Photo credit: Isabel Marant has chic pink pieces for spring. (Getty Images/Miguel Medina)
New York Fashion Week starts on Thursday and will show off the trends for fall 2014. But before that happens, it’s time to think about spring, which is blooming with color. From powder pink to hot pink, pink is the new black.
Designer Alexander Wang is offering powder-pink platform shoes for spring, Zac Posen showed a fantasy of blush pink on his New York runway and even Nike has hot-pink sneakers.
You might want to forecast spring 2014 on Valentine’s Day by wearing all pink. It’s irresistible.
We’ve seen actresses as muses for the fashion, but now film is taking over. Hitchcock scared us with the BIRDS, and lured us with REAR WINDOW’s golden locks and 50s elegance that the everywoman craves as the female ‘ideal.’ The coven in the horror television series AMERICAN HORROR STORY produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is changing those angelic ideals. The entire season is fashion driven with the likes of designers like Jimmy Choo, and Alexander Wang’s collection sprawled all over the screen. Myrtl, the witch was burned in a Balenciaga red gown. Even, her last words were,” Balenciaga…”
It was crazy week filled with private concerts of Drake and Kings of Leon, at the Time Warner Centre, Coors Light, Georgetown cupcakes and truffle pizza from Tobys,and homemade chicken wings. Congrats to my new friend GoldenTate. You got this.
Midwest-raised Bobbi Brown is the Founder and CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Bobbi first arrived on the beauty scene in 1991 and caught the attention of the cosmetics empire Estée Lauder, which acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995.
Her cosmetics, fragrance and skincare brand has a presence in more than 1,000 doors in 60 countries and 30 free-standing stores, but her impact extends well beyond the beauty and fashion industries. Committed to empowering women of all ages, Bobbi supports The Broome Street Academy charter high school and the non-profit Dress for Success by providing generous financial and in-kind support on a year-round basis. In 2010, Bobbi was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation, and was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to participate in the White House’s leadership and mentoring program for young women.
In spring 2013, she further amplified this message with the launch of The Pretty Powerful Campaign for Women & Girls, the brand’s first-ever global charitable initiative aimed at empowering women and girls with education, resources, job skills and work experience to help them “be who they are.”
From her office in SoHo, the mother of three talks to us about beauty and her new venture into eyewear.
How did you start your own makeup line?
When I first started in the cosmetics industry, I couldn’t find shades or colors that looked natural or were truly skin tone correct. I wanted to find lipsticks that looked like lips. So I started mixing my own shades to create makeup that would truly match and complement a woman’s complexion. Then, a chance meeting with a chemist at a magazine photo shoot changed everything. In 1991, I launched my first 10 natural, wearable lip colors at Bergdorf Goodman. I guess you can say the rest is history.
Why did you choose to start with lip color?
I’ve always loved a more natural beauty look which is what inspired my original 10 lipsticks and it’s what my brand is built on. I wanted lips to look like lips and shades that looked good on all women. I love products that are flattering and look good the moment you put them on. I started with one color nd quickly realized not everyone had the same lip color.
What was your most terrifying job as a makeup artist?
Never knowing what my next job would be.
What was the Bobbi Brown fragrance inspired by?
I wanted something clean and fresh but that would make me feel good when I put it on. It’s all a matter of personal preference, but I feel sexiest wearing fragrances with clean, green notes.
Who is your favorite model?
Ali MacGraw has always been an inspiration of mine. As a teenager, I wanted to look like supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, blue-eyed and blonde, but I couldn’t have looked any more different. I spent a lot of time feeling bad about what I wasn’t. It was then that I saw Ali in “Love Story” and I finally saw the possibility of my own beauty. She was a brunette with brown eyes and beautiful.
What’s your idea of beauty?
I believe that beauty comes in all ages, colors, shapes and sizes. It’s not about looking like someone else, or trying to be someone you’re not. It’s about figuring out what works for you, and making the best of what you’ve got. Loving yourself and being who you are is key, and the right makeup can help you get there. Ultimately, confidence is beauty.
How do you balance kids and work?
As a working mom, it’s important to find a healthy and happy balance between your family and career. Know that you can’t do it all and the the key is to prioritize. Take moments to step back to clear and refocus your perspective. If you know what’s important to you, you will always make the right decisions. And don’t beat yourself up. You will have to make sacrifices and it is okay — it doesn’t make you a bad employee or mother or wife/partner. I personally try to never miss out on the big things, and family comes first almost always cause I have learned that there are once in a lifetime moments that are fleeting and pass by all too quickly.
What are your new projects?
I just launched eyewear because I really want to take the mystery out of finding the right frames — similar to what I did with makeup. Finding frames that look good on you can be tough, so I wanted to simplify that process and create glasses that compliment your face shape, skin tone, and overall personal style. My sunglasses are available at Solstice and my optical frames launch in February. On top of that, I am getting ready for Fashion Week again, heading to London to work with L’Wren Scott, who I also just launched a limited edition collection with featuring a beautiful palette inspired by her Spring 14 fashion show. In April, my eighth book comes out focused on eye makeup tips that women are always asking me about, and I’m relaunching my iconic Foundation Stick in March. There is never a dull moment, but it is all very exciting. You can keep up with me on my blog EverythingBobbi.com, which I also edit myself almost daily.
