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Diesel Wants You To Get Dirty…For 50 Bucks

diesel Diesel Wants You To Get Dirty…For 50 Bucks
To celebrate three decades in the biz, Italian denim label Diesel is giving its customers a gift: Dirty Thirty jeans for only £30. For Yanks like me, that’s $50, y’all!

Only 30,000 pairs of the Dirty Thirty jeans (in Diesel’s Heeven style) have been made, and they will only be available in 160 stores worldwide for one day only – on Friday, October 10th (starting at 10am). The limited-edition jeans will feature a back patch embroidered with “xXx,” side embroidery with the dates 1978-2008, and customized buttons with “Diesel 1978.”

The first ten customers will also get an invite to one of Diesel’s ambitious xXx parties taking place in 17 cities on October 11th.

New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009

terexov1 New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009
Last month, Jamie and I scored second row seats at the Terexov Spring 2009 show. That’s just how we roll.

From the moment the lights dimmed, Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street” started wafting from the sound system, and Chanel Iman turned the corner wearing a multi-color worldmap printed silk dress, 29-year-old Russian fashion phenom Alexandr Terekhov shot to the top of my favorite designers list.

terexov35 New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009“I love the energy of New York – the women are very glamorous and beautiful,” Terekhov says. “It is incredibly exciting and inspirational to be able to present my work to one of the top fashion audiences in the world.”

Homeboy knows how to put on a show, that’s for damn sure. His 34 designs rendered me speechless.

Key Makeup Artist Nadine Luke used the following MAC products to compliment the collection:

Skin – Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation, Select Sheer Loose Powder
Eyes – Paintpot in Painterly, Liquidlast Liner in Blue Horizon, Pro Lash Mascara, Brow Set in Clear
Lips – Lip Erase in Pale, Lipstick in St. Germaine

Juan Carlos Maciques (for Rita Hazan Salon) side-parted the models’ hair, twisted the front sections and pulled them back into elegant chignons.

After the show, I channeled my inner supermodel and Jamie snapped some photos of me striking a pose in front of the tents. And how sweet is my arm candy? Ridiculously chic, right? It’s fitting that I chose this gorge Ranhee Joo handbag to accompany me to the Terexov show because, like the talented Alexandr Terekhov, Joo is one to watch.

ranheejoobag New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009
Her debut collection launched this past summer and includes the “Bellona” (above) and “Clio” slip-in handle clutch. The designs are timeless and luxurious, with a modern edge and practical elements. “As an industrial designer, it’s in my blood to want to create something that is innovative and functional,” she says. “I guess this is what makes my bags so special because they will always be fresh and creative, with function in mind.”

My Bellona Convertible Pleated Handbag in chocolate is a little slice of heaven. I just want to eat it up. As you know, I am a handbag enthusiast and I have amassed quite a collection. But with its soft leather, glossy crinkled patent leather and plethora of pockets, it has become one of my favorites. Just don’t tell the others…they’ll get jealous.

When Ranhee Joo blows up and every startlet is holding one of her handbags, just remember who was wearing it first.

 New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009

New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!

fw New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!
I have so many untold NY Fashion Week stories, you don’t even know. I’ve been meaning to get back to my FW reporting, but I have been up to my eyeballs at work, and busy co-chairing the Total Beauty – Total Cure Breast Cancer Awareness campaign with the hilariously snarkalicious Amber.

So hop into my DeLorean, switch on the Flux Capacitor, and let’s rev this baby up to 88 mph. We’re going back in time…

During New York Fashion Week, L’Oreal held an exclusive blogger event, and I was one of the lucky few on the invite list. At an expansive and gorgeous townhouse – complete with a tdf courtyard – I sipped mimosas, noshed on blueberry pancakes and chatted up some of my cosmetics-craving colleagues. As a parting gift, L’Oreal presented us all with Fashion Week survival kits, packed with a festival of goodies. It was then that I was formally introduced to my new fave lippie, HIP Jelly Balm.

 New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!
Here’s me and Amber. Fix your eyes on the chicness that is my Krina handbag. The Calista Tote (in Azure) is both functional and feminine, made of rich Italian leather and accented with gold-plated hardware and flirty tassels. The Calista is oft seen on the fabulous fashionplate, Katherine Heigl!

Later that day, Amber and I popped by the Boots booth at the Bryant Park tents, and were introduced to one of my Fashion Week beauty discoveries. No7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion
is a pearly lotion that contains light reflecting particles to illuminate your skin exactly where you want it, while diffusing imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles. Highlight your cheekbones or brow bone to look truly radiant…or mix with foundation for an all-over glow.

