Sneakers Had the Best Year Ever

If we can point out one prominent style shift this year, it’s that comfort became key. Thanks to Elin Kling hitting the streets in pajama pants and Alexa Chung attending major fashion events in flats, stylish fans were given the sartorial green light to rock whatever felt good, without apologies. This newfound freedom eventually led to the fashion girl’s fling with the sneaker, which street-style photographer Tommy Ton selected as the most surprising trend of 2011.

"After years of towering around in sky-high heels, it was only a matter of time before fashion insiders came back down to earth and slipped into something more comfortable," Ton tells Style.com. "Embraced by tastemaker Phoebe Philo as she makes her Celine bows and also seen in countless editorials, the sneaker has become the shoe of choice."

As for the rest of Ton’s list of best off-runway fashion statements, the biggest trend was color, Hanneli Mustaparta‘s toned abs gave us the best reason to hit the gym, the best signature pose came from Natalie Joos, and Kate Lanphear wore the most lethal accessory, which was a double claw ring by Dominic Jones. See the rest here

Photo: Tommy Ton

Winter Beauty: How Daphne Guinness, Hanneli Mustaparta, and Izabel Goulart Fight the Freeze

Just because winter is well on its way, doesn’t mean we must succumb to languid locks and reptilian skin. On the contrary, this year we’re determined to achieve the perfect “winter glow.” We’ll let you know how that goes. In the meantime, we recently caught up with a few ladies for whom looking good is officially—or unofficially—part of their job descriptions. Below, they share their no-fail beauty tips for looking fresh year-round.

Hanneli Mustaparta, Model / Blogger
I normally get Argan oil products at Whittemore House. But a few weeks ago, I went to Morocco and got the pure oil, which is for the face and the hair. I started using it on the airplane. I use it during the night because it’s very oily, but it goes into the skin. In the morning, I’ll use a moisturizing cream, but pure Argan oil is amazing for my skin.

Izabel Goulart, Model
I’m a girl, so I love all beauty products, but I have learned that sometimes it’s better to use less than a lot. I only use face wash and moisturizer and sun block.

Olivia Palermo, Actress / Fashion Editor
I like SK-II. They have great skin products. 

Shala Monroque, Blogger / Editor
There’s nothing I can’t live without—maybe body lotion in the winter. Right now I’m using Santa Maria Novella

Daphne Guinness, Heiress / Icon
My routine is slightly sporadic. I’m allergic to a lot of stuff—that’s what’s so awful. I like anything that doesn’t make me break out in spots. 

The Cambridge Satchel Company Strikes Fluorescent Gold

A company that was once the UK’s best-kept secret is now at the center of a whirlwind of press for their collection of highlighter-hued satchels. Essentially a school bag manufacturer, The Cambridge Satchel Company‘s bags were originally limited to black and tan, introducing green, red, blue, and purple a few years in. From the get-go, the satchels were on fashion insiders’ radar for their Mulberry-esq feel, wallet-friendly price point ($250 and under), and name-embossing service. But when their new on-trend collection of fluorescent shades caught the eyes of international style plates like Hanneli Mustaparta (above) and Carolina Engman, the company’s phones started ringing off the hook—and haven’t stopped since.

Cambridge Satchel was founded in 2008 after Julie Deane, a graduate of Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge and a new stay-at-home mom, was looking for something to do. “I had a list of ideas, things like cake decorating, party planning, and satchels,” she explains to Cambridge News. “I had tried to buy one on eBay for my daughter and bought four, but none of them was right – a school satchel to people in Britain looks a certain way.” Equipped with a new niche, a few start-up courses, and the help of a small factory in the north of England, she was in business.

Although her iconic bags are now featured in the likes of Vogue and Elle, the store website offers no frills — just photos, a few testimonials, and an order form. Even the section for their star product—the fluorescent satchels—is occupied by illustrations alone. With the influx of new sales, CSC certainly has the wherewithal to spruce up their branding, so perhaps they’re keeping it old school by choice. Either way, we’re into it, and are looking forward to watching Deane’s Great Britain miracle continue to grow.

