Millennial dot-com destination, Lulus has also been hosting events IRL, like their annual NYFW StyleStudio. The mob-worthy NYFW event brings together a myriad of bloggers to discover old favorites and new trends. With a growing focus on new beauty brands, I’ve decided to spotlight my two new favorites. 

The best part is that both these lines are not tested on animals, so there was no hesitation to try everything!

Priti Nail Polish

The Priti Nail Polish booth turned out to be one of my favorites, mainly because I was pampered by the bombshell below:

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Within seconds she sized up my handbag draped with gunmetal chains, hi-lo hem black maxi dress, and matching eyeliner. Here’s the killer nail polish combo she instinctively suggested:

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Using vampiric Guinea Rose as the base, she layered a coat of silver and gold flecks in Black Moon Pansies to create a deep goth-glam red, that’s so my style. 

Beyond the gorgeous color, I also found Priti’s spiritual origins enticing: “The word pritti has many meanings in Sanskrit such as out of satisfaction, with love, and pleasurable sensation!”

And what’s looking good without feeling good?

One Love Organic Skincare

I was lead to the next booth through the intoxicating scent of gardenia. One Love Organic Skincare infused the addictive florals into body serums to create an uplifting, but not overpowering, effect.

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One Love Organic’s serums actually come in a spray bottle to really create a sanitary dispense system. In the dead of winter, when the onset of warm weather seems to continuously delay, this luxurious serum becomes a weekly, or daily, addition to the beauty routine.

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What’s sweeter is that the company also gives back through their mission to “support non-profit organizations that help families thrive.”

Till next year!

Goodbye My Chechnya - Diana Markosian 

Exhibit at Open Society Foundations (OSF)

@Versace: @LadyGaga and Donatella Versace at the #AtelierVersace after party dinner. Image by @RahiRezvani #VersaceLovesGaga

"I am not ADD. I am a multitask!"
— (via israelimoms)

In a time when business owners and new ventures take on a “pump and dump” mentality, Kiki De Montparnasse foreplays their growth.

I’ve passed their SoHo storefront, seen the lingerie in between fashion magazine sheets, and heard Lana Del Rey croon the brand name in her leaked track “She’s Not Me.” Mentioned amongst references to bare derrières and Hotel Chateau Marmot which is located where the second of three stores stands in Los Angeles, both the lyrics and the musician’s reputation hint to the identities of Kiki De Montparnasse’s clientele; cool musicians and high-class, adventurous couples.

The store is a safe haven for sensuality that unfolds in acts; the basics, further exploration, and decorating the boudoir. Purple walls mounted with suggestive Sophia Loren photos opposite pearl necklaces that double as restraints – no doubt a Kiki girls’ best friend? Racks of soft skinny jeans, black and nude lace lingerie, and evening dresses beside playful bunny masks, and crops make up the basics. Next come stimulation of visual indulgences including coffee table books by the masters of erotic fashion photography; Bourdin, Newton, and Avedon that sit below shelves of cult movies like Y Tu Mamá También. Ambiance-setting albums ranging from Massive Attack to D’Angelo and a variety of scents that manage to package the raw pheromones in human scent, complete the experience. But don’t forget the other precious metal plated instruments of pleasure, and high-end USB rechargeable toys that are best explored with eyes wide shut.

The nature of jewelry as adornments against skin make it a carnal element of seduction. Already a host to local phenom Pamela Love, Kiki De Montparnasse recently welcomed LYON jewelry. Head designer and former reality TV star LYON’s designer Lauren Bedford Russell brings a gender fluid position to the store. Her equality bracelet has been worn by celebrities while a black diamond encrusted charm slides down a sinuous black rhodium chain for a thrilling addition to body jewelry.

As described, the lifestyle brand takes an open-minded perspective to sexuality. The best explanation for this attitude is found in the woman for which the store was named after. Kiki De Montparnasse, born Alice Prin, posed nude for artists in Montparnasse, Paris. Gaining notoriety for her own paintings, as well as modeling and musing for Dada artist Man Ray, she is a bohemian symbol for sexual freedom and art.

Simply the name conjures thoughts of Paris nights portrayed in Baz Luhrmann movies, but there’s not a single Kiki’s overseas. Expansion is eminent, but as an employee explained, it’s not simple replicating the same ambiance in a lucrative location like Bahrain. One reason is that the product is all sourced from local artists. Merchandise is kept as close to individual and handmade standards and allowing a burst of growth will quite possibly degrade quality. The nearing 9-year-old brand as experienced slow and steady growth, but co-owner Jon Rubin hints that a climax is to come very soon.

Stuart Weitzman has a passion for giving that extends as wide as the brand’s selection of specialty shoe sizes. Jane Weitzman, Stuart’s wife, spearheaded a partnership between the company and The New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC), an organization that helps women and their children overcome domestic violence.

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The collaboration coincided with the release of her new book “Art & Sole”, all sales of which went to benefiting the organization. 