 New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!
Check us out, getting our glow on. You too can look this dreamily dewy…and for less than $13!

PS – Like my earrings? Get your own from Forever 21 for less than $4!!!

 New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!

MAC Ungaro: Q&A With Esteban Cortazar and Sharon Dowsett

ungaro MAC Ungaro: Q&A With Esteban Cortazar and Sharon Dowsett
MAC collaborated with Emanuel Ungaro designer Esteban Cortazar on a limited edition line, inspired by the designer’s fall 2008 collection. The 14 piece collection is the product of the collaborative efforts of Cortazar, MAC’s product development team and Sharon Dowsett, Head Make-up Artist for MAC. What do the masterminds behind the highly anticipated collection have to say about the inspiration and products? Spoiled Pretty finds out…

Esteban Cortazar, Head Designer at Emanuel Ungaro

esteban+cortazar MAC Ungaro: Q&A With Esteban Cortazar and Sharon DowsettQ: Who is the Ungaro woman?
A: “The Ungaro woman celebrates life, she loves nature, she smells fantastic, like peonies, gardenias and jasmine in a subtle way that’s so feminine. She adores feminine fluidity, beautiful colours, soft textures and unexpected prints – she’s a true individual with her style, a free spirit.”

Q: Who are your muses?
A: “All my girlfriends are my muses – women who love to dance, to laugh.”

Q: Did you have any preconceived ideas as to what feeling you’d like the makeup to communicate this season?
A: “Makeup is a huge part of a feminine woman who uses it to express her individuality and her mood. This season I wanted the makeup to come across as very natural and balanced…although natural can still have a strength to it. I wanted everything to be soft in the face. A little earth in the eye, to give it weight, but in a subtle way.”

Q: You must be excited to be collaborating with MAC on this range – how long have you worked together?
A: “I’m so excited about the collaboration with MAC– they are so forward-thinking and so believing. They believed in me from my first show since I was friends with all the girls from the Miami store. I really feel part of the MAC family.”

Q: Knowing that this makeup collection will have the Ungaro name to it, what was most important to you in terms of it’s aesthetic?
A: “It’s important to me that the makeup feels timeless-modern, but still makeup that a woman will always want to wear.”


Sharon Dowsett, MAC Lead Makeup Artist

 MAC Ungaro: Q&A With Esteban Cortazar and Sharon DowsettQ: How did you work with the MAC team backstage to ensure they understood the feeling you wanted for the look?
A: “Backstage I had to keep reminding the team to make it look less professional – I wanted it to look like shadow rather than eye shadow. Like Monet’s Water Lilies, it looks better the farther back you stand. When I visited his masterpiece at l’Orangerie, I was struck by how many colors he’d used to create brown, without actually using brown. There’s not a lot of makeup but a lot of thought’s gone into it.”

Q: Who is the Ungaro woman this season?
A: “She’s a bit of a paradox – a girl who lets her hair dry naturally but also wears a couture dress. Feminine but not girly, stylish but not concerned, warm but not bronzed. Esteban described her as the type of girl who would dab jasmine under her ears as her perfume…I think he knows women like this!”

Q: What similarities do you see in the attitude and aesthetic of MAC and woman Ungaro?
A: “Not forced or contrived…although she isn’t afraid to wear makeup either. In this way, the Ungaro and the MAC woman have a similar aesthetic – they both have a definite sense of style and know who they are.”

Q: The makeup feels very effortless, very innate. Was this your intention?
A: “It can take a bit of practice to be this kind of relaxed, effortless Ungaro woman. I suppose some women are born with it, but others of us don’t necessarily have that inherent refinement…we have to build it. Hopefully these products will make it simpler.”

Q: How did you work with MAC on the products to get the colors and textures exactly right?
A: “I asked the MAC product development team to make a few changes to the products I’d used at the show since I’d created bespoke mixtures to get the shades exactly right. I requested that the orange eye shadow be less yellow, the brown be warmed up and the violet more vibrant. Fortunately you can make anything by combining pigments and mixes from the pro range and we also looked at some of my favourite theatrical products for inspiration.”

Q: As a makeup artist it must be a complete dream to be able to create your own products, especially with MAC’s product development team and all their expertise at your disposal. Were there any constraints put on you by them, though?
A: “It’s such a dream to collaborate on a collection of products and MAC was incredibly free with me, there were no marketing constraints or anything to limit my creativity. They said ‘Be an artist and we will do the rest’.”

