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Commuun Paris Runway Show F/W ’11

13 Mar

By Paige Donner

Commuun is one of the few Designer labels showing in Paris regularly who sport an ethical fashion approach. And like their famous colleague (Stella) their front foot is on design with their inspiration derived from nature, a respect they carry forward into their fashion designs from collection to collection.

When asked backstage what is the one constant in their collections, Iku Furudate and Kaito Hori responded that sourcing organic textiles is one of their trademarks for their collections. This year’s runway shows in Paris saw a lot of sheers, material that Commuun often uses in their collections.

Many of the fashion label’s fans at this year’s runway show in Paris held on March 7th agreed that this year’s collection bears witness to the design duo’s maturation and growth into their world-class label. Some of the textiles they used – all organically sourced – included an inversed velvet. The pops of color in the collection, too, are nature inspired and their name has nothing to do with “common” but rather references the concepts of community, communion and communication.

All photos by Paige Donner, Copyright Paige Donner

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All photos by Paige Donner, Copyright Paige Donner

The NY trained, Tokyo originating design duo of Iku Furudate and Kaito Hori launched their label in 2005 which is also when they first began showing in Paris. In 2007 they won the LVMH and Longchamp ANDAM prizes.

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Paige Donner is Founder and Ed. In Chief of Greening Beauty and Greening Hollywood as well as The Green Blog Network.

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Oscar Dazzle And Academy Bling

1 Mar

 

Actress Eva Mendes arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Arrivals Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images North America

Actress Eva Mendes wore:

  • 18kt yellow gold earrings with diamonds, onyx, turquoise and yellow sapphires, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection
  • 18kt yellow gold ring with diamonds, turquoise, onyx and yellow sapphire, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

(Credit:   Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin wore:

•             18kt white gold earrings with diamonds, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

•             Platinum and diamond ring, from BVLGARI’s Historical Archives

(Credit:  Michael Buckner/WireImage)

Ginnifer Goodwin, Animal Rights Activist,  Advocates Adopt-A-Turkey

Ginnifer Goodwin is just one of these people who extend care and concern foranimals.  Her celebrity status currently is an advantage to spread this advocacy to the public.

She teamed up with Farm Sanctuary, a leading organization that upholds protection for farm animals to launch the Adopt-a-Turkey project.  Celebrated annually, the national program is designed to put a stop to the misery of turkeys which were raised commercially.  Particularly, the program educates the public and makes them realize the cruelties these animals endure, and being offered as an alternative when Thanksgiving celebration comes

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin attends the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Inside Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF11/WireImage.com
Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Arrivals Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage.com
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 27: Actress Rashida Jones arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF)

19TH ANNUAL ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION ACADEMY AWARDS VIEWING PARTY:

Actress Rashida Jones wore:

•18kt yellow gold and diamond ring, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

•18kt pink gold and diamond bracelet, from BVLGARI’s SerpentiCollection

•18kt pink gold with diamonds and onyx bracelet, from BVLGARI’sSerpentiCollection

•18kt yellow gold and 18kt pink gold bracelet, from BVLGARI’s Historical Archives

•18kt yellow gold and diamond bracelet, from BVLGARI’s Historical Archives

(Credit:  Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

L’Wren Scott and Angelica Huston attend the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Inside Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF11/WireImage.com

Actress Anjelica Houston wore:

•Platinum ring with diamonds and a yellow sapphire, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

(Credit:  Kevin Mazur/VF11/WireImage.com)

Arianna Huffington wore:

•18kt white gold and diamond earrings, from BVLGARI’s Parentesi Revolution Collection

•Platinum and diamond brooch, from BVLGARI’s High Jewelry Collection

(Credit:  Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com)

Arianna Huffington arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Arrivals Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com

Model Anne V wore:

•             18kt pink gold and diamond watch, from BVLGARI’s Serpenti TubogasWatch Collection

•             18kt pink gold with diamonds and onyx ring, from BVLGARI’sSerpentiCollection

(Credit:  Michael Buckner/WireImage)

 

 

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Anne V arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter – Arrivals Sunset Tower West Hollywood, CA United States February 27, 2011 Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage.com

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DIY Winter Skin Spa

31 Jan

DIY Beauty by Suki Kramer

By: Suki Kramer

Winter’s stale indoor heat, low humidity, cold temperatures and windy
conditions all take a toll on your skin. Dry, dead skin cells build up, oil
imbalances cause an increase of clogged pores and wrinkles seem all the more
pronounced.

Beat the winter beauty blues with these easy skin care recipes that use
common kitchen ingredients. Of course, try to buy organic and local whenever
possible!
Soup to Nuts Facial Scrub
* 1Ž2 cup chopped cucumber (do not peel)–soothing, natural exfoliant
* 1 teaspoon pineapple juice–toning, exfoliating
* 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
* 2 whole eggs–clears blemishes, tightens skin, helps with wrinkles
* 2 tablespoons yogurt–hydrating, probiotic treatment
* 2/3 cup ground almonds–natural exfoliant

Puree the cucumber until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend on
medium-low speed for 1 minute. Apply to moistened face in a gentle, circular
motion. Rinse thoroughly.

Nourishing Hydration Masque
* 1Ž2 avocado (peeled & pitted)–moisturizing. vitamin-rich
* 3 seedless grapes–tightening, toning, antioxidant
* 1 egg–tightening, hydrating and adds protein value
* 1 teaspoon mayonnaise–nourishing
* 1 teaspoon honey–anti-blemishes & anti-wrinkle
* 1 tablespoon baking soda–ph balancer, gentle cleanser
* 2 teaspoons apple juice–exfoliating

Puree the avocado and grapes until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and
blend on medium speed for 45 seconds. Apply evenly to face & leave on for
10-15 minutes.

