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This Week’s Ideeli Sales

Mark your calendar for this week’s amazing sales at ideeli.com

marquis+camus This Weeks Ideeli Sales
Marquis & Camus
Starts Tue 3/3
Prices Start at: $69 (save up to 72%)
Sometimes you have to look to the past for clues about the future, and when you get really lucky, you find treasures from yesterday that become part of who you are today. Enter Marquis & Camus, a jewelry collection that masterfully remixes vintage pieces with the finest modern materials to create a whole new take on timeless couture. This event is scheduled to start on Tuesday, March 3 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 36 hours, or until it sells out.

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Furla Handbags
Starts Tue 3/3
Prices Start at: $144 (save up to 59%)
The roaring ’20s brought a new lease on life and a fierce take on fashion to people around the world. Catching this creative momentum, Aldo and Margherita Furlanetto founded a small leather goods company in the stylish city of Bologna, a small company called Furla, whose buttery leather handbags would soon come to represent the ultimate in feminine luxury. This event is scheduled to start on Tuesday, March 3 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 36 hours, or until it sells out.

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Rinkel
Starts Wed 3/4
Prices Start at: $659 (save up to 61%)
Rinkel’s no-fear attitude led to a unique blend of classic and contemporary design elements, rekindling a love affair with high-drama style. Streamlined shapes in rich jewel-tones unite the collection; however, because, like fingerprints, every crocodile skin is unique, no two bags are exactly alike. And understanding the value of these beautiful creatures, Rinkel is registered with CITES, designating 5% of its annual sale earnings for the preservation of the species and its ecosystem in Columbia. Combining pure glamour with environmental responsibility, Rinkel celebrates bold beauty and gives a modern-day meaning to the term “crocodile rock.” This event is scheduled to start on Wednesday, March 4 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 36 hours, or until it sells out.

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Escada
Starts Thurs 3/5
Prices Start at: $489 (save up to 70%)
For spring Escada is serving up more of that fearless style straight to your wardrobe, each piece a winning combination of classic shapes and of-the-moment slickness. Intricate detailing combined with stunning prints and colors make for a show-stopping collection. Whether these designs show up on the red carpet or the city streets, there’s no denying– Escada’s fans are right on the money.This event is scheduled to start on Thursday, March 5 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 36 hours, or until it sells out.

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Becky Kelso
Starts Friday 3/6
Prices Start at: $277 (save up to: 51%)
Becky eschews current jewelry trends and opts to find inspiration in her own family jewels and in her travels to Morocco, Asia, and Turkey. Her timeless designs feature gems like topaz, citrine, opal, and amethyst, set in yellow gold and sterling silver to exude an antique, yet whimsical quality. This event is scheduled to start on Friday, March 6 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 3 days, or until it sells out.

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New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009

reem+acra3 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009

Backstage at the Fall 2009 Reem Acra collection (held at Reem’s showroom),teams from Bumble and bumble and MAC were busy at work styling hair and crafting makeup to compliment the collection’s Grecian theme.

“The inspiration is goddess-like,“ said Polly Osmond, Key Makeup Artist of MAC.

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009“So the face is highlighted and shaded. We’re doing a greasy, taupe-y eye with highlights on the cheeks and a pale lip. The only specification Reem had for the makeup was to make the girls look beautiful. The entire look took about a half hour to conceive because it’s very simple and easy.”

To replicate the look, prep the face with MAC Face and Body Foundation. Then apply MAC Butter Nutty Shadestick to temples, bridge of the nose, and chin. Brush MAC Powder Blush in Taupe on eyelids and under eyes, MAC Nylon Eye Shadow in the inner corners of the eyes, and MAC Root Cream Colour Base under eyes. Layer MAC Gloss Texture on top of the Root Cream Colour Base – then curl lashes and coat with MAC Mascara X in Black.

Apply concealer to the lips then follow with the Root Cream Colour Base. Top with MAC Shy Girl Lipstick and MAC Boy Bait Lipglass. Finally, swipe some MAC Gloss Texture on the cheekbones.

