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Monday Muse: Antonio Lopez Inspires MAC

Supermodels Marisa Berenson, Jerry Hall and Pat Cleveland: Antonio’s Girls

MAC Cosmetics is known for partnering with fashion’s biggest names — we just broke news of their forthcoming collab with Anna Wintour-approved, downtown favorites Proenza Schouler — but they’re also famous for their collaborations with more unexpected partners. The glamorous but off-kilter Dame Edna, for example, and even latin lover Ricky Martin have worked with the brand for capsule collections. The latest release from MAC takes inspiration from the work of fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, who worked in the era of sequins, decadence and excess: the ’70s. His girls Marisa Berenson, Jerry Hall and Pat Cleveland were dubbed Antonio’s Girls, and they reconvened again to promote the line, which eschews minimal no-makeup makeup and embraces all-out glam.

“Our collection with Antonio Lopez is symbolic of a time when indulgence was at its peak,” said James Gager, creative director of MAC Cosmetics. “There was a magic to his world and a time in history that hasn€™t been recaptured; I think people are lusting after that glamour, which is difficult to come by today.”

Lopez himself was deeply entrenched in the fashion world. Together with his collaborator Juan Eugene Ramos, Lopez is credited with discovering Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, Jessica Lange and Tina Chow. Prior to that, he had worked illustrating the work of American couturier Charles James and worked with Karl Lagerfeld in the 1970s. Another significant connection: Lopez introduced Bill Cunningham to photographer David Montgomery, who gave Cunningham his very first camera.

In his work, Lopez was always over-the-top. Throughout his career, his illustrations were always marked with certain characteristics. Girls were highly stylized, with sharp features, bold colors and makeup applied in slashing angles and acid colors such as bright orange, teal and fire engine red.

His work was featured in Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and more, giving both his models and the designers a certain notoriety. Antonio’s girls were always brash and brazen, always done up and never apologetic. In a nutshell, they were the ’70s.

MAC’s Antonio Lopez collection

The MAC Antonio Lopez collection, though inspired by Lopez’s vintage illustrations, is thoroughly modern. For the girl on the go, each item is packaged as a palette bearing a signature Lopez lady. While the images might be a throwback, the makeup isn’t. Expect creamy formulations, easy-to-use colors and the incredible quality that MAC is known for (they’re a makeup artist favorite for a reason).

The eye palettes are separated into three colorways, one neutral and two brights featuring teal and purple. The palettes each combine an array of textures, including mattes and shimmers so you can achieve multiple looks without shuffling around looking for a specific shade. The lips palettes are similarly packaged with each compact combining three colors that you can wear alone or mix together for a custom shade. Go bold with the shades of red or more demure with shades of pink.

The most coveted items are sure to be the face powders, which combine a blush and highlighting powder together with a beauty powder, one of MAC’s most beloved multitasking powerhouses. Use it as an allover powder to set your makeup or use it as bronzer to fake a tan. You can also use it to sculpt and contour the face. In addition to the makeup, the collection also includes several makeup bags and a limited edition powder brush. Whatever your day-to-day beauty routine entails, it never hurts to have the goods to turn out a disco diva look when you need to. Halloween’s just around the corner, after all.

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Monday Muse: Ibiza Inspires Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2015

Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2015

When you think of resort wear, undoubtedly, images of the Amalfi Coast, the beaches of Bora Bora or Ibiza’s nonstop parties come to mind. And while Cali girl Rebecca Minkoff hasn’t actually been to the shores of Ibiza, her latest resort collection drew from the island’s party culture as well as the flip-side: Ibiza’s boho roots.

While it’s a tiny island off the coast of Spain, Ibiza’s known around the world for its nightlife, which still draws droves of partygoers and revelers all year long. But summertime is the high season, and world renowned DJs often stop by the idyllic island for sets at Amnesia or Privilege, two of the island’s most popular clubs. And while the Spanish government is trying to bring more light to the other aspects of Ibiza (Ibiza Town’s port is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), it’ll always be known as an island of revelry and after-dark antics. But there’s another side of the island that Minkoff decided to focus her collection on: the bohemian past that the island had before the EDM started to blare across the waves. The free-spirited resort feel that was seen in whimsical polka-dot prints and airy, gauzy dresses drew from the laid-back enclaves that dot the island (it’s tiny, but Ibiza is still ten times the size of Manhattan).

Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2015

So while party girls will no doubt be drawn to the fishnet tops (worn without a bra under, you’ll be channeling pro partiers Miley Cyrus and Rihanna) and elevated white tank tops that were miles more luxe than your basic boy’s wifebeater.

But because every city girl has a little bit of boho babe in her, Minkoff’s more romantic pieces really stood out. There were fringed bags and grommeted versions of her now-iconic Boston satchel to sate every bag lady out there, and novelty denim (polka-dots, again) that’s sure to be a hit when the designer opens her first stateside boutique this fall in New York’s SoHo. Patterns ran the gamut from abstract floral maxis to polka-dots without the preppy connotations thanks to a more irregular layout. Summer staples such as crop tops, luxe suede rompers and peasant blouses will be a commercial hit, too, especially when girls are looking for next year’s Coachella outfits (the tickets are already selling out, by the way).

