Take a look inside Chanel’s historic show in Havana

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With international relations between Cuba and the USA on the mend, Karl Largerfeld’s theatrical runway show feels perfectly timed. Models walked the ramp in colorful outfits sporting Cadillac car and palm tree prints.
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The collection was filled with wide legged pants, statement jackets, sheer dresses and an array of fabrics and embellishments in rainbow hues. Some of the standout accessories included two tone shoes, panama hats and cigar inspired clutches.
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Tilda Swinton, Gisele Bündchen, Vanessa Paradis and Vin Diesel were in attendance at this historic show that was staged at Paseo del Prado, a boulevard designed by French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier in 1772.
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This is hardly the first time that Chanel has chosen a distant destination to host their fashion show, but it might very well be the most memorable.

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MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Summer 2016 Collection

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MAC Cosmetics has released its Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick collection for summer 2016, which is said to be long-lasting – so much is apparent in the title alone. Waterproof anything is a huge asset for spring and summer, as the weather can often prove to be unpredictable in terms of popup showers and storms. But, with waterproof makeup you’re at least assured to look fabulous no matter what terrible weather befalls you. The collection goes live online at the brand’s website,Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s on May 12, and in all store locations on May 19.

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Summer 2016 Collection

According to MAC, the product “glides onto eyes, delivering high-definition colour and medium-to-full coverage in a single swipe.” So the color is vibrant, easy to wear, and will work well under pressure; it almost seems more like a magic wand than just a color stick! You can choose how much to apply, which will determine how full the color is, so you can play around with the different colors as well as the depth of each, so buying multiple colors could give you hundreds of different combinations to try out. If there’s one thing to be said, you’ll never be bored!

The new MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick for summer 2016 comes in the form of a jumbo pencil, yet is slender enough to take with you wherever you go. The chunky size makes it easy to use as a liner or on your eyelids, depending on what color or style you’re going for. Versatility is key when choosing to invest in makeup products, but you’ll find this to be a relatively safe investment. At $22.00 each, the stick is affordable, and if you find yourself struggling to choose just one color, do yourself a favor and buy more than one! The combinations can be stunning. The shades are as follows:

• Crème-Filled – soft champagne with gold pearl
• Iris Eyes – light blue grey with pearl
• Royally Blue – royal blue
• Silver Coin –frosty silver
• Copperpot – copper
• Tea Leaves – mild-tone dirty mauve
• Bitter Clove – deep brown
• Lilacked – light purple with gold reflect
• Soft Steel –dirty brown grey
• Ever Evergreen – emerald green
• Midnight Shadows – deep plum
• Frisky Blue – bright cobalt
• Flat White – white
• At the Beach – soft skin nude
• Cinder – black
• Bleached Out Beige – dirty metallic with gold pearl
• Sweet Violeta – soft metallic violet
• Sand Bar – soft camel nude
• Sweet Praline – soft peach
• Madly Sunny – bright acid green
• Tabby – warm, clean nude

MAC Pro Longwear Colour Stick Summer 2016 Collection

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Monique Lhuillier Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

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Magnificent and ethereal, the Monique Lhuillier spring 2017 bridal collection is by far one of the most astounding bridal lines for the spring season when the ladies shall be walking down that aisle. Between the months of April and August, it is quite certain that fans of Lhuillier and even those who have yet to discover her will be enjoying the decadence of lace and fanciful confections, the images and silhouettes inspired for the designer by the look of “a carefree woman running through a garden, capturing the feeling of being madly in love.” Sounds like a winner for us really. After all, who does not want to be madly in love on their wedding day?

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

The year is quite an important one, marking the designer line’s 20th anniversary. As such it makes sense that Lhuillier dug into her archives and brought out some of the best from the past two decades to recreate for the modern woman who loves to stand tall in a crowd, chic and sophisticated but appearing so young and playful at heart.

The collection can be described as light and effortless, the femininity quite clear throughout as the gowns hug curves and show off skin while enchanting even the angels from the Heavens above. There are some lingerie-inspired slip style dresses as well as some full gowns, lots of florals and tissue-weight organza. It’s all quite delicate and sweet, while we noticed the use of color as well throughout, ranging from pistachio to rose.

