Back in the Day Beauty Trends
Take a look at what we thought made us beautiful back in the day.
January 07, 2013
The thing about beauty trends from the last two decades is they aren’t ancient enough to be retro, yet they’re old enough to be humorously outdated. Although we can ask, “What were we thinking?” the horror is we actually remember.
For example, we can lambast poor Vanilla Ice for his high-top fade, but almost every guy who watched the exploits of Kid ’n Play in the House Party movies mutilated his hair. And remember when everything was millennium this and Y2K that? Garish makeup combinations and frightfully orange spray tans became prevalent as women hoped for a pop of color while wearing all those shiny, silvery fashions that just screamed faux-future.
Since the ’90s and ’00s, spray tan technology has vastly improved, as have hair extensions and keratin treatments. Even Madonna’s veiny, muscular Ray of Light arms went the way of the beeper. As she said at last year’s Golden Globes, “I’m not really doing Pilates anymore. I’m just dancing.”
photography by manny hernandez (starr); ron galella/wireimage.com (vanilla ice); steve granitz/wireimage.com(madonna, lopez, hilton)
Dior Homme Puts Navy in the Spotlight
Dior Homme's new light collection reflects a maritime military theme fitting for Miami's coastal man.
December 31, 2012
Navy DH soft shopper, Dior Homme ($2,800)
Building on his military-inspired collection for Fall/Winter 2012, Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche has created the Spring/Summer 2013 line called Light, based on Naval influences, with pieces presented predominately in dark blue. Shown in Paris in June, the collection debuts in stores this month—perfectly timed with the opening of Dior Homme in the Design District on December 1—with the rest of the line continuing to roll out throughout January and February. The collection reflects navy blues with a timeless blazer as the starting point and fresh takes on the classics in the other fitted, linear pieces, such as a doublebreasted jacket, bomber jacket, peacoat, windbreaker, and parka. Plush sweaters and finely tailored slimming pants round out the clothing offerings, featuring signature details like ribbed collars and cuffs, vertical pockets, and drawstrings; all buttons are engraved with Dior’s coat of arms. Masculine accessories, crafted in sumptuous leather and also presented in a rich navy hue with red-stitch detailing, marry well with the elegance of the clothing offerings, apropos for a seaside city such as Miami. 161 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-571-3576
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DIOR HOMME
Blogger Style: Tuxedo Chic
Miami style blogger Annie Vazquez takes a cue from Annie Hall.
December 17, 2012
Annie Vazquez (aka “The Fashion Poet”) is a Miami fashion blogger with a flair for shopping on a budget, discovering new designers, and trend spotting. Follow her on Twitter @anniecvazquez, add her blog to your daily reading list, and look for her weekly outfit posts on Oceandrive.com.
Consignment Goes High-End
The RealReal helps the city’s most fashionable ladies shed their designer brands for profit.
December 03, 2012
Kochman inside Lea Black’s closet
No one is more enthusiastic about fashionable Miamians’ last season’s designer clothes than Brooke Kochman. Be it a Chanel handbag, dated harem pants relegated to the do-not-wear pile, or couture best left to the runway, Kochman—South Florida merchandising manager for The RealReal—is determined to unearth these styles of yesteryear and find them homes via the website’s high-end consignment shop.
“I love going to people’s houses and helping them sort through their closets,” says Kochman, who’s been the sole merchandiser in the area for the site since July. “It’s really like a cleansing experience, and people feel good when they purge.” Kochman’s role means combing through clients’ wardrobes to select new or gently worn designer pieces from labels such as Prada, Christian Louboutin, and Louis Vuitton. Her clients range from teenagers to socialites to celebrities (recently, she found herself in Real Housewives of Miami star Lea Black’s closet), but she’s keeping tight-lipped. “It’s complete closet confidentiality—I would never tell anyone’s hidden secrets,” she says.
Beyond the stylish scavenger hunts she goes on almost daily, the former special events director’s passion is people. “My background is not in fashion, but I really love networking and building relationships,” she says. On a typical day, Kochman is in and out of clients’ closets, traveling to homes as far north as her hometown of Boca Raton. “People become obsessed. I’m obsessed! And I’m on [the site] all the time,” she offers. Kochman is surprised by the number of referrals she’s received in such a short time, which has placed Miami as one of the company’s fastest-growing markets.
Unlike other online auction sites, The RealReal inspects and authenticates each item before putting it on sale. “Our standards are higher than you’d find in local consignment stores. We pick the best of the best based on our designer directory and what our audience is looking for,” explains Julie Wainwright, CEO of The RealReal. Since launching in early 2011, the San Francisco-based retailer has generated more than 100,000 members and has enlisted 14 merchandisers across the country, with 10 more slated to join by early 2013.
Sellers make 60 percent of the sale price of each item sold, which increases to 70 percent once they’ve sold $1,500 worth of items online. Kochman has put her clothes to work for her, which, she says, has only intensified the obsession. “This is not my normal life; I’m a mom with twin girls who are 18 months old. But I’m loving being a part of something that’s huge and exciting,” she says following a whirlwind merchandising trip to the West Coast. “I really didn’t have a fabulous closet until the The RealReal came along.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PRESSCOTT MCDONALD; HAIR AND MAKEUP BY CASSANDRA CELESTIN; STYLING BY JENNY ZALKIN
Accessorize Your Holiday Manicure
BaubleBar and Essie create matching nail polish and bangle trios with holiday sparkle.
