Everything You Need to Know About Chemical Peels

Medical esthetician Jordana Mattioli

medical esthetician Jordana Mattioli

Trying new skincare products can be scary. Not only is there a possibility the product won’t work, but there’s also a chance the product can cause mild or severe skin damage. While patch testing a new product on your arm can prevent a major breakout in the middle of your forehead, trying a new skincare treatment or procedure isn’t as easy.

One of the best ways to rid your skin of acne, hyperpigmentation, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles is a chemical peel. We understand if chemical peels elicit thoughts of skin melting off your face, so we’ve spoken to licensed medical esthetician Jordana Mattioli to find out everything you need to know about the treatment. Be aware that this is not a Groupon deal to indulge in as these things mean serious business.

theFashionSpot: What advice would you give someone looking to try a peel for the first time?

Jordana Mattioli: The most important thing is that they’re in experienced and recordable hands. I know a lot of hair salons and certain spas offer chemical peels, but being an esthetician for over 10 years and working all different types of the industry, I definitely know this is the type of thing you want to do with a medical spa or a dermatologist. You also want a very thorough consultation. You want all your questions answered, and you want to have your dermatologist or esthetician talk about your goals with your skin and what type of peel would be appropriate as well as meet expectations and results. You want more information than you’d probably think you’d ever want at your consultation. 

tFS: What peel would you recommend for someone who has acne-prone skin?

JM: With acne-prone skin, normally what we recommend is beta hydroxy acid, and there’s only one, which is salicylic acid. It has certain advantages for oily or acne-prone skin because it reduces inflammation. Because salicylic acid is an acid that’s closely related to aspirin, it contains those aspirin-like properties, so irritation and inflammation are kept to a minimum. The other nice thing about salicylic acid is that it’s oil soluble, which means it’s a really good peeling agent for acne-prone skin because you’re usually dealing with a lot of oil. Skin types with rosacea are really good candidates for peels containing salicylic acid as well. 

tFS: What if someone was looking to rid hyperpigmentation from acne?

JM: It would be a two-part treatment because if you still have active acne, then we’re going to treat you with salicylic acid. Once your acne clears up, and you’re only dealing with scarring, we’re going to treat you with different types of acids. Primarily, we would use a combination of TCA (trichloroacetic acid), which is really good for scarring and we’ll alternate that with a combination of alpha hydroxy acids that contain retinoic acid. Those are peels that you’ll have to have a physician order, so you’ll have to do it with your medical esthetician or a dermatologist. We’re going to treat scarring with a more aggressive approach as long as you don’t have any active acne.

tFS: What about dry skin?

JM: My go-to is usually lactic acid. It’s in the alpha hydroxy acid family. It’s nice because it’s a lot gentler than the rest of the acids, so it’s better for drier skin or sensitive skin. It’s a natural acid, so there’s less of an allergic reaction with it as well. 

tFS: Should those with dark skin be concerned?

JM: Yes and no. With darker skin (African-American skin, Asian skin, certain Mediterranean skin types, depending on how much pigment you have), the superficial peel you don’t have to be concerned with. About 90 percent of chemical peels are going to be superficial, so there shouldn’t be any issues with darker skin types. You have to be more concerned with some of the deeper peels, which we normally don’t recommend for darker skin, or it’s more along the lines of we take it slow. If the patient has a history of pigmentation whether it be hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, keloiding, then those are definitely causes of concern and we would stick with the superficial peels. 

tFS: What about receiving a peel on the back or chest?

JM: Certain acids can be transdermal, which means some of it will end up in your bloodstream, so because of that we limit the area we apply the peel. For example, the amount of peel that can be put on someone’s face and neck is your maximum limit, so we would never do your whole back in one treatment. Instead, we would do a third of the back. You can do your chest in one treatment, but that wouldn’t mean we would do your face and neck also because it’s too much acid, and your body’s healing time gets compromised when it has a lot to deal with.

tFS: Can you explain the different peels that are available?

JM: The different peels that are available are almost infinite. There’s lots of different acids and a lot of different combinations of peels, which is nice because it helps customize peels to different skin concerns. There’s different peels as far as strength goes as well. The main difference would be superficial peels, which are no downtime peels, and medium-depth peels, which include stronger acids for specific skincare issues and have more peeling time. You have a lot of options. For example, there’s a peel that I can do on a bride the day before her wedding that’ll make her skin look great. There’s also a peel that you’re not going to want to leave the house for a week.

tFS: What results should someone expect?

JM: We do what we refer to as a series. For instance, if we’re trying to treat acne scarring, we might recommend somewhere between four and six peels done at about a month apart. If we’re treating someone who just has some very light sun damage, maybe we’ll just do two or three peels a month apart. If you’re doing a light superficial peel, you’re going to have awesome-looking skin right away. You won’t have any visible peeling or flaking. After the first couple days the microscopic skin sheds, you’ll notice a brighter complexion and better texture. It’s going to help with fine lines, but it’s a gradual period. For a deeper peel, you should expect a little bit of redness and sometimes you can get a tiny bit of swelling, but it’s usually not aggressive. Usually in about three to four days the skin starts flaking and that can last up to a week. In both instances, the skin looks great and continues to improve week after week for about three or four weeks. When you’re dealing with deep wrinkles and acne scars, collagen stimulation isn’t something that happens overnight, which is why we have to wait until your skin slowly heals and see the results before we administer another peel. 

tFS: How should someone care for their skin while it’s peeling?

JM: That’s something your dermatologist or medical esthetician will go over with you. Everyone’s slightly different, but it’s important to use a gentle cleanser and a gentle lotion, or serum that doesn’t have any active ingredients in it. You’re going to stay away from all of those things you would normally use containing retinol or vitamin C or alpha hydroxy acids. You want to keep it really bland and boring for the week that your skin is peeling. The most important thing you can do is to wear a sunscreen even if it’s cloudy outside. With chemical peels, you are removing that superficial layer of skin, so it’s really important to protect it from the sun. The only time I’ve ever seen any bad or negative responses from a peel is when a patient hasn’t worn sunscreen religiously afterward. Your skin will be so sensitive for a few weeks, so you want to protect your investment and your skin.

tFS: Are there any side effects?

JM: You’re really just looking at whether a patient has an allergy to a particular ingredient, which isn’t that common with chemical peels. For instance, if someone is allergic to aspirin, I’ll stay away from anything containing salicylic acid. The other caution would be we can’t use certain ingredients during pregnancy or breastfeeding and that’s anything containing vitamin A or salicylic acid, so we’ll stick to lighter peels, including glycolic or lactic acids. With deeper peels, you get increased complications. They’re not as popular because if someone has a history of cold sores, for example, they can have a flare-up with a deeper peel. A lot of times deeper peels are being replaced with laser devices because they’re a little safer regarding complications like scarring, or any type of infection, so it’s really important we understand the patient’s skin.

tFS: Are there any unrealistic expectations?

JM: Chemical peels aren’t going to remove or reduce blood vessels or capillaries on the skin. They’re not going to affect any type of raised scarring, so if someone has keloid scarring, they’re not going to remove it. They also don’t work as a face lift, but they will make your skin smoother, they will fade brown spots, it could help uneven skin tone from sun damage, it could make your skin look fresher and younger, and it’s something you can do on a regular basis. 

