1% Glamour, 99% Grit: CFDA Winners on Making It in Fashion

Photos: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Before toasting the brand new CFDA x J.Crew capsule collections, the last five years of CFDA winners spoke to students last night about what it really takes to helm your own brand.

Last night at 91 Fifth Avenue, the CFDA held a panel, called “On the Rise: The Last Five Years Look to the Next Five Years” attended primarily by students of Pratt and Parsons, and a few members of the press.

Read designer Chris Gelinas’s take on making it in fashion here.

Consisting of the past five years’ CFDA winners, this group of young designers is in many ways a lineup tantamount to a need-to-know of recent fashion history. It included Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Tabitha Simmons, Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne and, the latest winner, Paul Andrew.

The set-up of the room, (the third floor of J.Crew’s flatiron store) made the panel’s title almost glaringly obvious. At the front, the luminaries answered questions from Marc Karimzadeh, editorial and communications director at the CFDA. They faced the students, some of whom might very well speak on such a panel in just a few short years.

With questions tailored to a future generation of designers, they spoke of the lessons they’ve learned from an impressive roster of mentors (when asked about his first job, Andrew deadpanned, “Alexander McQueen,” to great laughter, before clarifying he meant first “fashion job.”)

It was Gurung who noted that one of the fastest lessons he had to learn was to disabuse himself of the idea that working in fashion would equal a life of endless glamour. “1 percentage is the glamour. It’s passion and dedication, but really it’s the grit,” he said, a sentiment every member of the panel quickly echoed.

They were just as fast however, to dispel the constant 4-word myth (The Devil Wears Prada) that hangs over the industry, contrasting the rumors of bitchiness with a portrait of community support, and a camaraderie that exists “especially in New York.” Gurung noted that it is in fact because of the support of the industry, and the CFDA that his line exists.

Speaking to words of wisdom that resonated, Simmons spoke of her mentor Stefano’s (yes, Gabbana) advice–“Don’t be afraid of repetition.” This was another point on which the room quickly agreed. “It’s easy to look at other brands because maybe a retailer tells you ‘well, this other brands is doing really well,’” Altuzarra concurred, “but repeating a look actually helps associate your brand–and that’s how you build a voice.” And considering that these are brands that have been established for less than ten years, it’s striking just how loud and clear their voices already are.

Paul Andrew’s shoes, as well as capsule collections from runners-up Ryan Roche and Eva Fehren are shoppable now at J.Crew.

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8 Best Face Masks Transform Your Skin While You Sleep

Face masks, we love! But who has the time?! Still, our skin could use the pampering. That’s why these face masks are extra amazing — you can do them all in your sleep. These eight are the best face masks on shelves now, and each has a slightly different goal, (and a different mix of ingredients) so you can get exactly what you need, plus some Zs. That means you can literally sleep your way to better skin.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask 

Rodial’s take on a sleep mask incorporates one of the brand’s signatures: dragon’s blood (not real), which plumps and hydrates. It’s a thin, fun-to-apply gel which smells a bit like fruit punch and feels potently moisturizing from first application.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

The Kiehl’s take on the skincare trend is all about replenishing the skin’s water reserves. On at night (you’re actually meant to tissue off all but a thin layer to sleep in), rehydrated by morning.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask

Formulated with hyaluronic acid + Tata’s signature essential oils, this mask has a serum-like texture and a calming, bedtime-appropriate smell.

Dr. Jart Water Max Sleeping Mask 

A light as air gel mask that’s all about hydration. This one feels so good to put on that its tempting to use significantly more than the recommended 2-3 pumps.

Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask 

Erno Laszlo’s formula is literally to face masks what a tempur-pedic is to pillows. It’s pale pink, weightless, and bouncy texture glides on the skin making a dent in the product, but when you go to re-apply the next day, the surface is smooth again–like magic. It relies on ingredients like desert succulent, prickly pear, and Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids to re-hydrate and plump the skin.

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask

This Korean skincare brand (so you pretty much know they’re good) formulates their sleep mask with walnut extract and hyaluronic acid for hydration, while white mulberry extract helps to calm redness and irritation.

Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

If you’ve never tried Boscia’s tsubaki (that’s the camellia flower) line of products, here’s one to start with. With it’s lovely light fragrant, smell, and potent mix of Asian power-ingredients (in addition to the tsubaki oil there’s Japanese sea kelp and rice bran oil, this feels like a treat to go to sleep in.

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask 

Some have compared this magic mask to botox. With ingreidnets like black tea ferment, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract, Fresh’s mask works to inhibit damaging free radicals and helps to improve skin’s elasticity. If you’ve tried anything from the Fresh black tea collection, then you know the scent is light and refreshing.

