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Bright This Way: Chanel, NARS and Guerlain Go High-Watt for Summer

Like the fashion world (which shows collections a full six months before clothes hit the sales floor), the beauty industry is also pushing their summer collections earlier and earlier. The department store counters will soon be a veritable rainbow of products from just about every brand, but a few stand-out collections are getting us really heated up. Whether you’re looking for brightly colored tips or you can’t resist a collaboration between two of the industry’s biggest names, start calling those counters, because these seasonal must-haves will fly off the shelves before the summer sun even starts to sizzle.

Chanel Summer 2012 Collection

Peter Phillip’s collections for Chanel Beauty are always showstopping, from his now-legendary Illusion d’Ombre collection to the release of must-have nail colors season after season. Chanel products are held in such high regard by beauty junkies that the release of an eye cream has taken on near religious significance. You, too, might have a transcendental experience when you see the ultra-wearable collection, which offers a repeat appearance of Chanel’s best-selling blush horizon in new-for-summer bronze hues and neutral shadows. And glosses are pepped up with a jolt of bright tangerine (looks like someone at the house of Coco is keeping up with their Pantone projections). This season’s piece de resistance? Delight, a bronze polish that’s sure to gain the cult-favorite status that shades like Peridot, Black Pearl and Blue Satin.

Be on the lookout, it’ll be on Chanel counters later this month. Insider’s tip — befriend a counter manager at your local department store and you’ll be able to get some of the goods before everyone else. It doesn’t hurt to make a few friends.

Guerlain and Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Collection

Guerlain and Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Collection


One of the beauty industry’s biggest names is teaming with one of fashion’s favorites in Guerlain’s Terra Azzurra collaboration with Emilio Pucci.

Inspired by the Winter Capri print from the Pucci archives, the collection features Guerlain favorites like the meteorites powder and kajal liner in Riviera-ready hues of bright azure blue, coral and terra cotta.

Each piece comes in a Pucci-print pouch, giving you a keepsake long after you use up these pretty powders, glosses and more. Our picks from the collection: The Terra Azzurra Meteorite pearls (and the midnight blue brush the brand recommends for brushing these multihued babies on) and the Bronzing Powder and Blush, a combination of bronzer, blush and highlight that’s almost too pretty to use. Swirl together for a bronzy flush or use the coral shades as a blush on their own. Either way, you’ll be resort ready with one sweep across your cheeks. It’s limited edition (of course) so we might suggest stocking up on two — or hoarding a dozen.

The Guerlain Terra Azzurra Collection will be available in stores this May.

NARS Thakoon Nail Polish

For his first-ever collaboration just for nail polish, Fran§ois Nars is teaming with Thakoon for a limited edition series of polishes inspired by the designer’s penchant for color. The duo have worked together before during Thakoon’s runway shows during New York Fashion Week, so it’s only natural that they worked together for polish, which is fast becoming fashion’s finishing touch. Taking hues from Thakoon’s collection, the six-piece collection takes inspiration from colors found in an Indian spice market (though we’re hard-pressed to identify any herbs or spices in either powder blue or cyan), there’s everything from a sunny yellow to a deep mandarin red — which you’ll only find at the brand’s Bleeker Street flagship in NY. Ladies, let the clamoring begin!

The NARS Thakoon collection will be available May 1 at

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Monday Muse: A.L.C.’s Nomadic Romanticism

A.L.C. Spring 2016

A.L.C.’s Andrea Lieberman won’t ever shed her title as a red-carpet stylist (and why would she, with that famous Versace gown she put on J.Lo?) but more and more, her line is becoming a real force in fashion. With a new investment from InterLuxe (home of Jason Wu), we’re sure to see even more from the brand, which has grown from a contemporary label to include handbags and an extended range of outerwear and more. This season, Lieberman €” who also counts Orange County-born Gwen Stefani as a client €” looked to a blend of soul and punk for an earthy collection that Ms. Gwen herself would be proud of.

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Spring’s mix was inspired by a Berber textile Lieberman had picked up in her travels €” only to have it stashed away in a box at her father€™s home. Upon finding it again, she created a deeply personal collection that riffed on the ’70s and ’90s €” two of fashion’s current touchstones and A.L.C.’s signature mix.

A.L.C. Spring 2016

A studded suede jacket might sound costumey but it was sumptuous and luxe, while crocheted maxis were boho in the best way possible. There wasn’t a hint of irony anywhere, just evidence of love for two decades that had their own unique take on personal style.

Prints were a major player in the collection, which drew color and pattern from that Berber fabric.

Lieberman created soft, flowing maxis with chevron prints that touched on the punk via injections of mustard, but stayed soft and feminine with lines and a gathered belt. It was stuff you could actually see yourself wearing, which is more than some brands can say, especially ones that bank on showmanship and skin-baring spectacle instead of actual clothes.

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A.L.C. Spring 2016

The shapes were pure L.A. €” think flowing shirtdresses a la Laurel Canyon’s heyday, those aforementioned maxis, dresses that went from day to night and lots of throw-and-go options ranging from dresses to separates. And where will you go? This nomad-inflected collection has everything you need to trek to Timbuktu and back, all with that easygoing nonchalance that A.L.C. has banked on. You might not be a red-carpet walking celeb, but you can look like one off-duty, especially in a collection as stellar as this one. With a richness and worldliness lacking in the contemporary market, it’s obvious why A.L.C. is getting bigger and bigger.

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