A fabulous way to enter 2011 is with Cham
paign Pale. This gorgeous nude glittery collection just hit the stores today and as predicted, it's an instant hit. I was the first to enter the Ghent store this morning and there were only 2 I Get No Kick Eye Kohl Pencils left. All the others were reserved, and the phone was still ringing off the hook. Why am I not surprised? The collection is kind of neutral, but still festive because of the little glitters that's in every product. And they're subtle, perfect for a glamorous party look. I wouldn't put the whole collection on at once though, either focus on the eyes or lips to put the glitters on. Cham Pale all over would simply be a little too much. Either way, I think this is one of MAC's best collections of the year and definitely recommend it to anyone who's in for a party! Take a look at my Cham Pale buys and swatches after the jump...
Ghent has recently added another beauty hotspot to its list. After a Kiehl's store in Antwerp and a shop-in-shop at Senteurs d'Ailleurs in Brussels, Kiehl's decided to open a new store right in the city centre of Ghent. To be honest, I never actually tried any of the Kiehl's products before, but because I heard and read a lot of great things about it, I was very excited about this opening. Especially since it's only about 50m away from my university.
The sun is shining and the snow is melting. Are the coldest winter days over, or is it just temporary? Either way, spring is around the corner and so are the new collections! Are you also curious about the lovely cheap items that Primark has in store for us? More pics, store & price info after the jump..
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of my lovely readers out there! Thanks for supporting me during this year and I hope you'll continue to do so in 2011! I'm sorry I won't be able to post as much from now on, due to my exams in January. But (!) I promise to devote all of my free time to the blog to keep you updated on what's happening in the fashion and beautybizz!
Also, some of you may already know that I'm working on a complete new website for StyleLab which will launch soon, so I will be able to provide you of a better service. And for this, I need your help! Please let me know what you like to read on the blog, what sections you like or what could be better.. Thanks!
Anyway, I hope you all have amazing holidays, I hope you get the presents you wanted, gather with the people you love, dress up, have a glass of alcohol, party, have fun, be thankful, spread some love, reflect on the year you had and look forward to the next!
The Gossip Girl cast seems to be very wanted to star in campaign ads lately. After Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, we now see that Taylor Momsen is the face of John Galliano's new fragrance 'Parlez-moi d'Amour'. Earlier this year, she also did the campaign of Madonna's Material Girl line for Macy's.
If you wondered were all the color went when looking at Mac Cham Pale, then this is the collection for you. The new MAC Stylishly Yours collection is simply bursting with bright colors; pinks, reds and purples are well represented. Have a look at the collection after the break..
Despite the fact that the editor-in-chief was praised a lot for her daring and innovating productions, she also got a lot of bad press last year. Balenciaga removed Roitfeld from their guestlist when she was suspected of passing their designs on to Max Mara.
And Bernard Arnault, the head of LVMH wasn't pleased with Roiteld's recent work. He thought that there were too few LVMH credits in the January issue and he found the shoot with young models with heavy make-up and dressed in designer clothing rather tasteless. He threatened to reduce the number of advertisements of the luxury group in Vogue, which of course, Condé Nast wasn't very happy about.
There's definitely more to this story. To be continued...
Wrangler is racing through America with it's new spring/summer 2011 collection: Worn Across America. Imagine that you're only wearing one pair of jeans on your roadtrip through the United States; for men: the anti-fit Ben; and for women: the low-slim Molly. They start their journey like the dry and rinse-look Indigo. After a couple of months they feel like Just Worn. As the journey unfolds, the mustaches, patches started to fade and signs of use are starting to appear. Eventually, the jeans are rather destroyed. Wrangler has recreated the lifespan of the jeans in 4 phases, each one more worn than another.
Yup, it's hard to believe, I know, but it's true. After more than 10 years, Carine Roitfeld will put an end to her carreer at Vogue, free willingly that is. In a few weeks, she will no longer be known as the editor-in-chief of Vogue France. Under her guidance the magazine grew out to be what it is today; internationally respected.
Little is known of what her plans are for the future. In fact, she told fashion journalist Cathy Horyn that she doesn't have any at the moment. She looks back on her career at Vogue as a fun time: "I got the freedom to do whatever I wanted. And I think I did a great job. But if everything is going great, it is time to start something new."