The Windows at Bergdorf’s Are Amazing–and It’s Not Even the Holiday Season

Photo: Ricky Zehavi

Donald Drawbertson (née Robertson) is an Instagram sensation thanks to his illustrations, paintings, and sculptures made with bright paint, gaffer tape and cardboard boxes and always filled with  wit, whimsy and, of course, talent. It’s what got him his 138,000 Instagram followers on the daily. And today, at Bergdorf Goodman, fans can snag a piece for themselves–ready-to-wear style.

Tonight from 6-8 pm a lucky few will snag the remaining objets d’art (x fashion) from Donald Drawbertson’s (née Robertson) “art bombing” of the famed department store.

From hand-painted Kenzo tees, to custom (and further customizable for a lucky few) Clare Vivier clutches, to the more affordable Estee Lauder makeup bags and lipsticks, Robertson’s takeover of the store is a delight to any follower of the artist’s on Instagram, or appreciator of fashion and art in general.

I ran into the man himself yesterday as he put the finishing touches on the windows yesterday and headed back to Bergdorf’s today to join the frenzy.

When you work in fashion, shopping is always an artistic experience but at Bergdorf’s, post-Donald’s artbomb, it’s museum-worthy. Add in his beloved twins who made an appearance this morning, and there’s clearly nowhere to be but Bergdorf’s.

Linda Fargo + Donald

The twins make a chic debut! 

A perfect union of fashion + art

If you’re lucky (or do some major shopping) Donald will add some personal tweaks to your bag!

8 Epic Celeb Selfies of Cannes: Julianne Moore, Karlie Kloss + More Get Selfish

Celeb selfies at Cannes might be as glam as a selfie will ever get. Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr, Jake Gyllenhaal and more turn the camera on themselves.

But first…let me take a selfie! True for us and true for stars like Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Julianne Moore, and even Jake Gyllenhaal. Welcome to Cannes 2015–if you didn’t take a selfie, did it even happen!? Maybe not every celeb can be Kim Kardashian, with a 448-page tome dedicated to the art, but still, celebs can all be a little #selfish.

Here, some of the best from the supers and Hollywood stars alike as they get their glam on and mug for the (iPhone) camera. In a category of Instagram elevated for only some of the world’s biggest stars we bring you Cannes Celeb Selfies, an art form all its own.

Miranda Kerr courtesy of @ctilburymakeup:
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Karlie Kloss, Liya Kebede, Naomi Watts, Doutzen Kroes and Julianne Moore courtesy of @charlottewillermakeup

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11 Chic Cannes Looks to Come out of the Film Festival’s Past, from Amber Heard to Lupita Nyong’o

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

As the Cannes Film Festival gets underway, beginning today and going on until May 24, we’re eager to see what film’s superstars bring to the red carpet. While we wait, here’s a look at some of the best looks to come out of Cannes in the past, with favorites like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Lupita Nyong’o topping the list. 11 chic Cannes looks to get you ready, right this way…

1. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attends Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the “RC” yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
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2. Coco Rocha dons a white suit, a bold lip, and a wild ear cuff on the RC yacht. 

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

3. Irina Shayk is sexy in sheer black. 

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
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4. Alessandra Ambrosio looking every inch a supermodel

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

5. Heidi Klum looking like an angel

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
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6. Cara Delevingne, in another angelic look, attends the DE GRISOGONO Hosts “Fatale in CANNES” Dinner Party

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

7. Amber Heard, doing neutrals, but separates

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

8. Rosario Dawson looks like there’s nowhere she’d rather be

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

 9. Paris Hilton ignored the B&W memo everyone else got and went for metallic glam. Not surprised.

HOLLYWOOD DOMINO Cannes Dancing Spies Ball benefitting PCI Media Impact
Photo Credits: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

10. Liya Kebede is ethereal in blue

The IFP, CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION & EUPHORIA CALVIN KLEIN Celebrate Women in Film at the 67th Cannes Film Festival
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11. A power trio werkin’ it: Naomi Watts, Lupita Nyong’o, and Julianne Moore all in strapless dresses and minimal heels

The IFP, CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION & EUPHORIA CALVIN KLEIN Celebrate Women in Film at the 67th Cannes Film Festival
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How and Why You Should Make Aromatherapy a Part of Your Life Now

Photo: Silar via Wikimedia Commons

Now that the sun is shining, our noses are liberated from behind layers of scarves, and winter cold free, we can actually make real use of them again. Though the eyes may be the windows the soul, our nostrils are (I’m saying) the windows to what we feel, depending simply on what scents we choose to inhale.

