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Monday Muse: Marianne Faithfull Inspires Anna Sui

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull








To kick off our new Monday Muse series, the FTD team chose Marianne Faithfull, a name that we heard thrown around a lot in the hair and makeup frenzy backstage at shows during New York Fashion Week as designers drew heavily from her iconic ’60s look for the spring 2013 shows.

While she’s well known as muse and lover to one such Mick Jagger and also for her decades-long battle with drug addiction, Faithfull has had a long career that includes more than just being a rock star’s arm candy and a poster child for the pitfalls of a fast-paced lifestyle. She is officially credited with co-writing Sister Morphine by the Stones and unofficially with influencing many other famous Stones’ songs. In addition to her singing, work in films and plays (Girl on a Motorcycle and Hamlet, respectively) and an autobiography to her credit, Faithfull’s indelible  ’60s style had designers and fashion lovers praising her effortless style.

We think of her as one of the original street style pioneers. Seemingly every time she stepped out — with or without Mick — she was wearing a chubby fur or a bohemian babydoll. She was rarely seen without touches of lace, poet sleeves or a carefree attitude that parallells Kate Moss — on her best days, that is.

Faithfull was also known for two other ’60s trademarks: the kitten flick eyeliner and bold bangs — both huge beauty trends this fall.

Anna Sui Spring 2013

Anna Sui Spring 2013










Anna Sui gave the chanteuse credit for inspiring her spring 2013 collection. Always influenced by music — punk and rock specifically — Sui’s collections, as we found out at FABB, are an exploration of her so-called “genius boxes,” where she gathers inspirations she finds along her travels, daily life etc.  Sui mines her genius boxes (which she’s been gathering since her teens) for clippings and strings together an inspiration board of colors, patterns and muses. We saw many hints of Faithfull in Sui’s lace leggings paired with everything from her beloved babydoll dresses to romantic peasant silhouettes. Another Faithfull touch? That would be the same eyeliner that the singer rocked back in the ’60s. We even got a glimpse of Faithfull in the sweet velvet chokers that Sui tied around a few models’ necks. And while Sui’s models didn’t have blunt bangs, the coiffed beehives with side-swept bangs not only modernized the whole collection, we think they’re a chic way to bring bangs back.

Photos courtesy Marianne Faithfull and

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Get it Now: Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Collection

Sephora+Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Collection

It’s been a few months since Pantone announced that the color of the year was Radiant Orchid, so you’ve had plenty of time to acquaint yourself to the bold hue. You may have even added a few accessories in the hot color to your wardrobe, or maybe you’re still on the lookout for the perfect piece in Radiant Orchid. Sephora has teamed with Pantone to bring you a new collection of beauty buys that make it easy to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your beauty routine. No more swatching, comparing and guessing in store, because the Sephora+Pantone Universe Color of the Year Collection is a perfectly coordinated set that will have you glowing all year long.

Past collections have included just a few items (remember Tangerine Tango?) to a few more, but the Radiant Orchid collection is a full-blown set of goods you can use from start to finish. There are the requisite lipstick and nail polishes, but in addition, there are blush palettes, a multi-use palette and even a brush set that you can use to apply it all. There are even multiple finishes, so gals that go matte on the lips can enjoy the color just as much as those who prefer to go glossy.

Our favorite piece is the lipstick, it’s got a great formula which we’ve been obsessed with since the Tangerine Tango days. According to Sephora PRO Artist Gilbert Soliz, you can get multiple looks from just one bullet. “For a blurred effect, press on Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick with your finger.

Concentrate pigment in the center, softening and spreading color to the outer edges,” says Soliz. For a bolder look, €œControl color intensity by patting on high-pigment lipstick with a lip brush: Start at the edges and work your way in. You€™ll not only create a crisp, clean lip line, but you€™ll build an even, saturated base.”

Sephora PRO Artist Gilbert Soliz

To get a taste of the collection, grab the Radiant Femme Artistry Set, which gives beauty junkies a sampling of the entire collection, with exclusive shades of cream blush and body luminizer in addition to an instructional card so you can get different looks from the kit. But if you just want a bit of Radiant Orchid, opt for the liquid liner. It’s a small step you can add to your makeup routine to get big impact. “To create a vivid wing,” adds Soliz, “glide Gazing Paint Liquid Liner from the center of lash lines toward the outer corners, angling the line slightly upward toward the temples. Tilt your head back to check for symmetry.”

Shop the Sephora+Pantone Universe Color of the Year collection:

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Uniqlo Makes its SoCal Debut at South Coast Plaza

Uniqlo South Coast Plaza

This past summer, shoppers across Southern California were offered just a small sample of what was to come from Japanese retail giant Uniqlo. South Coast Plaza and Beverly Center were both proud to host the label’s summer pop-ups, giving Angelenos and Orange County residents a taste of the brand. But the wait for the real thing is officially over, as South Coast Plaza welcomes a full-fledged Uniqlo location — the first in Southern California.

