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04.22.14

Celebrate Earth Day
A starfish colony on the beach of New Zealand, my homeland, and one of the most magical places on our beautiful planet.

To see more wonders of the world, follow our Pinterest Board Magic, Everywhere.

Celebrate Earth Day

A starfish colony on the beach of New Zealand, my homeland, and one of the most magical places on our beautiful planet.

To see more wonders of the world, follow our Pinterest Board Magic, Everywhere.

04.16.14

Style and Grace

I am a huge Catherine Middleton fan and am overjoyed to see the Duchess in a tweed suit I designed —- wearing it in my home town of Wellington, New Zealand no less! I think she’s beautiful, she is doing an amazing job and I love Prince William and precious Prince George too! I love this iconic photo, with the Duchess wearing Princess Diana’s ring … I’m tearing up!

When I was a little girl, I remember going to see Princess Diana come to New Zealand with baby Prince William. We lined the streets to see her, it was such a grand moment. And so began my love affair with the royal family, and seeing the Duchess in my clothes is a dream coming true.

Style and Grace

I am a huge Catherine Middleton fan and am overjoyed to see the Duchess in a tweed suit I designed —- wearing it in my home town of Wellington, New Zealand no less! I think she’s beautiful, she is doing an amazing job and I love Prince William and precious Prince George too! I love this iconic photo, with the Duchess wearing Princess Diana’s ring … I’m tearing up!

When I was a little girl, I remember going to see Princess Diana come to New Zealand with baby Prince William. We lined the streets to see her, it was such a grand moment. And so began my love affair with the royal family, and seeing the Duchess in my clothes is a dream coming true.

04.07.14

J’Adore: The Lace Sweatshirt

It’s starting to feel like spring in NYC (finally!) and my favorite item from the new collection - The Lace Sweatshirt - is taking a starring role in my spring wardrobe. I love how the melange grey feels light and feminine, and I wear it oversized for extra comfort- although some of the girls in the office prefer a more fitted look. I sometimes wear it over a striped top and let the stripes show through the lace insets for extra interest, and I love it with the Lace Skirt from the runway. It’s sport-inspired modern luxury and beyond trend, I can see myself wearing this for years to come!

J’Adore: The Lace Sweatshirt

It’s starting to feel like spring in NYC (finally!) and my favorite item from the new collection - The Lace Sweatshirt - is taking a starring role in my spring wardrobe. I love how the melange grey feels light and feminine, and I wear it oversized for extra comfort- although some of the girls in the office prefer a more fitted look. I sometimes wear it over a striped top and let the stripes show through the lace insets for extra interest, and I love it with the Lace Skirt from the runway. It’s sport-inspired modern luxury and beyond trend, I can see myself wearing this for years to come!

03.30.14

The Uncommon Reader

My friend Robbie gave me The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett as a gift and I love to gift it as well. It’s a delightful novella that poses a scenario: Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 70, suddenly becomes a voracious reader. She starts reading out of duty, then finds duty turns to curiosity, and curiosity to pleasure:
“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.” 

Alan Bennett’s writing is such a joy to read, The Uncommon Reader is a witty tale of the subversive pleasures of reading. Treat yourself to this little treasure of a book!
See more book recommendations on our Great Books Pinterest Board.
Read some of the most beautiful quotes in literature and shop the Black Tie Collection in the Literally Lovely lookbook.

The Uncommon Reader

My friend Robbie gave me The Uncommon Reader by Allan Bennett as a gift and I love to gift it as well. It’s a delightful novella that poses a scenario: Queen Elizabeth, at the age of 70, suddenly becomes a voracious reader. She starts reading out of duty, then finds duty turns to curiosity, and curiosity to pleasure:

“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

Alan Bennett’s writing is such a joy to read, The Uncommon Reader is a witty tale of the subversive pleasures of reading. Treat yourself to this little treasure of a book!

See more book recommendations on our Great Books Pinterest Board.

Read some of the most beautiful quotes in literature and shop the Black Tie Collection in the Literally Lovely lookbook.

03.24.14

The Messy Up-Do

A classic, feminine style that accentuates a long lovely neck—- the key is to make it look effortless, though it’s not. Hairstylist David Keough explains how to achieve this look.

On damp hair, spray a little John Frieda Root Booster on the roots and a little Fine To Full Blow Out Spray on mid lengths to ends. Throw your head over and use your hands to create texture (you don’t need to use a brush at all through this process). Once hair is dry, throw your head up. Use a little dry shampoo on the roots to create more texture. You will see your head looks messy, but that’s the point. 

Have an elastic handy and pull into pony tail, split the pony into two and twist them around themselves, loosely. Secure with a couple bobby or french pins. Now the secret is, once it is all in place, pull it apart to finish the look. This is a versatile style that can be worn day or night, and could be gorgeous for a bride on her big day by just placing some beautiful flowers into the side of the notch.

 Shop the Black Tie Lookbook 
Follow David on Instagram and Twitter:  @dklahair

The Messy Up-Do

A classic, feminine style that accentuates a long lovely neck—- the key is to make it look effortless, though it’s not. Hairstylist David Keough explains how to achieve this look.

