Mariah And MAC: All About The Pretty And Glittery Holiday Makeup Collection

Let’s be downright honest; Mariah doesn’t do anything unless it’s grande and major. To prove our point, you must check out superstar Mariah’s collaboration with MAC Cosmetics and her new collection. The 23-piece line is be-dazzled to diva standards in glittery eye shadows, sparkly lipsticks and much more.

 

MAC and Mariah, it’s a winning combination, and the singer’s holiday beauty collection is going on sale online starting Dec. 8 and in retail stores Dec. 15. The line will be available through Jan. 26. Mariah is excited to bring her glam signature makeup style to her worldwide fans, and that stunning photo is too much! The sexy songstress has delivered amazing MAC print ads, lying on a bed of dazzling diamonds and sparkling from head-to-toe. You can check out the diva bling here.

 

Silver glitter and metallic gold feature prominently on Mariah’s special holiday makeup collection. Beauty reporters have been raving about the singer’s all-over body sparkle, appropriately named “Touch My Body” from her famous hit. If you enjoy luminous shimmer, then you will adore Mariah’s glittery cosmetics collection. The line also offers liquid eyeliner, lip pencils, lip glasses, false lashes (only $18) and makeup brushes.

 

The diva’s glam MAC lip colors also include a butterfly image stamped into her lipsticks and come in elegant gold tubes. It’s a rich looking makeup line full of luxurious makeup products. Any of her 23-piece collection would make for spectacular gifts at the holidays. Hint-hint, everybody. We want some of these now.

 

 

Your Eyebrows Add More to Your Fashion Look Than You Think

Throughout the history of fashion, eyebrows have been integral in either making or breaking a look. Yes, it’s true that even though they are often overlooked, eyebrows are extremely important when it comes to fashion.

 

In the 20s and 30s, extremely thin eyebrows were all the rage. Greta Garbo had painting on, black lines for her eyebrows. It was a different time. In the 50s and 60s, brows were pretty tame, and in the 80s, they got huge. Of course, in the 1990s, we saw brows go from super big to extremely small. It was a similar fashion to the 1920s and 30s.

 

Today, eyebrows are good in all styles, but most women opt to have larger, thicker brows that are neatly tamed with dips, gels, powders and pens.

 

How to Tame Your Brows

 

If you’d like to get your brows tamed for the times, here are some hints.

 

  1. Try tweezing your brows yourself.

 

Start by tweezing your brows yourself. Make sure that you have a shape in mind, and don’t stray from your desired plan. It can be easy to want to do something drastic, but you may end up taking off half of your brow if you do this.

 

  1. Try getting your brows waxed by professionals.

 

Let professionals do your brows with wax if you don’t feel that you can do it yourself.

 

  1. Go for threading.

 

Threading is an ancient Indian technique for getting rid of unwanted hair. Some say that it is less painful than waxing.

 

Richard Nicoll Has Passed Away

The fashion world is in mourning after the passing of Richard Nicoll, according to Vogue magazine. The famous English fashion designer was only 39 years old when he died of a heart attack on October 21st. Nicoll had made quite an impact with his modernist classic work.

 

Born in London and raised in Australia, Nicoll graduated with an MA in Womenswear from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He debuted his collections in 2006 on the London Fashion Week and has since been showcasing his work there. Nicoll was regarded as a highly talented designer, and was awarded three prizes from the Association Nationale poor le Developpement des Arts de la Mode (ANDAM). He was also awarded the title of “Best Young Designer” at the Elle Style Awards in 2009. He was a BFC Vogue Fashion Fund finalist twice.

 

Famous celebrities who have worn Nicoll’s designs include Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, Kylie Minogue, Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Sienna Miller, Diane Kruger, Florence Welch, and more. Nicoll has collaborated with Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Jack Wills and Cerruti. Nicoll’s creativity allowed him work on a number of impressive projects throughout his career.

 

Nicoll’s family made a statement shortly after his death. “Richard was one of the quiet stars of fashion. He was a true gentleman, a wonderful friend and a much loved son… We will miss his handsome face, his sense of humour and his love.”