The staff at Uniqlo South Coast Plaza

Traditional taiko drummers were on hand at the store’s opening, which included a ribbon cutting ceremony overseen by Meyer himself along with Jim Righeimer, the mayor of Costa Mesa, South Coast Plaza managing partner Anton Segerstrom, South Coast Plaza general manager David Grant, Executive Director of Marketing Debra Gunn Downing and more. The store, which is located in the center’s Sears wing, boasts 18,000-square feet and the full range of products for men, women, children and even babies.

The celebration isn’t just a one-day affair. Shoppers who visit through Sunday will have the chance to receive one of 500 limited edition tote bags per day and snag a free Heattech item with every $50 purchase throughout the weekend. South Coast Plaza is also the only location to offer Uniqlo’s Pure Blue Japan collection, which is dyed with natural indigo.

“There will be a lot of things inspired by L.A. and Southern California. And I would argue that the Pure Blue Japan project is inspired by what would work for the people of Southern California,” Meyer told Fashion Trends Daily. “That said, we want to make it a part of our global collection.”

The Pure Blue Japan collection, which has pieces for men and women, includes jeans, shirting and gauzy scarves in a lightweight weave that’s perfect for California. The South Coast Plaza location is also one of the only spots where you can find the UT t-shirt customization station, where customers can upload a photo from their phones or create a design from scratch on an iPad and have it printed and sent home. Currently, it’s a feature that’s exclusive to pop-up shops. 

Heattech and Airism, two of Uniqlo’s most popular product categories, are on offer to cool down the SoCal heat wave (Airism is designed to wick sweat away from the body) and prep us all for the coming chill (Heattech items keep you warm without bulky layers).

The Supima cotton collection, which is a favorite among Uniqlo devotees, is sourced from cotton grown locally right here in California and is available (along with cashmere sweaters, fleece and more) in Uniqlo’s signature rainbow of colors.

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo

Uniqlo is also known for collaborations and the new location has plenty on offer. Disney pieces are available for men, women and children with great graphic t-shirts featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

“Uniqlo represents style, quality and fun,” says Josh Silverman, Executive Vice President of Licensing for Disney Consumer Products. “We’re proud to partner with them and thrilled that we’re here.”

Chanel muse and model Ines de la Fressange’s second capsule collection for Uniqlo is available now and this holiday season, she’ll release a collection of LBDs just in time for Christmas and the New Year. Another ongoing collaboration, with SPRZ NY and MOMA brings the artwork of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring to sweatshirts and t-shirts.

Uniqlo South Coast Plaza

“The right collaborators are important to our global business, as we provide a platform for [them] to reach a broader audience,” adds Meyer. “We make their brand more available.”

While the brand may be familiar to travelers who visit the East Coast and Northern California, where the brand has opened 24 locations, South Coast Plaza’s Uniqlo marks the brand’s first entry into Southern California (and 25th U.S. location overall). San Francisco, the Bay Area and San Jose have multiple locations and in New York alone, Uniqlos are popping up at a breakneck pace. Following the South Coast Plaza opening, Uniqlo will be opening additional locations at Beverly Center, Los Cerritos Center, Northridge Fashion Center and the Glendale Galleria.

“We’re excited to be the first Southern California retailer to offer Uniqlo’s unique shopping experience,” said Debra Gunn Downing, South Coast Plaza’s Executive Director of Marketing. “South Coast Plaza’s international customers have been shopping at Uniqlo locations around the globe, so we’re thrilled to bring the concept here now.”

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L.A.’s Aviator Nation is Heading to the Haight in San Francisco

Aviator Nation

With three stores in Los Angeles, hometown brand Aviator Nation is ripe for expansion, which is why San Francisco fans of the brand will soon be able to shop the line in its new flagship, set to open next week in the Upper Haight. Designer Paige Mycosckie (sister of TOMS founder Blake) is set to give San Francisco a major dose of high-watt graphics and technicolor pieces.

Aviator Nation teepee

Established in 2007, Aviator Nation quickly rose to the top of the menswear elite. The vintage inspired line garnered the attention of GQ magazine, which named Mycoskie one of the best new menswear designers in 2013. With that honor came a collaboration with the magazine and San Francisco-based Gap, which brought Aviator Nation’s signature style out of California and into stores across the country.

Since then, she’s expanded her line to include more than just t-shirts, adding pieces in fleece and an entire collection for women, too. It’s all made in L.A. with techniques that harken back to the ’60s.

The brand’s stores are a colorful collection of found items, vintage-inspired t-shirts and plenty of surf and beach memorabilia sprinkled throughout. Angelenos have been able to shop the brand (and Orange County residents were graced with a pop-up in Costa Mesa) in Mycoskie’s three SoCal stores, but she’s bringing her label to San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood. The store will stock the line’s complete offerings, giving San Francisco’s most bohemian shopping stretch a jolt of color and surf style.

