PRETTY & PRISMATIC

PRETTY & PRISMATIC

Sunny days and cheery shades of spring transform to neon saturation levels, taking our creative energy to the next level of color like electric tones in shades, yellow, orange, cobalt blue and especially pink are boldly swiped, according to our colorful beauty expert Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

GO MONO

This season maintain a one-color theme with coordinated eyes, cheeks and lips to create matchy-matchy makeup looks, colorful yet sexy. Nars The Multiple, a creamy formula and sheer color that blends effortlessly to create vibrant accents. $39. At Nordstrom.

COLOR THOSE LASHES

This season trade your staple black or brown mascara for an eye-catching, electric-colored mascara for a bit of 80s fun with a modern vibe. Try Dior Show Pump’N’Volume Mascara in four vibrant shades. $29.50. At Neiman Marcus.

COOL GIRL FRAGRANCE

With names like Drunk On Youth, Blackout and 2 AM, we can’t resist the Derek Lam 10 Crosby scents that seem to make life so much better. 1.7oz, $80. At Ulta.com 

ORANGE YOU GLAD YOU DID?

This season provides us with a wearable and chic way to incorporate orange into our makeup looks with a sophisticated flush and a flattering touch of warmth. Try Nars Single Eyeshadow in Persia. $19. At Neiman Marcus.

RAINBOW BRITE

It’s time for washes of pink, purple, yellow and orange swept in a graphic yet soft shape eye shadow. Try Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette. $59. At Sephora.

KISSABLY VIBRANT LIPS

Consider trying a new statement lip with spring’s hottest lip colors: poppy red and fuchsia. Try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick in Contrary Fuchsia. $39. At Bloomingdales.

GLOWING & RADIANT

Amp up your skin’s natural luminosity with the Glo Skin Beauty Phyto-Active Collection’s Firming Mask. $62. At Glo Skin Beauty.

PRETTY IN PINK

Try Bobbi Brown x Ulla Johnson The Esme Cheek Palette. The Pot Rouge for lips & cheeks delivers a soft wash of color, while the creamy highlighter provides allover radiance and the Extra Face Oil adds a dewy finish. $40. At Nordstrom.

THAT 80s GLOW

Pretty pastels transform into a universally flattering highlight. Ciaté London’s Mermaid Glow rainbow highlighter adds a magical silvery, slightly holographic, luminous glow to perfectly finish your spring look. $32. At Sephora.

SUMMER’S SO SPECTACULAR

SUMMER’S SO SPECTACULAR

Our go-to team of pop cultural experts Jake Gaines, Eleanora Morrison, Jen Roosth and Cynthia Smoot are on the Texas scene with the coolest must-do recommendations here and across the globe. Join us, won’t you?

CAMPING IT UP

When Met Gala co-chairs Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams take center stage May 6 with the event’s theme of Camp: Notes on Fashion, surely the world’s heads will turn. Always a part of the spring fashion season, the Met exhibition will feature approximately 175 objects, including men’s and women’s fashion, sculptures, paintings and drawings to explore how irony, humor, parody and exaggeration are expressed in campy fashion.

PRETTY ALL THE TIME

Carte Blush is the world’s prettiest unlimited monthly membership giving you access to your own glam team coast to coast for less than $10 a day. The membership includes makeup applications, faux lashes, brow maintenance, airbrushing, 10% off products, and more and is valid at all Blushington locations in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City. $250 per month. At Blushington.com

TASTE BASKET

Want a chic gift for mom, dad or grad? Look no further than Austin-based Basket Case, founded by Elizabet Pecore. These professional quality gift treats are as unique as your recipient. In fact, it’s happiness…one basket at a time. At ElizabethPecore.com

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

When the Hudson Yards opened on the westside of New York City, it marked the first time Neiman Marcus has had a store in Gotham City. The luxe development is a triumph of culture, commerce and cuisine, plus some truly world class architecture that’s changed the scope of the Manhattan skyline for the better. Bravo. At HudsonYardsNewYork.com

MUSIC ADVENTURE

Arrive by helicopter or private ferry to the VIP luxe glamping experience at the Isle of Wight Festival at Glastonbury in Merry Old England June 13-14. The custom Camp Kerala tent service is the only way to stay when you go. At CampKerala.com

IN FIGHTING SHAPE

In Houston, former heavyweight boxing champion Lou Savarese and local philanthropist Jordan Seff have teamed up to create the Savarese Fight Fit boxing gym in West University. This state-of-the-art facility features boxing and kickboxing classes and lessons led by former and current professional fighters–it’s an authentic boxing experience coupled with a local neighborhood hangout feel. Private and group sessions available. At SavareseFightFit.com

SLEEK FOR SUMMER

SLEEK FOR SUMMER

According to our style arbiter, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, there are so many wonderful things to gather this summer. In fact, she’s made a must-have list of the top 10 essentials and we couldn’t agree more.

