Babes in Montauk

Courtesy of RVCA

RVCA’s #BABESINMTK, at just 55 seconds, is a captivating blur of sun-soaked gals dancing and painting and reading and fishing. Basically, my bag is packed, RVCA, and I’m ready to go to Montauk.

“The sole purpose of the trip,” according to RVCA founder PM Tenore, “was to bring together the talented women who are representative of the RVCA tribe at its core. The brand is built upon a foundation of inspiring creative voices.” That tribe included photographer Ashley Barker, model Mahina Alexander, artists Michelle Blade, Nina Long, and Kylea Borges, who model Ashley Smith, who comprise the assembly of RVCA Women’s Advocates.The extended version of the short documentary film will debut on RVCA.COM on August 28th, but for now, revel in this dreamy preview of the ensemble’s week-long creative adventure in Montauk.

RVCA | #BABESinMTK Teaser from RVCA on Vimeo.

Ashley Smith Dances on Tables for RVCA Collab

Ashley Smith danced on the tables at ACME for the launch of her collaboration with PM Tenore’s RVCA, a brand that pushes the boundaries of traditional sports apparel. The Fall/Winter 2014 capsule line highlights on the widely gap-toothed model’s playful style. A contemporary and colorful take on classic essentials sealed with a nostalgic teen spirit.

In total throwback mentality, Smith was inspired by her earlier days of punk rock tee’s and multicolored hair. That mindset mixed with her refined knowledge from walking in countless runway shows makes for flirty balanced looks.

Fashion friends came out to party and show support en mass. The packed bar included Kyleigh Kuhn, Leslie Kirchhoff, Fiona Byrne, Brandee Brown and the and the man repelling Leandra Medine. Jenne Lombardo donned RVCA X Ashley Smith, along with Hannah Bronfman, Jeanette Hayes along with sisters Annette and Phoebe Stephens.

BFA_8130_961412  Leslie Kirchhoff

BFA_8130_961491 Leandra Medine & Sydney Reising

Hannah Bronfman, Annette Stephens, Pheobe Stephens

BFA_8130_961431 Kyleigh Kuhn

PM Tenore, Steve Espo Powers, Ashley Smith

A Bijules Collaboration Is Born, While Erin Wasson & RVCA Fizzles

Designing a line of swimsuits named Nycked along with Lorenzo Martone (Marc Jacobs’ better half) isn’t the only collaboration keeping Jules Kim busy these days. The jewelry designer is embarking on a diffusion line for her NYC-based collection Bijules with Urban Outfitters called BJ by Jules Kim. “Comprised of sterling silver, plastic and gold-plated sterling silver rings, priced from $18 to $162, the looks are near-spitting images of ones found in the brand’s signature collection — only these sell for around half the price (or in the case of the $18 plastic rings, a mere fraction of the price),” says All The Rage. As with Kim’s namesake line, expect affordable bold styles like the Rihanna-approved nail ring and thin ‘bar’ rings in both silver and plastic, which are already in stores.

Meanwhile, in other news on the collaboration front: Erin Wasson for RVCA is no more. Rumor has it the model’s team was incredibly hard to work with (“total chaos and the epitome of unorganized,” said one source), forcing the surf and skate-wear company to cease partnership on a line that had garnered quite a bit of attention. However, collaborations in general at RVCA (like an ongoing one with fashion blogger Rumi Neely) will continue.

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.


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

Fashion Week Seats Hit the Auction Block

In recent seasons there’s been talk of a small fashion week stimulus package in the form of selling off show seats. Surely not a bad idea given the industry’s recent economic struggles, the proposal has been controversial nonetheless. But come New York Fashion Week 2010, which kicks of February 11, two very well-known designers are taking matters into their own hands and hawking tickets to their shows… granted, all proceeds will go to charity. Marchesa just announced that they’ll auction off tickets to their fashion week presentation: bids for which are currently clocked in at $1,850. Although, it’s not just a VIP pass to the presentation the winner will win. “Not only will the winner receive a collection dress—which she’ll get to choose herself at the design duo’s Manhattan studio—she’ll also get two VIP passes to the label’s February 17 presentation at Chelsea Art Gallery,” says Fashionista.

(‘DiggThis’) “The multitasking model, designer, and do-gooder is selling five tickets to her Fall ’10 Erin Wasson x RVCA show on February 11 to benefit the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in Haiti,” says, of the show which will take place at ABC Carpet & Home and is said to include a live music act. The cost of the front row seats in question? $1,500. While that may seem especially steep, keep in mind five of the tickets were sold before details were confirmed; meaning a total of 10 front row seats will be occupied by the highest bidders come fashion week. Dying to get into the show and consider over a grand a deal? Contact

Erin Wasson Launches Clothing Line

imageErin Wasson has taken some heat recently in the fashion world. First, her jewelry line is said to be ripped off from designer Bliss Lau. Then her styling gig for pal Alexander Wang is no more. Now the multifaceted, one-time model may be stepping into the lion’s den by designing her own line for RVCA. (Let’s hope her work doesn’t look too similar to buddy Wang’s.) Wasson says the collection mirrors her own “tomboy chic” aesthetic; pieces range from low-cut tanks ($55) to denim cut-offs ($230), and the line has fittingly been picked up by Opening Ceremony. With so many irons in the fashion fire, are Wasson’s modeling days over? “Oh, no, honey,” she says. “You don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”