Joan Smalls, Adriana Lima, Doutzen and More Celebrate Summer with H&M

Courtesy of H&M

Here in NYC, we’re dealing with a spring that seems perfectly content to simply not exist–40 degrees and rainy–come on.

None of that for H&M though. The fashion powerhouse is 100% ready for summer and getting ready to launch their bikini-filled campaign starring Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, Doutzen Kroes, and Adriana Lima.

To celebrate the campaign, they’re keeping things local, which for them means Swedish, with an exclusive track by Axwell /\ Ingrosso, who are set to debut their first album since parting ways with Swedish House Mafia this summer.

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Watch for the video and song elements of the campaign to hit on April 30th, but in the meantime, start dreaming up your warmer weather getaways now with highlights from the summer collection, all of which will be available on April 30th!

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5 Moments Not to Miss When Watching Dior and I, Out Friday

Cinemas throughout the world have started to show one of the most anticipated fashion films in a while, and certainly this year. Dior and I, which already showing in Europe, opens in New York on Friday.

Debuting last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, Dior and I, directed by Frédéric Tcheng (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,  2011), follows the story of the house’s current creative director Raf Simons embarking on his inaugural collection for Christian Dior.

A little history: After multiple seasons headed by Bill Gayten, post the swift and highly coveted departure of infamous creative director John Galliano, Raf Simons entered the picture. This documentary shows how Simons, former creative director of Jil Sander (and frequently known for his minimalism, modernity, and edited beauty), undertook the creation and execution of his first haute couture collection for Dior, presented in Paris during the fall/winter 2012 Couture season.

I remember vividly extreme hype and expectation that surrounded this particular show, and the constant speculation as to which direction Raf Simons would take the house of Christian Dior. Although now, Raf is fully established at the house, with his new, edgy and modern take on the Dior woman, and her experimentations with plastic, perspex, leather, lace and many materials in between, his first collection for the house was more subdued, but equally as crafted and beautiful as his predecessors.

At the time the film was shot, the house of Dior was in a very turbulent scenario. Having announced Raf the creative director in early 2012, there was still an air of mystery around the designer. Keeping his public profile and persona low during his tenure at Jil Sander, the publicly less  known designer was regularly queried as a big enough character to take on such a public power house — and its standing across fashion and popular culture — where former creative director John Galliano had firmly placed it. The worry and issues Simons faced when starting at Dior are all documented in this tentative film.

Tcheng’s ability to create frantic, romantic and prominent scenes in a matter of minutes makes Dior and I a must watch for anyone interested in fashion, and even those who are not, as it brings to light the craftsmanship, beauty and level of detail and research that is poured into a Haute Couture collection. From the initial talks about blowing an enormous Sterling Ruby painting onto a dress, which has many complications, to Raf’s mind-blowing idea to cover every surface in the set with flowers, each room covered with a different species, inspired by the Jeff Koons’s “Flower Puppy” (how Raf says “puppy” is adorable), and the wait for the approval from Bernard Arnault and Sidney Toledano.

5 MOMENTS NOT TO MISS: 

The Friendship
The beautiful connection between Raf Simons’ right hand man, Pieter Mulier, Premiere d’atelier flou, and Florence Chehet. A friendship formed quickly and organically, which is lovely to watch blossom with the collection.

The Heated Moment
You’ll know it when it happens. A growing tension between two key players at Dior during a fitting leads to a surprising and unexpected power play in the Atelier.

The Shoes
As much as Galliano was into the grandeur and performance of fashion, Raf Simons’ aesthetic is radically different. This is made very apparent when designing the shoes for the collection. Raf explains how he hated the idea of a woman being helped down the stairs by a man, but proceeds to put a 12 inch heel on a pair of pumps.

The Archive
Being able to glimpse at pieces from the incredible Dior archive in movement is worth every second of screen time.

The Love
Multiple moments throughout the film shows the true love and affection everyone had for the house of Dior and the passion and investment the Atelier have in Raf’s vision. The best moment comes when a seamstresses, a long serving member of the Dior Atelier, says how they are always working for Mr. Dior, no matter who the creative director is.

Above are five illustrations from Raf Simons’ debut collection for Dior. The modern take on the iconic Bar Jacket silhouette and full skirt were remixed and dresses came in bright solid colours including baby pinks, seville red, and canary yellow. A large pannier style skirt embroidered with crystals and royal blue feathers teamed with a simple sheer black knit top, and remakes of classic Dior ballgowns, cropped and shown with tailored black cigarette pants gave old ideas a new lease of life and reimagined use. This is also said for a fuchsia pink silk chiffon, corseted column dress, subsequently split to the waist and paired again with black cigarette pants. The finale dressed featured a split of embroidery, with a classic Dior archive embroidery on the back, and a reworked new version on the front, a literal but effective take on showing the history of the house as well as moving forward.

