Fashion Crush: Kate Beckinsale

There are a lot of beautiful Kate’s out there in the Hollywood/fashion world, all equally stylish (think: Moss, Winslet, Bosworth, etc.). But Ms. Beckinsale has been looking absolutely stunning lately! Aside from the fact that she is gorgeous, she also has great fashion sense, stunning in everything she wears. She has been hitting the press circuit for Total Recall in the most envious ensembles. Let’s take a look back at some of her best outfits…

Most recently, in Donna Karan at the Total Recall Premiere

Stunning in Marchesa

in Gucci Premiere at Cannes, 2010

a little more casual in a purple jumpsuit at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2012

in Roberto Cavalli at the 2012 Golden Globes

again in Marchesa at Cannes, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

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Collaboration Flashback: Versace + Tim Roeloffs

Donatella Versace debuted her Fall/Winter 2008 collection of fashionable, wearable art in collaboration with edgy Dutch collage artist Tim Roeloffs during fashion week in Milan. The partnership resulted in four beautiful dresses utilizing Roeloffs’ style with Donatella’s designs and utilizing some of the famous Versace icons along with Berlin imagery.

The Four Looks from the Collaboration

Details Shot

Untitled, Tim Roeloffs

Untitled, Tim Roeloffs

Restoration Hardware’s Graffiti Art

I was shopping at Restoration Hardware on Fifth Avenue the other day, and was struck by the enormous graffiti installation on the wall of the store. Sized at 12′ x 25′, the installation is a collaboration by artists CMENTONE and GE-OLOGY, and showcases a quote by Restoration Hardware Chairman and Co-CEO Gary Friedman. The quote, also the title of the work, is “Endless Reflection,” and is meant to reflect the company’s vision and beliefs. In their first-ever collaboration, the artists used a combination of script styles, mixed materials, and bold Japanese Sume-inked tags to create a multi-layered background highlighting Friedman’s expression. Apologies for the unimpressive camera phone picture, but if you are in the area, it is worth a trip to see in person. I wish these two would collaborate on designing the walls of my apartment!

Nicole Richie for Macy’s Impulse

The ads and lookbook are out – Nicole Richie for Macy’s Impulse is officially here! (Well, almost. The collection doesn’t hit stores until September 12).  As expected, the pieces incorporate her signature Bohemian style and a multitude of fabrics and textures, including faux leather, lace, and chiffon. “Eclectic” is how she described the collection to the Huffington Post. The fashionista is surely keeping herself busy – she also designs her popular House of Harlow and Winter Kate collections and is a host of NBC’s “Fashion Star”.  She is the seventh designer to create a line for Macy’s Impulse, joining esteemed designers Karl Lagerfeld and Matthew Williamson. Her collection will be available for a limited time on Macys.com and in Macy’s stores nationwide.

Look 1: A Boho Dress

Look 2: A Silk Top

Look 3: A Faux Leather Dress

Look 4: A Patterned Button-Down

M.A.C. Cosmetics Taps Artists to Design Fall Makeup Bags

M.A.C. Cosmetics, longtime collaborators with artists, has teamed up with three notable illustrators to design their Fall 2012 makeup bags.  Julie Verhoeven, François Berthoud, and Nikki Farquharson each created a design for the bags, which come in two sizes, petite and small ($30 and $35). Verhoeven’s witty illustrations feature abstract faces made up with pops of vibrant hues. Berthoud applied modern, floral graphics in bold color blocks to his designs. And lastly, Farquharson’s signature art deco style comes alive through swirls of red and yellow.  Each bag is lined with a complementary design, has a zip closure, and a convenient loop handle. The bags are available Thursday at M.A.C. stores or now on maccosmetics.com. I’m dying for Verhoeven’s illustrated small bag – which is your favorite?

From Top Left: Verhoeven’s petite and small bags, Berthoud’s petite bag; From Bottom Left: Berthoud’s small bag, Farquharson’s petite and small bags (images courtesy of MACCostmetics.com

Lulu Frost for J.Crew

Now on their fourth collaboration, Lulu Frost and J.Crew have teamed up again. For their newest capsule collection, Lisa Salzer (founder of Lulu Frost) designed  11 items in total, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  Salzer was inspired by estate jewelry, playing with materials such as resin, marcasite, and crystals. Each piece combines a little bit of antique, vintage and modern influences for a resultantly retro-chic look. Prices range from $78 to $278, and items can be purchased at select J.Crew stores and jcrew.com.

