Thursday, April 21, 2011

the fashion reporter

Reese Witherspoon Introduces Three New Avon Fragrances

Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty; Inset: Courtesy Avon
Reese Witherspoon is a woman of many moods — at least, when it comes to her fragrance choices. The bride-to-be is expanding her partnership with Avon to introduce “Expressions,” a line of three perfumes designed to play up varying moods and emotions. The first scent, Love to the Fullest, will be released in April, and channels a sensual, sexy vibe with shimmering top notes of succulent black cherry, plush peony and amber and woods. Laugh Often, coming in May, is composed of citrus and floral notes to portray a more playful side. And Live Without Regrets, due in August, is a blend of lush petals and juicy fruit notes meant as “a celebration of joie de vivre,” according to a release. Witherspoon, who launched her first Avon scent in 2009, says the perfumes are an extension of her being. “Wearing fragrance is one way I express my personality,” she said in a statement. “No matter what my mood, ‘Expressions’ lets me convey my joy, confidence or sensuality — whatever I feel that day.”

Hollywood Stars Love Mall Favorite Express

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News and Getty Images
Spring is here and Hollywood stars are stripping their layers in favor of something a bit more fun. But instead of heading to Rodeo Drive for their choice of slick threads, we’ve spotted several celebs hitting the high street—or rather, the mall. Guess who’s been shopping at Express?!
Malin Ackerman and January Jones were both sighted in pieces they picked up at the local mall. Malin hit the Hollywood club scene in a trim black blazer from Express. She paired it with a slouchy tank, bright blue jeans and pumps. January, meanwhile, shielded her pretty face from the sun with a wide-brim Express hat at a high-profile tennis match.
Panama hat, $34.90; 1-Button boyfriend blazer, $88. Both from Express.
Time to head to Express…All the stylish stars are doing it!
To pick up these pieces and more, head to an Express store near you or shop at

Ricky Martin Gets A Custom Armani World Tour Wardrobe

Photo credit: Giorgio Armani
After creating the inventive costumes for Lady Gaga‘s Monster Ball last year, Giorgio Armani is back on the concert beat, designing looks for Ricky Martin’s upcoming Musica + Alma + Sexo world tour. “Ricky personifies today’s modern man,” says the designer, who dressed the singer for two previous world tours. “I am thrilled to be working with him again.” As far as Martin is concerned, he is happy to reprise the role of muse. “I have always loved Giorgio Armani’s designs,” he gushes. “The looks he has created for my new tour are uniquely creative … he will help bring Musica + Alma + Sexo alive.” While the tour is expected to incorporate themes including 1980s punk, 1920s jazz and Afro-Brazilian elements, the proposed looks smack of refined Ricky — a testament to how well the designer knows his pal. After all, Armani boasts, “Our long-standing friendship has now spanned well over a decade.” The Musica + Alma + Sexo tour comes stateside on April 8.
Photo credit: Giorgio Armani

New Limited Edition Fragrance From GUESS

GUESS Fragrancesannounced a new limited-edition fragrance show-stopper: GUESS Seductive Wild Summer.  Flirty and lighthearted, GUESS Seductive Wild Summer slowly reveals its steamy secrets: hot summer nights, playful games, whispered promises, the heart-pounding rush of that long-awaited first kiss, an urgent surrender.
GUESS Seductive Wild Summer captures the same passionate essence of the original GUESS Seductive, but with a mouthwatering, playful kick.  The GUESS Seductive Wild Summer woman knows what she wants—and isn’t afraid to go after it!
GUESS Seductive Wild Summer’s vivacious notes signal a true summer scent: lushly floral with a musky base.  The top notes are a flirty wink and coquettish giggle as the day dawns: fruity Lychee and crispy Pear sprinkled with vibrant Red Berries.  As a relationship blossoms in the steamy dusk, the heart of the fragrance unveils: a floral bouquet of iconic Rose and tender Orange Flower draped in ethereal Jasmine vapor.  Finally, night blooms: an intense dry down of sensual Vanilla, deep Cashmere Wood, and intoxicating Musks.
Beginning April 2011, Seductive Wild Summer (1.7 oz) will retail for $52 at GUESS retail stores, perfumery chains, department stores and
Photo credit: Tony DiMaio/Startraks
In other news from the brand, actress Amber Heard has been revealed as the face of the new GUESS Fall 2011 campaign. The Texas-born beauty, known for her roles in Pineapple Express and Zombieland, was shot by photographer Ellen Von Unwerth for the ads, which will appear in magazines and retail stores later this year. “I’ve been a huge fan of Guess for a long time and to be the new face of the Fall 2011 campaign is very exciting,” Heard said in a statement. “It was such an amazing experience to have been able to work with some of the most creative talents in the industry, such as [brand co-founder] Paul Marciano and Ellen Von Unwerth, who have collaborated on some of the most iconic campaigns in Guess history.” Heard joins the ranks of former sexy Guess girls like Claudia Schiffer, Anna Nicole Smith and France’s first lady, Carla Bruni.

