Monday, January 30, 2012

Prabal Gurung for... Sephora?

Classic Prabal Gurung style -- Red and black. Inspiration for Sephora uniforms.

For fragrance junkies and makeup addicts alike, Sephora is the one-stop fantasy-land for any beauty need. There are higher end brands like YSL and NARS, classic department store staples like Clinique, and smaller, lower-priced brands like Smashbox and Too Faced. And, the fragrance wall[s] seem to be endless.

Needless to say, Sephora is single-handedly reinventing the beauty industry. And, as the high-low collaboration trend is slowly becoming over-saturated, it was only a matter of time until a new format of designer collaborations evolved. And, Prabal Gurung seems to be the forerunner.

Last month, it was announced that Prabal Gurung was to design new uniforms for the Sephora beauty advisors. Even though the uniforms won't be seen in stores until April, an image of the models has surfaced:

A candid shot taken during the first promotional shoot for Prabal Gurung x Sephora.

Chic, right? There are three different designs: Black and red-accented separates for men, a women's pant suit with a bow-tie collar shirt, and a women's trapeze dress. And, of course, the beauty advisers will be 'encouraged' to wear red lipstick to match.

Of the designs, Prabal has stated, "If my design, for that one particular moment when he or she is wearing it, looks at themselves in the mirror and feels, 'you know what, I feel better. I look good. I want to do my job better'...that's what fashion is about."

“My intention was to reflect the style and playfulness of shopping in a Sephora store, but to also make sure [the uniforms] would be functional in such a fast-paced environment."

“The dress incorporates one of my favorite design elements, offering a flash of vibrant red, while the women’s pant suit and the separates for men give a sleeker, more tailored look.”

So, will this become the new collaboration - High end designers creating pieces for employees, instead of low-priced retailers? Only time will tell.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Clinique Almost Lipstick Launches

Ever since I began working at Clinique, I've pretty much become obsessed with all of the products and the brand itself. After all, I'm living and breathing Clinique for about 25 hours every week!

So, imagine my surprise (and complete and utter joy!) when I came across a post about Clinique's newest product launch on my favorite beauty site, Temptalia. Of course, I already knew all about Almost Lipstick, but it was still awesome seeing it.

One of Clinique's classic products is a lipstick called Black Honey, which is a dark, sheer shade that is flattering on literally everyone. They relaunched the line last year to include a limited edition blush and Almost Lipstick.

As it turns out, the shade was so successful that the Clinique execs decided to bring back Almost Lipstick in not only Black Honey, but seven other shades as well:
  • Black Honey
  • Shy Honey
  • Tender Honey
  • Spice Honey
  • Luscious Honey
  • Chic Honey
  • Lovely Honey
  • Flirty Honey
Almost Lipstick is another highly successful, temporarily discontinued Clinique product. Its a lipstick with a more moisturizing consistency. It is extremely sheer, allowing each person's natural lip color to show through, but with a subtle hint of the shade itself. They create an extremely natural look that is completely perfect for spring! 

Another interesting thing I've learned: Clinique's Almost Lipstick has received more credits in Elle magazine's history than any other lipstick! [In case you're not aware, I also intern at Elle, which makes this little fact extremely ironic.]

The new line of Almost Lipstick is now available at Clinique counters nationwide. Will you be buying it?

January Giveaway Winner!

It's about 3 AM on January 7th, and my very first contest has officially closed!!

I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that the winner is longtime follower Lindsay LeBoyer! Lindsay is the ever-fashionable blogger behind The Style Child, one of the first blogs I discovered upon entering the blogosphere earlier this year. At age 16, she has already taken classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, toured the Teen Vogue offices, and is consistently featured on Teen Vogue Fashion Click. Her blog is one of my favorites, and I definitely suggest you check it out!

Lindsay of The Style Child won a 1-year subscription to Elle!

As far as the contest, thank you to everyone who entered. Overall, I didn't get as great of a response as I had hoped for (only ten entries), but its probably my own fault for my lack of updates and posts.

With the new year, I hope to update more often and continue to grow my blog. I'm well aware that this will be a major time commitment, so I have arranged my school, work, and internship schedules to allow for the time needed.

As I have already promised, I will hold a contest beginning the first day of each month, so make sure to check back on February 1st! In the meantime, if you have any suggestions as to how to get a greater response, please comment below. And, if there's anything particular you would like to see in a giveaway, please feel free to let me know. I would honestly appreciate any suggestions you have!