Sportmax Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Milan Fashion Week

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Thanks to its clean lines and dynamic cuts, Sportmax has always been capable of enhancing the beauty and femininity of a body of every shape, while it’s fashions are uniquely designed for cosmopolitan and self-confident women. Since 1969, deconstructed tops and flared trench coats have been the house’s hallmark, and we may say Sportmax is one of the best lower-priced lines (with high-quality designs) available in the fashion industry. Furthermore, since the mid-Seventies to the end of the Eighties, Sportmax has developed a special trendsetter role within the Max Mara Group, opening its doors to all those changes that were occurring within the society (and fashion) in those years. Therefore, while its big sisterMax Mara has always had a more elegant appeal, Sportmax has always enjoyed playing with its unconventional free spirit, which is exactly what we see in the latest Sportmax spring/summer 2016 collection.

Sportmax Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Due to its dynamic and urban nature, Sportmax’s collections show a strong personality, which above all is a reflection of society. Such changes are expressed in the latest collection through an innovative retro-futuristic theme, which mixes elements from the Sixties with deconstructed elements of a not-so-distant future. Combining these two different eras into various complete looks, Sportmax manages to travel back in time, exploring themes of tension between past and future, consequently giving us a taste of want fashion is going to be in the next few years.

At the same time, for this collection, Sportmax took great inspiration from the sea (like Max Mara and Pucci beforehand), taking the point of view of its urban bathers rather than its inhabitants. Not for nothing this collection’s main color is navy blue, here unconventionally combined with yellow and orange, whereas its main purpose is being indeed practical and ready-to-wear. From raincoats to buckle jumpers, every single piece of the line-up is meant to be worn daily, aiming at making you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin thanks to the perky A-line shapes and playful prints.

Graphically speaking, the Sportmax spring 2016 collection has everything you need for your near marine future, and enjoys playing with thin stripe patterns, fishnet prints and oval zip pouches, which directly take inspiration from the early-Sixties American Pop Art movement. From the Pop Art Movement Sportmax has also borrowed recurring elliptical patterns, used to adorn the long see-through white dresses, A-line white dresses and button-down white shirts.

Sportmax Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Sportmax Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Sportmax Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Impeccable designs and tailoring have also been used for mannish button-down shirts as well as for long and fitted maxi dresses, here often revisited as long stretch dungarees. As for its trademarks, namely deconstructed tops and trench-coats, Sportmax has opted for some wide flared short trench-coats and a few oversized t-shirt dresses, adorned with wide buckles in the front.

Sleek fabrics and asymmetrical cuts have been respectively used for wide leg trousers, shirts and long dresses, while side slits and wide belts embellish medium-length skirts and short dresses. Sportmax’s triumph of life and colors has this year reached its peak, and may be seen a signal that fashion, like society, is currently going through a process of major (exciting) changes.

Sportmax Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Sportmax Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection – Milan Fashion Week

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It is still a controversial issue if we should be grateful to Giorgio Armani that many years ago he unexpectedly changed his life trajectory making an abrupt transition from medicine to fashion. After all a personality so energetic and animated as Giorgio Armani could have saved many human lives but instead he would have deprived the world from elegance and exquisiteness, would have impeded our bodies to feel utmost comfort and relaxation and our egos – to experience that so desirable self-assurance and inner strength. While you are pondering on whether to bow down to the iconic Italian designer, Mr. Armani is hotfooting to our springtime wardrobes with his striking and ravishing Emporio Armanispring/summer 2016 collection.

Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

The atmosphere on the runway was somewhat invigorating and exhilarant. There we saw a real powerful cause-and-effect chain. Giorgio Armani made his inexhaustible energy pass through the staggering pieces, which in their turn nestling on alluring models’ bodies electrified them so heavily that the dark-haired and dark-skinned models catwalking were literally radiating super-feminine energy with their tantalizing and mouthwatering eyes.

