7 posts tagged "Urban Outfitters"
Nicolas Ghesquière’s final Balenciaga collection (Spring ’13, left) may feel like a distant memory in light of his new role at Louis Vuitton, but it will always be one of our all-time favorites. In addition to the striking silhouettes, high-tech fabrics, and a bra top that spurred a thousand copies (see Look 1), the hair was particularly on point: Each model’s imperfect ‘do was topped off with a gilded half-moon barrette. I’ve been dreaming about the minimal accessory ever since, and was willing to pay top dollar for one of my own—or at least a really good substitute. I’d all but given up when I stumbled upon this clip at Urban Outfitters for $12. I’m stocking up in the rare chance they sell out or get lost in the depths of my bag. The flash of gold will instantly elevate my denim-heavy uniform, not to mention messy second-day hair. It might just be the easiest DIY runway trend I’ve come across yet.
If you’re looking for a fun fall weekend getaway not that far from New York City, please allow us to direct your attention to Terrain at Styer’s, the gardening and lifestyle concept store from the good people who brought us Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. The green-thumbed among you may have heard tales of the Brandywine Valley flagship’s impeccably restored nineteenth-century greenhouse, which has been reimagined as an eco-friendly mecca with wood-paneled walls and cascading ferns. If your relationship to plants is less romantic—you buy them, forget to water them, and then watch them die a sad, neglected death—there’s plenty for you, too. Vintage garden furniture, rustic lighting fixtures, and an impressive range of all-natural skincare lines, all of which are paraben- and cruelty-free, are yours for the buying. “We look for partnerships with companies that have a similar brand ethos: inspired by nature and the beauty of gardening,” explains Allison O’Connor, Terrain’s general merchandising manager. Choose from cult hits from Farmaesthetics and Amala, as well as goat milk soaps from Hudson Valley-favorite Beekman 1802, and scrubs and lotions from Etsy mainstay Portland General Store. Before you leave, make sure to stop and smell the Wild Rose Lip Balm from Apples and Pears Apiaries. Handmade from yellow beeswax and honey in the English countryside by beekeeper Tanya Hawkes, the emollient salve is well worth the two-hour drive south.
Terrain at Styer’s, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA, (610) 459-2400.
Coco Chanel is the woman behind the now famous little black dress. Her original version—a modest long-sleeved L.B.D. cast in a variety of fabrics from wool to chiffon to velvet—was dubbed “a Ford” by Vogue in 1926, presumably because it was as simple and reliable as the classic American car. Since then, the L.B.D. and head-to-toe black dressing in general have been adopted as a uniform by many a modern woman. Sure, there’s the convenience factor, but little else feels as chic and timeless. That ease and simplicity is what Caroline Cohen had in mind when she designed Noir, her Canada-based cosmetics line. The collection, as the name implies, is based solely around black pigments, and is focused, not surprisingly, on eye makeup. Eyeliners come in eight—yes, eight—varieties ranging from soft charcoal (the Smooth Blend eyeliner) to deep jet (the chunky Ultra Rich eye pencil) to glittery slate (the Glimmer liquid liner in Starry Night). Plus, there is a rich black lengthening mascara and a sparkly shadow trio. The products have just made their U.S. debut as part of Urban Outfitters’ ever-expanding beauty catalogue, and much like the classic L.B.D., they’ll likely never go out of style.
It’s been a busy month here on the blog. With a whole new crop of A-listers signing beauty contracts, pop stars dyeing and straightening their hair, and one very prominent face painter dabbling in fashion to write about, we barely had time to do our own makeup. In case you missed them, we’ve compiled a top ten list of June’s most important posts. Read up.
Fact: I spend way too much money at Urban Outfitters. I like to blame it on my complete and total inability to resist the lure of a good sale item, of which there are always many. Another fact: Starting today, I will be blowing even more cash at the cool-kids chain, because it’s launching its first-ever beauty shop. That means brands with the Urban stamp of approval will now be available online and in many of the chain’s stores. And as I suspected, considering past collaborations with designers like Kim Gordon and Rachel Comey, the Urbanites also have great taste in makeup, hair care, and fragrance. Now, alongside those floral-print rompers and drainpipe jeans, you’ll also find eaux by Costume National and Malin + Goetz; Japonesque beauty tools; makeup by Stila, Too Faced, and Pop; nail polishes by KO and Urban’s own house brand (from which there will be more releases later this year); and extras like blotting papers and nail files from Paul & Joe. And lest you forget that this is Urban Outfitters, not Sephora, there’s also an array of Manic Panic hair dye available. Urban will hold a major event at its Broadway flagship in New York on July 15 to officially celebrate its foray into all things beauty with the help of one of our favorite local experts, Poppy King, so mark your calendars.