Poshmark – High Heels and Whatever Else

I don’t know…eBay is nice and all but Poshmark is pretty great.  Once upon a time I was in Product Development in Ladies Footwear – talk about a wild ride!  Fashion at it’s finest…and craziest…and literally in the thick of it.  We used to say “we see everything from the birth, to the death, of a shoe.”  And we did…

Poshmark is great because it offers more than just what you can find on eBay (but, in the same vein, both new and loved items you may not be able to get elsewhere – Fashion obsolescence!)  

If you want to list something on Poshmark, while there are fees involved in selling, there aren’t any up front for listing…so even if you get dinged with a small fee at point of sale, you aren’t getting nailed monthly with hefty fees (those on eBay can really add up.)  So basically it’s long-term exposure without a major price tag, provided your items need it.

It’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t as yet… You can do so here.

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MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

I have to be honest here…I had NO idea who this was!  But I LOVE MAC and I love their ever-interesting collaborations. After having read the below, it made perfect sense that I didn’t know who this was – I’m admittedly far out of reach of the celebrity scene.

“Since the 1980s, famed nightlife icon Susanne Bartsch has been known for her elaborate, outlandish and extraordinary fêtes for designers, celebrities and partygoers alike. Three decades later, her events continue to attract New York’s beautiful, strange and eccentric. Now, a collaboration that harnesses the unique world of Bartsch into two fantastical false lashes.”

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

Falsies and extensions have DEFINITELY picked up steam over the last decade – certainly they were out there but having been a competitive Ballroom dancer for many years during the last decade…it’s fair to say they were not as easy to come by in stores!

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

There is nothing really mild-mannered about these – those who do buy them are likely among the fearless stand-out types (which doesn’t mean if you aren’t that way, there is anything wrong with that!  I’m not sure I could manage these even ON the Ballroom floor where false lashes are so common they are almost a pre-req!)  Given who these are in collaboration with, though, I’d expect nothing less!

The two limited edition lashes are as follows:

MAC Curlicue Lash – $75.00: Swirling and “girly” retro lashes. 

MAC On Top Lash  – $75.00: “Wispy waterfall”-look lashes.

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

MAC x Susanne Bartsch Collection

Feeling sassy???

 

Vogue’s 23 Best Looks From Paris Fashion Week – Video

I’m sharing this because it is totally worth doing so.

This well-put-together collection of video snippets highlighting “the best looks” from Paris Fashion Week is ADORABLE.  It’s fun, lighthearted, cheeky… I love how this was done, love seeing the models jam, and hope to see more of this from Vogue.com.

Just brilliant.

23 Best Looks from Paris Fashion Week.

2016 – MAC x Zac Posen

Despite his young years, seasoned fashion designer Zac Posen has done all sorts of collaborations over the years, including one with MAC already (in 2001.)  He has a new line up and coming for February 2016, which appears to have an evening or Autumn / Winter bent to it (as far as colors appear to go.)  Posen is incredibly sophisticated and feminine, so I have no doubt it will be all together lovely – I have always really respected his taste and presentations.

MAC X Zac Posen Collection image

MAC X Zac Posen Collection image

As per Allure.com:

“I wanted to keep it luxurious, a little mysterious and clean, with a large dose of star wattage,” says Posen, who appears to have included black liquid liner, mascara, brushes, blush, bronzer, and his favorite: a bold red lipstick.

M.A.C. senior vice president James Grager also gave us a hint of what to expect: “It’s the perfect encapsulation of both of our worlds, with something sophisticated and sexy for every woman out there.”

MAC X Zac Posen Collection image

MAC X Zac Posen Collection image

Seeing Stars – Paris Fashion Week

Somehow a rouge photographer managed to capture Caroline de Maigret as the light was catching the stars on her Anthony Vaccarello top… Nevermind all the hubbub and craziness of the Paris runway shows, someone got this photo just right – it’s happy, windswept, glamorous and laissez-faire all at once.

Vogue.com image

Vogue.com image

I of course ADORE black – that just goes without saying.  But this black is spiced up just enough.  It’s sassy but not over-the-top by any means, and manages a level of sophistication without being showy.