Hanneli Mustaparta Is Kind of a Big Deal Now

What a difference a year makes. Since we first named Hanneli Mustaparta “The New Sartorialist,” the former model has become a top street-style photographer and quite the media darling. She’s developed a sharp eye behind the camera, but is also a style icon in her own right, thanks to photobloggers like Tommy Ton capturing her high-fashion-meets-high-street looks in action. And there’s no question that Mustaparta’s career reached new heights when she was tapped by Vogue and CBS to co-host a live webcast of Fashion’s Night Out: The Show, the kick-off event for Fashion’s Night Out—and the largest public fashion show in New York City history. Streamed on CBS.com, she hosted the designer and celebrity arrivals with none other than Vogue Editor-at-Large André Leon Talley, and interviewed the likes of Vera Wang, Donna Karan, and Blake Lively. Landing a role amongst such fashion heavy-hitters seems like a natural progression for the Norwegian transplant, especially now that she’s established a solid American fan base on top of her existing international audience.

And although her face has been immortalized on a Zara t-shirt (see the original image here), perhaps that designer collaboration I suggested will come in 2011. But whatever Mustaparta’s next big move is, we’ll be watching.

Clockwise from left: Artwork by Danny Roberts; Hanneli with Carine Roitfeld; Hanneli with her vintage Nikon camera; T-shirt by Zara; Hanneli with André Leon Talley and Blake Lively; Hanneli in BlackBook Dec/Jan 2010.

Fashion Editors & Interns Replacing Models

Fashion editors are the new models, according to quite a few fall campaigns. Elle first made note of the trend after their own fashion editor, Kate Lanphear, was crowned as the face of recent CFDA nominee Eddie Borgo’s FW10 jewelry collection. But Lanphear isn’t the only one mugging for advertising purposes. Cecilia Dean, founder and editor of Visionaire, co-starred in Ohne Titel’s recently released look book. And the list goes on.

Teen Vogue‘s Laurel Pantin’s popped up in ads for Club Monaco and Bobbi Brown this summer,” adds Elle. Meanwhile, continuing the blogger as mannequin trend, Hanneli Mustaparta takes center stage in Bodkin’s FW10 look book. And, back at Elle, interns are replacing models as well. It just goes to show how brands are continually moving toward models that have industry and blog cred, as opposed to employing just a pretty face.

Top 3: Hanneli Mustaparta

Last year we crowned Hanneli as The New Sartorialist. Quite the lofty title but we knew it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world started to take note, including Vogue, who featured Ms. Mustaparta in their March issue, joining fashion photoblogger darlings Todd Selby, Garance Dore, and Tommy Ton. Although she only started her blog a year ago, her work behind the camera has quickly established the model-turned-photographer as not only a pretty face, but a pretty notable talent as well. “Having modeled has definitely given me an insight to photography–not the technical part, as when I was working I couldn’t really spend time asking photographers all the questions I had, but more on the relation and communication with the object and the way I use my eye,” says Hanneli. “What appeals to me about photography is that I can form something from my own point of view, versus modeling where you are in a setting to help others form their idea. It was amazing to be a part of, but it’s also lot of fun taking the opposite role.”

Hanneli’s insane schedule includes splitting her time between New York and her native Norway—where she’s also an MTV VJ—snapping photos for high-fashion mags, and being invited to shoot and attend the entirety of fashion month each season. Reminiscing on this past NYFW, the photographer notes Miu Miu (“It was unexpected with the bellbottom pants and the thick but sweet fabrics”), Rodarte (“It was beautiful. I loved the knits, veils, and the fluorescent shoes”) and Celine (“So sleek and elegant) as some of her favorite shows. When asked of her upcoming plans, Hanneli mentioned that she’d really like to share, but it’s all a secret for now. My guess is a designer collaboration.

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1. Delfina DelettrezSilver Hand Ring – “It has such a different feel to it and brings a little joy when you look down.”

2. AcneAdonis Leather Jacket with Suede Sleeves – “The mix of beige suede with white leather is amazing, and the design and fit is really good.”

3. Jean-Pierre BraganzaBifrons Shorts – “They’re high-waisted and slightly high cut over the thighs, which is really hot. I haven’t decided on the black or the neon pink yet.”

