A Simple Act Made Very Chic by Prospector Co.

Being that I grew up on this strange island called Manhattan, I have never come into contact with Southern charm. Or I should say, I hadn’t experienced it properly until I met Kyle Hinton, founder of Prospector Co. Kyle is handsome, interesting, and founded a line of lovely, simple, natural grooming products, and he did so with his mama’s help. Heart melting stuff.

Prospector Co. is equally as charming as its founder.

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What began as (and still is) a store in Savannah, Georgia, with a core line of men’s shaving essentials has blossomed into a line available at top taste-making stores like J.Crew and Barney’s. The products aim to be multi-purpose, also, now that the line has expanded, catering to the unique, differing needs of men’s skin vs. women’s skin. Many products are unisex. Take one of the brand’s staples, the all-purpose “dirt”, which has no fewer than four purposes; it can be used as dry shampoo, as a sort of skin matte-ifying powder, a pore clarifying facial wash and a body cleanser.

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The products are also “free of unnecessary additives, artificial fragrances or colorings, using quality, naturally-derived ingredients with discerning scent and archival influence,” says Kyle. Rather, the fragrances are the byproduct of both Hinton and his mother, who had an aromatherapy-based product line when Kyle was young, and now inspires Prospector’s products.

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All this, plus the minimalist, apothecary-inspired packaging makes for a brand that I would want all up in any boyfriend’s bathroom, but has also, since I came upon it just a few weeks ago, made the mundane task of leg-shaving an infinitely more pleasant–and dare I say glamorous?–experience. Ladies, see for yourself with the new core women’s products here, and men, I envy your more extensive selection. You may want to fill up your cart.

Should you be in Savannah, skip the internet entirely (after this article, of course) and head to 320 West Broughton Street.

This Season’s Barney’s Windows Are the Stuff the Movies Are Made Of

We don’t expect anything less than a tour de force of creativity when it comes to the Barney’s holiday windows each season. And while it may only be November, the fashion scene is taking on the holiday season full-swing. Baz Dazzled–the official name given to Barney’s holiday windows designed by filmmaker Baz Lurhmann, and his wife, costume designer, Catherine Martin, add a big dose of decadent whimsy to Madison Avenue.

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Last night, one of the chillest of the season thus far, this year’s windows were unveiled to guests including Hamish Bowles, Dakota Fanning, and Lisa Perry, while Pentatonix performed Christmas carols. Lurhmann and Martin seem like the type who genuinely have a blast working together so just imagining them dreaming up the stories behind the windows is a treat.and the Barneys New York creative team.

“In this mythical BAZ DAZZLED world, classical woodland creatures come to life in an urban environment: a contortionist b-boy elf, a wise old ‘True Owl’ who speaks the truth, a graffiti-ing squirrel who makes use of his gold spray paint through Barneys and beyond, and Celestina the ice princess, eternally skating and longing to be set free—with the whole mythical world ruled over by the Luna and Solar Queens.” Truly the imagery of the films the duo collaborate on.

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

Afterwards, partygoers were lead by a drum-line to a dinner at the Central Park zoo which continued the fairy-tale, woodland theme.

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

Shhh: The Online Barneys Warehouse Sale is Live Right Now

This just in: The legendary Barneys Warehouse Sale is being held online this season for the first time, ever. Racked revealed that although the IRL sale was cancelled altogether in LA, the NY sale is still happening—but in three long, grueling weeks from now. To satisfy hardcore bargain hunters, Barneys secretly launched the online version of the sale early today. I’ve been trolling the site all morning and I must say: I’m really enjoying not waiting in gross long lines, dealing with annoyingly aggressive shoppers, and scavenging through super picked-over racks only to find nothing in my size. 

Although the site is sure to crash at any given moment now that the whole world knows about it, so far it’s pretty smooth sailing. Some of my prized price-slashed finds include this Isabel Marant Lia Dress (reg $2,195; now $879), this Étoile Isabel Marant tie-dye short sleeve sweatshirt (reg $325; now $129), and this Boy. by Band of Outsiders leather trim short dress (reg $725; now $179). There’s stuff for dudes, kids and home, too.

Other worthy acquisitions include Yves Saint Laurent accessories (snatch up all o.g. stuff now before the brand becomes Saint Laurent Paris), Yohji Yamamoto dresses, Theyskens’ Theory everything, slacks by The Row, T by Alexander Wang basics, and heavenly prints by Suno. Go now, now, now!

