Eyebrows were raised in MAC‘s general direction when they announced that their Mexican-inspired collection designed with Rodarte would feature a nail polish named “Juarez”. Why? It’s one of the most dangerous cities in the world and notorious for the rapes and killings of women in the city to be ignored by police.

MAC have responded by saying:
“We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended some of our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We are listening carefully to the comments posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention. M·A·C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M·A·C Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez. We are diligently investigating the best way to do this. Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts.”

Turning an uh-oh into an oh-yes? The collection is beautiful and MAC are doing a great thing. I’d say so!

Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, and Hamish Bowles

Hamish Bowles with Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour at Ralph Lauren Collection FW 2010/11

Like I expected, the upcoming season of Gossip Girl is shaping up quite well.

Every New Yorker is dying with excitement over Vogue’s big shopping event on September 10th, Fashion’s Night Out. Why? Invitations are elite, and it’s basically a city-wide shopping party thrown by Anna Wintour. This year, in addition to CBS’ one-hour special featuring parties and live performances at stores around town, the CW will include Fashion’s Night Out as a plot point in two episodes of Gossip Girl airing in September.

Here’s the kicker, Vogue editors Hamish Bowles (the love of my life) and Lauren Santo Domingo filmed cameos yesterday in scenes where they prepare for the merchandising madness. Insane!

As a make-up artist, the number one request I receive – I’m talking 95% of the time – is a smoky eye. Truth is, it’s one of the simplest things you can do for your eyes and since you’re trying to look smoky, you can do it quick and not worry about precision.

What will you need?
– A dark and light brown eyeshadow.
A white/cream eyeshadow.
Black eyeliner (I prefer liquid).
– Mascara.
Brushes aren’t necessary, but any blending brush would be helpful.

The Easy Directions:

1. Highlight your inner corner and brow bone with the light colour.
2. Blend lighter brown eyeshadow in from the outer corner of your eye.
3. Bring the same colour underneath your eye softly.
4. BLEND your harsh edges (aka smoke it out).
5. Work darker colour into your natural crease.
6. Bring that colour underneath your eye softly.
7. Line your eyes with a small wing. It’ll increase the depth of the smoke.
8. Highlight and blend back in.

Simple. Five minute smoky eye. Looks gorgeous on everyone. Obviously, the video above will assist you and also features music by the Audiovisuals. Must watch (in HD)!

Katy Perry in Brian Lichtenberg

Katy Perry in Brian Lichtenberg

Most magazine-reading US girls aged 14-34 have at least one item from Forever 21. Their cheap-as-chips clothes are the most fashion-forward in the malls of America, and they are about to get that bit more trendy.

Following in the savvy footsteps of stores like H&M and Target, they are collaborating with the now designer Brian Lichtenberg who has recently been filling celebrity’s wardrobes with asymetrics, bodycons, sequins and more*. What we know is that 9 pieces will be retailing at $14.80 starting August 13th. I blindly want them all.

* Ahem, designer of Lady Gaga‘s caution tape outfit in Telephone, hello.

Crystal Renn Before


Crystal Renn After


As I mentioned yesterday, everyone is gaga about Crystal Renn and her weight fluctuations. Renn herself spoke to Glamour about all of the editing and comments here.

I recently [saw] Karl Lagerfeld, and he said, “Did you lose weight since my show? Don’t you lose any weight!” And I remember thinking, “I’ve actually gained an inch; must be the outfit! But no, don’t worry, I won’t.” And Carine [Roitfeld, the editor of French Vogue] also said to me, “Don’t lose weight. You’re very beautiful just how you are.” That support means so much to me.

– Crystal Renn