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Conchita Wurst Supports Bruce Jenner’s Trans Admission

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Bruce Jenner has unsurprisingly found a supporter in Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian diva who won the Eurovision Song Contest last year. Conchita has come out to express her admiration for the Olympian cum reality TV dad as she chatted with Australian paper the Daily Telegraph.

“It is good that we have this on the table now because I think, if it becomes mainstream, people start to not see it as such a new and not normal thing.”

From the beginning of his interview with Diane Sawyer, it was clear that Bruce had struggled with feelings of gender identity for a long time. And as we found out in the interview, he spent five years in the 80s taking hormones and undergoing procedures to help him transition to female. Bruce’s wife at the time, Linda Thompson, said he even considered going out of the country for gender confirmation surgery, to return to his family going by “Aunt Heather.” She outlined her reaction to Bruce’s admission in an excerpt from her memoir published by The Huffington Post.

“As devastated as I was, my heart bled for Bruce and what he must have lived with his entire life,” she wrote. “It’s impossible for those of us who are comfortable living in our own skin to fully grasp what an imprisonment that must feel like to be born into the wrong body. I know it’s difficult to understand, to emotionally or even intelligently wrap your head around. It was extremely difficult for me to comprehend, and adjust my life accordingly to, the realization that the man I had married — the very masculine, gorgeous, ideal, wonderful hunk of a man — would be no more. The human entity was still alive, but it truly was like mourning the death of the person I had grown to know and love.”

[via Mirror, The Huffington Post]

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Procter & Gamble Eyeing the Potential Sale of CoverGirl and Max Factor

Images via Covergirl.com and MaxFactor.com

Images via CoverGmaxfairl.com and MaxFactor-International.com

According to WWD, the likely sale of Procter & Gamble’s CoverGirl and Max Factor cosmetics brands was the topic of conversation this week at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores meeting. The sale, being handled by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., is said to be worth a total of $3 billion, but P&G is unsure whether it will sell its brands as a package deal. Names of power players in the industry like Revlon, Unilever and Coty were thrown around as potential buyers and it’s also speculated that Korean beauty brands might want a piece of the American cosmetics pie. 

A WWD source says that $2.2 billion is a reasonable asking price for a brand that is “fully mature and doing over $300 million EBITDA.” While CoverGirl has a dominant U.S. presence, its worldwide existence is lacking and Max Factor isn’t  sold stateside any longer. In addition, Euromonitor reported that CoverGirl’s market share in the states has fallen to 8.7 percent from 10.8 in the past five years. With P&G CEO A.G. Lafley looking to cut costs by selling the company’s beauty brands, chances are the brands will find a new home soon.

[via WWD]

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Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams Star in Chanel’s Latest Campaign

They’ve starred in a short film together, sang a duet and now Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams are back for the house of Chanel, this time lending their beautiful countenances to the house’s Pre-Fall campaign.

Delevingne and Williams appeared together in Chanel’s short film coinciding with its Paris-Salzburg collection. The pair also did a live performance of “CC the World,” the song Williams penned for the short, during Chanel’s Paris-Salzburg reprise in New York City a few weeks ago. And so, the collection comes full circle with this set of ads featuring Delevingne, Williams and the tiniest member of Karl Lagerfeld’s entourage, Hudson Kroenig.  

Delevingne posted an image from the campaign to her Instagram, showing her clad in a tummy-baring bandeau top, high-waisted shorts and thigh-high boots, topped off with an embellished sweater. Williams stares at her longingly in a burgundy top, khakis, a long coat and layered necklaces for good measure. Sadly, the picture she shared does not include the adorable Mr. Kroenig (as others do), but a second behind-the-scenes photo she posted to Instagram today shows little Hunter grinning as he poses alongside Delevingne, Williams and Lagerfeld. Too adorable. 

[h/t i-D]

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Sam Rollinson ‘Looks Stoned’ on Vogue Turkey’s May 2015 Cover (Forum Buzz)

You can imagine our delight when Vogue Turkey unveiled a rather joyful cover for May 2015 after a string of gloomy covers this season. The magazine tapped Sam Rollinson , who flashes her energetic and welcoming smile for photographic duo Sean & Seng. Sam sports a creation from Chanel‘s Haute Couture collection, which is certainly making the rounds on magazine covers this month.

Vogue Turkey May 2015 Sam Rollinson Sean & Seng

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It’s unfortunate some of our forum members aren’t feeling it. “Jesus wept! Sean & Seng shot this? Just cannot believe it, I’m absolutely flabbergasted. What have they done to her eyes? Vogue Turkey seemed like such a great idea initially, I’m not so sure anymore,” disapproved Benn98.

“Yikes, this is not a good cover at all. I like her but I’m sure they could’ve chosen another picture for cover. Perhaps the editorial will be better,” KateTheGreatest wondered.

DutchHomme wasn’t having any of it either and proclaimed, “She looks stoned.” Not a gook look for Vogue.

“Who approved that eye makeup and that styling? Everything’s just off. It could’ve been better,” MON added.

Thankfully, not everyone was disappointed. “Ah, beautiful! It’s been so long for Vogue Turkey, almost three years since they came up with something as nice and refreshing as they did when they first started… I love the colors, the smile, the lighting, the model choice and the fact that you can see these beauty quirks like freckles and slightly crooked teeth and it’s still cover worthy and looks different than any of the other Vogues right now,” MulletProof praised.

Feeling the same way was Nymphaea: “Sam in this cover makes me smile. Feels very lighthearted.”

Do you agree? Drop us a comment here.

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Procter & Gamble Eyeing the Potential Sale of CoverGirl and Max Factor

Images via Covergirl.com and MaxFactor.com

Images via CoverGmaxfairl.com and MaxFactor-International.com

According to WWD, the likely sale of Procter & Gamble’s CoverGirl and Max Factor cosmetics brands was the topic of conversation this week at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores meeting. The sale, being handled by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., is said to be worth a total of $3 billion, but P&G is unsure whether it will sell its brands as a package deal. Names of power players in the industry like Revlon, Unilever and Coty were thrown around as potential buyers and it’s also speculated that Korean beauty brands might want a piece of the American cosmetics pie. 

A WWD source says that $2.2 billion is a reasonable asking price for a brand that is “fully mature and doing over $300 million EBITDA.” While CoverGirl has a dominant U.S. presence, its worldwide existence is lacking and Max Factor isn’t  sold stateside any longer. In addition, Euromonitor reported that CoverGirl’s market share in the states has fallen to 8.7 percent from 10.8 in the past five years. With P&G CEO A.G. Lafley looking to cut costs by selling the company’s beauty brands, chances are the brands will find a new home soon.

[via WWD]

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Zac Posen to Design New Delta Airlines Uniforms

Zac Posen Delta Airlines

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Delta Airlines flight attendants are getting a stylish new update, courtesy of Zac Posen. The designer has been tapped to create uniforms for the airline’s fleet, following in the footsteps of designers like Vivienne Westwood, who created stylish uniforms for Virgin Atlantic.