The fashion titan was the first to tailor and design a feminine blazer and he himself is the one to remind us of it every time, show after show and we are overjoyed to see a myriad of blazers with a myriad of designs and proportions and to rest assured that blazers will never sputter out if under Mr. Armani’s patronage. Once the designer confessed that with the help of blazers he wanted to safeguard women in the man’s world but now he is trying to bring back fragile and graceful women. On the runway show of the Emporio Armani spring/summer 2016 collection we witnessed a palpable attempt to present a woman, who is in business but does not take it too seriously; she is sitting at the meeting at times distracting her attention and thinking how she will dress up tonight to kill her beloved. This is a real woman and this is what the contemporary world needs the most.

The show opened with a lightweight charcoal grey trench with abstract patterns on it paired with cadet grey slouchy pants. It continued with a range of staples of different grey shades. A typical going-to-work satin grey bomber jacket, a satin trench with high neck paired with the same material languid pants were very soon followed by more romantic options by adding a tiny detail – little elegant scarves tied like romantic bows. A couple of floral printed pieces like a grey-blue jacket with pink-black flower patterns on it or densely flower decorated shorts with matching little scarf, as well as a sleeveless top all covered with flowers let alone a flowerlike detailing on it came to enhance the lovey-dovey atmosphere of the show.

Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

We were definitely feeling that it was becoming hotter and hotter, more and more passionate. Cold colors were being gradually alternated by warmer or more vibrant ones. Dirty pink, gray black dresses, shorts and blazers were gently becoming coral pink, tawny, tangerine and persimmon ones and with the progression of shades the catwalk was getting brighter thus conveying a sunny and vivid springtime mood around. One of the tops looked like a super-natural assembly of pink and orange flowers and leaves thanks to the designer’s exclusive ability to perform sophisticated and intricate cutouts.

Bohemian was the finale of the Emporio Armani spring 2016 show when chiffon started supervising. Fluid chiffon multicolored pants, skirts and tunics had really nothing to do next to the boho chic high-low frocks with one-sleeve designs. The closing model with her intriguing ensemble and languid catwalking left everybody dumbfounded and amazed with Mr. Armani’s never-ending aesthetics.

Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

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Dior Holiday 2015 Couture Palettes

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The holiday season seems to have inspired our favorite brand Dior to the fullest: shortly after we learnt about the launch of the gorgeous Dior State of Gold holiday 2015 makeup collection, here came the news about the launch of the Dior Holiday 2015 Couture Palettes. Moreover, the launch date for sales is the same – this November! Now this is overwhelming, as we have hardly ever seen such an abundance of makeup kits that are absolutely to die for.

Dior Couture Creations Palette for Face, Eyes & Lips ($89.00) (Limited Edition)

The first thing to notice here is the classy package, which is a black wallet-like case with zipper containing everything you need for your entire couture makeup look (except for mascara) – powder, blush, eyeshadows and lip products with three travel-size applicators. These include double-sided brushes for eyes (sponges) and lips and a fluffy angled mini brush for powder and blush, which are definitely easier to use.

• Diorific Face Powder in No. 001 Rose d’Or
• Dior Eyeshadows in matte peachy pink, silver-taupe, purple and shimmery gold, champagne and black
• Diorblush in matte baby pink
• Dior Addict Gloss in a rosewood-pink shade
• Rouge Dior in No. 775 Darling

Dior Holiday 2015 Couture Palettes

Dior Couture Smoky Palette for Eyes & Lips ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

For those of you who love bold eye looks both on a daily basis and for special occasions, Dior offers its Couture Smoky Palette for Eyes & Lips with incredible lovely shades and textures. This palette will be the favorite of the lucky owners of green and blue eyes, as the purple is a 100% match with those eye colors. It comes with a two-sided applicator with sponge and fluffy brush on both sides.

• Dior Rouge in No. 468
• Lip Maximizer in watermelon-pink
• Dior Eyeshadows in shimmery beige-gold, mauve-purple and matte merlot-brown

Dior Holiday Couture Collection Pret-a-Porter Nude Palette for Eyes & Lips ($62.00)

For those of you who are more into classic nudes and browns to fit any occasion, Dior has prepared this palette, which is similar to the previous Smoky palette, but has colder shades. It includes:

• Lip Maximizer in Peachy-Pink
• Dior Rouge Lipstick in No. 766
• Dior Eyeshadows in Champagne, Bronze and matte Cider-Brown

Dior Backstage Brush Set ($95.00) (Limited Edition)

For your ultimate couture makeup look Dior has prepared this travel size brush set with applicators for powder, foundation cream, eyeshadows, eyeliner and lipstick. With a handy lovely black lacquer case, you will be ready to touch up your face anywhere you go.