A single smell can send us deep into our memories. Certain aromas can also induce calm, energy and even sleep. But before you make associations that go no farther than a weirdo with a sage stick and patchouli oil, allow us to introduce you to some of the more glamorous uses of aromatherapy. You might just find that bedtime (or waking up, or staying calm in between the two) is a bit more pleasant. aromatherapy-101Clockwise from left: Decleor Aromanight; Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating SerumEarth Therapeutics Dream Silk Comfort Cream; Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit; Earth Therapeutics Anti-Stress Mind Repair

Decleor’s rich balm is more like a salve for the face than any moisturizer you’ve ever tried. Though its texture definitely lends itself to overnight use, this little jar’s spa-like properties are so distinct, they could make a crowded subway feel zen. Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas’s Rejuvenating Serum is a luxe blend of argan, neroli, olive, rosehip, and jojoba oils. Dream Silk is meant to coax you into sleep vis-à-vis its relaxing smells; while Essio makes your basic, little shower worthy of a 5-star resort with rotating scent pods ranging from sinus clearing to passion inducing. Finally, Earth Therapeutic’s Anti-Stress mind repair is a handy, portable little potion for the temples, neck, or forehead providing stress and tension relief thanks to wild peppermint oil and wintergreen. darphin-TWOFrom left: Darphin Rose Aromatic Care; Darphin Jasmine Aromatic CareDarphin Chamomile Aromatic Care

Just three of Darphin’s Aromatic Care collection, you can pick and choose from these luxe Parisian oils based on your skin’s needs. Rose oil smoothes, softens, and guards against free radical damage. Jasmine is revitalizing and toning–this is the best pick if you’d like your aromatherapy with a dose of anti-aging magic as this oil is known for its wrinkle smoothing properties. Finally, chamomile will soothe and protect. This oil helps to restore natural radiance and is a good, calming pick for sensitive, redness-prone skin.   tata-harper-aromaticsFrom left: Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime TreatmentTata Harper Aromatic Irritability TreatmentTata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment

You may know Tata Harper for cult faves like her Resurfacing Mask or Hydrating Floral Essence, but if you’re just delving into the world of aromatherapy, Tata’s easy rollerball blends are a perfect point of entry. Her bedtime potion mixes mandarin for its mildly sedative properties, the deeply relaxing clary sage, known to facilitate dreams, and lavender, which has been used for centuries to promote restful sleep. If it’s day-to-day stress that’s got you down, the stress treatment implements rose otto and linden blossom to gently alleviate anxiety as well as strengthen the inner spirit. Fresh floral neroli uplifts and soothes the nerves and can even help alleviate panic attacks + frankincense deepens the breathing. Finally, Harper’s Aromatic Irritability Treatment relies on roman chamomile to soothe + bergamot’s fresh floral and lemon scent to lift the spirits and patchouli to stabilize and ground the mind. The roller ball application makes getting the most out of aromatherapy easy. Dot the oils on the inside of each wrist, behind your ears, on the side of your neck or your temples stimulate psychological and physiological effects. kora-aroma-spraysFrom left: Kora Organics Calming Lavender MistKora Organics Balancing Rose MistKora Organics Energizing Citrus Mist

Not much feels more luxurious than a spritz of a top-notch facial mist. Before makeup or after. Before bed or upon waking up. Miranda Kerr’s line, Kora Organics has three, so usage can be tailored to the needs of both your skin and your mood. Calming Lavender mist will soothe and refresh, and reduce tension (all while improving the appearance of your skin so it’s an all-around win). This is the spritz to go with before bedtime. Balancing rose mist provides antioxidant protection and supports the skin’s own collagen production–plus who doesn’t love a good rose-scented product. And with your morning cup of Joe, spray some of Kora’s Energizing Citrus Mist which contains bergamot, orange, ,andarin, and aloe vera, and will leave you feeling fresh.

Are Drones the New Supermodels? Why You Should Care About Silicon Valley Fashion Week

Photo courtesy of Betabrand

Silicon Valley Fashion Week kicks off today. As if we needed another one! SVFW runs through May 14, is hosted by online clothier, Betabrand, a San Francisco-based company that crowdsources and crowdfunds new designs on the daily. With this event, it appears the company has its sights set on ushering in a new era of technologically-minded, and engineered, fashion.

SVFW founder Chris Lindland sees the fashion world through the eyes of a tech entrepreneur–that much is clear. His thoughts on the future of fashion: 

“With technology in every pocket and soon every wrist, Silicon Valley has an out-sized impact on the way people look and experience the world. The next Valentino is likely staring into a computer, drinking his 4th Red Bull right now!”

