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Designer beauty collaborations in Fall 2017 from Bella Hadid to Emilia Clarke 

Heralding someone as the “the number one most powerful person in fashion” is quite a bold statement to make, and even more so when the label is given to a makeup artist. The one in question is Pat McGrath, who also made history last June by becoming the first of her trade to be honoured by the CFDA. When a ceremony that is often called the “Oscars of fashion” makes it a point to recognize a key player of the beauty industry, our attention should inevitably be turned towards it.

If the above is any indication, the beauty industry, which has long been seen as the little sister to its more seasoned fashion counterpart, has officially come into its own. In fact, the beauty industry — all USD 423 billion of it — is doing better than it should in an age when the world is headed towards something of an economic apocalypse. While luxury fashion brands puzzle over strategies to recreate the “miracle work” of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, many are cleverly focusing on their beauty lines as a lifeline.

Reflecting the power shift between the fashion and beauty industries, the rules of the beauty game have been changing too. A major catalyst for this is social media platforms and the ubiquitous Instagram in particular. The photo-sharing app has opened up a whole new world for beauty products to be consumed: one that is easily accessible (the app is available for free across mobile platforms and has a web version), engaging (refer to the “#makeup”, “#mua” and “#onfleek” hashtags) and boundless (as of last April, the app has 700 million monthly active users).

For beauty brands, choosing a new ambassador is a decision that bears as much significance as a fashion house appointing a new creative director. Traditionally, the privilege wasn’t granted to just anybody. Models, for one, would need years of experience and campaigns under their belts. In the case of 90s supermodel Christy Turlington, it took almost a decade after her model debut before she was offered a contract to be the new face of Maybelline in 1992.

Similarly, actresses like Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron had to prove their worth through Oscar wins and critical acclaim before even being considered. When Kidman starred in Chanel’s No. 5 the Film in 2004, the Australian actress had already bagged several Golden Globes awards, a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In an age of increasing connectivity, however, beauty brands are now being drawn to a new crop of fresh faces: influencers whose social media reach is much stronger and substantive than their portfolio. Instagram, of course, is increasingly becoming a key part of this equation.

To make their move count, some beauty brands are turning to the number of followers one may boast. Enter Bella Hadid, one of the most sought-after models of the moment. Electing the American model as the face of its Goldea The Roman Night fragrance was a no-brainer for Bulgari, especially with her 14.4 million Instagram followers considered. What really set her apart from other models — say, her sister Gigi Hadid who is the 39th most followed user on Instagram with 35 million followers — was the younger demographic of her followers, which the Italian luxury label hopes to attract. With the younger Hadid sister on board, Bulgari can expect its new fragrance to make 30 million euros in its first year.

For YSL Beauté, naming singer and actor Zoë Kravitz as its global makeup ambassador was a move that highlighted the brand’s understanding of Instagram’s power. The 28-year-old may only have 3 million followers, but her appeal really lies in her engaging content. Capturing everything from high-profile red carpet events to intimate moments with friends and family, Kravtiz’s Instagram account makes her seem more relatable. With her first YSL Beauté campaign, “Tatouage Couture”, set to launch in September, Kravitz will definitely be keeping her fans posted through behind-the-scenes shots and the like, thereby bridging the gap between them and the luxury beauty label.

Like models and influencers, actresses are also being chosen by their popularity. This is the case for Emilia Clarke, who was recently appointed as the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s The One fragrance. The timing is no coincidence: HBO’s wildly popular TV series Game of Thrones is currently airing its 7th season, with Clarke’s character in the centre of it. The star’s campaign for the fragrance will only be unveiled this September, but fans are definitely keeping as close an eye on it as they are on Daenerys Targaryen and her loveable brood of fire-breathing dragons.

From a less commercial angle, some beauty brand ambassadors are chosen based purely on how well they embody the spirit of the brand. Case in point: Victoria Beckham’s new Estée Lauder makeup collection. “Like our founder, Estée, Victoria has a real understanding of what women want and has applied this to beauty in a very passionate and personal way,” says the brand’s Global Brand President, Stephane de La Faverie. Appointing Beckham to both design and be the face of the collaboration makes it a lot more meaningful and appealing to customers.

