WIN IT!! Alice In Wonderland Inspired Beauty Booty

Hey Glamazons! I’m sure you’re all stoked about the upcoming release of Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. (I know I am! Mostly because it features one of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp. I not only admire him for his stellar good looks, but also because he plays a crazy person so well!) To get into the spirit, I’ve been wearing eyeshadow shades from my Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland Book of Shadows and I’m smitten with OPI’s Mad As A Hatter (a shade of black with multi-colored glitter).
With eye shadow names like Underland and Midnight Tea Party, the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows features travel size versions of the 24/7 Eye Pencils in Zero and Flipside and Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin. The book opens to reveal a full size mirror and a cute pop up version of a shrunken Alice in a peculiar forest.
The limited edition Alice In Wonderland collection from OPI features four shades: Absolutely Alice (a blue glitter); Thanks So Muchness! (a red shimmer); Off With Her Red (a fierce hot red); and Mad As A Hatter.

Tell us: Who is your favorite character from Alice in Wonderland and why?
Leave your comments below and we’ll pick the most outstanding. The winner will receive shades from the limited edition OPI Alice in Wonderland collection.

Can’t wait to read your responses!
xo
Ferocia

Prada Says Butts, Boobs and Hips are In for Fall

Forget Prada’s sexy librarian trend. What’s really hot this season are breasts, hips and butts…on the runway.


While high fashion has all but ignored a woman’s natural curves, opting for the real-life mannequin look, Miuccia Prada has fully embraced our humps in her latest show—and it’s about time.


Don’t get excited. We’re not talking about curves of the Brick House, 36-24-38 kind (sorry, Melissa Ford). But models like Lara Stone, Doutzen Kroes, Catherine McNeil, Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio, and their relative hip, breast and derriere fat, are still a breath of fresh air on the catwalk. Rose Cordero, who covers the new issue of French Vogue, brought some much-needed color to the runway.


The collection, it seems, was structured for a voluptuous woman as well. The A-line skirts and dresses are perfect for women with hips and butt. The raised waists only further highlighted womanly, hourglass silhouettes. 


And the breasts. Ruffles and pointy bras enhance the chest area. While models everywhere are cringing, real women are ecstatic about what this means for the future of fashion. Miuccia Prada is a trendsetter and if all goes well, it’s only a matter of time before more fashion brands follow suit. Check out the collection below:






































Either Miuccia Prada has been hanging out with Beyonce, or the curves phenomenon (seen previously in the V Magazine Size Issue and Vogue Curvy) is really in full swing.


Regardless, I’m happy to see that a little bit of fat is in fashion. (I’m looking proudly at my shape in the mirror as I type this.)


What do you think of Prada putting curves on the runway? Do you think the “trend” will endure?


Kisses,


Coutura

StarDust On My Eyes: New Faves From Urban Decay

Hey Glamazons! All that glitters is always gold in MY book. A few months ago I had the privilege of attending an Urban Decay luncheon with the company founder and a group of beauty editors where they presented us with the Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows (more on that in a bit) and these atothemazing new eye shadows called StarDust. Sparkling, glittery eyeshadow shades in fun jeweled tone shades and even a dazzling inky black?! Oh, happy day! I love them. Each and every one. They go on surprisingly smooth and you don’t have to worry about the sparkly dust falling all over your face throughout the day (or night) because it stays put. The other cool part about these eyeshadows is the chic new packaging. Just one tiny squeeze and the lid pops open.

Urban Decay has also launched Eden, a matte addition to the Primer Potion family. (If you’ve never tried their eyeshadow primers, I highly suggest you get into it. It’s by far the best way I’ve found to keep my smoky eye looking fab all night long!)

AND (because we can never have enough eyeliner in life) be sure to pick up the newest additions to the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils family: Binge (finally! a navy); Mildew (a dark green based on their best selling eyeshadow); Oil Slick (my fave! black with silver sparkle); and Crash (a rich deep eggplant). Let us know what you think after you test each item out!
xo
Ferocia

10 Minutes With Afrobella: Contributor to Vogue Black

Hey Glamazons! So, as you know by now, Vogue Italia has officially launched Vogue Curvy and Vogue Black.