This collection was an enormous first step for Simons and a great starting block to mark his territory on a house in turmoil. Dior and I is an astonishing and rare insight into a designers first steps, proving again he is most certainly one to follow.

12 Coachella Beauty Essentials to Toss in Your Crossbody Bag

Coachella 2014 sunset with balloon chain and Lightweaver. Photo by Alan Paone via Wikimedia Commons 

The passes are in your possession, transportation is nearly settled, you have your outfits and your sunnies packed… Coachella is coming, bbs. But what about the Coachella beauty? Nobody but nobody goes into the desert without a little lip balm…and more importantly, SPF (seriously, slather that sh*t on).

First things first, quickly self-administer a Myers-Briggs personality test, then determine which of the below best fits your needs. Every gal will find her beauty essentials here… so whether you came for AC/DC, Florence + The Machine, or Drake, we’ve got you.

IF YOU’D RATHER BE AT BURNING MAN…
You just want to jam, man. For the girl who smells like patchouli (and maybe a hint of rose), Eminence’s new 3 in 1 cleansing water and Rahua’s body oil are desert lifesavers. And you’d never forget your Aura Spray…

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Clockwise from top left: Petal Perfume OilEminence Rice Milk 3-in-1 Cleansing WaterHeritage Store Aura Smudge SprayRahua Body Amazon Oil

YOU’RE IN IT FOR THE ‘GRAMS
…and you’re even apt to post a product insta to show your beauty goodies. Brands like Korean cult-fave TonyMoly and the brand new Christopher Kane x NARS collab are surefire ways to bring the double taps.

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Clockwise from top left: Tony Moly blueberry lip balmNARS x Christopher Kane blushNARS duo eyeshadow in St. Paul De Vence; Mac Ruby Woo lipstick

 

FOR THE OFF DUTY MODEL
You might be in the California desert but they better believe you know your French pharmacy essentials. Hair messed-to-perfection, cheekbones perfectly highlighted, and lashes quickly lengthened…? Sounds about right.
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Clockwise from top left: Embryolisse Lait-Crème ConcentrèBumble and Bumble Surf InfusionBenefit Roller Lash MascaraRMS Living Luminizer

 

Toasting Spring: Five Wine Bars to Check Out in San Francisco

Photo: Press Club

We’re putting a cork (literally) in deep reds of the colder seasons and raising an expertly-curated glass to sunshine, a nice breeze, and the end of a long day’s work. We chatted with the sommeliers at some of our favorite wine bars in the whole U.S. of A. (see San Francisco here, and check back later for guides to Los Angeles and New York City) and have here, their exclusive picks for your springtime orders right here.

ENO

320 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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Joel Kampfe, Certified Sommelier, and ENO Brand Wine Director makes the following recommendations for spring sipping:

Floral whites such as Viognier, especially 2013 Kivelstadt Viognier, Roussanne blend from Lake County, Ca.

Light, bright and aromatic reds like Nebbiolo, such as 2007 La Castellina Valtalina Nebbiolo.

District

216 Townsend Street at 3rd. San Francisco, CA, 94107

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District’s sommelier and wine director Caterina Mirabelli recommends the following picks for spring:

County Line Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, Napa, CA 2014. Of this pick, Mirabelli says, “It is a 100% Pinot Noir Rosé from the producers of Radio Coteau. It has notes of raspberry, key lime, lemon zest, lemon verbena an a touch of cherry on the nose and palate. It’s crisp and fresh with a bright acidity and a lively, dry finish.”

Tournage Riant, Grolleau Noir Blend, Touraine, France 2013 “This wine is your traditional, provence-style rosé, blended with malbec, cabernet franc and gamay. It has notes of sour cherry, lemon curd, cherry liqueur, and lemon zest on both the nose and palate. For a rose, it’s somewhat full bodied, with a mild acidityand a long, lingering and dry finish,” says Mirabelli.

IdleWild winery is home to the only Grenache Gris in the states. It has 110 year old vines. “Their Grenache Gris, Mendocino County, CA 2013 is not a red wine and yet, not quite a rosé–it pushes rosé to the brink of being a light red wine. A truly esoteric glass, it has intense notes of orange spiced tea, cinnamon sticks, blood orange, raspberry tart, and cherry cordial are found on both the nose and palate. It’s medium bodied with a refreshing acidity and a long, spicy finish,” Mirabelli notes.

The Hidden Vine

408 Merchant Street, San Francisco, CA, 94111

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The Hidden Vine’s sommelier, Jessica Jamison, makes the following wine recommendations for spring:

Alex Kaufman Riesling, Central Otago, New Zealand 2013. “This crisp and dry Riesling has aromas of gardenia, honeydew, and green apples. A perfect pairing with sunshine and a friendly game of bocce,” says Jamison.