Another example of this is Kristen Stewart’s appointment as the face of Chanel’s upcoming women’s perfume, Gabrielle Chanel. The actress will star in the film campaign and print ad for fragrance, but it’s hardly her first stint with the French couture house. Stewart was named a Chanel ambassador back in 2013 and was also made the brand’s face of makeup last February. She has since appeared in campaigns for Chanel’s Eyes 2016 and 2017 campaigns, as well as its Fall 2016 Le Rouge Collection Number 1 ad.

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New York Fashion Week 2016: 4 Highlights

New York Fashion Week is winding down and it showcased some high-profile shows that not only surprised but also grabbed headlines for many reasons. To help catch you up on what has been happening in the Big Apple, we rounded a few highlights that made through our news filters.

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Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 collection presented at New York Fashion Week in New York, September 9, 2016. © TREVOR COLLENS / AFP

We start with Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid who have produced a collection that was made available for purchase once it hit the runway. The collaboration was presented over the course of two days with a public fun fair followed by the runway presentation. With a full house and Taylor Swift in attendance, the show certainly was not short on star power. We look forward to learning the results of this experiment, which leads us to the next point…

Real Time RunwayTom Ford New York Fashion Week 2016

We love how technological advancements have brought us numerous opportunities enjoy the collections from across the globe. Tom Ford was one such label that invited the world to watch as it kicked off New York Fashion Week live on websites, well everywhere! Like Hilfiger, the designer made his collection immediately available for purchase. Other brands that are made their shows available for all, include Kanye West and Rebecca Minkoff who relied on Tidal and Ripple respectively for their showcases.

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Over at Lacoste, the designs were slightly more relaxed thanks to softly draped terry dresses in hues that evoked a sense of calm. Embracing the idea of a summer getaway, the brand paired comfy fits with minimalistic lines. Also at New York Fashion Week, was Victoria Beckham (main picture) whose show was held exactly 15 years after the attacks on the World Trade Centre. Before sending models down the runway, the designer observed a two-minute silence to honor the victims of the attacks. Her collection featured unstructured designs, asymmetrically panelled skirts that joined the list of relaxed designs that have now become staples on the runway (most especially at NYFW). Filled with plush colors and contrasting materials, the flirtatious collection was a departure from previous designs that were structured. Beckham also used the runway to showcase her upcoming beauty collection with Estée lauder.

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Another highly anticipated collaboration was from Alexander Wang and Adidas Originals. The collection focused on unisex streetwear basics with an urban and subversive feel. The designer also presented the Spring/Summer 2017 collection from his eponymous label. Bringing a Californian vibe to Manhattan, the designer brought out sexy black leather pieces that featured contrasting retro neon hues. Hood By Air provided this youthful allure just a few notches higher with a conceptual show that featured double-ended boots, transparent ponchos and oversized outerwear. Also, porn logos for some reason…

Final Cut: 4 Red Carpet Trends Cannes 2016

Ah the red carpet and the beautiful women, designer gowns and gems worth millions drawn to it. It takes some time to sift through the images and galleries to find the trends that we know you love but someone has to do it.

We covered the yellow trend starting strong on opening night and you would be forgiven for overlooking several other trends. As the festival continued, the designers sent their best designs out and we were treated to more trends. We take a look at the four trends you may have missed.

Best Foot Forward

From left: Karlie Kloss (Marchesa gown with Chopard jewelry); Bella Hadid (Alexandre Vauthier gown); Alessandra Ambrosio (Redemption gown and Boucheron Jewelry); Izabel Goulart (Alexandre Vauthier gown); Ana Beatriz Barros (Ralph and Russo gown). Images from Runway Manhattan.

From left: Karlie Kloss (Marchesa gown with Chopard jewelry); Bella Hadid (Alexandre Vauthier gown); Alessandra Ambrosio (Redemption gown and Boucheron Jewelry); Izabel Goulart (Alexandre Vauthier gown); Ana Beatriz Barros (Ralph and Russo gown). Images from Runway Manhattan.

You could call Angelina Jolie the pioneer of leg flashers since she did bring this trend back in vogue at the Oscars in 2013. Three years on and it is far from over. In fact, if Bella Hadid’s dress is any indication, the slits just keep getting higher… Of course, these are models we speak of so naturally they really do have some of the best gams in the world. Just like those slits, where they end no one knows…

Belle of the Ball

From left: Blake Lively (Vivienne Westwood gown); Elle Fanning (Valentino gown); Jourdan Dunn (Ralph and Russo gown). Images from Runway Manhattan.

From left: Blake Lively (Vivienne Westwood gown); Elle Fanning (Valentino gown); Jourdan Dunn (Ralph and Russo gown). Images from Runway Manhattan.

