In the beauty world, the old adage that everything old is new again often rings true. Take intensely defined lower lashes for instance, once seen adorning the eyes of stars like Liza Minnelli and Twiggy. Now they're making a comeback. Recently, Natalie Portman wore full lashes on both the top and bottom lashes, while Chloë Sevigny just opted for a softer, Kewpie doll-like take on the trend. Cynthia Rowley even featured heavy-on-the-bottom eyelashes at her Spring 2011 runway show.
Accentuating your lower lashes is a chic way to open up the eyes, frame bangs, and add instant interest to a beauty look. It's also the perfect way to bring a bit of the runway (Phillip Lim, Yves Saint Laurent, and Miu Miu have all featured similar takes on the look in the past) to your everyday style. Easily get the look with Clinique's new Bottom Lash Mascara ($10), and for more inspiration check out the widget below:
>> After last week's rumor suggesting that Google is launching ecommerce on Wednesday, a few clarifying details have come up: the initiative Boutiques.com is actually a curation of virtual boutiques; visitors won't be able to purchase directly from Google but rather, will click through to a brand's online store or an online retailer like Saks, Net-a-Porter, or Barneys to purchase the item.
There are at least 19 designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Cynthia Rowley, Marchesa, Isaac Mizrahi, Tracy Reese, Prabal Gurung, and Erin Fetherston, who have been invited to set up virtual stores on the site. There will also be curated boutiques selling looks worn by celebrities and influencers like Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, Emma Watson, Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe, and Michelle Obama. Sarah Jessica Parker has been asked to set up her own personalized shop, and a handful of high profile bloggers are also said to have been invited to curate their own boutiques in exchange for a low five-figure payment.
The idea is to have any user be able to do the same — create and share their own personalized boutique with items, brands, and looks they prefer. Elements of entertainment, gaming, and social media are also planned.
Fashion designers obviously have a sharp sense of style — or else they wouldn't be able to produce such beautiful pieces. But some put forth more effort than others. Like every time I see bag guru Rebecca Minkoff out at an event, she looks put-together and edgy. Or whenever Chloe's designer Hannah MacGibbon comes out at the end of her runway shows, she stuns us with her polished chic looks. There are plenty of other lady designers — Georgina Chapman, Cynthia Rowley, and Vanessa Bruno, to name a few — that dress as impeccably as they design. You've seen their designs; now get to know their personal style!
Cynthia Rowley’s retro-pop collection was a real Saturday morning treat. As one of the first shows of day three, fashionistas were moving a little slower in their Louboutins (especially after last night's Fashion's Night Out events). Good thing Rowley drew an exciting star-studded front row — Rebecca Romijn looked gorgeous in towering heels and dramatic red lips, while Alan Cumming accessorized with Rowley’s signature Band-Aids on each hand. Other celebs waiting for the show to start? Lauren Bush, Aisha Tyler, Nigel Barker, Katie Lee, Emme, and Tracee Ellis Ross.
Once the lights dimmed, it wasn't long before Candyland pastel colors (mint greens, baby blues, salmon pinks) splashed onto the runway. The rainbow hues were color-blocked onto shiny below-the-knee silk dresses and transparent chiffon boatneck tees. Bold '70s necklaces in solid bar shapes were paired with both the shiniest and sheerest materials. To top it off, models sashayed one by one in printed platform heel/barely-there sock combos. Buttons, baubles, and appliqué details exploded at the neckline, hemline, and sleeve edges. Each piece featured a surprise design element, whether it was peek-a-boo stripes or strategically placed circular cutouts and embellishments. There was just enough colorful kitsch to go around, and everyone walked out with an extra bounce in their step.
Next time you need a bandage but don't want something beige and boring, you may want to put on some Cynthia Rowley. The designer has created limited-edition Dress-Up Band-Aids ($10) to benefit nonprofit group Design Ignites Change. (If you're loving them, check out Fab to see more pictures.) What do you think? Good idea or silly extravagance?
Who knew your next paper cut could be an opportunity for a fashion statement? But Cynthia Rowley's limited-edition dress-up Band-Aids are just that, a chic little bandage — and accessory — in one. Each Band-Aid tin contains 20 assorted bandage styles, available for $10 — would you sport them? One dollar from the sale of each will go to help Design Ignites Change, an organization that works with high school and college students in design and architecture projects to address social issues in their communities. Blinged-out Band-Aids plus healing power.
To see more fresh Band-Aid designs by Rowley, read more
From Pampers to wetsuits, Cynthia Rowley is spreading her stylish wings in all sorts of directions. Now she's hammering away at home improvement, with a new line of tools outfitted in her adorable prints. This has been done before . . . by the Victoria & Albert Museum, Liberty of London, Alice Supply Co., and Pretty Useful Tools, in particular. But the pièce de résistance of Rowley's little collection is her super chic canvas tool bag. I already have a tool set I love, but I might just have to use this one as a purse! Otherwise the line includes a multihead screwdriver, pliers, a hammer, a flashlight, a level, and a tape measure, and it's available at Rowley's boutiques. Check out the goods below!
Nobody puts baby in a corner! In fact, Pampers by Cynthia Rowley will have tots wobbling down the catwalk! The diaper giant and famed fashion designer, who has dabbled in children's clothing with her Hooray by Cynthia Rowley line, is now taking nappies up a notch. The duo announced a partnership to take diapers beyond form and function and make them (dare we say) fashionable. In the press release, Rowley, a mother of two, said:
As a mom, I wanted other moms and dads to have more options in every part of their lives — even diapers. It's the first piece of clothing your baby will ever wear, and it should be special.
The collection will include 11 designs for boys and girls including pastel madras, stripes, and printed ruffles. Moms who can't wait to get their hands on (and their kiddos' heinies in) the diapers can buy them in mid-July at Target.
To see the rest of the adorable diaper collection, read more