Resin and Marcasite Bracelet

Resin and Marcasite Earrings

Triple Resin Triangle Necklace

Crystal Petal Bracelet

Artist James Jean Launches Fine Jewelry Line

Flashback to summer 2007.  That was when Prada commissioned artist James Jean to create a stretch of wallpaper for the brand’s New York Flagship.  Prada was so inspired she asked Jean to create an additional mural for her runway show in Milan. We all know how designers often find inspiration in art. This case was no different. The result was the now infamous collection that included the Prada Fairy Bag, and many pieces from the collection are on display at the Met’s “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibition.

Jean saw his art transformed into the three-dimensional, and decided he wanted to try that for himself. Working with artisans and fabricators in Tokyo, he utilized motifs from his past works to reinterpret for a handcrafted fine jewelry collection entitled OVM. Four individual series in total were created: Drip, Butterfly, Bone, and Strata. The collection will launch in Hong Kong in October at Blitz, a conceptual shop-in-a-shop from Lane Crawford. You can check out the entire collection on the OVM website or browse through a few looks below.

Butterfly Bangle

Butterfly Loop necklace in B&W

Constellation Earrings from the Drip series

Lotus War Day limited edition print, available here

The infamous Prada Fairy Bag ad

 

 

 

Fashion Crush: Rachel Bilson

My girl crush on Rachel Bilson began in middle school, as I glued myself to the TV on a weekly basis to watch the drama unfold on “The O.C.” Sadly, I secretly miss the real life romance of Summer and Seth (Adam Brody). While I cannot force myself to watch her show on the CW (no offense to anyone who does – it’s just not my cup of tea), I love keeping up with what she is wearing. Her style is feminine, playful, and fashion-forward, and her petite frame lends itself to almost every silhouette. She frequently dons Chanel, and when Karl approves (he also photographed Bilson for the Magnum ice-cream ad last year and directed a few short films for the brand with her in the starring role), you know you have a good thing going!

Sporting various Chanel looks…

…and more Chanel

In 3.1 Phillip Lim

in Louis Vuitton

Not many people could pull this off…

Of course she even looks chic at the airport

Donna Karan + Zaha Hadid

For Donna Karan’s newest fragrance, Woman, she commissioned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid to design the bottle. Hadid, who won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, was aptly inspired inspired by the shape of a woman’s body when designing the bottle. The resulting shape is a sculptural silhouette, with the curving lines echoing those of her world-renowned buildings. This is not the first time Hadid has engaged in a collaboration with a fashion designer – she designed the Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion in 2009, the traveling exhibition structure housing various artist reinterpretations of iconic Chanel bags.

Expanding on the concept of womanhood, Karen worked only with female collaborators on this particular fragrance.  She tapped Anne Flipo as the perfumer, and featured models Karolina Kurkova, Liya Kebede, and Christy Turlington Burns for the ad campaign. A new section on Karen’s website entitled “Women Who Inspire” highlights various women and their contributions to society.  Woman is available now in department stores and on Karen’s website.

The Hadid-designed bottle

The fragrance ad

An image for Hadid shot for the campaign

Sportmax + Lola Montes Schnabel

Lola Montes Schnabel is lending her paintings to Italian Luxury Brand Sportmax for their third Carte Blanche installment.  According to the Sportmax website, Carte Blanche means “full power and free initiative… a complete surrender to fantasy and imagination.”  The brand created the Carte Blanche initiative in 2009, in which they give an artist complete decision-making power in creating a limited edition collection.  Artists Christophe Brunnquell and Kim Gordon have worked with the brand previously on a Carte Blanche collection, in 2009 and 2010 respectfully.

Schnabel, daughter of world-famous artist Julien, helped design over 1,000 numbered limited edition pieces for the collection, including a scarf, top, and tote bag, and covered them with her whimsy, imaginative, feminine watercolor paintings.  The partnership was a true collaboration, with constant revisions and interactions between the artist and the brand’s creative team. The goal for Sportmax was “to ensure the garments could become an effective material projection of her works, a new canvas finally to be worn.” From the looks below, the brand did exactly that.

One of three scarf designs for the collection

Tote Bag

The gorgeous top from the collection

LOVE

The artist modeling the collection at the store launch in Milan