On damp hair, spray a little John Frieda Root Booster on the roots and a little Fine To Full Blow Out Spray on mid lengths to ends. Throw your head over and use your hands to create texture (you don’t need to use a brush at all through this process). Once hair is dry, throw your head up. Use a little dry shampoo on the roots to create more texture. You will see your head looks messy, but that’s the point.

Have an elastic handy and pull into pony tail, split the pony into two and twist them around themselves, loosely. Secure with a couple bobby or french pins. Now the secret is, once it is all in place, pull it apart to finish the look. This is a versatile style that can be worn day or night, and could be gorgeous for a bride on her big day by just placing some beautiful flowers into the side of the notch.


Shop the Black Tie Lookbook

Follow David on Instagram and Twitter:  @dklahair

03.17.14

The Hair Force

Good hair can make or break a shoot so we love to work with the best ones available: one of our favorites is Rolando Beauchamp who created the hair for the Spring 2014 Campaign. For the “Urban Canvas” campaign I imagined a girl around town, effortlessly cool, expensive taste, but “effortless” hair for a shoot can be a difficult look to create! Here is how Rolando did it:

Manon has wavy / curly hair, he blew her hair out using the Bumble and Bumble Styling lotion and a Mason Pearson Brush, created a messy center part, used the Oribe Dry Texturing Spray and created texture with my fingers here and there and tucking some hair behind the ears, pulling some out. At the very end, Bumble and Bumble “Does it All” spray. Very important, once the texture is achieved do not brush it again, you will lose everything you just created! Cool girl/effortless style tip: If you’re putting on a coat, don’t pull out your hair —- hair tucked inside clothing is a great look!
See the Urban Canvas Campaign
Follow Rolando on instagram:  robeauhair

The Hair Force

Good hair can make or break a shoot so we love to work with the best ones available: one of our favorites is Rolando Beauchamp who created the hair for the Spring 2014 Campaign. For the “Urban Canvas” campaign I imagined a girl around town, effortlessly cool, expensive taste, but “effortless” hair for a shoot can be a difficult look to create! Here is how Rolando did it:

Manon has wavy / curly hair, he blew her hair out using the Bumble and Bumble Styling lotion and a Mason Pearson Brush, created a messy center part, used the Oribe Dry Texturing Spray and created texture with my fingers here and there and tucking some hair behind the ears, pulling some out. At the very end, Bumble and Bumble “Does it All” spray. Very important, once the texture is achieved do not brush it again, you will lose everything you just created! Cool girl/effortless style tip: If you’re putting on a coat, don’t pull out your hair —- hair tucked inside clothing is a great look!

See the Urban Canvas Campaign

Follow Rolando on instagram:  robeauhair

03.07.14

Party Girl: Spring 2014 Runway Makeup

For the Spring 2014 Show, I liked the idea of a girl who partied the night before and didn’t bother taking her makeup off afterwards. I usually like the girls to look a bit tough, very downtown. (The hair had a grunge feel but still quite polished, so we could go stronger on the make-up.)   I worked with long-time collaborator, the creative, talented makeup artist Sil Bruinsma, and below are his notes for those looking to create the effect themselves:

Skin is left quite bare, just a bit of concealer where necessary. Eyebrows are strong and on the darker side using TAUPE. The focus is really on the eyes; dark, kohl rimmed and smudged, in EBONY and PRUNELLA pencil. A smear of MIX MEDIUM on the lids and a dab of concealer on the lips finish of the look.

-Use a lighter to warm up your pencil before applying kohl on the waterline, it will stick better and glide on thickly.

-For a real smoldery effect use a black pencil inside the eye and a deep plum or brown/bronze around the eyes. Smudge out with a q-tip. The two tones create extra depth.

-Don’t be too delicate when applying mascara, really work mascara into the root of the lashes and wiggle over bottom lashes, a little residue on the skin is nice actually and gives a slept-in effect.

-I prefer NOT to curl lashes when I do a tough girl look like this. It just looks cooler.

skin:
MAC Matchmaster Foundation
MAC concealer
MAC Blot Powder

brows:
MAC brow pencil in TAUPE or LINGERING

eyes:
MAC eye pencil in EBONY and PRUNELLA
MAC studio sculpt shade and line in EBONY
MAC mix medium shine
MAC mascara ZOOMLASH

Follow Sil on Instagram:  @silbruinsma1

02.27.14

Family Portrait.  Mum made our clothes!

Family Portrait.  Mum made our clothes!

02.24.14

Aimee Song arrives at the Fall 2014 Fashion show styling our long-sleeved blouse and  Honeycomb Blazer, her way.  Photo by Phil Oh.

Aimee Song arrives at the Fall 2014 Fashion show styling our long-sleeved blouse and  Honeycomb Blazer, her way.  Photo by Phil Oh.

02.10.14

Backstage, the dressers preparing to dress by looking at the looks.  Photo by Will Ragozzino

Backstage, the dressers preparing to dress by looking at the looks. Photo by Will Ragozzino

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