Miss Wu by Jason Wu

2013 can’t come soon enough for fans of Jason Wu.  The famous designer is releasing an affordable ready-to-wear line with Nordstrom called: Miss Wu.

The line may be targeted at a younger demographic but is by no means a cheap or trend-dependent teen line.  Miss Wu still keeps with Wu’s signature sleek, feminine shape and boasts 60’s-inspired patterns and bright colours.  Jason Wu describes the Miss Wu girl as “mischievous, she’s feminine, she loves fashion.” 

The line includes sleeveless blouses, colourful party frocks and leather jackets.  Wu continues his thoughts on his new line, “A lot of my friends would certainly be the Miss Wu customer. You know, the 20-somethings that are on their first or second job and really are quite serious about fashion, but can’t afford a designer price point all the time. So this is something that’s really great for them. Because it’s still a collection of great pieces to add to your wardrobe that are meaningful, not throw-away, but also it’s something that can be very wearable.”

Jason Wu explains that the line is slightly more relaxed and downtown than his eponymous designer brand.  The 40-piece collection will be available in 49 Nordstrom stores and online in January 2013.  Pieces range from $195-$795, a drastic reduction from Jason Wu’s designer line prices.

While the line has yet to be revealed to the public, Jason Wu is already talking about an expansion.  Two seasons of Miss Wu are already mapped out with a plan for accessories to follow.

Will you be hitting Nordstrom this January to get your hands on Miss Wu? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @RianaAutumn


Guillaume Cardoso de Sousa MATADORAS Collection


Marseille born fashion designer Guillaume Cardoso de Sousa, knew what his true calling in life was at a very young age. When he was 16 he discovered Vogue and drew his very first collection, little did he know that his dreams and sketches would come to life. Guillaume soon went on to study draping at La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. During his studies he gained internships at fashion houses Jean Paul Gaultier and Kenzo. Not long after finishing at La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Guillaume was snapped up by Givenchy Haute Couture with Ricardo Tisci working as a freelance draper. Guillaume spread his draping talent throughout all the top fashion houses in Paris, such as Christian Dior, Hermes, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.


After a trip to Los Angeles in 2008, Guillaume fell in love with the city and decided to move there. Since then he has created 2 of his own collections. Guillaume stays true to his couture routes by carefully hand making each and every piece. Guillaume experiments with various different fabrics, manipulating and treating them to create new and interesting shapes and textures. His collections go beyond just the design; they are a work of art.


Guillaume’s most recent collection for fall/winter 2012-13 is called MATADORAS. MATADORAS evokes images of matadors in an urban world. With structured shapes, sportswear fabrics and a simple colour palette of black, white, red and beige, you discover the urban matador. The collection is strong and sexy, whilst still leaving something to the imagination. The fall/winter 2012-13 runways turned women into the Dominatrix and Guillaume’s collection is a softer play on the trend. From the MATADORAS collection you also get a strong sense that the women are warriors, like the matador fighting the bull. As for the shoes, they are innovative by mixing trainers with evening shoes and it is the perfect combination for a shoe unlike any other. Guillaume Cardoso de Sousa is definitely a designer to watch, expect to see great things from this designer.

Matchy-matchy MAC

MAC Fashion Sets

It seems like every trend has a life-cycle.  Things like leggings, flared jeans and neon brights seem to go in and out of fashion creating trend-recyclers instead of trend-setters.  The latest once-faux-pas to come back into the fashionable limelight is matching make-up.

Most current beauty risk-takes would cringe at the thought of having to match their eye shadow to their lip stick, blush and so on.  After years of dark smokey eyes, bubble gum cheeks and orange lips all on the same face, returning to an all-pink palette seems backwards and boring.  Luckily, MAC’s latest matching trend is anything but boring.

