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Neiman Marcus Spreads The Lash Love

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In addition to the opportunity to view Spring fashions a full five to six months before they hit stores, attending a runway show also provides those with actual seats another treat: gift bags with beauty goodies in them. This season, Neiman Marcus gifted a few front-row attendees at select shows with neuLash, the latest addition to its beauty coffers, and a way more exciting freebie than your typical tube of mascara and/or jar of pomade. Intended to naturally improve the overall appearance of lashes and brows in four weeks, the serum’s fast-acting formula is made up of potent bioengineered polypeptides with amino and fatty acids that create full, thicker lashes and brows while protecting against breakage. It’s out to be an over-the-counter Latisse alternative—Valerie Bertinelli, not Brooke Shields, plays unofficial spokesperson. Add it to tribal tattoos and green hair streaks as another novel beauty idea courtesy of fashion week.

Photo: Courtesy of neuLash

The Smell Of Studio 54, Revisited

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Disco queens, rejoice: As a natural follow-up to the relaunch of the iconic fashion brand, Halston the fragrance hits shelves this month. A contemporary adaptation of the original scent released in the 1970′s, the new Halston Woman was created by IFF’s Carlos Benaim, who just so happens to have spent his formative years training with Bernard Chant, the nose behind the première eau. Benaim’s interpretation features a feminine, floral update on Chant’s rich, woodsy juice using a rose bouquet and hints of marigold and jasmine petals to soften the fragrance’s first wafts. But its signature sensuality has gone unchanged, wrought with base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, and amber. Jewelry designer Elsa Peretti’s sculptural flacon also remains, although it’s been coated in a warm platinum finish to “reflect the fluidity of Halston’s fashions,” says the press release. Fittingly, to illustrate the seamless relationship between the brand’s fashion and beauty endeavors, Halston’s newly anointed creative director, Marios Schwab, will show a 2010 collection called Pure Metallic that is directly inspired by the perfume, reports WWD. In the meantime, grab your best slinky one-sleeved number and get in line at Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman, where the fragrance will make its exclusive stateside debut.

Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden

Bond No. 9 Is London-Bound

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Bond No. 9 has made a name for itself as the downtown perfume purveyor with a knack for bottling the essence of New York. But recently, the niche company seems to be growing tired of the isle of Manhattan. It crossed the East River this past spring, when Brooklyn served as olfactory muse, and this week it’s gearing up for a much longer swim when the new scents Harrods for Her and for Him will debut at the legendary London retailer. The joint venture marks the first intercontinental fragrance effort for both brands, a collaboration that was intended to produce a smell that evoked Bond No. 9′s eclectic, downtown vibe mixed with Harrod’s classic history—an ode to its esteemed past and its bright future. To properly execute this abstract concept, the women’s parfum starts with a single floral note, tuberose (apparently coveted by both British and American noses), and intermingles with leather, yielding a unique aroma that is both spicy and sweet. The juice is then fleshed out with earthy-citrus accoutrements like neroli, sage, nutmeg, and amber. The star-shaped flacon is, of course, all Bond No. 9, but the interlocking-H pattern on the bottle brings it right back to Harrods. Miller Harris, Neiman’s—your move.

Photo: Courtesy of Bond No. 9

Girl With The Pearl Face Wash

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Seeing as how I appreciate fine craftsmanship, exceptional design, and things of the sparkly variety, I was pretty excited to receive a big package from Bulgari last week. Excitement quickly turned to surprise when I opened said package only to find a collection of skincare products rather than little black boxes embossed with gold writing (Bulgari and beauty—who knew? I am a fashion editor, not a beauty editor, after all). Surprise segued into intrigue as I read the enclosed press packet and learned that the iconic jewelry company was “exploiting its extensive experience in gemology” and exploring the beneficial, skin-enhancing properties of precious stones. An interesting concept: I like pearls; perhaps they can do more for me than just serve as pretty ornamentation. And so I grabbed for the Radiance Facial Exfoliator, which boasts crushed Tahitian pearls as its main ingredient, and took it home for a test run. The consistency had just enough grit to make me feel like I was getting a good clean, and the scent—a bit sweet at first, then more dense and musky—made me a fast fan. Although, truth be told, it’s the idea that I am treating my face to a slathering of micronized pearl dust that keeps me looking forward to my morning scrub.

Photo: Courtesy of Bulgari

The Price Of Getting Pretty For Politics

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In case you missed this little gem tucked away in the national section of Saturday’s New York Times, team McCain apparently filed new campaign finance figures last week with the Federal Election Commission, revealing that it spent $165,000 over the course of nine weeks on three stylists to help make over Sarah Palin. The article also states that about $23,000 in additional charges were made on Ms. Palin’s behalf, deciphered from a paper trail of receipts that snakes around Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, Kate Spade, Brooks Brothers, Radio Shack, and the Gap. Costs for her makeup artist Amy Strozzi and hair stylist Angela Lew (a recommendation from Cindy McCain) came across as equally astronomical, ringing in at a combined $111,015, a sum that was presumably paid with donors’ money. Jarring as these figures may seem, we were more shocked to discover that Strozzi came to the RNC via the television show So You Think You Can Dance. Yes, that’s right, So You Think You Can Dance. With the endless number of editorial and celebrity makeup artists who would no doubt have lined up for that job, our minds are boggled that the McCain campaign went straight to a reality television show to source “talent.” Not to beat a dead horse, but if that’s not “out of touch,” we’re not quite sure what is.

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