In the true nature of the holidays—which contrary to popular belief is not all about the presents, food and light displays—Baume & Mercier launched a film to celebrate the idea of giving. The first short, Home for the Holidays, in the appropriately named series Celebrate Giving, follows a family that quickly realizes that although their holiday together may seem short, it contains within it invaluable moments. (Spoiler: the ending, of course, shows two family members receiving Baume & Mercier watches.) This seasonal film is only the first, and the following films will see release dates in early 2014.
While it is all in all a marketing strategy, the piece itself is not overtly commercial, and is actually quite emotional on a level that is rarely reached in fashion advertising. Baume & Mercier uses the video platform as a way to connect and engage their customer base, but mostly as an opportunity to tell meaningful stories. President of Baume & Mercier North America, Rudy Chavez, explains, “video content is a beautiful and appropriate way to tell a story. And since our brand celebrates giving and marking life moments, video has the ability to convey emotions and the beauty of personal relationships in a way no other medium can.”
Having tasted the last of summer’s heat, it’s time to retire our lighter fragrances in favor of the richer notes of fall and winter. As much as we love the light lingering smells of minty citrus—spicy woods and deep patchoulis offer a more seasonal fragrance. We still adore our Marc Jacobs Honey and Anna Sui La Vie de Boheme, but with darker weather, heavy layers and the oncoming cold, nothing says winter like the perfect scent. We have a few favorites that compliment both the feel and spirit of the holidays and these are sure to make you feel feminine and beautiful in the months ahead.
Acqua Di Parma-Profumo
While we love perfume for ourselves, there’s no denying this fragrance comes perfectly gift-ready. Delicately tucked inside its own display box and etched into a timeless piece of art, the Proumo packaging is almost more beautiful than the fragrance itself. With notes of damask rose, jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and musk the fragrance is a heavier scent and lasts for hours. It’s lingering essence is dignified, but not overly mature and can be worn by women of all ages. Acqua Di Parma’s Profumo is available at Bergdorf Goodman and priced at $355
Lolita Lempicka-Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum
If you’re having a harder time adjusting to the early evenings, cold weather and heavy layers then you could definitely ease into the season with Elle L’Aime the newest fragrance from Lolita Lempicka. Neiman Marcus offers an exclusive set that comes with a (supercute) bracelet, and the fragrance itself teeters on the brink of summer and winter. While its top notes consist of white flower, coconut flower and lime and base consists of ylang-ylang, myrrh and sandalwood, making it a perfect combination for those who want to hold onto the light balm of summer, but transition smoothly into winter. Lolita Lempicka’s Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus and is priced at $100.
Tom Ford-Neroli Portfino
Made for both men and women the fragrance is a strong, crisp scent with a variety of undertones that can be worn all year round. While there are citrus notes they’re a spicier version of their summery counterparts and leave a distinct fragrance that’s perfect for the colder seasons. With woody and amber undertones this fragrance will leave a lasting impression on those around you without leaving a cloud of perfume in your wake. Tom Ford’s Neroli Portfino is available at Sephora and priced at $290.
L’artisan Parfumeur-Explosions D’Emotions Skin On Skin
While the bottle is absolutely something you want sitting on your vanity next to your wedding photos and grandmothers broach, it’s the scent that makes it such a boudoir fantasy. The fragrance has top notes of iris, suede, velvet and leather then follows with base notes of saffron, whiskey, lavender and rose. Despite the name the fragrance isn’t as heady and lustful as it sounds, but it will leave you with a sensual fragrance that’s your significant other will love. L’artisan Parfumeur’s Explosions D’Emotions Skin On Skin is available at Barney’s and priced at $280.
Seth Kornegay- Trés Belle Femme
One of our favorite new fragrances may not look like much from the outside. A simple bottle and label may leave you wanting etched glass and vintage pumps, but what the façade lacks in decoration it makes up for in intensely beautiful bouquet. A rich ultra-feminine scent that’s perfect for those that want the punch of a winter fragrance without the heaviness of more masculine undertones. Basil, lavender and coriander sit atop ylang, ylang, jasmine and sandalwood creating one of the most memorable signature scents. Seth Kornegay’s Trés Belle Femme is available exclusively at Seth Kornegay and is priced at $345.
House of Sillage- Holiday Limited Edition
With each fragrance coming in two bottles, one of which is a limited collector’s edition, it’s hard not to want every single one. This holiday fragrance is only available in the Swarovski studded limited edition snow globe bottle, which just makes it that much more covetable. While notes of peach, mandarin, and blood orange are heavy in this fragrance, its more floral scents help to balance out the fragrance for the colder seasons. House of Sillage’s Holiday Limited Edition is available online at Parfumerie Nasreen and is priced at $1,200.
Miranda Kerr has been slammed for posting altered images on Instagram.
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Supermodel Miranda Kerr has apologised for posting altered images of herself on Instagram.
Kerr added an image of herself backstage at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret fashion show with fellow Angels Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio. She shared the snap on her stream with over 2.5 million followers on November 13, the night of the annual Victoria’s Secret show in New York. Kerr – who is no longer an Angel – wished the ladies good luck with this year’s performance.
