Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Fall 2016 Makeup Line Is Here!

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Victoria Beckham, connoisseur of beauty, is going to reveal a limited edition color cosmetics line with Estée Lauder. Thanks to this collaboration revealed back in April, many will now be able to adjust her look for themselves using her products, backed by the high standard set by Estée Lauder as well. Inspired by her favorite cities – London, New York, Los Angeles and Paris, the Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder fall 2016 makeup collection will include 14 products that will hit the US market on September 13th, 2016, while the international launch date is set for October 1st. The products will retail at Estée Lauder beauty counters, EsteeLauder.comSephora and Nordstrom.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Fall 2016 Makeup CollectionVictoria Beckham is well known as a fashion icon, who has created a massive following of people who look up to her style and taste. The reasons for this is obvious – look at her! But for those of us who want to try her looks and nearly anything she recommends will rejoice to hear about the new Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder makeup collection. Her fashion sense is undisputed and as a fashion designer she is well respected.

As she prepares to release her new line, Victoria Beckham has been very clear on the goals behind the Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder fall 2016 makeup collection. She aims to provide women with the products that she feels are must-haves for every makeup bag, especially the hard-to-find items.

Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president of The Estée Lauder Cos. told WWD that they have been looking to work with her for a very long time. She is quoted as saying: “There are women in this world that represent the Estée Lauder point of view, and she is one of them.”

No one is going to argue against that; Estée Lauder is well respected as a great brand with fantastic, reliable options and Victoria Beckham is well respected and adheres to a need for quality.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

September 11th will give Victoria Beckham’s fans a preview of her makeup line at her New York runway show as Estée Lauder is the beauty sponsor for Beckham’s spring 2017 runway show, meaning that the models will be rocking some of this makeup on the runway.

The Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder makeup collection is attractive even before the colors are seen, with thoughtful, chic packaging. The prices for this limited edition collection will range from $30 for the signature nude matte lip pencil up to $1200 for her Victoria Beckham Collection Daylight Edition.

This is what the entire collection will feature:

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Morning Aura Illuminating Creme (Limited Edition)

The amount of thought and detail put into this line is easily appreciable as she also has the Morning Aura cream that she credits as a glow potion that can work as a moisturizing primer. Fighting off dehydration and skin dullness, this is a magic illuminating cream that will give that instant glow to your complexion and is also supposed to tighten skin.

It’s a very versatile product that she is proud to have offered in her limited edition collection and it fits in line with everything she said she wanted. Most specifically the inclusion of the Morning Aura cream addresses the need for must-have, versatile items.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Highlighter  (Limited Edition)

Victoria Beckham even looked out for her fans, convincing Estée Lauder to bring back another version of the Modern Mercury highlight, which was limited edition. With strobing being the ultimate beauty trend on Instagram now, this highlighter, available in Modern Mercury, is sure to be the most coveted product in the line.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Bronzer (Limited Edition)

Available in Java Sun, this bronzer will give your skin that cherished sun-kissed glow Victoria herself can always boast.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Ink (Limited Edition)

Black Myrrh is the color name of this cream eyeshadow that will coat your eyelids with a couture-esque veil you see models wear at Victoria’s runway shows.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette  (Limited Edition)

Black Nutmeg, Grey Amber, Fired Sapphire, Blond Cumin, Metal Saffron and Burnished Sage are the six high-end eyeshadow colors this sleek makeup palette features.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Metals  (Limited Edition)

Charred Emerald and Bitter Clove are the names of the two mono eyeshadows that come infused with a delicate sparkle to instantly jazz up your eye looks.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Lipstick  (Limited Edition)

Brazilian Nude (nude) and Chilean Sunset (bright red) are two go-to lipstick colors everyone should have in their beauty kits, according to Victoria Beckham.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Lip Pencil  (Limited Edition)

Coming in Victoria, a matte nude color, this lip pencil will meticulously contour your lips prior to the lipstick application for a more polished look.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Daylight Edition Mirror (Limited Edition)

Featuring a removable lighted mirror, this small suitcase houses part of the entire makeup line, namely 8 products you’ll use in your day-to-day beauty routine.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

In parting, consider this quote from Victoria Beckham: “Everybody is always taking a selfie. You could be anywhere, bump into someone, and take a selfie. Everyone has to be photo-ready,” and thanks to her upcoming line, you can be!

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Best Dressed of Shiz University

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Official Promotional Image


Official Promotional Image



As you may remember, we've covered Wicked in the past as part of our stage inspiration series. But seeing as the musical is getting its own movie adaptation in December of 2019, we thought it would be great to revisit this spectacular show once again—only this time, we're focusing on the school outfits worn by the students at Shiz University!