We fell in love with several of these dresses that would have been a young girl’s fantasy. From Blake Lively in her Cinderella-esque gown to Elle Fanning who looked whimsical, the fairy-tale princesses made the red carpet their own and the pictures didn’t disappoint.

The Naked Dress

From left: Blake Lively (Atelier Versace gown); Kendall Jenner (Cavalli Couture gown); Bella Hadid (Cavalli Couture gown). Images from Runway Manhattan.

From left: Blake Lively (Atelier Versace gown); Kendall Jenner (Cavalli Couture gown); Bella Hadid (Cavalli Couture gown). Images from Runway Manhattan.

There are nude colored dresses and then there are the naked dresses. As risky to wear as the thigh-high slits, this requires a certain amount of bravado —and the confidence to go commando — to pull off. While some chose to use strategically placed panels to pull off this look, others went all out.

Suit Up

From left: Susan Sarandon (Saint Laurent suit); Victoria Beckham (Victoria Beckham Jumpsuit and Chopard jewelry); Charlize Theron (Christian Dior Couture and Cartier jewelry). Images from Runway Manhattan.

From left: Susan Sarandon (Saint Laurent suit); Victoria Beckham (Victoria Beckham Jumpsuit and Chopard jewelry); Charlize Theron (Christian Dior Couture and Cartier jewelry). Images from Runway Manhattan.

This one made us wonder if Barney Stinson decided to switch professions and dress Hollywood for a change. This look proved to be more controversial than the high slits or the naked dress. With a strict rule in place for all, the stars were expected to turn up in black tie appropriate attire and some of the ladies decided to walk the path less traveled. Forgoing the heavy gowns, Susan Sarandon and Victoria Beckham led the way in standing the dress code on its head with their pantsuits. While we think they looked just as elegant on the red carpet as anyone in a frock this year, if you take a look at the background, you’ll see why this generally is not a great idea. On that note, yes even the photographers at these events follow the dress code.

Victoria Beckham Teams Up with Estée Lauder

You’ve watched her evolve from Posh Spice to Mrs. Beckham and finally fashion designer. Now, Victoria Beckham can add makeup collaborator to her fast-growing resume.

The fashion maverick has announced that she will be working with Estée Lauder on a limited edition range of makeup that will launch in September this year. Dubbed “Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder”, the collection will only be available at select retailers globally, Victoria Beckham stores, esteelauder.com and victoriabeckham.com.

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“We are excited to join forces and bring Victoria’s take on beauty to her many fans around the world,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies.

“Victoria is an entrepreneur in the true spirit of our founder, Estée Lauder, with a real understanding of what women want and a commitment to making women look and feel their most beautiful. [She] has a passion for beauty and we are delighted to welcome her into our brand.”

We’re just excited that we’re one step closer to achieving the cheekbones of our dreams.

Read more about the collaboration on L’Officiel.com.

6 Runway Accessory Trends Maximizing Impact

The fashion runways churn out an impressive number of style stories with their trends and designs. Today we take a closer look at the accessories that don’t need to try too hard to catch your attention — simply because you can’t miss them. Bigger is always better it seems with the looks we’ve seen on the catwalk and we can’t wait to share some of our favorites, which are also the favorites of L’Officiel Singapore, who put together this piece.

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Statement necklaces and arm parties have seen their day. With so many designers cutting away garments to reveal necks and shoulders, it only makes sense to draw more attention to these areas via a pair of huge, sweeping shoulder-dusters.Make them the focal accessory by going for interesting details and colour combinations, lots of sparkle, or an arresting sculptural shape.

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Fashion’s fallen head over heels for this punk-tinged hardware, but given it a decidedly feminine touch. Alexander Wang used gold chains to embellish the dainty mesh bags in his romantic all-white Balenciaga collection. Miuccia Prada used them on retro, ladylike pieces in her rich, tactile collection, while Armani and Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen draped them on the body to offset light, delicate clothes.

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Plastic truly is fantastic. Designers as varied as Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and John Galliano at Maison Margiela all offered versions of the transparent stuff plastered on bags, heels, sandals and hats. The most directional pieces, though, came from Jonathan Anderson who used it on garments at his eponymous label and on plastic Puzzle bags, pouches, jewelry and even trousers at Loewe.

