From Mo'Nique's hairy legs to pixie cuts and ombre hair in Hollywood to that hottie shirtless Old Spice guy — we've rounded up the biggest moments in beauty for 2010. Check out what headlines caught our attention and what we can't wait to see more of this upcoming year in our latest Bella Beauty Bite.
This year, we saw celebs, major designers, and favorite labels hitting department stores and chains in the form of fashionable collaborations. Among the standouts of 2010, Madonna brought her Material Girl to Macy's, Mulberry's classic handbags headed to Target, and Alexa Chung created a signature style line for Madewell. But that was hardly the end of it; closing out the year, Valentino brought its femme confections to Gap, and Lanvin for H&M took the fashion world by storm. Each crush-worthy collab delivered new looks to love, but it's time to cast your vote for the one that made you go gaga — what's the best fashion collaboration of the year?
We've been anticipating the collection of cool denim and leather for months, but it's now officially just around the corner. William Rast for Target hits stores and Target.com Dec. 19 through Jan. 22, bringing the namesake's biker-chic, Americana style sense at a lower price point. Supple leather jackets, premium denim, studded body-con skirts, all ranging from $17 to $200, are already on our wish list, but there's lots more to look for from the label — click on to get a sweet peek at the collaboration we're already loving.
Karl Lagerfeld once brought his talent to the masses with his H&M collaboration in 2004. Well, Fab friends, we once again have the pleasure of seeing Karl's amazing work at lower prices. It has just been announced that the Chanel designer is designing a capsule collection for Macy's due out in stores and online next September. If you recall, Karl hinted at a lower-priced collection, separate from the Macy's one, back in September: "It will be something affordable for lots of people." Two Karl collections we can afford? We'll take it! And we'll be sure to bring you more details as they emerge.
First we got the teaser of the century — who can the next H&M designer collaboration be? — then it was confirmed: Lanvin For H&M! There are 10 details we are dying to see, and so far, it looks like five of them are being met. Ruffles, cool separates, menswear, texture, embellishments — they'll all be in stores starting Nov. 20. Here's your first peek. Are you getting excited?Be sure to check out FabSugarTV's interview with Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz!
Karl Lagerfeld is a busy man, but he's found time to team up with Hogan for a one-off Spring 2011 capsule collection. "For Hogan, he [Karl] will reinterpret all the iconic elements in both apparel and accessories, which will help raise Hogan’s visibility in Asia and especially in China," said Diego Della Valle, longtime friend and CEO of Tod's SpA, which owns Hogan. The brand will open its first flagship in Shanghai this Fall.
Here is a sneak peek of the collaboration — army influences, layers, and crisp jackets abound. What do you think?
High/low designer collaborations have been in full force for a few years now — with H&M being the innovator. A designer bringing its goods to the mass market is commonplace now, leaving most of you wanting more. We saw some impressive collabs this year, most notably were Erickson Beamon for Target, Matthew Williamson for H&M, Rachel Roy's super-cute Macy's collection, Anna Sui for Target, and most recently, the sizzling Jimmy Choo for H&M. If you recall, one of these put me in a serious shopping frenzy — but which one got you into the store looking for more?(Clockwise from upper left: Rachel Rachel Roy, Anna Sui for Target, Jimmy Choo for H&M, Erickson Beamon for Target, Matthew Williamson for H&M)
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By now, every fashion fan has dipped her wallet into at least one high/low designer collaboration. Take your pick — Target Go International, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Mango, and so on. The latest one, between Liberty of London and Target, will produce a limited-edition collection of fashion and home goods for March 2010. With the amount of high and low partnerships out there, it begs the question: Is the market saturated? Are you over it? On one hand, it's great that the budget conscious can afford designer, but adversely, it's hard to keep up! What do you think?
Y'all ready for this? First, next up for Target GO International: Bing Bang jewelry designer Anna Sheffield. You may recall Anna already teamed up with Urban Outfitters and Bensoni for a couple jewelry collections, word is she's next on the roster at our favorite cheapo retailer. Sweet. Stay tuned for more details on Anna Sheffield for Target . . .
In equally awesome news, Macy's is jumping on the designer collaboration train. The retail giant tapped Rachel Roy to create an exclusive line dubbed Rachel Rachel Roy. According to the designer, "This line is the younger sister to the Rachel Roy collection. It has the same designer sensibility but with a younger feeling." The line includes clothing and accessories — my eye is already on these colorful lace-up oxford booties. Product will hit stores in August, and a new retail concept is being applied. Roy's sister collection will be displayed in pop-up sections within Macy's with unique fixtures, separate from everything else. Smart — this way, you can't miss it. And you don't want to miss it. By the looks of it, Roy delivered her eclectic ladylike vision to the new endeavor; fur vests, artsy prints, rich embellishments, and playful separates make up the mix.
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During dismal economic times, designer collaborations are the way to go. “We’re definitely going to see a lot more of these high-low marriages,” said Valerie Steele, of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “People are going to want a lot of fashion for their buck.” With that said, now is the time to nab a creation from your favorite high-end designer for a fraction of the price.
For example, J Brand has teamed up with Hussein Chalayan to create an exclusive denim line. “The opportunity to work with Hussein brings both brands to another level,” said Suzy Crippen, of J Brand. “It is all about business. The business of making something beautiful, a collector’s item you can afford, like a cheap Picasso.” Affordable designer goodies? That's always been the Fab way to go . . .
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