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009When I approached Laurent Philippon, Lead Hairstylist for Bumble and bumble, he was scrambling because the electricity had gone out – which left him and his team without power for their styling tools. But he was so calm and gracious, and gave me his full attention for a quick interview.

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009“This is a red carpet kind of hairstyle. Reem wanted something quite sophisticated. It’s a side chignon with a really, really low side part. It frames the face and brings a geometrical shape to the hairstyle, but with softness as well. It’s a very clean and finished hairstyle but it’s not glued. I don’t want it to look glued. I still want it to feel like it’s hair. We’re drawing the part with a comb, then using Styling Lotion and drying hair really flat. And we’re putting it into a side ponytail – no backcombing involved. The twist is really about securing it with large pins. So it’s really tight, but it doesn’t look tight.”

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009Angi Wingle, and her team of Creative Nail Design technicians, put the finishing touches on models’ tips and toes. The nails were filed to a naturally rounded shape (to echo the bustlines of Reem’s draped gowns) and polished with a coat of Cocoa.

New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

lela+rose+fall+2009 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009For her Fall 2009 collection, Lela Rose drew inspiration from the rainforest – and the creepy crawlies that call it home. To help transform the models into chic, tropics-trekking entomologists, Lela enlisted the help of two of the biggest names in the beauty business.

Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow (for Beauty.com) used products from Stila Cosmetics to reinforce the rainforest theme. Tina prepped the skin with Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, Perfecting Concealer and Sheer Pressed Powder.

“The skin is fresh and dewy, not dead and matte,” Tina explained. “I’m so excited to have the skin be healthy and shiny and glowing.”

When I asked if dewy skin was an emerging trend for Fall, Tina confessed that she’s ready to see the skin again. “I love the idea of sheen. I love seeing the skin, and powder usually takes that away. This morning, we’re only applying powder to the t-zone.”

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009Models’ lids were painted with gold and green shadows from the Precious Pearl Palette and lined in Kajal Eye Liner (in Emerald and Pearl) along with Stila Smudge Pot in Jade – to mimic the the “iridescent, pearlescent shell of a beetle.”

Cheeks were earthily flushed, using Convertible Color in Camellia and pouts glossed with Lip Glaze in Praline. Eyeshadow in Constellation and Venus (new shades) were brushed over brows and high on the cheekbones to give the face definition and impart a jungle-like wetness to the look.

I wasn’t surprised to see mane magician Ted Gibson backstage, as he and Lela love to collaborate. For the past two seasons, I have chatted with Ted backstage at Lela Rose – and he always serves up something fierce.

Every fashion week, I am amazed by his conceptual (yet accessible) hairstyles…and this season’s coiffure made me heart Ted all the more.

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009While Tina Turnbow was inspired by the beetle, Ted found his muse in Odonata – aka the dragonfly.

To create the insect-inspired do, Ted created a center part, then swept hair back into a “youthful ponytail.” The voluminous crown was created using Build It. Tame It Shine Lotion smoothed the hair and calmed flyaways. The ponytail was coiled and blasted with heat from a hair dryer (air concentrator nozzle on), to give the hair texture.

Finally, the twisted tail was set with Beautiful Hold Hairspray, which smells so wondorous that you want to spray it on – whether or not your hair needs help staying put.

New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009

bodkin New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009
On Monday, I traveled to The Horticultural Society in NYC to report from backstage at Bodkin, a still relatively green collection – designed in accordance with principles of sustainability in materials and production methods. For the Fall 2009 line, Bodkin found a natural partner in Aveda, a brand that strives to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility – not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.

 New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009I had an opportunity to speak with John Reyman, lead hairstylist for Aveda, about the inspiration and seasonal trends.

“The idea was a little bed-heady…a little like a girl has been outside all day and her hair is a little wind-blown, but at the same time very healthy and very well taken care of. It looks shiny and it looks glossy, but it doesn’t look overworked or overdone. Like she cares but she doesn’t care too much – so kind of that balance. So the idea was we just put a very loose, loose wave in there with some Volumizing Tonic and then we finished it, actually, with the men’s grooming cream to give it a little bit of texture and some shine.”

