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GCI Feature: SS 14 Beauty Trends

Each season, fashion "month" inspires myriad color trends. In response, beauty trends must work to complement the fabrics and textiles that global fashionistas will adorn themselves with in coming seasons. April's issue of beauty trade publication GCI Magazine features my thoughts on cosmetic colors to look out for this Spring. Warmed-up metallics and smoky plums are two of the key hues to embrace as the temperature rises. Click here for the complete story.

Highlights from the Elements Showcase: Winter 2013

The end of January marked the 5th edition of the Elements Showcase at Skylight West in Manhattan. Many of the usual (and gorgeous) suspects were on site, such as MCMC Fragrances, Blood Concept and Ten Over Ten was back with their mini mani's to those with enough time to take a seat . I was thrilled to see a number of clean beauty brands at the show this time around, including Juniper Ridge - which captures the outdoorsy scent of the pacific northwest in a bottle/bar of soap - as well as RMS Beauty and Rahua hair care.

A standout new comer was Thirdman. Rumored to be celebrity owned, the brand has executed a combination of delicious fragrances with stellar design. The collection captivated the attention of Linda Rodin, who proclaimed it the "best line at the show". The three delicate, light body splashes are heavenly but its the packaging that really steals the show. The fragrances are housed in a vibrant cobalt blue box, textured to feel like skin - an analogy that connects to the driving philosophy of the brand; to wear a fragrance like it's a second skin.

In general, minimalism prevailed across the board with paired down packaging, devoid of color.

Boutique florist, fragrance and candle brand Ovando injected a vibrant jolt of color throughout the space, with a spectrum of rainbow arrangements on both levels of the show.

The biggest excitement (at least for me) was the launch of my collaboration project with Ilia Beauty - Pink Kashmir lipstick. The cool pink hue is a limited edition for the Spring 2013 season. More on this to come...


Market Report : Holi Hues at Nars

Thankoon for Nars
Thankoon for Nars

It appears that New York based fashion designer Thankoon Panichgul was inspired by the playful shades recently reported, for both the runway and for his latest venture; creating a nail polish collection for cult beauty brand Nars  (to be released this Spring - May 2012). With color names like Amchoor, Kutki and Lal Mirchi, it's hard not to be instantly transported to South Asia instantly!

More from MAC: Collaboration with Gareth Pugh

This just in: "Today, M·A·C Cosmetics confirmed an upcoming collaboration with designer, Gareth Pugh. The brand will celebrate the partnership with Gareth next month at a cocktail party in New York City in anticipation of the global launch starting November 2011. The collection will include multiple colour products and accessories in special packaging. M·A·C has supported Gareth since he first began showing his collections nearly seven years ago." --Mac Cosmetics

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A Perfumer's Pad

Check out this feature on fragrance designer (and my Perfumery 101 instructor), Anne McClain's apartment (and lab) featured today on design*sponge. A lovely hideaway in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. With her very own rooftop herb garden and greenhouse, it's no wonder she was inspired to reach out to other urban farmers and develop a "Garden" scent for her line, MCMC Fragrances.