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Bows Nouveau

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Confession: I’m bow curious. I’ve fallen for the hair bows worn by Nouvelle Vague-era actresses Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karina, and Brigitte Bardot, but can’t figure out how they managed to turn a perky cheerleader accessory into something stylish and even sex-kittenish. Can a grown woman—who isn’t one of the most beautiful women of all time—really clip a bow in her hair without looking ridiculous?

Recently, I found proof that it’s possible (see: the Spring 2014 Balenciaga and Nina Ricci collections), but I knew that if I wanted to experiment, I’d need professional help. Enter Tommy Buckett of the Serge Normant salon, who created a sixties-inspired style for the Kate Spade Spring 2014 presentation. To avoid one of my major concerns of appearing too juvenile, Buckett ruled out bow-adorned headbands. “You don’t want to look girly or like Alice in Wonderland,” he says. Instead, do as he did at Kate Spade and pull hair up into a topknot, then use Garnier Surfer Hair Power Putty to rough it up and create flyaways. The kiss of death—and fastest way to look like a leftover from Gossip Girl—is not mussing it up a bit. Buckett’s number one rule: “More texture makes it modern.”

If you’re going the topknot route, Buckett suggests playing around with the number of bows: Try one big bow pinned in front of the chignon, or three or five little ones going down the nape of the neck. Another fresh idea is to make a low samurai-style looped ponytail, then tie a satin ribbon in a bow around the base. Finally, if you’re going to try the half-up, half-down look à la Deneuve, avoid her teased, bouncy texture. Buckett’s version: Take a section of hair from one corner of your eye to the other, keep the top part completely flat and straight, and add texture to the bottom with surf spray for a rumpled (but not wavy) finish. The finishing touch: a ribbon where the ponytail holder sits. “The key to the bow,” Buckett says, “is to make it not so pretty.”

Photo: Getty Images; Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Deborah Lloyd

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The Pro: Deborah Lloyd, president and creative director of Kate Spade New York.

The Product: “My aunt was a model and one of the most glamorous women I knew. She dated pop stars in London and traveled all over the world. She had this rich red hair and was fantastic. For many years, she lived in Bali and was married to a member of the Balinese royal family. One of her favorite things during her hippie years was the Roger & Gallet Sandalwood soaps. When I was old enough to travel, I would bring her boxes of them in my suitcase, and the smell still reminds me of her. It was the smell of her—exotic, woodsy, very sensual. She actually had a sandalwood fan that she carried and her husband had a huge collection of keris ceremonial blades, which he kept from getting rusty with sandalwood oil. So this scent was a theme that ran throughout her life. I’ve always loved beautiful packaging and old-fashioned soaps—I’m not into liquid soaps—so I keep these same Roger & Gallet soaps in my home today. They’re wonderful to put in the bathroom since the fragrance is not too strong; you get a little scent every time you wash your hands.” —As told to Kari Molvar

Photo: Gianni Pucci / goRunway.com

Kate Spade Spreads The Lacquer Love

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Florence Broadhurst’s iconic wallpaper patterns have made her a household name with the interior design set. And now thanks to Kate Spade creative director Deborah Lloyd, the Australian artist’s name is being bandied about by the fashion cognoscenti a whole lot these days, too. Kate Spade’s spring accessory and homeware collections pay homage to the designer’s bold prints, and its latest beauty offering follows suit. On the heels of last fall’s capsule launch with another Aussie innovator, Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King, the Kate Spade label is set to launch a four-piece nail lacquer kit next month. Each polish is named after one of Broadhurst’s famous patterns: Sea Foam Swirls is a solid aquamarine, Solar Orange is a mellow shade of tangerine, Watermelon Fingers is a happy pink, and Yellow Cockatoo is a very wearable, sunny gold. King has signed on again to help convert Broadhurst’s prints into polishes. The mini bottles are a testament to the fact that King should consider branching out more often.

$28, available April 2012 at www.katespade.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Spade

It’s In The Bag

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The seasons are a-changing, which means the time to start looking for new boots, sweaters, and jackets is now (click here for some inspiration). Picking up a cool new cosmetics case might not be top of mind, but there are so many chic (and functional!) new makeup bags out there (some of which could do double duty as cool clutches), they too deserve a place on your fall shopping list. Here, our top five picks.

Deep Blue Something
Every spring and fall, Smythson introduces new colors and materials for its leather goods. This time around, the luxe British label is all about blue lizard print. Glossy cobalt calfskin covers its mini and medium-sized cosmetic cases, which have an inside pocket for stashing brushes and an oil-resistant fabric lining so you can toss in your products without fear of destroying the interior.

Smythson Lapis cosmetics case, $220, www.smythson.com.

Bright Future

We’re obsessed with Comme des Garçons wallets, so it’s no surprise that we’re equally enamored with its new fluorescent makeup pouch. The slim shape is perfect for stashing cosmetics, and the bright colors (it comes in three retina-burning shades) make it particularly easy to locate, even in our giant overstuffed PS1.

Comme des Garçons Super Fluo small cosmetic pouch, $105, www.nordstrom.com.

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Taylor Swift Is Wonderstruck; Kate Spade Puckers Up; And More…

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It was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift got her own signature scent. Wonderstruck, a freesia, green tea, apple blossom, honeysuckle, vanilla, and peach fragrance licensed by Elizabeth Arden, will be released this October. [WWD]

Swift will be playing catch-up as far as sales records are concerned. Justin Bieber’s Someday is on track to become the bestselling fragrance of 2011. [NYDN]

Attention makeup fans: Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King has collaborated with Kate Spade on four lipstick/lip gloss hybrids to be released this Fall. “This isn’t about a wholehearted jump into the color-cosmetics space,” Kate Spade’s creative director, Deborah Lloyd, said. Too bad; our mind is already reeling with thoughts of a Kate Spade lash-curling mascara. [Elle UK]

In addition to its brand spankin’ new nail-art collab with London-based manicurist Sophy Robson, Sephora has just announced plans to open in-store nail bars with XpresSpa later this month, which means you can now get a fresh paint job while shopping for your favorite foundations and concealers. [WWD]

Photo: Jordan Strauss / WireImage / Getty Images