For Fall 2009, John said, “A lot of people are putting ponytails in the hair. I think we’re really seeing cleaner hair. The last couple of seasons, we’ve seen really textured, really frizzy, really fuzzy hair…almost like the girl didn’t care at all. And I think as the economy sort of changes, people want to look and feel more put-together – and so the hairstyles are really reflecting that…a little cleaner, a little more refined.”

 New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009
Andrea Harrison, lead makeup artist for Aveda described the Bodkin Fall 2009 look as really simple and pretty. “She’s so naturally gorgeous. She really has been running around all day…with cold, flushed pretty cheeks. No powder on her skin. Just a very healthy, very natural kinda dewy skin. On the eyes, there’s a light, shimmer. You can really see the skin through it. It’s our Moonstone shimmer, and it’s nice and really smooth. Black mascara just on the top lashes. Just a polished brow which is just really lightly filled in…nothing that you would really look at and say, ‘Oh, that’s hard.’ And Berry Lip Tint on the lips, so it’s very fresh – again, like she’s just been running around. Just an easy look that anybody could duplicate quickly. It would be great for young girls, older, anybody.”

 New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009When asked about key trends for Fall 2009, Andrea said, “One thing that you’re seeing everywhere is that the models are all growing out their eyebrows. It seems like another popular trend is, instead of, a smoky eye and a dark lip – you just see one feature that they’ve picked to focus on. Whether it’s eyebrows or just cheeks or just mascara or just lips. So instead of having the full complicated look. So it would be great for everybody. Good for the average woman to pick their favorite feature.”

 New York Fashion Week: Bodkin, Fall 2009Before concluding the interview, I asked Andrea to name three Aveda products that every women should have in her beauty arsenal. “One thing is for certain when it comes to makeup…the key to good makeup is beautiful skin. So you always want to make sure that you’re using great skin products. I personally love our Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme. I use that on every model before a photo shoot or runway just because you can always add powder if you feel like it’s too much, but it really just makes the makeup go on beautifully. The other thing is mascara…to me, it can make a look that on it’s own. Sometimes you don’t need to anything else. And skin…I really see that being a trend. I love our Tinted Moisturizer; it’s got SPF 15 in it and it’s nice because you can still the skin underneath it. So anybody can wear it easily. Just make sure you match your skin tone. It’s nice and sheer, so everybody can find their skin tone easily.”

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New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan, Fall 2009

donna+karan New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan, Fall 2009
Backstage at Donna Karan, I chatted up lead makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury about the vision and aesthetic. “The look today at Donna Karan came to be because we were looking at these 1920’s and 30’s sepia-toned photographs, and I just loved that there was something modern about it. So we wanted to translate that to a modern Donna Karan girl,” Charlotte explained. “We put gloss on the eye, which has a little bit of sepia and black in it, with flecks of gold through it. And it’s wet, so it’s a modern texture. It goes all the way up to the eyebrow and there’s no form to it…it’s just a great big shadow with a wet, modern texture. We’re brushing up the eyebrows. We’re highlighting the top of the cheekbones and the nose with an iridescent cream (Cream Colour Base in Pearl), which brings a wonderful light to the face. And we’re putting a little bit of a beige-y kind of lipstick (Half And Half Lipstick) – very neutral, quite light on the lips. And a tiny bit of the Reflects highlighter on the bow of the lips.”

 New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan, Fall 2009

I ran into my old pal Victor C, Senior Artist for MAC – who provided additional insight into the inspiration and products. “There is a mushroomy shade on the eyes, Cream Colour Base in Dusk. And on top of it, Charlotte put a gloss. The gloss is actually intended for the lips and it’s going to be coming out in a collection focusing on the color black. So this gloss has an emerald green pearl in it and it enhances the mushroom color of the Cream Colour Base. Dusk is kinda silvery and gives the illusion that there’s a shadow on the eye. I think it’s what’s kind of interesting about shadows is sometimes shadows are meant to enhance bone structure or bring out the prettiness. But in this case, the shadows are giving the face a more grown-up look. Not just on this show – there are a lot of shows that are using grays and mushroom tones. Not the blink blink, wink wink kind of pretty. It’s a lot more like the 1930’s Hollywood pictures where the girls might have been 21 years old, but they look really mature – like they’ve had life experience.”

