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Monday Muse: Slim Aarons Inspires Michael Kors Resort 2014

Slim Aarons photography

It might seem like every single season is resort for Michael Kors, who has built his fashion empire on the idea of jetsetting around the world. His campaigns are known for tan bodies, gleaming gold detailing and exotic locales such as Aspen in the winter, models blushing apr¨s-ski, and Miami Beach for the summer, aviator sunglasses gleaming in the setting sun. His latest collection includes all of his brand’s signature pieces and each and every one looks like it stepped right out of a Slim Aaron’s photograph. Kors and Aarons seem to be cut from the same cloth (perfectly wrinkled white linen, probably), especially with a collection that’s perfect for the Palm Beach and Palm Springs environs that Aarons favored.

Slim Aarons photography

Slim Aarons photography

 

 

Slim Aarons was known for his photographs of socialites, celebrities and the international jet set, which might be why Michael Kors seems to be so enamored with his work. Aarons famously stated that he was just “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Why did the monied men and women from Palm Springs to Palm Beach trust him? He was no threat to them. Aarons worked as an army combat photographer, so he was used to staying on the sidelines. He let his subjects be themselves — without the help of stylists, make-up artists or a hair team — and he was just lucky enough to have subjects that were already stylish and lounging around the world’s most beautiful settings.

His photography appeared in magazines such as Town and CountryLife and Holiday. He shot as many normal people as he did celebrities, so it comes as no surprise that his photography books put men such as Clark Gable and Gary Cooper alongside great society women from both coasts.

Perfectly coiffed, always beaming and seemingly living an endless vacation, Aarons’ subjects seemed to be real life birds of paradise.

Michael Kors Resort 2014

Michael Kors Resort 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At his resort presentation, Michael Kors’ models were tan, taut and wearing everything from white bikinis to floor-length maxi gowns. Resort is the collection that stays on the sales floor the longest, so it makes sense that the breadth of the collection spanned from seasonal favorites to wear-everywhere staples. Kors presented leather coats and safari-inspired jackets alongside cut-out bathing suits, all paired with sky-high platform wedges. The colors in play included stark white and black, Aarons’ staples, along with a shot of hot pink, the exact color of the geraniums that Kors spied in so many of Aaron’s photos.

Michael Kors Resort 2014

Michael Kors Resort 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal prints — a Kors staple, not an Aarons signature — were also a major part of the collection. Kors used giraffes, zebras and leopard in everything from short shorts to swimsuits (embellished to the nines, of course) as well as a floor-grazing showstopper of a caftan that’s fit for the most regal society woman sitting by her perfect azure pool. It was so light and airy that it practically begged for a vacation all its own. No matter what your plans are for the summer, there’s a Kors outfit for every fabulous affair. Martini sold separately.

 

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Est©e Lauder Teams with Courr¨ges for a Space Age Beauty Collab

Est©e Lauder x Courr¨ges collection

In the swinging ’60s, the Space Race was front and center in the minds of just about everyone. But when the general public wasn’t fretting over Sputnik or playing with rockets, two names ruled the worlds of beauty and fashion: Est©e Lauder and Andr© Courr¨ges. The two iconic brands have come together for a special collection of beauty products that take inspiration not only from the look of the era futurism, but also the ethos of optimism and poppy fun that pervaded the entire decade.

€œOur makeup collaboration recognizes Courr¨ges€™ philosophy of pop luxury €” bringing a sense of surprise, fun and optimism to the world of beauty,€ Jane Hertzmark Hudis, global brand president for Est©e Lauder told WWD. €œWhen a culture of futurism subsequently consumed the era, there were two names firmly in the vanguard: Est©e Lauder and Andr© Courr¨ges. She, a beauty industry innovator whose €˜every woman can be beautiful€™ mantra was ahead of its time; he, a fashion force whose avant-garde aesthetic broke all the style rules by injecting an air of playfulness, movement and egalitarianism into every one of his haute couture collections.€

Est©e Lauder x Courr¨ges collection

The collection, which includes 13 items, includes a pair of spidery false lashes that recall the distinctive Twiggy look as well as unique products you won’t find in the usual Lauder lineup.

Whereas brands such as MAC are no strangers to collab, they rarely debut new formulas and products. The Est©e Lauder x Courr¨ges collection includes one-of-a-kind products meant to bring light and luminosity to the complexion. The Iridescent Ball Highlighter ($26) is a subtle cream highlighter that can be dabbed on the face for an etherial glow and the Lip + Cheek Ball ($26) does the  same for the lips.

Eyes get the focus of the collection, including a new formula of shadow stick ($22) that glides on with the ease of pencil as well as a pair of new powder shadows ($26) housed in the collection’s signature Space Race-inspired orb packaging. For the ultimate ’60s look, there’s even an ultra-white eyeliner ($26) that gives an out-of-this world look.  The limited-edition collection hits store shelves at specialty retailers such as 10 Corso Como and Colette, but lucky American beauty junkies will be glad to find it avaiable online at Sephora.

€œThese days, there are a lot of market collaborations,€ said Courr¨ges co-owner and co-president Jacques Bungert. €œThis is more than that. This is about two companies coming together and sharing a vision that includes luxury teamed with quality and optimism. This is the Sixties, back in a very modern way.€

The Est©e Lauder x Courr¨ges collection is available now at Sephora.