Prada Parallel Universe

Prada collaborates with Vahram Muratyan for the Surreal Accessories Spring 2012 campaign, called: “Where two parallel universes meet under the auspices of Prada style.” Prada Parallel Universe is an exercise that grows out of the drive to experiment with, and to match, new communications media and Prada’s semiotics; to be consistent with the present without nostalgia. This dreamlike yet virtual story was entrusted to the Armenian-born illustrator Vahram Muratyan, who came to fame with his playful, graphic images depicting the differences between Paris and New York.

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What color type are you?

Defining your seasonal color type, is all about finding the right color palette which will complement the coloring of your skin, hair and eyes. Wearing the right color can make a big difference in looking healthier, younger, slimmer and brighter. I went to a color consultant many years ago and I always have my color card with me. I don’t always stick to the rules, but it gives good directions.

How to find out which type you are?

  • Overall: low level of contrast, cool and ashy coloring.
  • Skin: cool with pink or blue undertone.
  • Eyes: soft, cool tone. Slate and blue, often with some grey.
  • Hair: ranging from the lightest and ashiest blonde to deep ash brown.

  • Overall: high contrast between your hair color, eye color and skin tone.
  • Skin: bluish or pinkish, cool undertones.
  • Eyes: intense (charcoal grey, blue, bright blue, violet, emerald green, black, black-brown, dark hazel).
  • Hair: very black to dark brown hair.

  • Overall: Low level of contrast between hair, skin and eye color. Dark hair, pale skin with clear eyes is also possible.
  • Skin: Clear, warm and golden undertone.
  • Eyes: ranging from turquoise blue to hazel and sparkly light brown.
  • Hair: brown to coppery red, strawberry, deep golden to light blonde hair.

  • Overall:  A lot of depth to your coloring with golden undertones.
  • Skin: warm undertone.
  • Eyes: black-brown, deep to medium brown, bright brown, deep green, hazel, dark blue, blue-green.
  • Hair:  strawberry blonde hair, chestnut brown or rich red hair

But there are more nuances than just these 4 seasonal types. Within each type you have 3 variances.

This diagram shows the 12 flow categories and their relationships to the seasonal categories.

  • Cool: Winter or summer with cool skin, hair and eyes
  • Warm: Autumn or spring with warm skin, hair and eyes
  • Clear: Winter or spring with stunning eyes.
  • Deep: Winter or autumn with dark hair and eyes and warm skin
  • Light: Summer or spring with light skin, hair and eyes
  • Soft: Summer or autumn with either velvety/chocolaty looking, “heavy” neutral looking or light neutral looking

Next time when you go shopping, keep these color directions in mind. You might also want to use them when cleaning out your wardrobe :-) The color palettes are mainly for items you wear close to your face, so for trousers and skirts you don’t really have to stick to any rules. Have fun with them!

Cinderella goes Louboutin Sky High

French shoe designer Christian Louboutin has been picked by Disney to design Cinderella’s infamous slipper to celebrate the film’s re-release.

The French shoe maverick, who is celebrating 20 years in the industry and is famous for his red-soled designs, has been hired by Walt Disney Studios to create a pair of shoes inspired by the rags-to-riches protagonist from the 1950s animation. “I have been so lucky to have crossed paths with Cinderella, an icon so emblematic to the show world as well as the dream world” remarked Louboutin.

The unique design will be unveiled in July, ahead of the global release of the Cinderella Diamond Edition on Blu-ray later this year.
What will the modern Cinderella wear??

Source: Telegraph

Perk up your pale winter skin

The first sunny days are coming any time soon now. Unfortunately, most of us, still have a pale winter skin. Here are some tips to perk up your teint.

BRONZER

Put some bronzer on to have an instant summer look. Don’t use bronzer all over your face! Sun-kissed cheeks will do just the trick. Keep away from the terracotta powder for now.

PEACHY BLUSH

If a bronzer is too much for you, you can also opt for peach or coral blush. It might look orange when you buy it, but it will be peachy on your skin. You’ll be amazed by it.

SELF-TANNING CREME

Don’t go overboard here! I would start of by mixing it with you day creme or even better, go for a gradual self-tanning creme.


Rainbow Hair Trend No thank you!

Why is this even considered a trend? It’s not because Katy goes blue and Lady Gaga goes yellow, that we all need to go to the color department. Kelly Osbourne and Niki Minaj are also not on my list of style queens. These women are performing artists.They live in their own bubble, far away from reality (also known as life as we know it).

According to “trend” reports, you can either go for full color or dip-dye, poppy colors or pastels. You can paint your hair, use colored gel or spray color like for carnival or upcoming Queens Day in Holland. We’ve seen it only a few times on the runways (Thakoon en Narciso Rodriguez) and only some celebrities tried it out. That is hardly worth calling it a trend. But, it’s in Vogue Magazine and we know that “it is in Vogue before it’s in fashion”. Let’s hope this one doesn’t get that far.

I can’t help it, but it reminds me too much about Mrs. Slocombe in Are you being served. Verdict: No thank you!