Triennes Rose (Cinsault), Provence, France 2013, “Nothing says Spring like Rose! Light bodied and dry with hints of unripe strawberries and orange peel. This wine pairs perfectly with pulled pork sliders,” Jamison says.

Press Club

20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA, 94103

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The head sommelier at Press Club, Mauro Cirilli, notes that every spring their menu focuses on fresh green ingredients from local farmers and the wines are chosen to match.

His top three picks for spring include:

2014 Turnbull Sauvignon Blanc of which he notes that, “the acidity brings out the fresh flavors of the springtime ingredients.”

Ampelos Viognieror or the red Italian Parpiniello Monica di Sardegna have “aromatic, fruity, and floral components,” Cirilli notes.

Stoller Pinot Noir from Oregon is “smooth and elegant and won’t overpower even the most delicate of spring dishes,” says Cirilli.

RN74

301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105

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David Castleberry, Lead Sommelier at RN74, makes the following wine recommendations for the season:

2014 Arnot Roberts Touriga Nacional Rose from Clear Lake, CA. “It’s bright, red fruited and delicious,” he says. “The kind of wine that screams to be drunk on spring afternoons.”

2011 Chablis from Moreau-Naudet “A 100% Chardonnay coming from Burgundy in France and a nice departure from the oaky-buttery interpretations of the grape,” Castleberry notes. “It’s got loads of citrus and fresh apple, stony minerality and more acid than Burning Man. Oysters? Yes please!”

Check out our guide to what to sip where in NYC here.

 

All the Sunglasses You Need for Coachella

We’ve already covered the clothes, bags, and shoes you’ll need to enjoy the desert escapades that Coachella has to offer. Up next? Sunglasses. They’re essential in the desert sun for a few reasons:

1) Protection from the sun
2) Protection from the eyes of security
3) Disguising any lack of sleep
4) Disguising any other… altered states
5) Because they look great

Our favorites range from desert sunset reflecting beauties, to brights, to the glitter filled, to the odd pair that may or may not trip out some of your friends (what is that tiny leopard doing on your face, anyway?) Check ’em out above, then click the links below to shop.

Top row from left: Fendi two tone sunglasses; Markus Lupfer glittered acetate sunglasses; The Row Plas sunglasses; Second row from left: Cutler and Gross metal frame sunglasses; Victoria Beckham aviators; Barton Perreira sunglasses; Third row from left: Illesteva sunglasses; Miu Miu glitter acetate sunglasses; Dita Liberty sunglasses; Fourth row from left: Le Specs acetate sunglasses; Anna-Karin Karlsson cat eye sunglasses; Finlay sunglasses + clip on; Bottom row from left: Ray Ban mirrored sunglasses; Stella McCartney sunglasses; Dior reflected sunglasses

Coachella Shopping: Festival Wardrobe Preparedness 101

If you’re heading to Coachella this weekend, chances are your current activities include intensive wardrobe preparedness practices. Good news: We’ve rounded up the best festival shopping for you. With temperatures in the desert hitting the high 80s, (and an unforgiving sun blaring down just as intensely as music from the speakers) you’re going to want your whole body to breathe. Enter comfortable, effortlessly chic sandals, airy camis and tanks, shorts you can sit in, and the hands-free bags you need to carry all the essentials, from your favorite designers like Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Frame Denim, and more.

Happy shopping, Coachella-goers. Don’t forget the SPF and sunnies.

Above, clockwise from top left: Etro silk crepe camisole; The Row fringed Hunting bag; Etoile Isabel Marant mini dress; T by Alexander Wang silk-twill camisole; Alexander Wang backpack; Michael Michael Kors macrame tank; MSGM floral-applique shorts; Rag & Bone cotton and leather sandals; Stella McCartney denim shoulder bag; NewbarK belt bag; R13 layered distressed denim shorts; Proenza Schouler slingback espadrilles; Pierre Hardy tasseled suede sandals; Antik Batik beaded shoulder bag; Maslin & Co espadrille slides; Frame Denim distressed shorts 

Shop Fall’s Super Hot Embellished Trend Right Now

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We’re still on a fashion high from the fall runway shows — yes, it’s hardly begun to be spring, but we’re already chomping at the bit for newer and better. That’s why we’re bringing one of fall’s hottest trends to you right now: Embellished and bejeweled pieces showed up on the runways at Armani Privé, Fausto Puglisi, and Givenchy for fall, but each of these gems is available right now, so get ready to shine bright like a diamond.

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Clockwise from left: J.Crew bucket hat; Mary Katrantzou Silverfloss crop top; J. Crew Collection wool gabardine top; Emilio Pucci embellished dress; 3.1 Phillip Lim white encrusted diamanté top; Preen black Starr jumper; Marni crystal-embellished calf hair sandals

Want more shopping?