Ferocia caught up with the amazing beauty and fashion blogger Afrobella , who just announced today that she will be an official contributor to the Vogue Black site! Here’s what she had to say:
Ferocia: Coutura and I are so excited for you!
Afrobella: It is crazy! I didn’t know when [the Vogue editor] was going to put my first post up. But, yesterday I was reading The Cut and all of those comments and all of that stuff. And I wanted so bad to say something, but I was like I’m not going to say anything until my name is up and until my bio is up. They haven’t even put the bios up yet! They’re going to put the bios up this weekend I guess. It’s been interesting.
Ferocia: So, is the site based in NY?
Afrobella: No! It’s in Italy.
Ferocia: So these people are actually in Italy doing this site, right?
Afrobella: Yeah. The one that I’ve been communicating with is definitely in Italy.
Ferocia: How did you meet him?
Afrobella: He reached out to me in November.
Ferocia: Wow!
Afrobella: I got an e-mail. That was it.
Ferocia: Wow! So you just got an e-mail and now you’re like fabulous fashionista in Vogue…
Afrobella: [laughing] I mean, it’s weird because my blog is very different from a lot of other blogs, so I’m like it’s not really all beauty and it’s not really all fashion. But, they were looking for strong writing and strong content.
Ferocia: Did they give you a topic to write about or can you just write about whatever you want?
Afrobella: I can write about whatever I want to write about pretty much. [The editor] approached me and was like we would like to contribute to the site. What are your ideas? He actually asked me to write a list of who I thought were the best black beauty bloggers that her should reach out to. So, I gave him that list, but I don’t know if he’s reached out to anybody. It’s kind of awkward to be like “Hey! Did you get an e-mail from…” I didn’t really know what to do about that. I’ll see if he plans on adding to the roster because I think that they should. To me, this is just the beginning.
Ferocia: Yes, I agree. I like that it’s very organic and that they actually did research before reaching out to you.
Afrobella: They’re working on it and it’s been an education on both sides. It’s been interesting.
Ferocia: That’s so awesome! What excites you most about this opportunity?
Afrobella: I mean, honestly, this is crazy. It’s Vogue! It’s like Vogue is respecting black bloggers?! Like what?! Did hell freeze over today? I know it snowed last night but I was like damn, you know? It’s just crazy. I’ve been seeing people complaining about it all the time. Like, The Cut, for example. I respect them and I love what they do, but where are they giving tribute or props to black bloggers? I haven’t seen any of that. And that’s what I’m most excited about is that finally a mainstream fashion publication recognizes that black bloggers are here and we’re interested in beauty and we’re interested in fashion and we are a market worth respecting. Finally! And it’s not even in America! It’s across the world. But, it’s the beginning of something kind of awesome and I’m so proud.
Ferocia: You plan on still keeping your blog, right?
Afrobella: Nu ugh! I’m not giving [my blog] up! That’s my baby!
Ferocia: How long have you had your blog?
Afrobella: Since 2006. This year will be my fourth blogaversy! It’s crazy. More than anything else, it’s proof that hard work does pay off. Hard work and taking that time and all of the things that I’ve done…because they’re times where I’ve been discouraged and there are times that I’ve been like I can’t do this blog anymore….I’m not making enough money off of it…what am I doing? I quit my job. I’m doing this full time now. When I made that decision, it was really terrifying because of all of those things that they say about the economy and stuff, but it’s actually working!
Ferocia: Honestly though, I think that all of that stuff that they say about the economy is just a scape goat. Because you know I used to work at a magazine and got laid off, but when I was working there, that’s why Coutura and I started this blog because we didn’t have the creative outlet to say and write the things that we really wanted to write about. So, even if you have a full time job and you’re still not doing creatively what you want to do, then I don’t think that you should hide behind that, you know?
Afrobella: Nope.
Ferocia: And now that we’re both laid off, we have more time to blog now!
Afrobella: Yeah, that’s great!
Ferocia: I also think that black people as a whole, we don’t support each other enough.
Afrobella: Nope. And I have to say that especially in the beauty and fashion world. But I do have to say that there is a sisterhood and brotherhood of black bloggers once you get out of beauty and fashion. Which is unfortunate and I hope that it changes and I certainly do my best to be inclusive and to be everything, but I mean, it’s crazy. I get more love and more support from hip hop bloggers and people that are not even in the arena of stuff that I write about. There are some beauty bloggers that are my girls forever and ever and that have been supportive of me from day one, but I see alot of newer black beauty blogs and stuff starting up and it’s kind of…not competitive, but it’s like we’re all on our own page; when we should be together and we should be showing each other that love and support that we’re not getting.
Ferocia: Yep! So true and I agree with you.
Afrobella: We are living in interesting times. With this whole [Vogue Black] thing, it’s kind of like now what? There are so many of us who are here and there are so many of us doing so many different things and complementing each other and I hope that this is not going to be a one time thing. I can’t speak to the future plans of what it will be and I can’t speak to my future plans for my blog, but I am honored to be here at the beginning of it and I hope that it just brings bigger and more awesome things for all of us.

Vogue Italia Launches Vogue Curvy and Vogue Black

Curvy women and black culture are officially en vogue.

Vogue Italia has relaunched their website to include channels for Vogue Curvy (for full-figured women), Vogue Black (for black women) and Vogue Talents (for up-and-coming talents).