The price…well…that IS over the top, sad to say – $1,645 for a wool-blend shirt is asking rather a lot.  But I suppose if I had it, maybe…  

Net-A-Porter image

Net-A-Porter image

Or maybe I’ll hold on to a hope of finding this at a vintage shop, as if it would ever be casually passed by.  (If a light in the store hit just right,  you’d be seeing stars enough you’d probably walk out with it.  But then…it would only be $29.99, right?)

Right? …?

Wishing…

Anyway, I loved the photo so much that I looked up the shirt too!  It would look amazing with skinny black jeans and my pointy, Italian-lasted cowboy boots…  I’m just saying…

Spring 2016 – MAC x Charlotte Olympia Collection

MAC has another new Collection in the works for Spring 2016 – MAC x Charlotte Olympia!

“The inspiration for the collection comes from my love of a bygone era that manifests itself in my day-to-day beauty look as well as featuring my design aesthetic,” said Charlotte Olympia Dellal in a press release.

And I’ll say that message certainly got that across in the ad image… 

MAC x Charlotte Olympia Spring 2016

MAC x Charlotte Olympia Spring 2016

The “bygone” era part definitely stands out here, with a very Veronica-Lake-esque glam (and I mean everything – from the lighting, to the glowing skin…to the vintage golden-blonde waves, retro pinup pout…and the cleavage-bearing, side split red gown….)

It reminds me of Bésame a bit (a few posts about Bésame here, here…and here.)  I can’t WAIT to see what the Collection looks like!

And by the way…can I have that golden web?  Pretty please!?

A/W 2015/16 RTW – Vionnet

There were a whole bunch of looks at Vionnet that I absolutely loved.  While some were gorgeously artistic, I always like to seek out the most “wearable.”  The whole idea is that we can take something away from the Shows…

If we are in the Industry, it’s all about noting what trends are important (colors, textures, shapes…), so that we can interpret them for our own consumers, in our own ways.  It is also about seeing how each designer presented his or her vision(s), and selecting the elements most applicable to our products.  

As a consumer, we want to find things that we can reasonably “pull off” ourselves (hello!  Meant to WEAR this stuff!)…and with the über talent of many of the designers (as far as creativity goes) that is not always easy – it’s not uncommon for the Runway to be doused in waves of decorative pieces that have a difficult time translating to the streets.

Intended or no, there was a Ancient-Goddess vibe to some of the Vionnet pieces…  The silky satin drapery was DIVINE…and oh my, the colors – between the peach sorbet and the delicioulsy-mint, and the combination of the two…gorgeous.

A/W 2015/16 RTW Vionnet Style.com photo

A/W 2015/16 RTW Vionnet Style.com photo

Loved the slim, floor-length, turtleneck sweater dress (perfectly cinched with a wide leather belt, PS!), and the modern asymmetry of the black leather pants, one shoulder (partially long-line) top.

A/W 2015/16 RTW Vionnet Style.com photo

A/W 2015/16 RTW Vionnet Style.com photo

There were a bunch of ultra-mod, geometric lines peeking out of the various ensembles, worn almost as futuristic clothing-as-body-jewlery.  The crackled, white-based print for the floor-length skirt, paired with the white open blouse…and the under-geometry, as it were, was super cool looking.  Possible to get away with this as is, or even without the under piecing – the black leather belt makes it jive really nicely.

A/W 2015/16 RTW Vionnet Style.com photo

A/W 2015/16 RTW Vionnet Style.com photo

The designer featured a whole array of cowl-hoods, and asymmetric lengths, giving a wonderfully bewitching vibe, especially with the flowing fabrics (wow, to the molten gold, floor-dusting skirt!)  

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Her splattered “lava” prints and thigh-high lace up boots added a sassy edginess to the Collection, that I couldn’t help but love.

A/W 2015/16 RTW Vionnet Style.com photo

A/W 2015/16 RTW Vionnet Style.com photo

As in many cases, the great photos are from style.com really enjoyed looking at Vionnet’s!