Tuesday, September 30, 2008

GILES + 80 + PAC MAN = PERFECTION

THE Eighties have been threatening a return for sometime, and Giles Deacon slammed them right into fashion’s forefront last night, giving them a futuristic push by way of modern fabrics and enormous Pac-Man metal helmets (thank you, Stephen Jones).
For the first time showing outside of his Rochelle School studio, Giles invited a much bigger crowd than usual – a welcome change considering the cult following his label has spawned since its launch in 2003.
As ever, there was humour – Pac-Man was embroidered in flashes of silver on full tunic dresses and huge fabric hoods on dresses that swamped the model’s head, plus a double-G on the back pocket of a pair of jeans (the result of a collaboration with Lee Cooper which is celebrating 100 years of “fine English denim”), in a nod to another fine fashion house – perhaps one day Giles, formerly at Bottega Veneta and Gucci, will really be that famous. We hope so.
While the shapes were often Giles at his romantic best – one fairytale dress with a huge puffed out skirt (which meant the model had to be dragged off the catwalk sideways), and other panelled numbers that you just knew would give you curves where you never knew you could have them – the fabrics were another, far more hardcore, sporty story: silver lame, PVC, shiny quilted silk, thick jersey, even string vest mesh for tops and one black blazer.
At times it felt a little like sci-fi sadomasochism – the higher than high, strapped-up-to-the-ankle metallic Louboutins, hobble-tight PVC pencil skirts and transparent PVC overlayers suggesting that this team had really been having fun this season, refusing to go with the faded floral chiffon flow of many other collections this week.
Mostly drawn-in to the body, the silhouette was clean-cut and modern, with the colour palette of black and white, and acid bright pink, peach, gold, red, turquoise, orange grey and yellow sometimes mixed in prints that were part atlas, part camouflage. Even if you’re too young to have enjoyed Pac-Mac in its hey day, you can’t help but love this.

True enough, there were prints (giant allover camouflages and smudged polka dots), but Deacon kept them mostly to trimmings, or removed them altogether in a series of solid-color double-knit jersey dresses. And he endeared himself to his potential customers by using a broadened age group of models, including Emma Balfour, Elise Crombez, Liberty Ross, and Christina Kruse. He even popped in western shirts and a single pair of jeans, coming out soon as a collaboration with Lee Cooper.
Of course, this being Deacon, you wouldn't expect them to be delivered straight up and down without any tweaks of craftsmanship—or without skewering some insider pop culture references. Deacon declared those afterward. "I was just looking at the graphic designers of the late eighties and early nineties who I grew up admiring: Ben Kelly, Peter Saville, Mark Farrow. Pet Shop Boys videos, The Hacienda club. What they did was ridiculously simple but incredibly graphic." Pac-Man (the precursor of every modern computer game) dates from the same sort of vintage.
Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Giles
Runway
Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Giles
Runway
Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
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Purveyors of high brow design -- Vivre -- have graciously included Indulgence No. 5 (Nike Dunk High)in their latest printed edition.
GILT-Y PLEASURE

"You can't wear these gold-dipped Nikes by artist/designer Kenneth Courtney(aka Ju$t Another Rich Kid), but the cultural tracks they'll leaveon your psyche are permanent. A fitting follow-up for the man who,in 2005, dunked the Seven Deadly Sins in gold, Courtney'sirreverent $4,500 basketball shoes were created as a Limited Edition of five.Available at Opus Art


the Anna Kustera Gallery (www.annakustera.com)."

WALK IT OUT

As summer becomes a distant memory a Doll mustn't forget about her daily workout routine! As I am always seeking new ways to work up a sweat I discovered a gem of a fitness routine with

WALKING STRONG is an easy to follow walking style work out (that can be done either on a treadmill or stationary) that varies the tempo & moves to maximize results ( & eliminate boredom!) What I adore about the workout is Tracey herself - her training style is very one on one - she's totally focused on you (you forget you're watching a DVD she's so interactive!) We here at LPB really got into the zone & had the best time! It's a straight forward workout that alternates moves to work every inch of your body to perfection - that with Tracey's Über fun delivery you will get the body you want one step at a time....

To Get This DVD & Learn more about Tracey Staehle Visit

www.FitByTracey.com

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain
If you're hot, don't stop! The buzz around Christophe Decarnin's Balmain is a smack in the eye for fashion doom-mongering. With vintage Madonna on the soundtrack, his Spring show—all bling and rock-chick fabulousness—gave the opening of Paris fashion week a shot of pure adrenalin. For a girl looking for an instant backstage pass, this is the wardrobe that will send her sailing past the heaviest security on sight.

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Balmain


Drummer-boy Michael Jackson jackets with the frogging picked out in crystal, souped-up stonewashed jeans, bandage-wrap dresses, sequin-smothered sheaths, teeny tutus, teetering sky-high diamanté-and-stud sandals: Every after-party dream is answered here.