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If you’re looking to indulge your inner princess fantasies, now is the time to do it. The girls at No 21 wore bands of sparkling stones atop their dreamy white looks. The Rodarte sisters wove medieval-looking gold leaves into their models’ hair, while Dolce and Gabbana crowned their glamorous Italian girls with fruits, crystals and flowers. Not everything was so princess-like though; both Miuccia Prada and Hedi Slimane showed actual tiaras at Miu Miu and Saint Laurent, respectively, but their girls and the clothes had an alluringly rebellious vibe.

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Sandals are a fail-proof summer staple but they’ve now been given a fun fashion twist via luxe materials, bright punchy prints and, most importantly, an elevated standing thanks to a sturdy flatform or a low chunky block heel. We love Fendi’s graphic leather slides, Ferragamo’s strappy ones with pop-coloured soles and those printed Chanel sandals that light up like an airport runway.

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For Spring/Summer ’16, designers have chosen to make their biggest statements in white. The effect is clean and chic, but far from minimal. At Balenciaga, Alexander Wang sent out rucksacks, totes and clutches in beautifully delicate silk satin, lace and woven leathers. Phoebe Philo’s white Céline bags were graphic with interesting hardware details while her Chelsea boots had a chunky, mannish appeal. Massimo Giorgetti’s sandals at Emilio Pucci on the other hand were romantically dotted with pearls.

Story Credits

Text by Jeffrey Yan

This story first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore. 

Victoria Beckham Opens First Store in Asia

Hong Kong is now the second location of Victoria Beckham’s brick and mortar store outside of her native home. Amidst the luxury brands, swanky five-star hotels, the store in the heart of the Central district is seen as a way for the designer to tap on the Asian market.

As fans waited eagerly outside Friday morning, Beckham was seen doing the final checks on the store in the Landmark building. Designed by London-based architect, Farshid Moussavi, the store is a collaboration with Asian fashion retail brand Joyce that already carries her collections.

On why she chose Hong Kong as the follow up to her first shop in London’s Mayfair district, the designer said, “I know Asian women really understand luxury, good quality and appreciate when garments are made well — and my clothes are”.

While some are doubtful over the success and future of her store in Hong Kong due to the worst retail sales decline the city has seen in 13 years, others are more optimistic. “I think she’s going to be very popular here,” said hedge fund manager Sally Zhang, 30, after browsing in the store Friday.

“Compared to other shops, which are too fancy, not fit for the office, this one is quite different,” said Echo Xu, also a hedge fund manager. Along with opening her store, Beckham will also be attending the amfAR AIDS research fundraiser in the city along with Uma Thurman on Saturday.

10 Top Trends for Autumn/Winter 2016-17

The end of fashion collection shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, completes the full range of Autumn/Winter 2016-17 trends. With the fashion world still split on whether pieces in collections should go for sale immediately during the season or whether a delay is required to make the best of what they have, it seems that some designers are inspired by this tussle to mix it up a bit. Spring styles seemed to have bled a bit into Winter, among other stylistic ambiguities that made for an interesting series of Fashion Weeks.

Dreams of Spring

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Dark and neutral shades such beige, white, brown, black, and blue are the normal palette staples for a wintry and cool hue but this time, spring came through. The cool hues were still dominant but lighter melds and more springlike tones intruded. Liselore Frowijn, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci and Francesco Scognamiglio cheered winter up with pastel explosions, bolder brights, and gay color. New York, though, stood apart from the rest, as, other than a few (notably Michael Kors), that Fashion Week kept to the dark, muted palette.

 

Blue is the new Black

AW1617-Trends-BlueFrom petrol blue to pastel blue; from midnight and electric blue to navy and lavender – all these served as counterpoints to timeless black. Versace, Diesel Black Gold and Fendi went big on blue while Rahul Mishra, Eudon Choi, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, and Missoni presented looks in the color or used blue in smaller touches. Just see how much blue you can spot in this very story!

Denim, normally a famous blue, was less present than previous seasons but still featured in collections from Chanel, Stella McCartney, Blumarine and Ujoh.

 

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Continuing the eccentric vibe of the season are eyecatching embellishments mixed with outstanding patterns sitting alongside and contrasting with minimalist designs. Such occurs normally with the clash of multiple trends but in this case such details featured in almost all labels’ collection to some extent. Dolce & Gabbana flashed it up with diamanté, alongside golden, mirror-effect embellishments and metallic Lurex while Saint Laurent used bold detail in a different way more suited to the collection’s retro stylings.