Shop more sparkly pieces inspired by Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer I, on view later this week at Neue Galerie, by clicking here.

Ready to dive into spring? Shop the season’s soft pastels, pretty dresses, and light-weight knits by clicking here.

Adele Bloch-Bauer: Dress Like Gustav Klimt’s Woman in Gold

Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Gustav Klimt, 1907. Oil, silver, and gold on canvas. Neue Galerie New York

Nothing can replace standing face to face with art — especially Gustav Klimt‘s 4’6″ tall portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, painted, along with oil, in real silver and gold — but taking inspiration from Klimt’s portraits of the Austrian beauty, and applying it to one’s wardrobe is still (sartorially) inspired.

The gilded portrait of Bloch-Bauer will be on view from April 2 at New York’s Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Avenue, NYC). Mark the date, then get decked out with Adele in mind by shopping some of spring’s most sparkling offerings.

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Clockwise from left: Carolina Bucci woven 18-karat gold diamond bracelet; MUNNI 22-karat gold spinel bracelet; Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Gold Digger; Lanvin draped silk-blend lamé gown; Penny Packham draped silk-blend lamé gown; Rupert Sanderson Pythia leather sandals; NARS duo eyeshadow; Sophie Bille Brahe Deesse 14-karat gold pearl choker

For bonus points, check out a trailer of Woman in Gold, a film starring Ryan Reynolds, and Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee and Adele Bloch-Bauer’s neice Maria Altmann, and the efforts Altmann went through to get the painting back into her possession from the Austrian government after it had been stolen by the Nazis during , below.

Matthew Williams (Onetime Creative Partner to Kanye West and Lady Gaga) Launches RTW

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Alyx is a name you will be hearing a lot of soon, and for good cause: The designer of this new luxury fashion label is Matthew Williams, the creative genius who worked with Lady Gaga during her rise to fame, as well as with Kanye West work throughout the My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyWatch The Throne, and Yeezus eras. The clothes, however, aren’t just for big name stars. Williams tells us:

“Our ideal customer is a confident, sophisticated girl who feels empowered in the clothing, but also won’t care if her clothes get a bit dirty from a night out when she may be up until the sun rises.”

The collection debuts for fall/winter 2015 (in the meantime, see photos of the label above).

Matthew Williams isn’t the first stylist who works with big name stars like Gaga and West to create clothing lines. Check out six others, from stylists working with Rihanna to Beyonce, below.

NICOLA FORMICHETTI

Fashion director to Lady Gaga from The Fame through Born This Way eras, Formichetti collaborated with Williams on many of Gaga’s iconic projects including the music video for Bad Romance.


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Appointed Creative Director of Mugler in September 2010, Nicola cast Gaga in the brand’s Fall 2011 Women’s Fashion Show.

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Leaving Mugler to become Artistic Director of Diesel in 2013, Formichetti dubbed his new campaigns #dieselreboot , casting atypical models and using Tumblr to release the campaign.

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BRANDON MAXWELL

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Assisting Nicola Formichetti with styling Gaga since 2010, Brandon took over as Gaga’s Fashion Director in 2013 for The Born This Way Ball. Still styling Gaga, she has also started designing dresses for her, including one she wore to the 2015 Grammys.

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Most recent, Karl Lagerfeld shot the two appeared for the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, honoring Hollywood’s 25 most powerful stylists.

VIRGIL ABLOH

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Working with Kanye West since 2002 and recently appointed his Creative Director, Virgil Abloh has a major support system to grow in the fashion industry. His new fashion line OFF-WHITE has already seen on Beyonce more than once and can be found at many boutique luxury retailers, as well as larger ones like Barneys.

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And Kanye can’t help giving his longtime friend and collaborator some Twitter recognition for his recent LVMH Young Designer Awards nomination.

B. AKERLUND

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Styling for both Beyonce and Madonna (and wife to music video director Jonas Akerlund), B. has set out with her own fashion line, Le Snob, just getting interviewed about it by V Magazine, as well as getting brand placement in CR Fashion Book.

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KEVIN TEKINEL

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Working on art direction for Madonna under GB65, Tekinel launched tee-shirt line DEERDANA along with Dana Veraldi. The brand is sold at various retailers including Opening Ceremony and has been worn by everyone from Jay-Z to Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyongo.

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ADAM SELMAN

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While more so designer rather than stylist, Selman’s rise to fame can be aligned with that of his boyfriend and stylist to Rihanna, Mel Ottenberg. Dressing Rihanna in Adam Selman for the 2014 CFDA Awards, Ottenberg put his boyfriend on the fashion map.

We won’t be surprised if we see more collaborations between Adam Selman and Rihanna in the future, and we’re not complaining!