“I’m thrilled to partner with this classic American brand and look forward to collaborating with Delta employees to understand their wants and needs for the new collection,” Zac said in a statement. “Together, we will bring everyday elegance and style innovation to the ground and air alike while making employees look and feel their best.” Posen will be working and studying the Delta fleet to figure out what kinds of clothes he can create that are functional and fashionable to boot. According to Delta, Posen will be working with airline employees and testing uniform prototypes before putting out the final range of outfits. Because of this, the new uniforms aren’t expected to launch until 2018, so we still have a while before we see the results. 

These new uniforms are just an aspect of Delta’s overall rebranding. We personally think they should start with those darn baggage fees applied to flights within U.S. and Canada, but who knows? A better-dressed flight staff might lessen the blow of having to spend an extra $25 for a $350 flight to Los Angeles. Or not.

[via tFS inbox]

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Kristen Wiig Poses for Violet Grey, Shows up as Khaleesi on Jimmy Fallon

Kristen Wiig Violet Grey

Image: Ben Hassett courtesy Violet Grey

Kristen Wiig isn’t a talk show host, but she plays one in the movies. The actress stars in the upcoming film Welcome to Me, a movie about a woman who wins the lottery and uses the money to start her own talk show. She’s also filming Zoolander 2, the much-anticipated star-studded sequel to the cult comedy from the early aughts. Now, Violet Grey has tapped the comedian for the cover of its latest issue. Photographer Ben Hassett captures sultry images, revealing a darker, sexier side of the funny lady. For the accompanying feature, Wiig was interviewed by fellow actor Tim Robbins, who also has a role in Welcome to Me.

Though Wiig can credit much of her success to the fact that she’s such a riot, she does admit that audiences sometimes don’t get her when she’s being serious because they’re so used to seeing her be funny. “I always say people know you how they know you, and I think people know me probably from SNL and Bridesmaids,” she says. “I’ve done a couple of things that have been dramatic and sometimes I get frustrated because like…there was a scene I shot once where it was like, ‘Oh, this woman is so sad that she’s doing this thing,’ and when we screened it people laughed.” 

Kristen Wiig

Image: Ben Hassett courtesy Violet Grey

Wiig says that though Welcome to Me is funny at times, she is a bit nervous that audiences might not catch on to some of the more serious moments. “I was really nervous about that with this movie because I know that there’s some really dark moments and there’s some really funny moments, and it’s kind of up to the audience to interpret them. But, you know, you make a movie and you have just zero idea how it’s going to turn out and it never turns out the way that you think. Ever. It’s kind of scary.”

In keeping with her hilarious nature, Wiig paid a visit to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night dressed as Khaleesi (Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones), complete with a baby dragon perched on her shoulder. Though she stayed in character throughout the entire interview, it was clear she didn’t know anything about Khaleesi and couldn’t help but let out a few giggles over just how ridiculous the situation was. And as we know, it’s very hard to keep your composure around the king of breaking, Mr. Jimmy Fallon. 

[via Violet Gray]

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Our Favorite Boozy Beauty Products for Spring

After a long winter of discontent, spring is finally (finally!) here, bringing with it warmer weather, longer days and, of course, endless boozy brunches alfresco. And that got us thinking; why not incorporate the scents and flavors of some of spring’s most intoxicating beverages into our beauty routines? These booze-iful beauty products don’t just remind us of our favorite cocktails (in a good way, of course), they also pack a beneficial punch. So go ahead, crack open one of these beauties, apply, sit back and unwind.

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Oprah Blasts Dr. Oz by Canceling His Radio Show

image: Getty

image: Getty

It hasn’t been a good past few month for the once-storied Dr. Oz. Things started to take a turn for the worse last summer when Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill slammed Oz for touting a weight loss supplement called green coffee bean extract. On his show, Oz called the extract “a magic weight loss cure for every body type.” In a hearing on weight loss scams and deceptive advertising for weight loss products, McCaskill remarked that the doctor’s “credibility is being maligned by fraudsters and frankly being threatened by the notion that anybody can take an itty-bitty pill to push fat out of their system.” Oz’s hyperbolic claims were, it turns out, based on just a single small study that later turned out to be bogus.

Even more shocking than a prominent doctor hawking weight loss pills was the news that broke just a few month later. The BMJ, a British medical journal, found that less than half of the on-air recommendations on The Dr. Oz Show were supported by scientific evidence. Then, earlier this month, 10 doctors sent a letter to the dean of Columbia University’s department of surgery requesting that Oz be removed from his position as vice chairman. They claimed in their letter that “he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.” A new poll shows over 1,000 doctors feel the same way.

Now Oprah, the woman who gave Oz the spotlight to begin with, has weighed in by canceling his radio show. The Daily Dose With Dr. Oz, a “radio minute” produced by Oprah’s Harpo Productions, will end May 29. While the radio show is only a small part of the doctor’s empire, it may only be the beginning of his fall from grace.

For his part, Oz has denied receiving any personal gain for any of the things he has promoted and purports that many of his accusers have their own agendas, which in all likelihood is true (for one, some of doctors who signed the Columbia testimonial have vested ties to GMOs and Oz is a well-known advocate for GMO labeling). It’s also worth noting that many of the recommendations Oz highlights on his show are innocuous and related to things like cooking and workout demos. As Bill Gifford pointed out in The New York Times“Do we really need double-blind clinical trials of Mr. DiSpirito’s recipes? Must The Bra Book be submitted for peer review?”

There really is no excuse for hawking a diet pill without credible scientific evidence to back it, but is this misstep worth bringing down a whole empire that has sprouted conversations about health and wellness that may have otherwise never taken place? One thing is for sure, when it comes to medical advice, it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion. 

[via Daily News]

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‘Dad Bod’ Is the New Ripped Bod, Apparently

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Image: Getty

Ripped Tyson Beckford and David Beckham types beware. The new standard of “hot” male physique that apparently is making all the gals go crazy is the “dad bod,” the doughy, undefined build of a man who is comfortably married, probably has kids and is definitely not trying to get himself, as Protein World might say, “beach body” ready. 

McKenzie Peterson from Clemson University penned a piece for The Odyssey in which she explains the appeal of this distinguished male figure. “The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, “I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time. It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.” She says the dad bod is the look many frat guys are embracing, and so are the ladies. Peterson argues the softer form of a man without a 6-pack is less intimidating to women, especially those who are already insecure about their own bodies.

The topic of the dad bod has become a hot one on social media, garnering mixed reactions from men and women alike. While there are those who are staunchly pro dad bod, others wonder if a 21-year-old with a softer physique will be able to maintain the desired doughiness for female suitors as he ages.

Some people wonder if “dadbod” isn’t just another form of privilege. While men’s out-of-shape bodies are celebrated, women are constantly pressured to have immaculate physiques. 

But whether you’re rejoicing over body acceptance for different male shapes or contemplating its greater societal significance, we bet that there are plenty of fellas just happy that some women find their everyman body incredibly hot.

[via The Odyssey, h/t The Cut]

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52 Spring Flats that Fit Every Style (and Budget!)

Maria Denardo is the Fashion Director at theFashionSpot. Prior to joining tFS, she worked as the Site Director at Lifestyle Mirror and the Senior Fashion Editor at Fashion Week Daily. Her "unhealthy attachment" to hats led her to the halls of FIT, where she's currently completing her millinery certification. She proves that turbans never, ever go out of style.

