Ear cuffs have been on my radar for a few seasons now, thanks to this entirely Elven one shown on Rodarte's runway for Spring '13. In person though, Rodarte's felt a little too Lord of the Rings, and not quite enough edgy, downtown glam for my tastes. That's where Australian designer/industry darling Ryan Storer comes in. His elaborate and ornate Ear Cuffs, truly the most gorgeous I've seen, simply drip glamour, and I love that they're sold complete with a delicate, complementary stud for the alternate side.
Much like Mansur Gavriel's much loved Bucket Bags, Ryan Storer's Ear Cuffs are a hot commodity at the moment. Stocked at just a few premium retailers globally, you can order online at Browns Fashion (where the collection was freshly restocked today), or keep a close eye on Net-a-Porter for new arrivals - and if you're willing to wait, ordering directly from Ryan Storer's e-shop in Australia will save you between 10-20% off the prices seen at retailers. On site, cuffs range between $223 and $780 Australian (a favorable conversion for Americans).
p.s. For an inexpensive fix, shop Baublebar's small assortment of ear cuffs, ranging between $28-$32, here (I'm sad to say that my favorites are out of stock!)
Designer Mathieu Mirano is new to me, though I must admit that I'm digging the vibe he put on the runway this season, with sharp leather styles, fur and glittering dresses complemented by Christian Louboutin shoes (more here). As part of the beauty look, Miss Pop for essie created an edgy split nail of black and red using Licorice and allegedly, Bordeaux, though it's looking a bit brighter than Bordeaux in my experience. I digress. For me, this mani is best expressed as modernity meets the circus, and I like it - what say you?
I'm remaining pretty immune at the moment to nail art seen on the runways this season. One of the ONLY exceptions to date are the sleek negative space manicures created by nail artist Naomi Yasuda for essie backstage at the Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter ’14 show this weekend. All told, there were three asymmetrical, diagonal designs that played well in rich green, blue and gray tones. Chic and architectural - I like!
For over-communicators like me, emojis add a necessary layer of expressiveness to text messaging. But, it's an understatement to say that the emoji library available within normal apps leaves a little something to be desired. Thankfully, it's Harper's BAZAAR to the rescue, with their new Fashion Emojis.
Available on the App Store, the download offers 36 Harper's BAZAAR Emojis and four exclusive Emojis created by French favorite Equipment (smart brand integration, yes? The marketer in me approves). My faves include the personalities - think Karl Lagerfeld, Bill Cunningham and Harper's BAZAAR Global Fashion Director Carine Roitfeld - as well as the "Statement Lip" and "Champs." Download the app here, and as Madonna once said > express yourself!
Jin Soon is a quiet advocate (actually, she's not all that quiet about it, if we're being honest) of restrained nails, even for those of us who dabble in nail art. So, it's only fitting that yesterday, backstage at the Tess Giberson Fall/Winter 2014 presentation, she created the thoroughly modern French manicure seen above, using a forthcoming color from her collab with Giberson (a muted dark gray) and JinSoon Kookie White at the tips. While I've long considered a French mani passe, this is an iteration I can get behind - what say you?