Rebecca Minkoff Launches Shoe Collection for Spring 2011

Ever since Rebecca Minkoff busted onto the scene a couple of years ago with her collection of perfect, buttery classic leather bags (with a twist of course), she’s gained quite a cult following. These days, you can barely open a magazine without seeing one of her bags featured as an Editor’s pick. It goes without saying that I’m very excited for the launch of Rebecca Minkoff’s line of footwear, which promises to be classic yet sassy, sweet… with the perfect amount of edge.

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

I could totally see myself living in both these tan leather ankle boots with a modest heel, and these completely unique perforated tan flats (love the zippers). The black wedges are the perfect amount of drama for a night out. They would look amazing with skinny jeans, a black tee, and an arm full of Rebecca Minkoff bracelets. The shoe collection will be priced from $160-395. If Rebecca Minkoff’s shoes are anything like her bags, apparel, bracelets, etc, they’ll be on the feet of every fashion-forward celebrity, and made to last.

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Rodarte for MAC Juarez-Inspired Collection Controversy

Everyone knows I love my Rodarte girls, but this latest controversy has me feeling a bit uneasy. When I originally heard that MAC and Rodarte were pairing up to create a collection, I was, naturally, counting down the days till the September 1, 2010 release. Once wind of the ‘inspiration’ for the collection caught on in the beauty blogosphere, that changed.

The Rodarte girls said that their MAC collection was inspired by a road trip that they took through the Texas area, more specifically, the city of Juarez, Mexico. Shade names from the collection included Ghost Town, Factory, Quinceañera, and Juarez. The problem with being ‘inspired’ to create cosmetics collection based on the city of Juarez is that the city is known mainly it’s high rate of sexual homicides and rape of women ages 12-22, and the police’s lack of response to this ongoing problem. Something about exploiting human suffering to sell cosmetics doesn’t sit well with me, or other bloggers.

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Luckily, MAC listened to complaints and the names throughout the collection are being changed. They also announced that they will be donating $100,000 to benefit the women of Juarez. At least some good came of this distasteful “inspiration.”

MAC and Disney to Release Makeup Based on Disney Villains

I could not be more excited for the latest MAC collaboration. MAC is teaming up with Disney to bring us beauty junkies a line of cosmetics inspired by Disney’s greatest bad girls. The collection is called Venomous Villians and will be in stores in September 2010.

Combining makeup and Disney is a genius idea for many reasons. But creating a collection based off of the Disney villains tugs at my heart strings even more. I LOVE the Disney villains as much as I love the Princesses. They’re all incredible, evil, and chic.

Disney

Disney

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Disney

Disney

My favorite villain is inexplicably Vanessa, the pretty version of Ursula in The Little Mermaid. Her role is minor, but boy is she evil!

I can’t wait to see the makeup collection inspired by these ladies. One thing they all have in common: red lips. I’m hoping to find the perfect red lipstick for me. Even better if it’s named after Malificent.

Met Gala 2010

I find that typically, the Met Gala is one of the best dressed events of the year. Everyone is always looking their best, even more so than the Academy Awards, Grammys, etc. The Met Gala invariably brings out a certain classiness and elegance in everyone in attendance. After all, it is hosted by Anna Wintour. This year is also bound to be one of the best … Lady Gaga is performing!

Here were my favorite ladies of the evening:

Just Jared

This was definitely my favorite look of the evening. This Marc Jacobs dress from his f/w 2010 collection looks stunning on Nicole Richie. PERFECTION.

Just Jared

Emma Robets in Marni.

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Kirsten Dunst in my (and her) favorite, Rodarte. This dress is just heavenly.

Just Jared

Kate Bosworth in Valentino. This is so elegant, so old Hollywood glamour. Her hair is amazing.

Just Jared

Taylor Swift in Ralph Lauren. This dress is sweet, chic, and totally age appropriate. I love it.

Just Jared

SJP is dazzling in Halston.

More updates to come as more pictures get posted! So far, it looks like nude/neutrals are the ‘it’ shades of the 2010 Met Gala!

Rebecca Minkoff for Saks Fifth Avenue

This week, Rebecca Minkoff released her high-end, exclusive line of handbags for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Image: Rebecca Minkoff

Image - Rebecca Minkoff

Image - Rebecca Minkoff

Image - Rebecca Minkoff

Image - Rebecca Minkoff

This line is a fusion of classic Rebecca Minkoff styles, luxurious skins and leathers, and high-end hardware. The line is priced from $550, but according to style.com, the prices reach $2,000. However, I have a feeling these bags are worth their weight in (rose) gold. The designer compares their quality and craftsmanship to that of Prada handbags.

I love how Rebecca Minkoff stays true to her aesthetic. The attention to detail, the hardware, the classic shapes.  The collection features some of her classic styles (The Nikki, Morning After Bag, Morning After Clutch) as well as some never-seen-before silhouettes. I’m LOVING the clutch/wallet with the zig-zagged studs! I can’t wait to check them out in the NYC Saks!

Anthropologie Turtle-Print Dress

Yesterday, I fell in love with this turtle print dress from Anthropologie. Yes, I said turtle print. Different right?

Image: Anthropologie

I thought this dress would be the perfect surprise under my drab gown for my graduation next month! It’s so quirky, and very me. It’s made of a very nice, flowy chiffon-like fabric, and the thick black sash is the perfect accent. I can see myself wearing this so many places: to the park for a picnic, to work, out for cocktails at a rooftop bar, etc. For nearly $140, I wasn’t ready to make the commitment since I’m still in that broke college kid demographic, but the more I think about it, the more I fall in love with this adorable, unique dress!

Lady Gaga Covers New York Magazine

THE MAGAZINE STARS HAVE ALIGNED.

Lady Gaga is on the cover of the April 5, 2010 issue of New York magazine. New York is hands down my favorite publication. Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of the cover story, is hands down my favorite magazine writer. And Lady Gaga is hands down, my favorite artist. This is the kind of stuff that I dream about. (I WISH that was an exaggeration). If you listen to one piece of advice I’ve handed down in this blog it is this… GO. GET. THIS. MAGAZINE.

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Image: New York

(I will post a bigger image as soon as I find one available)

As all Grigoriadis articles, this one is filled with pop culture references, seamless writing, and a lot of insight from those that know Gaga best. Grigoriadis first interviewed Lady Gaga in March 2009 for the story. I’m not going to give away anything, but it’s an amazing read, even if you aren’t one of Lady Gaga’s ‘Little Monsters.’ Here is my favorite quote, that closes the article:

“I believe that everyone can do what I’m doing … Everyone can access the parts of themselves that are great. I’m just a girl from New York City who decided to do this, after all. Rule the world! What’s life worth living if you don’t rule it?” – Lady Gaga

You can read the cover story in its entirety at Nymag.com.