Erickson Beamon for Club Monaco

Erickson Beamon Necklace $225USD

Club Monaco has just launched their most recent collaboration: a 3-piece set of jewellery by design team Erickson Beamon.  The line features large stones, sparkling crystals and classy neutral shades of champagne, gold and beige.  A signature ring, chandelier drop earrings and statement necklace make up the beautiful collection available now!

Erickson Beamon Earrings $149.50 USD

Rumour has it the 3-piece collection (available in stores and online now) is the first in three phases of a full collaboration.  The remaining two lines continue with the vintage feel and oversized jewels that define the Erickson Beamon signature.  Each 3-piece set has its own unique look and colour palette but the same class and luxury.

A sneak peek at the rumoured second collection!

Rumoured third collection!

Club Monaco was founded in Toronto, Canada 17 years ago.  Since then, its become a global force for affordable timeless clothing with modern stylings.  Club Monaco is well-known for its collaborations, having worked with Tommy Ton and Jane Mayle on handbag lines in the recent past.  As the brainchild of heavy-weight designers Joseph Mimran (of Joe Fresh) and Alfred Sung, Club Monaco had success written all over it right from the beginning.  Since Polo Ralph Lauren took over ownership in 1999, it’s safe to say any collaboration with Club Monaco is sure to fly off the shelves.

Erickson Beamon Ring $129.50 USD

Erickson Beamon began as a trio of jewellers in Detroit in the early 1980s.  In the last 30 years, Erickson Beamon has grown to include numerous accessory and home-ware lines, a full staff of jewellers and artisans (including the founders’ daughters) and is being sold in over 600 stores in 75 countries around the world.  With design studios in New York and London, credit for introducing the chandelier earring and the honour of styling First Lady Michelle Obama and pop icon Lady Gaga, Erickson Beamon truly is a global phenomenon in accessories; the perfect match for Club Monaco.

Erickson Beamon for Club Monaco is available in stores and online.  The pieces retail for $129.50 – $225 USD.


From Flip Flops to Wellies

Matthew Williamson at the 2008 BFAs

Matthew Williamson, famed British designer, has teamed up with flip flop gurus, Havaiana, for a limited edition collaboration.  The catch? They’re not collaborating on summertime sandals.  Williamson is creating Havaiana’s first line of rain boots.  How appropriate considering his UK background!

Matthew Williamson has been an iconic British designer for years.  This year marks the 15th anniversary of his fashion house.  He’s well-known for his celebrity clientèle, bright colours and interesting cuts.  He’s worked for Ladies Fashion Brands Emilio Pucci, Monsoon and Accessorize.  Williamson has won numerous design awards (including a BFA!), opened flagship stores in London, New York and Dubai, and is no stranger to collaborations.

In 2009 Williamson launched an exclusive line with H&M that featured his first foray into menswear.  And in 2011 he created an affordable capsule collection for Macy’s that featured bright prints, cocktail dresses and revamped denim classics.

Matthew Williamson for Havaianas

This time, Williamson has brought his signature bold prints to footwear.  He’s designed two rain boots for footwear company, Havaianas.  Both pairs are bright, loud and adorable.  “I’m drawn to the way Havaianas capture playfulness and light-heartedness in their products – there is clearly an element of fun,” Williamson explained about his collaboration.

Will these designer rain boots help you through a dreary rainy season? With prints as bright as these it’ll be hard not to go jumping through puddles whenever you get the chance.


Welcome to Mischa’s Place

Mischa Barton at the opening of Mischa’s Place

Actress turned designer Mischa Barton has just opened a flagship boutique in London, Mischa’s Place.  The store is the homebase for her handbag collection (in its ninth season) and for the debut of her clothing and cosmetic line.

Mischa’s Wiltshire Gladstone Tote

Mischa’s Place is described as an eclectic haven of style with Mischa’s signature bohemian influences.  The designer insists her new clothing line is versatile and will appeal to young and old regardless of if they covet her individual style.  “There are some very young pieces, some more sophisticated, mature pieces, and also some quirky stuff that’s more like my wardrobe,” Mischa explains.  Keeping the line cost-effective was also very important to Mischa.  Everything sold at Mischa’s Place is between 12 and 260 pounds.

Looks from Mischa’s line

Mischa’s Place enjoyed a special soft launch last week where guests like James Middleton (Kate’s brother) flocked to the store.  The official opening was last Saturday.  Shoppers were able to meet Mischa, enjoy 10% off merchandise and sip celebratory champagne.

Learn more about Mischa’s Place and shop the looks at www.mischasplace.com or visit the store at 53 Brushfield Street in London!


Lady Gaga Fame

Music and fashion icon Lady Gaga is joining the popular celebrity ranks by adding “perfumer” to her resume.  The controversial star has just released her debut fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame.

Lady Gaga Fame by Coty Inc. is the first ever black eau de parfum.  The juice in the bottle is black, to represent the black soul of fame, but becomes invisible once airbourne.

Fans of Lady Gaga (otherwise known as Little Monsters) grew nervous when their Mother Monster first announced her perfume debut.  She insisted that the scent would contain blood and semen.  Luckily, the final product is actually a fruity-floral fragrance.  Notes of jasmine, honey and saffron surround the central scent of belladona, a deadly plant.

Lady Gaga Fame will be released in three different sizes; the largest being featured in an egg-shaped bottle (reminiscent of her transportation for her Grammy entrance) with a gold claw cap.  Later in the fall Lady Gaga will release auxiliary Black Soap, Black Shower Gel and Black Body Lotion.

True to her nature, Lady Gaga has found a way to turn the perfume world on its head.  By releasing the first ever black eau de parfum, using a deadly plant as her central note and appearing in controversial fragrance ads, Lady Gaga has made the overdone celebrity perfume adventure new again.


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


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!


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!