 

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Fur in color was another staple among labels, whether finished with multi-colored horizontal stripes or vivid shades verging on the fluroscent, or packed with prints. Fendi set the tone with pieces, detailing and accessories all made from brightly colored fur while Ermanno Scervino brought smaller touches of it to hoods and collars. Ellery finished fur in red, pink and burgundy, while Saint Laurent went for electric shades.

 

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To combat the cold, coats, jackets, parkas and down jackets are firm fixtures of the season. Going the whole range from classical and functional to extravagant, outerwear this season is sure to fit all kinds of tastes, leaving something for everyone. Zips were a key feature for many, sometimes used as embellishment, but other times allowing big coats transform into lightweight outdoor garments. One key trend — seen in particular at Léa Peckre, Burberry and Narciso Rodriguez — is a masculine coat with a long, wide cut, worn over a lightweight dress, a sure sign of designers thinking beyond traditional seasons. Oversized coats will be big news this winter but down jackets and parkas with touches of fur or color — as spotted at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rag&Bone — will be popular too. Chanel went for a more classic, highly feminine padded jacket.

 

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Beyond the seasonal mix-up came unisex silhouettes and garments inspired by menswear. On the whole, though, the trend was still highly feminine looks with a few masculine details. Collections involved in the masculine/feminine trend include Paul Smith, John Galliano, Paul & Joe and Victoria Beckham. Some showed suit jackets with big shoulders and wide-cut trousers. Lots of other labels though — like Gucci, Mugler and Elie Saab — previewed more feminine, sensual collections.

 

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Lingerie and sleepwear made their appearance on the runways as outerwear in autumn/winter collections. Lingerie-style dresses worn under thick, heavy coats, like at Sonia Rykiel, as well as dressing gowns and pajama pants were also spotted on the catwalk for a laid-back daytime look. This trend was mostly seen on the Italian catwalk, at Trussardi, Missoni, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli.

 

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Other designers rode on a sailor or seafaring theme with sweaters, pants and sailor-style buttoning, all in a palette of navy blue, red and yellow. Cédric Charlier went particularly big on sailor chic in a collection inspired by old photos of retro seamen. Y/Project, Prada and Tommy Hilfiger also showed nautical looks.

 

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Wide, baggy, and even oversized pants were prominent, although skinny cuts were still present. Chalayan went for wide-cut leather pants, Jacquemus matched them with a huge-shouldered XXL jacket, Giorgio Armani printed them with patterns and Ralph Lauren gave them a high waist. Shiatzy Chen, on the other hand, had loose-cut pants with patterns and transparent effects.

 

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Some brought hints of a sporty style to their autumn/winter collections, while others jumped into sportswear head first. Among those adding a few sportswear pieces to feminine, urban collections, or leaving discreet touches of sportiness are Carven, Alexis Mabille, Alexander Wang and, of course, Tommy Hilfiger. There were some interesting collaborations in the sportswear arena too, such as Fenty x Puma by Rihanna.

All images are courtesy of AFP.

3 Fashionably On-Trend Airbnb Rentals

Fashion season is in high gear — we’ve gotten through New York, London and are currently in Milan, though frankly we wouldn’t mind a little getaway to gather some energy before Paris in March. Apparently we aren’t the only ones who have been taking notice of popular designers and collections during fashion week.Victoria-Beckham-airbnb-rental

Taking inspiration from the looks on the runway, Airbnb has found several vacation rentals that allow you to co-ordinate with your accommodation with the latest collections. Certainly, better than discovering that your outfit clashes with the carpet or drapes. The first is an industrial slate grey loft in Bangkok with a white and black chequered carpet. This is the perfect rental for the stylish fashionista who dreams of the ankle grazing dresses that Victoria Beckham showcased last year for Spring/Summer.Manish-arora-airbnb-rental

For the bohemian princess who loves bright colors the gypsy caravan in the south of France would be a best fit. Filled with bold turquoises, bright fuchsias and eclectic designs the apartment is something that looks a lot like the designs by Manish Arora with his spring/summer collection.Alice-and-Olivia-airbnb-rental

Of course, the minimalist queen is not forgotten. Hidden in Osaka, this monochromatic rental is all about striped walls, a zebra head and clean lines. It certainly takes us back to that black and white-striped pantsuit by Alice and Olivia.