The March number will be the last edition published under her control. But what will happen after, only time will tell.. Condé Nast hasn't appointed a successor yet. I'm pretty curious about who's it going to be and how it will influence Vogue France. Either way, Carine will definitely be missed..
I'm currently drooling over these pics of the new Chanel Le Vernis Pearl Drop, Black Pearl (worn by the model in the pic) and Pêche Nacrée for the s/s makeup collection. The polishes will be released in March. I love the whole soft romantic look of the s/s collection. *want!* Hopefully these limited editions will be available in the beauty shops, so I won't have to drive 1,30 hours to the Chanel boutique in Brussels..
January is near and that means AIFW 2011 is too! From January 26th - 30th the fourteenth edition of Amsterdam International Fashion Week will take place at the Westergasterrein in Amsterdam. Jan Taminiau will open AIFW and will be followed by various designers like Roparosa, Spijkers & Spijkers, Addy van den Krommenacker en Monique Collignon.
Have a look at the official schedule here: http://www.amsterdamfashionweek.com/official-schedule
I honestly can't wait for AIFW 2011. I saw some pretty great pieces from these designers at last AIFW (2010), so I'm pretty curious if they're going to exceed my expectations. You can find the reports on AIFW 2010 here.
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Earlier this year, Lady Gaga teamed up with Cyndi Lauper for MAC's 2010 Viva Glam campaign. According to WWD it was the most successful ever for the MAC Aids Fund, which has raised more than $190 million since its founding in 1994. No wonder MAC decided to ask Gaga for a second round as a spokeswoman for its Viva Glam campaign. The image above is one of the campaign shots of 2011, shot by Nick Night and styled by Nicola Formichetti. I love this soft and feminine look on her and I can't wait to see more of the campaign and collection!
Image courtesy of MAC Cosmetics.
We all know Blake Lively has been Kaiser Karl's new favorite for a while now. Lively has made her love for the brand known by regularly wearing Chanel. She also attended the Fall/Winter 2010-2011 couture shows this past July, and stopped by the opening of Chanel’s SoHo store in September. Now, rumor has it that the three-time Vogue covergirl snagged the most coveted campaign: that as the new Chanel girl.
E!'s Mark Malkin has it on good authority that the Gossip Girl star was just in Paris shooting a handbag campaign for the Kaiser. The ad campaign should run early next year.
She has pretty big shoes to fill as Karl's new favorite. Previous Chanel girls were Keira Knightley, Lilly Allen, Vanessa Paradis and Georgia May Jagger. I think she's a great choice and I honestly can't wait to see it!
I'm pleased to announce that the popular American footwear brand Steve Madden is finally coming to the Benelux! Steve Madden started designing shoes in 1990 and now has over 82 stores offering shoes and accessories for men, women and children. He gets inspired by rock 'n roll and urban edge to design shoes that are innovative, fun and always trendy-chic. No wonder he has countless celebrity fans like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss and Rihanna.
Tag along to the Brooklyn Flea at former Williamsburg Savings Bank and have a look at original vintage items and the latest flea fashion.
The Brooklyn Flea is rated one of the best flea markets in NYC. Every weekend more than 100 vendors gather in the former Williamsburg Savings Bank to display their items. Join the H&M crew and get lost in the wide variety of vintage clothing, furniture, antiques, jewelry, food and art that's lined up on 3 impressive floors, including the bank's former vault. Happy shopping!
Video courtesy of H&M.
For the new Evening collection, Zara did what it does best; combining effortless elegance and the hottest trends (leather, metallics, red, sequins and florals) and transform it into a wonderful holiday collection. Whether your a fan of feminine, glamorous dresses or masculine suits (which are totally Kate Moss by the way), Zara has it all. Have you decided on your party outfit yet?
I'm currently not buying any MAC Tartan items, because I'm saving money for this baby, the gorgeous Cham Pale collection, releasing in the US on December 26th and in the beginning of January in Europe. Cham Pale is all about nude, champaign colors with a lot of shimmer. Which is perfect for the holidays if you want to put some make-up on without going over the top. I'm predicting this collection will create the same madness as the Disney collection, so if you want your share of Cham Pale, you better visit your nearest MAC store on the release date. Just sayin'... Take a look at the collection after the break!
