A Beauty Range from Alexander Wang?

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It seems that the latest trend among top designers is to put together a beauty line, from lipsticks to creams to everything in between. You do not even need to be a designer to do that, with models and actresses all pitching in to make our beauty selection all the more difficult. They all want a piece, but there are only so many lipsticks and eyeshadows and blushes and nail polishes that we can buy at one time, meaning that many of them will not actually be selling as much as they could have, simply due to the large number of top members of the fashion and acting worlds all competing for top spot in beauty. Of course, with so many veering towards that direction, we begin to question when the rest will be joining them; it is not a matter of whether or not the designers will jump on the bandwagon, but when they will succumb to the latest trend. Alexander Wang is one such designer who has had us wondering about him jumping into the beauty line industry as well.

Alexander Wang Wins His Name for Beauty

Funny story, the Alexander Wang name was being used by another, an Etincelle Paris, who had been selling a class of goods that extends to perfumes and cosmetics. Alexander Wang himself had launched his eponymous label in 2007 and when he wanted to register his own name in 2012 on jewelry, cosmetics and fragrances, the name appeared to be taken. He has won it back now, but the story sure is amusing.

We wonder what sum was paid to the company who had hijacked the brand, if anything at all. “Etincelle’s actions are a textbook case of trademark squatting,” Wang’s lawyers Anthony Van der Planken and Thierry van Innis told The Fashion Law. “The Board examined the validity of the EU trademark registration ‘Alexander Wang’ for perfumeries and cosmetics in Class 3, not by the famous American fashion designer himself, but by Etincelle Paris, an obscure entity from the British Virgin Islands.”

Well, when the courts ruled in favor of the real Wang, and when it was found out that Etincelle had also jacked the names of Pierre Hardy, Philippe Plein and Isabel Marant, it became clear that the judgement would be going in favor of the plaintiff here.

So now, we know he picked up his name back and Wang was considering a cosmetics line, which means that Alexander Wang, the one with the interesting punk-style designs to his collections, will be having his own beauty line soon enough. His models may have gone out bare faced of late, but we do not give up hope yet, knowing that his fragrance with Balenciaga was only the start of a new era for the designer.

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THE FACES OF GUCCI MEN’S FALL/WINTER 2016-2017 READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION

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After presenting its Menswear FW 2015-17 Ready-To-Wear Collection Runway in Milan, the luxury Italian fashion houseGucci unveils the backstage looks of faces of the men’s Fall Winter 2016 fashion show featuring knitted caps, hats, glasses and grills or many other charming elements and accessories with stunning details as the signature of Gucci.

FACES OF MEN’S GUCCI FW 2016 2017 RTW SHOW – BACKSTAGE LOOKS

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A raw-cut patterned suit, a floral coat, a Western-inspired velvet jacket and a plush cape captured backstage at the men’s #GucciFW16 fashion show

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An embroidered angora knit hat seen on the men’s #GucciFW16 runway by Alessandro Michele.

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A moment before the men’s #GucciFW16 fashion show. Models wear grills, a coat with a detachable wool cape, and a wool cardigan, both with hand-sewn patches by #AlessandroMichele.

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A tracksuit and a suit with optical pattern, and a washed denim jacket covered with embroidered patches.

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Behind the scenes at the men’s #GucciFW16 fashion show: textured suits, a wool cardigan, and silk shirts.

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Shoes from the men’s #GucciFW16 fashion show by #AlessandroMichele. Leather loafers are covered with allover studs, or feature pearl encrusted heels. Plush Horsebit slippers are crafted in black-and-white check.

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Ralph Lauren Unveils French Riviera Inspired SS 2016 Campaign

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Ralph Lauren’s spring/summer 2016 campaign took inspiration from the French Riviera, and to best capture that, the brand presented a series of black and white photos, which went hand in hand with the nautical theme of the season’s collection. The Ralph Lauren label is well known for work with the sailor theme, so this season was not a disappointment for fans of the brand. The task of capturing this in one cohesive campaign was put in the hands of American fashion photographer Bruce Weber. The scene took place in part on a luxurious yacht, but also ventured ashore for some high fashion shots on the land.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2016 Campaign

Ralph Lauren stands by the integrity of his collection, and also touched on his favorite aspects from the ad campaign. “My Women’s Collection for Spring 2016 is a glamorous spirit of the French Riviera. It has a romantic rusticity, as well as a sleek and luxurious sportiness that represents to me both the cool insouciance and understated style of the women who inspire me,” Lauren said of the overall collection. As far as his favorite campaign moments, the casting choice of Sanne Vloet was highly in his favor, and the yacht brought everything in the photoshoot together.