No rest for the Wicked

Heads up: Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, or Wicked,is a critically acclaimed musical written by Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (theater buffs might recognize him from Godspell or Pippin). 

Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, the show tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West before she became, well, wicked. Besides addressing themes of racial prejudice and good versus evil, it's got an epic backstory, killer songs, and incredible costumes to boot. 

If you haven't seen Wicked yet, I highly recommend prepping yourself up for the rest of this article by watching the Youtube clip below! It's one of my personal favorites: "Defying Gravity," with Idina Menzel as Elphaba. Or, if you're interested in the underlying dynamics of the show, here's an interesting article about the political satire prevalent in the show.

Without further ado, here are four fashionable sets influenced byWicked's very own Shiz University alumni (caution: some spoilers ahead)!

Elphaba

The Wicked Witch of the West starts out life as Elphaba, an underappreciated yet kindhearted soul. Entering Shiz University as the caretaker to her little sister Nessarose, Elphaba tries her best to blend in to the crowd—something that's a little hard to do when a) your skin is as green as a fresh pickled toad and b) you can perform great and powerful acts of magic.

Channel Elphaba's navy schoolgirl outfit in your wardrobe by sticking to muted colors (navy and grey work well) with a hint of green. Keep it modestto let your daring personality shine through!  

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Galinda

Before she becomes Glinda the Good Witch, Galinda is just a spoiled, super girly teen who's primarily interested in popularity and all things pink. Enter Elphaba as a college roommate and the two, after a tempestuous beginning, form an unlikely friendship. Elphie and Galinda's relationship is actually the strongest in the entire show and their duet "For Good" is a guaranteed tearjerker.

Transfer Galinda's pep to your school outfits by investing in flowy skirts, preppy blazers, and a whole lotta pink. Although it's not so wearable in real life, I had to finish the look with a shiny tiara for that Galinda flare.

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Fiyero

Fiyero, or The Scarecrow, enters Shiz University as a rich, superficial space cadet (can you see why he needs that brain?) who's just interested in "Dancing Through Life." While he and Galinda spark up a relationship at once, the love at first sight trope is soon subverted when he starts developing feelings for her smarter and politically-minded BFF, Elphaba. Uh oh.

Emulate Fiyero's c'est la vie attitude with a button-down shirt (minimal buttoning, please) and brown statement pieces. Include a pop of red for his signature glee or sunglasses to showcase his calm demeanor.

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Nessarose

Elphaba's sister, The Wicked Witch of the East, is known as Nessarose, or simply "Nessa," at Shiz University. She's definitely on the unpopular side and, because of this, looks up to Galinda and obsesses over her own crush, fellow student (and Munchkin) Boq. Though Nessa is completely enamored with him, she's blind to the fact that Boq is actually in love with Galinda.

Copy Nessa's tragic, love-stricken personality and buttoned-up schoolgirl look by sticking with a color palette of navy and light pink. Put on a cute necklace to channel her sister-sister relationship with Elphaba and you've got Nessa's style down to a tee!

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LOVE MOSCHINO GOES BOLD & GRAPHIC WITH FALL 2016 CAMPAIGN

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Ella Wennstrom stars in Love Moschino's fall-winter 2016 campaign
Ella Wennstrom stars in Love Moschino’s fall-winter 2016 campaign

Love Moschino’s fall-winter 2016 campaign gets some extraterrestrial inspiration. Starring models Ella Wennstrom and Victor Nylander, the images feature clothing with sporty vibes. Photographer Giampaolo Sgura captures the pair in graphic looks with nods to space and aliens. Stylist Julia Sarr-Jamois dresses Ella in colorful sweatshirts, bold handbags and sleek optical frames.


Victor Nylander and Ella Wennstrom star in Love Moschino's fall-winter 2016 campaign
Victor Nylander and Ella Wennstrom star in Love Moschino’s fall-winter 2016 campaign
Love Moschino features black optical frames in fall 2016 campaign
Love Moschino features black optical frames in fall 2016 campaign
Love Moschino fall 2016 sunglass advertising campaign
Love Moschino fall 2016 sunglass advertising campaign
Love Moschino fall 2016 advertising campaign
Love Moschino fall 2016 advertising campaign

Shop Love Moschino’s New Arrivals:

Love Moschino You Are Not Alone T-Shirt
Love Moschino You Are Not Alone T-Shirt
Love Moschino Heart Tote Bag
Love Moschino Heart Tote Bag
Love Moschino Silver Handbag
Love Moschino Silver Handbag
Love Moschino Sweatshirt
Love Moschino Sweatshirt

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Justin Bieber and Sofia Richie Are Sending Us a Message With Their Outfits

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Justin Bieber hasn't confirmed he's dating on-the-rise supermodel Sofia Richie, but the pair's certainly been traveling around Tokyo in style. Just as hard as it is to miss them holding hands and linking arms, we're also taking note of their outfit coordination. When Justin opts for distressed denim, Sofia follows suit in her skinnies, and sporty stripes ran down both of their coats at the airport. Read on to see why we've got a feeling Justin and Sofia are sending us a message with their outfits: this duo is in sync on a fashion level, and perhaps even a romantic one too.