 New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan, Fall 2009
Cream Colour Base in Dusk

 New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan, Fall 2009

Victor let me play around with and swatch the Bling black gloss from the upcoming black collection.

Victor continued, “We’re also doing really beautiful skin; skin that just shines with the light, no matter what direction you turn. It’s like, again, 1930’s Hollywood headshots. On the lip, it’s lightly natural with a little bit of shimmer on the bow of the lip.”

When I asked Victor about trends for fall, he replied, “I see a lot of black being used. I’m calling it ‘perfect penmanship.’ I’m going to try to create that as a trend, myself, because a lot of the lines have been perfect and very graphic. Last season, the look was Kate Moss, rock and roll – like she slept in her makeup. Now it’s all about graphic precision, which I think is going to be an emerging trend.”

 New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan, Fall 2009

I didn’t get an opportunity to interview lead hairstylist Eugene Souleiman (working with Wella Professional). His styles were so intricate and laborious, he had absolutely no time for idle chit chat. The finished look was architectural and breathtaking. I’ve seen a lot of pretty hairdos at Fashion Week shows…but this was simply inspired. Each models’ hair was adorned with over 100 u-shaped hair pins! Can you even believe such things are possible?

 New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan, Fall 2009

Finally, I spoke to Creative Nail Design‘s Lulu Cooper about nails. As she applied CND Serenity to one model’s nails, she explained that it was chosen for its “clean, buff look.” The nail shape was a slight almond. “Not too pointed and definitely not square,” she said. “The square shape is for a younger girl. The almond-shaped nail is for a more mature, more sophisticated woman.”

New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

baby+phat2 New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

For Baby Phat Fall 2009, Kimora Lee Simmons’ muse was the First Lady. “The inspiration is very sexy, curly hair but the length is Michelle Obama,” said Odile Gilbert, lead hairstylist. To achieve the look, models’ hair was put in rollers, teased within an inch of its life and shellac-ed with hairspray. When I asked if big hair will be a trend for fall, Odile cheekily answered, “It’s always a trend.”

model+at+baby+phat+fall+2009 New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

“We’re inspired by Michelle Obama,” said James Kaliardos, lead artist for MAC. “I mean, when else can you be inspired by a First Lady? I think she’s so inspiring and so great and so stylish. And she wears Isabella Toledo. Kimora wanted a soft, pretty, classic look. It’s like a soft, pretty peachy version. There’s a little glamour and a little glitter on the eyelid, which Michelle probably won’t do…so it’s a soft, pretty sculpted beautiful look. It’s not as over the top…last time it was Cher, and that’s like hyper glam. This is a little bit more pulled back, a little bit more sophisticated. We’re scuplting and shaping under the cheekbones and in the crease of the eyelid.”

To create the Michelle-inspired makeup, makeup artists used Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation, gold eye shadow, Cremesheen Glass lipgloss in Partial Pink, Pink Swoon Powder Blush and Zoom Lash Mascara. Individual eyelashes were applied to create a feathery and soft effect, which is “less drag queeny than a full strip,” James explained.

 New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

Angi Wingle from CND called the Baby Phat Fall 2009 nail look “All-American girl with edge.” “The theme is the Great Depression,” she said…so the nails had a pearlized metallic finish – which was achieved by layering Gold Chrome (to be released in Fall 2009) over Iced Capuccino. The nails were meant to look like jewelry…”to accent the collection, like buttons on a jacket.”

aoki+kimora+and+ming New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

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New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

barbie runway show New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

I’m a blond little girl, in the fantasy world
Dress me up, make it tight, I’m your dolly
You’re my doll, rock’n’roll, feel the glamour and pain,
Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky…
You can touch, you can play, if you say: “I’m always yours”

I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world
Life is plastic, it’s fantastic!
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation

To commemorate her 50th birthday, Barbie partied like it’s 1959, 2009 and 2059. Yesterday, Barbie took Manhattan and staged the most anticipated fashion week show in forev. 50 celebrated designers showcased one-of-a-kind, adult-size creations inspired by the renowned fashion doll. The epic fashion event celebrated the past, present and future of fashion, with Barbie as the muse; she’s once, twice, three times a lady.