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Perfecting the Art of Loose Waves with ghd’s Curve Classic Wave Wand


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Not all of us are born with beautiful curls or wavy hair, so it’s up to our styling tools to help us recreate a coiled look. For our latest attempt at getting shiny, loose waves (think romantic and soft), we enlisted the help of ghd’s Curve Classic Wave Wand

The clampless barrel makes this tool easy to use and its oval shape provides the casual waves we were looking to achieve. There’s also nothing cute about curls that fall flat halfway through the day and ghd’s tri-zone technology helps create a style with serious staying power. Here’s how it works: There are six evenly spaced sensors on the barrel of the wand that heat up and maintain an “optimal styling temperature” of 365 degrees Fahrenheit constantly. So while you’re curling away, the wand will deliver the same results throughout, leaving you with a flawless, soft and bouncy wave. Other small but useful features are a cool tip and professional-length swivel cord for easy maneuvering as you style, a built-in safety stand so you don’t destroy your vanity and a sleep mode that turns the device off after 30 minutes in case you forget to power it down.


ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand, $245 at ghd

It doesn’t get any easier — we nailed the art of the loose, wavy style we wanted by making each section the width of the barrel (about 1.5 inches) and then using our fingers to loosen them up after curling all of our hair. It’s also a good idea to prep hair with a heat-protecting smoothing product and a curl-enhancing mousse to add some longevity to the style.

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Roberto Cavalli Company Bought by Clessidra

Roberto Cavalli Clessidra

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For months we’ve been hearing about a potential sale of the Roberto Cavalli brand and now it looks like the Italian fashion house has found a buyer. WWD reports that Clessidra SGR will purchase 90 percent of the company, while Cavalli himself will keep the remaining 10 percent stake.

“I am extremely satisfied to have signed this agreement with an Italian partner which, I am sure, will further develop what I have built in a lifetime,” Cavalli said in a statement. “Clessidra will provide financial, managerial and human resources that will allow the company to grow further and face the challenges of the ever-evolving luxury market.”

The house has also named a new CEO, Renato Semerari, and Francesco Trapani will enter into a chairman role. Between this and Peter Dundas’ return to the label, it looks as if the house of Cavalli is entering a new era. Clessidra’s investments include Camfin, which has holdings in Pirelli, fine jewelry brand Buccellati, casualwear brand Harmont & Blaine and more.

[via Reuters, WWD]

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Of Course Rihanna Is Wearing a Crop Top in Her First Puma Ad

If you’ve been itching to see what Puma will be like under the creative direction of Rihanna, rejoice, because we now have a first look at what to expect from the athletic brand. Puma took to Instagram to reveal a snap from RiRi’s new campaign. Shot in black and white, the singer poses in a pair of striped leggings, Pulse XT running shoes, a visor, a sweatshirt tied around her waist and a hooded Puma sweatshirt, which is, of course, cropped because…Rihanna.

“An icon who does it all needs a shoe that can keep up,” the brand captioned the image. It’s beginning to look as if we weren’t too off the mark in assuming the pop singer would bring some of her enviable personal style to the label, and if it’s one thing Rih wears – and wears well – it’s crop tops.

Excuse us while we do 1,000 crunches.

[h/t Telegraph]

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Michelle Williams Returns for Another Louis Vuitton Campaign (Forum Buzz)

If there’s anything we’re learning from the big fashion houses this year, it’s just how devoted and loyal they’ve become to celebrity brand ambassadors. Jennifer Lawrence is firmly associated with Christian Dior, Kristen Stewart has a number of  Chanel campaigns under her belt, and now Michelle Williams‘ fourth installment for Louis Vuitton has been unveiled. Continuing the same concept of understated elegance from last season and the season before that, Williams models Vuitton’s latest handbag collection by Nicolas Ghesquière, shot by Peter Lindbergh with Carine Roitfeld on styling duty.

In agreement was forum member VogueDisciple93: “I thoroughly enjoy this partnership, much more than any of Dior’s or Chanel. Another set of wonderful images.”

GIVENCHYlover soon changed the mood. “I don’t like the bags. Cheap shape,” he criticized.

We’ve been lucky enough to receive a couple more previews of the campaign. “I don’t really like when she holds her jean jacket, it looks a bit awkward. But the other pictures are very good!” posted Emmanuelle.

“It’s quite remarkable, actually. She looks great, and I love the clothing placement in these shots,” fired back Benn98 .

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Eva Chen Rumored to Be Leaving Lucky

Eva Chen CFDA Awards

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Lucky magazine has been going through a lot of changes lately. The magazine joined forces with BeachMint last summer to create The Lucky Group, adding e-commerce to its format in a bid to remodel the flailing brand. The new LuckyShops website launched just in February, but it looks like the shakeups at Lucky aren’t over. WWD reports that Eva Chen, the publication’s high profile editor-in-chief, will soon be leaving her post.

WWD reports that all is not lost for Lucky, as investors have been eyeing the publication and there are whispers that it may be going all digital. Still, a source tells us that’s not the only change going on at Lucky. Managing editor Caryn Prime is said to be moving on as well and word is, her last day is Friday. All this news allegedly comes as a surprise since staffers were just walked through Lucky‘s new office space, which they were scheduled to move into in June. Chen has stayed mum about the subject on social media.

We reached out to The Lucky Group for comment and will update upon its response.

[h/t WWD]

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Tyra Banks Thinks the New ANTM Contestants Are the Best in the World


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Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 9 is kicking off tonight, and we’ve been told show founder Tyra Banks thinks this group of girls has more potential than any other country’s version of the show right now. That’s according to the show’s judges and mentors, Jennifer Hawkins, Alex Perry, Cheyenne Tozzi and Didier Cohen, who told us the smize-queen herself had a lot of love for the Australians.

“We’ve got a strong group of girls who have really great features, really great bodies, really great looks,” Alex tells theFashionSpot, saying this is the best selection he’s seen in all of the nine seasons. Tyra got to see that for herself when she came down under to guest judge the show.

“It was a proud moment for us when she stepped on because she created this show,” Didier explains. “But we knew the type of girls that were on set, so we were really proud to show her the girls that we found, and she thought the girls were higher above any other country.”

Photo courtesy of ANTM

Photo courtesy of ANTM

That’s a big call. The show is produced in over 20 different countries throughout the world, and Tyra’s proven time and again that she knows her stuff when it comes to model qualities. 

Although there’s a lot of hype about the girls’ potential this season, the proof of this show’s success is in the pudding. We’re not only talking about winners like Montana Cox and Amanda Ware, we’re looking at runner-ups like Simone Holtznagel and Cassie Van Den Dungen, who are also doing great things. “Our track record is better than anybody’s, even the US,” says Alex. “We’re more authentic. It’s not as staged.”

Check out our complete interview with the judges here.

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Watch: ANTM Judges Talk Cycle 9 Talent, Celeb Guests and Social Media Concerns

Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 9 is kicking off tonight, so we caught up with the show’s judges and mentors, Jennifer Hawkins, Alex Perry, Cheyenne Tozzi and Didier Cohen to find out all about the upcoming season.