The Monique Lhuillier spring 2017 bridal collection includes a whole lot of translucency as well. We notice tiers of organza falling from a sash at the waist, the open neckline in a deep V and the décolletage well presented. We have lots of floral appliques throughout, adding to the garden feel of it all, on slips and columns and tiny strapped looks.

One creation in particular, the modern trend of double slits appears healthily, adding quite a bit of sexy to the whole thing, though we certainly cannot imagine this being worn in a church or holy place. Slits also appear up the center on at least one dress, while it quickly becomes clear that form-fitting pieces and plunging necklines are the biggest trends to be seen. Strapless is not as common here as with some other designers, but it still has its place, as with the jumpsuits found from time to time.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

Tulle and organza are most certainly a bride’s best friend here, while thin to medium thickness straps are a common sight. There is also a whole lot of nude used, making the pieces not quite appropriate to wear before a priest or otherwise.

As for the beauty looks, it appears that the hair is to be worn loose, parted in the center, with a small crown or band going across the frontal sections, pretty veils appearing from time to time as well. Overall, the collection screams beauty and true fashion, is very much in line with the modern trends and will probably also be appearing on the red carpet, aside from some beachside weddings and trips down the aisle.


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Carolina Herrera Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

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There has always been something somewhat angelic in the pieces created by the talented Carolina Herrera. So when you mix in the angelic style with a day that is all about the magical and the pure, it makes perfect sense that we will be in for quite the treat, especially due to Herrera’s impeccable eye for style. Sophistication is key of course, as it has always been, with the designer’s tight spring lineup more definite reflecting on her mantra when it comes to bridal gowns – to create the most unique pieces in service to the most unique personalities. Now, not everyone might agree that things are especially unique when it comes to Herrera’s works, but they are certainly not the norm and that is something we cannot dispute.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

The Carolina Herrera spring 2017 bridal collection is most certainly something to covet a few gowns from. Even the most traditional princess styles are infinitely delicate, with nude tulle underlays adding to the ethereal nature of it all, and cascading floral appliques finding their way down the bodice.

Modern ball gowns appear on set of course, and there are ivory features and along with cream stripes and silver beaded bodices, there is something royal about it all as well. It is as if we are enjoying a costume party here of the most noble kind. Add in some exaggerated back bows and you have pieces that can certainly light the world with fireworks. Let us just hope it is not a Cinderella story here though.

Throughout the Carolina Herrera spring 2017 bridal collection we notice an abundance of tulle, ivory crepe, pearl buttons and floral embellishments. We see elegance and modernity combined with the magic of the classic, the looks quite appealing for most any lady, metropolitan or not. There is even an elegant short-sleeved trench gown in crisp silk faille.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

Carolina Herrera Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

There are 15 different looks to the collection, and each is as incredible as can be. From the strapless designs, which are common enough, to the sexiness of the open back, something we even notice on the strapless, though looks best on the Moon Princess look, the long trains and voluminous skirts, there is nothing quite so incredible as the gowns we see in this particular collection.

Ethereal is an understatement and the chic nature of each and every style, from the skirts to the trousers to the floral designed veils that fall to the floor, the semi-transparent corsets with the floral appliques and the use of volume around the hips, it is all so very lovely, and all so very white. Yes, if we are considering a designer bridal line to choose from, Carolina Herrera is undoubtedly one of the first to pop into mind. She is, by far, one of the most talented in this particular style of work and her pieces are bound to make any woman feel like the most beautiful thing to have walked this world.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

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Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik’s Enviable Weekend Vacation In Italy Shot for Vogue

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are one of the most talked-about celebrity couples of today, so naturally we couldn’t expect them to stay out of headlines for long. Most recently, on Monday evening a set of photos began circling social media, featuring shots of the power couple, in what was said to be a spread for an upcoming issue of Vogue. The images were originally dug up by super-fans of the couple, and of course they were held in speculation, since no one could be sure of the intent or not.

Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik Italy Vacation for Vogue

But, like clockwork, the very next day Vogue posted a preview for the spread of its May issue on its website, with the title “Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik’s Wanton Weekend in Naples.” This instantly rectified the social media publishings, making viewers feel lucky to have seen the editorial shots before were actually announced for magazine publication. The images were shot by Mario Testino, which was what the social media posters initially speculated due to their aesthetic.