The three-day ‘week’ is broken up by theme, rather than designer. Today’s show is titled “Motion and Light: The New Commuter,” while tomorrow’s will focus on wearable tech, and Friday’s on crowdfunded fashion.

In SV, no element of FW as we know it is entirely safe. Drones will replace runway models. And though we don’t necessarily agree with the suggestion posed in the question, “Are runway models headed for extinction?” (We still love you Gigi, Joan…), we can appreciate the eerie, cool effect of clothes flying via drone.

Eight Celeb Mother Daughter Duos in Honor of Mother’s Day

Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Ah, mom, we have her to thank for our looks, our manners, and our drive. And if you happen to be part of one of these eight pairs, well, you’ve struck genetic lottery gold. From Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson to Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day by celebrating celeb mother daughter duos we love.

1. Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson

Tiffany & Co. Presents the Baby2Baby Gala Honoring Kate Hudson
Photo: Owen Kolasinski/BFAnyc.com

2. Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith 

Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

3. Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian

The 2014 HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Women in Entertainment Event
Photo: Owen Kolasinski/BFAnyc.com

4. Lena Dunham and Laurie Simmons

HBO with The Cinema Society host the premiere of Girls Season 2

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

5. Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton 

The 2nd Annual DVF AWARDS
Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

6. Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz

INSIDE the Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of China: Through the Looking Glass
Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

 7. Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow

Photos from left: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com; John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

8. Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer 

From left: Sam Deitch/BFAnyc.com; Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Vote Audrey: Rachel Antonoff Sees the Future, and We Have Our First Female President

Left, campaign imagery courtesy of & Other Stories; Middle and right, party photos by Shawn Brackbill

Rachel Antonoff couldn’t have known how timely her campaign-based collection for the collaboration series with & Other Stories would feel at its launch party last night.

Not even a month after Hillary Clinton’s announcement, Antonoff fêted the release of her collection (officially in stores next Thursday, May 12), Wednesday night in Soho.

“We started working on this more than a year ago at this point,” Antonoff said, “we presented them with three different umbrella themes.” But the campaign motif was the winning story. The clothes are simultaneously modern and retro-inspired–think seersucker suits and railroad striped jeans and culottes, complemented by a to-the-point tee that reads “We Try Harder,” and a crewneck sweatshirt emblazoned simply with “It’s Time.”

Watch Vote Audrey here:

Thinking back to Cecily Strong‘s request at the White House Correspondents Dinner that journalists “solemnly swear…not to talk about Hillary’s appearance… because that is not journalism,” Rachel discussed the catch-22 that is the question of what women in politics wear. “It’s such a bigger question,” she said, “I’m constantly trying to figure out that balance. It’s so difficult to feel like you want to have equal rights and you don’t want to be treated a certain way because you’re a girl–you don’t want it to be assumed that you like certain things that you like because you’re a girl–but thenthere are certain things people might assume you like because you’re a girl, that you DO like, and it actually is almost anti-feminist to turn your back on those things, just because they’re the obvious–you don’t want to seem like a typical, whatever,” she said, echoing the confusion and frustration of a double standard we often feel when asking ourselves these questions.

“When it comes to politics, either we cover what the men and the women are wearing, or we don’t cover either…That’s the only way to do it. Granted, I mean, who’s gonna give a shit about what the men are wearing, but you just have to do it,” Antonoff concluded.

As for the political women whose style inspired the capsule collection, Antonoff noted that she’d been looking at pictures of Jackie Onassis and Carolyn Besette-Kennedy. “There’s just some really great style linked to the Kennedy’s but also just Americana, or patriotism, in general. We imagined it all kind of happening in this campaign office.”

Bringing that vision to life is Lena Dunham‘s vision of it all. It’s a dreamy four minute sequence which moves from Zoe Kazan‘s hopeful but rejected neighborhood canvassing efforts to a cheerful, and more importantly, hopeful, daydream of becoming the first female president, complete with choreography and a diverse, but all female group of judge/backup dancers.

Of the video, Antonoff said, “One of the many great things about Lena, she’s pretty great at extracting exactly what you didn’t even know you wanted from somewhere inside your brain and making it real. So she wrote the script completely by herself, directed…she’s one of the only people that I feel totally comfortable handing over the reigns to, like 100%, because I’m a little bit of a control freak, but she did a perfect job and it’s exactly what we hoping for.”

Dunham chimed in on Twitter, “Soon, this film won’t be total fiction. MADAM PRESIDENT 2016.” Though Dunham’s directorial/writing skills and Kazan’s acting chops are swell, Antonoff’s cheery and optimistic clothes are the true stars.


A sampling of Antonoff’s collection which will hit stores on May 12