ANTM cycle 9 judges

Photo courtesy of ANTM

The cast are in a general agreement that this group of girls is their best selection ever, boasting wannabe models who have the “full package”. Alex tells us there will be one “shorty”, though.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about this season, which is dedicated to the late Charlotte Dawson, is the celebrity guest judges. We’re talking Alessandra Ambrosio, Kim Kardashian and Kelly Osbourne — and that’s just the first three weeks!

Needless to say, we can’t wait to see the series and all the drama, tantrums and epic posing which will inevitably come along with it. Smize your heart out, girls.

Australia’s Next Top Model premieres tonight at 7.30pm on FOX8.

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Lisa Hyde Explains Sam Frost’s Change of Heart for The Bachelorette Role

Photo: BELINDA ROLLAND/ Fashion Palette

Photo: BELINDA ROLLAND/ Fashion Palette

Sam Frost has been chosen as the new rose-master of Australia’s first-ever The Bachelorette. We know it couldn’t have been an easy decision for Sam, especially considering what happened last time, so we thought we’d catch up with her best bud from The Bachelor mansion, runner-up Lisa Hyde, to see why Sam’s giving love a second chance, publicly.

“I was very shocked to hear the news this morning,” Lisa tells theFashionSpot. When asked about Sam’s change of heart, after she said she turned the offer down last month, Lisa says “She wasn’t ready for it back then.” She continues, “She just didn’t consider it at all and I think she was still going through stages. I definitely think she would’ve sat down and really thought about it and what she really wanted.”

Despite Sam’s humiliation on the show last year, when bachie Blake Garvey proposed to her on national TV but dumped her before the finale aired, Lisa is confident Sam knows what she’s getting herself into. “I’m not worried,” she says. “I think she knows what she’s doing and I don’t think she would enter into it if she wasn’t 100 per cent sure that she wanted to do it.”

Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

If anything. Lisa’s pretty excited for her friend. “Everyone has followed her journey and has seen the heartbreak. It’d be nice for her to come through and meet a nice guy,” she tells us. Plus, Sam’s down-to-earth nature means this season will be far closer to a “reality show” than the last. “I don’t think she has a problem showing the guys who she actually is as a person,” Lisa says.

Interestingly, Lisa wasn’t approached to fill the role of The Bachelorette, which she believes comes down to her relationship with model Tyson Mayr. “There was never that open window or open gap to be asked,” she explains, saying that she met Tyson pretty much straight after the show. “I would’ve said no because I don’t think I’d be as strong as Sammy, and I’d find it really hard to let people down.”

If we had one word for Sam it too would be “strong”. Because If we went through what she went through last year, we’d probably retreat into a hermit shell until we knew that Blake and Louise Pillidge had moved overseas or something.

Instead Sam’s giving this crazy thing called love another shot, looking hotter than ever, mind you, this time with 20+ guys vying for her attention. We can’t wait to see it all unfold.

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Hudson’s Bay Unveils the Team Canada 2015 Uniforms in Time for the Pan Am Games — and They Are Super Stylish

Canada’s iconic retailer Hudson’s Bay unveiled the official Team Canada Collection for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games happening this summer.

Fourteen athletes, including Sergio Pessoa (Judo), Michelle Li (Badminton), rugby player Bianca Farella and 11 other athletes competing in every sport from trampoline to swimming to field hockey and wheelchair basketball took to the stage at the Glenn Gould Studio on Front Street to give media and Olympic fans a look at the uniforms Team Canada will wear during the Pan Am Games.

Hudson's Bay Unveils Team Canada Olympic Uniforms For 2015 Pan Am Games

Image: Courtesy of Hudson’s Bay

During the Pan Am Games (July 10 through July 26) and the Parapan American Games (August 7 through August 15), the world’s top athletes from the Americas and the Caribbean will compete at more than 30 venues located in 16 municipalities across Southern Ontario. More than 7,600 of them will compete for the global stage.

Inspired by the 50-year anniversary of the Canadian flag, Hudson’s Bay’s internal team of innovative and creative designers used the maple leaf as the starting point for the graphics showcased throughout the collection. The 22-piece collection was inspired by varsity sport and of-the-moment athleisure wear that’s trending right now.  

Hudson's Bay Unveils Team Canada Olympic Uniforms For 2015 Pan Am Games

Image: Courtesy of Hudson’s Bay

The Team Canada Collection for men, women and children (accessories, too!) is priced from $30 to $140 and is ready to purchase in Hudson’s Bay stores and online.

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Link Buzz: DVF Is Not Sorry for Photoshopping Bruce Jenner in a Dress, Jennifer Saunders Talks ‘Ab Fab’ Movie Details

Jihan Forbes is the Staff Writer/Copy Editor for theFashionSpot and a freelance fashion writer. She spends her days tirelessly writing and her work has been featured on Fashionista, XOJane, The Cut and more. She lives in Harlem, but will always be a Bronx girl. Send her an e-mail sometime.

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6 Tips for Making Your Perfume Last Longer


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Much like Cleopatra, we love everything about perfumes and are always welcoming newcomers to our growing collection. Whether it’s an oil, a light eau de toilette or a cologne, fragrances don’t come cheap, and in a perfect world our signature scent would last all day. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case and many of us find ourselves buying a rollerball for our handbag to touch up as needed. How you wear your perfume, however, is just as important as the aroma itself and we’re sharing some tips on how to make that scent last longer.

  • Choose notes wisely. Bright floral, citrus or green scents are uplifting and fresh, but they are notorious for not lasting long. Picking a scent that has woody or spiced notes in it will automatically give your perfume a longer wear time since these notes are more potent and powerful by nature.
  • Formula matters. Fragrances are made with different plant and synthetic oils in addition to alcohol, but each formulation has different dilutions of perfume oil, which affects its longevity. Parfum or extrait de parfum has the highest concentration of oils (around 20 percent and can go as high as 40 percent) and tend to be priced higher than an eau de toilette that usually contains less than 10 percent oil. 
  • Layer with lotion. Moisturizing skin with an odorless body oil or lotion will help lock in the aroma. If your signature scent comes in a lotion form, even better. 
  • Spray with strategy. Pulse points in the body produce heat and the warmth in these areas will help diffuse the fragrance throughout the day. Key areas to spritz include behind the knees, inner elbows, nape of your neck and, of course, wrists.
  • Don’t rub. This is one of those things that everyone does by nature, but it’s completely unnecessary and should actually be avoided. Rubbing in a perfume will cause the molecules to break down and essentially cause your scent to disappear.
  • Store properly. Another don’t is storing perfume on your bathroom counter. Things like humidity (from showers), heat and light cause the compounds to break down, making your perfume less fragrant. Opt for a cool, dark nook for storage.

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Uma Thurman Stars in Vs. Magazine’s Homage to 70s Cult Thriller

Uma Thurman and Ellen von Unwerth have teamed up for a fashionable short film for Vs. magazine. The actress was tapped to star in “Eyes of Uma,” a fashion film inspired by the 1978 film “Eyes of Laura Mars” in which the protagonist, played by Faye Dunaway, is able to watch through a serial killer’s eyes as he attacks people. 

