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House of Style: Back In Style

cindy+crawford+mtv+hos House of Style: Back In StyleIt’s hard to believe, but it was 20 years ago that MTV debuted a little show called House of Style, hosted by an up-and-coming catwalker by the name of Cindy Crawford.

The show focused on fashion, beauty, the modeling industry, and ‘controversial’ topics such as eating disorders and breast impants. During its 11 year run, House of Style launched the careers of Crawford, Daisy Fuentes and Rebecca Romijn. In middle and high school, House of Style was must-see TV…and I never missed a Todd Time segment.

For those of you too young to remember House of Style, you’re in luck…because the show has been resurrected and will soon take up residence on MTV’s schedule. Bar Refaeli and Chanel Iman will co-emcee.

Star-Crossed Lovers: Me and This Beautiful People Handbag

beautiful+people+grown+up+yone Star Crossed Lovers: Me and This Beautiful People Handbag
Backstage at Baby Phat, I was in stylish company. And I don’t mean Kimora Lee Simmons. I’m referring to my Grown Up Yone handbag by Beautiful People. The crisp apple green patent (Umantao) does double duty; this chic shade is neutral enough to accessorize any ensemble, yet provides a pop of color when you’re sporting the New York uniform – basic black.

 Star Crossed Lovers: Me and This Beautiful People HandbagThe spacious bag – complete with two cavernous side pockets – stealthily held and hid my Fashion Week arsenal (Blackberry, camera, dictaphone, flip cam, notepad, pens, wallet and a pair of ballet flats) without being cumbersome or appearing bulky. It’s perfect for the fast-paced fashionista who lives out of her handbag. Trust me when I tell you that there’s room for your entire life in the interior of the Grown Up Yone, with space to spare.

The Grown Up Yone is so sophisticated and timeless, that it should come as no surprise that Beautiful People’s newest collection was inspired by the greatest love story of all time. Featuring “austere feminine substance with a hint of Shakespearean roses and soft organic contours,“ the Spring 2009 Capulet Collection also includes Juliet, Lady Capulet and Tybalt.

mary+anne Star Crossed Lovers: Me and This Beautiful People Handbag“We are a family business and our goal is to create a legacy of our own to share with women of the world. These trendy fashion accessories have been customized to attract women of panache. Our bags are simply, beautifully, different,” says designer Johanna Boccardo.

The collection’s Little Rose handbag mimics the organic curvature of a rose, and is perfect day or night accessory. The Flat Rose, with its sleek design and lustrous sheen, is the ideal evening clutch. Rosaline, a clean, classic tote, was designed for minimalists who desire a fashionable, yet functional carry-all.

At the end of the night when it came time to remove Grown Up Yone from my arm, I though to myself…

I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night!
Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

Want to fall in love? Visit Beautiful People at beautifulpeopledesign.com.

*Click on the photo of me next to the Baby Phat red carpet…is that William Hung behind me?!?

5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

At 51 runway shows during New York’s Fall 2009 Fashion Week, CND’s star nail pros manicured the hottest models and created five new recession-friendly ways to have the latest looks at your fingertips.

carolina+herrera 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Tickle the Ivories – Glimmering ivory and buttercup blond manicures debuted on the runways of Carolina Herrera and iconic American designers Jason Wu and Tommy Hilfiger. The look is opaque, not sheer, with hit of golden shimmer.

dkny 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Dark is Classic – Ebonized jewel tones in sapphire and amethyst punctuated the seriously sexy styling at BCBG, Herve Leger and DKNY, while Milly and Luca Luca showed classic dark raisin manicures to complement their feminine collections. At Miss Sixty, pure black Voodoo polish was reserved for pedicures. At Diesel, Amanda Fontanarrosa mixed a custom shade of dark chocolate enamel to match the clothes.

thakoon 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
40s Moon Manicure – The glamour and hope of post WWII returned to fashion in the form of bold beauty elements including matte red lips, pin curled hair, lined eyes and half moon manicures. Ruffian, inspired by a vintage Vogue cover, updated the moon manicure from Vogue’s coral to a deep blood red. At Thakoon, CND’s Wanda Ruiz took the look a step further with a French moon mani in beige and black. At FORM, the urban black uniforms were contrasted with 40s hair and makeup and black and white moon manicures. At ThreeAsFour, CND’s Roxanne Valinoti abstracted the manicure with black triangular moons on nude nails.