 

Leaving Behind the Traditional Nude

The term “nude” in the fashion industry is changing. The term originally meant a color similar to pale white skin but that is no longer the case these days. Up until 2015, the Miriam-Webster dictionary had defined the term as a white person’s skin color.

 

Now, according to a recent BBC article, companies are beginning to step up to the realization that there is more than one skin tone to describe nude.

 

Naja, a lingerie company, has a Nude line that comprises seven shades of tone, starting with the shade Nude 01 and going up to Nude 07. The shades were not re-labeled as different colors as this would undermine the point of nude denoting several skin shades according to the ethnicity of a person.

 

Another company, Mahogany Blues, makes clothing for dancers in a variety of nude tones. This enables dancers to find outfits that fit their individual tone rather than having to buy a color lighter than their skin tone and dye it to match.

 

There has been some negativity to the change but overall it has been a good response which is a start. It is estimated, that by 2050, more than half of the US population will be made up of minorities. Changing nude’s distinction from white and everyone else to a color that matches a person’s skin tone will still take some time but it has definitely made forward progress.

 

 

 

Sean O’Pry Talks About Life After Being a Model

For about ten years now, Sean O’Pry has been gracing billboards and magazines with his striking blue eyes and chiseled features. O’Pry was even named the highest paid model by Forbes magazine in 2013–he earned $1.5 million that year. He’s also the leading man in Taylor Swift’s Blank Space video. These days, however, Sean O’Pry hopes to start creating a name for himself that isn’t associated with modeling.

During his time in the modeling industry, O’Pry has walked the runway for a number of famous brands, including Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. At just 27, Sean O’Pry is considered a veteran in his field. Sean even jokes that some of the newer models are especially fit and good-looking. For Fashion Week this year, O’Pry modeled clothing from Josephy Abboud, a fashion line that is known for its maturity and sophistication. Older male models were featured in the Abboud show (all the models were in their 20s, 30s or 40s).

O’Pry admits that he’s been wise with his money since he was young, and he collects watches and cars. He’s also invested in a number of businesses and properties, which will likely serve him well when he’s no longer modeling. O’Pry has also been taking acting classes, and hopes to be taken seriously for his craft instead of simply being known as the model-turned-actor.

High Fashion Begins With Politics This Year

As the 2016 campaign for the White House ramps into high gear this summer, many fashion experts have taken a backstage to political campaign consultants in the cutthroat world of partisan politics. From the white dress Melania Trump wore during her recent speech to presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s widely publicized expensive new work clothes, Americans can expect to see some very high-powered ladies attire on display during the presidential race this year. How to remain chic while appealing to voters will likely tax some of Washington D.C.’s elites.

For instance, Melania Trump, the wife of candidate Donald Trump, addressed the Republican National Convention earlier this week wearing a white dress that showcased her fashion model proportions and narrow waistline. As reporters dissected her remarks afterwards and discovered her speech copied entire sections of one delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama a few ago, Glamour reported that the $2,190 high fashion outfit had sold out within the hour.

Secretary Clinton also turned heads with her tailored fashions recently. Her new daily wear includes some in-demand European haute couture items. She delivered a New York primary victory speech wearing a trendy $12,495 Giorgio Armani jacket. The irony of the candidate lamenting income inequality while dressed in pricey designer threads did not escape The New York Post.

Even ordinary citizens attending the RNC Convention garnered some savage media criticism for wearing “ill-fitting” bright red skirts to celebrate a patriotic red-white-and-blue theme. This year, it seems politics concentrates on the essentials, ladies!

“In Between” in Women’s Fashion

A recent article on Racked discusses women’s fashion and the divide between sample sizing and plus sizing. The majority of American women actually wear sizes that are in between the two, making it hard to shop at many stores. Designers focus on dressing women in one of the two categories and rarely feature styles for the “normal” sized customer.

The “in between” sized woman is not only absent from representation in the fashion world, but in Hollywood as well. If female celebrities are larger than a size zero high fashion model, they are forced into the “plus size star” category, often without their consent. This was the case when Amy Schumer (a size 8) was named in Glamour‘s plus size issue and when model Robyn Lawley (size 12) was lauded for being the first plus size woman featured in Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue. Women must either be model-thin or part of the “fat and sassy” club; designers and the world don’t like the women in between because, in the words of Mindy Kaling, they “lack the self-discipline to be an aesthetic, or the sassy confidence to be a total fatty hedonist.”