The video is in Dutch. Courtesy of Focus WTV and BeKult.
Let me introduce you to one of the most unique concept stores in my hometown, BeKult. They offer a wide range of fun, young brands like Guess, Superdry, French Connection, Fornarina, G-Star, My Brand, Ted Baker, Supertrash, Tommy Hilfiger Denim, Malice in Wonderland, Love Therapy, etc. What really makes this store unique is the whole setting and atmosphere. Watch the video and find out what I mean..
The Lanvin for H&M collection has just hit the stores, and people are already speculating who's the next designer in line to design a collection for H&M. Rumor has it that the next designer is Tom Ford, former head designer at Gucci. According to French Tribune, the limited edition collection is going to be the same edition that appeared the December-January issue of French Vogue, when Tom Ford was the guest editor.
Nevertheless, I do think it would be great though. This would be one of the 'bigger fish' for H&M to catch. To be an (ex) head designer at Gucci.. well, that means something! But for now to say exactly what collection is going to be copied, that seems a bit shady to me.
Source: French Tribune
French handbagdesigner Longchamp is embracing the social media with the launch of their new application: 'Your Very Own Le Pliage' on Facebook. Just like on the website, it's now possible to customize your own Longchamp 'Le Pliage' model, just the way you want it. Creations can be shared with friends and a gallery is featured on the Longchamp Facebook page. Prices vary from 40 - 90 euro and delivery takes up to 3 weeks.
Ever dreamt of being a model at a real fashion show? Then this is your shot! On Thurday January 27th 2011, Bestseller is hosting a big fashion-event for their clients, new prospects and the fashion press.
They're still looking for some male and female models to star in the fashion show. More info after the break!
Conceptstore RA is hosting the second edition of the RA XMAS MARKETS where various artists will present their work from November 26th - December 24th 2010.
What to expect? Various stalls offering warm knitwear, second-hand objects, handcrafted christmas decorations, sculptures and home-made goodies.
When? From Wednesday 'til Saturday from 11h -19h, and on Sunday from 11h - 18h.
Where? RA, Kloosterstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp
Are you an artist and want to have your own stall? mail: email@example.com
My final post on the s/s 2011 Press days is about my visit to Bestseller, home of many Scandinavian brands like Vero Moda, Only, Object, Vila, etc. Tons of joyful clothes were awaiting us there, making me urge to shop for the spring/summer season. Another thing that caught my attention was the beautiful old building the company was housed in. I could spend hours there, staring at it while trying on outfits. So anyway, onto the clothes..
In oktober konden jullie mijn stukje al lezen over de komst van de nieuwe online shopcommunity shopVIP.com. Hier kun je dagelijks geweldige koopjes doen van erg leuke merken zoals Maybelline, Calvin Klein, DEPT, Guess, enz. Wat ook nieuw is, is dat de fashion directors van shopVIP.com, Tiany Kiriloff en Bastiaan van Schaik wekelijks een modevraag beantwoorden van één van de leden op de community pagina. Daar zullen dan ook hun weblogs geplaatst worden.
Geweldig nieuws is dat ik al mijn lezers nu ook een korting van €5 kan aanbieden! Ga hiervoor naar shopvip.com en geef de code SLSHOP10 op bij de registratie. Opgelet: je kunt je nog registreren met deze code tot 31/01/2011, de korting geldt slechts tot 31/12/2010! Veel plezier met de koopjesjacht! ;-)
To my English readers: because this promotion is only for Belgian/Dutch visitors, I wrote this post in Dutch. I apologize for the inconvenience and I hope you enjoy your time on StyleLab.
Here's the last PR stop of the day, Oona. Unfortunately I didn't have enough space on the memory card of my camera to take a lot of pictures (I guess I got a little carried away while taking pictures the whole day). But here's some to give you an idea of the treasures we discovered at Oona during the Press days.