In this shorter, cheekier and campier version of the film, Uma is cast as a photographer, who catches glimpses of a murder as she is photographing lingerie-clad women. Of course, the entire thing is shot beautifully, thanks to Unwerth’s discriminating eye and the glamour of the 70s is strongly represented here in the styling and makeup. It is a fun, whimsical homage to the original film, styled by Vibe Dabelsteen.

Watch Ms. Thurman in action in the video above. 

[via Vs. magazine]

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Apple Watch May Not Work as Well If You Have Tattoos

If you were planning to pick up a version of the Apple Watch and you have tattoos, you may want to reconsider rushing to put in an order for the tech device. A few Redditors found that their ink was keeping the watch from working properly.

Something about tattoos extending to your wrist makes the Apple Watch think the user is not wearing the watch, sometimes causing it to lock, forcing the wearer to enter a password when they use it. The wearer has the option of turning off the wrist detector, but some worry that could expose the owner to security issues with Apple Pay and other apps included with the watch. Tattoos can also make it difficult for the watch to take your pulse, receive notifications and make calls. 

The problem lies in the colors of tattoos — specifically solid tattoos in dark colors like red — which prevent the watch from reading your pulse. “Apple uses various spectrums of light to track the blood flow through your skin,” iMore says. “Anything that reduces that light’s reflectiveness — ink pigmentation within your skin, for example — can interfere with that sensor.” The site found that darker tattoo colors like black and red make the watch misread your heartbeat or ignore skin contact, while lighter colors are slightly easier for the watch to work with (the readings weren’t as inaccurate and the watch was able to better acknowledge skin contact with those lighter hues). iMore notes that these problems don’t arise if your skin is naturally darker, or if you have scars on your wrist.

While it doesn’t mean people with tattoos can’t use the Apple Watch, it is important to do diligent testing if your ink extends to the area around your wrist. The Apple Watch doesn’t come cheap and the last thing you want is to spend money on an item that isn’t going to work in the way it’s supposed to. Or you can just wait for Apple to improve on the watch so it does work no matter what kind of ink you’re sporting.

[via CNN Money, iMore]

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WWD’s Debut Weekly Issue Launches with Six Designer Covers

Alexander Wang cover WWD

Alexander Wang; image: WWD

We were a little sad to hear that Women’s Wear Daily would be publishing less frequently and last week, the publication delivered its last daily print issue. Now, WWD is moving forward with its new weekly publishing schedule and its premier issue is now available to subscribers and obsessed fashionphiles. To celebrate its brand new format, the publication gathered a crop of fashion’s finest to appear on six unique covers for the occasion. Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, J.W.Anderson, Chitose Abe, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sat for stark black and white portraits lensed by Nigel Parry for their respective covers. The issue presents the designers as the future powerhouses of fashion and explores what’s in store for their labels as they grow their brands.

View all six covers here and check out the new 242-page issue at WWD.com

images: WWD

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Derby Style and Desk-to-Dinner Favorites: The Love List

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend and we’re off to the races in style. A head-turning hat is top of the list, of course, but a vintage mint julep set is a close second for celebrating at home. Also on course are chic spring picks that take you from desk to dinner, like an office-friendly jumpsuit, comfy snakeskin heels and a handmade necklace that’s almost a work of art. Rounding out the contenders is a much-loved skin savior and a flirty ruffled bikini. See what else we’re excited about in this week’s edition of The Love List.

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7 Luxe Spa Treatments to Get You Ready for Summer

With summer just around the corner, it’s officially time to start thinking about bikinis and shorts. And since you’ve probably been hiding under cozy sweaters for the past six months, your bod may need a little TLC. Whether you’re suffering from a case of dull skin, sandpaper feet or pasty legs, we’ve curated a list of the best spa treatments around the U.S. that will have you gorgeous and glowing by the time summer rolls around. Think foot facials, body firming treatments, spray tans with body scrubs and more. 

Phoenician’s Finest Facial 

Perched in the middle of the desert, The Phoenician Centre for Well-Being is a definite if you’re in the area. It’s Scottsdale’s only five star, five diamond resort, so rest assured you’ll be in good hands. And the Phoenician’s Finest Facial is just what you need to get your face glowing for summer. It starts with a pharmaceutical grade vitamin C enzyme peel, which preps the skin for an oxygen infusion of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Green tea serum then diminishes fine lines, leaving the skin healthy, hydrated and renewed. To top it off, the esthetician will apply tailored Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF products in order to keep your skin glowing and protected. 

Try it at: Centre for Well-Being Spa at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ, starting at $240 for 80 minutes


Meditation Atrium at The Phoenician Centre for Well-Being. Image: courtesy of Mark Boisclair Photography

Elements of Wellness Signature Experience 

The Elements of Wellness Signature Experience is, well, an experience that you and your body will never forget. Prior to your visit, you’ll fill out a series of questions that will help the master spa esthetician determine the best spa therapies that will renew and refresh both the mind and body. Ours consisted of a hydrotherapy treatment, an intense full-body aromatherapy scrub to slough away dead cells and bring blood flow to the surface and an hour-long full-body massage. The goal of these treatments is to not only make you look fabulous but to also bring your body back to balance. You’ll leave feeling like a new person and ready to conquer all that summer has in store.

Try it at: Spa Montage at Montage Deer Valley in Park City, UT, $410 for 120 minutes


SPA Montage indoor pool. Image: courtesy of Montage Deer Valley

The Love Handler

We love a good treatment at Bliss, especially when it involves working on the not-so-lovely love handles. The Love Handler consists of a vacuum-assisted massage, essential oils and a seaweed rubberized mask that helps to firm the waist area. In a nutshell, it’s not liposuction, but it will help decrease bloating and diminish cellulite. The spa recommends six sessions to see the best results and you can also grab the at-home Bliss Love Handler product to use in between treatments. 

Try it at: Bliss Spa locations nationwide, $135 for 60 minutes

Alpine Glow Spray Tan Service

A spray tan is essential going into shorts season, but if your skin isn’t prepped prior to getting sprayed, forget about it. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of a treatment like this Alpine Glow Spray Tan Service to ensure that your skin is fully prepped. Say goodbye to rough, flaky skin with an invigorating body scrub that will leave your skin super smooth and hydrated. Then it’s time for a full coverage spray tan that will give your body a natural-looking sun-kissed glow.  

Try it at: Solitude Spa at Teton Mountain Lodge in Jackson Hole, WY, $100 for 45 minutes


COUPLE’S ROOM AT Solitude Spa. Image: courtesy of Teton Mountain Lodge

California Dream

You’ll be “California Dreamin'” while experiencing this amazing treatment at the Four Seasons Westlake Village Spa. It begins with gentle exfoliation via sugarcane extract infused with shea butter, noni, safflower and several other soothing oils that offer intense hydration. Once your skin is as soft as a baby’s bum, a peppermint clay body mask is applied to draw out toxins. The final step includes a heavenly dose of grape stem cell and white tea body butter to moisturize. Think radiant, glowing skin all over. 

