Monday, November 10, 2014

WonderLuk's 3D Printing Fashion Marketplace

Since July 2013, U.K. based company WonderLuk has been the only 3D printing community marketplace in existence for the fashion crowd.

The site offers designs, from capelets to cell phone cases, earrings, bracelets and rings, which can be bought and are printed based on demand. Each order takes roughly two weeks to be completed (of course, you'll have to be based in the U.K. or Europe to use the service) and prices vary but are moderate considering the technology and labor that goes into each piece. For example, earrings range from about $30-$70, give or take, depending on the exchange rate.

CEO Robert Lucca told TechCrunch in July, “The reason we started with jewelry is it’s a little less challenging… from an ecommerce perspective. From a fitting perspective as well — jewelry, accessories — then we’ll go into shoes, and then we go into homeware, and then we go into clothing."

The future is looking bright for 3D printing and fashion.

-Kristen Bateman

Monday, November 3, 2014

Five SS15 Beauty Trends to DIY

Fall may be here, but that's no reason to stop us from imitating the boldest and brightest beauty trends from the Spring/Summer 2015 collections. From notted, mini fauxhawks to glittery eyes and sleek center-parts, here's are some of the best trends to DIY.

1) The Bedhead: Seen at Tom Ford, this look is perfect for those days when your hair is already dry from fall's indoor heaters. Try towel drying your hair and spritzing in some sea salt spray. Pair with a dramatic smokey eye, bold brow, and nude lip.

2) Punk Rocker: For the adventurous, take a cue from the girls at Marc by Marc Jacobs with this notted fauxhawk. Separate hair into four equal sections at the center of your head and secure each with a band. Twist each section around the base to create a twisty, messy bun. Finish with an intense hairspray.

3) Flower Girl: Keep is classic like Dolce and Gabbana. A sleek cat-eye and berry lip--which looks luscious during the colder months--pairs perfectly with a gorgeous flower headpiece.

4) Glitterati: Ashish made a statement by sending girls down the runway with tinsel woven throughout their hair, and dramatic glitter worn to the eyebrow. Recreate this look for a holiday party in a more wearable form by choosing a pigmented silver shadow--which can also be woven throughout strands of your hair.

5) Geek Chic: At Chanel, a model wore huge, bedazzled glasses with minimal makeup. If your vision is less than perfect--you're lucky. If not, pick up a pair of cheap, fake glasses at Forever 21. Try pairing a nude lipgloss with a deep bronzer, and keep the rest of your look simple and chic.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The 20 Best Fashion Quotes of All Time

“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.” —Diana Vreeland

"You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." —Edith Head

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” —Bill Cunningham

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” —Alexander Wang

"People will stare. Make it worth their while." —Harry Winston

"More is more and less is a bore." —Iris Apfel

 "Women who wear black lead colorful lives." —Neiman Marcus

"I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in diamonds." —Mae West

"I’ve always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet." —Giorgio Armani

"Style is wearing an evening dress to McDonald's, wearing heels to play football. It is personality, confidence and seduction." —John Galliano

"Fashion wasn’t what you wore someplace anymore; it was the whole reason for going." —Andy Warhol

"Buy less, choose well." —Vivienne Westwood

 "Dressing well is a form of good manners." —Tom Ford

"I make clothes, women make fashion." —Azzedine Alaia

 "Pearls are always appropriate." —Jackie Kennedy Onassis

 "A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting." —Christian Dior

"A relationship is like couture—if it doesn’t fit perfectly, it’s a disaster." —Carrie Bradshaw

 "I think in black." —Gareth Pugh

 "I adore artifice. I always have." —Diana Vreeland

"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." --Coco Chanel

- Kristen Bateman

Photos: Miles Aldridge for Vogue Italia

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Best Thierry Mugler Runway Shows

How do you define "power dressing"? The answer is as simple as two words: Thierry Mugler. The Parisian designer may be best known for his perfumes, but in the 80's and 90's, he ruled the fashion world by creating extravagant, provocative pieces with structure and flair. But it was his fashion shows that were most spectacular. Often lasting 40 minutes to an hour, top models like Iman and Pat Cleveland paraded down the runway theatrically. At one point in the SS '88 show, models show off the clothing while munching on cookies. Who says fashion girls don't eat? Watch three amazing Thierry Mugler runway shows below.


- Kristen Bateman

Monday, October 13, 2014

Designer to Watch: Slight Jewelry

Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, Slight Jewelry pieces are made of ethically sourced materials and can take up to 2-3 weeks to be produced from start to finish. Slight Jewelry takes inspiration from the surreal and encompasses motifs like the eye, bug-like tails, spines, human heads and more. Despite the playfulness when it comes down to design, Slight Jewelry is serious when it comes to materials. Gray diamonds, semi-precious stones and sturdy metals are all present in the designer's SS15 collection. Here, see three of our favorite pieces from Slight's collection:

All photos courtesy Slight Jewelry.

-Kristen Bateman

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Best Shoes from Spring/Summer 2015 Collections

Fashion month may have just ended last week, but after a month of seeing hundreds of collections--whether through, Instagram or live, take your pick--we're still lusting over the array of shoes that graced the catwalk. From chunky, mod boots at Prada to fringed mules at Proenza Schouler, here are 15 shoes we're coveting for the upcoming season. Despite the fact that fall just arrived, we're already looking forward to spring, if for only to see these works of art in person!

90's confetti vibes at Rochas

 Chunky gladiators at Chloe

 Alexander McQueen's version of Warrior Princess

 Barely there at Valentino

 Mod boots at Comme des Garcons

 Kenzo's candy-colored cut-outs

 Funky boots at Chanel

 Sugar, spice and everything nice at Miu Miu

 Fringe benefit at Proenza Schouler

 Sheer and strappy at Balmain

 Toe-ring sandals at Balenciaga

 Return of the 70s at Prada

 Boots of the future at Dior

Dolce & Gabbana's sweet hand-painted heels

-Kristen Bateman

Monday, September 29, 2014

Polo Ralph Lauren's Holographic Fashion Show

On September 12th, Ralph Lauren presented his Polo collection in a revolutionary way: in the form of a hologram over the pond in New York's Central Park. Fusing fashion, art and technology Ralph Lauren created a completely 4D experience--word has it that the scent of the new Big Pony perfumes were wafted around the space as the futuristic show took place. The night air was still as fashion lovers watched the first-ever live, waterfront holographic fashion show in awe.

With fashion shows bridging into new mediums, like performance (Opening Ceremony and Gareth Pugh) and holograms, it almost begs the fashion crowd to question whether the integrity of the clothing can remain when presented in such an arena. Does a dress move the same way when it's shown on a holographic model as when it's worn down a runway by a model? And can editors, buyers and fashion aficionados really see all the details of an outfit when it's worn by an actor in a performance? Even so, these new forms of fashion shows are sure to draw new crowds.

-Kristen Bateman