Attention all aspiring designers! Soon you'll be able to be your own Christopher Bailey and design your own Burberry trench coat! Burberry has revealed that they're releasing a website in early next year where you can custimise your own trench coat online, entitled Burberry Bespoke. The website will offer over 12 million available design variations, from the choice of fabric and colour of the fabric to the type of buttons and style of lining. Prices will vary according to each look.
In the meantime, 'Harry Potter' actress Emma Watson has been spotted wearing one of the first Burberry Bespoke designs, a classic beige trench with black leather sleeves. What do you think? DIY or leave it to Christopher?
After we realised we lost track of time at UPR, we rushed to Making Waves. There, we recharged our batteries from parking stress with the new Zest Music For Life Smoothie (with yogurt, cranberries, blueberries, banana and apple juice). *Yum!* In the meantime, we also picked up some excellent advice from Wrangler for next season; "If it feels good, do it". And that's exactly what we're planning on doing!
Yesterday I went to Antwerp to visit some press agencies that were presenting new collections for spring/summer 2011. I didn't quite make it to every press agency on the list because there were so many beautiful things to see, smell, taste, try and feel that I lost track of time. Luckily I brought my friend, Melissa, to help me take pictures and take some notes. Let me show you a glimpse of the future after the break..
According to Elle, H&M won't let anyone wear the Lanvin x H&M collection before the runway show in New York on November 18. Even when worldfamous starlets like Jennifer Lopez and Madonna asked to "borrow" (read: have it before anyone else) pieces from the collection, they were simply told "no". Then why are British celebs like Roisin Murphy and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who don't have quite as much celebrity status as J. Lo or Madge, pictured wearing the dresses at London's Lanvin preview? Even some Belgian celebrities that attended the preview in Brussels were each offered to choose a piece to take home (for free) according to newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws.
On the other hand, why would any celebrity with such a high status want to get a piece from the collection? If you have that much power and money, why get a Lanvin for H&M piece, when you can easily afford the real deal? The whole point of Alber Elbaz was to be able to broaden his audience, meaning that he wanted to reach people who can't afford an original Lanvin piece. Plus, H&M doesn't need the celebrity publicity on these designer collaborations, they will sell out like hot cakes in no time anyway. If it were me I would stop whining and get my ass to the nearest Lanvin store or visit Net-a-Porter.com.
They really must love Scarlett Johansson at Mango (or the sales numbers of the clothing she represents in the campaigns). Again she managed to renew her contract to star in another one of the campaigns of the Spanish retailer. At least she did a better job than Olivia.
I'm pleased to say as of today, the Belgians and the Dutchies are also able to shop Zara online! You are now only a click away from having the hottest trends at incredible reasonable prices delivered at your doorstep. Here's 23 reasons to get you started on shopping Zara online!
In her newest music video "Firework", popstar Katy Parry is wearing a creation of the Belgian designer Tim Van Steenbergen. In the first minutes of the music video she's wearing the designers' shoulder pads that are decorated with silver beads.
"Perry saw the accessory at the Curve store in New York or Los Angeles and made her stylist get in touch with us." said the spokesperson of Tim Van Steenbergen. Here in Belgium, only the gold version of the piece will be available at the bridal shop Punt Komma in Lier.
Jessica Szohr is the next celebrity in line to star on the cover of Asos magazine. People may rave about Leighton and Blake, but Jessica Szohr has some serious style credentials of her own. The 25-year-old Gossip Girl starlet modeled clothing from Rebecca Minkoff, Paul Smith and Asos at a New York City based shoot.
Labels: style inspiration
One of my favorite trends of the season is definitely the leather look. Leather jackets make a comeback for about every year during autumn/winter, but this season the leather look is spotted all over the runways. And I'm not just talking about leather jackets. Think leather trousers, shorts, skirts, and even leather tops and dresses. While black is still the most dominant color, this season there are leathers in soft, powdery greys, rich camels and chestnut browns. If you really want to be on top this season, go for a vibrant red leather trouser as seen at Isabel Marant.
It keeps on raining webshops lately. Fashion lovers in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Spain and The Netherlands will now also be able to purchase Gap clothing online. Gap uses a delivery rate of £6 (€6,89) and delivers within 2 -3 days. Starting 2011 you will be able to shop in euros and more destinations will be added to the list.http://www.gap.eu/