Try it at: Four Seasons Westlake Village Spa in Westlake Village, CA, $280 for 80 minutes


Spa suite at Four Seasons Westlake Village Spa. Image: courtesy of Four Seasons Westlake Village Spa

The Fountain of Youth

Chock-full of all-natural and organic ingredients, the Fountain of Youth treatment is just what the spa doctor ordered to get your bod in great condition. The skin is purified with organic wildcrafted blue lotus and rejuvenating cocoa bean to start, followed by a blend of algae extracts and green and white clay that deeply cleanses the skin. Last, but not least, organic murumuru butter moisturizes and restores elasticity, leaving your skin gorgeous and glowing. 

Try it at: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, $250 for 90 minutes


COUPLE’S TREATMENT ROOM at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Image: courtesy of Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Triad Facial for Feet

The Triad Facial for Feet is not your average pedicure. It goes way beyond that. It’s a doctor-designed treatment that combines medical and cosmetic elements, which will have your tootsies ready for sandal season in no time. It incorporates gentle microdermabrasion, soft laser toning and light chemical peeling, which helps improve the skin’s appearance. The treatment’s last step includes a vitamin-rich rub that hydrates, nourishes and protects. 

Try it at: New York Dermatology Group in New York City, NY, starting at $800

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ASA Finds Nothing Wrong with This Tom Ford Ad

Tom Ford Black Orchid Cara Delevingne ad

Image: Tom Ford

Tom Ford is known for his provocative, ultra sexy ads, so it comes as no surprise to hear that a billboard for his Black Orchid perfume campaign would spark a bit of controversy. The ads – which picture a naked Cara Delevingne in a pool of water, holding a bottle of the fragrance with her arms covering her ladybits – rubbed a few U.K. residents the wrong way, resulting in two complaints submitted to the Advertising Standards Authority.

Concerned parties complained that the billboard, located on the corner of Brick Lane and Hanbury Street in London, was sexually explicit, degrading to women and far too provocative for the eyes of precious innocent British children on their way to church or the mosque. They also claim that the ad was in violation of ASA rules, due to its sexual nature and its 100-meter proximity to a school. But the alleged offensive nature of the campaign seemed to be lost on the ASA, which ruled that though the ad is indeed sexy, it’s not indecent. “We considered her pose was sensual and sexually suggestive but that it was not sexually explicit,” the ASA explained. They also noted that the billboard was not as close to the school as the complaining parties thought.

Tom Ford’s campaigns have always been at the center of controversy. In 2008, Italy banned the designer’s eyewear campaign thanks to a provocative image of a man sticking his middle finger into a woman’s mouth. A 2007 Terry Richardson-shot campaign pictured Ford’s Tom Ford for Men fragrance bottle in between a woman’s spread legs.  

The ASA is pretty diligent about policing and regulating ads, having banned campaigns picturing overly-Photoshopped models, provocatively posed models and famously, that Miu Miu ad with Hailee Steinfeld in which the then 14-year-old is sitting on train tracks, arguing the image glamorized youth suicide.

[via WWD, BBC]

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How to Do Vintage with a Modern Twist for Spring

This spring, fashion is celebrating a return to retro with vintage-inspired silhouettes in a sunny colour palette. The look is romantic, effervescent and irresistibly feminine—and easier to pull off than ever with Sainsbury’s vintage-meets-modern spring collection. The line is poised to help you reinterpret the classics with pretty dresses in charming prints, swingy full skirts, kicky sandals and pin-up-perfect swimwear. Fifties motifs like lively florals and graphic stripes combine with contemporary trends from the Spring 2015 runways like wedges, tie-front tops and pattern-mixing. Put a modern twist on vintage fashion with these four affordable looks from Sainsbury’s that blend old with new for a style that feels totally timeless.

Rose Print Dress + Cork Wedges + Springy Whites

Rose Print Dress + Cork Wedges + Springy Whites

1. Crochet Top White, £18; 2. Floral Dress, £20; 3. Blue Cork Wedges, £20

Here’s one way to look effortlessly gorgeous this spring: slip into a super-feminine dress in a classic fit-and-flare silhouette covered with a bloom of roses in a saturated vintage palette. Add a contemporary touch with a pair of cork wedges in an inspiring colour—one of this season’s biggest footwear trends. Team up the look with a spring layer in fresh white, and provide the finishing touch with a flirty high ponytail.

Pin-Up Swimwear + Tie-Front Top + Espadrille Wedges

When it comes to making a statement on the beach, retro-inspired one-pieces are the new itty-bitty bikini. This uber-flattering halterneck swimsuit in look-at-me red has all the sass of the pin-up models of the 50s, especially if you step out in a pair of two-tone ankle strap espadrilles with an on-trend braided wedge. For a poolside cover-up that keeps your bathing beauty look current, layer on a tie-front shirt in of-the-moment Aztec print.

Retro Stripes

Retro Stripes look

1. Multicoloured Dress £22; 2. Floral Skirt, £18

Stripes are once again having a moment this season, and you can give your spring wardrobe a cheery makeover with easy-to-wear striped pieces. We love the freshness of the pattern play on this dress, which mixes graphic horizontal and vertical lines with a scattering of pretty blossoms. Another clever mix of florals and stripes, this vivacious skirt features bands of cerulean buds for an update on well-loved nautical striping.

Hot Rod Red + Sweet Prints

red printed pieces

1. Red Gingham Dress, £20; 2. Cherries Skirt, £18; 3. Bandana, £6;

No colour evokes the spirit of the 50s like red. Make your look stand out with scarlet pieces in sweet vintage-inspired prints. Delicate gingham is a key style element this spring, and this timeless dress packs a ton of feminine charm with details like a lace hem, criss-cross back and button-front sweetheart neckline. If you’re in the mood to enjoy being a girl, a retro cherry print covers this twirly circle skirt in an of-the-moment midi length. Accessorise any vintage look with this red paisley bandana, which can be worn as a headband, ponytail accent or even knotted around your neck.

Sponsored by Sainsbury’s

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Justin Bieber Is Going to Be in Zoolander 2

We’re pretty pumped for the Zoolander 2 movie, and so are the rich and famous. Every day it seems another celebrity signs on for a cameo. So far, stars like Penelope Cruz, Olivia Munn, Kristen Wiig and Billy Zane have confirmed that they will appear in the film, although Karl Lagerfeld has said he wants nothing to do with the movie. 

We won’t be seeing the Chanel creative director in the flick, but we’ll definitely be seeing Justin Bieber, who will appear in a cameo for the movie. Ben Stiller teased an image via his Instagram of himself and Bieber facing each other, giving their best Blue Steel looks. It’s a far cry from the usual “I’m confused by trying to look sexy” furrowed brow moment Bieber usually serves us. 

We’ve got to hand it to Mr. Stiller, he’s definitely getting us all juiced for the Zoolander sequel – we can’t wait to see who else signs on to appear in the movie.

[via EW]

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Amy Schumer Explains What Guys Really Mean when They Say You Don’t Need Makeup

Guys will always and forever wax poetic about how much they hate when women wear a lot of makeup and how beautiful we look without it…until they peep the dark circles and hyperpigmentation and are all like, “Oh, snap, well…maybe just a little concealer.”

Who better than the hilarious Amy Schumer to illustrate this phenomenon in the most perfect way possible? Inside Amy Schumer released the boy band ballad of 2015, “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup,” performed by a four-piece group of soulful-looking One Direction-types. The song starts with them pleading with women to wipe off their makeup, assuring us ladies that we’re all beautiful the way we wake up in the morning — as long as we still look hot at the crack of dawn, of course. 