matthew+williamson 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Greige & Dirty Pastels – The non-color of choice for fall is grey. At Kai Kuhne, Roxanne Valinoti designed a gradated manicure effect with greys shade evolving from pinky to thumb. CND’s Kristina Baune mixed custom shades of grey and mushroom for Karen Walker, Costello Tagliopietra, Matthew Williamson, Yigal Azrouel, and Malandrino.

baby+phat 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Vintage Metallics – Nails are jewels not tools, treat them like the fashion accessory they are. At Marchesa, the look was a metallic charcoal veil to pick up on the delicate embroidery. Baby Phat manis were a universally flattering warm antique gold while Binetti showed distressed gold and silver on a black base.

GoIndulge.com is offering a free mixing bottle with the purchase of CND shades for custom blending. Use the coupon code FWRecipe.

New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009For the Thuy Fall 2009 show, Anthony Barrow for Avon created disheveled rocker updos.

“What we’re going for is to create a dry, airy texture and Thuy wanted the hair to go up…to be a little bit rockabilly. We combed through some , on dry hair, and sprayed on . All of that is dried into the hair, using a hair dryer and paddle brush – which gives it a little bit of finish, but keeps it separated because we don’t want the texture to be too perfect.”

“The front half of the head is backcombed and the first few side sections are backcombed. Then the back is twisted asymmetrically across the back of the head. So it’s a bit like a French pleat, but it runs behind the ear. The front is dressed back up and twisted and the ends are left out, so there’s texture in the front. The reason for twisting the hair right to left is because the designer has created several looks with hats. So the hats go from left to right, so we’re balancing that out. What’s important is it’s not too pretty. It’s got a bit of gritiness to it. This is perfect hair, actually, because it’s a little bit damaged.”

thuy+hair New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

When I asked about the inspiration, Anthony explained, “Thuy wanted something that was strong and ‘not too girly,’ in her words…and edgier and raw. But she wanted it to be clean and she wanted it to be flat. The emphasis needed to be on the front, with the texture. We went through many variations before we decided on this one.”

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009Romero Jennings (for MAC) created the futuristic makeup look. “Thuy was talking about optimism and the future and clean lines. So I felt that the makeup should be organic, like a lot of her shapes are. But because she’s doing some color, I decided to go black and white. I was able to use texture – so there’s shine and matte. There’s definitely a liner, and it’s done with Blacktrack Fluidline, mixed with some new products. We have a new Black Collection for fall that is amazing.”

“On the lid, I mixed Frozen White Pigment with Gold Pigment and a little bit of Reflects Gold. On the cheek, we’re applying Mineralized Blush. But even though there’s a hint of color, you’re really not going to see it. On the runway, it’s going to look like black and white and the skin is just going to glow.”

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009


 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009“The lipstick is a mixture of Flesh Pot (from the limited-edition Heatherette Collection) and Myth. The look is kind of nude and fresh. On a darker girl, I’m going to use Chelsea (discontinued lipstick), which is nude and brownie. It’s pretty. It’s makeup that someone can actually do at home by themselves, with or without all of the extra things that I use. You can actually do this really great strong liner, highlight around it, do a neutral mouth and little bit of blush and you’ll get the same effect.”

When I asked Romero about emerging trends, Romero said, “For fall, I’m seeing that it’s dark. There’s a definite liner, but it’s not pointy. It’s not glam-y or vampy. It’s almost more futuristic and modern. That’s what I love about it. And the skin looks healthy.”

Give Me Fever: Scrunch Collar Cardigan

fever+sweater+coral Give Me Fever: Scrunch Collar CardiganSpoiled Pretty readers, meet my new favorite sweater – the Scrunch Collar Cardigan by Fever.

I bought mine last weekend at Macy’s…the petite version was on sale for $19.99. I picked one up in gray and I am very tempted to go back and buy another (or a couple more) in different colors.

I’ve worn the cardigan twice this week and received a ton of compliments.

Fever’s Scrunch Collar Cardigan is also sold at Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.

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