And because Minkoff’s all about a complete look, there were updates to her jewelry line (a top seller at Bloomingdale’s, we’re told) as well as shoes. Minkoff’s expanded the line beyond statement-making gladiators and metallic heels to include flats and tasseled loafers with grommetting to match her bags, just in case you were looking to add a little bit of downtown edge to any of her easy, breezy looks.

Shop our favorite Rebecca Minkoff picks:

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Monday Muse: Marilyn Monroe Inspires MAC

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe famously sang that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but according to Gregory Arlt, MAC’s Director of Makeup Artistry,  a girl’s other, more affordable best friend is the perfect red lipstick. During a launch event at South Coast Plaza for MAC’s new fall collection, he explained how Monroe’s iconic beauty inspired the new line, which brings the  star’s instantly recognizable signatures from her heyday into the modern day.

At the Marilyn Monroe Collection event, visitors had a chance to see archival Marilyn photos and receive a preview of the collection, which launches nationwide October 4. (The South Coast Plaza store has it in stores now.) We chatted with Arlt, who helped create the products and colors as well as the looks to go along with the collection.

Marilyn Monroe

“With Marilyn, there’s so many unearthed shots coming to light,” said Arlt. “She’s more of a chameleon than we think. There’s so many different elements to her look that it’s not hard to make things fresh.”

So while most people know Marilyn for her signature red lip and kitten-flick eyeliner, Arlt explained to the group of editors and bloggers at a special press event that the collection that bears her name and image explores three separate phases of Marilyn’s life. During her more toned down Norma Jean beginnings, Arlt drew inspiration from Monroe’s clean skin and light washes of color on her lips and cheeks. The blushes he created for the collection — including the universal shade the Perfect Cheek — create a flush that’s natural and not too over-the-top.

“Red lipstick is the little black dress of your makeup bag,” said Arlt. So for the collection, he created five colors that range from a nude pink to a vibrant fuchsia red. Why so many? Artl offered that Marilyn’s makeup artist, Whitey, would often use up to six shades to shape Marilyn’s signature pout.

Darker shades were used along the perimeter (which was overdrawn for extra sex appeal) and lighter shades near the center for added dimension. The strong, bold lip is a Marilyn trademark that Arlt believes anyone can master.

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection

Artlt suggested using MAC’s lip liners in Redd and Cherry to create a shape around your lips. Tip: A lip brush can give you the precision you need if you don’t have a steady hand. “Don’t try to do your red lipstick after a double cappuccino,” Arlt joked. Topped off with the shimmering glosses in the collection, Marilyn’s multidimensional look is just a few products away.

Later in her career, Marilyn’s look took on a more smoky look, but to modernize Marilyn’s eyes, Arlt used a technique he dubbe the “see-through smoky,” a softer, more gently approach to the boudoir staple. Think of it as less Kardashian and more carefree. The soft shadows in the collection are sheer and filled with a fine shimmer, giving a nod to Marilyn’s signature bedroom eyes.

Models at the MAC and Marilyn Monroe event at South Coast Plaza

Part of Marilyn’s appeal was her ability to embody a larger-than-life persona. Blonder, sexier, curvier, she was excess personified, which gives everyone from fashion designers to makeup artist something to take from. MAC’s collection has already been used by a modern Marilyn, burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese, who happens to be one of Arlt’s clients. “Dita knows makeup,” said Arlt. “She does it better than anyone can do it for her because she knows what she’s doing.”

Now you do, too.

The Marilyn Monroe MAC Collection is available at

Photos courtesy MAC and

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Mad For Marble: Shop the Coolest Picks

Rock on. That’s our M.O. this season with so many great marble prints to choose from. There are cool, minimal black and white options for girls who want to pay homage to Alexander Wang’s tenure at Balenciaga and more out-there bold buys for those of us who know that this natural masterpiece is available in every color of the rainbow. In big doses or small, for your home or your closet, this is one trend that we see weathering the seasons to come.

Clockwise from top left: Prabal Gurung Ombr©-Effect Marble-Print Shirtdress ($665.45), The Original Marble MacBook Decal €” Carrara Marble ($25), Pour La Victoire Bijou Colorblock Chain Shoulder Bag

($157.50), Charlotte Olympia Dolly Platform ($825), Clover Canyon Etched Marble Coverup ($240), McQ Alexander McQueen Marble Print Patent Slingback Sandals ($750), Rebecca Minkoff Mix Matched Oval Earrings ($58), Kelly Wearstler Little Head Trip Sculpture ($695), Fendi Galassia Marble Block Sunglasses ($470), Balenciaga Marble-Print Le Dix Minaudi¨re ($1,255), Christian Louboutin Riviera Patent Leather Clutch ($1,250), Baublebar Ra Bib ($62)