Intense Hydrating Face/Body Lotion
* 1 teaspoon olive oil–great natural hydrator
* 1/3 teaspoon shea butter (found in natural food stores)–moisturizer
* 1 teaspoon apple juice–exfoliating
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice–tonic
* 1/3 teaspoon coconut oil–source of vitamins and rich nourishers

In a small saucepan, slowly heat ingredients together until warm. Remove
from heat and let cool. Note: oils and juices will separate. Pour into small
bottle and shake prior to use. Apply to face in circular massaging motion
until thoroughly absorbed.

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Paris Soldes Offers Organic Goods

16 Jan

Reprinted from: Paris Seen By

Stylist Nathalie Garçon, the ambassador for Paris, Shopping and fashion capital,has a chic, ethnic style full of colour. Having discovered her love of fashion in Cannes, where she is originally from, she now considers herself 100% Parisian and tells us all about “her” capital.

Parisian by adoption for 30 years, you know the capital better than many of its citizens. If you had to persuade someone to visit for the first time, what would you say to them?

N.G.: It’s the most varied and disconcerting city I know, with such a classic air. It’s constantly changing with the times; a capital that manages the ultimate mixture of a rich historic past and the eclectic influence brought by a large influx of foreign visitors. But it’s also a dream city for any fashion lover!

If you were to spend 24 hours rediscovering Paris, in your own way, from breakfast to late evening, what would you choose to do?

N.G.: First of all, I’d have breakfast at Dalloyau in the 6th, with its view over the Luxembourg garden, followed by a walk and certainly a game of tennis in the “Luco”, which I absolutely adore. I’d then stroll around the surrounding streets for a bit of shopping, before stopping off around 11.45am, for a coffee at Flore, boulevard Saint-Germain, and a bit of people-watching. I’d then head towards the Musée du Quai-Branly to rediscover the collections of oceanic masks which is just as enjoyable each time I visit. Then it’d be off to Trocadéro, for a bit of a walk and to admire the Eiffel Tower; passing by the terrace at Carette, a hot spot for Parisians.

After that I’d go to the Marais district and get a Vélib; a quick stop along the lively rue de Bretagne for some organic fruit, and then I’d take a look around the Musée Picasso. I’d have lunch quite late on rue Charlot, in one of the little restaurants that have recently opened there, before continuing on to Drouot, where I’d hope to find something a bit unusual. At the end of the afternoon, a drink at the bar of the Meurice, before a trip to the theatre. Dinner at Cristal de Sel, a little bistro I love, one last drink at Mathis and finally to bed!

As an internationally renowned stylist, is Paris a source of inspiration?

N.G.: Paris instills into creators a subtle mixture of freedom, fantasy and elegance. But it’s also a multicultural capital, and so open to the entire world, making its influence both very Parisian and completely cosmopolitan at the same time.

Paris is continually evolving, with new boutiques, but also the opening of many palaces in the coming months. Do you think that this return to such grand luxury will breathe new life into the city?

N.G.: These palaces are both a reflection of a constantly changing world, and a strong sign of the end of the economic crisis. Paris is offering a large number of exceptional venues that will attract foreign visitors, many of whom may never have previously visited the city; they will also bring back visitors who are looking for high quality, up-market accommodation.

The elegance of Parisian women is often the envy of the world. But what do you think of Parisians, and what would you like to suggest to them?

N.G.: Definitely a bit more fantasy and freedom, both of which are fun. Men are definitely less favoured than women with regards to day-to-day fashion, as they’re still limited to a suit at work, but a simple accessory in a lively colour or elegant shoes would add a bit of creativity, making it less dull. And certainly more humour and lightness … And if their professional environment doesn’t allow them freedom with their clothes, my main advice would be to try and make a real effort at the weekend, rather than slouching around in jogging bottoms or other clothes that may very well make their own grandfathers blush!

You’re the ambassador for Paris, Shopping and fashion capital. For the “Soldes by Paris”, what advice can you offer to visitors and Parisians looking to make the most of the sales?

N.G.: The sales are always a chaotic time that merit a bit of practical preparation: good shoes (don’t wear them if they’re new!), clothes that are easy to take on and off in the changing rooms without a struggle …Then, you also need to make sure you avoid the well-known areas, as they get very busy. Go and discover new places during the sales with friends; and of course an outside opinion is always handy to avoid those shopping mistakes!

For Addresses

www.shoppingbyparis.com/en/ NATHALIE GARÇON  www.nathaliegarcon.com

 

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Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation

3 Jan

by Nigel Barker

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to see beauty in almost every form. Whether it is on set with a model, at home with my wife and kids or even in the heart of Africa filming Generation Free, I am constantly surprised and confronted with the many elements that make up beauty. I am now ready to share these elements with you in my first book, Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation.

Casting aside conventional rules, I draw on 20 years of experience in the beauty business and 13 seasons of judging America’s Next Top Model to unleash the 10 essential elements that make up true beauty: Allure, Confidence, Compassion, Spontaneity, Radiance, Health, Honesty, Charm, Energy + Humor.

As you discover your Beauty Equation, I will guide you through a series of instructive teaches and self-portraiture challenges that will reveal a better and more beautiful you. On your journey, you will make a portfolio of photos, words, and inspiration detailing how truly beautiful you are and can be.

Just like the dynamic portfolio of a top model, filled with a full range of their best shots, your portfolio will highlight your best attributes and show the true you. You can choose to keep this portfolio private, or you can share it with the Beauty Equation community online at www.beautyequation.com. Here, you can post your work, track your Beauty Equation progress, and share your experiences with other readers from around the globe!

Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation hit stores last September. Visit www.beautyequation.com.

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