5 Winning Jewelry Looks at 2016 Baftas

It is award season frenzy and we need to catch our breath with the numerous designer looks on the (various) red carpets. While the stars enjoy the sunshine in Los Angeles, they brave the rain in London, all while decked out in designer gems. The contrasting weather conditions certainly don’t dampen the mood nor do the stars make any less of an effort. In fact we saw several looks that stole the show and even fell in love with several accessories on the red carpet.

First up is British actress Annabelle Wallis in a red Oscar De La Renta gown with Chopard accessories. Her outfit combined numerous collections that somehow seem to work seamlessly together. The scene-stealer was a stunning pair of 18-carat white gold earrings from the Maison’s Red Carpet Collection earrings, set with pear-shaped rubies and diamonds. Accompanying her ruby and diamond earrings was a white gold ring featuring round-shaped brilliant-cut diamonds and a round shaped brilliant-cut ruby, from the L’Heure du Diamant Collection. The final piece to her outfit was a white Fairmined gold ring, set with marquise-cut diamonds from the Maison’s Green Carpet Collection.Annabelle-Wallis-BAFTAs-2016.02.2016_2

Red carpet favourite Cate Blanchett, swept onto the red carpet, in floral Alexander McQueen creation that had critics on the fence. Nonetheless, she ensured that the accessories left us in awe. The award winner shone bright with earrings and a cuff from the 2016 Tiffany Blue Book. Her dramatic earrings featured mixed-cut diamonds while the cuff was set with marquise and brilliant-cut diamonds. We are looking forward to her outfit at the Academy Awards since she seems to have the best picks of the Blue Book.Cate-Blanchett-Baftas-2016

Next on our radar is Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. The Leading Actor nominee followed a ‘less-is-more’ strategy with her accessories, all from Chopard. Complementing her floral Burberry gown was a white gold necklace set with fancy colored sapphires, fancy colored briolette-cut sapphires, round-shaped rose-cut diamonds and pear-shaped rose-cut diamonds from the Chopard High Jewelry Collection. The second piece, also from the same collection, was a white and yellow gold ring with a yellow pear-shaped diamond and brilliant-cut diamonds.Saoirse-Ronan-BAFTAs-2016

Emilia Clarke a.k.a Khalessi was another stunner on the carpet. Adding a pop of color to her Victoria Beckham dress, she is certainly an actress to take note of, and her accessories were simple yet unforgettable. The Mother of Dragons selected platinum earrings and ring from Tiffany & Co. to complete her look. The diamond cluster earrings did not take the attention away from the dress or the actress but instead managed to enhance it. The ring features a 2.09-carat center diamond for that extra sparkle.Emilia-Clarke-Baftas-2016

The last on our list, is Kate Winslet. Her Antonio Berardi fit her like a glove and showed us just how well a beautifully made black dress can outshine any other. She let her accessories do the talking, with Morning Dew chandelier earrings by David Morris and 16-carats worth of diamonds on her wrist by the same jeweler.Kate-Winslet-Baftas

 

The images are courtesy of Tiffany & Co., Chopard and AFP.

10 Best-Matched Red Carpet Couples 2015

Some celebrities don’t stride down the red carpet without their other half. It’s already complicated for one person to dress in the right way for these big events but finding harmonious outfits for a couple sometimes seems like mission impossible. A few manage to pull it off. Here’s the AFP’s selection of the best-matched couples in 2015.

George Clooney and Amal Clooney

The then-recently married couple took to the red carpet at the Golden Globes hand in hand, one as elegant as the other. Dress code: black and white. (January 11, 2015)

Producer Livia Giuggioli and actor Colin Firth arrive on the red carpet for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP / MARK RALSTON

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Livia Giuggioli and Colin Firth

Another couple who opted for the traditional combination of black and white: Livia Giuggioli and Colin Firth, perfectly matched from head to toe. (January 11, 2015)

Nicole Kidman arrives with Keith Urban on the red carpet for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Dressed all in black, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban also opted for the same haircut at the Grammy Awards. You can’t do better than that! (February 8, 2015)

Nominee for Album Of The Year Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh arrives on the red carpet for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON

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Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams and his wife went for a more original approach, as is often the case with them, when they hit the red carpet for the Grammy Awards. A sporty outfit for her and a bermuda shorts ensemble for him. You never change a winning team. (February 8, 2015)

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson arrive to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California on February 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ / AFP / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ

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Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger

Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger form a glamorous and elegant duo. The couple chose the ideal combination of black and white for him and fiery red for her for the Vanity Fair party after the Oscars. (February 22, 2015)

