Global Street Beauties: Winter Faces

Street Style bloggers go nuts for layering and accessorizing, but total style calls for just the right amount of makeup, finished off with the perfect—or perfectly undone—coif. Darker lips accentuate wintry hues, hat-hair needs to be kept in check, and embracing new trends, like minimalism, calls for a complimentary hairstyle. Here are some winterized beauties who’ve adapted their looks to their climes, captured in recent street snaps around the world.

New York image Model Sara Blomqvist keeps warm under a fur topper, and pairs berry lips and porcelain skin with a natural color palette and flowing, healthy hair. Photo: Models of Duty

Milan image Her eccentric pieces—a fur cowboy hat and over-sized, cheeky necklace—are subdued by a clean, glowing face. Her vibrant skin is a sight for sore eyes in the dead of winter. Photo: The Sartorialist

Paris image The new minimalism in fashion calls for complimentary beauty looks: stricter hair with slick parts and defined lines. I love that her hair, parted straight down the middle, brings out her angular features. Photo: Phil Oh for Street Peeper Florence image This head-to-toe menswear look calls for elements of girlish beauty. Her ruby lips, Latin-inspired side bun, and wispy hair pulled down around her face balances the otherwise masculine look. Photo: The Sartorialist

Miami image Salty sea air mixed with humidity and bright, pastel prints pair nicely with her simple, slicked-back hair and sharp, retro glasses. Photo: Phil Oh for Street Peeper

London image Achieving this total “look” takes commitment: parochial lines are nearly Gothic when paired with her severe haircut and extremely defined brows and lips. Photo: Phil Oh for Street Peeper

Orbit Gum Invades Fashion Blogosphere

Fashion blogs have seen no shortage of partnerships and sponsorships in recent months, like The Selby and Louis Vuitton or Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter and Helmet Lang. But a new wave of product promotion via fashion blog is making for some unlikely pairings. Take Orbit, which just enlisted a handful of well-known sartorial documentarians to highlight their chewing gum for a 5-post sponsorship. I first noticed the very prominent spotlighting of the product on Jazzi McG’s style blog, a site that offers DIY tutorials and photos of the blogger’s personal style. Next, I found Orbit popping up on Mister Mort’s street style blog and on Phil Oh’s Street Peeper.

Surely a marriage of convenience; there’s no denying Orbit has little influence or relevance in the fashion world. Partnering with prominent fashion bloggers seems a bit forced. I have to commend each of the aforementioned bloggers for announcing the collaboration and not trying to subtly highlight a product that’s almost definitely financially supporting them in some way. The right move, it turns out: at least in the case of Jazzi’s blog, there was no protest from her readers. In 21 comments the only debate was over what flavor Orbit people preferred. Of the collaboration Jazzi says, “I respect the integrity they approached me with and also their marketing scheme from a creative perspective. We tend to keep gum in our bags or pocket, so it makes sense to show off the new package designs via a style channel. In many ways it speaks for itself.” It’s by no means the first time Jazzi has been approached. Of most proposals sent her direction, she says, “I reject most of the things that come my way because I find many companies are inherently trying to take advantage of me or my audience.” And these offers are coming “very regularly and increasingly often.” But back to the Orbit sponsorship. As she eloquently states in her defense: “I absolutely respect an ad-free/sponsor-free site, but I’m personally prepared to put a dollar sign on my creativity—albeit at my discretion. I’ve got bills to pay.”

Photo courtesy of Mister Mort