On finding your niche, and making the most of it | Elie Saab: an overview

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Elie Saab F13 CTR (4)

ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013-2014

Yeah, I don’t really have a good reason for posting any of these images (which, by the way, are all from Style.com). I just felt like taking a bit of a beauty break, you know?

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled reviewing, flailing, and photo-taking shortly, but in the meantime, here are a few of my favourite Elie Saab pieces from the past few seasons. The Elie Saab aesthetic may not be the most innovative, or the most exciting, but I absolutely love the delicate embellishments and ethereal, flowing silhouettes that are repeated so often in the line.

I think, for many, that Elie Saab seems like a bit of a one trick pony. I prefer to look at it another way, however: the familiar, recognizable couture collections are a wonderful example of finding your niche and working with it, exploring its depths to their fullest extent before moving onto new textiles, new colour palettes, new shapes.

Elie Saab F13 CTR (5)

How breathtaking is that dress on the left? I would love to see that on the red carpet — I think it would be perfect for someone like Claire Danes.

Elie Saab F13 CTR (6)

Same with the dress on the right, here — but I think it’s better suited to someone who’s more of a risk-taker, no?

Elie Saab F13 CTR (1)

Oh, and with the reds — I loved seeing these against the red runway; it usually doesn’t work, but the glossy floors and lighting really helped provide contrast.

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Behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week SS14 with Maybelline New York

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MNY FW SS14 Richard Chai

I’ve managed to come down with (yet another) cold, so today’s post is something a little different — a bit of behind-the-scenes action from New York Fashion Week, through the eyes of Maybelline.

I hope you enjoy the backstage photos & info, and I’ll hopefully be recovered enough to blog in a few days!

The runway standard: Super-dewy skin at SUNO

MNY FW SS14 SUNO (3)

(Yes, that’s a Baby Lips balm being applied to the lids!)

To start us off, a look that we see time and time again on runways. Makeup artist Alice Lane created a really flawless, really dewy base with Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and Fit Me Shine Free Powder (though I’ve no idea where on earth the powder went), then added Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral to the cheeks.

As an aside, I love the texture of the Bouncy Blushes, but the pigmentation and wear time have always left me wanting. For a cheap, super-fun fix, though, you can’t do much better than a blush that feels like a happy marshmallow!

MNY FW SS14 SUNO (1)

MNY FW SS14 SUNO (2)

On the matte side of things: Satin perfection at Lacoste

Though dewy skin is always a hit on runways, I’ve always been more of the “more is more” camp when it comes to matte and satin finishes. Makeup artist Mayia Alleaume (what a beautiful name) used Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Powder to perfect the skin, then added the blush and bronzer of the same line to add a sun-kissed effect to the skin.

On the eyes, the models wore Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadows in (what else?) Tough as Taupe and Bad to the Bronze, topped with one of the new Master Smoky Longwearing Shadow Pencils in Smoking Charcoal.

MNY NYFW SS14 Lacoste (2)

MNY NYFW SS14 Lacoste (1)

Glowing eyes at Tibi, bold orange lips at DKNY, and a violet haze at Mara Hoffman

These looks need no further introduction.

Okay, maybe just a little bit more of an introduction. The looks at Tibi and Mara Hoffman are both so beautifully ethereal & easy to do at home — I’m really hoping to see them on the streets next spring.

On the other hand, there’s nothing easy about flushed cheeks paired with an orange lip, but can you really fault me for including the look at DKNY it in these photos? If someone drops a photo of Karlie Kloss in your inbox, you post that photo. You post it good.

NYFW SS14 at Tibi

Karlie Kloss at NYFW SS13 DKNY

NYFW SS14 at Mara Hoffman

All images courtesy of Maybelline New York & edited for theNotice.

NYFW Spring 2013: in review

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The word-count-per-post has been steadily inching up the past few months on theNotice, so let’s keep this one as short and succinct as possible, yeah?

I favour F/W collections by a long shot, particularly when it comes to beauty — enough so that I don’t think I even had a favourite beauty look from the just-finished fashion week. When it comes to what I actually wear, my look is much more in line with spring makeup than anything else, but… I find it kind of boring, to be honest. Fresh, dewy skin and a no-makeup look are gorgeous for everyday, but you can only do it so many times before it’s all just the same.

That said, here are a few of my favourite pieces from 2013′s spring collections. (I’m kind of all over J. Mendel at the moment — gorgeous, gorgeous work.)  

Badgley Mischka, Marchesa

J. Mendel

J. Mendel

Cushnie et Ochs (Spring 2012 on left) 

What were your favourite collections from this fall’s NYFW?

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The Met Gala 2012 | Looks, photos, and dresses we loved (and loved to hate)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thoughts: most of the attendees were too skinny. And, to be honest, quite a few of the dresses looked like they fell out of the pages of a schizophrenic fashion spread. A good number of people looked extremely uncomfortable having to stand next to each other, too, which is always fun to catch on film.

All that said and done, though, it’s still the Met Gala. So, without further adieu, here are a few of the photos that I loved.

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Favourite dress of the night: probably this gorgeously feminine number on Rashida Jones. At right, Rooney Mara.

Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer

I’m just not sure how I feel about either of these.

Ashley Greene and Solange Knowles, lovely in white and bright lemon yellow

Left, Dianna Agron / Right, Jessica Stam

As much as i’m really hoping this see-through-skirts thing doesn’t become a trend, I love Marion’s violet and black gown. Anja Rubik’s hip bone, however, looks like a weapon and needs to be put away.

Doutzen Kroes and Amy Adams channelling Veronica Lake glamour

And one last photo…

You subvert that gender binary, Marc Jacobs. # perfect human being (…)

So this is a… problem. | The Leather Jacket Dilemma

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I’ve been thinking some Serious Thoughts about leather jackets recently, and (in light of a short Twitter conversation with a few of my favourite human beings on the interwebs), I thought I may as well get my predicament out there.

Because I’m sure lots of you will be having the same problem.

Just kidding! No one else is having this problem, because I’m a good number of degrees weirder than the rest of the world. But hey! What’s a blog for if you can’t bitch about clothes every now and again?

(Basically, I just want to find a warm, soft, secondhand leather jacket with an asymmetrical zipper and a bit of a masculine edge. Is that really so much to ask for?)

(See, but that’s funny, because it really, really is.)

The problem(s)

Basically, there’s this thing wherein when I put on a leather jacket, I look like I’m on my way to beat someone up. (Conversely, when my adorable older sister puts on the same jackets, everyone around her is faced with an unbearable urge to give her candy or pat her on the head.) It’s not my best look, by far.

(Unless I’m going for “aggressive to a fault,” I guess. Though I can’t really think of a situation which would call for that.)

That’s problem one.

Problem two is that I’m not really into leather. I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian, but there’s just something kind of uncomfortable about the idea of wearing something else’s skin around, you know? I’ll make an exception for shoes (preventing back problems is always a priority for me, and I’ll take good arch support wherever I can find it), but I’ll avoid leather bags and belts if I can.

[ Aside: If it's something that I could find non-leather, I'll go for the non-leather version. If not, I try not to get too hung up over it. At the end of the day, it's a squeamish issue for me, not an ethical one. ]

Anyhow, leather biker jacket ramble –> over. I think I’d like to go secondhand or vintage if I do pick one up (smaller eco footprint, not directly supporting the businesses producing leather, etc), but I’m still not sure.

In all likelihood, I’ll just put it off until I forget that I wanted a leather jacket in the first place. Crisis averted! 

Quips, questions, qualms: hit us up in the comments.

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