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It’s back! After almost a two-year hiatus, 4-time Emmy winning drama Mad Men premiered its fifth season last night on AMC. The sultry drama showcases a prestigious advertising agency during the revolutionary times of the ‘60s. The show is full of deception, smoking, drinks, and seduction. Scotch sipping, ladies loving, account executive Don Draper (played by John Hamm) and the stylish, sassy, curvaceous head of the secretarial pool Joan Harris (played by Christina Hendricks) returned with a drama-filled season premiere.
I not only love this show because I’m an advertising maven, but I also love the classic fashion and beauty of the ‘60s. This era shifted women’s and minority rights, raised hemlines above the knee, and released rebellious, bold music. Mad Men gives us a glimpse into the changing times, and how advertising and media fueled a new culture.
Thick winged eyeliner, flipped bobs, hip hugging pencil skirts and cat’s eye frames owned the ‘60s. To recreate your own Mad Men looks, check out these limited edition beauty and fashion collections that will give you retro Mad Style:
Estée Lauder Mad Men Collection
Purchase: $25 – 40 bloomingdales.com
Shake – Stir – Seduce with this cherry-red lipstick and creamy rose blush. The creamy satin lipstick is a stunning bright red, while the blush gives a natural rosy hue. They both come in vintage gold cases that will give you an iconic look.
Banana Republic Mad Men Collection
Purchase: $35 – 150 bananarepublic.com
Banana Republic is back with another Mad Men collection for both men and women this spring. Floral cardigans, tie-neck blouses, tapered cigarette pants, and gold embellished cocktail jewelry give retro a girly side with rose pinks and lace whites. The men’s collection has structured chino suits, framed polos, and classic argyle sweaters.
Lastly, top off the look with a popular ‘60s drink like The Champagne Cocktail, a sophisticated alternative to the office scotch:
The Champagne Cocktail
- 1 sugar cube (or ½ tsp granulated sugar)
- 1–2 dashes Angostura bitters (or other aromatic bitters of choice)
- 5 oz mid-range champagne (or prosecco, cava, etc.)
- ½ oz cognac
Put the sugar in the bottom of a champagne flute, and soak it with the bitters. Top up the glass with sparkling wine.
Recipe and image via Cold Glass
What is your favorite Mad Men look?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
Last night BET aired its annual music meets fashion show “Rip The Runway.” Previously filmed at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, singers, actors, designers and fierce models worked the glimmering catwalk. Top artists like Robin Thicke, Wale, Estelle, AraabMuzik, and Lil’ Kim (pause for reaction) performed while models sashayed and tore down the runway.
Neons, ‘90s prints, streetwear, and futuristic fabrics were woven between the 10+ designers featured in the show. Model Selita Ebanks (sporting bangs and wavy ombre hair) and “The Game” actor Pooch Hall hosted the high energy event, and introduced us to nine themed segments. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” BFF Dwight Eubanks oversaw hair representing the James Harris Hair Fashion Group, and Cesar Torres and Patty Ambroise were lead makeup artists.
See below for pictures, featured designers, and how to get the beauty and fashion looks below:
L to R: Laquan Smith; Laquan Smith; Dress: Gasoline Glamour, Bracelet/Crown: Mordekai
Futuristic, dominating fabrics. Loved the long platinum Rapunzel-esque braid!
My favorite combination of color blocking: neon dress with a neon lip. If neon lips are too much for you try a neon shoe.
Red Carpet Ready
Aqua shows how neon and a curly side-hawk can still be glamorous, while Jovani and Samantha Black stun with exquisite feather and metallic (respectively) textures.
New Kids On The Block
L: Shirt & Shorts- Joyrich | Pink Belt- Matthew Williamson | Bowtie- Good Wood | Necklace- Suetsia | White and Yellow Bag- MCM | Shoes- Christian Louboutin | Earrings- Paparazzi Jewelry | Pink Stockings- American Apparel | Glasses- American Apparel
C: Dress & Jacket- Joyrich | Shoes- Opening Ceremony | Red Cap- Hall of Fame | Black Shades- Ray Ban | Teal Satchel- Cambridge of London
R: Sweater & Tutu- Joyrich | Socks and Stockings- American Apparel | Lime Green Satchel- Cambridge of London
If prints and neons had a baby during the ’90s, this collection would be a child prodigy. I almost thought I saw Marky Mark and Joey McIntyre walk out!
And not to be outdone, curvy powerhouse designers showcased their best, reminding women of all sizes to embrace style and color.
This year bloggers ripped the microphone, introducing designers and new trends! Gabifresh, Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily, and Rae Holliday and Gabriel Williams of Stuff Fly People Like shined and lent their expertise.