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

Backstage at Barbie, I spoke to Charlotte Tilbury, lead makeup artist for Stila. She told me that the looks were divided into three sections: Past Barbie, Present Barbie and Futuristic Barbie.

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

Barbie Present New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World“Past is a 50’s dominatrix with pure red lips and really high-gloss pink-red gloss. A late 50’s black cat liquid eye with a little bit of contouring and shimmering white highlights. And a little bit of a filled in eyebrow,” she said.

“Barbie from the present is very Sharon Tate doll-looking; lots of lilacs and soft pinks, whites and dove grays – and beigy, pale pink glossy lips.”

“Futuristic Barbie looks like she’s wearing a Venetian mask or going to a Venetian ball. She’s got a butterfly be-dazzled eye with feathers, sequins, and electric blue glitter. Like a peacock butterfly with a beige Bardot gloss.”

Charlotte added, “Barbie was always my favorite game when I was younger. And being in fashion and making up models feels like you’re still playing Barbie. But today is so much fun. I get to live a little bit more of my fantasy.”

I asked Charlotte how these runway looks can be translated for real life, to which she replied:

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World“The present and the past are really great looks for real women. For the futuristic look, if you wanted to take the fabulous electric shimmery blue shadow with black eyeliner and did that with a beigy gloss lip, it would be a fantastic look also for real women.”

When asked why she thinks Barbie continues to be an icon, Charlotte answered, “She leggy, she’s got a waist, she’s got fabulous perky boobs, she’s got big blonde hair, huge big doe eyes, glossy lips and she never really speaks.”

For Past Barbie, Orlanda Pita (for T3) styled exaggerated ponytails and blunt bangs, reminiscent of vintage Barbie with the chevron striped swimsuit. He teased the models’ hair, a la Valley of the Dolls, for Present Barbie – using Plump and Control sprays. Futuristic Barbies sported larger-than-life buns, embellished with braided extensions.

CND was responsible for the dollicious manicures. As you can see in the photo below, all of the artifical nails have an elongated almond shape. CND lead nail technician, Amanda Fontanarrosa, gave me the skinny on the show’s nail looks…and shared some pro secrets.

Past Barbie: Wildfire #111
Present Barbie – Hot Pop Pink #348
Futuristic Barbie: French manicure, evolving into a lucite tip

“If a model smudges a nail at the last minute backstage, I simply glide a tiny bit of acetone over the nail with the pad of my finger to smooth out the enamel,” Amanda shared. “Wafting your hands or blowing on wet enamelk does NOT speed up drying time, instead it slows it down. That’s why we use Solar Speed Spray to control the flow of oxygen over enamel, helping it to dry faster.”

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

Stay tuned for the Stila face charts

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Photo Credits: Spoiled Pretty, IMG, Makeup Bag

MAC and Hello Kitty In The Big City

hello+kitty+collection MAC and Hello Kitty In The Big City

As you’ve probably heard, MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with the international pop culture phenomenon Hello Kitty, to create a color story that takes its cue from both the fantastical world of Hello Kitty and the glamorous fashion scene.

Somewhere between a coy girl and sexy siren, MAC Hello Kitty represents the desire in all of us to be both innocent and mischievous. More Angelina Jolie than Shirley Temple, the feisty new color collection takes its inspiration from the complex, yet elegantly feminine sensibility.

In celebration of the partnership, MAC has taken it to the stylish next level and tapped into its fashion reservoir of friends and assembled a team of 30 internationally renowned designers, to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are inspired by the Hello Kitty collection.