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FWRD END OF SUMMER SALE: 7 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN PIECES

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Alexander McQueen on Sale: Get up to 50% Off on FWRD
Alexander McQueen on Sale: Get up to 50% Off on FWRD

The Forward by Elyse Walker sale is heating up as the end of summer 2016 is approaching. You can now get up to 50% off top designer names. From bags to shoes to dresses to separates to jewelry and more, don’t miss out. One brand featured in the sale that certainly stands out is Alexander McQueen. From strappy sandals to fit and flare dresses, there are plenty of options from McQueen. Check out some of our picks below and see more of the sale at FWRD.com.


Alexander McQueen Cape Back Mini Dress
Alexander McQueen Cape Back Mini Dress
Alexander McQueen Classic Skull Clutch $1,286 (was $2,295)
Alexander McQueen Classic Skull Clutch
Alexander McQueen Leather Boots $482 (was $1,785)
Alexander McQueen Leather Boots
Alexander McQueen Flute Sleeve Mini Dress $1,150 (was $2,395)
Alexander McQueen Flute Sleeve Mini Dress
Alexander McQueen Chain Strap Bag $1,558 (was $2,995)
Alexander McQueen Chain Strap Bag
Alexander McQueen Open Shoulder Ruffle Dress $2,598 (was $4,995)
Alexander McQueen Open Shoulder Ruffle Dress
Alexander McQueen Braided Leather Sandals $329 (was $685)
Alexander McQueen Braided Leather Sandals

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HOW 'TUMBLR PINK' BECAME THE MOST UBIQUITOUS COLOR IN FASHION BRANDING

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You would have to be colorblind to question whether we are knee-deep in a "Rose Quartz-Everything" era. The Tumblr-favorite pastel is popping up on everything: Calvin Klein ads, Vans Old Skools, Drake's "Hotline Bling" cover art, Gucci runway shows, shopping bags and Bentley convertibles, to name just a few. It's also a trend among popular millennial-favored brands like Glossier, Everlane and Mansur Gavriel — a fact that's not exactly going unnoticed

The not-pink shade typically ranges in intensity from the more punchy pink of ballerina tutus to the muffled white-pink of cherry blossoms, existing under every cutesy moniker from salmon to blush. But how did we step into this off-pink Oz? 

The hue is enjoying a reach and staying power unusual for your average run-of-the-mill color trend. It has stained every product imaginable, been embraced by all genders (an apt illustration of fashion's ever-increasing gender-neutrality movement) and does not seem to be going anywhere fast. This color has been on trend forecasters' minds for years, and they say we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg. 

For most of us, rose quartz first caught our eye in November 2015 when Pantone, fashion's chief color measurement system, announced rose quartz and serenity (a chalky sky-blue) as the colors of 2016. The dual announcement was an innovative move for Pantone, which typically only names one shade as its color of the year. "We really see the linkage of these two shades together as wellness," Laurie Pressman, VP of Pantone Color Institute, explains, citing the increased anxieties of our post-modern age. 

Photo: David Roemer
Photo: David Roemer

Each year, Pressman and her colleagues look to architecture, interiors, animation, photos, etc., to determine which color best represents the current zeitgeist. "Serenity is about the sky and dependability," says Pressman. "Rose Quartz is about the rosy glow that comes along with good health. They're also connected to this gender blurring we've been seeing over the last five years. Pink is no longer just for girls and blue for boys."

Companies choosing to use this color in their branding is helping to change the public's perception of pink, which was widely associated with the femme experience — and this makes perfect sense, since they were the ones to create the perception in the first place. As F.I.T. fashion historian Valerie Steele explains, "The idea that pink is for girls really only solidified as recently as the 1940s in the United States. Some people would say, well, maybe pink is for boys because it's a more determined color and closer to being red." According to Steele, blue was historically viewed as a feminine color because of Virgin Mary frequently being depicted as wearing the color. But, as with most things, media and commercialism changed the public's view on the matter. "I think two paintings that came into America in the early 20th century, 'Pinkie' by Lawrence and 'The Blue Boy' by Gainsborough contributed to reinforcing this commercial idea that you could sell pink to girls and blue to boys," she theorizes.

