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Get it Now: Est©e Lauder Mad Men Collection 2013

Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection 2013

Think pink! We loved Est©e Lauder’s foray into Fifties collabs last year with their Mad Men collection, so when we found this year’s (already on counters) leaning away from retro and more towards wearable, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. The collection eschews typical mid-century mod looks for a softer collection of pinks for lips, tips and cheeks — all housed in retro-mod cloisonn©-inspired packaging.

The lipstick, Pinkadellic, is the one mod moment in the collection (though the Rich, Rich Lipstick formula is moisturizing like the best of today’s lippies), nodding to the club scene in the ’60s whereas the blush, a perfectly pink hue called Light Show is as modern as can be.

We spied similar colors gracing cheeks at shows such as Jil Sander and Narcisco Rodriguez, two designers that are anything but vintage.  But our favorite piece has to be the polish, a subtly shimmering carnation pink called Pink Paisley, which happens to be the perfect color to embody Betty’s icy glares and Megan’s not-so-sweet naivety  It also happens to be riding high on the macaron-inspired polish trends that’s taking over tips on and off the runway, so whether you watch or not, grab this limited-edition color before it’s gone.

The Est©e Lauder Mad Men Collection is available now. Mad Men‘s sixth season premieres April 7.

Photos courtesy Est©e Lauder

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Monday Muse: Dior’s New Look Inspires Rochas and Thom Browne

Dior’s Bar Jacket, part of the New Look collection

Dior’s New Look silhouette

 

Few fashion moments resonate throughout time the way that Christian Dior’s New Look does. No matter what the trends, what the latest advances in fabric tech, what the newest collab is or how new or established a designer, Dior’s now-classic silhouette is something that comes down the runway season after season. This time around, Thom Browne and Rochas’ Marco Zanini, two designers with completely different points of view, visited the fit-and-flare shape with dramatically different results.

Debuting in 1947, the New Look collection (which was actually called the Carrolle line by the designer) was a complete turn from the fashions of the era. Instead of looking to menswear and the somber inspirations of the post-war economy, Dior looked to classic feminine shapes for his collection, which featured full, below-the-knee skirts, cinched waists and natural, curved shoulders. The Bar Jackets, which epitomized the new ladylike silhouette, became instantly covetable and nearly iconic overnight. Throughout the next decade, Dior would continue to create variations on his New Look, changing the length of the skirt, the lapels and neckline of the jackets and more, but what continued throughout his experimentation was the curve-hugging, hourglass shape that made the New Look so memorable and desirable.

Rochas Fall 2013

Thom Browne Fall 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the Fall 2013 collections, the Bar Jacket and New Look silhouette appeared — as it always does — but the look was given two very different treatments by two very different designers.

Marco Zanini, who helms Rochas, sent down looks inspired by classic womenswear pieces, including a skirt suit that recalled the classic Dior New Look. But Zanini added an extra dose of French louche, making the usually severe look a little more relaxed and exaggerating the jacket’s peplum and the rounded shoulders. He even paired the look with ultra feminine Mary Jane shoes, further emphasizing the way the New look shape brings out every girl’s inner lady. Thom Browne, who showed his collection fresh off of the attention that he gained when Michelle Obama wore his coat to the President’s second inauguration, also riffed on the New Look, though he stuck to his usual M.O. of turning the fashion world on its ear. His looks included the cinched-waist and hourglass shape, but they were all done in grey flannels and checks — his fabrics of choice for men’s and womenswear — and models sported makeup and hair that was part Versaille revolution and part Through the Looking Glass. But even through all the theatricality (there were wounded soldiers, mannequins dressed in head-to-toe Thom, wearing crowns of thorns and bleeding red grosgrain, strewn on the runway) the New Look shape showed through. So no matter what a designer’s look, there are some things that just transcend trends and designer ego. And the classic female silhouette is one of them.

Photos courtesy Style.com and LIFE

 

 

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L.A.’s Revolve Offers Exclusive Stand Up To Cancer Collab

SU2C x Revolve Wildfox T-shirt

Leave it to L.A.’s Revolve to put a whole new spin on Breast Cancer Awareness. While most Breast Cancer Awareness month collections lean towards the rosier end of the spectrum, the online retailer €” blogger favorite, worldwide phenomenon, etc., etc.) has teamed with contemporary labels for an entire Stand Up 2 Cancer x Revolve Collection that includes plenty of pink and loads of goods that aren’t. Plus, even guys are getting a chance to get in on the action, with select pieces for men that will also do their part to make strides against breast cancer.

SU2C x Revolve Rachel Pally jumpsuit

And there’s plenty of hometown pride in the collab, which draws many of its pieces from designers based right here in Los Angeles. Contemporary designers such as Rachel Pally and Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 offer up exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else. The collab includes everything from wear-everyday knits and tees (from Wildfox, NBD and more) as well as more special occasion dresses from For Love & Lemons, Lovers + Friends and more, each and every one perfect for the slew of holiday parties and get-togethers that you have on your iCal.

Revolve is donating 30% of proceeds to Stand Up To Cancer, so if you don’t find things for yourself (that’ll be super tough), feel free to snatch up a few things to gift come the holidays. With the collection online through the end of the year, you’ve got plenty of time to pick favorites €” if they don’t sell out, that is.

Shop our picks from the SU2C x Revolve capsule collection:

In addition to spanning multiple labels, the collection includes picks from various categories, too.

Shoes, jewelry and accessories are all available from big names such as Brixton, Eugenia Kim and Apolis. Snag bling from Ettika and Orange County-based Gorjana for pieces you can truly wear all year round. Guys can snag tees from L.A.’s Altru apparel (they’re super soft, so stock up) and a limited-edition Apolis market tote (the guy in your life can add it to his collection). Even your home can get in on the action with a pair of signed posters from a collab between Shepard Fairey and Obey.

SU2C x Revolve For Love & Lemons top and skirt

With picks that span styles (from boho to bombshell, thanks to those evening designs) and budgets alike, there’s definitely something for everyone. Hardcore BCA advocates won’t be able to resist the shaggy pink chubby coat, but even those with a more minimal, straightforward style can support with denim pieces and great whimsical tees. Pink may be the official color of Breast Cancer Awareness, but that doesn’t limit any of these great buys.

And that’s what it’s all about: if everyone pitches in, the strides we take towards a cure get even greater.

Shop the entire SU2C x Revolve collection now.