Q: What are your thoughts on the final collection?
A: “I was really pleased when first saw the collection, as it was so close to the makeup created for the show with some pleasant surprises. I think that was to be expected, as the product development team had been very attentive during the whole process in paris and we’d been communicating by email since. I’m especially thrilled with the crushed rose and stone pink cream colour bases…my assistant said ‘in sickness and in health’ when I applied them to her! And the lip stain is brilliant…it doesn’t budge and makes no mess. love the mink brow set as it roughs up the brows and gives an expression of fierce femininity but the brown mascara struck me as slightly unnecessary as it’s already available in stores. Looking at everything together, I thought the whole collection needed an edge or juxtaposition…it could, in fact, be more painterly. I experimented with pencils and fell in love with an old pro blue, but was concerned that it wouldn’t be possible to include a completely new product at such a late stage. I asked Gordon Spinet if we could swap it for the mascara and we had several conversations about what could be done in the short time frame. After a bit of research, Gordon came up with Auto Blue Techno Kohl, which he said was a point of view on blue…watery, like an inky teal, which you could smear like eye shadow. Magic words to a makeup artist!”

Q: Which are your favourite products from MAC for Ungaro?
A: “I think the Cream Colour Bases are my favorites but everything’s now in my kit and own makeup bag.”

Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!

Every time I go to New York Fashion Week, I panic. I love fashion. But I am not, by any means, a fashionista. For weeks, I agonize over outfits. I work myself into a tizzy matching the right dress with the right shoe…the right belt with the right blouse. How does a mere mortal bring her A-game to an event attended by A-listers? A haute handbag – that’s how.

Daneen+and+Karl+Lagerfeld Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!This go ‘round, my secret style weapon was Junior Drake’s Aurora Satchel. This pretty and practical bag is perfectly compatible with my gal-on-the-go lifestyle, with its roomy interior, plethora of pockets, double handles and longer detachable strap. The Aurora Satchel is so spacious that if you tend to carry around your life in your purse, like I do, you can pile it all in – and have room to spare. Yet it never looks bulky. And the buttery, washed Italian leather and cross-stitch flourishes give this chic tote a worn-in, loved esthetic. The bag is available in six sumptuous shades.

As you can see from the pic (that’s me in the Chanel showroom…more on that later), I’m so on-trend carrying the violet version. Karl’s to the left of me. Aurora’s to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

Where was I going with that? Nevermind. Moving on…

I am so obsessed with Junior Drake right now that I can’t keep this love affair to myself. So I’m spoiling y’all pretty. This giveaway isn’t junior. Oh hell naw. This one is majah!

Junior+Drake+Nicola Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!One fortunate female will win Junior Drake’s Nicola Tote. Made of soft, supple leather, the Nicola flapped handbag will up your style ante with its feminine, Southwestern-inspired look. A multitude of exterior and interior pockets help keep you well-organized. And Nicola’s silk lining features retro photos of the founder’s actress mother – whose stage name was (you guessed it) Junior Drake.

The Nicola Tote retails for $528. But this week, we’re slashing prices – and you can get one of your very own for the low, low price of $0. That’s right. No money down, and no interest until neva! But you have to enter.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Junior Drake Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, September 28th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, September 29th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

 Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!

It’s A Motherf-ing Walkoff

naomi+and+chanel+iman3 Its A Motherf ing Walkoff
In the immortal words of Project Runway Season 2 contestant Daniel Vosovic, it was a “motherf-ing walkoff” at the Fashion for Relief Annual Fashion Show last Wednesday.

Naomi and Chanel Iman sashayed and shante’d down the catwalk at the same time, in the same dress (it’s an Alaia). In case you hadn’t heard…he’s, like, a totally important designer.

naomi+and+chanel+iman1 Its A Motherf ing Walkoff

Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!

runway Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
For the past week, I’ve been talking your ear off (well, writing your eyes off) about my recent trip to New York Fashion Week…tales of interviewing Bobbi Brown, watching Oscar Blandi work his magic, hanging with hipster muse, Cory Kennedy, and generally living the glamorous life.

How rude of me! I know you want to hear the deets. But, damn…do I have to be so boastful about it?

Well, before you put me on blast for being such a braggart – check it. In between shows and hobnobbing with the movers and shakers, I’ve been working on something pretty fashtastic. So in honor of my little trip to the Big Apple, I’m hosting a giveaway inspired by the marriage of fashion and beauty!!!