The monochromatic medium for the Ralph Lauren spring 2016 campaign was an interesting choice, considering the amount of color used in the collection. The fully white or gold looks appear right at home with this color scheme, but the bulk of the collection was in vibrant reds and blues, which could have been used to the advantage of the campaign, as a bright hue pops beautifully in a fully colored frame. Despite how beautiful something like this may have looked, the brand decided to go in this different direction, possible to make sure the focus stayed on the structure of the garments rather than being distracted by the colors of the clothes as well as the water.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2016 Campaign

Despite the use of color, or lack thereof, the collection itself was sophisticated and ready for the modern woman to wear in her everyday life. The ad campaign captured that balance perfectly, so the consumer can get a look at exactly what they’ll be able to pull off while wearing these garments.

As far as the casting decisions, both Weber and Vloet are no strangers to Ralph Lauren’s campaigns. They were both chosen to bring the spring/summer 2015 ad campaign to life, and again didn’t fail to impress. It seems that Weber knows just what to do behind the lens and behind the scenes with staging decisions, and Vloet knows how to execute exactly what the photographer wishes for each take.

The color decision for this photoshoot may have taken us a bit by surprise, but the result was high fashion and editorial, which is what we know to expect from the iconic Ralph Lauren label.

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Let the Cosmos Decide Which Lingerie You Should Wear on Valentine's Day

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Whether you read your horoscope every morning or you can barely remember your own zodiac sign, your signature traits can't be ignored. You were born with them. And right around Valentine's Day, when you're thinking about love and the lingerie you might want to wear in the bedroom, there's no better time to pay attention to the cosmos.

So, if you're into strappy little skivvies that border on naughty or conservative lace babydolls, the guide ahead will lend you a few personal pointers for when you're shopping for bras and panties. Keep scrolling to read up on your power colors and cuts.

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Roksanda Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

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Serbian-born Roksanda Ilinčić is finally aware of her strength and refined tailoring skills, and she is not afraid to show it. Voluminous, colorful and with clear abstract references, the Roksanda pre-fall 2016 collection is, in fact, complex in craftsmanship and refined in style, as it features an array of outfits with the aim to give us something to wear from sunset till dawn.

Roksanda Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Experimental and wearable at the same time, each one of Roksanda’s proposals for pre-fall is elegant in mind and quirky in spirit, and is just what any working girl has always been waiting for: some daily outfits with unique details and one-of-a-kind design. Besides two classic sheath dresses in blue and black accordingly, the lineup is all about volumes, as it plays with wavy cuts, puffed and butterfly sleeves and balloon frocks, which ultimately give the transitional season an unexpected cheerfully romantic touch (after all, who doesn’t need a fresh flouncy short duchesse satin dress?) that is, moreover, mother and daughter-approved.

“We have a lot of mothers and daughters shopping together. “So there’s something the girls might like to wear, too,” she declared.

Of course, bell-bottom and palazzo pants are one of the collection’s must-haves too, as they got blissfully combined with tunics, classic shirts and collarless jackets. To prove her willingness to create a non-elitist collection that suits for all, Ilinčić spiced up the many bell-bottomed, as well as cropped palazzo pant outfits with high-waisted cuts and wide leathery belts, which can balance all the petite figures that are just so impatient to wear one of Roksanda’s proposals.

To further prove her collection’s versatility, Ilinčić also played with design patterns, spanning her color palette as an inevitable consequence too. Although mainly featuring pastel colors, where a darker Rose Quartz appears to be a proud protagonist, the lineup includes earthy and dark tones too, as they unite their forces in creating abstract patterns and lavish motifs.

Besides wavy motifs, most of the looks feature interesting floral patterns and botanical appliqués, as well as retro-inflected patchworks that just get along so well with the patent leather and silk fabrics. Buttons, belts and scarves work as unconventional accessories here, helping the color-blocking motif to enhance the fanciful lines of the silhouettes.