November 15, 2012
Let your hands do the talking this season with wrist-wear to match your manicure. In a unique and colorful collaboration, BaubleBar fashion director Shoshanna Fischhoff has designed a limited edition set of chic bracelets to complement the winter collection of Essie nail polishes. The sets are available exclusively on baublebar.com.
Each of the six Essie lacquers are paired with a matching bracelet, and shoppers get to add two additional bracelets of their choosing to complete the set ($50). Polish selections— with fun names like Butler Please and Where’s My Chauffeur—range from sparkly metallics to bright holiday hues.
For a fancy dress holiday party, channel old Hollywood with classic red polish and Baroque-style bangles, or amp it up with bright blue polish and a gold studded bracelet and tassel wraps. Each set arrives complete in a luxe pouch, making them perfect for gifting or tucking into a stocking.
Tod's Loafers in a New Light
Rediscover old favorites with Tod's latest capsule collection.
November 13, 2012
Iridescent leather Gommino, Tod’s ($425)
After decades of producing handcrafted Italian loafers, the luxury brand has practically become synonymous with the iconic shoe style. This holiday season, Tod’s is offering several limited-edition versions of the label’s traditional Gommino, including an eye-catching design crafted of iridescent calfskin, a suede pair embroidered with black beading, and a white pony-hair style decorated with hand-stitched metal studs and a metal plating, a look we love for, say, brunch at the Delano on a Sunday afternoon. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-867- 9399
Lightweight Anti-Aging Wonders
Kiehl’s launches an anti-aging face and eye cream for oily complexions.
November 08, 2012
It’s no accident that beauty editors and cosmetic junkies swear by Kiehl’s Since 1851. The classic apothecary brand stocks tried and true products for skin, hair, and body—all made with natural ingredients, such as the rare “resurrection flower.” The hand-harvested flower is the star of the brand’s classic anti-aging moisturizer, Rosa Arctica. Recently, by popular demand, Kiehl’s launched a lighter version of the cult-favorite, Rosa Arctica Lightweight ($60), as well as supplemental eye cream, Rosa Arctica Eye ($46). Ideal for oily skin, both go on thin and work on brightening skin and smoothing wrinkles. To soothe and hydrate delicate skin around the eye, Rosa Arctica Eye contains white birch extract, squalane, shea butter, carnauba, cocoa butter, and shea butter. Launched in September, both creams work wonders on repairing summer sun damage, while simultaneously preventing winter dry-outs.
Him by Hanae Mori
After a lengthy hiatus from men's fragrances, Hanae Mori debuts a striking scent.
November 06, 2012
It's been 15 years since Hanae Mori introduced a men’s fragrance, and her latest launch, Him by Hanae Mori ($50), seems to capture the essence of Miami, recalling citrus groves and cypress habitats. Mandarin oranges and oils of bergamot are the top notes, followed by Tonka bean and Mediterranean fig. Teak wood and white cedar round out the refreshingly masculine scent. Fittingly, its tall, sleek bottle showcases a beautiful dark orange and robust brown hue that embodies the airy-yet-musky fragrance. Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-792-1000
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENNETH KAST
Vintage-Inspired Italian Jewels
Vibrant jewels from House of Lavande's new made in Italy collection reflect South Florida's natural beauty.
November 01, 2012
Oceana Swarovski crystal and resin collar necklace, House of
After years of collecting vintage jewels, Tracy Smith has made a name for herself as a leading accessories curator—indeed, her House of Lavande treasures are now standard fare on major red carpets. Now the Palm Beach resident is turning her editorial eye to her latest project: House of Lavande Made in Italy, a collection of new jewelry pieces inspired by her adventures as a vintage collector. In shades of amethyst, ice blue, jade, and blush, the colorful pieces mimic the carefree spirit of the designer’s Floridian surroundings. Mother-of-pearl shark teeth, reconstructed coral pendants, and gold tassels appear on wooden drop earrings, gemstone necklaces, and cocktail rings, creating a look that’s polished and sophisticated and yet still imbues a beachy personality. 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Ste. 332, Palm Beach, 561-802-3737
Shop the Fendi Baguette Pop-Up
The fifteenth anniversary of the iconic handbag continues with an online pop-up.
October 22, 2012
To fête the fifteenth anniversary of its Baguette bag, Fendi has launched an online pop-up shop where fans can find the newest Baguette bags, as well as a plethora of anniversary items, like a T-shirt and foulard with sketches by Karl Lagerfeld, a DIY kit to create your own custom Baguette, and more.
Released in 1997, the Baguette (designed to be tucked under the arm like a loaf of bread) is an enduring “It” bag. Its icon status was cemented in an episode of Sex and the City—the one where Samantha gets thrown out of the Playboy mansion for accusing a bunny of stealing her Baguette. And in the Fendi Baguette tome released this summer, Carrie herself (Sarah Jessica Parker) mused on the bag’s fashion footprint. You can purchase the book in the pop-up.
Most notably honoring this momentous anniversary is designer Silvia Venturini Fendi’s limited edition Geometrica blue-and-white striped canvas Baguette. Just 100 are for sale. Venturini Fendi is also the subject of a special video, “The Art of Embroidery,” created in collaboration with artist Maurizio Anzineri for the anniversary. Get a look at some of the pop-up stock above, or visit baguette.fendi.com. The pop-up will be live through January 2013.