It's the kind of shameless pop-bedazzled energy that won Gianni Versace a reputation for tackiness in the high eighties, but also took him to the top. In other words, yes, it's a cliché, but so well done only a true miserablist could fail to smile.

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain

The thing that separates Decarnin's Balmain from rehashed tat is the execution. The guy has Parisian couture skills up his sleeve—a super-skinny sleeve, finessed upwards into a brilliant new shoulder with a bump-peaked swagger on jackets and dresses.

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain
(The eighties never looked like that.) He's also got to be credited as the person who's set the wagons rolling on western (his fringed high-heel ankle boots were last season's most-hunted objects of footwear desire)

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain


Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain

Now he's following on with something in the same direction: A black suede gown with a rawhide train blazed a trail that copyists will be following overnight

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Balmain


MOR is MORE

MOR, the Luxuriously Fabulous cosmetics & skincare line from Australia is making big waves the world over for it's decadent products that are brilliantly enclosed in the most gorgeous packaging you will want to put it on display!
MOR's Body Butters are literally heaven in a jar! Each scent is intoxicating and the butter goes on super smooth -it's worth every penny!

The line consists of candles, soaps, fragrances & bath products deliciously scented in rich scents like kumquat, kale, marshmallow, watercress & pistachio. The 500+ line has an Über Fab Cult following (Oprah, Tori Spelling & Babs are MOR enthusiasts)
The natural exfoliating properties of Poppy Seeds and Australian Murray River Salts combine with nourishing qualities of Grape Seed. Soothing Yarrow & purifying Lavender tone and cleanse to banish dry skin delivering glowing results.
MOR is not only a skincare/beauty line it's a lifestyle! It's for the Doll (or Gent) who doesn't settle for anything less then perfect (& yes MOR is as perfection!) Each product comes in the most decadent gold etched damasked packaging - you will fall in love with it's luxuriousness before you take it out of the box!

This nutrient-dense body exfoliant is infused with a proprietary blend of the finest ingredients that will have you glowing from head to toe!

MOR

Flowers of Narcissus
EAU DE PARFUM

There's nothing more decadent then 'Flowers of Narcissus' EAU DE PARFUM by MOR. This amazing citrus fragrance comes in a vintage style pump atomiser that will truly make you feel like a queen!

When it comes to self indulgence it's all about MOR!

www.morcosmetics.com

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Girl on the Go Survival Kit

Working non stop, jetting the world over & the occasional fête or two can leave a doll ragged if not careful! While I won't divulge all my secrets - I will share with you all a few tried & true products I won't leave home without.....

EBOOST

EBOOST is the foremost effective vitamin supplement that aids the body in staying alert, healthy, & energized on a daily basis hands down! EBOOST's unique formula of minerals, B-12, green tea, extract & a slew of other active ingredients provides vital supplements for overall wellness that truly is priceless for days of constant physical & mental pressures from everyday life. EBOOST is my mid-day MUST or as I call it my "Boostini",whether I'm on the run heading to appointments , shoots, workouts or jetting around town I rely on this uber yummy orange-flavor, effervescent drink to keep me going! A fave amongst celebrities, super parents & workout fanatics it's the closest thing to the perfection.

Having soft hands is a must and with ultra luxurious L'annine hand & body cream is a necessity every busy doll needs in her arsenal. This essential moisturizer treats dry skin, cracked cuticles, cuts, minor burns & can give aid to those suffering from diabetes (how fabulous is that). Frankly it defies the laws of nature - the cream miraculously improves the skin's appearance, your skin will appear softer, firmer & even the driest of complexions can be healed! L'annine comes in 3 rich scents: Lemon, Mango, & Avocado & trust it's a LPB promise that you will no doubt be steadfast in your devotion to L'annine.... I know I am!

SMARTMOUTH

Making a lasting impression is key & having fresh breath is detrimental to one's life! SMARTMOUTH mouthwash eliminates & prevents bad breath (including the horrid morning breath) 24 hours a day with consistent twice daily use! SMARTMOUTH mouthwash's innovative minty, fresh flavor cleans & refreshes your breath like no other! My 1 wish is that it came in both a super large & mini travel sizes because it's really amazing - it's the one thing I don't mind schlepping!

PSSSSSST

Don't call it a comeback! Psssssst dry shampoo a staple from the 70's removes dirt, oil, & odor from hair without using water- I live by it during Fashion Week when it's non stop shows & parties and little time to go to the salon. Not only does is it an instant "do refiner" it can add volume to your locks as well. At less then 6 dollars a pop it's an inexpensive miracle worker!

Napoleon Perdis

Last but not least I give you Napoleon Perdis Palette Patrol an uber sleek eyeshadow, gloss, & blush doubledecker kit that's small enough to fit in any purse, clutch or current "it" bag that will surely leave you looking your utmost best!