Dior Holiday 2015 Couture Palettes

Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Set ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

Finally, yet importantly, here comes a small set with Dior mascara and a small five-color eyeshadow palette (first released in fall 2014), which will make your eyes especially attractive and proper looking for both formal and informal occasions. The mascara is not travel-size for a simple reason – it is never too much!

• Diorshow Overcurl Iconic Mascara (Full size)
• Dior 5-couleurs in No. 056 Bar with shades Classic white, black, peachy, grey and beige-bronze (to act as a transitional or prime color)

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Beauty Inspiration from Emmy Awards 2015

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The Emmy Awards of 2015 just took place but 2 days ago and the media is abuzz with the results. It was to be expected that Game of Thrones would wipe the slate clean, but none imagined them taking home 12 trophies! Sunday’s telecast of the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards brought to the red carpet as well as the stage some of the loveliest ladies in town, who stunned with their gowns and even more so with their beauty looks that were all it took to sweep the men on their arms away. While the audience was the smallest yet at only 11.9 million viewers, down from last year’s 15.6 million, the ladies and gents in the crowd were certainly looking dapper. We love the Emmys because we love television and that is a fact. It was intriguing that Modern Family got left with nothing, but others like Orange is the New Black and West Wingwere more than expected. At the end of the day though, we all watch to check out what people are wearing and which new beauty trends the celebrities are sporting during the major breaks in their careers. But who exactly took home the prize for best beauty looks from the Emmy Awards 2015 – unofficially, of course?

Emmy Awards 2015 Celebrity Hairstyles and Beauty

1. Julianne Hough

She’s been a favourite on Dancing With the Stars. The 27-year-old American dancer, singer, songwriter and actress is the two-time professional champion of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars series, which has won the hearts of North Americans and many others worldwide. From Orem, Utah, the girl’s got country written all over her and whether she’s singing or dancing, she is a star. Beautiful beyond belief, it came as a bit of a surprise to see her glowing so much on the red carpet. She took headwear to a whole new level by adding the same type of corseting used on her sexy dress to her hairdo while pulling everything back and giving a bump or two or three at the crown. It is an intriguing look where her face is fully revealed but we have certainly seen some better images. We love the peach on her lips and the smoky shadow though, offsetting the glow in her cheeks, on her chin and forehead. We almost feel like handing her some powder!

Emmy Awards 2015 Celebrity Hairstyles and Beauty: Julianne Hough

2. January Jones

American actress and model from South Dakota, the 37-year-old January Kristen Jones is too hot to handle, as seen in her roles on Mad Men, American Wedding and many others. Apparently she’s been having relationship troubles as well, since it is plastered all over the news that her and Will Forte are done for after five months of dating. Needless to say, she is beyond gorgeous and her name was given to match her month of birth, making her pretty unique. For a woman of her age, she doesn’t look a day over 25, especially when she opts for the barely there look she had on during the Emmys 2015. Some reddish pink lipstick, a slight dash of liner and mascara and shoulder-length hair parted from the center, left straight are lovely to behold.

Emmy Awards 2015 Celebrity Hairstyles and Beauty: January Jones

3. Laura Prepon

If there was a woman to stun the crowd, it was the Orange is the New Black actress Laura Prepon, with her scarlet gown complete with a mermaid train and a golden bolero jacket on top for added appeal. The former That ‘70s Show sitcom star might be 35 years old, but she most certainly is exquisite to behold with her New Jersey style and sophisticated manners. She’s chic and fabulous, what with her incredible smoky eyes blended perfectly with inky opaque liner and those really long lashes that could make even the least lustful male stare in awe. Her messy updo complements the look perfectly, while her peachy lipstick is just what the beautician ordered. She was probably the best look on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards 2015.

