Wise Words from Old Karl!

I guess this is what Karl sleeps in?

I guess this is what Karl sleep in?

Supermodel aspiree Sigrid Agren was able to talk to Karl Lagerfeld long enough at a fitting for his Karl Lagerfeld show in Paris to get some quotable quotes. She is quite the interviewer, for an 18-year old “model.” Below she brings us some some gems about dressing up to go to sleep and how nature is unfair:

“Agren: Okay. How do you look when you wake up?
Lagerfeld: That’s why I sleep alone. My hair is curly, and that’s why I have my ponytail. I look like a madman, like something out of a horror movie! But I’m very impeccable and clean before I go to bed. It’s just like right before I’m going out. When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable. I laugh about it now, but I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door.”

When asked about what it takes to become a supermodel, Karl simply stated that if you weren’t born with it, tough luck:
“You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new. But it’s the most … (hits hand on table) unjust … (hits hand on table) thing in the world.”

In other news OPI now lets you “Try on this Colour” on your skin tone and nail size before you buy it online. That’s a better idea than the aromatic nail polish from Revlon.

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Some odd products on the market today!

What' next? Flavoured nail polish remover!

What' next? Flavoured nail polish remover!


With recession talk abound, you would think that the product development teams at Revlon would be more cautious with what they introduce into the market. Unless their team consists of 12 year old girls. Their most recent product drop is Scented Nail Polish! Maybe 12 year olds are the only ones with disposable income these days. This is what they had to say about their product: “The 8 shades are inspired by the freshness of exotic summer fruits and infused with succulent tropical scents. Each fruit shade has a matching fruit scent when the enamel is dry.”

If only RiRi had heard of this product before “Umbrella” and you have been standing in her “Shuellas“. The brainchild of Chicago designer Rebecca Miller, Shuellas slip over your shoes to protect them when it’s rainy out, and fit into a small bag when it’s not.
They also look like a rubber version of 80%20 boots which you cannot complain about. I guess these are every girl’s answer to the man’s galoches, and your Miu Miu’s will thank you for this.

Your shoes' best friend

Your shoes' best friend

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Makeup-nomics and some woman named Michelle O.

Good Bye Lipstick Index, Hello! Foundation index. The “Foundation index” appears ready to overtake the “Lipstick index” as barometer of economic activity. Leonard Lauder’s Lipstick Index has long been thought to be a dogma in the world of makeup-nomics, and is defined as the phenomenon of lipstick sales rising as the recession worsens. Today’s Financial Times reported that flawless skin is replacing the perfect pout as a woman’s answer to tough times, with liquid foundation supplanting lipstick as the essential item in make-up bags in the recession. The stress of the recession must be causing bad skin because “women plump for a layer of foundation as a pick-me-up in gloomy times, rather than a dash of lipstick.”

In other news (somewhat related to the economy through her husband), Michelle Obama has gone where no other first lady has gone before. She went out and got herself a full-time make-up artist to be a permanent part of her entourage. The New York Post reported today that Mrs. Obama hired Ingrid Grimes-Miles to accompany her as her full-time maker-upper. Find a detailed breakdown of Ms. Grimes-Miles’ work below (Maybe those lashes are by Shu Uemura!):

First Lady Made Up

First Lady Made Up

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Coco Avant-Garde

I know this is late, but 10 days left until our favourite two-syllabled first name french woman is immortalized in the form of a biopic. April 22nd is the French debut of Coco Avant Chanel (trailer above). It chronicles the birth of the legend that is Coco. Audrey Tautou is the only person that I would have thought could play Ms. Chanel, and she looks pretty good in the trailers. I hope the North American debut of the movie won’t be too far behind. Enjoy 🙂

Ms. Tautou might also made the jobs of coiffurists everywhere harder, by introducing the world to the “Little Black Hair Cut.”

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Seek’n’Hide

A rose made with leather, still looks as sweet

A rose made with leather, still looks as sweet

Much to the dismay of PETA activists everywhere, Leather is back with a vengeance for this fall. On the runway, cow-hide was used on everything from leather leggings, elbow-length leather gloves, over-the-knee leather boots, leather motorcycle jackets and many more. Even fine adornments for your necks and fingers got tapped by the leather fairy’s wand. Maiden Art, Italian Design house ran by Maristella Colombo and Gabriele Negri, displayed a jewelry collection with leather as the centerpiece: The cow-hide was laser cut and shaped in to collar necklaces, folded origami-style on gift-bow brooches and rings, and sculpted into small and large pendant roses (above). Their jersey leggings with glossy leather ankle bow ties are also wonderful and deserve much respect. Some other looks (with good uses of leather) off the runways are shown below:

In other fun, and related, news: While the use of cow-hide might be up, Alligator Farmers from Louisiana are not happy with the lack of love from Gucci, Versace, and Louis Vuitton, as they have not been buying alligator skins. The population of alligators on these farms is growing beyond bearable numbers, and looks to continue as the recession takes it’s toll on alligator purchases.

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The wave of the future: Airbrushing!

Airbrushed Face at Trovata

Airbrushed Face at Trovata


I feel like we are being visited by the ghosts of airbrushing past and future. After discussing the first instance of cosmetic airbrushing, here we bring you exciting news from Temptu. At recent runway shows for Trovata’s and Devi Kroell’s ready to wear collections as well as backstage for Dressed to Kilt, models were seen getting their make-up did sans brushes, sponges, and wands. Instead, make-up artist had at their disposal liquid foundations, liquid blush, and liquid highlighters, which were being loaded into handheld devices and sprayed onto celebrities’ and models’ bodies and faces by a team of professionals from Temptu cosmetics. “It just gives the most natural finish,” lead artist JP McCary said of the high-definition method, as he softly applied a pink blush to socialite Hayley Bloomingdale’s cheek. Temptu is working on a portable model of the kit below, that might become a staple on the vanity of every fashionista in the not-so-distant future: perfect accessory when you need to look like a flawless centerfold in the comfort of your own home.
Temptu Airbrush Kit (Even smaller model in the works)

Temptu Airbrush Kit (Even smaller model in the works)


In other news, Nars Cosmetics just released their summer line, and their island-inspired wares are a must have for the summer.

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Nefertiti: True beauty or bust?

Ancient Definition of Beauty? or just good Airbrushing

Ancient Definition of Beauty? or just good Airbrushing


Much has been made of the beauty of Nefertiti, the bust found in the studio of Thutmose (the royal sculptor to the pharaoh Akhenaten) in 1912; The symmetry and fine facial features of Nefertiti have often had historians and lay-folk refer to her as the Mona Lisa of the ancient world. As it turns out, she might just have been the world’s first air-brushed women (long before Kim Kardashian’s little airbrush accident for Complex). Recent analyses of the bust by Alexander Huppertz, director of the Imaging Science Institute in Berlin. A CT scan showed that inside the outer stucco face, there is a delicately carved face in the limestone core of the famous bust of Nefertiti depicting her in her true form; This suggests that the royal sculptor at the time may have smoothed creases around the mouth and fixed a bumpy nose to depict the ‘Beauty of the Nile’ in a better light. The original face also had less prominent cheekbones, and less depth at the corners of the eyelids. Dr. Huppertz stated that ‘It is possible that the bust of Nefertiti was commissioned (by her husband) to represent Nefertiti according to his personal perception,’ and thereby bringing to the world the first instance of a man paying someone to make his wife look prettier.
Inner Beauty? I think not

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