British Fashion Council's chairman, Harold Tillman, flew to New York last week to talk with CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg about the issue, but as it lays right now, London Fashion Week only has four full days to show — February 21-24 — before Milan Fashion Week starts, not to mention little-to-no travel time for editors, buyers, and the like to be transported between the places. Drama, drama.
>> Abbey Lee Kershaw, Miranda Kerr, Catherine McNeil, and Alice Burdeu have all recently brought a strong wave of Australian blood onto the model scene.
Now, there's a new recruit: 17-year-old Myf Shepherd. She's definitely got the unique name going for her — her full Christian name is Myfanwy — and she walked in the jewel-heavy baroque-cum-sport-inspired Prada Resort 2009 show yesterday. As we all know, a yes vote from Prada can open many doors . . .
It's always a good idea to have an arsenal of weaponry at the ready to battle summer's most scorching days. We've found some formidable products to help you launch a large scale offensive against the heat wave. The goods available include the usual array of cooling foot creams and apres-sun moisturizers, but did you know that you can also wear cooling bra inserts? Yes, really. And cooling lotions and potions have gone hardcore since the middle school days you spent trawling the Body Shop at the local mall, and your once-beloved Peppermint Foot Lotion, though soothing indeed, can't hold a candle to some of today's sophisticated formulations. Slathering Institut Esthederm's Icy Relaxing Leg Gel all over your body feels like nothing short of shutting yourself in a frigid meatlocker (minus the unpleasant odor of dead animals), and if you're trying to look photo-ready while doing battle with the heat, it seems that every brand from Maybelline to Chantecaille has makeup to keep you just as refreshed as you are pretty. From shaving creams to eyeliners to makeup removers, there are plenty of inventive ways to keep your cool this summer.