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Beauty Fashion Week Makeup

Pep Gay’s Glamorous, Gilded Ladies at Tadashi Shoji | Baskstage Beauty

In his latest collection, Tadashi Shoji proves that power is synonymous with glamour and sexiness. His Fall 2018 runway embodied a fiercely feminine energy—each look that strutted down the catwalk, dramatic and deeply unapologetic.

To complement the strength of Tadashi’s collection, makeup artist Pep Gay was tasked with creating a beauty look that would continue the luxurious narrative of tulle gowns and sequined suits. Gay answered the call with a mesmerizing wash of gold on the eyes using MAC Cosmetics, harkening the elegance of the red carpet, where we can easily imagine Tadashi’s designs gracing the silhouettes of Hollywood A-listers. Just-bitten berry lips finished the look, creating truly beautiful makeup that does not compete with the fashions, but makes them shine. Ahead, we break down the look, so you can recreate it step by step.


Beauty Interviews Skin Care

Valentine’s Date Night at Home with Herbivore Botanicals

For Alex Kummerow and Julia Wills, the husband and wife duo behind Herbivore Botanicals, simple gestures are the most romantic. Rather than opt in to the Valentine’s Day hubbub come February 14, the couple retreats to the solitude of their house for a delicious home-cooked meal, surrounded by flowers (preferably orchids) and chakra-cleansing rose quartz, the stone of universal love.

Ahead, the couple shares their plans for the ideal Valentine’s Day date night at home, which includes Julia’s recipe for a bath so calming, you’ll want to soak for hours.


Fashion Week Interviews Style Video

Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright Shifts Our Perspective in the Short Film, “Why Can’t We Get Along”

The brand rag & bone is a story of contrasts: English tailoring meets American workwear, uptown versus downtown, masculine and feminine—all told to customers around the globe. Sartorial storytelling is the brand’s niche, and is often led by CEO and founder Marcus Wainwright, who continually finds new mediums for his evolving fashion message.

We spoke to Wainwright ahead of his new short film (co-directed by Benjamin Millepied, Aaron Duffy, and Bob Partington and filmed by Darius Khondji), which showcases rag & bone’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection. The short, “Why Can’t We Get Along,” features dance as a metaphor for seeing from another’s point of view, and stars Kate Mara and Ansel Elgort, in addition to the label’s spring styles and a soundtrack by Thom Yorke. 


Beauty Fashion Week

10 Beauty Essentials for Your Fashion Week Survival Kit

It’s time once again for editors, designers, Insta-stylers and legendary fashion photogs to converge on the streets of New York, London, Paris and Milan—Fashion Month is upon us. While the cities are abuzz with must-see shows, glitzy parties and countless other events, we can’t help but wonder how the fashion pack keeps up with it all so stylishly.

The secret is preparation. Newbies and vets alike know that a key selection of beauty products is all that’s needed to look fresh while frantically hailing a cab. Below, ten of the most important items to carry in your Fashion Week arsenal—yes, your pretty Chloé one.


Beauty Travel

Vacation in a Bottle: Aerin Lauder’s New Scent Evokes a Tropical Paradise

Photos courtesy of Estée Lauder

“If you’re in Seattle or London or New York and you can’t actually get away, one sniff of this perfume will transport you somewhere beautiful … and warm,” promises Aerin Lauder about her new fragrance, Hibiscus Palm. Considering the grey skies overhead, we’ll try anything. But this prettily packaged perfume, which celebrates far-off destinations, white sand beaches and sweet-smelling coconut, happily sates our winter wanderlust. It’s like sunshine in a vintage-inspired bottle, a perfumed antidote to the cold and slush outside.

To celebrate the launch of Hibiscus Palm, Aerin was joined by Julie Sariñana, Helena Glazer Hodne and Tina Craig for yoga, massages and trips to the cenotes in Tulum, Mexico—the sort of palm-fringed paradise evoked by her latest exotic fragrance. After a few days spent luxuriating on what would be our dream vacation, Aerin sat down with our National Beauty Director Marynell Maddox to talk about Hibiscus Palm, what makes it so special and the special way she learned to apply her perfume from her grandmother, Estée.


Beauty Makeup Skin Care Travel

In-Flight Beauty: The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine

Frequent flyers know that a lot can happen between takeoff and touchdown. Recycled air is dehydrating, sleep schedules are disrupted and getting from point A to point B on time? Sometimes impossible. Though we can’t promise zero turbulence, we can relieve your otherwise irritated and puffy skin with tailored, in-flight pampering, all TSA-approved and ready to fly.

This time, we’re headed to Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics—and to pick up some of the most innovative beauty items in the world. To mark the occasion, we’ve stockpiled our carry-on with our favorite Korean skincare brands for an in-flight redux of the infamous 10-step routine, at 35,000 feet high.


Fashion Week Interviews Men's Fashion

Men’s Trends to Watch from Nordstrom Buying Director Jorge Valls

As gentlemen continue to venture further into the fashion avant-garde, styles shift from commercially driven monotonous dress shirts and trousers to artistic self-expression with an almost-anything-goes flair—that’s almost anything.

Nordstrom Men’s Buying Director Jorge Valls knows there is a lot to be excited about in men’s fashion. Beyond New York Fashion Week trends—which he predicts will be centered around ’90s street style and fine tailoring—Valls has his sights set on the grand opening of Nordstrom’s standalone New York men’s store this spring, for which he curated a diverse collection of the most exciting names in menswear.

In an interview for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), which appears in “Words with Fashion Friends,” Valls shares which shows excite him most this season and hints at what’s in store for the highly anticipated Nordstrom Manhattan flagship store just before men’s week gets going in New York!


Beauty Style

Up Close and Personal: Lingerie and Perfume Pairings for Your Valentine’s Night In

Selecting a fragrance is much like choosing lingerie—both are deeply personal decisions that involve trusting your instincts. Whether your boudoir persona is more shrinking violet or smoldering temptress, we believe your scent and your skivvies should align with the mood—both yours and the occasion’s.

Below, we’ve paired our favorite romantic fragrances with their complementary negligees, bralettes and underthings, for an extremely sensual approach to the art of seduction.



Calling All Cupids: Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Guys and Gals You Love

February 14th is a day dedicated to love of all kinds—romantic love, self-love, puppy love, loving friendships and love for chocolate. And though we do believe it is the thought that counts, it doesn’t hurt to also say “I love you” with some heart-shaped diamonds or an indulgent, fleece-lined robe—especially if you are both giver and receiver.

Upgrade her bouquet with the rapturous scent of turkish rose, or accessorize him for spring with a colorful beanie. Get in the spirit of the holiday with this adorable Alice + Olivia sweater, or spread the love with something extravagant—both a luxury handbag and a designer belt are gifts on our list. When in doubt, remember that a box of chocolates is a classic for a reason. 

Below, all of our favorite gifts for the men and women that we love (ourselves included).


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Beauty Makeup

8 Sultry Lip Looks for Wine Lovers

Not unlike your favorite vino, wine-colored lipstick is refined and complex, and varies on a spectrum from juicy Grenache to saturated Cabernet. You needn’t swirl, smell or sip to determine which is your ideal wine shade, though it wouldn’t hurt to swatch a few. Below, we, your lipstick sommeliers, have rounded up some of our favorite bold hues, all with a hint of drama and a lush finish.