06.01.12 Beauty, Hair, Makeup

Maybe Rooney Mara Will Usher In A ‘Dark Minimalist’ Red Carpet Revolution?

If her glam squad’s intention is to shock and awe—they’re succeeding. In a good way of course, as Rooney Mara is quickly becoming a breath of fresh beauty air.

Mara exudes this sophisticated, edgy, seriously chic energy brought forth through her amazing red carpet style, complemented by her bare-bones approach to beauty.

Dare we say it—we even fancy the fringe! Yes, it’s harsh, but it happens to be the pièce de résistance that contributes to her successfully standing out in the crowd.

Isn’t it great to see someone not try to be something they’re not?

Everyone can’t be blonde, bubbly, and tanned to perfection; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo actress takes the road less traveled with her look—and we wish a few more starlets would follow suit.

Who would you like to see tone down their look on the red carpet? —India-Jewel Jackson

03.01.12 Beauty, Hair

Rihanna’s Ringlets—They’re Wrong, Right?

The beautiful You Da One singer cut her post-tour Barbadian vacation short to ring in 2012 in Miami with P. Diddy and pals, rocking a rather questionable ensemble—and an even more questionable hairstyle.

We get that a deep keyhole neckline deserves top billing, but piling dip-dyed corkscrew curls atop of her head wouldn’t have been our go-to style in the slightest.

Why? Three simple reasons.

1) It aged her, especially when paired with a lacy long-sleeved frock that hit below the wrists and the knees—could her overall look been any more matronly?

2) Curly bangs rarely work, particularly those that are sparse and spread far apart on either side of the forehead.

3) High ponytails are best left for the sidewalk, the schoolyard, the sauna, or the sea. (Unless it’s fashioned into a topknot, which we LOVE!)

Is it just us? Or would a low bun have been a far better option?—India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Getty

06.12.11

Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2012

We headed to the Upper East Side to take in the Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2012 show yesterday afternoon.

For the upcoming pre-fall season, ODR presented a series of 70s-inspired looks that felt very ‘smart and stylish secretary by day, sexy city gal-about-town by night.’

Chic skirt suits, colourful shift dresses, and swingy wide-leg trousers were shown alongside dazzling cardigans and fur boleros. Brighter shades like lemon, magenta, melon and azure were peppered here and there, mingling with traditional autumnal hues of bordeaux, camel, gray, as well as intricate black and white patterns.

But the devil is in the detailsor in this case, the accoutrements. Vintage-style cloche caps felt much more modern next to the glitzy jeweled earrings, ornate cocktail rings, flashy brooches, and extravagant necklaces that jazzed up each look, as did the box clutches, skinny belts, and oversize sunnies.

Below the waist, sheer dotted tights made a prominent appearance on the runway, worn with thigh high boots and loafers, which were surprisingly refashioned into furry, pointy toe high-heel mule and wedge variations.

As for beauty, lacquered center-parted strands styled into looped off-to-the-side ponytails (finished with a girlish bow!) paired with popping pink pouts and over-flushed cheeks gave the collection a youthful twist.

And no ODLR show would be complete without a few red-carpet ready ensembles; flowy floor-length frocks fashioned from delicate pleated silk slinked down the catwalk alongside cute cocktail dresses, which came in an array of lacy, sparkly, embellished, metallic, fringed forms.

Favourites: Floral print dress and platinum lame gown

Who I See Wearing This Collection: Hilary Swank, Andrea Riseborough, Anne Hathaway, Kristin Davis, Jessica Chastain, Iman, Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Walters, Hilary Clinton and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

View the collection in its entirety on the OscarPrGirl tumblr—India-Jewel Jackson 

01.12.11 Beauty, Hair

Beauty Trend Spotting: Lacquered ‘n Loose

We’re all for laissez-faire hair. Looks like Petra Nemcova and Kate Beckinsale are too, as they’ve recently given the same ‘new age mullet’ look a go. (Say it with us—business in the front, paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarty in the back!)

Seen at all over the Spring 2012 runways—Giambattista Valli, Proenza Schouler, Felder Felder, BCBG, and Elie Saab (pictured below)—catwalk hairstylists like Guido Palau, Eugene Souleiman, and Orlando Pita made ‘hat hair’ look haute by sending half-lacquered, half-loose locks down the runway.

We love the ‘shiny at the top, loose in the back’ look for two reasons:

1. It’s a glamorous style that real women can easily recreate, and 2. It’s perfect for breathing new life into day-old curls.

To get the look, brush curls into loose waves. Insert a deep diagonal off-center part, and comb your strands back, stopping at the nape of your neck. Generously palm medium hold gel over your crown, starting at your hairline, ceasing just above your nape. Finish by inserting a few bobby pins behind both ears if you’d like to create a clear line of demarcation.

Denman Paddle Brush, $11.95 at Folica.comBb. Gel, $25 at BumbleAndBumble.com | Cleopatra Extra Fine Tooth Rattail Comb, $3.95 at Amazon.com —India-Jewel Jackson

08.11.11 Beauty, Hair

Look We Love: Evan Rachel Wood’s Short ‘n Sassy Strands

Aren’t you glad Evan Rachel Wood traded in her long lackluster locks for a cute cropped cut?

We certainly are. In fact, we’re head over heels in love with ERW’s shorter strands for two reasons: 1) We had absolutely NO idea just how gorgeous she is, and 2) Because she does more than just wear it straight. (We’re looking right at you Michelle Williams—and Carey Mulligan.)

Her versatile cut comes across as being completely effortless, yet beyond badass. Plus, it’s the perfect juxtaposition between masculine and feminine—it’s very ‘David Bowie androgynous meets Halle Berry sexy with a touch of Tilda Swinton elegance.’

Marcus Francis, the mane mastermind behind this particular look, tells us exactly what he did to create Wood’s scrunchy waves so you can try your hand at her pretty, punky pixie.

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