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Flipping through the coffee table piece, you’ll discover fantastic illustrations and finished footwear made from some of the strangest materials in designs you might find in a Dalí painting.image

From cardboard Gaga-esque wedges to curved metal ankle straps resembling Frank Gehry’s architecture; these shoes are true works of art commissioned to adorn Stuart Weitzman’s Madison Avenue storefront.

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Despite being married to a shoe designer, Jane isn’t particularly obsessed with shoes as one would think. She sticks to Stuart’s because “I see him as a generous giving person. A special person.” Although with C-width feet, Stuart’s selection happens to be very accommodating.

Her jet-black razor bob bears a similarity to Anna Wintour’s coif for a reason. Angelica Cheung, Vogue China’s Editor-in-chief, spoke about fashion in China on MSNBC and why she doesn’t really have to fly out to attend a single fashion week event because “the designers come here anyway.”

Sales reaching approximately $5.6 million is reason enough for them to make it out to the East, and with wealth and popularity only growing in China, designers may want to brush up on their dialects.

I love dichotomy and irony so it was really interesting to hear that she was a brought up wielding a Mao Tse Tung book but turned to her tailor grandfather to create clothes, so that she was the best dressed amongst her peers.

And that whole stereotype of the “fierce” fashion editor she says is just an unfair singling out by movies. There’s fierce people like that in every industry, you just watch too many movies

Watch the full video at CBS

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Cool kid Nicola Formichetti is partnering with Diesel on a capsule collection to celebrate the brand’s 35-year history. I met the stylist star at Diesel’s SoHo, New York City location and had the chance to ask him some questions.

I’ve always known Diesel by the Mohawk icon, what about Diesel influenced you when designing the capsule collection? 

The Mohawk, for me, was also an inspiration. The collection is all about the history of diesel and the founder Renzo Rosso, who created that Mohawk icon, so that was a very important inspiration.

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[Obviously] Denim is made from cotton. Can you cite the other materials or innovations you used to create this collection? 

It’s all about denim. I personally added the patchwork with badges and stuff. The second collection that will launch in February is leather and denim.

You seem to be very rooted in Internet culture that previously was not en vogue till recent years; was that something you started liking early on and then got into fashion or vice versa? 

I was a late starter on the internet, but now its so natural to use it. We used the iPhone for the campaign, we create GIFs, apps, it’s great. People say digital is normal now.

Do you follow tech or fashion tech startups?

I’m really into Fancy. I like everything new. I get inspired by new ideas and fun. Fashion is old fashioned and boring, it hasn’t changed for thousands of years and it’s time.

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What fashion tech innovations excite you most? Fabrics or devices etc?

I don’t mean to brag about Diesel, but the office scientists have crazy ideas. They are constantly developing new kinds of denim and pushing the boundaries of the material.

Work Style Tips from Lawrence Zarian

Reinventing your career wardrobe; although it sounds like the beginnings of the new Acura commercial, it lies at the heart of all we do, especially since we spend a good portion of our lives at work.

Macy’s recently hosted Lawrence Zarian’s “Five Career Essentials” runway show with tips of the new rules of career-wear. I had a brief one-on-one with the lifestyle expert on some specific style conundrums.

Why Macy’s? 

I chose to come/partner with Macy’s because they have something for everyone; every style, every budget, everything. 

Is it smarter to invest in your work wardrobe early or later in your career?

Earlier because you know where you want to go in your career.

In Glenda Bailey and Harper Bazaar’s “Elements of Style”, it states that flaunting a luxury handbag early on in your career doesn’t leave a good impression, what do you think? 

I think it shows an element of having too much too soon. You could wear that bag on the weekends and something more subtle, that’s still from same designer, at work. 

If you’re unemployed, what should you be wearing?

If you’re unemployed, first find what your bliss is and what you want to do and go from there. Kind of work backwards.

If you’re interviewing to work at a fashion brand or store do you need to wear something of theirs?

Yes, you should because what if they say to you “I like your outfit. Where is it from?” Try to wear at least one piece from the store  it could be as simple as a scarf!

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By Dana Rosenwasser

Coming from a family of artists, Danny is probably the most low-key Simmons I’ve met. Human nature compels me to compare Danny’s low-key, enlightened nature to his limelight-loving brother Russell. Despite their differences, Danny admits, “I love Russell to death. We’ve done so many great things together, like the [Rush Philanthropic Arts] Foundation. He’s my little brother, he’s got my back.”

I met Danny last Friday at an art event at Westwood Gallery which took place as part of Curate NYC; a nonprofit he co-created to provide New York City visual artists with free exposure to curators from throughout the city. 

"Bloomberg did a lot for the arts, but what I’ve always felt was lacking was what he did for artists. Arts institutions were important, but the artists weren’t as important."

Danny also pointed out some great resources for artists, such as Woodhull Medical Center’s Artist Access program that allows artists to exchange patient services for health care credits. The Brooklyn hospital supports it’s residents, as Danny points out, “Brooklyn would not have have developed if it wasn’t for the artists.” 

Some more practical advice he had for them, “get a city job…and a pension!”

See more photos of the event c/o Greg Partanio of Manhattan Society.