SHOPLIST

EBOOST

www.EBOOST.com

L'annine

www.Lannine.com


SMARTMOUTH

www.smartmouth.com

Psssssst

www.drugstore.com

Napoleon Perdis

www.napoleonperdis.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Campbell's Manifesto



IN the great tradition of Kate Moss & Gisele Bundchen before her, YSL campaign girl Naomi Campbell is heading up the design house's now-iconic Manifesto as it moves into its third season.
The twenty page booklet features all of the images of the Yves Saint Laurent autumn/winter 2008-9 ad campaign, shot by Ines van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and will be distributed as a free newspaper in London, New York, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong and Tokyo - in addition to plenty of glamourous goings-on at YSL.COM to celebrate its launch.
This is my fave one yet! Go Nay Nay ;)

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - Get Involved with PureOlogy!




LPB is honored to announce that PureOlogy has partnered with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) as the organization’s official haircare and styling partner. During September and October, PureOlogy will offer a Limited Edition Break the Silence Volume Booster kit which includes PureVolume Shampoo, and PureVolume Condition. Also included is our complimentary, tortoise shell style brush with NOCC’s signature teal color bristle pad. The box features information about the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer to educate women about this disease.


Throughout 2008, NOCC and PureOlogy and will host 21 NOCC & PureOlogys Walks to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer around the U.S. with a national walk in September during Ovarian Cancer Awareness month taking place in Los Angeles, California. NOCC’s national spokeswoman, Eva LaRue of CSI: Miami, is scheduled to attend the national walk to help increase awareness of the work NOCC and PureOlogy are doing to educate women about the symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer.


Additionally, PureOlogy will be on-site at each walk, distributing travel-packs containing HydateShampoo®, HydrateCondition® and teal PureOlogy wristband, to walk participants.


Help Break the Silence on ovarian cancer! Participate in one of the upcoming 2008 fundraising walks in your area:
September 20 – Sacramento, CA

September 20 – Omaha, NE

September 20 – Long Island, NY

September 20 – Toledo, OH

September 21 – Boston, MA

September 21 – W. Orange, NJ

September 21 – Columbus, OH

September 27 – Cincinnati, OH

September 27 – Dallas, TX

September 27 – San Antonio, TX

The Limited Edition Break the Silence Volume Booster is available for $52 (help in the fight to cure Ovarian Cancer - PRICELESS).


Visit www.pureology.com/nocc for NOCC & PureOlogy’s Walks to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer dates, locations, and registration information.

Colour Me Dundas



COULD Peter Dundas be just the man step into the breach at Emilio Pucci?
That's the word circulating in Florentine fashion circles according to WWD, which today reports that Pucci is engaged in talks with the Norwegian-born designer, who left Ungaro last July and currently heads up Parisian furrier Revillon.
No official comment has been made, however, and when asked about the rumour Dundas merely responded: "I'm very happy at Revillon".
Indeed, no official comment has been made at all about Matthew Williamson's impending departure from Pucci, although it was reported last month that he will leave his creative directorship - a role he has held since 2005 - behind once his contract ends in the autumn in order to concentrate on building his burgeoning own-name brand.

Simply Sweet

Cleaning has just gotten sweeter with Sweet Grass Farm's FARMHOUSE COLLECTION, a fabulous all natural line of home & skincare products that will fill your home with it's plethora of delicate blends of sugarmint, fig & cedarwood and vanilla. The line covers everything from soap detergent to furniture wax that employs the sophisticated blend of the essential oils (lemon verbena, lavender & tangerine bergamot) that provides amazing cleaning benefits from the all natural antibacterial properties as well as evoke a blend of intoxicating aromas of the Mediterranean & beyond. Here's a few products we can't live without....

(Clockwise from L-R) Farmhouse Laundry Softener, Farmhouse Liquid Dish Soap, Farmhouse Linen Spray & Farmhouse Laundry Soap

Farmhouse Laundry Softener is an all-natural plant based formula is known to soften & brighten fabrics. Fragrance with luxuriously pure essential oils like Fresh White Lilac, Lavender, & New Lemon Verbena your laundry will smell like perfection!

Farmhouse Liquid Dish Soap, this earth-friendly dish washing soap not only cleans your dishes but is extremely gentle on your hands and the fragrance will fill your sink with the sweetest aromas around!

Farmhouse Linen & Room Spray is literally a miracle in a bottle! Use it to add fragrance to your fabrics, curtains & upholstery's as well as for ironing (or in my case steaming...I don't go near irons - long story) the fragrance is so rich you will be addicted with the 1st spray!

Farmhouse Triple Milled Soap will make you daydream about your next shower! Naturally made from olive oil, Shea butter, vitamins & moisturizers you will truly luxuriate with each lather! The fragrance is uber rich and the soap is gentle enough to use on all skin types of any age......
Last but not least Farmhouse Laundry Sachets are an absolute must! These sachets are designed to be used in the dryer however you can use them as drawer, linen or closet fresheners. For less then $7 for a pack of three you will love these petite wonders....

The Farmhouse Collection can be purchased at www.sweetgrassonline.com or at fine gifts & specialty stores.