Actor Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan arrive on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON

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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

Head high, back straight, and the same sophisticated air: there’s no doubt, the star of “Magic Mike” and his wife are very well matched, in both their attitude and their outfit. And what’s more, they blend perfectly with the décor of the 87th Academy Awards. (February 22, 2015)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museum’s latest exhibit “China: Through the Looking Glass” May 4, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

The most bling-bling couple on Planet Celebrity attended the traditional Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala in New York. For once, the emphasis was on glamour, with a sublime feathery sparkly dress for her and a black suit for him. (May 4, 2015)

US-Israeli actress and director Natalie Portman (R) and her husband French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied pose as they arrive for the opening ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

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Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman and her choreographer husband made the sound sartorial choice of red and black. They were perfect examples of natural simplicity and elegance on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. (May 13, 2015)

US actress and model Nikki Reed (L) and US actor Ian Somerhalder pose as they arrive for the screening of the film "Youth" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE / AFP / LOIC VENANCE

AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder

Although they weren’t wearing the same colors, this Hollywood couple was in perfect harmony on the steps of the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. (May 20, 2015)

British footballer David Beckham (L) and his wife British designer Victoria Beckham (R) pose for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London on November 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JACK TAYLOR / AFP / JACK TAYLOR

AFP PHOTO / JACK TAYLOR

David and Victoria Beckham

The most glamorous couple in the fashion world had to be included in our selection. Posh opted for a feminine version of her soccer star husband’s suit. They are posing here at the British Fashion Awards in London. (November 23, 2015)

Walpole Awards 2015

Victoria Beckham wins top fashion award

Walpole Awards 2015

has another award to squeeze onto her mantelpiece — having won Luxury Brand of the Year at the annual Walpole British Luxury Awards.

Meanwhile London Fashion Week designer Emilia Wickstead took home the award for New Talent and jeweler Pippa Small was named the Most Socially Responsible Brand, reports Women’s Wear Daily.

“As an independent British brand, I am humbled to be here among so many big names,” the site reports Beckham saying as she accepted her prize during the ceremony, which took place on November 2.

Walpole, which promotes British luxury brands, counts Jimmy Choo and Rolls Royce amongst its members.

amfAR gala in Hong Kong

Victoria Beckham plans to open store in Hong Kong

Victoria Beckham at her new store

Victoria Beckham has said that she will open her next fashion boutique in Hong Kong, after visiting the city for a star-studded AIDS benefit gala.

The British designer told the South China Morning Post that she was scouting locations — she already has one store in London.

“I would love my second worldwide store to be in Hong Kong, so I’m here also looking at space and speaking to all my retail partners,” she told the newspaper’s fashion editor Jing Zhang in an interview.

Beckham was in Hong Kong over the weekend for the amfAR AIDS research fundraiser where she was joined on the red carpet by film star Gwyneth Paltrow and models Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

amfAR gala in Hong Kong

Her trip also coincided with Art Basel, Asia’s largest art fair which draws celebrities to the city each year.

The mother-of-four said she would like to bring her family to Hong Kong — although she said they had no plans to move here.

“It just makes sense for this to be my next ‘home’, and by that I don’t mean I’m going to move here,” she said.

“But I do want to spend a lot of time here, there’s such an energy and it’s such an exciting place to be, I want to bring the kids here.”

amfAR gala in Hong Kong

Beckham had revealed that she was looking to Asia for her next store during her New York runway show in February, saying that she would be flying to Hong Kong and Beijing in the coming weeks.

“I love the women there. They really understand fashion and style; they’re beautiful. So why not Asia?” she told AFP.

Hong Kong is crammed with luxury malls and is a magnet for high-end shoppers from the city and abroad.

Beckham, 40, opened her first store in London’s Mayfair in September.

 

Victoria Beckham at her new store

Victoria Beckham’s first flagship store opens today

Victoria Beckham at her new store

On September 25,  will open the doors to her debut boutique, a flagship store located in London’s West End.

Situated on Dover Street, the boutique is set to be a typically minimalist, flexible affair, with no display window packed with glossy wares.

Victoria Beckham London store

Instead, the 560m2 store has been built around the concept of a flexible interior, with retractable shelving for the accessories on the ground floor and clothes hung from moveable, hexagonal blonde gold hanging chains on recessed ceiling tracks.