Aviator Nation will be located at 1501 Haight Street, in the Upper Haight. For more information, visit

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Janie Bryant Teams with L.A.’s Black Halo

Janie Bryant and Black Halo’s Laurel Berman

Now that her time at Mad Men has drawn to a close — the final episode has long been in the can, waiting for its on-screen debut later this year — costume designer Janie Bryant has turned her sights to something a bit more modern. The Emmy Award-winning stylist and costume designer has teamed with Los Angeles-based Black Halo (which celebrates a decade in the fashion business this year) for a capsule collection that blends Bryant’s signature silhouettes with Black Halo’s streamlined sheaths and is set to hit stores this summer.

This isn’t the first time that Bryant has delved into the world of collaboration. Previously, she’s teamed with Banana Republic for a pair of collections based on her work on Mad Men and worked on an accessories line with home shopping giant QVC. Bryant teamed with Black Halo after being introduced to the brand’s founder, Lauren Berman, through a mutual friend.

A look from the Janie Bryant for Black Halo collection.

“I€™m a huge Mad Men fan,” Berman told WWD.

“And there€™s such a connection with our brand in the sense that we are classic, with a lot of pencil dresses.”

Bryant’s trademarks, such as intricate floral jacquards and Rococo prints appear on Black Halo’s best selling pencil dresses and crop top, full-skirt pairings. But Bryant wanted to add more to the Black Halo vocabulary, too, adding neoprene — a fabrication you definitely wouldn’t find on set at Mad Men — in a sleek coat and faux poodle fur cropped jacket. In total, the collection will include 25 pieces and is scheduled to hit stores at the end of July. The Janie Bryant for Black Halo collection is also set to include a trench coat in rich colors as well as a sleek jumpsuit similar to one that she’s worn from the brand and the entire collection will range from $300 to $500. Like all of Black Halo’s offerings, the Janie Bryant for Black Halo collection will be manufactured completely in Los Angeles.

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Monday Muse: Brassa¯ Inspires Jenny Packham

Brassai’s Woman Playing Snooker

Brassai’s Woman Dressing

When he hit the scene in the ’20s, George Brassa¯ caused a stir among the Parisian upper crust. Not only would he become famous for snapping images of the opera, social events and his famed Paris by Night photographs, he would gain notoriety for also shooting photos of prostitutes, vagrants and other pillars of the Parisian underbelly. Was he the great Democrat or just a man with a good eye? Designers have been pulling inspiration from his noir-tinged photos for decades, but this season, Jenny Packham — she of glitz and glam — used Brassa¯’s work as a touchstone for her red carpet-ready collection at New York Fashion Week.

In 1933, Brassa¯ published his first book, Paris by Night, and became, according to Henry Miller, the Eye of Paris. He first used photography to supplement his journalism, but later he grew to focus solely on the art. By photographing everything from salons to soir©es along with Paris’ after-dark denizens, he managed to show all aspects of the city — including its style. Gowns were given the same attention as someone who was rummaging through garbage and women of high society were photographed in the same way as women of the night.

While it infuriated some of the city’s more conservative madames, Brassa¯ gained fans from all over the world for showcasing streetwalkers and society women.

Jenny Packham Fall 2013

Jenny Packham Fall 2013

Jenny Packham, in sharp contrast to Brassa¯, definitely caters to the society women of the world. After all, she dresses Kate Middleton and Angelina Jolie for their red carpet outings and royal engagements. Her latest collection, however, drew from the after-dark  noir that pervades Brassa¯’s photos. She’s known for evening wear, and she stayed true to that motif throughout her runway show, which featured floor-skimming lengths and sheer overlays that recalled the smoky salons and bars of Brassa¯’s photos. The cinched-waist silhouette also drew from the women that Brassa¯ immortalized, as well as Art Deco touches such as geometric rose gold earrings, intricate embroidery and dusty hues of peach and pink. And while we won’t be seeing any of these runway looks on a street corner when they hit the racks in the fall, we can imagine a few starlets who would be perfect for the vintage-meets-modern feel of Packham’s sweetly seductive creations.

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Cheap Thrills: Everlane’s Boyfriend Sweatshirt

Everlane the Boyfriend

Slouchy, sporty and laid-back looks have taken over. Blame it on Phoebe Philo’s relaxed, polished looks for C©line or Isabel Marant’s Left Bank leanings. Either way, it’s a welcome sea change from fashion’s usual unforgiving and often uncomfortable trends. But there’s no need to go out and splurge on a Givenchy sweatshirt or a croc-embossed neoprene version from Balmain. Instead, stick to something classic and you won’t have to treat it like such a precious commodity.

Everlane has been crafting great basics for a few years now, and we’re loving their take on the slouchy sweatshirt, the Boyfriend ($40).

Taking a few key details from the classic men’s sweatshirt, such as a boxier fit and a longer length, it’s the perfect thing to throw on over those tissue-thin tanks and tees that you’re using to combat the summer heat and for fall, it’s sure to pair perfectly with your relaxed favorites such as destroyed jeans and those ankle booties you’ve been lusting after since the fall deliveries hit the stores.

Available at Everlane.