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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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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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Making Up Boy George All Over Again

The runways this year have had a certain 80’s feel to them, so why should make-up artists stay behind. The one time Culture Club frontman and now a guest of her majesty’s prison system has been the recent object of runway make-up artists infatuation. George Alan O’ Dowd’s signature looks were emulated at shows ranging from Gucci and Marc Jacobs to Top Shop and Diesel’s recent upstart “Black Gold.” Watch for the looks below on a face near you this fall (I could probably do it for you)

Photos courtesy of Style.com

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