Friday, September 30, 2011


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Lincoln Center - New York


words/images Judith Ecochard

Nails- Patty Yankee for Dashing Diva
Make-Up- Romy Soleimani for MAC-"Healthy 70's Golden Sunset"

ELIE TAHARI is known for his chic, trend on urban friendly clothes that are for gals wanting a pulled together sophisticated look...for work, and evenings out in particular.

And so--- the backstage beauty for his Spring 2012 reflected the no-fuss/posh/polished with some sparkle- that played up the neutrals---and included for the eyes-a new deliciously golden hue that seems to work just fine on the variety of skin tones==== of the very nice cast of models ---from various ethnic backgrounds.

Flesh tone polish was topped off with clear and irridescent glitter

Patty Yankee led the Dashing Diva team---with nails- a flattering almond shape ---because it "elongates the nail."

With over a 150 colors, and the so cool-metallic full cover "Design Nails On the Go," (our college age nieces are "so obsessed")--- Dashing Diva nail polishes match up with any skin tone or mood with its patented formula that is highly chip-resistant...and its eponymous salons are all around the world.

In contrast 1976-which got its moniker:
1 Location
9 Station
7 Staff
$6(000) start-up funding...and was making its NYFW debut.
Shiny smooth low pony tails -few loose side pieces for softness

We're sure the long tresses of the models appreciated the green lean of the ingredients in these hair goodies---including the Amazon Therapy Oil---just a few drops needed...smooths and nourishes dried out ends.

MAC Cosmetics had all the cat-walkers glowing-

Romy Soleimani for MAC-"Healthy 70's Golden Sunset"

No doubt, all the models looked amazinfg without make-up---they're models after all---but we loved the subtle, healthy sheen emanating from clear skin left fairly alone---

Goldmine Eyeshadow does double duty as eye shadow and as soft blush

Goldmine Eyeshadow being softly applied as blush


Other skincare favs always find their way onto make-up tables no matter the sponsoring brand---here La Roche - Posay Thermal Water spray, Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Creme Skin Protection  and Jurlique cleansers and mists...

The food devoured----it was dinner time.



1976 Haircare

M.A.C. Cosmetics


Outdoor Retailer SLC

words/images Judith Ecochard

Canada Goose -a high-end outerwear brand ---with its premium Hutterite goose down insulation ---used to insulate technical apparel---is sold in ski shops and top retail stores too.

Well-dressed customers who avoid any geographic location with an incline- appreciate the quality and stylishness of even the super warm Artic expedition-worthy collection.

Interesting-the new Spring 2012 limited edition collection of understated and exclusive pieces to layer or wear on their two shades of black or white. The two tones that mix ands match with everything.

GRANDBY VEST-Hip length, drop tail design, storm flap collar, 2 lower fleece lined- hand warming pockets-625 fill

Full draw cord-insures slim fit, lower snap close hand warmer pockets,  wind guard behind front zip-Richmond Hoodie

Canada Goose joins some of our fav labels like Nau, Kjus and Rab---in introducing performance items-with slim profiles-fashionable/handsome enough for urban trendy types.
Great quilting pattern on back of hoodie.

Beaconsfield Shirt-really a  key piece for everyone...wear snapped up or open like a blazer-made from 800 fill Hutterite goose down-cuff and waist hems have built-in stretch.brushed tricot along inner collar

 insulating  versatile collection ...that we think-will sell really well as it lends itself to lifestyle consumers and their wardrobes---and not just those who are powder hounds/bound- no matter the calendar.

Summerside Skirt: Very popular  stylein mountain resorts- left YKK zip/mid thigh length

Stylish additions to the Canada Goose line-up include seven pieces here---men's and women's Beaconsfield ultra-lightweight shirts, Richmond Hoodies, Grandby Down Vests, as well as a ladies' Summerside Down Skirt.
Beaconsfield Shirt-in black

Richmond Hoodie

We loved every separate-no surprise! Made in Canada (durable quality)- with luxury details and trims like YKK stainless steel /black matte zippers, snaps and tonal discs, and made using techy fabrics and Canada Goose's signature Artic Tech fabric that's DWR finished for water resistance.

