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Monday Muse: Rodarte’s Geek Chic, Sci-Fi Fall 2014

Rodarte Fall 2014

During most fashion shows, the final few looks mark each designer€™s take on after-dark dressing. Evening wear, cocktail dresses, sometimes even a wedding dress or two. It€™s the last look the audience sees and the last thing on everyone€™s mind when they leave a show. For the designing sisters of Rodarte, they gave a finale that didn€™t just stay in the mind of editors after the show, it permeated the rest of fashion week and gave editors some real food for thought. The reason? Let€™s just say the last few looks featured a sci-fi fantasia. There were prints pulled right from Star Wars and at that very moment, the intersection of geek and chic came together in a way that Google Glass can only dream of.

Rodarte Fall 2014

And while those stunning Star Wars dresses aren€™t necessarily wearable tech, they did bring into question the principles of wearable tech. Is it really necessary when the world of fashion can be awestruck by something like a draped evening gown that€™s emblazoned with R2-D2 and C-3PO?

We€™ll leave that to team of folks at Google, Samsung and Apple, who are undoubtedly working around the clock on products that will have the general public walk the streets looking like C-3PO lite, but according to Mulleavy sisters, the intersection of tech and fashion goes only as far as those prints.

In their usual way, the Rodarte sisters designed a collection that mashed up L.A. street culture (though it was a little lighter on the chola this season than last) with high fashion through the eyes of comic nerds and cosplay fanatics.

Rodarte Fall 2014

The result was a lush collection that spanned everything from granny-leaning crocheted smocks and glittery anoraks that gave a virtual wink to the cold that blasted the country for most of the winter (in L.A., it was mild to say the least) to those show stopping Star Wars gowns. Just like geek chic shouldn€™t really work but manages to have its own sense of charm, the collection’s mixed media pieces (fur with sparkle and knit — all in one piece) and patchwork velvet gowns with lush Medieval and Florentine embroidery don€™t seem right on paper, but when they walked down the runway, you couldn€™t help but smile.

Fun, fashion and futurism? It€™s all here and best of all, it doesn€™t take itself too seriously.

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Calling all Factory Girls: NARS and Andy Warhol Collab to Debut This Fall

Andy Warhol Silver Factory

Beauty collaborations run the gamut from head-scratching to sublime. And the latest one from Fran§ois Nars, thankfully, is the latter.

We have always seen  Nars as a total artist, not simply a makeup artist. From painting faces at his best buddy Marc Jacobs’ shows — who can forget his triumphant return to the runway with ’80s-inspired makeup to accompany Marc’s decadent collection? — to photographing his brand’s advertising campaigns.

So it’s no surprise that NARS’ latest collaboration is with another artist: Andy Warhol. The collection that Nars created is so large, in fact, that it’s split into two releases. Sephora stores will get an exclusive batch of products on October 1 and Nars counters nationwide will be getting another set of products November 1. Brush up on your sprinting skills, though, and not your painting because we’re predicting these superstar products will go quicker than your 15 minutes of fame.

NARS Andy Warhol Kiss

Sephora’s collection is inspired by Andy Warhol’s Pop Art, which means that beauty junkies can stock up on giftables such as the Kiss Mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coffret ($55), which contains five new lip gloss shades in Nars’ amazing Larger than Life formula all packaged in (what else) a Warhol-style soup can emblazoned with a quad of lip prints. But don’t think that Mr. Nars is just using the Andy Warhol collection to debut a few covetable packaging ideas. Instead of just relying on his tried-and-true formulas, he’s taken the Andy Warhol collection as an opportunity to experiment, just like Andy himself. The Debbie Harry Cheek and Eye Palette ($65) not only combines all the shades you need to look like the chanteuse herself, it’s also the debut of Nars’ new diamond dust eyeshadow formula. Blending deep pigments with actual diamond dust and glitter, the eye shadows take sparkle to a new high.

NARS Andy Warhol Flowers Palettes

 

Another innovation is seen in the Flowers and Self-Portrait palettes ($55 each), which have beautiful designs taken right from some of Warhol’s most recognizable works.

You’ve seen beautiful compacts before from just about every other makeup line, but what sets these palettes apart is the way the colors go all the way through to the bottom of each compact. No simple overspray here. Instead, you’ll have deep color all the way through each pan. Nars isn’t rehashing old colors, either. Each Flower and Self-Portrait palette has new shades and each compact comes with a different Andy Warhol quote etched into the mirror. Due to the wild success of the Nars collaboration with Thakoon, the brand plans to debut a set of nail polishes in the Warhol collaboration, too.

And because the release coincides with the start of the holiday shopping season, there are plenty of gift sets, too. Nars is releasing two makeup bags: one with Warhol working in his famed Silver Factory; the other with noted transvestite and Warhol muse Candy Darling. The department and specialty store collection also contains a special film-reel shaped gift box featuring an image of Edie Sedgwick from one of her early film tests with Warhol. Inside, you’ll find one of Nars’ new eyeliner stylo pencils, a lipstick and an eyeshadow/blush duo.

NARS Andy Warhol Edie

For artists more accustomed to painting on palettes and not on their own faces, each of the products will come with face charts and step-by-step instructions to make at-home application a breeze. In addition, select Sephora stores will host Pop Goes Sephora events celebrating the collaboration. Customers can get one-on-one consultations and lessons on how to use their new Nars products.

For more information on the collection and complete product details, visit www.narsandywarhol.com or the Nars Web site at www.narscosmetics.com. To purchase, visit www.sephora.com.

Photos courtesy Nars

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Make a Splash in the Season’s Best Rain Boots

Rain, rain, go away? Not when we’ve got chic boots to wear while dodging puddles and toting our favorite umbrella. Rain boots used to be available in just black and blue, but now we’ve got more styles than ever to look great when the weather takes a turn for the worst. And this season, we’re seeing a new style altogether: the rain bootie. So if you’ve had enough of the classic Wellington boot or you just want a splashy refresh, opt for a low-cut puddle jumper that looks like a bootie you’d wear even during the sunniest fall day.

Left to right: Joules Evedon Rain Boot ($164.95), Kate Spade New York Sedgewick Rain Bootie ($150), Hunter Original Metallic Rubber Rain Boot ($155), Aldo Crian ($50), Loeffler Randall Fenton Rain Bootie ($195)