So, mum isn't the frill-adorned floral-print wearing type? Then the usual patchwork/hand-crafted/Etsy-found Mother's Day options may not work come Sunday 12. Not to worry! We've put our discerning eye to work and found ten elegant options for the minimalist mum. From designer bag hooks to classic clutches, modern knits to keep-forever timepieces, there's bound to be something to delight inside. . .
Cara Delevingne stole our hearts with her playful personality and gorgeous eyebrows, and we're not the only ones who are captivated by this British model. Chanel, Burberry, and DKNY have all selected her to front their big ad campaigns — and we spotted Cara on the streets of NYC shooting another round for DKNY. Watch today's Fashion Flash for the scoop!
Yesterday we explored the power of scent and attraction, so today it's only fitting to show you five new smellies we're really quite excited about. If you're traditionally a fruity girl, why not shock the pants off of your senses and go for a mature floral? Or seeing as though the weather is cooling down, why not spray a rich woody scent in your elbow crease and let it evolve throughout the day under the warmth of your knit? Click through to see what we'll be trying in the coming weeks.
In terms of wardrobe staples that every woman needs, the black pencil skirt is hovering somewhere around, oh, the very top of the list. Contrary to popular belief, pencil skirts are no longer the domain of working women — nowadays, these slick numbers are as at home on the social scene as they are in the boardroom. And before you think you've seen 'em all, let us tell you: there's no end to the variations of this classic piece. Whether it's basic cotton, quilted, leather, midi-length, mini-length or beautifully detailed, there's one you'll love mixing and matching with all the existing pieces in your wardrobe. Denim shirts? Tick. Plain white tee? Tick. Sexy, strappy cami, bold printed tops and slick jackets? Tick, tick, tick. What are you waiting for? Shop our top ten now!
Finding your signature scent is one of the most wonderful and indulgent things you can do for yourself. A particular fragrance can take you back to a special moment in time — as our publisher explains — but it can also reignite the fire in your belly for a loved one. Choosing a new perfume is fun, too, because fragrance exists to be worn, explored and enjoyed. We asked the Sugar editors what they smell like right now, but also asked them to reveal any newbies they might have their... nose on. Click through.
Fashion week brings a lot to the beauty table in terms of hair, makeup colour palettes and textures. Dissecting the mammoth amount of looks can be tricky, but there's always a few trends to stand tall and actually impact the way we'll wear our hair or makeup in the upcoming season. One of the hair industry's greatest minds is Wella Professionals' global creative director Eugene Souleiman, a man who speaks fluent runway hair and is known for starting said trends.
For DKNY's Fall 2013 show, Eugene tapped into the brand's timeless aesthetic for inspiration. "For this collection, Donna revisited some of her classic looks, resulting in a modern capsule collection that revolved around her iconic pieces. This got me thinking about the classic DKNY woman, and I wanted to create a hair look that embodied her spirit," says Eugene.
The result? Oh, only one of Fall's (Autumn/Winter) strongest hair trends. His "Encapsulated Hair" look is very grown-up with its sleek centre part, and more importantly, its stupidly wearable. You only need to look to (from left) DKNY, Rebecca Minkoff, Jill Stuart, and Vera Wang — as well as Derek Lam and Nicole Miller — to see the trend taking shape. Click through find out how Eugene created the look.
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DKNY Fall 2013 had the city girl on its mind, with proportion plays, tough padded black pieces, and a cool palette of camel, black, white, grey, and pops of bright rose pink. The standout print of the show was an exploded leopard print that almost evoked camouflage, while pieced together neoprene and wool came together for cool outerwear. Oversize jackets topped sweater dresses, with exaggerated knit maxis making a stand for evening.
The most recent case of '90s nostalgia comes courtesy of Friday's official launch of the DKNY and Opening Ceremony limited-time capsule collection. The retailer is re-issuing 15 of DKNY's iconic early '90s pieces, including a t-shirt printed with the NYC skyline from '92 and a hooded logo dress and a colour-blocked jumpsuit from '94. "DKNY was a pioneer of streetwear fashion in the Nineties," said Opening Ceremony co-founder Carol Lim. "We have been longtime fans of the brand and were very excited to bring back select, quintessential styles that feel fresh even today."
Lim isn't the only one feeling the pull of the '90s. We've seen a resurgence in both fashion and culture where this era is concerned, not least of which is the overarching grunge-rock plaids seen in both Phillip Lim and Dries Van Noten's Spring shows and Alexander Wang's Bon Qui Qui stunt. It may be more than a decade past, but from where we're sitting, the '90s never really left us. The throwback staples are now available in Opening Ceremony boutiques and on the website, with prices ranging from US$145 to $665. Click on to see the complete line, plus some of the better '90s style moments to make a recent reappearance.
Just when you think you're one step ahead of the game (hello, Spring 2013), designers push the seasonal envelope with another onslaught of covet-worthy collections to contend with. That's right, Pre-Fall 2013 is here. Sure, the pieces may not be available for a while, but — and this is a big but — there is enough spot-on styling inspiration inside to cultivate a fresh spin on your wardrobe wares now. If you're on the lookout for a new layered approach, Cèline's fur coat, plus everything else, look provides a good starting point. If you plan on sticking to feminine silhouettes, Carven's lace-covered, crisp-collared minidresses might be exactly what your styling M.O. needs. Or, if you're just craving a midseason pick-me-up, Yigal Azrouël's python-infused black biker jackets are kind of amazing. Click on for the best of Pre-Fall 2013, and keep in mind that next year's fashion can be today's outfit fodder.
Just when you think you're one step ahead of the game (hello, Spring 2013), designers push the seasonal envelope with another onslaught of covet-worthy collections to contend with. That's right, Pre-Fall 2013 is here. Sure, the pieces may not be available for a while, nor will they be all that applicable come warm-weather turnaround, but — and this is a big but — there is enough spot-on styling inspiration inside to cultivate a fresh spin on your wardrobe wares now. If you're on the lookout for a new layered approach, Christopher Kane's sweatshirt-over-a-gown look provides a good starting point. If you plan on sticking to feminine silhouettes, Lanvin's punched-up prints, albeit showcased on the most classic of silhouettes, might be exactly what your styling M.O. needs. Or, if you're just craving a midseason pick-me-up, Erdem's bold floral prints and structured drop-waist dresses are kind of amazing. Click on for the best of Pre-Fall 2013, and keep in mind that next year's fashion can be today's outfit fodder.