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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, and Angela Merkel Aren't Afraid to Wear Their Best Looks Twice

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Vogue Daily — Barbara Tfank dress 

Vogue Daily — Alexander McQueen dress 

In this digital age of hyper-fast fashion, it’s refreshing to see a stylish woman who still believes in doing her of cost-per-wear math. It also helps that this fiscally responsible bunch happen to be leading figures in international politics and culture. When Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, all eyes were on her royal wardrobe. The English Rose Middleton has shown a keen interest in London-based designers (L.K.Bennett, Roland Mouret, Roksanda Ilincic, and the like) since the beginning, and had the press enraptured when she wore the same Alexander McQueen dress in February that she'd previously worn to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant two years earlier. First Lady Michelle Obama won the nation over with her high-low approach to dressing, mixing bits from J.Crew with standout pieces by designers including Isabel Toledo. She brought back a modernized (and price-conscious) version of Camelot—not once, but twice—when she wore a floral-print dress by Barbara Tfank in 2010 and then again in 2012. Often optimizing her look with splashes of color, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been spotted wearing the same wrap for almost two decades. The painterly stole adds a feminine touch to her typically pared-back wardrobe, while still being appropriate for state occasions. With the fall collections hitting the shop floors, look to these three women as examples of how to shop and style your new finds for decades to come.

The Best Sunburn Remedies: Pro Tips for Treating Redness and Overexposure

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Even the best-laid sun protection plans can go awry—maybe you forgot to reapply your SPF every two hours or your favorite surf rash guard went missing from your beach tote. Whatever the reason, a painful sunburn is a powerful reminder to not let your efforts fall short again. As for how to help your skin recuperate from the negative effects of over-exposure, taking a swift, three-pronged approach can help minimize redness, swelling, and long-term damage.

The first priority: Pop an aspirin, or any other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, as soon as possible. This will take the heat off your skin, and also ease the discomfort of a burn, says dermatologist Lisa Airan, M.D. “Go for the highest dose every four to six hours for the first 24 hours,” she advises. Next, apply cold-compresses soaked in whole milk. “The fat and proteins in milk work really well to soothe irritation,” says Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D., dermatologist and vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Once the skin has cooled a bit, moisturize the area—obsessively. “There’s good data to suggest that supple skin recovers faster from trauma,” notes Hale, who adds that creams with antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, are especially beneficial post-sun allies. “Ultraviolet light triggers mutations in the skin that can lead to skin cancer and premature aging, but antioxidants counteract some of this UV-induced damage,” says Hale (her top pick for the face: Lifeline Daily Defense serum). Dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt also favors ceramides to “protect against dehydration caused by sunburn” and reinforce the skin’s barrier function, as well as green tea to calm puffiness (his Xtend Your Youth Face Cream contains both). And don’t underestimate the simple but ultra-replenishing power of aloe, says pro surfer Quincy Davis, who, while she may not be a medical professional, battles the sun on a daily basis. “In tropical places you can get it straight from the plant,” she says. Otherwise, she likes Epicuren’s “non-sticky” Aloe Vera Calming Gel, which she stores in the refrigerator, “so it’s extra refreshing.”

The most potent relief, however, might come in the form of LED laser therapy, which tones down inflammation and promotes wound healing with pulsated doses of red light. Airan recommends one to two sessions with GentleWaves LED, noting that it’s calibrated to help injured skin recover quickly and can be done the moment you spot a burn. To counteract latent hyperpigmentation and photo-damage, Hale relies on a resurfacing laser such as Clear + Brilliant. “But I would give the body a couple of weeks to heal and repair itself first,” she says. Also worth putting on hold temporarily: antiaging creams with retinol or alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids that may be too harsh on sensitive, raw skin. As Hale points out, “while you’re in the acute stages of recovery, you don’t want to add insult to injury.”   
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The Lauren Bacall Effect: The Case for a Timeless Signature Look

