Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sonia Rykiel's Pre Fall Collection 2013

With NYFW week around the corner and fashion weeks already on their way elsewhere around the world, all eyes are turning to next season's, i.e. SS13, collections and trends. But considering the season we are actually entering, FW13, I want to bring your attention to Sonia Rykiel's 'Sonia by Sonia Rykiel's' Pre-Fall 2013 Collection.

In this collection, the fundamentals of the Rykiel wardrobe are present, but reworked and brought forward so they fit better in their time. Sporty references stand alongside evening, the pieces often thrown on in one movement, they are easy, right, and mix with however one’s mood takes them with a subtle dose of masculine versus feminine.

This sporty chic distills throughout the collection a desire for comfort and ease of movement. The indispensable sweatpants, a signature of the house, are offered here in jersey, cotton and satin or even in all over silver lurex.

Sensual, sexy even, the Sonia By woman dares to wear leopard printed bloomers with babe pink dots with a short sleeved black silk crepe tee-shirt with structured cutouts.
A sweatshirt becomes a dress in fine wool and jersey, worn both day and night, like the sweater with the large viva red “bonsoir”.

Tee-shirts are omnipresent, used in colour blocks or inspired by the graphics of the “Blue Note” jazz label’s album sleeves.

Mini and maxi volumes are contrasted. A perfecto or a trench in light nylon, deliberately appears too big. The masculine-feminine balance is also translated by the pairing of an oversize hooded parka in khaki coloured nylon with a co-ordinating lurex dress.

Black and white stripes, the veritable backbone of the collection, decorate a pleated tank-top with large stripes, which is then mixed with a leopard print to create a real trompe-l’œil effect.

The star of any Rykiel collection, knitwear is plain, striped, and even accessorised with multicoloured butterflies, in a shirt front or a brooch, for a jewel effect.

The polka dot print is soft, like lights on a foggy evening, it dresses up a shirt dress in black and red cotton voile and silk. For evening, as the ultimate nod to Warhol style pop-art, sequins shine on a jumpsuit or a mini-dress with crossing straps on the back.

I for one love the collection, you?

Images courtesy of Sonia Rykiel via Havas PR Middle East

Friday, August 23, 2013

Healthy Hair: Home Remedy Tips From Celebrity Stylist Asgar Boo

If you've been following the blog/me long enough you probably know I'm one to always try out home, or natural, remedies. I believe whatever's been given to us on this planet is for our own benefit, and honestly they always have the best results. All the chemicals and unnatural sources in what we use today creates nothing but more problems and issues for us. That's why I always love when I find out new natural remedies/recipes to try when it comes to health and beauty!

I was delighted when I received this email packed with great info from celebrity stylist Asgar Boo, the man behind the hairstyles of celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Eva Longoria, Aishwarya Rai, and covered by publications from Vogue, to GQ, and The Daily Mail. The simple and easy tips featured below are sure to help you maintain healthy strong hair!

1.     Olive Oil
Try applying a small amount of olive oil to the lengths and ends of the hair to provide moisture to hair which is regularly exposed to the heat and sun.  Avoid the scalp as humidity causes the scalp to get naturally oily anyway.  Do this weekly too if you have dryer, coarser hair.

2.     Honey
Honey is a kitchen cupboard staple and a natural ingredient which is often found in shop bought hair-care solutions.  The natural moisturizing properties of honey draw in the moisture and will instantly seal into the dry hair that the sun and heat causes.  Try soothing small amounts of honey to the ends of your hair and leave it for an hour or so before rinsing it off thoroughly.  Not only will it provide a pleasant fragrance but it will improve the moisture and shine.

3.     Egg
Although it sounds odd, washing your hair with egg yolks one or twice a week can provide a pure source of protein and fat to frazzled summer hair.  The protein and fat can effectively minimize the effect that the sun, Sea, Chlorine and humidity have on causing limp, dry locks.  Make sure your hair is damp when you do this and carefully rub one egg yolk into the scalp.  Leave this for approximately 20 minutes and then rinse it out thoroughly for that extra strong hair boost. 

4.     Eat Right
It may seem like the most simple of home remedies but it really can be the most effective.  What one eats is a huge factor in the state of one’s hair condition.  During the summer months where you have adverse weather conditions against you, make sure to load up on protein filled foods such as fish, nuts, spinach and Greek-yogurt containing all the right nutrients to keep your hair looking thick and healthy.  Not only will your hair reap the rewards, but your waistline might also.

Content provided by Asgar Boo via Sterling Communications
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