While leather, silk and cotton are the main materials used for the daily outfits, lace fabrics and organza adorn the evening proposals, creating some of the most haute couture pieces Roksanda Ilinčić has ever showcased. The collection’s jewel on the crown is the dreamy dress in floating pale blue organza (which Roksanda created in a limited edition of 20 pieces), the lace butterfly sleeves and bubbly appliqués of which definitely are red carpet worthy.

“I suppose it’s the nearest we’ve ever come to couture,” said Rokasanda regarding one of her greatest masterpiece, and we couldn’t agree more.

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Panorama: New York’s Coachella Festival

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Late last year there were rumors of the Coachella music festival taking place in New York, and now there is something solid for us to grasp. Producers for the festival Goldenvoice and parent company AEG have confirmed that their plans will move forward; the newly named Panorama Music Festival will be held at Randall’s Island Park in New York from July 22 to 24.

The festival was originally planned to take place in Queens, New York, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in June, but Governors Ball, another NY music festival organization, petitioned to disallow this from occurring.

Panorama: New York's Coachella Festival

“The timing of this proposed event is an aggressive, greedy attempt by [AEG/Goldenvoice] to push a small independent company of born and bred New Yorkers out of business and out of the market.”

Mitchell Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner, seemed to agree, as AEG/Goldenvoice’s proposal was denied.

“While we are heartened by the interest in one of Queens’ historic parks, our primary concern is ensuring the park is available for the many New Yorkers who call Flushing Meadows Corona Park their backyard,” Silver told NY Daily News. He also said that there has never been a multiday festival held in the park, so the addition would have been unprecedented for the New York borough.

Mark Shulman, producer for Goldenvoice, claimed in a press release for Panorama’s details that his company will not be giving up on the prospect of producing a “world class event” in Queen, however. Regardless of the location, Shulman believes the festival will bear success.

“We look forward to bringing Panorama to New York City and introducing a new festival that showcases today’s top music acts,” he began in a statement to Billboard. “We’re committed to creating an event that will provide significant benefits to New York City with the level of experience and meticulous attention to detail for which Goldenvoice is known.”

The Governors Ball Music Festival has been annually held at Randall’s Island Park in June for the past six years, so this year Panorama will be held in the same place. Governors Ball is less than thrilled about Panorama’s move to this location, as organizers see it as a “short-sighted and disappointing solution.”

“The city needs a long-term strategy for approving music festivals that ensures it is maximizing the economic and community impact of these events,” said Tom Russell, co-founder of Governors Ball. “Scheduling two same-genre festivals on top of each like this makes it difficult for either to provide the maximum benefit to its fans, its neighbors, and taxpayers.”

Naturally, Shulman was asked to issue a response to the other organization’s concerns, and so he came out with a statement of his own. “We don’t share that viewpoint. New York City has 12.5 million residents, plus an enormous number of domestic and international visitors, who keep our many sports, arenas, music, venues, museums, theaters, and restaurants at capacity each night.

“NYC sustains multiple music festivals and Panorama will add one additional entertainment option over the summer. We believe all the many festivals here can coexist, thrive, and have long-term success.”

There is definitely merit to both companies’ statements, so the deciding factor will be the success of each festival this year. The city has already had to cancel so many alternative rock music festivals, such as All Points West, Field Day, and Vineland, so we’re just hoping both of these can coexist for the time. With the esteem that AEG/Goldenvoice has, there’s a chance that Governors Ball will be snuffed out, regardless of its lineup. This year, the festival’s lineup includes Kanye West, Beck, The Killers, The Strokes, Death Cab for Cutie, HAIM, CHVRCHES, M83, Robyn, Father John Misty, and Jamie xx. There are some great acts here, so we’re hoping to see a balance between Governors Ball and Panorama.

As of yet, there is no official lineup of performers for the Panorama festival, but reunited rock band LCD Soundsystem will be one of the headliners, according to Consequence of Sound. So as long as you’re willing to spend the suspected $400 or so for a ticket, the event will be an all-out extravaganza, featuring “three days of music, art, technology, and local food offerings,” according to Shulman.

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