With a celebrity client list with such names as Gwyneth Paltrow and features in Vogue and People Magazine, FACE Stockholm has dominated the skincare industry since it was founded in Sweden by Gun and her daughter Martina Arfwidson over 25 years ago. The company–which is still owned and operated by the mother daughter duo–has expanded to include more than 200 lip shades, over 150 eye shadows, blushes, foundations, powders, professional makeup tools, and a natural skin care line, making FACE Stockholm the epitome of natural beauty.
This Brooklyn-based, nationally distributed, independent glossy–featuring art, fashion, and the creative lifestyle–is also a beautiful and effortlessly intuitive website, abundant with fascinating content. Beautiful Savage focuses on artists, designers, and photographers who are instrumental to today’s cultural currents. The platform connects with the inspiring and prolific creatives, and tells their stories from a unique, usually candid, perspective.
From 14-year-old Israeli model Sofia Mechetner to the recent ban of Saint Laurent's advert for promoting unhealthily underweight models, the modeling industry has long been known to spark controversy. As high-profile models such as Kate Moss are speaking out about the emotional pressures, countries such as Denmark, France, and Israel are now setting the example in improving the state of the industry. This article gives you an insight look in the transformation of the modeling industry today.
Always ethereal, Morgane Le Fay delights with their Everything is Blooming collection, that’s both supremely magical and effortlessly wearable. “Everything is Blooming” comes from the title of a Rainer Maria Rilke poem that served as an inspiration for designer Liliana Casabal. The dresses, whose draping details and delicate yet dramatic bustles remain the focal point, sail across the runway beneath dreamy clouds and a New York skyline. The diverse yet cohesive palette is refreshing, with rich, saturated turquoises, violets, and reds that compliment styles ranging from cotton sundresses to chiffon and organza crinolined gowns.
In an homage to 1990s gang culture and Asian tradition Eri and Philip Chu organized a girl gang for their Gangs of the Far East collection. This collection is streetwear ruled and stacked and layered with endless embellishments in an eclectic, popping palette. Think lots of Asian-inspired details and symbols, such as embroidered dragons and silk flowers, paired with holey denim, leather bombers, and technical knits. The innovative Asian aesthetic is ruling the runway and redefining streetwear at large.
Lie Sangbong leaves us dreaming with a collection that’s intoxicatingly heady. The Bojagi collection feels grounded in nature, yet architectural in form. There is an origami-like lightness and construction to the styles, presented in rich, textured fabrics. The collection includes structured organza dresses and jackets with geometric details and oversized stitching details, shirts and shirtdresses, and a jumpsuit, all in a bright white and blue palette. The gigantic dandelions that lined and lit the runway were constructed by artist Dong-Shik Roe, and were a welcome play on scale that enhanced the overall ambiance.
Reinventing a wardrobe for the cool kids, Puerto Rican designer Dee Serret combines elements from the Goth, industrial, and rave scenes with something he found in the future, constructing a collection that’s completely unexpected for his New York Fashion Week debut. Using textured beading, fringed capes, structured iridescent corsets, and other unconventional fabrics, Dee embraces the uniqueness and rarities in each individual by putting them front and center. This is a collection about being yourself, embracing who you are, and accepting and celebrating others’ beautiful distinctions.
Chromat unveils its highly anticipated 3D-printed, mood responsive garments—a collab with artist Francis Bitonti and Intel—in their Momentum collection. The pieces, which adapt and transform according to the wearer’s body temperature, adrenaline, and stress levels, stole the show by offering a taste of the future of fashion design. The 3D-printed Adrenaline Dress expands and retracts based on adrenaline levels, and the Aeros Sports Bra intuitively responds by opening vents when heat or sweat are sensed. Other highlights include the makeup, which was futuristic and bold, featuring a blue lip with matching eyebrows, and flecks of red beneath the eyes.
Proof that there is undeniable beauty in contradictions, Nicholas K delivers us a palate cleanser with the Terminal Velocity collection. Thrown into an earthy yet overtly industrial dimension where layers rule and a mechanical Mother Earth is queen, the collection is diverse yet cohesive, utilitarian yet mystical, grounded yet airy. From layered translucent fabrics and lightweight knits to heavy, dip-dyed and draped canvas capes and leather bomber jumpsuits, Nicholas K offers a balanced dichotomy that is both conceptually superior and surprisingly wearable.
Drawing inspiration from the kachina dolls he collected as a child, Jeffrey Dodd’s SS16 collection is alive with rich textures and unexpected details, much like the dolls themselves. Jeffery indulges us with woven wools, stacked sequins, and handmade fringe—which is made by removing silk threads one strand at a time—as well as a coated eyelet cotton that wears like a light, spring-weight leather. The collection is reminiscent of an earthy southwest heritage, without sacrificing a bit of New York elegance.
This CDFA-nominated brand delivers at New York Fashion Week. Cadet–who has been a Brooklyn-based menswear designer for the past eight seasons–debuts their womenswear collection and the results are superb. The entire SS16 collection ranges from slightly androgynous to supremely masculine, with no shortage of military-inspired stripes, belts, and other linear details, while at no point coming off as costumey. The collection, designed by Raul Arevalo and Brad Schmidt, is wonderfully monochromatic and effortlessly wearable. Photo by Natalie Hail
Dreamy, flowy fabrics, and light intricate knits, all in a vintage candy shop palate, lend themselves to the ethereal nature of the O’2nd SS16 daywear collection. Romantic in the classic sense of the word, and inspired by Henri Matisse and Gary Patick, the collection features lovely lines and delicate details, including a variety of cutouts and laser techniques reminiscent of those legendary artists' work. The Seoul-rooted brand, led by Minsoo Chung, is pure femininity. Photo by Randy Brooke.