The site, which is available in English, boasts video interviews, photo galleries, articles and images—all the features fashion lovers spend hours dissecting on the web.

Vogue Curvy currently features an interview with plus-size model of the moment, Crystal Renn, while Vogue Black offers an exclusive talk with model/mogul Tyra Banks. Vogue Black also includes a profile on Grace Jones and an article “Know Your Fro” by amazing beauty blogger and friend of The Glamazons, Afrobella. Vogue Talents presents an interview with the Rodarte sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and footage from their Fall 2010 Fashion Show.

The content is pretty exceptional. The concept, on the other hand, has caused quite the controversy.

In general, everyone agrees that it’s great that Vogue Italia recognizes that curvy women and black culture are worth celebrating. But some argue that presenting them on separate channels is still divisive. It’s like saying ‘You deserve attention, just not on our main channel. Here’s a section just for you.’

Similar complaints were made during the launch of the Vogue Italia All-Black issue and V Magazine’s Size Issue. To some, it perpetuated separatism. Instead of incorporating women of color and women with curves into these magazines on a regular basis, groups are given an issue where it’s all about them…one month out of the year. They’re celebrated, yes, but still marginalized.

On the other hand, people are arguing that ESSENCE Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Latina Magazine, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, etc. are just as separatist, focusing solely on a particular ethnic group. Sure magazines like Ebony were created as the answer to exclusion from the mainstream, but now those magazines have set the tone for what “inclusion” means. It seems Vogue Italia is just following suit using that same, proven formula.

Which leads me to my next question…can a wide range of cultures, sizes and ethnicities be represented (regularly) in one book? Is it even possible?

Judging from some unfortunate comments about the Vanity Fair controversy, if a magazine is not overtly associated with a race, people believe it should be assumed that it’s a “white magazine.” Which presents the need for a “black magazine.” Perhaps, that’s the thinking behind Vogue Italia’s separate channels.

When will the pages of a magazine, or the screen of a website, be big enough to fit all of us? Do we even want it to? Discuss.

Kisses,

Coutura

New York Fashion Week Trend Report

Hey Glamazons!

So you stocked up on Red Bull, threw on your fur, strapped on your Louboutins and survived Fashion Week chaos alongside Ferocia and I. And we love you for it!

After the last show at Bryant Park ends (which was Tommy Hilfiger, fyi), the “Empire State of Mind” song fades and the models change into regular duds and go home, it’s time for editors to pick the trends of the season. Well, those who are unlucky enough to not be attending the London and Paris shows (I always laugh at the scene in “Devil Wears Prada” where Emily is dying to go to Paris Fashion Week. That’s so me!).

Here’s a preliminary roundup of the standout trends we saw at New York Fashion Week. Tell us what’s your favorite and what you’d never wear in a million years!

-FUR

PETA, don’t hate me. From colorful fur coats at Zac Posen to fur-trimmed jackets at Marc Jacobs, fur is the most luxurious way to stay warm next Fall. And the opulent material is no longer just for coats.

Fur-trimmed booties, purses and blouses were everywhere on the runway, like the fab fur-trimmed gloves at Brian Reyes. Designers like Marc Bouwer showed faux, PETA-friendly alternatives, which offer a guilt-free way to be lavish. Check out our faves:

Zac Posen
Michael Kors

Marc Jacobs

Stephen Burrows

Marc Bouwer

Boy by Band of Outsiders

Brian Reyes

-MILITARY DETAILING

When financial strife hits, fashion responds with clothes for work in strong, utilitarian silhouettes. The sharp shoulders of the 1940’s were an answer to the financial strife of the Great Depression and the need for women to work during World War II.

With recession-induced panic spreading at a fever pitch, and today’s war on terror, there is no better time for fashion to embody a brave, valiant spirit. Military looks accomplish just that. From Deola Sagoe, who presented at the Arise Magazine fashion show, to Vivienne Tam, power ruled the runway for Fall. Salute!

Deola Sangoe, Arise

Nanette Lepore

Vivienne Tam

-VELVET

Rich, opulent textures made their presence known on the Fall runways, but none was as important as velvet. The fabric was reborn in silhouettes that ranged from short and sexy (Alexander Wang) to long and luxurious (Nanette Lepore). A velvet blazer at L’Wren Scott offered a practical way to wear the look for day. Whether going to the office or hitting the red carpet, there are plenty of ways to rock Fall’s fabric du jour.

Alexander Wang



Marc Jacobs
Rachel Roy

L’Wren Scott

Nanette Lepore

-WIDELEG PANTS

Though cigarette pants, tights and even some leggings were a staple on the catwalk, everyone’s talking about the reemergence of the wideleg pant.