Rose quartz was steadily brewing in popularity with boys and girls long before Pantone's November announcement; it was already the color of iPhones and Acne Studios's shopping bags. But the fashion world's obsession with the soft-as-a-whisper shade appears to have skyrocketed immediately after the announcement. It began in January when the color, among a myriad of other Internet-kid pastels, was used in Diesel's Spring 2016 ad campaign. Then, around Easter, Vans and Opening Ceremony released limited-edition pink Old Skools in men's and women's sizes. GQ even went so far as to provide an official endorsement to the Timmy Turner-pink shoes. On the surface, it looks like designers simply obeyed Pantone's command — calling up their factories and shouting, "Think pink!" — but Mark Woodman, an internationally renowned color trend expert, says Pantone just has good timing.

Acne Studios packaging.
Acne Studios packaging.

"These colors are forecasted two, three years out in advance," Woodman says, explaining that it would be impossible for manufacturers and designers to wait on Pantone's "Color of the Year" announcement and have products in that shade ready in time. Woodman says he and other color trend experts have expected this rose quartz boom for a while. "It emerged in a large way in Asia-Pacific first, in 2014, under the name of 'Shim,'" he says. "I put the color on my radar specifically for a product line in June 2015, six months before any announcement by Pantone was made."

Rose quartz is not just pretty, it's also political. Kevin Lo, a graphic designer, illustrates this in his Internet-famous critique of Pantone and their "Color of the Year" selection, "The Propaganda of Pantone: Colour and Subcultural Sublimation." Rose quartz was frequently employed in femme-positive aesthetics, mainly because of the heavy connotations concerning gender, femininity, emotionality and vulnerability the color possesses. This is exactly what lured Thinx, a brand focused on creating period panties for the modern woman, to use the color in its minimalist advertisements that highlight women of varying sizes and races. "A muted pink speaks to our altering society's understanding of femininity (i.e., traditional hot pinks and baby pinks that we often see used in feminine hygiene products or "girls' toys"),” says M.Y. Nguyen, lead design strategist at Thinx, "because that's what we're doing at THINX: changing the way people think about the female experience."

In his much-shared critique, Lo accuses Pantone of removing rose quartz's deeper connotations and subordinating feminist subcultures through its selection. Lo tells Fashionista, "They took all the teeth out of what was meant as a challenge to mainstream culture and made it palatable for the mass consumption."

When asked about the criticism Pantone has faced regarding 2016's "Color of the Year" selection, Pressman defended the anthropological methods of the program, saying: "Part of what being a person in trend forecasting is about is being an astute cultural observer. There's searching through tons and tons of things in order to be able to come to our conclusion. Yes, we are mining through everything, but that's how you create a point of view."

A Glossier advertisement.
A Glossier advertisement.

Pantone does hold a lot of power over the cultural relevancy of a color and the popular opinion towards it. The best example of this is the dramatic life cycle of cerulean blue, which Pantone forecasted as the color of the millennium in 1999. The following year, the hue was featured in Oscar de la Renta's runway show as a stunning evening gown, and the color's popularity exploded — eventually trickling down from haute couture to discount bins. If this sounds familiar, it's because it's the infamous example of the trickle-down effect that Meryl Streep delivers to a fashionably challenged, cerulean-wearing Anne Hathaway in "The Devil Wears Prada." Evan Collins, who manages a popular online archive of Y2K fashion and imagery called "The Institute of Y2K Aesthetics," says Pantone perfectly captured Y2K's obsession with a tech-utopian future with that choice. "Cerulean blue is naturally associated with a number of motifs popular during the time," says Collins. "Think vapor, liquid, ice, gel, blobs, blue skies, spacey stainless-steel environs and 'cleanliness.'"

One day, the life cycle of rose quartz may be lectured to some fashion intern in a similar way, a historical representation of our angsty, gender-neutral zeitgeist. But don't worry—your rose quartz top (or product branding) is not going to become fashion roadkill anytime soon. Both Pressman and Woodman forecast rose quartz will keep its seat at the cool kids' table for the next two years at the very minimum. The color is part of a developing juggernaut of a trend Mark Woodman calls "quietude."

What's quietude? Just imagine the luxe sleepwear of a Disney princess and you're in the ballpark. Silk, airy trousers that could double as pajamas, pastels and sheer fabrics are all part of the emerging trend. "Lightness, sheerness, layering of these soft grays and off-whites — it's a reaction to the endless stress, screaming politicians, and technology," says Woodman. "The spring collections are really very pale. I see a pink even softer and quieter than rose quartz coming up in 2017." 

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