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Anna Sui Teams with O’Neill for a Festival-Ready Collab

Anna Sui x O’Neill

With Coachella just around the corner, brands are gearing up to give festival gals everything they need for those Instagram-worthy OOTD snaps. Leave it to New York design icon Anna Sui and Santa Cruz-based surf label O’Neill for a collab that gives those boho babes everything they need for those sizzling desert sets and those lazy mornings lounging at the Viceroy pool.

Fans of Sui’s work might already be familiar with a few of the prints in the collection, which draw from her greatest hits.

€œWe used prints from my past collections, and then adapted the looks to be more beach-friendly,€ Sui said at the collaboration€™s New York City launch.

Anna Sui x O’Neill

The collection, which is in stores and online now, includes plenty of Sui’s trademark rock edge, but thanks to O’Neill’s surf and sun heritage, the pieces strike the perfect balance of bohemia and badass.

Crocheted cardigans and knit-embellished swimwear are sure to be a hit by the beach and pool, but pieces influenced by California icons such as Michelle Phillips, Joni Mitchell, and the ladies of Laurel Canyon will definitely make appearances away from the splashing waves.

€œIt€™s exciting. It€™s kind of like a new beginning again,” Sui told Style.com. “We€™ve had so much reaction from all the stores and press€”it€™s like when I first started. It€™s got that same feeling. It€™s wonderful.€

The 14-piece collection is priced from $44 to $100, which will appeal not only to Sui’s existing customer base, but draw in a whole new legion of fans, especially younger girls and surfer babes that might not be familiar with Sui’s style. 

The Anna Sui for O’Neill collection is the latest in a series of collaborations for both Sui and O’Neill. Sui has lent her design chops to Coach and Tumi for one-off collaborations that included handbags and luggage and O’Neill is fresh off a collaboration with British heritage print house Liberty of London.

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At Any Cost: Our Top Luxurious Beauty Gifts

Tom Ford Beauty Holiday Collection

There’s a certain kind of woman who revels in the bargain, you know the girl who has her Uniqlo down puffer waiting for her so she can withstand the blustery pre-dawn temperatures of Black Friday, armed with her list of doorbusters, coupons and triple-shot latt©. And then there’s the kind of shopper that doesn’t bother — she sleeps in, perhaps plans a pedicure with extra massage because her Vivier pumps pinched a bit at the Thanksgiving table. Well, this list is for her. We’ve already given you a list of our standout luxury creams, so in that vein, we present some holiday beauty offerings from some of the makeup world’s biggest names. These aren’t for anyone looking to save a buck, but for the ladies out there who stop at no cost to put their best face forward, this is for you.

Frasco Mirrors Brass Antique Mirror

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who needs you when Frasco Mirrors Brass Antique Mirror ($462) feels so good in hand? This baby not only looks super glam on your vanity, it holds some heavy heritage across the world. You’ll recognize Frasco Mirros as the mirror of choice in five-star guest suites in hotels across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Established in Germany, the company still manufactures its products to the exacting standards of its founder, Paul Fraas. Each mirror is treated with a special satin smooth, crystal clear Zapon finish, giving it a clarity and luster that you won’t find from any other mirror. It also prevents dulling, as does the unique brass alloy that the brand uses. It might seem like an outrageous buy, but can you put a price on seeing yourself in the best possible way? We didn’t think so.

Available at Neiman Marcus.

Tom Ford Beauty
Limited Edition 12-Piece Lipstick Set

What’s the closest you’ll get to planting one on Tom Ford himself? Sadly, it’s slicking on one of his beloved lipsticks since he’s not prone to mouth-to-mouth even with his biggest fans. Neiman Marcus has snagged an exclusive set of his lipsticks for the holidays, bringing together a dozen of the designer’s most popular shades in the Limited Edition 12-Piece Lipstick Set ($588). Ranging from soft nudes to deep, dark vampy colors, the lipsticks are housed in a special lacquered mahogany-effect coffret, giving each shade a snug and cozy place to rest when you’re not using it. The formula of Tom Ford’s lipsticks is celebrated for long-lasting color and comfort thanks to a mix of skin-loving and nourishing oils and butters. Whatever your mood, you’re sure to find something suitable in this lip wardrobe, but if you’re still having trouble deciding, we’ll pick one for you: the attention-grabbing Violete Fatale.

Available at Neiman Marcus.

Viktor & Rolf
Limited Flowerbomb Swarovski Edition

Fans of Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb scent already know how addictive it can be.

A breakout success since its debut, the floral scent is one of the most popular eaus around. But while it’s got a fair share of fans, we’re guessing that not all of them have the Limited Flowerbomb Swarovski Edition ($1,600) in their collection. Each crystal on the bottle is hand-placed in the UK by a skilled team of artisans that have been practicing the craft for over a decade. Only ten bottles of this now-classic scent are available in the U.S., so if you’re on the fence, we say pull the trigger, because not only do you deserve it, you can consider it a piece of modern art — both visual and olfactory.