#1 NAILED IT

With barely there style, focus will be on long beautiful hands.  How better to show them off than with the Deborah Lipman Gel Lab Pro Nail Kit in the Hot Child In The City coral color? $20. At Sephora.com  

#2 THAT’S A WRAP

From the pool to the beach, keep those locks fresh and chic by pulling it back to show those sun-kissed cheekbones. In silk-satin. $205. At Net-A-Porter.com

#3 MAY I TOP THAT OFF?

Sun in your eyes? Keep your eyes on the prize ahead with this Lack of Women’s Palma Fedora. $99. At Amazon.com

#4 HOW TO KEEP YOUR COOL

This innovative, organic facial sunscreen helps prevent visible signs of aging caused by the sun and digital overexposure. Yes, please. COOLA Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops with SPF 30. $46. At Sephora.com

#5 WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Slide into more fun as you stroll from the cabana to dinner in these Mystique Jewel Bars Two Strap Slides. $196.00. At ShopBop.com

#6 TOTE TO AND FROM

This large shopping bag is perfect to hold all your beach needs. In cotton, nylon, lurex, calfskin and gold-tone metal. $3300. At Chanel.com

#7 SHOW YOUR STRIPES

This LemLem Fiesta asymmetrically striped, frayed cotton blend gauze tunic is perfect for popping over your bikini post-swim. $225. At Net-A-Porter.com

#8 IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST

These five colorful Aloha bracelets by Roxanne Assoulin can be stacked or worn one at a time depending on your mood. $375. At Net-A-Porter.com

#9 THE FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT

Hello, 21st century – it’s the 60s again. Embrace the counterculture spirit with these flashy metallic frames and crystal lenses. Ray Ban Icons 53mm Retro sunglasses. $153. At Nordstrom.com

#10 READY FOR PRIME TIME

This Wonderglow Face Primer combines an anti-aging elixir and complexion-enhancing light diffusers to turn dull, dehydrated skin around in a flash. Perfect for day or evening by Charlotte Tilbury. $55. At Nordstrom.com

BETTER BY DESIGN

BETTER BY DESIGN

Houstonian Lucinda Loya is sitting on top of the world. The busy style icon, interior designer, mom and wife has a pristine point of view with how the world can look–smart, timeless and always elegant. Here she reveals her favorite things with our own Lance Avery Morgan about how we can all live a more stylish life.

 

My style icon is…fashion designer, Martin Margiela. He is known for his classic style “with a twist” and that’s a lot of my vision–to keep things timeless but still smart, unique, and artful.

My interior design icon is…to name only one would be challenging. I am not married to a particular style–I consider my projects to be more couture, being original to each client’s lifestyle. It’s even more fun when we get to pair classics with edgy, artful furniture such as Rick Owens and lighting from Carpenters Workshop. I enjoy the playful sense of bringing fashion into interiors through fabrics such as Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, and the soon-to-launch line by Libertine.

One interior design accessory I can’t live without is…artful pieces that tell a story or a collection of sorts. I have also been accused of having a special attraction to unique lamps and chairs.  

Three qualities that got me where I am today are… having passion and the confidence in my vision–and believing in myself.

How I made my first dollar by… after my babysitting career, I spent an entire weekend calling over 200 businesses in The Yellow Pages (and landed two jobs). Having a knack for interiors, my first dollar earned in this industry came when newlywed friends purchased their first home with décor needs.

Last thing I binge/marathon watched was… I don’t watch TV, so truth be told, Desperate Housewives, of 15 years ago!  More recently (with a twisted arm), I appeased my husband by watching the current season of Narcos. He was still in awe after hosting the real-life former DEA agents Javier Pena and Steven Murphy in our Houston home.

First album I bought was…Peter Frampton’s I’m In You. 

If I could live in a foreign city it would be… London. Not only is it chic, but it is also full of history, has great design, and is a fashion capital. Bonus: I speak the language.

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is...the art of blending furniture styles and accessorizing a home, such as curating eclectic collections of furniture and artwork.  

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold dead hands is…the $2 black eye pencil from the drug store. I’ve used it for years.

My favorite coffee table style book… I love Fearless Living by JP Demeyer & Co. But of course I should mention the two we are honored to be featured in, Rizzoli On Style: Inspiration and Advice from the New Generation of Interior Design and teNeues’ Best Interior Design on the Planet.  

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighborhood in one city…Midtown Manhattan, but let’s not forget Europe.

In my fridge you will always find… fresh fruit, almonds, Greek yogurt, Boar’s Head honey maple turkey, Propel water, and French Meursault wines. These are all of my daily essentials. 

An artist whose work I would collect is… Manolo Valdes and anything by the Haas Brothers  are currently on my wish list. I also love collecting pieces by Vanessa Beecroft, Yigal Ozeri, and Marilyn Minter, to name a few. 

The best gift I have received is…my children given to me by God with the help of my loving husband, Javier 

If I weren’t doing what I do I would be…I would wish to be a stylist to the stars.

If I could compete in an Olympic sport it would be…ice skating. It’s so graceful and elegant and I admire the hard work and life commitment that’s required to be successful in one’s passion and talent. 

On my tombstone it will say…Risk Taker. Dream Chaser.

