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MAC Cosmetics Summer trends

Summer Beauty 2007 – MAC style

MAC Cosmetics debuts two luminous faces for summer aptly named, “Strange Hybrid” and “Moonbathe”.

Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Images, Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

We have MAC to thank for getting us into the swing of summer with two new collections of luminous colors. “Strange Hybrid” brings to mind fields of flowers, and “Moonbathe” reminds us of solar eclipses and summer evenings strolling down the beach by the light of the moon.

Below, Luc Bouchard, a Senior Artist for MAC Cosmetics and member of the M.A.C Pro Team , gives step-by-step instructions on how to apply the key products in each collection. He even provided a face chart for each look; making it a cinch to recreate these warm weather looks at home.

First though, he walks us through how to create the perfect canvas on which to apply these great new colors.

Says Mr. Bouchard: “the key to a beautiful summer look is to keep it transparent and fresh. A modern bronzed look has to be a bit more urban.


Everyday Earth Day Finds
Text by J. Ecochard

The ‘Green’ movement has gone the crowd of fashion designers, cosmetics companies, and even hedge fund/venture capital types pile on the eco-gravy train.

Though so called “natural” products can be as synthetically chemical as ever, there are truly organic clothing and body treatment goodies that manage to be just as stylish and effective as their toxic counterparts. So fashionistas and beauty gourmands can celebrate Earth Day 2007 (April 22) and indulge the senses with a clear conscious -without a hint of compromise to their exacting standards of chic and luxe.

Love the denim but shudder at thought of all the pounds of chemicals draining into fresh waters…all in the name of a trendy dark wash rinse? A portion of socially conscious label Edun's collection of sleek jeans, hip jackets and T’s to live in forever, from designers Ali Hewson (Bono’s wife) and Rogan Gregory, are made of organic cotton while providing economically…

A luscious new handbag line from Brazil

Found! A luscious new handbag line at LA Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Smashbox Studios, Culver City, CA.

La Chica Chic Brazilian Bags & Belts

Text by Vivian G. Kelly
Photographs courtesy of Cristiane Valdez, La Chica Chic

“La Chica Chic’s concept, explains founder and designer, Cristiane Valdez, is that it is a quintessentially Brazilian line of handbags, belts, and accessories.”

I met with the vivacious designer while touring the Designer Suites at LA Fashion Week. I was on my way to the Rene Furterer [Parisian essential hair care line] table but resolved to return later, drawn by the metallic gold “Fru Fru” bag on display and the designer’s effervescent personality. The rest of the bags in the booth were boldly flirtatious and very Brazilian in spirit.

Hours later, Ms. Valdez was still energetic after two straight days on her feet. She filled us in about the line she has dedicated her life to for the past five years.A native Brazilian, originally from Sao Paulo Brazil,she …

Masculine Style For Grown-Ups

Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2007 –Menswear

April 10, 2007
New York City

Text and photos by J. Ecochard

The tagline… “What becomes a legend most?”… is a memorable advertising ditty that poses an apt question. With reference to fashion designers, who will succeed-and how does one quantify success? Is it strictly defined by financials, number of licensed goods or points of distribution? Does the frequency of Red Carpet garb appearances on celeb bodies count?

Isaac Mizrahi, by any of the aforementioned measures…is the fashion equivalent of a a grand slam, home run and embodies one of America’s finest comeback stories. Cool, hip designer launching inexpensive quality line at ubiquitous chain store ( Target)-check. Posh women’s custom tailored eveningwear line in NY’s premier luxury store ( Bergdorf Goodman) -check. Isaac’s Style Book, a glossy how-to magazine plus fun, fun, fun cable TV schmooze fest gab show ( Style Network)-check. Website featuring affordable, feminine daywear (IsaacNY)- c…


VPL Fall 2007

Text and photographs by J. Ecochard

Former lingerie designer Victoria Bartlett turned out a well-constructed complete line of fall ready-to-wear, military inspired garb for women on the go …or on the march so to speak. Inspired by the modern suffragists movement dating back to the mid 19th century, the runway looks were decidedly this century with easy to wear jersey wools tops in army green, charcoal black or gunmetal gray paired with slouchy wool pants, warm leggings, petal hemmed fluid jersey wool skirts, fitted wool tunics, cropped capes, and jackets with utilitarian pockets, draw string closures and military epergnes. Best of all perhaps, were the fabulous plush oversized leather bags and leather boots and wedge, stacked heel shoes designed with cobbler Jean-Michel Cazabat. And in an ode to Lisa Silva of NY’s Guardian Angels…black berets gave a revolutionary nod to the times’ that are a changing.
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Posted and Edited by J. Ecochard

Neiman Marcus' accessory picks for Spring/Summer 07

Text by Vivian G. Kelly

Photographs by J. Ecochard

What: Neiman Marcus’ Spring 2007 accessories press preview

Where: The penthouse at the Chambers’ Hotel, West 56th Street, NYC

Why: Because we always want to know what the best accessories are! And, Sandra, Ken, and Mark always get it right.

