London - The Contemporary Creative

A rise in self-expressive art and bold creativity is leading a new class of contemporary artists on the London scene. A recent trip to the city and NOW Gallery’s latest collaboration with digital print designer Camille Walala left me awestruck and dizzy amidst an immersive Memphis Pop mazed puzzle. Walala's illustrative doodles and maximalist geometrics  is an experiential art installation meets funhouse playground. Her controlled injections of color and disco stripe work creates the perfect backdrop for a labyrinth of print and pattern.

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The Tate Britain's Art Now exhibition introduces new work by emerging artists who often go on to become established influencers. I was giddy with excitement over the work of Simeon Barclay, a British artist who combines industrial materials and pop culture iconography as a reference to our obsession with aspirational lifestyles, celebrity fame, and wealth.

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This colorful expression in art is also popping up in the beauty and hair industry as make-up artists and hair stylists experiment with interesting materials and dyes. Creativity and the individual is seen through the use of vivid, saturated color and abstract shapes. Tim Walker's editorial for i-D magazine's April 2017 issue celebrates an irreverent off-beat uniqueness and the freedom of self-expression. “Creativity is our light at the end of tunnel. The thing that tells us to get out of bed because someone somewhere is doing something beautiful,” says i-D cover star Adwoa Aboah. As a society yearning for a brighter future, this is a happy movement toward accepting diverse individuality with a playful perspective of art and design.

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RODARTE SPRING 2018 PARIS DEBUT GOES GLAMOROUS WITH FLOWERS

The show a couture collection in Paris, was business as usual. It took place in the garden of an old abbey on the West Bank in Paris. Beautiful Flowers lined the runway with real blooms on the models heads and fingers.

Famed Hairstylist Odile Gilbert is a genius at arranging accessories in the hair, she's even more of a genius when it comes to getting them to stay in the hair. Her trick? Tying the hair into tiny ponytails using clear elastics that she could use to anchor the baby's breath and satin ribbons to. The gold bows, on the other hand, had a beige ponytail elastic looped around the back, allowing Gilbert to slide a bobby pin through to hold the heavy piece of jewelry in place. The show was breathtaking!

DISCOVER : HERBIVORE BOTANICALS

Herbivore Botanicals create natural beauty products that are safe, non-toxic, and highly effective. We believe in tangible results you can see and feel, and we believe in the power of nature to bring these results. Herbivore

Founded by Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow in 2011 in their Seattle kitchen, Herbivore’s completely non-toxic, and highly effective products use ingredients with specific therapeutic qualities.

Completely free of fillers, almost every ingredient in Herbivore’s extensive product range count as “active” ingredients, resulting in pure, highly concentrated, and effective formulas that are a rarity in the skincare and cosmetics world.

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Natural ingredients, plant-based food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils, GMO free soy wax, recyclable and reusable packaging, many certified organic ingredients.

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Synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils, petroleum.

 

 

Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask is a truly natural clarifying and cooling gel mask that gently exfoliates, smooths, and resurfaces skin.  Photo credit : Herbivore

Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask is a truly natural clarifying and cooling gel mask that gently exfoliates, smooths, and resurfaces skin. 

Photo credit : Herbivore

Coco Rose Lip Collection POLISH, TREAT, and TINT with luxurious Coconut Oil and nourishing Bulgarian Rose in this complete lip collection. Photo Credit : Herbivore

Coco Rose Lip Collection

POLISH, TREAT, and TINT with luxurious Coconut Oil and nourishing Bulgarian Rose in this complete lip collection.

Photo Credit : Herbivore

PLAIT IT PLEASE

In this increasingly globalized world, the myriad of self-expressive and unique styling we are part and parcel to each day is reflected in the braid, as Spring's lead stars as a hopeless messy romantic, sand-washed desert drifter and tightly wound multi-plaited ultra-tasker. The versatile braid is twisted and turned for intricate detail, while remaining nostalgic for her loose and whimsy Midwest roots. 

Read the New York Times article - Braids Are Back On Top.

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Photo credits: Photographer Anna Llamas, Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2017, Photographer Anna Llamas, Photographer Reiko Wakai, Unknown, Photographers Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer, Photographer Nadine Ijewere

Everyday Romance

The mid-length bob may be 2017's haircut of the year, but the standout accessory amidst the baubles and treasures of flea market finds is one plucked directly from the sewing kit. This haberdashery trend combines rich, jewel tones with wide, soft fabric ties and sparkling magpie brooches. 

Elegant, everyday styling techniques such as buns, ponytails and braids are a key look for the season and a velvet ribbon doubles as a headband and hair tie. Brooches worn as clips offer a pretty, vintage feel for contemporary wedding hair. For nails, layer small gems and pearls over polish for a softer take on the embellished eclectic. 

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Credits: Lanyu Fall Winter 17/18, Mila Schon Fall Winter 17/18, Unknown, Temperley Fall Winter 17/18, Photographer Camilla Akrans, Toga Fall Winter 17/18, Antonio Marras FW 17/18. 

Get Smoother, Shinier, Healthier, Stronger Frizz-Free Hair!

Get Smoother, Shinier, Healthier, Stronger Frizz-Free Hair!

Bespoke is now offering a new Keratin Smoothing Treatment by Cezanne. A revolutionary and safe new Keratin treatment that creates smoother, frizz-free hair, restores natural shine, and gives hair a healthier, more manageable texture with movement. For EVERY hair type. Safe and 100% formaldehyde free! NO VAPOR. NO FUMES. NO NEED FOR MASKS OR VENTILATION.  It's natures way of smoothing.

The benefits : 100% formaldehyde free. Cezanne Smoothing Treatment works on all hair types and the results last. Unlike many other traditional keratin smoothing treatments, there is no down-time needed after application, so hair can be washed, coloured or styled immediately, including with a hot iron.

Hair Nowstalgia

The hair of the season is all about nostalgia - from the 1960s through the 1990s. Natural curls and waves are seeing a resurgence, with new styling techniques offering inspiration for every hair type. Soft 70s waves and flicks celebrate hair health and vitality, while tousled tresses and loosely worn braids have a whimsical boho feel. Long and teased ringlets mix with plaited texture and 80s sci-fi references merge with modern styling. The neutrality of 90s androgyny showcases natural, gender blending beauty with a focus on simplicity and natural skin.

Credits: Co Pre-Fall 2017; Ellie Saab Pre-Fall 2017; Paco Rabanne Pre-Fall 2017; Maiyet Pre-Fall 2017; Co Pre-Fall 2017; Elizabeth and James Pre-Fall 2017.

BRAND SPOTLIGHT. TATINE CANDLES. HANDCRAFTED IN CHICAGO SINCE 2011

We believe beauty is more than skin deep. It’s in the curve of an artisanal chair, the tailored seams of a hand-sewn throw pillow and the indulgent fragrance of a handcrafted candle. Meet our brand partner Tatine Candles, creators of ceremonial light + Bespoke fragrance goods.  In the basement of her boutique in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, shop-owner Margo Breznik made candles to sell alongside the wares she showcased on her shelves. Seven years later, she closed her store to make her wildly popular candles full time, keeping the name Tatine, which was her grandmother's nickname. Inspired by the natural world and rock-and-roll, Tatine creates candles rich with complex, sensual fragrances. Crafted by hand from GMO-free vegetable soy wax, they're poured into glass containers made with recycled content and packaged in FDC-certified paper press printed with vegetable-based inks. Bespoke carries the full line of Tatine Candles, Soaps & Lotions. 

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