MAC recently released their first permanent Nail Lacquer collection.  It features 30 shades, ranging from pale ivory (“Faint of Heart”) to sparkly green (“Mean & Green”), and 3 finishes, Cream, Frost and Pearl.  The polishes come in a unique cylindrical tube and promise no-streak/no-chip technology, UV protection and enamel conditioner. The complete collection can be viewed here.

These Nail Lacquers are featured in MAC’s nod to matching make-up: their Summer 2012 Fashion Sets.  The Fashion Sets are 3-piece mini-collections of matching Lipstick, Lipglass and Nail Lacquer.  The interesting thing about these Fashion Sets is the products chosen to go “mini” are based on popularity by geographic location.  MAC created 4 different world collections: North America, Asia Pacific, Europe & Africa and Latin America & Middle East.  Each world collection has 7 palettes to choose from based on which colours have traditionally sold best in the respective areas.  Some of the palettes overlap but each region has a few unique shades that are exclusively available to their MAC customers.

MAC’s Fashion Sets in “Russian Red” and “Myth”

The North American line has a bit of everything: “Myth”, an ivory nude, “Chestnut”, a deep brown, and “Girl About Town”, a striking bright pink.  The Asia Pacific sets seem to include more peach/pink tones with a few bright stand-outs such as “Impassioned” (bright pink) and “Morange” (bright orange).  Hues from the Europe & Africa line cover every end of the spectrum from subtle nudes (“Spice”) to vampy crimsons (“Russian Red”).  The final world collection, Latin America & Middle East, sticks to a variety of pink and red shades like the blush coloured “Snob” or bubble gum hued “Pink Nouveau”.  The complete collections can be viewed here.

So far MAC’s Fashion Sets have received mixed reviews.  Fans of the best-selling hues are eagre to try out the accompanying Lipglass and Nail Lacquer but are not always satisfied with the results.  Some have reported that the Nail Lacquer matches better with the Lipstick or the Lipglass or that it doesn’t match at all!  It’s difficult to get a consensus as the reviews change with the different palettes.  However, it seems most consumers are generally satisfied with the quality and colour of the Fashion Sets.

MAC Fashion Set “Pink Nouveau”

Which Fashion Set have you tried or are you dying to try? Did the Nail Lacquer end up matching the Lipstick/Lipglass?  If you’re ready to help the matching make-up trend get back on its feet, let me know your thoughts on Twitter @RianaAutumn or in the comments below!

Emerging Trends Fashion Challenge – Winner Announced

So, the beginning of this month (7th July) saw the Emerging Trends Fashion Challenge take place in Paris. Showcasing the works of designers from all parts of the World including Norway, Pakistan, Canada and the USA this truely was an event to remember, being judged by some of the fashion industry’s top professionals including Barry Laden, Artem Balaev and Olivia Pinnock.
Beautiful models, stunning fashion and amazing styling made the show a night to remember along with the true buzz of tough competition and determination. The show was spilt into 3 simple segments; Past, Present & Future which allowed each designer to present thier different cultures along with displaying their own take on fashion trends.
The event featured 5 designers; Rudy Wolff (Norway), Jamie Ochrey (USA), Kristi Vosbek (Canada), Christine Manthey (USA), and the Nayna Fashion House (Pakistan).
Thanks to the organisers; HYPE Fashions (France) and SYNERGY Events (New York) the show was a roaring success and had an amazing team hard at work behind the scenes including; stylists from London leading a team of British and French make-up & hair stylists, and a whole crew from around the world; a truly international team!
After an amazing show featuring some fabulous designs the judges had a (VERY!!!) tough job cut out for them… They had to pick a winner! They took their time in making this very difficult decision and in the end announced the runners up; Rudy Wolff and Kristii Vosbeck…..         and then announcing Christine Manthey the winner! Winning a trophy and $5,000 USD!
(a well deserved prize)
to see more of Christine’s amazing work why not visit her webpage?