Neiman’s Accessories Director, Sandra Wilson, and Fashion Director, Ken Downing, led us through an Ali Baba’s cave of the best accessories they culled from their travels. Thanks to them, their customers have a highly edited choice of the latest trend pieces to choose from, season after season. As usual, Mark Lundeen, who is responsible for helping choose those wonderful bags in the Contemporary Department we all crave season after season, was in attendance as well.

Said Mr. Downing, ““It’s the season of the dress, what’s new is wearing the flat with it. As it is a season of shine, we suggest bags in patent, and clear PVC and metallic being led by silver, first and foremost. You get…

Red Engine Jeans - LA all the way

A visit with Marketing Manager, Kim Harlan at the Red Engine Jeans booth.

Timestamp: March 21, 2007 at the Design Suites, behind the tents at LA Fashion Week, Smashbox Studios, Culver City, CA.

By Vivian G. Kelly
Photographs courtesy of Red Engine Jeans

The Design Suites were a most welcome addition to LA's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this season. The mini tent housed a number of accessory, beauty and fashion designers most notably: La Chica Chic [Brazilian handbags], Mark Nason [luxury rock and roll boots], Rene Furterer [French haircare products] Crimes and Misdemeanors [sixties’ inspired dresses with a modern twist] and RED ENGINE JEANS.

There are so many designer jeans lines today that it’s hard to find a point of differentiation between them. The Red Engine Jeans company caught my interest because in a time where it seems everything is made in China [or Italy or Turkey, if you're lucky] these designer jeans are actually made in LA. They are conceived, created, cut, sewn a…

Men’s Grooming: Menscience, an Androcuetical skincare line.

Text by Hans Van Zutphen
Images courtesy of Deidre Garcia for Menscience

Athletic men such as myself have finally begun to embrace the concept of a regular skincare program. Part of my newfound interest were the deepening lines around my eyes and on my forehead after years spent coaching outdoors on sunny soccer fields. After sporadically trying-out whatever women’s skincare products happened to be our medicine cabinet, I resolved to try products that were specifically targeted to men.

I chose the Menscience Androcutical skincare line for my first foray into male-targeted skincare. As the name suggests, Menscience Androceutical skincare line is targeted specifically to the male demographic. The word, “Androceuticals” combines the prefix Andro [for men] and the word pharmaceuticals. Androceuticals are a category of products that are formulated with active ingredients used by doctors and skincare professionals for their demonstrated impact on the appearance of the user’s skin. The lin…

Airbrushing - the key to a close-up ready face

Makeup Mist: Must Not Muss-by J. Ecochard
Photograph courtesy of

Resembling architectural foundations, makeup foundations need to flawlessly support: a crumble here, a crack there- results in collapsible ruins. Factor in hot, humid weather and/ or weeping brides…and there is only one solution: airbrush makeup.

Andre Chreky Salon in Washington DC (202 293-9393) has two makeup artists offering the service; specifically applying water (or silicone) based foundation that’s finely ‘misted’ on the face in custom blended skin tones- akin to less pressurized commercial airbrushing. Drying immediately, the colored liquids smooth out uneven skin tones, cover up facial scars without the chalky mask of makeup concealers- and allow for subtle contouring (cheekbones anyone?). Combined with soft or dramatic sprays for eyes and/or brows- one would need only to refresh lipstick “…because airbrush makeup looks just as fresh at the end of the evening as it did in the beginning of…

Backstage at the Samora show at LA Fashion Week

5:00pm: Backstage at Samora

Text by Vivian G. Kelly
Photographs, Photomezzo for NARS cosmetics, courtesy of NARS Cosmetics

NARS’ West Coast Senior Makeup Artist, UZO, had the essence of Audrey Hepburn in mind when she put together the makeup look for this show. The result was a fresh spin of this oft-emulated look. Do this, and you to can have a fresh gamine look that Audrey herself would have approved of.

Any good makeup artist can duplicate a look from a photograph. Only great makeup artists can take a look, apply their own spin and create something modern and new as UZO did.
She successfully referenced Audrey by duplicating her classic, blood red lips and modernizing the look by doing-away with the tricky black eyeliner. We’re confident that this is a look that will be hot for fall and will work beautifully with the sophisticated clothes we’re looking forward to wearing come September.

How to get the Audrey 2007 look:

To wear UZO’s interpretation, you’ll need to do a few things and a …