August 27 2014

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Super Bowl Sunday: A User’s Guide


Aside from my significant other of five years and my rescue pit mix, Lola, you could legitimately say that fashion, beauty, and football are the great loves of my life—a funny paradox that comes to a head this time of year, when the Super Bowl and New York fashion week come dangerously close to colliding. There are few like-minded women in the industry who wait with bated breath for the fashion week schedule to come out, like I do, to confirm that there will not, in fact, be any overlap between beer drinking and screaming at the television and stiletto wearing and all-day call times, but I have been fortunate enough to come across a few. While my team, the Philadelphia Eagles, was sadly (way) out of contention for this year’s Super Bowl, it will be a particularly exciting game for two of those kindred spirits, some of fashion’s finest, whose hometown heroes will be battling it out on the gridiron while the whole world watches. So, in case you need a reason to tune in on Sunday—before and after the halftime show, that is—read on below for their quick guide to key players, what to bring to a potluck party, and the perfect red lip that says, “Let’s go, ‘Niners!” if wearing an oversize jersey is entirely out of the question.

Name: Kelley Ireland-Kelly, content director for Ralph Lauren.
Football Fandom Beginnings: “My grandfather was the first football coach at UNLV and later became the athletic director. My father played for him and that’s how my parents met, so football has always just been important. I dated a football player in high school, too, and we would spend weeknights watching ESPN—it’s just in the blood!”
San Francisco or Baltimore: “San Francisco. My greatest memory is still ditching class to drive to Haight Street to find just the right pair of Levi’s cutoffs.”
49ers or Ravens: “I think the 49ers have had a pretty compelling story line this season. I think everyone wants to see the second-string quarterback win the Super Bowl—they write movies about this stuff!”
Favorite Player: “[SF coach] Jim Harbaugh. Does that count? He’s from my high school (Palo Alto High School), so I like to show support. Second would be Frank Gore. He was my running back in fantasy football, and despite the rumors that he would get injured and bail, he took me to the playoffs.”
Game-Day Prep: “I have a ten-month-old, so showering is a pretty big deal for me right now. Maybe I can squeeze in some face lotion, but it will be a game-day decision. I do have a red and gold silk pajama set that will be making an appearance, though.”
Tailgating Snack of Choice: “Wine.”
Best Bowl-Day Beauty Bet: “A poppy red lip, like Benefit’s Full Finish Lipstick in Flirt Alert. The company’s based in San Fran, don’t you know.”

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Beyoncé Goes For Gold—Live And On Camera


We got the news shortly after it had happened, via an e-mail from a friend with the subject line, “omg.” For those of you still unaware, Beyoncé showed up at a Super Bowl press conference in L.A. last night, and before she fielded any questions from the room of journalists, she asked everyone to please rise and then belted out an unquestionably live, unbelievable rendition of the national anthem. Then she asked if anyone had any questions (they had very few). It was an interesting PR move following weeks of controversy over Sasha Fierce’s lip-synched performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the presidential inauguration, but it left little doubt as to whether the superstar could sing convincingly live—and would do so at the halftime show during Sunday’s big game. Not that we’re surprised by this revelation; we’ve seen Beyoncé live and in concert before, and she is more than capable of bringing it for two to three hours straight. Even she seemed convinced of her inevitable and overwhelming success in this pursuit, telling the crowd “this is what I was born to do,” and wearing a particularly confident gold manicure for the occasion. A longtime fan of Minx overlays (Beyoncé was one of the first A-listers to take the easy-on, easy-off films onto the red carpet), she stayed true to the brand last night, sporting what appeared to be its gold-and-matte-gold chevron design. Nothing like a “winning” attitude to overcome adversity. Thoughts on her pro tips—and her performance?

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Super Bowl Super Strands: A Face-Off


By all accounts, last night’s Super Bowl halftime show was epic. Madonna? Check. Givenchy couture? Check. Cameos from Nicki Minaj and MIA? Check, check. Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl performance will forever rank as our favorite, but we can admit that Madonna legitimately killed it—with one hell of a beauty look to boot. Madge’s go-to glam squad of makeup artist Gina Brooke and hairstylist Andy LeCompte traveled to Indianapolis with the material girl to provide complexion perfection, glittering bronze lids, and a serious set of thick, honey gold ringlets that reminded us of a certain Italian Vogue editor. So, for a little compare-and-contrast fun, we give you Madonna in Givenchy and Franca Sozanni in Gucci. Who rocks long, middle-parted curls better?

Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Gucci