Paris Couture Fashion Week s/s 2013

So, as most of you fashion lovers might have been aware last week was Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week showcasing all the top designers s/s 2013 Couture collections. All the big players in the world of Fashion were there showing us exactly what they were made of and I was personally blown away!

So as a tribute to this amazing event I have decided to show you my favorite collections from each day right up to the Wednesday…

…and it all kicked off on Sunday 1st July with Versace …and boy did they set the bar high!

Day 2… Christian Dior

Day 3… Givency

Day 4… Valentino

 (all images were taken from style.com)

For the full article please see http://astylistsdiary.blogspot.com

Celebrating 50 Years of YSL

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2012

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of legendary French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent.  The brand was founded in 1962 by the namesake designer and his partner Pierre Berge.  Throughout YSL’s 50 year history the fashion house has come to be known as a leader in innovative and, at times, controversial styles.  Yves Saint Laurent was a pioneer in creating menswear-inspired looks for women – including pantsuits, blazers, tuxedos and leather jackets.  YSL was also the first designer label to use black models on their catwalk and to popularize ready-to-wear fashion lines in order to make the YSL brand more accessible.  Perhaps the most controversial move in YSL’s recent past is their much-talked about decision to re-brand.  According to popular gossip, Yves Saint Laurent will be renamed Saint Laurent Paris.

The name change comes from under the direction of new creative head Hedi Slimane. Slimane took this post in February of 2012, replacing Stefano Pilati (who had replaced Tom Ford in 2004).  Re-branding is nothing new to Slimane, who was behind the shake-up in the Dior menswear line.  He famously changed Christian Dior Monsieur to Dior Homme in 2001 (someone clearly has a thing against first names!).

A mock re-branding of the iconic fashion label

The initial name change announcement was met with mixed reviews.  Some critics feared the switch from YSL to SLP would cause loyal fans of the brand to feel abandoned and that the new name hinted at a less sophisticated audience.  Others felt the name change was another example of YSL’s commitment to staying ahead of the curve and an excuse to drum up some publicity.  Recent reports are insisting that YSL is actually not changing its name.  Only the ready-to-wear line will be known as Saint Laurent Paris while the beauty products and official company name will remain Yves Saint Laurent.

Hedi Slimane, creative head of YSL

While the fashion world waits to see whether YSL will become SLP and what exactly Slimane has planned for the brand (his menswear and resort collections were only shown to buyers and not critics), we’ll simply say: Happy 50th Birthday…whatever your name is!

Do you think SLP is a smart move or do you wonder why Slimane is messing with a good thing? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!

Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model: New season, new look, new judges

Sky Living has gone all out to for Season 8’s Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. They’ve added bigger names to their judging panel- Tyson Beckford and Whitney Port replace Charlie Speed and Grace Woodward. The production is sleeker with Elle McPherson and her right hand diva Julien McDonald, making it clear they’re on the hunt for a Supermodel.

The Judging panel. From the left: Tyson, Whitney, Julien and Elle.
Sky Living.

Tyson is a natural while Whitney (of US reality TV shows: The Hills and The City fame) seems a little out of her depth during the first half. Throughout the episode Ms Port thaws and eventually voices her opinions on the would-be top models. Perhaps more time is needed for her to settle into her role.

Following the runway challenge NO ONE IS ELIMINATED. Elle can’t make up her mind so she’s taking the girls to Dubai to meet up with the judges for a top model pow wow. Like I said Sky and BINTM has really upped the ante this season.

Moody, aggressive and possibly misunderstood Madeline. Sky Living,

After the commercial break we’re in Dubai and the girls are sunbathing and frolicking on a gorgeous beach. Naturally BINTM is as much about drama as it is about fashion. In a bitching fix between Penelope, Diona, Amelia and Anita moody Madeline is their topic of choice.  The other girls come to the conclusion that she’s aggressive but there to win, not make friends. Cue a sunbathing montage of most contestants, their names and pithy opinions on the top model experience thus far.