Most women I know fit into the “in between” category and it’s true, there is not much representation for average sizes, even for brands that stock them. It is hard to shop when the models do not share your size or body type.

Iris Van Herpen Merges Fashion and Science in Fall 2016 Collection

Would you wear a sound wave? At the July 4 couture shows in Paris, that’s what models did as they presented Iris Van Herpen’s striking collection for fall 2016. In the Eglise Réformée de L’Oratoire du Louvre, the models, clad in Van Herpen’s couture, moved meditatively to the accompaniment of Zen bowl sounds by Japanese musician Kazuya Nagaya, creating an otherworldly fusion of visual art and music.

Designed as an homage to the field of cymatics, which is the visualization of sound waves as geometric patterns, Van Herpen’s high-fashion creations are delicate, strange, and beautiful in much the same way that patterns found throughout nature are. Though they don’t resemble traditional fashion items – indeed, it would be hard to pull off wearing Van Herpen’s sound-inspired garments anywhere outside a fashion show – the dresses are fascinating in their odd, intricate design as well as the technology used to painstakingly assemble them.

Van Herpen has a history of integrating cutting-edge technology into her fashion designs. To create her collection for fall 2016, Van Herpen used unusual materials such as thousands of tiny, hand-blown glass bubbles, translucent material made of Swarovski water drop crystals in silicone, and fragile Japanese organza woven from threads five times thinner than human hair. Arresting and memorable, Van Herpen’s fusion of geometry, sound, and ingenious craft will charm lovers of science and creative fashion alike.

Latest Summer Fashions for Curvy Women

The summer has arrived and with it all of the new and fun beach fashions. New trends are flooding the fashion industry, with pieces designed to fit curvier figures slowly becoming more available. If you are on the curvier side and want to look as fabulous as you feel this summer, there are a few looks you can try.

Bare your shoulders. Choose shirts that have this kind of cut to add a bit of sexiness to your look! An off-the-shoulder shirt or dress is perfect this summer season, especially if done in a light fabric and in bright colors. Midi demi shorts are also a fabulous option. They keep you cool and show off your curves to their best. Pair with a fun shirt and your favorite sandals to complete the look.

Wrap around dresses are a must for this summer. When done in cotton, they offer the lightness you want on the hottest of days with the waist defining style that will make you look like a knock-out. Accessorize with fun necklaces and large sunglasses for an ultra glamorous look. Do not be afraid of texture when choosing the style of shirts or dresses for summer. Go bold and colorful to let your personality shine through.

This summer season, invest in a great cotton dress, a fun pair of shorts, and an off-the-shoulder option and then go out and enjoy the sun!

The Nature of Design

Creating pieces that mimic nature is customary in the art world. Whether one is sketching a character design for a supernatural odyssey or creating an abstract sculpture out of a chain link fence, the influence of nature may come into play.

When an artist conceptualizes an idea, it’s likely she’ll reach for organic shapes and patterns of movement. Even architecture, while often thought of as an explicitly geometric construct of organized measurements, can benefit from more natural elements. Subtle curves and asymmetry can break up the rigid quality of man-made shapes, making a building feel more connected to earth and imagination.

The fashion industry is also enamored with nature, and some of the results that flit down runways create an aesthetic that is distinctly reminiscent of flora, fauna and other natural phenomena. It’s not uncommon to see models that resemble woodland nymphs and whimsical water spirits. A collection created by Iris Van Herpen was made to be a three dimensional manifestation of sound waves. Some of the pieces are sleek and architectural, echoing the hulls of insects or the sleek glide of scales. Others are more light and diaphanous like wings or porous like honeycomb.

While the avante garde nature of high fashion runways is often outside the sphere of practicality, it’s a shimmering example of how artists glean inspiration from Earth. If you’re a designer that’s in need of some rejuvenation, consider stepping outside and examining the life in your own neighborhood. You just may surprise yourself and find a muse scurrying on the ground or floating with the clouds.