>> Alexa Chung's new show, 24 Hour Catwalk, now has a premiere date and a preview video. The reality series — which follows four new designers each episode as they compete to create a three-piece collection and stage a runway show within 24 hours — kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Joining Chung — who hosts — are Cynthia Rowley, Derek Blasberg, and publicist James LaForce serving as the judging panel. [People]
Sure there are hair, makeup, and nail trends, but one specific beauty trend that's been emerging as of late is designer packaging. From collaborations with designers to crystal-embellished products, see how some of the most common tools have been dressed up to impress.
- Why brush your teeth with that boring old brush your dentist gave you? Reach by Design has just come out with its latest line of patterned toothbrushes, which were designed by Shoshanna Gruss and Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis.
- From Harajuku Lovers to Betsey Johnson, Tweezerman is always pairing up with the best in quirky. But this time around, it's all about the bling. Available now are the brand's Swarovski Crystal Tweezers and Stand ($200) or the Crystal Slant Tweezers ($100), available in various hues.
- Tarina Tarantino is known for her cute jewelry and fun, colorful makeup, and now she's taken her vibrant design sense into the hairstyling tools realm. This Paul Mitchell by Tarina Tarantino Express Ion Smooth flat iron will make your morning styling routine all the more merry, and it's available exclusively at salons that sell Paul Mitchell products.
- Cover up nicks and cuts stylishly with Dress-Up Band-Aids by Cynthia Rowley ($5). The bandages are so fashionable, you'll find yourself wanting to wear them just because.
>> Last month, Alexa Chung officially got herself a new TV show on American airwaves. Lifetime ordered 10 episodes of 24 Hour Catwalk, a reality series that Chung will host, with Cynthia Rowley, Derek Blasberg, and publicist James LaForce serving as the judging panel.
In the latest issue of Teen Vogue, Chung talks about her involvement in the show, which follows four designers over the course of 24 hours as they compete in what is framed as a younger, hipper version of Project Runway. The four designers are narrowed down to two based on their vision, talent, and endurance, with a $10,000 grand prize for the ultimate winner. Each episode brings a new crop of competitors.
"With a lot of other fashion shows, it's not actually relevant," Chung says. "I only wanted to do this if it was going to be a genuine search for designers and if I would be working alongside people who are legitimate in the fashion industry." She adds of her last American television experience, hosting It's On With Alexa Chung, which was canceled less than a year into its run: "I got so burnt by the last [show]. [But] everything feels right this time. I really like the team. From day one, we've laughed nonstop."
Alexa Chung attended the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 fashion show sporting a printed cutout dress and amazing glitter Miu Miu booties. She kept her accessories to a minimum — quilted Chanel bag and black hair barrette — but added a burst of color with orange lipstick. Steal Alexa's kicks in a polarized version when you shop now.
There's a trend that's suiting up to be big for Spring 2012: full-on, flirty printed suits are looking like a thing, and we're not hating on it. It's a bold look for sure, and one that we've seen on the runways of Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley, and Prabal Gurung — not to mention celebs like Zoe Saldana, who wore a sexy short suit on the red carpet recently. It's a fashion risk, but one that will likely pay off. So tell us, would you rock a printed suit?
With gold embellishments and garden-party-inspired prints, Cynthia Rowley's set the tone for a beautifully femme and still entirely modern Spring 2012. Models hit the mirrored, metallic runway in a contrast of botanical prints on slim-fit pants and waist-cinching jackets and blazers, while LBDs and knits got a dose of the same gold accents that Rowley echoed again and again on shoes, soccer-inspired patchwork bags, and even gilded shorts. Rowley delivered a collection that manages to be equal parts sophisticate and cool girl — statement pieces in all-over florals that get a chicer edge thanks to sharp tailoring and a perfect palette.
- Trends: Contrast stitching, head-to-toe print, botanicals and florals, laser-cut detailing.
- Colors: White, black, red, gold, florals.
- Key Piece: White botanical print blazer and slim-fit black floral print pants.
- Accessories: Gold and white heels, mirrored shades, quilted soccer handbags.
- Who Would Wear It: Polished, feminine girls who still like to take risks; Olivia Palermo and Leighton Meester.
Yesterday morning I had the chance to video chat with fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, who recently partnered with Gretchen Schauffler, the founder of paint company Devine Color. Rowley has curated a palette of 10 paint colors inspired by the looks she showed in the Fall 2011 collection.
Describing the palette, Rowley explained, "Whether it's on the runway or in my home, for me great design begins with great colors. Next season is all about vivid hues and rich shades and I have selected 10 fabulous hues from Devine that really speak to the power of color to brighten our moods and transform our lives."
Take a moment to listen to Cynthia and Gretchen discuss the eco features of the paint, how it can coordinate with her limited-edition online art gallery, Exhibition A, and how the paints relate to her Fall 2011 collection, when you watch our video interview!
Hot pink lip color is big for Spring! And since we saw the look all over the Spring/Summer 2011 runways at shows like Diane von Furstenberg and Jil Sander, we tried out a ton of glosses and lipsticks to find our favorites to get that bright bold look with. Check out which products made the cut.
Love taking looks from the runway to the "real way," so to speak? For the adventurous eye makeup-lover, try the vividly-hued palettes seen in shows like Thakoon and Charlotte Ronson. And for the hair accessory-lover who has a flair for vintage styles, Art Deco hair pieces are perfect for you. Sophisticated and whimsical, the style, seen on the runways of Rodarte (bottom left) and Cynthia Rowley (upper right), features sharp, angular pieces in stunning geometric shapes. Just style your hair in a tousled ponytail or cute braid, place your Art Deco hair accessory in, and you're good to go. Click on the images for more information on any of the retro hair accessories above.
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Cynthia Rowley showed her Fall 2011 to a crowd of fans last night which included Julia Stiles (donning an awesome cobalt dress), Lauren Bush, and Alan Cumming. Star studded indeed, and her collection was just as shiny as models walked down the runway wearing glittery sweaters, sequined jackets, Asian-inspired floral prints, and graphic patterns. There was something for every personality: polished intarsia knit dresses for ladies who lunch, along with funkier pieces — our faves of the night — comprised of shearling blazers, loose graphic gowns, and even a slick velvet suit.
- Trends: Shimmery sweaters, velvet suiting, Asian-inspired prints, graphic patterns, intarsia knits.
- Colors: Mustard yellow, steel gray, olive, kelly green, deep blue, emerald.
- Key Look: A quilted black patent leather jacket paired with an emerald green damask ball gown skirt.
- Accessories: Velvet calf boots, rabbit fur scarves, Kool-Aid colored prism pumps, velvet slippers, and d'Orsay pumps.
- Who Would Wear It: Neoclassical types ranging from Michelle Obama to Olivia Palermo.