Speaking of which, there’s every model stereotype this year – from the bitch and diva to the sob-story and goody two shoes. The only disappointment was the lack of plus-sized models – in fact, most of the girls range from slim to very skinny. Not before long the first tears are shed. Vanessa is having a hard time being away from her 2 year-old daughter. Another mum in the competition, Roxeanne gives her some support and Vanessa admits she’s an emotional wreck.

Feisty and attention seeking Anita. Sky Living

Whether this was an executive decision or top model irony: Madeline is ‘rooming’ with Anita and Penelope so it’s only natural that they argue before bedtime. While I believe Madeline is aggressive, part of me thinks she’s also misunderstood. The next day begins with a bombshell. Contestant, Catherine has left the competition the stress was too much for her. Top Model’s down to 19 before the first photoshoot.The girls finally meet new judges Tyson and Whitney courtesy of Melissa Burton, Managing Director of Goody Goodstuff (an all natural,meat free alternative to traditional gummy gelatine based candy). Tyson’s all business quickly informing the girls of their bikini group photo shoot for Goody Good Stuff.

Then another wave of drama hits.
Vanessa having been away from her daughter as long as she could bear speaks to Tyson and Whitney about leaving-being filmed and hyper stressed had become too much. Tyson and Whitney make no real effort in encouraging her to be brave and stay. Vanessa heads home to Britain. The other girls reveal Vanessa’s burgeoning confidence issues and that the Dubai flight was her first plane ride. Already the show’s down by 2 girls and the cameras haven’t even come out yet.
With no time left to empathize with Vanessa’s situation, the girls begin their Tyson and Whitney directed shoot. The last group of girls-Taz, Leticia, Amelia and Lisa donned in red and white fringed swimsuits were by far the best of the bunch. Each oozed that Sports Illustrated feel.

The Dubai Swimwear Shoot: New judges Tyson and Whitney pick this group as their favourite. From the left: Leticia, Taz, Lisa and Amelia. Sky Living

One thing that I’ve never liked and still don’t is the commentary by Fearne Cotton. It’s unecessary and doesn’t even feature in the mother show America’s Next Top Model. It’s a little insulting. The producers must feel viewers need it to keep up with what’s  going on and that it adds value to our viewing. If not why?!

Moving on. Julien (my favourite judge) visits the girls with an E(lle)mail. He brings a message of dread. The girls will meet Elle for an elimination over breakfast. Nice! Before that- the judges deliberate in melodramatic style under the stars. They take care of business sat in a lantern lit tent complete with fanciful trimmings and a red carpet. Jamie Woon’s Night Air softly plays in the background…for added ambience of course. Fearne butts in to let us know that the judges deliberated long into the night? Right.

Breakfast time.

The girls munch on gourmet beans and toast or it’s equivalent in a ridiculous room with walls of aquariums full of fishes and other sea creatures.

Danielle-first to be eliminated but not the first to go.

Elle tells the girls how difficult the first girl leaving is for her even though it’s the third girl to go. Elle is always so deadpan and emotionless when she says things that require feelings- her acting skills need work. Whatever she says is obviously scripted but she could try a little harder to breathe some life into it. Danielle is sent packing. As she leaves to commiserations from the remaining contestants, Anita takes the time to draw the camera in with a teary-eyed monologue on how much this means to her and how lucky she is to still be in the running. I sense a little attention seeking.

Stand-outs:Madeleine and Anita who have more beef than an Angus cattle, Anne the edgy cropped-hair stunner and the uber sensual Risikat.

This season’s cheesier, more sycophantic, melodramatic and shallow than it’s predecessors. Yet I can’t look away. And now that Game of Thrones has ended my Monday nights need a lil’ bitchy flare.

Next week, BINTM’s still in Dubai for another photo shoot and elimination. The sneak-peak shows more drama to come headlining…Madeline who is clearly the shows go to for some loudmouth action.