Katy Perry Is An “E.T.”

We’ve always loved Katy Perry’s willingness to take her look to the extreme but her most recent beauty transformation is seriously out of this world. The singer posted photos to her Facebook page Wednesday that flaunt the alien-esque makeup she’s wearing in the video for her latest single, “E.T.” The slow-burning song, which features Kanye West, has lyrics like, “Boy you’re an alien,” and “Lead me into the light,” so it makes sense her look is, well, extraterrestrial: Perry has an ethereal pink glow, and sports dramatically dark lips and piercing turquoise contacts, plus a series of bright braids. The singer also linked to a YouTube page, where curious alien wannabes can learn to imitate the look. The “E.T.” video premieres Thursday, March 31. Tell us: What do you think of Perry’s intergalactic look?

Special 20% Off Facebook Promotion From Amika

Hey guys! Here’s a special Facebook promotion from Amika.  All you have to do is click the link to visit the Amika Facebook Page and Like it and you will receive a coupon code for 20% off, free shipping and 2 free products when you shop at  This is the biggest discount that Amika has ever offered!  It’s so easy and such a great way to get all the products and tools you need to get your hair ready for spring! Plus Amika is donating 25% of a online sales to the continuing relief efforts in Japan. Hair accessories and a good cause? What could be better?

Celeb Spring Must-Haves                                   Sandra Bullock is one of the many celebs who can’t get enough luxury pampering from Philip B productsThe new Philip B Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo is a luxurious and pure cleanser that soothes the skin for a deep clean from head to toe. The iconic lavender scent is a fresh, sophisticated and sensual spring aroma. Ideal for all hair types, gentle enough for anyone to use and is even available in a 2oz bottle, small enough to take on-the-go!

$14 for 2oz at
Whether you’ve got Bieber Fever or Spring Fever, you’re go to styling product should definitely be the Davines For Wizards No. 14 Sea Salt Primer. Since saying goodbye to his signature locks, Justin Bieber has been addicted to this salt spray. His hairstylist, Vanessa Price, says “Justin is having so much fun experimenting with his new haircut. Davines No.14 Sea Salt Primer is perfect for his fine hair. It gives us just the right amount of hold and thickness followed up with a small amount of mat molding gesso on the ends for a messy bed head look”.
$24.50 at for salon locations
Everyone needs a great lip tint during the springtime – why not pick up one that also gives your lips the ultimate treatment!  Julianne Mooreis just one celeb that picks up the Clark’s Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tints. Available in four shades, each Lip Tint uses an intensely hydrating formula of natural moisturizers (including Shea Butter, Aloe Leaf Extract, Jojoba and Sweet Almond Oil), plus Marine Collagen Microspheres that act like miniature water reservoirs.  As founder Francesco Clark says, “It’s more than just gorgeous, wearable color, it’s treatment.”

Supermodel Must-Haves

When these top models aren’t hitting the runways in New York, London, Paris or Milan, and still want to keep their beauty routine simple and chic, they all turn to the organic color cosmetic line: rms beauty.  Created by editorial and celebrity makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, rms beauty is based on living and organic principles that deliver healing nutrients to the skin – it’s no wonder these famous faces covet Rose-Marie’s award wining beauty products:

Supermodel Lindsey Wixon swears by the rms beauty raw coconut cream($18) for it’s anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that help remove, dirt, makeup and bacteria from the skin.  “I use RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream to cleanse my skin and take off my makeup. I also use the skin care line by Dr. Alkaitis – he’s based in California and his products were recommended to me by Rose-Marie Swift, the founder of RMS Beauty.” The Raw Coconut Cream can also be used as a moisturizer and is great for all types of skin – even sensitive and acne prone.