When Amy takes her makeup off, the band automatically starts backpedaling on the first verse, suggesting that maybe we ladies try “natural-looking” makeup instead of going fully au naturel. “It’s like I tore up the shag carpet assuming there were hardwood floors underneath, but it turned out to be just dirty linoleum,” one of the band members says.

In a word, it’s perfect. Watch the entire video above.

[via Inside Amy Schumer YouTube]

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Layoffs Rumored to Have Already Started at Style.com


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Changes are already being made to the Style.com staff in the wake of this week’s announcement that the website would be switching to an e-commerce platform. The plan was to move many of the staffers to American Vogue at vogerunway.com, but it already looks like some members of the Style.com team won’t even make it that far.

Page Six reports that the layoffs at the website have already begun and HR is already firing or reassigning people. Apparently, a few people have been told their days are numbered at Condé Nast and rumor has it that fashion market editor Rachael Wang is one of the names on the chopping block.

We’ll be keeping our ear to the ground for more changes at the website as they occur. The new Style.com site will sell luxury fashion, tech items, beauty, gifts and more and is expected to launch in the U.K. this fall, with plans to expand operations to the U.S. in early 2016.

[via Page Six]

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Public School Designers Join DKNY as New Creative Directors

Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow

image: WENN

There have been rumors going around that DKNY was on the hunt for new creative leadership and it turns out the whisperings were true. Today, the label announced that it’s chosen not one, but two young designers that, to borrow a phrase from Mugatu are “so hot right now.” Public School designers and industry darlings Maxwell Osbourne and Dao-Yi Chow are to lead the DKNY label into the future.

Osbourne and Chow have been getting a lot of love from the fashion set, winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2013, taking home the CFDA Award for Menswear Designer of the Year in 2014 and snagging the International Woolmark Prize for Menswear in January. It seems the pair, who are nominated for two CFDA Awards this year – the same prize they won last year — and a Swarovski Award for womenswear simply can’t miss.

Starting now, Chow and Osbourne will take over DKNY’s collections. “We both grew up in New York and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city in our formative years as designers and New Yorkers,” Chow and Osbourne said in a statement. “It is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion. We are extremely proud and excited to be joining the company and to contribute to the next chapter of DKNY, one of the most iconic brands created by Donna Karan, a true inspiration.”

The design duo will be working on both womenswear and menswear and are expected to debut their first women’s collection for the label during New York Fashion Week this September. We can’t wait to see what they whip up.

[via Vogue UK]

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41 Insanely Cute Etsy Gifts You’ll Want to Keep for Yourself

It’s that time of year, folks. We’ve got anniversaries to celebrate, weddings to be in, birthdays to make an appearance at and Sunday shindigs to host. There are bridal brunches, baby showers, housewarming parties and who knows what else on the calendar this summer. You know what that means, right? Gifts, and lots of them.

If you’re a pro at presents or just like the convenience of a one-stop shop, we’ll wager you’re a regular on Etsy. Here you’ll find a treasure trove of homemade trinkets and one-of-a-kind knickknacks that’ll work for just about any occasion. But we know weeding through all those wall decals and custom pet portraits can be a little overwhelming. That’s where we come in.

Click on the gallery above for 41 insanely cute Etsy gifts they’ll love almost as much as you. Almost.

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Eyebrows 101 with Sania Vucetaj of Sania’s Brow Bar


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If you haven’t heard about Sania Vucetaj or her eponymous Brow Bar and amazing line of products, then you’re in for a treat. Sania is the ultimate brow guru with years and years of experience shaping thousands of brows, including those of her celebrity clientele. She is adored by all who set foot in her shabby-chic New York City location (including us), where she will whip your brows into shape and give you advice on how to fill them in properly and what to avoid at all costs.

When it comes to her products, the dual-ended brow pencil is a game-changer for us — it is foolproof to apply, perfectly formulated to go on like a dream and lasts all day. Sania recalls working at Bergdorf Goodman and not being able to recommend a brow product that was easy to use for customers. Being the pro she is, it was simple for her to make any brow product work, but for customers, the ease of filling in brows at home was not there. “So, I created my own brow pencil where the angled tip is wide (for the thick part of your brows) and also thin (to fill in sparse areas and ends) with a spooley (to blend), so it’s so easy to use,” she says. 

But on to the master class she gave us — and boy, did we get schooled — that you have to read before the next time you shape your arches.

  • Keep brows and brow area moisture-free. Sania advises avoiding any creams, lotions, moisturizers, etc. anywhere on or near the brows. “It makes the hair follicle flat and won’t allow the hair to grow back in. Imagine putting lotions in your scalp, we would never do that. My clients can’t believe the growth. [Brows] get healthier and fuller when you are mindful of this. Once you let the hairs breathe, you will start seeing the growth come back. The accumulation of product will only interfere with hair’s growth and your brow hair is extremely delicate.”
  • Say NO to waxing or threading. Waxing is quick, but stretches out the skin and is extremely irritating — threading is no better. “They are too imprecise because you are pulling so many hairs at once. With threading, it breaks the hairs. It literally snaps them and you could easily end up with ingrown hairs.”
  • Be mindful of where hair starts, ends and arches. The rule of thumb is to line up a pencil or brush so that it touches the outer edge of your nose and the inside of your eye to determine where brows will begin. The arch should be at its peak when the straight edge is angled at the outer edge of your nose and right outside of your pupil. Finally, the tail should end wherever the straight edge lines up with the outer edge of your nose and the outermost edge of your eye.
  • The space between brows and lids determines a lot. The thickness of your brow is something you shouldn’t mess with if you are going for a natural look — meaning: Let it grow out completely. The lift is where you can decide to go for a high arch or a straighter one. But these two factors should be taken into consideration when framing the eye. “If you have a lot of space [between your brow and eyelids] you can carry a fuller brow. If someone has a small amount of space, you need to open up the eyes and it means more lift and not as much fullness for them.” This doesn’t equal thin brows, just a few extra hairs off the arch to show off your eyes to flatter them.
  • Patience is key when growing them out. This means no plucking what you think are strays or attempting to shape your brows after a few days. “It can take a few months or up to a year for regrowth, and you need good brows, so you have no choice but to be patient. It’s not instant gratification when it comes to brows.”
  • Magnifying mirrors are a definite no. “You see too much and wind up removing too much. A lot of people obsess and will pluck hairs daily and no one even sees them.” It’s recommended to clean up your brows every few weeks, and lay off the tweezers in the meantime.
  • Hygiene is everything. Make sure to know where you are going and ensure that your esthetician holds a valid license in your state. If you are for waxing, then it’s crucial that your location does not double dip because bacteria and infections can spread this way. There have also been reports of women who get warts on their brows because of threading since the thread used for this method goes in the esthetician’s mouth. 
  • Tweezing wins. Not only will you fend off ingrown hairs (which look like dark dots on the brow area), but hair will grow back neatly and in sync when you tweeze.

To book an appointment with Sania at Sania’s Brow Bar at 48 West 20th St. New York, NY 10011, call 212-247-1129

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