As we near the end of day two of Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week, we couldn't help but notice that things really started to heat up on the runway. (And that's a good thing.) From a cool take on a crimped hairstyle to some rather mesmerizing eye makeup techniques, check out our favorite beauty looks from the day that was.
For their spring show, the Ruffian boys found an unpredictable muse: Susan Travers, the only woman to serve in the French Foreign Legion. And while the clothing featured a few masculine touches, the nail details were all lady: a '40s-inspired moon manicure adorned with the Ruffian logo. Manicurist Amanda Fontanarrosa created the look with a variety of CND polishes. First, she applied one coat of Putty, followed by a coat of Washed Down White. Tips and moons were carefully painted with Blackjack, and a top coat of Air Dry gave nails a glossy sheen. Feminine and strong at the same time? That's a look we'll gladly salute.
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British Vogue's best dressed list of 2009 includes Alexa Chung, Audrey Tautou, Emma Watson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lily Donaldson, Leighton Meester, Michelle Obama, Georgia May Jagger, Olivia Palermo, and Diane Kruger.
Stella McCartney and Chrissie Hynde collaborate on a commercial for Nude fragrance. Watch outtakes from the voice over session here.
Nick Knight shot an ad for Mercedes-Benz and enlisted Gareth Pugh to design armor-like leggings, a corset, and a shoulder piece in black patent leather for model Julia Stengner. The campaign will be all over New York in February during Fashion week.
Over thirty designers—including Bruno Pieters, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, and Andrea Crews—reinterpret the classic white tee shirt for charity.
Karl Lagerfeld, Charlotte Casiraghi, and Anna Mouglalis attend the Chanel-sponsored Centenary Gala of the Russian Ballet in Monaco.
Lady Gaga will star in Bravo's Launch My Line on January 6.
Lily Cole on acting with Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell and the future of her modeling career.
Catch up with Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian in a video about their spring collection.
Not too long after we announced Ruffian was designing a collection for Anthropologie, the fruits of Brian Wolk and Claude Morais's labor are here to devour. Deemed Mise en Scene, literally meaning "put in the scene," the line is broodingly romantic, powerful and subtle at the same time. The outerwear is especially handsome, as is this Jacquard Gala Dress ($228) on the right. Prices range from $38 for tights up to $348 for a coat. There are also a few candles, the brand's book Ruffian: Inside Out, as well as wine, water, martini, and champagne glasses.
Ruffian's Claude Morais and Brian Wolk will launch their lifestyle collection with Anthropologie under the label Mise en Scene tomorrow evening in New York. Although the line features party dresses, cashmere coats, perfumed candles, stemware, and home furnishing, we are most excited to learn the duo has designed a pair of hand-seamed dotted tights—inspired by Ruffian's fall 2009 point d'esprit body stockings—that will retail for $38 at Anthropologie stores nationwide. [Style File, Nitrolicious]
Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are taking their ladylike fashions mainstream with a freshly inked four-collection collaboration with Anthropologie. “There’s really something special and so accessible and beautiful about it [the collection],” said Wendy Wurtzburger, from Anthropologie. "They’re so great at creating magic and mystery.”
The collection, dubbed Mise en Scene, meaning “the complete aesthetic, or the gestalt,” says Wolk, will launch in November. Look forward to camel coats, silk dress, one-of-a-kind prints, hosiery, and even some housewares — Casa, you listening?
>> New York Fashion Week is a little more than a week away, and the tidbits are flowing freely — a compilation of the highlights from the past few days:
- Marchesa is launching its first accessories — 28 clutches and evening bags (above); They will retail $995 to $5,000 and are made to coordinate with the mainline dresses. [WWD]
Want to know how a book comes to fruition? Well, at least in Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais's case? Step one, bump into photographer Jamie Isaia at the National Arts Club: "We started talking and told her we loved her work and that we should do something creatively together. It became a one-year project, and she documented our creative process," according to Wolk. Next, meet Martine Assouline, co-founder and co-publisher of Assouline publishing house, and have her look at the 2,000 or so pictures Isaia took. Then, have Style.com executive editor Nicole Phelps agree to pen the book and voila!
Ruffian: Inside Out ($19) chronicles Ruffian's creative process for their Spring and Fall 2008 collections, from initial sketch through fabric research, to fittings and the runway show. The irony is that Wolk and Morais have less than a decade of experience yet already have a book. Impressive.
This season's biggest beauty trend, strong red lips, created almost as much of a stir during Fashion Week as did those eponymous thigh-high boots. First, in New York, limited-edition tubes of MAC's Ruffian Red lipstick were given to show attendees-- the tomato shade was so well-received it even had beauty editors calling it The Rarest Red. Later, in Milan, the Chanel "liquid" lips at Sportmax created a similar sensation. This time the siren shade was buzzed about by American editors who couldn't get their hands on the European-released shade just yet. Regardless it seems the ubiquitous rep-lipstick look will be back in a big way for Fall 2009--that is, if you can get your hands on the right shade.
Curious how you you can appropriate that perfect shade of red lipstick from the Ruffian show or that vibrant cobalt shadow from Nicole Miller? Well, M.A.C. kind of makes that easy seeing that they're at more fashion shows than even an overzealous celebrity or magazine editor. Check out the M.A.C. face charts below for the makeup looks behind five hot-off-the-runway shows.