Get The Look
You can Rip The Runway everyday with neon tangerine-orange lips that compliment every skin tone. For more details, check out my post on the new Sephora + Pantone Tangerine Tango collection to find your perfect combination.
What was your favorite trend on the 2012 Rip The Runway?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
*All images via BET
Today Sephora released it’s orange bright summer collaboration with Pantone Color: Summer 2012 Tangerine Tango Pantone Collection. Color swatch company, Pantone, named the orange-coral color Tangerine Tango its 2012 color of the year.
Solange Knowles wears Lancome Rouge in Love lipstick in MissCoquelicot, $25, at Sephora
Clockwise: Cover dress: Cynthia Rowley; Orange Cardigan: Uniqlo, Swing Skirt: H&M, Orange patterned trench: DVF
Images via TimeOut NY
Last week singer/actress/model/DJ/fashion extraordinaire Solange Knowles splashed the cover of TimeOut NY Magazine in full orange tangerine. What I love most about her spread is the flawless execution of mixing and matching tangerine clothing and beauty. Bright orange tangerine lips can be hard to pull off for any skin tone…
…Enter the Sephora + Pantone collection, great for all skin tones: deep, medium and fair. They have warmer and cooler hues of the orange sensation. There is a wide range of products from lipstick, powders, eye liners, false eye lashes, and nail polish.
Sephora.com even equips you with a shade matching tool so you can pick the best tangerine shades for your skin tone. Be daring, take a leap with Tangerine Tango this summer!
What is your favorite tangerine look?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia
*All Images via Sephora except where noted
Welcome to the Juniverse…
Last night, celebrity stylist and NYC-based fashion icon June Ambrose, debuted her new show on Vh1 “Styled By June.” Known for dressing A-listers like Jay-Z, Kelly Ripa and Rihanna, the “Curator of Style” is also a trendsetter in her own right, popularizing the turban and head-to-toe color blocking.
Her reality show not only highlights the celebrities she styles, but it also gives us a glimpse into the various roles a fashion stylist plays, from glam squad to therapist to cheerleader. In episode one, June’s mission is to re-brand starlet Mischa Barton (from tv show The OC) from being a paparazzi princess into a red carpet queen. As Misha is preparing to launch her new handbag line, June carefully crafts a comeback, sending her to red carpet events like the Style360 party and front row at the Naeem Khan Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week show. At the end of the episode, she not only successfully thrusts Mischa back into the spotlight, she taught us how to shop in our closets and quickly fix wardrobe malfunctions.
June’s professionalism and straight-forward persona is balanced by her dramatic assistants: socialite Rachel Heller, and the ambitious duke of one-liners Eli Wasserman… “I can be your best girlfriend or that yeast infection that doesn’t go away.” *blank stare*
The best accessory of the night was June’s amazing color spectrum of lips! Check out how to recreate her day to night looks with these allergy-friendly lip lovers:
Muted Brick Red Lips
Recommended: Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Red Red Red
Purchase: $15 bloomingdales.com
The Clinique brand is continuously tested for allergic reactions, and great for acne-prone and sensitive skin. Muted red lips will take you from daytime power moves to evening dance moves.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifra (candelilla) Wax\Candelilla cera\Cire de Candelilla, Isopropyl Palmitate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/ Hexarosinate, Octyldodecanol, Diisostearyl Adipate, Microcrystalline Wax\Cera Microcristallina\Cire Microcristalline, Ceresin, Ozokerite, Triticum Vulgare (white bran) Extract, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Cholestrol, Glyceryl Rosinate.
Matte Pale Pink Lips
Recommended: Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Pink
Purchase: $23 barneys.com
For a soft daytime look go with a pastel or pale pink colored lipstick. A matte texture will tone down the shine so you don’t actually look like a Barbie doll.
Sheer Nude All Season Lips
Recommended: CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm SPF 15 in Clay
Purchase: $5.99 drugstore.com
This moisturizing balm is from Cover Girl’s natural collection. You can apply a nude color or get a subtle hint of color while your lips are protected from the sun with SPF 15.
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7%)
Inactive Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil (Castor), Lanolin Oil, Polybutene, Lanolin, Ozokerite, Oleyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Cera) Wax (Candelilla), Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Paraffin, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter (Cocoa), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter (Mango), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit (Shea), Fragrance, Glyceryl Oleate, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Propylene Glycol, May Contain (+/-):, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, Red 6 Lake, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 7 Lake, Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470)
What was your favorite look on Styled By June?
Taste the beautiful life ~ Alicia