Emmy Awards 2015 Celebrity Hairstyles and Beauty: Laura Prepon

4. Taylor Schilling

Cute, Sweet and utterly adorable in her bright yellow backless dress on the red carpet, the pop of color certainly suits the 31-year-old Orange is the New Black actress, who has won the Satellite Award for Best Actress in a television series musical or comedy. She’s been on the silver screen since 2007, but began her acting career back in middle school when she appeared on stage for Fiddler on the Roof. To date, she is the winner of 5 awards, including one this year for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her look for the Emmys was probably not one of her best though, the Old Hollywood theme not really matching with her facial structure, despite the whole Baby thing happening. She literally looks like she walked out of the original Dirty Dancing film. On the other hand, she was most definitely looking the part of a Greek goddess, with her tangerine lips and shiny waves. Add a sunny smile and she was the most captivating of actresses on the carpet.

Emmy Awards 2015 Celebrity Hairstyles and Beauty: Taylor Schilling

5. Kerry Washington

When it comes to the sexiest stars on the big screen, Kerry Washington is certainly one of the best known and most loved. Her performance on the hit series Scandal was breathtaking and her quirky attitude and sense of style are always there to keep up intrigued… like the scandalously sexy leather zip-up dress worn a few days back on Jimmy Kimmel Live. When it comes to beauty looks, this is one lady who can look chic and sophisticated while also using those killer curves to leave men begging at her feet. At the Emmys though, she was all mature, beautiful and soft, very much the strong woman she has often played to be. With a sequined dress like that we would not expect anything less than a bob really as those shoulder embellishments needed to be shown off. Lightly lined lips and eyes with a healthy amount of mascara and a shiny look to the skin was all it took to complete the 38-year-old’s comely look, making her the beauty icon of mature women everywhere.

Emmy Awards 2015 Celebrity Hairstyles and Beauty: Kerry Washington

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NYFW Spring 2016 Brightest Street Style Moments

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While the Fashion Week runway shows capture all the attention, it is the styles seen on the streets that really reels us in. Each and every show attracts some of the most fashionable of It girls, who cannot but appear in the most fitting and appropriate of outfits in line with the latest fashions and often in brands matching the shows they deem fit to attend. New York Fashion Week has been first on the list, with London to follow next, where we expect some incredible shows with the most astoundingly dressed of audiences. The British are as in tune with their fashion as are the French and Italians.

So what exactly have the past few days of New York Fashion Week spring 2016street fashion consisted of?

NYFW Spring 2016 Street Style

• Slits up the thighs are a common enough thing.

• Skirts are either minis or falling past the knees for the most part.

• There are some gorgeous long vests with trouser sets that we have noticed are prominent on the runways this season as well.

• Black seems to be a big color block to work with.

• Denim coveralls and pants make their own appearance as an ode to the ‘70s.

• Transparency and suede, along with black leather, combine with the denim for an all-out ‘70s theme, the biggest trend of the 2015 seasons that has also slowly seeped into 2016 it appears.

• There is a bit more of a casual aspect to the street style, including the combination of sweaters and miniskirts, polo shirts with denim, jean shorts and dresses.

• Black and white options offer an optical illusion with stripes at different angles utilized on one particular long sleeved dress with matching thick-heeled ankle strapped d’Orsay.

• If you are going to be glamorous, it only makes sense to wear dresses and shoes that are star spangled and looking fine.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

One particular sweater that stands out is one with patches stitched on claiming that she is a radical feminist and that she values gender equality. Political and social messages are not new to the fashion world so it would make sense to see something of this calibre appear. Handbags appearing on the streets were often of intriguing looks as well, some with fur hanging off in an attempt to match up with the FW 2015 trends. Tassels, fringe and interesting accessories keep us intrigued throughout. Despite the cooler weather, many did not pick up a jacket, nor did they switch out of the sandals that are clearly worn with love. Between pleated pieces, denim pants, knit corded sweaters, thin belts, center slit skirts and oversized sunglasses, this was a rather Americanized version to street style, with only a few more chic and sophisticated looks out from the runway.