Someone (Barney’s) Got A Little Work Done

In case you hadn’t heard, our beloved Barney’s had a little something done at both the Beverly Hills and Madison Avenue locations. As if carrying some of the most amazing beauty products weren’t enough (hi Byredo candles… what’s up MAKE face gloss…) the department store beautified itself for our benefit. By reaching out to Steven Harris Architects to ensure optimal results, Barney’s really hit a home run. Steven Harris himself was kind enough to answer a few burning beauty questions (like, how did you manage to make it/us look so good?) See if you can finish clicking through before dashing across or uptown for a beauty splurge.

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“We sought to make the shopper look as beautiful as possible within the space by using ample ambient light and lighting from below,” said principal architect himself, Steven Harris. Must remember “lighting from below” for the next bathroom renovation…

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“Interior designer Eleanor Lemaire’s design for the original Bullocks Wilshire store was a guiding influence throughout. When designing the fixtures, we took major inspiration from Damien Hirst’s medicine cabinet series and Donald Judd ‘s steel boxes,” said Harris. (Donald Judd’s steel boxes are pictured.)

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Damien Hirst’s medicine cabinet.

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… and that all makes visual sense.

The lighting is all designed to emphasize the beautiful bottles and packaging. Harris told me “the perfume display lights all the bottles from below so that their intricacies emerge and they seem to glow from within. Our fixtures allow the beauty brands to be identified more by packaging than by the individual boutiques- brand identity rather than the approach.”

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Also, now you can get your spa on at Barney’s – see: this new treatment room. So zen. Say it with me… ohm.

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“We want the shopper to feel beautiful when they enter the space and throughout the shopping experience…” said Harris. “We also want them to feel pampered, an objective that we addressed [with] sumptuous finishes, special pieces of furniture, and moments of pause within the store’s circulation.” So if you’re jonesing for a beauty binge, get thee to a Barney’s, stat. The whole experience is bound to be gorgeous.

Every Week is Fashion Week: Fashion News You Need to Know

Heading to drinks at Gottino tonight? Before ordering a glass of red, brush up on the recent happenings in the world of fashion. 

Luxury conglomerate LVMH went on a spending spree, plunking down a chunk of cash for a stake in London label J.W. Anderson. It was announced that beyond his eponymous collection duties, the man behind the label will head up design at Spanish leather brand Loewe, also in the LVMH stable.

Speaking of LVMH, even if we haven’t had enough of Marc Jacobs (more nail polish and shirts as dresses, please…) Louis Vuitton might be ready to say au revoir to their American in Paris. Jacobs’ contract with the brand is up at the end of October, though no announcements have been made just yet.

Menswear has been on the upward path these past few years, and a new fashion fund won’t hurt. A 200,000 euro prize will be awarded to the new British Fashion Council/GQ Designer Menswear Fund winner come announcement time.

Ready for holiday shopping? Barney’s announced its specialty holiday shop in store will feature collaborations and curations by Jay Z, to be called "A New York Holiday".

Seems like an aesthetically ideal match: M.I.A. apparently has a collab with Versace coming out very shortly.

In Paris? Stop by the Azzedine Alaia retrospective at the Galliera Palace. It’s like a totally important designer!

 

Photo via WWD

Watch Daphne Guinness Dress for Tonight’s Met Gala

With tonight’s Met Costume Institute Gala saluting the genius of Alexander McQueen — festivities include an exhibit entirely devoted to the late designer’s work on view for the first time — we can’t wait to see how McQueen devotees will trick themselves out for the red carpet. In fact, we won’t even have to wait to see what the designer’s longtime friend and muse Daphne Guinness will be wearing: She’ll be dressing for the event inside one of Barney’s shop windows.

Guinness should be heading to the window any minute now (the “performance” is scheduled from sometime between 4 – 6pm), but if you can’t make it to the store, you can still watch the live stream here. And while she may be the only guest that we’re sure to see ahead of time, beloved fashionisto Derek Blasberg has already tweeted some juicy tidbits on who might be wearing what.

FashionFeed: Dolce & Gabbana Likes Justin Beiber, Carine Roitfeld Likes Vodka

● In today’s random news, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are apparently throwing the Biebs a party when he stops in Italy for his world tour. [Refinery] ● In a recent interview, Carine Roitfeld revealed that she likes a little vodka in the evening. We have more in common than we realized! [Der Spiegel]

● Taking a hint from the rest of the fashion world, Barneys capitalized on social media by hosting a blogging event that included an interview with Joseph Altuzarra. [Style] ● Gone are the days of searching high and low for a bottle of Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray. The brand is now stocked out at all Sephora locations in North America. [WWD] ● Christian Louboutin is suing Yves Saint Laurent for designing a new heel with red soles. [The Cut]