One lucky broad will win a sampling of Urban Decay’s fabulous fall 2008 collection. She will receive:

Urban+Decay+Lipstick Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
Three Lipsticks (winner’s choice)
From crimson red and exotic fuchsias, to cotton candy pink and shimmering nudes, these wearable, but unusual shades will enrapture beauty junkies everywhere. The creamy formula nourishes and protects lips with vitamins A, C, and E and is infused with a crème-caramel scent and flavor. And the lipstick tubes, made from weighty, purple metal, are pierced with a mini gunmetal dagger. The clear cap is decorated inside and out with two-toned purple flourishes. The effect is multidimensional, and incredibly luxe.

 Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
Two 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils (winner’s choice)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils are best-sellers year after year. And now, their long-wearing, cult-status formula is available in Lip Pencils! The waterproof pencils contain jojoba oil, vitamin E, and cottonseed oil to nourish the skin and provide a smooth application. making them the perfect complement to Urban Decay lipsticks, stains, and glosses.

Urban+Decay+Concealer Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
One 24/7 Concealer Pencil (winner’s choice)
Hide dark circles and blemishes with this creamy formula that dries matte and stays put. Full of vitamin E, 24/7 Concealer also contains a new ingredient called Microsponge—its empty spheres absorb excess oil preventing further breakouts and clogged pores.

Urban+Decay+Grind+House Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
One Grind House Pencil Sharpener
This premium quality, dual-chambered sharpener is the ultimate accoutrement to your beauty arsenal. Grind House is designed to work with the entire 24/7 family: the slim-line hole fits Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye and Lip Pencils, and the large hole fits thick-barreled 24/7 Concealer.

Electric Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!
Two Matte Eyeshadows (winner’s choice)
This fall, Urban Decay adds three new additions to their collection of Matte Eyeshadows—Electric (electric blue), Shakedown (medium brown), and Heist (neutral taupe). Pigment-rich with an ultra-soft, velvety texture, these shadows have intense color payoff and blend beautifully.

Two runners-up win one Lipstick, one 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil and one 24/7 Concealer Pencil.

 Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!And as an added, fashtastic bonus – the grand prize winner will receive the Coco Clutch, courtesy of Ananas Collection. This gorgeous zip clutch is adorned with a wood ring. It’s perfect as a clutch, makeup case or to organize in a larger bag!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, September 21st. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, September 22nd, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

 Pretty Fashtastic Giveaway!!!

New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2009

ronson1 New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2009On September 6th, celebs came out en mass to see Charlotte Ronson’s Spring 2009 collection. Jessica Stam, Jessica Szohr (of Gossip Girl fame) Sean Lennon and Cory Kennedy made an appearance. And Lindsay Lohan (accompanied by gal pal Samantha Ronson, Charlotte’s twin sis) caused a near riot as paparazzi and I Know Who Killed Me fans trampled each other to catch a glimpse of the tabloid darling.

But if you ask me, the real stars of the show – besides the clothes, obv – were the hair and makeup.

Charlotte Ronson described her latest collection as “understated, sexy and flirty.” Her muse was a “confident girl who doesn’t need to overdo it.” To compliment the “post new wave/pre early grunge” inspired collection, Beauty.com celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow used products from Tarte Cosmetics.

She gave the models a “Madonna grunge rock and roll” look with the following miracle workers:

The Eraser 4-in-1 Concealer
Provacateur Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 8
Mineral Powder Bronzer
Green Machine Eye Shadow
Empas’eyes High Definition Pencil in Chocolate
Lash Hugger Eco-Friendly Natural Mascara (coming this fall)
Toolbox Brow Know-how Eyebrow Kit
24/7 Lip Sheer with SPF in Teatime

FW+004 New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2009
“The makeup’s there but it’s not really about the makeup. It’s about the personality of the girl wearing the clothes,” Tina told me. “My favorite makeup look is the one where it looks like you slept in it…where it looks like it’s a part of you and works it way into the face.”

In the coming months, keep your eyes on Tarte (and Tarte on your eyes…have you seen tried their amazing shadows and liners?) because the brand is launching exciting new products, with a green theme. There will be a palette with packaging made from straw and brushes made from bamboo. And the Lash Hugger Mascara container is created from post-consumer recycled aluminum. But don’t sweat…they’ll keep churning out the high-fashion, high-quality products. It’ll be chic, not crunchy. And in January, they’ll be launching new shades to meet all women’s complexion needs. Can I get an “amen,” brown girls?

Sebastian Professional Lead Stylist, Thomas Dunkin, collaborated closely with Charlotte Ronson to ensure that the hair captured the essence of her collection and ultimately her signature style. To get the look, he suggests that sometimes using the strongest gels can result in the softest look. He used Re-Shaper (brushable humidity resistant stong-hold hairspray), Liquid Steel (concentrated styler) and Craft Clay (remoldable matte texturizer).