Fluid, oversized pants made a triumphant return to the runway paired with everything from suit jackets to knits. The new twist? Experimentations with color at Malandrino (orange) and 3.1 Phillip Lim (gold) that refuse to go unnoticed.

Rebecca Taylor

3.1 Phillip Lim

Charlotte Ronson

Malandrino

-PATCHWORK

DKNY promised to present patchwork in their Fall 2010 sketch, and boy, did they deliver! The patches from Grandma’s quilt got a modern and sophisticated update on chunky sweaters at Yigal Azrouel and short, fitted dresses at DKNY. Rodarte had a particularly artful spin on the trend with colors and prints all weaved into one stunning blouse. Grandmas, don’t try this at home.

DKNY

Rodarte

Yigal Azrouel

-CAMEL

While designers didn’t shy away from an occasional pop of color, most collections were rooted in understated tones, like gray and camel. The latter is a warm and rich staple that looks clean and sophisticated without feeling drab. Michael Kors showed almost an entire collection of camel looks (in line with his safari theme) while newcomer LaQuan Smith‘s collection presented the neutral color alongside oceanic tones of blue.

Zac Posen
3.1 Phillip Lim
Michael Kors
Boy by Band of Outsiders

LaQuan Smith

-LEGS!!

I don’t like pants, and apparently, many Fall 2010 New York Fashion Week designers share my sentiment. More than ever, several collections skipped pants altogether sending dresses, shorts and skirts down the catwalk.

Of course, I find this thrilling but it presents a dilemma: how does a sexy girl brave the cold with her legs out during the Fall? Designers like Alexander Wang and Elie Tahari have the perfect solution: legwarmers and thigh-high boots…for the fashionista who wants to stay warm while looking hot.

Alexander Wang

Elie Tahari

Vera Wang

L’Wren Scott

Rag & Bone
-GRAFFITI PRINTS
What once was a pastime for urban rebels has become a legitimate work of art. Heralded for its gritty yet artful flair, graffiti prints are being embraced by designers like Tory Burch and J Brand for Proenza Schouler
Coupled with trend-focused silhouettes, 90’s-esque graffiti looks make a chic yet creative statement that shoppers are sure to love. And city girls, like me, who loved graffiti all along will be happy to wear their support on their sleeves, literally. See our top looks below:

Tory Burch

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Diesel Black Gold

What do you think of our favorite Fall New York Fashion Week trends? What are your favorites? What are you tired of seeing? What would you never be caught dead in? Discuss.

Kisses,

Coutura

Retail Therapy: The Glamazons Hit H&M

So after a week of runway shows, one would think the last thing Ferocia and I want to see is clothes…wrong! Retail therapy (and an upcoming spa session we’ll share with you!) is one of the best ways to decompress after the Fashion Week circus.

And while we lust after Louboutins and crave Christian Dior, retail therapy is only great when you don’t have to cope with the shame of overspending later. H&M solves that problem with affordable, chic finds.

And the guilt of supporting a business that wastes clothes, instead of donating them has also been lifted. Though H&M has had plenty of drama this year, we’re happy to report they are donating unsold clothes to charities. (Apparently, that was the policy all along but the 34th Street H&M wasn’t following protocol, according to Nicole Christie, a spokesperson for H&M via The New York Times.) Hmm…as long as the clothes are going to charity NOW, I’m okay with it.

After discussing blog plans over dinner (great things coming soon! stay tuned!), Ferocia and I hit the H&M near Union Square to pick up some stylish separates to mix and match with our wardrobes at home (investment pieces, people! and we threw in some tops we just had to have because they were cute!).

While the sales associates scratched their heads, we posed, strutted and modeled our H&M picks. Check out our silly shots below and vote on what piece you love and what you’re not so crazy about.

It’s all about lace! Check out my slinky, black lace dress. (P.S. Excuse the winter gear—Aldo patent leather Russian hat and Marc Jacobs rain boots—it’s a neverending rainstorm in NYC right now)
Ferocia’s giving some sparkle for day in a glittery, sequin vest. I live!
Pink lace dress is just a bit too racy and uberfeminine (it’s lace AND pink)…so to tone it down…

…I pair it with a gray, oversized blazer. Perfect mix of masculine and feminine.
A geometric pattern and bright colors turn a plain black dress into a showstopper! Love this look on Ferocia
Here’s her giving her best high-fashion curved back model pose. Hehe
Love this cute nautical dress with gold buttons and detailing! Chic!

I’m going to live in this military jacket come Spring! And to mix things up, I’m rocking it with all my floral, ruffled dresses. It’s all about soft and structured pairings. Get into it!

If you follow Ferocia on Twitter, you know she goes crazy for a fierce, red lip. Now, she has the shirt to match her Ruffian Red lips. Gorg.
What do you think of our picks? Where do you go for fun, guiltfree retail therapy?

Kisses,

Coutura