What are your go-tos in your wardrobe?
A great blazer — I love Rag & Bone, YSL, Chanel and even Uniqlo—J Brand jeans, Vince and Alexander Wang tees, and a statement necklace or earrings from Lulu Frost, Shorouk, or J.Crew
What’s your favorite New York restaurant?
I love Balthazar — it’s a block away from my office and there’s always good people watching. I also just went to Rao’s and had the best time
Any advice on how to be Bobbi Brown?
Help women everywhere understand that being who you are is the secret to lasting beauty — and that all of us can be both pretty and powerful.
Photo credit: Ralph Lauren’s Mark Reynolds transformed his home’s unused basement Space.
The small space is the new cool space.
I turned my closet into an office, and Ralph Lauren’s Mark Reynoldsrepurposed his Hamptons basement into a hangout space — which he affectionately calls the “naughty room” – filled with all the items he won’t part with. Another New Yorker concealed a baby’s room in an open-floored dining area by using outward-facing book shelves.
Look around and create what you need in your existing space. We all need a place to let loose and we all need a place to store our prized possessions.
“Increase the square footage of your house now without virtually any construction or additional cost,” said Reynolds, senior director Creative Services at Ralph Lauren.
So, how did he do it?
“I simply took what we already had in storage below — unused furnishings, lighting, artwork, additional household supplies, including liquor, of course, and all that family junk too precious to part with — and organized it into a living space, added a little music room, dimmed the lights and, before we knew it, a room filled with our personal blast from the past has now become the ultimate party room,” he said.
Give your space a New Year’s revolution and rebel against interior convention.
With the weather in a funk and Mr. Sun no where to be found unless you live in Miami, let make our own January a little more fun.
Channel Kim Kardashian and wear white and pale colors ( a forecast of Spring 2014 to come, btw. I’m obsessed with Rag and Bone/jean grey jeans and a simple white v-neck tee.
Smell like the beach. Head out and get Bobbi Brown’s Beach fragrance and her body cream. Just because you can’t be at the beach doesn’t mean you can’t be beach like
Speaking of beach like, Bumble and Bumble ‘surf’ gives texture to your dry limp winter hair. Get sexy and loose, even in January.
And for your skin to feel moisturized, try FRESH sugar body scrub. You will taste like candy and your skin will feel so soft and summer like.
For those who like au natural, you can always slather yogurt all over your body. it really makes your skin feel amazing, but you MUSt be fully naked and allow the yogurt time to soak in, so either feel good about your body, or tell everyone you are washing your hair for HOURS.
Speaking of naked, Im obsessed with TOM FORD bronzer and Barrys Boot Camp. Im in need of getting this bikini body in shape not for the sun, but for the SUPERBOWL party food, Im sure to be indulging in. So get on that treadmill and get that buttocks hot and high off the ground.
For those who are obsessed with working out and the right of passage that exercise gear allows (WHAT???)))) I have to work for it and some women just walk around with a fancy bag pretending that panting is sweating. GRRR. Regardless of how you work out, C&C California has great leggings and so does JCPENNY ( yes, you heard me!!). Im obsessed with my SOUlLCYCLE and Nike workout leggings, but there is so much out there and pattern is the new black in athletic wear.
I CAN MAKE YOU HOT, but only if you SWEAT.
helpful trick, start with 5 burps every morning. Get that blood boiling, grr while you are working out, and Purr to the rest of the world. Go get ‘em!
Bronze Crystal Charlie by MZ Bikini. His shoes are on sale too, and they are SICK.
This years HOT list has nothing to do with what I need, its all what I want. I don’t want workout leggings, or a new exercise bra, I wanna take a huge leap in 2014, one Manolo step at a time. lets not lie to each other, we’ve had a rough financial tome, so instead of crying about what we don’t have, lets buy a few items that will make friend and family SCREAM with jealousy. You can hug it out after they try to take it from you. Some of my favorites are even 70%, so you can hardly feel guilty buy indulging in some hot gold FUN.
Prada wants you to fell relaxed this resort with a cool and easy pajama pant look. They even have gorgeous pi’s that are real pjs that can be worn out for those who can’t wait to crawl into bed. Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa told me at Art Basel, that my pjs were cool.
The ultimate stamp of approval is by an adoring designer,and we all know Franciso doesn’t fool round when it comes to compliments. I decided to pull out the pjs one more time before the holidays and wear them to the screening of the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, where even Kristen Wiig, my favorite actress of all time, paid homage to my pi’s. Its a look, an old guard. “I don’t care if you think Im wearing pi’s for I am” kinda look.
Happy Holiday and if you are going to get cozy, do it in style.