The images themselves featured Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik on a romantic, sexy trip to Naples, much with the “wanton” nature as promised by the title. The clothes worn by Hadid and Malik were rocker chic, sometimes almost edging on rockabilly. The model was dressed in various looks, staying glamorous and with the romance promoted by the rest of the photoshoot. Hip-hugging dresses showed up Hadid’s killer body, and plenty of gingham, complemented by a beehive hairstyle, added a surprising level of southern charm. One photo featured the model in a high-waisted red gingham bikini showing off her athleticism by having her pose upside down for a shot. Hadid’s looks were all from luxury fashion houses, like Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, and Prada.

The now-solo singer was dressed in leather jackets and charming slim suits, and a shot without his shirt showcased Malik’s full sleeve of tattoos. And naturally nothing special needed to be done to his hair, as the singer has a distinct signature hairdo that fans around the world have come to expect.

Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik Italy Vacation for Vogue

Photos were taken in a variety of locations, each unique to the next. For instance, one shot featured the stunning landscape of Naples in the distance in full color, two were shot with a motorcycle (one cute photo beside it and another riding), some were in the bedroom, and others still were black and white around the city. Altogether, the photoshoot showed an all-encompassing romantic vacation.

This is the couple’s second time filming together, with the first being in Malik’s “Pillowtalk” music video. It is undeniable that the two have fiery on-screen chemistry, so it’s not difficult to assume they would off-screen as well. Here’s to more photoshoots like this in the future!

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Reformation Welcomes Spring With Delicate Flowers

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Leave it to the tough, eco-friendly brand Reformation to make a collection of lovely floral pieces have a biting edge come through with its title. “Delicate f*cking flowers” (yes, the asterisk is part of their title, too!) was the name chosen for the Reformation spring 2016 florals collection, which was photographed by Pictoresq over in Paris. The fun thing about this creative team is that it is those within the team that model for the photoshoots. Reformation went with it, and created a story around their created characters Jan Scott, an artist, and Angèle, a student of French literature. These two stylish women are “on the hunt for flowers,” according to the collection’s page, and from the looks of their clothes I’d say they found them!

Reformation Spring 2016 Florals Collection

Reformation seemed to have a new floral fabric for each look, so the only cohesion in that regard was that most pieces were fully floral. The only break from the floral pattern was to add in a couple of solid basics, either in creamy pastels, black, or slightly deeper shades of colors easy to associate with flowers. Aside from the few pieces that conformed to that, the floral pieces come in every silhouette you’ll need for your summer wardrobe, namely tops and dresses.

The dresses Reformation presented were often lovely and quite elegant, despite being more casual in nature. Many of the dresses are flowing and airy, much as could be expected with floral dresses, while others were given more structure in the skirt. Whatever length or style you’re looking for, there’s a good chance the brand has you covered. Or if you want a particular floral pattern, the wide variety of fabrics in this line will likely have exactly what you want. And if not, you’ll at the very least find another equally as amazing print.

A hydrangea pattern was printed on a sheer georgette fabric, and featured on a semi-sheer black dress. It has a classic beauty to it, much like others in the line. One of the most classic and common floral prints, a pink floral on a creamy white came in a stunningly simple crepe tank top. Its deep bust line makes it a great choice for a layering piece, and can be styled casually, professionally, or more formally, so you can’t go wrong with a purchase like that. The same pattern was also printed on a loose-fitting summery dress, with a straight bust line and a tied, two-strap design for the top.

Reformation Spring 2016 Florals Collection

Reformation Spring 2016 Florals Collection

I could drone on forever about the different stunning pieces in this line, but getting right down to it, Reformation has created a line full of irresistible floral pieces for the season, and you can see that for yourself by scrolling through the collection feed. From elegant plunging necklines to classically lovely for dresses, simple and versatile for tops, and a variety of pants and jumpsuits, Reformation has created a way for you to stay eco-friendly while still looking just as fabulous (or even more so, I’d say in this case) than by shopping other less eco-friendly brands in the industry.

Reformation Spring 2016 Florals Collection

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