Supermodel and mother Miranda Kerr considers the rms beauty lip shines($25) a staple in her beauty bag. Perfect for a touch of color on either lips or cheeks, lip shines are created to deliver shine while hydrating the skin.  Formulated with Moringa Oil, a nutrient rich oil straight from the miracle tree – the formula provides extra cellular anti-oxidant protection.  Available in 2 shades: Bloom and Moment (Rose-Marie created Moment especially for another supermodel star: Gisele) – these nourishing lip treats are quickly becoming a healthy beauty addiction.
rms beauty is available online at

Waxing Tips from Skyy Hadley

Spring is officially here and that means it’s almost time to break out those shorts and skirts and even bathing suits! Beauty expert Skyy Hadley, shares her tips on ways to get silky smooth skin before, during and after you get a wax.
Herve Leger cutout bandage swimsuit, $1050
Before wax
  • Exfoliate the area to be waxed with an exfoliating scrub such as the True Blue Spa Invigorating Spa Scrub
  • Make sure hair is at least ¼ inch long before you wax
  • I suggest taking an aspirin or drinking a glass of wine an hour before your appointment or at home wax to minimize the pain
During Wax- if you choose to wax at home
  • Make sure the area is clean and dry
  • Sprinkle some baby powder onto the area to be waxed
  • Apply a thin layer of wax in the direction of hair growth
  • Pull wax strips off in the opposite direction of hair growth
  • Use one hand to pull the wax and use the other to stretch skin to help minimize pain
  • Remember to wax small areas at a time
  • My favorite at home wax kit is the Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit
After wax
  • Apply an aloe lotion or gel onto the treated area to soothe the skin
  • If desired, apply an ingrown hair protector gel after waxing the bikini area
  • Wear loose cotton pants or a skirt to let the treated area breathe
Myth: Shaving causes hair to grow in thicker and waxing causes hair to grow back lighter. In reality, it really only appears this way because when you shave, hair grows in all at the same time where with waxing the hair grows in at different times.

Spring Trend Spotlight: Tribal Print

Michele Obama in Tracy Reese. Photo credit: Jim Watson
Yesterday we spotlighted Michelle Obama in her tribal print Tracy Reese dress. We loved the look so much that we decided to spotlight this effortless spring trend.
Tribal prints and influences are all the rage right now – witness the new collaboration betweenAldo and Julian Louie that boasts vibrant ikat prints on sky high wedges. From shoes, to dresses, to accessories and beyond- designers are all over the ethnic look and we couldn’t love it more!
We’re sure we’ll be seeing much more tribal print in the weeks and months ahead so why not get a headstart on the trend and get a statement piece of your own?
Just remember to incorporate the trend into your spring wardrobe sparingly – when it comes to prints it’s very easy to go overboard. Think couture not costume!
From left: Boxing Kitten Lori Top & Voom Pedal Pusher, Sue Cut Out Dress; House of Harlow 1960 Tribal Drop Earrings; Echo African Quilt Foldover Clutch; Dannijo Silver Agate/Vintage Glass Beads Necklace; Jimmy Choo Elba Caged Sandal Bootie.

Lacoste + Malandrino Collection Launches Next Month

Following up on some scoop that we gave you guys in February, in an effort to breathe new life into its classic, preppy-polo-anchored aesthetic, Lacoste has teamed with Catherine Malandrino on a 12-piece collection for spring 2011 which drops in stores in mid-April.
This will be the first of four seasons’ worth of collections that Malandrino will design, and encompasses an adventurous array of separates including harem pants, dresses, wide-leg trousers, and miniskirts.  As she told WWD, “My most important role with Lacoste is to open the door to the feminine world. Now I am relaying effortless, chic, everyday clothes that you don’t have to think about. All of the silhouettes can be eye-catching, whether it is a miniskirt or high-waisted pants.”
The collection will trickle into Lacoste and Malandrino boutiques worldwide, arriving at  New York’s remodeled Fifth Avenue flagship in July.

Michelle Obama In Sophie Theallet And Miriam Haskell Earrings

The unstoppable force that is Michelle Obama, continued her whirlwind and well-dressed South American tour. The President and First Lady attended a state dinner at La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile, yesterday wearing a dark mauve silk dress from Sophie Theallet’s spring 2011 collection. She accessorized with a chunky black and gray stone three-strand necklace.
We think she looks spectacular! Do you guys agree? Is this look haute or not?
First Lady Michelle Obama wears Miriam Haskell gold chandelier earrings with glass pearls, Swarovski crystals and vintage filigrees. Photo credit: Getty Images
At the Official State Dinner hosted by El Salvador President Mauricio Funes at the National Palace, the First Lady wore these stunning chandelier earrings by Miriam Haskell. Long known as America’s original couture costume jeweler, Miriam Haskell produces hand-crafted, made-to-order pieces in New York. Each bead, crystal, and pearl is wired by hand to intricate brass filigrees, resulting in elegant and timeless jewelry that continues the Miriam Haskell tradition of glamour

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