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                                                                      Lauren Bacall
Photo: Getty Images
From the moment Lauren Bacall exploded onto the silver screen in To Have and Have Not, her breakout 1944 star-making turn opposite Humphrey Bogart, there was no mistaking her singular beauty: the arched, heavy brows, the deep side-parted waves, the fine bone structure. And then there was “The Look”: Chin down, eyes tilted upward, the 19-year old actresses’ soon-to-be trademark and throaty voice burned her instantly into the collective consciousness. Bogart, then married to the actress Mayo Methot, fell for her instantly—and America did too.
In fact, it was Nancy Hawks, the wife of the filmmaker Howard, who first noticed Bacall’s rare and particular good looks—a striking combination of romanian and polish genes that had launched her burgeoning modeling career. She suggested that her husband see Bacall for a screen test. The actress would later recall that Hawks, with whom she made numerous films, had liked her idiosyncratic features—the thick brows, the slightly crooked teeth. Even at a time when Hollywood producers fashioned female archetypes for each of their studio actresses, she seemed to break the mold. She crafted her original side-sweeping waves herself, she refused the tweezers, she preferred the natural look to anything overly or contrived.
And there was something more remarkable yet: Throughout a long and noteworthy career of iconic hits including The Big Sleep and How to Marry a Millionaire, her look remained gloriously constant—a decision that seems like something of a revelation in the wake of today’s whirlwind Internet culture. While the Hollywood starlets and street style stars of today make a career out of changing their hair and makeup at a breakneck pace on a daily basis, Bacall’s particular beauty makes the case for something different: a deeply personal and distinctive commitment to a signature look—and a no-gimmicks approach that calls for sheer, unwavering confidence.

Remembering Lauren Bacall: 1924–2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hermès Welcomes New Designer

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As suspected, former Céline and The Row designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski has been installed at the creative helm of Hermès. The French-born talent succeeds Christophe Lemaire, who departed the house after four years earlier this week.
"Her talent and her creative track record will be great assets in the continued development of women's ready-to-wear," Axel Dumas, chief executive officer of Hermès, told WWD. "She will devote herself full-time to our house."
Lemaire is slated to show his last collection for Hermès at Paris Fashion Week on October 1 before Vanhee-Cybulski takes over in earnest. The designer has also worked under a former Hermès helmer, Martin Margiela, who designed for the house before Jean Paul Gaultier took over in 2003.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Scene by Suzy: Fishing For Compliments: Artfully Witty Shoes

Suzy Menkes reports on Armando Albanese's thoroughly modern Sixties experiments.
A vintage mule by Albanese.
How can a court shoe balance on a metal ring, instead of a heel? Or rest its height and strength on a glass bauble, sliced in half with an upturned triangle completing the balancing act?
Just when you thought that nothing new could be done with a shoe, there was a ballerina with a fishhead, a scaly leather upper part - the whole resting on another glass bauble like a fish eye.

The "fish" shoe beside an Albanese archive image.
To me, the most amazing thing about the shoes designed by Armando Albanese is that they were made in the Sixties and Seventies, to walk Roman red carpets in the Dolce Vita years. Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner all wore his shoes.
If I had the money, I would bet on the classic shoemakers re-working their original ideas to create footwear that looks joyous, witty and - heaven be praised - wearable.

Albanese vintage shoes.
Where did I find them? At the Artisanal Intelligence exhibition at Altaroma. Its curators, Clara Tosi Pamphili and Alessio de Navasques, chose to include vintage shoe brand Albanese as a means of creating a future from the "Made in Italy" history, bridging the past and present.
It was staged in the new modern-art gallery of Giacomo Guidi, which will officially open in September, a contemporary space in the Trastevere area framed by the Tiber and the botanical gardens.

Albanese vintage shoe.
If I had the money - part two: I would sponsor a year-round dedicated site to face off established artists and young designers. When the applied arts are inspired by film and touched by artistic hands, you get a powerful creative energy.
And great shoes.

Albanese vintage shoes.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fashion Design Software

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Fashion design industry has witnessed a tremendous growth over the years. Growing demands of the fashion industry has made it important for fashion designers turning to the latest technology. This accounts for the popularity of fashion design software.

Fashion design software is useful for designers as it guides them right from the design stage to production. The software has mechanized the whole process of design, pattern making and cutting production. There are software modules that assist designers to create initial designs faster and with greater accuracy. The designer can use existing designs to exploit them by following the instructions in the software module. The designer can perform minor changes to the current design. They can customize it by adding features of their own innovative ideas. This design is then translated into ready-to-wear collections. The pattern making software is ideal for developers who create the perfect fitting garments. They use software to create detailed patterns such as various types of cross-stitch pattern. Creation patterns are made, classification and type of organization. It also helps designers of texture mapping. Instructions for various software modules make the whole process easy and convenient.

The software can also coloring needs. With the help of different factors that designers can create weaves with as many colors as they want, put imported fabric image in new colors and customize them. There are images that keep developers abreast of the latest trends in the fashion industry. The software creates them with the tools to create images and make realistic designs, colors, patterns and textures. Fashion design is not limited to the design and pattern but also the larger economies of production. In this area too, fashion design software used much. It provides instructions to control the production and marketing of production. Fashion design software assist designers to increase efficiency and productivity. This, in turn, help them create a huge market for their designs and meets the requirements of competitive fashion market.