Archive for May, 2011

mdc ♥s : Vacation Essentials

May 31st, 2011 |Posted by jonathanshia

I’m just coming to the end of a six-week trip around the world that has taken me through Bali, China, Croatia, and Capri. Packing for such an extended trip was its own special kind of nightmare, because with only one suitcase, I couldn’t afford to waste space on something I would only wear once. So besides being some of my favorite new items from this season, these picks are ones that have proven their versatility.

Patrik Ervell Standard Blazer in blue

I would say that at least a quarter of my closet is by Patrik Ervell, and this blazer is a perfect example of how he gets everything right. The fit is amazing and it looks sharp and modern and progressive without being excessive. Patrik is known for his futuristic technical fabrics, but this cotton twill proves that he knows his way around the more traditional ones as well.

Gant Overboard Jacket

For a trip that goes from the tail end of winter to the first days of summer, nothing is more important than a sturdy jacket, and this is one of my favorites. It’s casual and sporty, and is the perfect weight for a cool spring evening. The olive color is very classic, with a little bit of bright edging to add a bit of pop.

Band of Outsiders cotton batiste printed shirt

I went a little crazy with this shirt, and bought it in every color, fabric weight, and sleeve length I could find. But it’s cut to the body perfectly, the colors pop but still look rugged, and the heavier cotton especially feels incredible. Plus I love the contrast detail of the little white buttons. I brought them all.

Prada linen lace-up shoes

These are the perfect shoes for summer, lightweight and easy, but with the solid heft of the plastic thick sole. They’re comfortable and they neutral color means they go well with almost anything, and most importantly, the fabric withstands wear-and-tear (and I would know—I spilled a bloody Mary on them the first time I wore them).

Mosley Tribes Bromley sunglasses in oak

Everybody has aviators and Wayfarers, but this pair from Mosley Tribes demonstrates why they’re my favorite brand for sunglasses. They’re solid and sturdy, and the squarish shape is classic but surprising, like the use of tortoiseshell.

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Ooh La La!

May 31st, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

It doesn’t take much to make Edita Vilkeviciute look like a million bucks, so Sean and Seng keep it simple for their 032C shoot with the seductive blonde. Styled by Tamara Rothstein in Missoni patterns, chunky sweaters and leather lingerie, Edita looks sexy, yet unconventional.

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Her Dark Materials

May 31st, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Who better than Lea T, to portray a sophisticated woman of intrigue. The androgyne beauty takes to the pages of Numero in an elegant 70s style story that references the luxe look of Saint Laurent. Shot by Anthony Maule and styled by Samuel Francois, the edit features Lea clad in turbans, slinky dresses and YSL cosmetics by Lloyd Simmonds.

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mdc ♥s : All About Eyes

May 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Lily Donaldson has the most beautiful baby blues in the business | Image by Betty Sze for MDC

The eyes are the window to the soul and they’re often the first thing people pay attention to when they see us. All the more reason to pamper them with the right creams and adorn them with the very best shadows and liners. This week MDC rounds up our favorite beauty products for eyes, each one used frequently by members of our team. Be sure to let us know what your personal favorites are in the comments!

REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Maintenance Gel
This unique gel de-puffs the delicate under eye area quickly and effectively. Perfect for mornings when you’ve gotten less sleep than you should, or evenings spent out on the town. Dab a tiny bit of the cooling formula on any and all puffiness and prepare to be dazzled by the results. We’ve seen REN’s product pop up in many a makeup artist’s kit and we completely understand way. Added bonus, we love the purse friendly size of this product – great for touching up throughout the day.

skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
For those days when you really are in need of help, give sky ICELAND’s eye gels a try. The cooling pads can be placed beneath the eye area to reduce the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and broken blood vessels in 10 minutes. With the long and eventful party season fast approaching, these are sure to become a mainstay for anyone who had a little too much fun the night before.

Lancome Genifique Eye
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and Genifique’s formula offers care for those first signs of aging by stimulating the production of cells. The gel promises brighter, firmer skin in seven days and during that time we saw definite improvement in the texture and elasticity of the skin surrounding our delicate peepers. What can we say, if its good enough for spokeswoman Julia Restoin-Roifteld, it is good enough for us!