Stay tuned for more New York Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2009 coverage!

 New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2009

OMFG: Gossip Girl Winners Revealed!

2ggfromstylelistcomlb3 OMFG: Gossip Girl Winners Revealed!Spotted: D leaving her laptop with the Geek Squad after the hard drive crashes. Looks like Spoiled Pretty has rotten luck. Oh, the humanity!

Sorry, my pretties. I meant to post the names of the Gossip Girl winners earlier, but my computer died and, for the last 12 hours, I’ve been a blogger with no means of blogging. My laptop is still out of commission, but I’ve procured another computer for the time being. In the midst of Fashion Week, my first concern is my readers. You know you love me.

So without further ado, the winners of the Gossip Girl Giveaway are Aleksandra Burshteyn and Heidi Little! They have both won the Grosgrain Edie Headband and the Linen Open Work Headband from Colette Malouf. Aleksandra and Heidi will also receive Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season on DVD!

Congratulations on your prizes, ladies. Special thanks to Colette Malouf and Warner Home Video for sponsoring this giveaway. And thanks to the many Gossip Girl fans who participated.

On Spoiled Pretty, giveaways are always in fashion. So stayed tuned for the next contest, inspired by my whirlwind trip to New York Fashion Week.

You know you’re intrigued…

xoxo,
Spoiled Pretty

New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009

erin+fetherston New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009On Friday afternoon, I was chilling in the Total Beauty suite at Bryant Park hotel – unwinding from the day and gearing up for a fantastic first night of New York Fashion Week – when I got a Twitter message from Anne. The message instructed me to hightail it over to the tents because I was on the press list at Erin Fetherston. What was ironic about this was that I’m hardly ever on Twitter, because my life is typically too busy or boring for me to sit down and provide the world with lifestyle updates. But since I arrived in NYC, I have been Twittering like it’s my J-O-B because I can’t believe how fabulously fab my world is right now.

So as soon as I received Anne’s message, I made a bee-line for Bryant Park and checked in at the table backstage at the Promenade. I was feeling a little bit out of sorts because I wasn’t in my backstage frame of mind. I must have missed my access confirmation, and figured that I couldn’t be accommodated backstage. But the area was cramped and uber chaotic, so there was no time for being dazed and confused. Just as I psyched myself up to interview the Key Makeup Artist, the sea of models, hair stylists, makeup artists, journalists and photogs part…and then I see her. Bobbi Brown. Can you even believe it? Bobbi Brown. Yes…the Bobbi Brown.

I coolly approached her and asked her how Erin Fetherston’s Spring 2009 collection inspired the makeup look, trying not to let on how in awe of her awesomeness I actually was. It’s a good thing that I had my tape recorder on me, because I was trembling so much that transcribing the interview would have been out of the question.

erin+fetherston2 New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009“I definitely see her clothes as beautiful and very fairytale. But she wanted a sophisticated angel,” Bobbi said. “We did that with a lot of the new metallic colors, which is a combination of shimmer and glitter that is really suitable for regular women. I’ve been doing the shows for so many years that I started back to using the glitters and shimmers a couple of years ago and so I would go buy all of this cheap stuff and it was so hard to make it look pretty. So I created this way to look pretty…because it can look really bad with the wrong texture.”

Though Bobbi loves the look of shimmer against the skin, she warned against going overboard. “Right now, I’ve got it on the girls’ eyes as well as the cheeks, and above the eye. That doesn’t work on everybody. So for regular women, maybe wear it on the eyes and maybe a little high on the cheekbone, over blush. And if you’re wearing gloss, I think it looks nice with shimmer. But we’re doing gloss in a much cooler, more modern way. There’s nothing gooey going on. You put it on, you blot them together, and then you use your finger.”

fw3+005 New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009The following Bobbi Brown products were used to achieve the look:

Face: Dewy Finish Foundation*.

Eyes: Gold Dust Metallic Eye Shadow and Lavender Metallic Eye Shadow (as a base), Velvet Plum Metallic Eye Shadow and Glitz Metallic Eye Shadow* (in the crease), Gold Celestial Eye Shadow* (all over), Violet Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Lash Glamour Lengthening Mascara in Smoke.

Cheeks: Illuminating Bronzer* and Gold Sparkle Pot Rouge*.

Lips: Nugget Lip Gloss.*

*These shades are not yet available.

Stay tuned for more New York Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2009 coverage!

Photo source: style.com

 New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009

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