Archive for May, 2008
Walk on the wild side with a metallic platform. These platinum stunners have a ridiculously stacked, yet sturdy heel. The look channels Vanessa Kensington—surely you remember actress Elizabeth Hurley in Austin Powers? Polished gold metal links and push-stud closures on the ankle strap are a nice touch—just a few of the many tough girl accents from creator Gwen Stefani.
High-definition television is pervading our lives and that’s great news for everyone but the people who appear onscreen. Cargo’s Blu_Ray lip gloss is an innovative formula that imparts high shine and subtle brilliance to make lips look smooth and full up-close on-camera. Hyaluronic acid spheres and a peptide chain plump your pout and smooth fine lines. Mix these four neutral shades together to create endless color combinations.
Costume National, so named for a vintage tome featuring traditional uniforms, is best known for its palpable rock and roll spirit, and yet the label’s shoes are rather tame. Cork wedges and slingbacks with wooden heels channel the 1970s, while designer Ennio Capasa’s kitten heel and pumps with peep toes are evocative of Betty Boop (albeit a more conservative version). Don them on the boardwalk or in the boardroom.
Los Angeles’ see-and-be-seen shopping scene, Robertson Boulevard is the muse for Chanel’s latest nail colors. To mark the opening of a new Chanel boutique on this famed street, Peter Philips, the company’s new Global Creative Director, has come up with four limited-edition nail colors inspired by graphic, pop art shades, available exclusively at this location starting May 30 (and online beginning in July). The hues (Melrose pink, Rodeo Drive purple, L.A. Sunrise yellow and L.A Sunset tangerine) are high voltage and as refreshing and fun as a cloudless California day.
No need to tell him how you really feel when you’ve got Oakland’s Mark Poulin to do it for you. This clever fella creates jewelry with “tongue in chic.” For instance, his You Jerk voice bubble earrings are evocative of our favorite Sunday morning comics with their youthful playfulness (and the pale blue brings out baby blue eyes). By fusing sterling silver and kiln-fired enamel, he also creates adorable reversible necklaces and bracelets.
Charles and Marie have documented their relationship with hand-written love letters and continue to do so as the years pass (Marie’s calligraphy never fails to turn Charles to mush). While you pour over your own sentimental notes with your lover, break out the champagne and draw a sexy bath with Love Letters Bubble Bath packaged in an elegant wine bottle. It includes a lollia pencil made for scribbling romantic notes directly onto the bottle’s label. Awww, how sweet.
Marie, our grand dame of high fashion, will be spending much of her time in the French Riviera this season, and she insists these gladiator-style Butterfly Ankle Wrap Sandals capture the mood of this sexy locale. The Sigerson Morrison designs are available at LaGarconne.com, a site that embraces the luxe but low key spirit of style icons such as Francoise Hardy and Jean Seberg with pieces from select European designers.
The scent of authentic leather is the ultimate pheromone for the non-vegan set. Those who fall into this category will love accessories by Berkeley-based Basil Racuk. They’re luscious and appropriate for any season. The designer, a Banana Republic alum with classic taste, handcrafts beautiful belts, laptop cases, wallets and weekender bags from truly sumptuous skins. Consider them worthwhile investments.
Give your shoe wardrobe an international makeover: Designer Anne Valerie Hash has introduced heels that look like the Eiffel tower. Since the kitsch factor is low, fashionable filles are wearing them with pride. At $715, they’re so well made you can probably take on the first few flights of steps on your way up the famed Paris monument. Not that you would, but it’s nice to know you could.
We haven’t seen a worthy locket since we were in the sixth grade, back when we toted pics of our crush du jour inside. This early 1900s-inspired design makes us feel all warm and fuzzy and evokes our sweet, innocent youth (some of us have learned the hard way which jerks don’t deserve to dangle near our hearts). An itty bitty pen slides out to reveal pictures that fold out, accordion-style. So the next time someone asks to see a pic of your beau, you won’t have to o rely on your bulky camera phone.