Available at Neiman Marcus.

Laura Mercier
Limited Edition Les Petites Bonbons Palette

Speaking of art, if you treat an eyeshadow application as a chance to play Van Gogh (or Klimt, Picasso, Degas — whatever strikes your mood), then the new Laura Mercier Limited Edition Les Petites Bonbons Palette ($250) is the palette you’ll need to truly express yourself. You’ll be able to create everything from soft, neutral looks to dramatic, techicolor smoky eyes with the 30 shades, which include a mixture of matte, demi-matte, shimmer and high-shimmer hues. Each and every shadow is one of Mercier’s Baked Eye Color formula, giving you the option to wear each shade dry for a subtle effect or with a damp brush for a deep, true-to-pan shade.

Available at Neiman Marcus.

Bobbi Brown
Limited Edition Makeup Trunk

For the girl who has everything, the Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Makeup Trunk ($1,400) proves that she doesn’t, in fact, have it all, because she needs this set. Filled to the brim with Bobbi’s necessities — and a few extra finishing touches — it’s a one-stop beauty splurge that’ll have you set for life. Everything from skincare to mascara and Brown’s famed cream liners are included in a gilt case worthy of a screen siren. You’ll be an instant makeup artist with these products at your disposal, ranging from cult favorites to the brushes you need to apply everything. Think you’ve got it all? Think again.

Available at Neiman Marcus.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Fashion€™s Collaboration Obsession

When the fashion world gets word of a new collaboration, hearts race and eyes widen, but sometimes the results don€™t live up to the hype. For every Lanvin for H&M there€™s more than a few noodle scratchers. Read on for some of our faves and a few that just don€™t make no sense!

RECIPES FOR SUCCESS…


Derek Lam x eBay

The Good: Armchair and one-click shoppers were eager to get their mitts on this exclusive collection of 16 original pieces designed by Lam just for eBay. The collection, which launched during this past New York Fashion Week, featured spring/summer 2011 dresses, and was billed as the first-ever, crowd sourced collection.

The Bad: Bidding wars and broken hearts. You know how eBay goes.

The Ugly: How meta is this? Reselling on eBay when eBay was the original source? It makes our head spin.

 

Lady Gaga x Mac Viva GlamThe Good: All proceeds from Viva Glam lipstick go to the MAC AIDS fund, helping men, women and children affected by HIV and AIDS.The Bad: Available only for one year, the shade is a goner once March 2012 comes around.The Ugly: looking like you€™ve freshly emerged from an egg. We love nudes, but the right one can be tricky to find. Seek help from a MAC artist (without a poker face) to make sure it’s the right one for you.M. Williamson x BulgariThe Good: Matthew Williamson adds punches of color and kaleidoscopic patterns to this handbag line. The geometric shapes and bold colors make them perfect summer go-tos.The Bad: Price. These babies won’t come cheap.The Ugly: Limited availability. Only sold at select Bulgari stores. You€™ll have to stay on your toes if you want to have one of these swinging from your arm.Benefit Cosmetics x Tweezerman

The Good: Tweezerman, the go-to tool for brow taming, teams with Benefit, the brow experts, for perfectly tuned tweezers and more.

The Bad: Overplucking instincts may take over.

Make sure to get arched by an expert to keep your maintenance minimal.

The Ugly: With the cute pastel colors, we€™d watch who you let borrow these. Your besties might just want to keep them for themselves!

Catherine Malandrino x LacosteThe Good: Easy, breezy pieces that blend Euro-chic with a sporty aesthetic that€™ll have you reaching for these pieces all year €˜round.The Bad: No boys allowed. This cute collab is just for the ladies.The Ugly: A one-off collection of great pieces will leave you wanting more, but it doesn€™t look like Malandrino is going for an encore.TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN…Holmes & Yang x Carolina HererraThe Good: Simple bags in every size you can imagine, designed by Katie Holmes, Jeanne Yang and Carolina Hererra.The Bad: The mouthful of a collaborative team designing a collaborative bag with a great designer.The Ugly: The charms. Why mar a good bag with tchotchkes? Gucci x Fiat 500 by GucciThe Good: We€™re reaching….good fuel economy, maybe?The Bad: ’90s logomania is back!The Ugly: Limited edition and limited capacity. We don€™t think you€™ll be fitting many Italian supermodels in this tiny ride.

The Row x TOMS Shoes

The Good: Toms one-for-one charity.

The Bad: Cashmere shoes for the big city?

The Ugly: The last time we saw an Olsen in flat shoes was when there was a unicorn in our backyard.

OPI x Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger TidesThe Good: The debut of OPI€™s silver shatter polish.The Bad: No pirate€™s gold? No blood red? Hmmm…We have yet to meet a pirate who wears pastels. Love you OPI, but this one may have to walk the plank!The Ugly: We doubt Depp will be wearing any of these Easter-ready shades in the movie.

Cynthia Rowley x Pampers Cruisers 

The Good: Start them off early!