And of course, 100% Canadian Goose insulation...for rather chic/sleek multi-functional outerwear with a slim polished fit.

tonal Canada Goose discs match up-featured on each piece
AT SELECT RETAILERS---we were told the collection will price at around $225 for the skirt---up to $500 for the Richmond Hoodie.


ALSO---love the color of this Hybridge Lite jacket---that delivers lightweight but meaningful warmth to the core via the proprietary Thermal Mapping™.
-combined with stretch (Polartec® Power Stretch®) where you need it.




lightweight, snug fit w/full length foot support

excellent grip and abrasion resistance

words/tradeshow images Judith Ecochard

Danish brand ECCO developed its natural motion advocating kickers- BIOM running shoes--- for casual joggers to the serious athletes- based on a lot of bio-mechanical studies involving 2500 foot scans ---

Eye-catching- they are particularly recognizable because of the unique component lightweight PU one piece soles..that offer a layer of protection over pure racing flats.

BIOM Trail 1.2
Rugged rubber outsole with specially designed pattern

For Spring 2012-there are new color updates...and shoes made for multiple surfaces---including a line of super lightweight trail runners---that offer a lot of traction on a Biom platform...with variations in caging and heel height.


super thin TPU outsole, excellent grip multiple surfaces, midsole construction low to the ground

ECCO developed these new kickers with an added thickness layer in the heel for rougher surfaces...and a larger cage in the front-for added stability on uneven surfaces that require less side to side motion-bumped out for the trail.

What we liked was the super light weight---and with the BIOM LITE 1.3 ZIP---an amazing fit that stimulates our style of barefoot running by strengthening foot and lower leg muscles.


Super thin TPU outsole, textile zipper uppers with a reinforced midfoot, extremely flexible direct-injected PU midsole

For gals, there's now BIOM based lifestyle shoes -in ballerina and Mary Jane styles that are good for all around use. Yet true to the BIOM mantra...these ultra light shoes fit perfectly, are highly breathable, and encourage natural foot poistion via extremely flexible direct-injected PU midsole that's very low to the ground but not a complete zero drop.

BIOM LITE 1.2 Ballerina $130 with perforated suede uppers

Textile uppers with synthetic strap


Good enough looking to do double duty as casual walking kickers-the suede and leather BIOM LITE pictured below work as running shoes on varied terrain- and boast breathable uppers and glove like fit.

BIOM LITE 1.2 $130-perforated suede uppers

Super-Thin TPU outsole


perforated uppers of yak leather

Highly flexible excellent grip multiple surfaces

MEN's get their own take on the BIOM TRAIL...with excellent grip and traction of muddy and dry surfaces.

Flexibility allows a natural running motion-stable enough for rough surfaces

BIOM TRAIL LITE 1.2 -textile uppers $175


Yak leather uppers breathable-great fit, durable $200

BIOM LITE amd BIOM WALK series for guys-the light featuring super thin TPU outsoles, extremely flexible direct-injected PU midsole, midsole construction close to the ground stimulating barefoot training to strengthen foot and lower leg muscles.

BIOM LITE 1.2 (l) BIOM LITE 1.1 (r)

Perforated uppers yak or camel leather including breathable leather lining $150

Perforated suede uppers $130

ALSO NEW---BIOM LITE sandals...with natural supportive anatomical footbed construction...light and flexible...ideal for summer pursuits.

BIOM LIT SANDAL 1.1 $130-women's

flexible rubber outsole w/specifically designed organic pattern

Synthetic/textile and leather uppers

BIOM LITE SANDAL 1.2 synthetic textile upper -long lasting cushion and support

Light and flexible-great travel's versions too including a slide

BIOM running shoes...

BIOM C yak leather $220

BIOM B leather 

BIOM Running Shoes are based on 2500 foot scans === available in B and C versions-for men and women and "A" for men-offering differing lasts depending on a runner's skill level...all allow for natural running PU midsole.

BIOM C 1.2 $200 textile uppers with reinforced midfoot

LIMITED EDITION ECCO BIO TRAIN in partnership with The Walking Company- OCTOBER 2011

For each pair of ECCO’s limited edition BIOM Train shoes sold, a percentage of the sales will go toward the overall donation to City of Hope and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

ECCO Women’s BIOM Train, MSRP: $145.00

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