 MAC and Hello Kitty In The Big CityMAC asked designers to work within the color palette of the Hello Kitty collection of black, grey, white and pink and posed the question, “What would MAC Hello Kitty wear if she were a fashionista?” Designers were given creative freedom to create pieces in their own aesthetic and on February 5th in New York, MAC unveiled the exclusive designs to the world with a global Hello Kitty cocktail party and fashion exhibit showcasing the ensembles.

It was MAC Hello Kitty Commotion! My bestie, Amber, was in attendance. Click here to get the inside scoop (and see a pic of her encounter with a certain celeb from MTV’s The City).

The MAC Hello Kitty fashion designer team includes the very talented; Blugirl, Catherine Malandrino, Charlotte Ronson, Dress33, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro, General Idea – Bum Suk Choi, Giles, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Kai Kühne, Kate Sylvester, Katy England, Manish Arora, Marchesa, Miro, Opening Ceremony, Qiu Hao, Rosa Cha, Ruffian, Sang Beg Ha, Shu-Chi Huang, Sinha Stanic, Tadashi Shoji, The Blonds, threeasFOUR, Vicente Villarin, Yigal Azrouel, Zac Posen, and Zimmermann.

 MAC and Hello Kitty In The Big City

The MAC Hello Kitty designs will be auctioned off on eBay, with all proceeds benefiting The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. On Monday February 9, 2009 at 10:00pm EST, the MAC Hello Kitty charity auction will go live on eBay. To bid on these exclusive designer creations, please visit ebay.com/machellokitty. Bidding will be open internationally and will remain live for ten days. Payment will be accepted through major credit cards only, via PayPal. The auction will close on February 19, 2009 at the same time it began.

The MAC Hello Kitty color and accessory collection will launch on February 12, 2009.

Bryant Park To Get All Dolled Up: Barbie Comes To Fashion Week

spotted+shopping+barbie Bryant Park To Get All Dolled Up: Barbie Comes To Fashion Week
February 14th, Barbie takes Manhattan. For the first time ever, 50 designers will come together under one “Tent” for Barbie’s first-ever runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Yesterday, the brand released the official line-up of 50 celebrated designers who will showcase one-of-a-kind, adult-size creations inspired by the renowned fashion doll. The epic fashion event will celebrate the past, present and future of fashion, with Barbie as the muse.

Each of the 50 models will wear Christian Louboutin pumps in iconic Barbie Pantone 219 Pink. “I guess I always had a little ‘girlie side’ who liked Barbie,” Louboutin said. “Barbie needs to wear great shoes because every girl needs to wear great shoes.”

The show is part of a year-long, global celebration of Barbie’s 50th anniversary that includes pink carpet events, marquee partnerships, retail celebrations, must-have products and numerous tributes in design, fashion and more.

Participating designers include: Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Baby Phat, Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Bob Mackie, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, Kenneth Cole, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Rachel Roy, Reem Acra, Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Vena Cava, Vera Wang, Vivienne Tam and Yigal Azrouel.

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Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obama’s Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"

michelle+obama+inauguration Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obamas Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"Jason Wu hit the fashion lottery tonight. In December, the 26-year old Tawainese-American designer submitted three dresses to Michelle Obama for consideration, but considered himself a long-shot. Wu had no idea that Michelle Obama had chosen his one-shouldered, embellished, off-white gown until the President and First Lady took the stage at the Neighborhood Ball. “I found out tonight…along with the rest of the world,” Wu told CNN.

“It’s thrilling, it’s emotional and it’s inspiring. For a young designer, I couldn’t ask for anything more than this. It’s my dream come true.”

michelle+obama+jason+wu Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obamas Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"Wu said he created the dress to reflect the first couple and the new administration. He wanted to give Michelle a gown with a “dream-like quality.”

On inauguration night, Wu won’t be celebrating his newfound celebrity. He doesn’t have time. With New York Fashion Week only three weeks away, he will be burning the midnight oil – working on his Fall 2009 collection.

When asked his thoughts about Michelle Obama’s status as an emerging style icon, Wu said, “She’s versatile. She can do it all. She is amazing. She has her own sense of style and there’s nothing better than that.”

michelle gown Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obamas Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"

michelle gown2 Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obamas Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"

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