However, hawk eye bloggers at Livejournal pointed out that the 30-year-old’s waistline appeared to be digitally trimmed down. The model was then accused of posting several pics of herself with an artificially altered waist.
Kerr, who was in Japan with designer Micahel Kors when the online fury erupted, removed the picture, replaced it with the original and said she “had no idea” the one she grabbed from the internet had been Photoshopped.
Kerr posted: “Hi guys, here is the original VS image! When I re-posted the photo this week to support the girls I screen grabbed it off the internet when I was working in Japan. I had no idea it was photoshopped. All good intentions- sorry for the confusion and congratulations to the girls for such a great show!”
The Fashin blog at Livejournal has picked more discrepancies in the model’s Instagram feed. Check them out here.
This weekend Style File have been wining and dining at Taste of Auckland. We kept our eyes peeled in between drinks at Victoria’s Park, in search for the prettiest fashions at the festival.
Check out the gallery below, share your pick of the street style bunch in the comment section and enter our competition to win of five $100 packs of Rosehip by Essano goodies including a treat your skin pack, a dominate survival kit a primal earth travel bag and a primal earth skincare pack. Winners will be drawn on Thursday.
There’s one little thing that women want for the holidays—it’s not bags, shoes or holiday makeup kits (as much as we love those)—it’s glittering, sparking and jaw-dropping diamonds. So when we spotted this bangle we knew we had a winner on our hands. The Phenomena High Jewelry collection at De Beers is meant to be an expression of nature—metals and diamonds curling like the movement of water. As a way to capture natural occurring motions, the jewelry mimics the crest, waves and even frost formations of the world’s oceans. One of the most beautiful pieces in the collection, the Phenomena crest bracelet, is almost 200 diamonds worth of natural beauty. Set in white gold, a 2.15ct pear cut diamond is surrounded by 197 diamonds for a total weight of 11cts. And while we’re big fans of all diamond jewelry, this piece is probably one of our favorites—and you know it can be so hard to pick just one.
The themes of the evening (aside from glitz, sparkle and shine) were British Invasion (which had Swift running around in a Union Jack mini), Birds of Paradise, Parisian Nights, Shipwrecked, Snow Angles and Pink Network. Some were easy to spot like Kasia Struss gussied up in a glittery British bobby uniform and Joan Smalls wearing what could only be described as a peacock attached to her back, but a few were a little harder to pinpoint. Alessandra Ambrosio with Medusa-esque wings, a baby blue lingerie set and bondage straps going around her neck and down to her waist was gorgeous, but a little confusing—maybe that’s how they spend their nights in Paris?
While we’re feeling a little bombarded by all of the (awesome) Lady Gaga news as of late (between her new album ARTPOP, gearing up for her Saturday Night Live gig and her H&M Times Square appearance—who can keep up?), the rumors about her being the new face of Versace almost got swept under the rug. But with all the chatter flying round and her track Donatella, it’s hard not to suspect that something’s up. This morning WWD confirmed that indeed our favorite pop icon will be fronting the Spring/Summer 2014 advertising campaign for Versace. It seems the images have already been snapped in London by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Donatella and Lady Gaga have been friends for a few years, ever since the star dug into the Italian atelier’s archives and wore a vintage piece for her video Edge of Glory. Versace then went on to designs costumes for her Born This Way tour. The fashion house has yet to comment on whether or not the rumors are officially true, but we’re hoping to hear new sooner rather than later—and maybe get a sneak peak at those campaign images.
While we highly recommend grabbing the sets, there are some very clear winners in the collection that you’ll want to nab before they sell out. “We probably have the best mascara in the world! I don’t actually really wear mascara, but all my nieces wear it and…all of my friends, that’s the product they love the most,” Sui explains. “My favorite is the lipstick, which we’ve molded into [Minnie’s] shape.”
And since men have started to care more about style in recent years (finally), it only makes sense you start from the bottom up. Pun intended. Charles van der Pear wants to give you luxury and fun, because hey, they want you looking good “for yourself, your significant other, your date or your hot one night stand.”
While the label is currently on its premiere collection, their pattern selection, design and feature styling suggests a brand that has long known its trajectory and end goal—and as their motto suggests “the key to success is in your hands and in your pants.” Indeed.
Come on say it with me: “Cap, shirt … Bata Bullets. Cap, shirt … Bata Bullets.”
One of the great TV ads of our – OK, my – time. Not only does it prove how they took a lot of beating, it shows we even let girls wear them.
Then again the only remaining options back then were jandals or bare feet, which was only one more choice than we had in colours on the television, so I won’t go making any grand claims around equal rights.
Anyway, like Georgie Pies, it seems they’re back. And they’re probably just as tasty.
It was those horrible Sparklers that finally killed Bata Bullets for me. They were your standard sandshoe, but they came with this nasty strip of plastic down the side that was supposed to magically change colour. No, it did not.
Then came the day when I discovered Bata was a Czechoslovakian company. Commie shoes? We were wearing Commie shoes?
And I hear they’re even being sold at Para Rubber again. Have they brought those back, too? I thought they’d died out together. Actually, I’d really go a Crazy Joe iceblock and some Gold Rush. Who’s with me?