The space was designed by Farshid Moussavi Architecture, with added touches including caramel onyx and mirror stainless steel counters, free-standing modular seating made from American walnut, a polished concrete floor and stairway, and bottle green glass fitting rooms.

Victoria Beckham store London

Following the lead of Apple and other retailers like Burberry, there are no tills and payment is set to take place throughout the store via iPad.

The three level boutique houses all of the eponymous label’s lines from ready to wear to accessories and denim.

Victoria Beckham Dover Street store

In addition to the regular collections, you’ll be able to get your hands on a new eyewear model, the Classic Aviator in Sky Blue, which has been created exclusively for the boutique.

The store opening also sees the introduction of small leather goods (from wallets to pouches) that range from £150-£480 (around €190-€615) and are only available at 36 Dover Street and online.

Victoria Beckham London store handbags

To coincide with the store launch, Posh has posted this arty video online, which features some nice London scenes – and lots of cute animals.

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Victoria Beckham wants to create fashion empire

victoria beckham eyewear

Victoria Beckham, the one-time pop star who is now one of the most courted designers at the upcoming New York Fashion Week, says she has even bigger plans for her eponymous brand.

“I want to get bigger and bigger,” the former Spice Girl told the New York Times ahead of the unveiling of her spring-summer 2014 collection during fashion week. “I absolutely want an empire.”

Beckham, who was once only famous for her stint as Posh Spice and as the wife of David Beckham, has come into her own since her first runway show in New York in 2008 took the fashion world by surprise.

Beckham designs clothes she would want to wear herself, from chic, ultra-flattering dresses to her current fall line of masculine-influenced coats and body-skimming skirts and trousers.

She has also branched out into sunglasses, handbags and denim, and her main Victoria Beckham label is expanding rapidly in Asia.

Beckham has also created a new, more-affordable diffusion line, Victoria, which is more casual and colorful to appeal to a younger market. “I want to reach as many women throughout the world as I can.”

“There are more categories that I want to enter into. I have five categories at the moment. But at some point I would love to do shoes, I would love to do fragrance, I would love to do makeup, I would like to do underwear. There are so many things I want to do.”

Victoria Beckham spring 2013 collectiom

 

beckingham palace photo

Beckingham Palace up for sale?

Beckingham Palace

David and Victoria Beckham are selling their country estate in England, known as Beckingham Palace, and moving their family to the city. Its real name is Rowenbury House and its set in 22 acres of grounds

According to UK reports, the mansion in Hertfordshire, which includes a helipad and recording studio, is on the market for £10million ($15 million).

David and Victoria bought the country house following their marriage in 1999 for pound £2.5million and since then have expanded it, adding swimming pools, a gym, tennis courts and games room.

The sources say the family has insisted it is sold to a private buyer to ensure it is not developed into luxury apartments. The reasoning? Victoria and David don’t want anyone to cash in on their name.

The Beckhams are now said to be looking for a family home in London near to Victoria’s fashion house which is based in Battersea, and will be easy for David to travel to from the French capital.

Victoria Beckham website

Victoria Beckham reveals new e-commerce site

Victoria Beckham New York Fashion Week Fall 2013

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a revamped victoriabeckham.com featuring e-commerce. Beckham’s customers in the UK, North America and Europe can now buy directly from the company online.

According to Victoria Beckham CEO Zach Duane, about 20 percent of Beckham’s current sales come from online, via third-party stores like thecorner.com and net-à-porter.

“That statistic alone makes it an important next step for us. When you think about opening your first physical shop, you come to the point of view that e-commerce allows you to service a global customer. We sell to over 54 countries, and we have a very even distribution across those counties,” he told WWD.

Accessories (including her minimalist bags), the ‘victoria victoria beckham’ diffusion line, eyewear, and denim are all available to purchase.

In addition, the site is also the exclusive home of the new ‘Icon’ range, a curated selection of ‘greatest hits’ from the past few seasons.

The new platform, designed by NYC-based creative agency King & Partners, is split into two sections: the aforementioned ‘Shop’ and a separate ‘Look’ area. This second zone features tumblr-style images and shareable social content including exclusive videos and behind-the-scenes fashion shots.

Beckham entered the fashion industry in 2004 with a denim line called VB Rocks for Rock & Republic, before launching her own label in 2006.

Her first full fashion collection debuted during the 2008 New York Fashion Week, and the former popstar went on to win “Designer of the Year” at the annual British Fashion Awards in 2011.

Victoria Beckham website