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow
We tried and tested several different variety of cream eyeshadow, but Bobbi Brown’s was the absolute best. With a wide variety of colors as well as an unrivaled lasting power, these little shadow pots left us thoroughly impressed. Try a glittering pale shade like Pink Coral for day and deep dark shade like Black Pearl for an easy smoky eye when evening comes.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadows
Developed by Tom Pecheux and used on the likes of Hilary Rhoda and Liu Wen, this extensive range of colors and shades has enough variety to keep even the most voracious cosmetics fiends happy. Estee is all about quality, so the shadows are as long lasting and very easy to apply, whether you’ve got your own set of brushes or use the little applicator they come with. Our personal favorite shades were the glittering Emerald Star and Sizzling copper.

YSL Faux Cils Noir Radical
There are about a million mascaras on the market and we’ve tried them all (and have about 30 mascara tubes to prove it) Faux Cils was our favorite for the volumizing effect, lasting power and rich black color (Noir Radical is pure midnight black) that makes all eye colors stand out. Not in the mood for basic black – give brights like Extreme Blue and Fascinating Violet a try.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water

Hands down the very best and gentlest eye-makeup remover there is. Cuts through thick black liner and three coats of mascara without stinging your eyes, or leaving behind a streaky mess. Beloved by makeup artists, models and the team here for its speed and ease of use – plus  the ultra-portable wipes are wonderful for on the go!

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Pure Pretty

May 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Carola Remer.
Raymond Meier.
Tiina Laakkonen.
A simple and alluring celebration of beauty for Vogue Japan featuring gorgeous hair by Didier Malige.

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Lovely & Amazing

May 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Sebastian Faena shoots a stunning top 10 for V Magazine Spain featuring some of the world’s most beautiful faces. Joan Smalls, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana and Izabel Goulart feature in this exclusive preview, but rest assured there is even more glamorous beauty inside the issue, which hits newsstands on Monday.

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High Gloss

May 26th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Azzedine Alaia has been a fashion force for nearly 4 decades and his work never fails to entice with its trademark blend of sensuality and elegance. Gwen Loos wears head to toe Alaia looks in the premier issue of a new fashion glossy, Virgine and looks striking while doing so. Txema Yeste shoots the jet black lace and leather pieces styled by Sohei Yoshida, while Teiji Utsemi and Victor Alvarez provide off kilter hair and makeup to match the editorial’s sexy but edgy feel.

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Bits & Bytes: Ragtag!

May 26th, 2011 |Posted by Betty


Tao Okamoto by Russell James. Image courtesy of Tao

Naomi! Liu! Sean O! and more….Tao Okamoto’s Save Japan event is finally here. See items donated by the legendary Naomi Campbell, top models Jenny Shimizu, Heidi Mount, Liu Wen, Sean O’Pry and industry figures like François Nars, Cecilia Dean, Marie Chaix, Phillip Lim, Catherine Malandrino, Thakoon, Pamela Love and many more to raise money for the disaster in Japan. Though the location is called Saturday, the event is actually on Sunday, the 29th. Though we’re dying to see all the fashion items donated by such an eclectic and fabulous crowd, even better may be the chance to see some of these faces on Sunday pitching in for such a great cause. See you Sunday!

The awesome Sally Lyndley talks styling with Katie Grand on Fashionista. Also make sure you check out Katie’s new website, KatieGrand.com.

Carine Roitfeld, the “editrix/dominatrix” talks about her resemblance to Iggy Pop. Love it.

The Imagist has images of Ellen von Unwerth shot by the iconic Guy Bourdin, before she became a top photographer.

Lady Gaga and Karl Lagerfeld‘s t-shirts are our favorites in the Uniqlo t-shirt benefiting the Japanese Red Cross, available next month. Which is yours?

We love Mcqueen as much as the next person but it’s still fascinating to read about his dark side.

Are you Twitter? You’re not? Maybe that’s better, says the NYTimes. Meanwhile the entire MDC crew is: @themoskovic, @hisssquad, @ninjasze, @sansartifice, @fsorrenti, @jonathanshia.

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