Self-portrait by Hanneli Mustaparta

Alexander Wang’s 5-Minute Spring Face

There’s more that goes into the ‘no makeup’ look than not wearing any. If you just didn’t wear makeup, this would be a lot easier. For one, I wouldn’t have to write this post. And you would save money. Or maybe spend more on skin treatments. But I’m just going to go with my gut and assume that if you’re reading this, you probably wear a little makeup. Or at least like Alexander Wang. And therefore you probably know how casual and cool his all-American girls looked with those bold brows and dewy faces for spring. Here’s how they got it, who does it, and where to get it.

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The Makeup Artist: Diane Kendal, M.A.C Cosmetics Artist’s Aesthetic: American Nomad. “Strong brows and beautifully fresh, dewy skin.” Eyes: Clear Lipglass on eyelids to bring out the eye without adding pigment (and perhaps look like you’ve just woke up from a balmy tropical nap– with no makeup!). Brow Pencils in Fling and Lingering and feathering into brows a vertical angle to get the subtly spiky brows. Face: Conceal blemishes with Select Cover-Up only where it is actually needed. Blushcremes in Lilicent and Ladyblush mixed together and applied in a sheer layer on apples of the cheek (sheerness= almost no makeup!). Lip: Studio Finish Concealer to slightly mute the lip around the edges while letting the natural color to peek through in the middle of the pout. Lip Conditioner layered over to bring out the balminess and match the dewiness of the eye and cheek finish.

Other ‘No Makeup’ Champions:

Hanneli Mustaparta, fashion blogger and model, is the queen of the American Nomad face. She always lets her pretty skin take center stage, while defining her face with bold brows and a dewy finish on bare eyes and toned lips. image

The models sported the same bold brows and dewy skin for the RVCA Fall/Winter 2010 show. image

Speaking of RVCA, Erin Wasson is the poster child for the no makeup look. She goes bare with just a little cover-up which lets her balmy skin and naturally bold brows stand out. image

The New Sartorialist: Hanneli Mustaparta

“It’s sort of like writing a hit song—there really is no recipe for success,” says streetstyle photographer Hanneli Mustaparta, describing her criteria when choosing the high-fashion-in-everyday places that surfaces on her eponymous blog. “Some people think the more accessories on an outfit the better, but real style is so far from that. It’s all about being confident and knowing how to choose good things for the proportions of your body.”

Although the 27-year-old Norwegian is still new to photography, she’s no stranger to the fashion industry, having modeled for eight years. During that time, she says, “I always kept my eyes open, even if I was observing makeup or hair. I was always watching, sneaking peeks at everything they do behind the scenes.” She has since strayed beyond the runway, grabbing a camera and using her discerning eye to capture couture and ready-to-wear on everyone from French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld to complete unknowns. “An outfit is only there for one day. It’s going to disappear. The next day it will be something different,” she says. “I’m documenting and stopping time a little bit for other people to see.”

Dress by Louis Vuitton, Photo by Billy Kidd, Styling by Bryan Levandowski, Hair Charlie Taylor, Makeup Lauren Whitworth using YSL Beaute.

Hanneli Mustaparta: Fashion Photoblogger du Jour

Meet the latest street-style photographer catching the fancy of the fashion industry: Hanneli Mustaparta. The former model was born and bred in Norway (and recently transplanted herself to New York), but for the past few weeks she has been making the rounds at Fashion Week from NYC to Paris. She’s already been photographed by quite a few fellow street-style photographers (Garance Dore and The Sartorialist included). Now she’s officially made the grade as trendsetter: Mustparta has been profiled on Style.com. The post in question documents a “day in the life of” Mustaparta at Paris Fashion Week, which features outfit changes, food outings with fellow style bloggers, and battling with paparazzi.

“Outside of Chloé. The editors and buyers dress beautifully for this show. Shooting in the Tuileries is a treat. The light bounces off the sand, making everyone beautiful and the clothes pop. Not cool is the other photographers getting in the way as I was about to shoot Giovanna Battaglia, a frequent occurrence. Those guys with their humongous zoom lenses have zero respect. Paparazzi, go home!” You can check out her blogs here and here. And stay tuned — there’s no doubt she’ll be garnering a book deal, design gig, or deal with Style.com as an official photographer sometime soon.