DIVINE DIOR

DIVINE DIOR

Before it even opens, it’s a colossal hit. When Dior: From Paris to the World, debuts this month, the feast for the eyes begins, according to our ardent fashion follower Lance Avery Morgan.

 

It might be the biggest thing to hit Texas since the actual New Look debuted in 1947. Dior: From Paris to the World, an exhibition which surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy and global influence will be on view in Dallas May 19 through September 1, 2019 at the Dallas Museum of Art. In fact,  Texas will be the only US venue beyond the recent showing in Denver for this extensive and highly anticipated retrospective of the celebrated Haute Couture house. We’re counting the minutes because as seen on recent red carpets, his design spirit is alive and kicking in celebrity gown fashion choices.

Just what can we expect to see? The exhibition will feature a selection of more than a hundred haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other archival material, and trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house. His New Look revolutionized the fashion world. Dior’s sophisticated designs, featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts, nipped waists, and dancing corolla shaped skirts, were inspired by his passion for flowers. The result was elegant feminine contours that brought a breath of fresh air to the fashion world through luxurious swaths of fabrics, revolutionary design and lavish embroidery. This marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.

The exhibit will profile its founder, Christian Dior, and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), who have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century. Organized by DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, it spans more than seven decades, this retrospective will offer a new perspective on the fashion house’s legacy following the Paris exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

“Dallas has long recognized the artistic significance of Dior, most notably when in 1947, early in his career, Christian Dior traveled here to receive the Neiman Marcus Award for fashion. We are excited to welcome this innovative creative voice back to our city and to offer DMA audiences the opportunity to be inspired by the remarkable legacy of a global icon,” shared Dr. Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director.

Visitors will be able to capture the unique technique of the Dior ateliers in a dramatic visual display presenting a glimpse into this secret world, including sketches, toiles, and the intricate process of embroidery. The atelier represents the heart of the house where seamstresses work with Dior’s creative directors to collaboratively bring couture to life. And this exhibit, in turn, breathes more life into couture.

 

 

KARL LAGERFLED: DESIGNER, VISIONARY & ICON

KARL LAGERFLED: DESIGNER, VISIONARY & ICON

As Creative Director of Chanel and Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld defined the world of modern age fashion–reinventing fading labels and challenging preconceived notions to create a new language of fashion. We traveled with him to the pastel streets of Havana, Cuba to a country frozen in time. Then in our metallic space blankets and mod glitter boots we were transported to galaxies far away for an out of this world fashion experience. In this issue our style arbiter Tori Johnson of ThesToriBook.com pays tribute to a legendary man who was gifted with the ability to make fashion experiential and whose creative force inspired us all.

THE BIRTH OF FASHION

Karl Otto Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany on September 10, 1933. Lagerfeld used to insist that no one knew his true birthday and would frequently claim his birth year to be as late as 1938. Photo courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily.

ARTISTIC BEGINNINGS

In 1955 Lagerfeld entered a coat design competition and caught the eye of Yves Saint Laurent and shortly after became the assistant for Pierre Balmain. Photo courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld.

TWO TIMES THE CHARM

In 1963, Lagerfeld joined the designer team at Chloe. He went on to be the Creative Director of the brand in 1974 and 1992. Photo courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily.

IN THE NICK OF TIME

Karl Lagerfeld joined Chanel in 1983 when the brand was quickly fading after the death of Coco Chanel a decade prior to then. His ability as a marketing strategist not only saved the brand yet also propelled it into being one of the most famous fashion houses ever. Photo courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld.

SCENT OF ROMANCE

These Jane Leslie sterling silver and rose gold plated cascade earrings are accented with mother of pearl and pink enamel for a scrumptious jewelry statement. $450. Photo and availability courtesy of Lee Michaels.

NOTES ON A DESIGNER

Fans and clients continue to be inspired by what also inspired Lagerfeld himself.

FENDI’S FUN FURS

Karl Lagerfeld designed for the famed luxury label, Fendi, for 51 years and modernized their fur line. He invented the brand’s double “F” logo which stands for fun furs. Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Chanel’s last Lagerfeld show was started with a moment of silence and attendees received a sketch by Lagerfeld of him standing with Gabrielle Chanel. Photo courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily.

CUBAN CATWALKS

Lagerfeld transformed a Cuban colonial boulevard into a catwalk for the Chanel 2017 resort collection. Photo courtesy of CNN.

3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF

Lagerfeld’s runway shows were always an impressively dramatic experience, but Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2017 Paris show was truly out of this world. Models sported space age fashions, metallic space blankets, mod glitter boots and the spectacle was concluded with a mock launch of a real size rocket. Photo courtesy of Elle.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE

Only 500 of this Christofle “Mood Karl Lagerfed” limited addition 24-piece flatware service was produced. It features Lagerfeld’s signature engraved on the side and is made in France. $3,500. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

TIME OUT

The “Code Coco” watch is set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds, two dials with 172 diamonds and one set with a princess-cut diamond. $15,500. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

GOLDEN GODDESS

Sublimage La Crème features a new breakthrough ingredient to help renew vitality, enhance regeneration, firmness, skin tone, hydrations and radiance. $400. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.