The Bad: The ultimate in disposable fashion.

The Ugly: No explanation necessary.

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H&M Brings Cos to L.A.’s Opening Ceremony

Cos Spring Summer 2014

While you’ll have to wait until later this year to get the full on Cos experience, the Swedish brand is teaming up with Opening Ceremony for a monthlong pop up to give Angelenos the chance to shop a special collection and get a feel for what the label is all about.

Cos

Earlier, Cos announced that it would be opening its second U.S. location in Beverly Hills (naturally, the first is planned for New York’s SoHo neighborhood), but until we get some concrete details on that, you’ll have to settle for shopping the Opening Ceremony pop-up.

Cos, which is H&M’s sister brand of higher-end, more fashion-forward offerings, will be setting up shop on OC’s second floor and offering goods for guys and girls in a sleek, clean, gallery-inspired space. All of the pieces will be exclusive to OC, which means you’ve got a leg up on your European friends, who can brag about heading to Cos on a regular basis.

The Cos at Opening Ceremony Pop-Up is set to open Thursday, April 17 at Opening Ceremony, 357 N. Beverly Drive, in Beverly Hills. For more information, visit www.cosstores.com.

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Go Graphic with Our Favorite Printed Swimsuits for Under $100

The sea spray, warm sand and strappy sandals are all calling our name this season, but we’re not heading out in just any old bathing suit. No, this year, it’s not about super sexy cutouts or sleek throwback minimalism, we’ve fallen for bold, bright suits. Maybe it’s the festivities of the World Cup or maybe it’s just that we’ve been seduced by the haute hues, but we’ve brought together some great suits that run the gamut from rainbow bright to sweet and subtle, but with a technicolor twist.

From teeny-weeny to more demure, we’ve got suits for everyone, just remember your sunglasses, because you’re sure to shine bright whether you’re splashing in the waves or looking pretty poolside.

Images courtesy Bloomingdale’s

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Meredith Markworth-Pollack Teams with Untamed Petals for a Holiday Headband Collab

Gilded Starburst Pearl headband

Since the debut of the CW’s Reign, a bodice ripper loosely based on Mary Queen of Scots, fans of fashion have taken note of the lush costumes and extravagant accessories featured on the show. We interviewed Meredith Markworth-Pollack about the gowns, vintage fashions and one-of-a-kind couture creations featured on the cast, but we knew it was only a matter of time before she stepped out from behind the scenes and debuted something of her own design. Teaming with Amanda Judge’s Untamed Petals,  a bridal accessories and dress line that has made numerous appearances on the show, Markworth-Pollack has created the Gilded Collection, a capsule collection of headbands and barrettes inspired by Reign. “The great thing about the Gilded collection is the pieces are all very wearable,” says Markworth-Pollack. “A piece like the starburst pearl is a chic everyday piece you can wear to work, school, or a date.” The Gilded Collection combines Markworth-Pollack and Judge’s near-obsession and appreciation of vintage accessories and historical costume with a more contemporary and modern feel and design. The pieces are easy to wear and, Markworth-Pollack insists, not just for special occasions.

Gilded Pyramid Stud headband

“Even to dress up a casual look like a sweater and jeans,” she suggests.

“The Party Crown for example, is definitely more of a statement piece and would be great for a Holiday event or New Years.” Naturally, the Gilded Collection features gold and copper (though there is a silver barrette for those so inclined) accented with clear crystals. The designs range from Art Deco, ’20s-inspired headbands to more elaborate styles that feature rosettes, starbursts and more. And every piece in the collection rings in at under $100, giving everyone a chance to get in on the royal treatment.

“We will most definitely be seeing the pieces on the show,” adds Markworth-Pollack. “I’ve already used the Royal Tiara and Starburst Crown on Queen Mary.”

And as for her next project, Markworth-Pollack is waiting to see just how popular these headbands are before making a move to expand her offerings, though with Reign‘s ravenous fans chomping at the bit to get anything and everything related to Queen Mary and her ladies in waiting, we expect plenty more from this stellar collaboration. But Markworth-Pollack’s also looking at the bigger picture. After all, a queen can’t step out in crowns alone.

I would love to have a line of dresses and gowns, fingers crossed,” Markworth-Pollack says. We all have our fingers crossed, too.

For more information and to shop the entire Gilded Collection, visit www.amandajudgeny.com.

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Save Steal Splurge: the Cutoff

Nothing says summer like a well-worn pair of cutoffs. Just ask trailblazers such as Daisy Duke, Mary Ann Summers, Brigitte Bardot and other leading ladies known for their leg-baring summer shorts. If you’re a DIY diva or you’ve got a pair of jeans that haven’t gotten the Marie Kondo treatment, feel free to chop away, but if you want something quick and easy, try out our favorite pairs of cutoffs, each and every one ready for a day in the sun.

Save: Aritzia Vintage Cutoff Short ($48)

Steal: Topshop Moto Ripped Short ($58)