Immerse yourself in a world of summer popsicles, swim caps, sparklers, and the Olympics and you will hear, taste, and feel the Americana vibe that resonates within the SS16 FLAGPOLE SWIM collection. Kitschy in all the right ways, while maintaining an effortlessly modern and highly functional simplicity, these suits are for the chic, but pragmatic beach-goer. The collection, designed by Megan Balch and Jamie Barker, features red, white, and blue color blocking, elegant high-wasted bottoms, and zipper details. Photo provided from Pier 59 Studios.
Agency to internationally renowned photographers who are known for producing some of the most iconoclastic imagery of our generation, 2bmanagement leaves nothing to be desired. From high-end fashion and beauty editorials and glossy advertising work, to inspiring film media, the agencies impeccably curated Rolodex is the epitome of today’s New York talent. Besides for their commercial work, some the photographers also exhibit personal projects that are as honest and humbling as they come.
This compelling article poses some pretty necessary, not to mention long overdue questions that may be hard to hear, but are just not being talked about enough. It questions if this instant gratification consumed, celebrity obsessed culture has driven us to lose track of the bigger picture. Offering us a reminder as to what function these fashion houses are meant to serve, and the path we are currently traveling down, this hard-to-ignore expose is a must-read wake up call to anyone who cares about the future of fashion.
This refreshing new website shifts the focus back to the purity of fashion and has so much fun doing it. The agender site, created for anyone with an affinity for androgyny (and bowl cuts!), literally does away with gender and the results are delightful. We congratulate accomplished fashion photographer and Editor-in-chief Kristiina Wilson and her team in curating an online experience–featuring editorials, celebrity interviews, and news stories–that is intuitive, modern, and filling a gap of unisex fashion.
Skinanim® is a Cosmeceutical company with the purpose of transforming the lives of those battling skin conditions. By consulting biochemists, dermatologists, and holistic healers from various countries, they developed Skinanim with the aim of treating such skin conditions as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. Through infusing natural products with moisturizers aimed primarily to help the skin return to its normal function, the company has become the most successful skincare product in treating skin disorders in Europe.
Dean Street Studios is a full-service, loft-style studio space now open in Brooklyn. An ideal setting for beauty, fashion, video, and still-life photography, clients can spread out on the 1,800 square foot, open floor plan and take advantage of on-site hair, makeup, and wardrobe stations,and additional amenities. The space includes a roomy kitchen and a separate lounge area for relaxation in between shoots. The fully customizable, surprisingly affordable space is prepped to meet your creative needs.
Inspired by the dichotomy between Anaïs Nin’s poetry and the iconic architecture of the Brooklyn Bridge, Bliss Lau's body chains are a second skin that literally and figuratively illustrate the body. Consisting of a combination of fine metals that encircle the form, body chains are worn directly on the skin as ornamentation, or under the clothing as a form of lingerie. An intoxicating combination of softness and rigidity, a balance between positive and negative, and the suggestion of sensual armor are the essences of the Bliss Lau collection.
Borrowing from a score of traditions—some modern, some vintage—and reinterpreting them to create wearable luxury is the hallmark of new men's ready-to-wear line and SoHo boutique Linder. With New York as its backdrop, the brand's aesthetic nestles in the crossroads of art and contemporary culture, with no shortage of Southwest undertones. Linder offers an expertly curated collection that is the definition of modern luxury: think boots, button-downs, velvet loafers, luxe bathrobes, and the most cacti we've seen outside of Arizona.
With a roster of the world's most iconic image makers, the Celestine Agency represents profound talent in the fashion, beauty, and style industry. The agency matches top-echelon hairstylists, makeup artists, wardrobe stylists, prop stylists, set designers, and manicurists with diverse clients, including photographers, commercial and music video directors, print producers, art directors, beauty editors, and celebrities’ representatives. The bicoastal agency, founded in 1985 by Angelika Schubert, is held in high regard as a driving force behind global style.
This short documentary succinctly chronicles the vision, the mystery, and the genius of Martin Margiela. Deified for his designs and his acute commentary on the industry, Margiela controlled the dialogue and is credited for reconfiguring the entire system of fashion. While he wasn't the first person to attempt deconstruction, he manipulated clothes like no one else, and is responsible for making the avant-garde convincing. He may not have been been part of The Antwerp Six, he may not have always had the budget he desired, but Martin Margiela said what he had to say.
Drawing inspiration and collecting jewels from every corner of the globe while candidly maintaining her native New York spirit, Erica Weiner creates a jewelry line that is an eclectic, supremely refined mix of antique metals and jewels, reappropriated and modernized in the sweetest of ways. Erica's musings and romantic visions translate into unique pieces ranging from antique wedding bands to bat jaw necklaces, as well as her 1909 collection, inspired by her native New Yorker grandmother's birth year. Get swept up into Erica's world, at 173 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY.
Two words, each redefining the essence of New York with a minimalistic and handcrafted approach to interiors and all things design: this is Still House. Created by Pratt graduate Urte Tylaite, this East Village gallery-style design house has a curated selection of contemporary glass, ceramics, and jewelry from local and international artists, including Silva/Bradshaw, Nick Frazer, and GDG Studios. Whether you're looking for oxidized metal jewelry, test-tube–like glass planters, or salt and pepper shakers in the shape of bananas, you can find what you need at Still House. 117 East 7th Street
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