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Monday Muse: Kimora Lee Simmons Returns with KLS Kimora Lee Simmons

KLS Kimora Lee Simmons Pre-fall 2015

Back before the days where every celebrity had a fashion line, a perfume and a reality show, Kimora Lee Simmons was one of the original multi-hyphenates. She came onto the fashion scene when she was just 14 and she hasn’t stopped since, while she’s most known for helming Baby Phat, but she’s also the president and creative director for Just Fab, she’s a veteran of reality television with two series under her belt (and who can forget her appearance on America’s Next Top Model way back during its first season?) and multiple perfumes and fashion lines. But Simmons is back in a whole new way with KLS Kimora Lee Simmons. The designer and mother is returning to fashion with a designer line inspired by what her wardrobe was missing — and when you’re talking about a woman with Birkins and Loubs to spare, that says a lot.

KLS Kimora Lee Simmons Pre-fall 2015

If you remember the show MTV Cribs, Kimora showed her enviable wardrobe back in 2002, but believe it or not, that walk in closet and library of shoes still had holes in it, which was the starting point for KLS Kimora Lee Simmons.

This new collection is reflective of where she is now: 39 years old. Pregnant with her fourth child. The creative force behind Just Fab, which was just given a $1 billion dollar valuation. It’s not the bling and velour of Baby Phat, that’s for sure. Taking a book from Victoria Beckham, Simmons has embraced minimalism, showing a collection that featured below-the-knee hemlines, sharp tailoring and pieces you could see her wearing as well as women that don’t live life in the Fab Lane.

But being that she is Kimora, basics were anything but. Multi-paneled body con shapes were abundant, but done in black and white they were far from tawdry. Leather pieces were sedate, as well as Simmon’s take on Le Smoking, a tuxedo worn sans shell and with a graphic stripe down the pant. The price points are also a new realm for Simmons. Instead of the mass and contemporary price points she’s played in before these pieces bear the mark of real designer pieces: dresses range from $1,500 to $2,400. Tops are about $500 and coats inch near the $2,500 range. The collection is a lean and mean introduction to the new line, which will be available at the Beverly Hills KLS Kimora Lee Simmons flagship, set to open in 2015. This is Simmons’ idea of starting small — a whole collection and a flagship in the span of a few months — and if the new line goes the way of her past ventures, we’ll expect world domination in short order.

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Save Steal Splurge: High-Waisted Jeans

Like the tide, denim’s rises come up and slip away. One decade, it’s about getting as low as possible. Right now, it’s all about the high waist. Blame it on the ’70s undercurrent that we €” and every else €” just can’t get enough of. But instead of pairing a high rise with an out-to-there flare, we’re pairing the leg-lengthening cut with skinny silhouettes and new, modern washes. And for those who can’t let go of those bellbottoms, we’ve got a kicky pick that modernizes the flare with a little crop and a super-high waist. Paired with a crop shirt, these jeans look so 2016, but feel free to wear them with your longest, coziest sweaters, your go-to moto and just about everything else.

You can’t go wrong with jeans this good.

Save: Topshop Moto Joni High Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans ($65)

Steal: Joe’s Flawless Charlie Grommet High Waist Skinny Jeans ($169)

Splurge: Mother The Insider High Rise Crop Bootcut Jeans ($205)

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Monday Muse: Perry Ellis and Brian Sharp Inspire Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders Fall 2015

It was the second season in a row that Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg chose to show his newest collection in a presentation formation in lieu of a tradition fashion show. And by traditional, we mean a scavenger hunt, a theatrical event or something a little off kilter. But maybe Sternberg opted to bring the drama to his clothes instead, focusing on a combination of quirky Americana via Perry Ellis and the modern art of L.A.-based artist Brian Sharp.

The collection also marked a shift for the line. The Fall 2015 collection featured more denim than ever and believe it or not, there was a bustier or two thrown in. At Band of Outsiders, clothes are generally described as cerebral and intellectual. But sexy? Believe it. The collection included a few structured bustier dresses that inched towards sexy, but retained the brand’s quirky librarian ethos — fans need not worry that Band of Outsiders would be going full bod-con.

Band of Outsiders Fall 2015

Perry Ellis’ influence came via wide pilgrim belts and a focus on workwear, which is how Sternberg integrated denim into the collection.

Previously, the line has been keen to stray from that particular fabric, but this season, it was out in full force. Ellis’ influence was also seen on the menswear-influenced pieces, such as an anorak and tailored suiting.

The abstract argyle print was pulled right from L.A. artist Brian Sharp, as well as the palette of primary colors. It gave the entire collection a playfulness that seemed to run from beginning to end. And with the expansion of the brand to include shoes and more accessories, it gave the entire presentation much needed whimsy. Sharp’s abstract art showed up via a deconstructed argyle print and stripes, which tied right into Sternberg’s preppy aesthetic. It was neat and tidy, right down to the matching belts and shoes, but in true Band form, it was the perfect balance of quirk and covetable.

Images courtes Style