One particular look we fell in love with includes a bright pink top tucked into a side-tie waist pinstriped pair of trousers, one shoulder peeking through a mass of pink ruffles cascading down her side and looking positively fabulous. Then again, it was fun to see a crisp white tee tucked into a pleated leather skirt with a rather well rounded bust drawn onto the chest region, effectively saying I’m naked while still protecting my body from the colder breeze out. While some had a slightly sexier feel to the outfits, others looked bedraggled and not quite as lovely as one would expect the crowd to be during the New York Fashion Week days.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style

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Harper’s Bazaar ‘Icons’ Party Closes NYFW

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As the abounding New York Fashion Week spring 2016 has come to its end, all the “participants” of the event wish for one thing only – rest! But the wish goes secondary, when an influential figure like Carine Roitfeld organizes a huge event like Harper’s Bazaar “Icons” Party in Plaza Hotel and invites them to it. Famous celebrities, It girls, designers and just beauties attended the party dedicated to Roitfeld’s Sept. 2015 “Icons” portfolio for Harper’s Bazaar shot by the iconic fashion photographer Jean Paul Goude. The portfolio includes fabulous photos of such celebrity as Oprah, Mariah Carrey, Dakota Johnson and Katy Perry. The party was especially thrilling, as Miss Perry appeared there not only as a center figure of the portfolio shots, but as a musical guest as well. Wearing a chic R’n’B inspired Phillip Treacy for Alexander McQueen butterfly dress first and then changing into a performance outfit of B. Akerlund gown, the style diva left everyone jaw-dropped singing hits like “Roar” and “Teenage Dream”.

Carine Roitfeld's Harper's Bazaar 'Icons' Party 2015

Of course, the event had a special dress code – “Fantasy Evening Attire”. One after another, the attendees were arriving donning the most exquisite gowns ever. Most of the guests were the models that make up the chief part of any fashion week. Gigi Hadid with her sister Bella, Kendall Jenner, Doutzen Kroez, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Donaldson, Anna Cheveland were among the runway divas who looked as fabulous as on magazine covers. The cameras could not but demonstrate the elegance of the long white halter-neck dress on Kendall, or the long-sleeve black-and-white short dress (from the H&M x Balmain collection, by the way) that sat on Gigi like a second skin. Among the most famous celeb guests were Rita Ora in a flattering black gown, Kate Upton, Mariah Carrey and Bella Thorne, who wore no less swanky outfits (all in black, as well) shining at the party like stars. Of course, such fashion figures as Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu were also among the very important guests, which made the gathering even more filled with couture vibe. The hostess Carine herself looked fantastic in a silver sequin gown and bold torn-up tights.

Carine Roitfeld's Harper's Bazaar 'Icons' Party 2015

Carine Roitfeld's Harper's Bazaar 'Icons' Party 2015

Carine Roitfeld's Harper's Bazaar 'Icons' Party 2015

Carine Roitfeld's Harper's Bazaar 'Icons' Party 2015

The atmosphere there was an eccentric mixture of high-fashion, evening elegance and fun! Yes, I mean it. It was a real party with all drinks, songs, dances and stuff to make the closing of New York Fashion Week as memorable and sleek as possible. Accompanied by the crazy lights and music, everyone was dressing in sparkles and having a party to the fullest next to the bar. An hour before the event would finish, Harper’s Bazaar debuted a short movie-clip, which showed the behind-the-scenes shots and gave the idea of how the portfolio was made. Only after this Katy appeared on stage and performed her five-song strand, during which she sent heart-warming and sometimes funny-sarcastic messages like when she said that the song “I kissed a girl” was for Mariah Carrey for her opening way to many artists. Although she never stood up from her seat, she definitely got the heat. Anyway, we could not imagine a party with all camera-lovers in to go without scandals or intrigues. The show was a loud one, which served as a defining full stop to the fashion fuss we have been the evidence of lately.

Carine Roitfeld's Harper's Bazaar 'Icons' Party 2015

Carine Roitfeld's Harper's Bazaar 'Icons' Party 2015

Carine Roitfeld's Harper's Bazaar 'Icons' Party 2015

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