4 Questions with Suzanne Rae!

I’ve been in love with the Suzanne Rae brand since I saw her show this year at New York Fashion Week, so if you haven’t heard of her yet it’s time for you to get acquainted! The women’s ready-to-wear line is both inspired by and made for the empowered and modern woman (which I take to mean New Yorkers!). The Parson’s grad + Brooklynite utilizes experimental draping to create pieces that are feminine yet powerful. She gave me the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her Spring/Summer ’14 line, which of her pieces she’s looking forward to wearing this fall and some of the geekiest things about her!

How and when did you decide to make the jump from economics to a fashion designer? I actually never went into economics as a career. After studying art history in college I went to work for the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York, I thought I might want to become a gallerist and pursue the art world in that manner. Later, Holly’s passing gave me a different perspective on life, and I thought about becoming a doctor. I wanted to find meaning in what I was doing and perhaps go into some kind of service. While I was studying for the MCAT’s I realized I missed the arts and wanted to create. I found fashion to be an outlet where I could better incorporate my interests of women’s studies, art, and economics and also serve society in a sense. I understood fashion more deeply than medicine, and so therefore could make a better impact on society.

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Forever 21 x Marvel Comics Presents…

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There isn’t much that makes me happier than when fashion and comics collide (besides maybe when shrimp and tequila collide) so you can imagine my excitement for the introduction of Forever 21’s Marvel Collection! Forever 21 is just about everyone’s go-to shop for fast fashion on the cheap (especially their plus-sized line), so when they team up with my favorite comic book/graphic novel publisher greatness has to ensue. That overall excitement however, was not as long-lived as one would hope. For as cute as some of the pieces are, my favorites of which are below, the biggest size offered is a Large. Cue this face: 2z3w0fs

Maybe they think big girls don’t like comics books? Or just not fashion? I’m also a bit confused as to why Superman, Batman, The Flash and the Transformers are included in this collection as none of them have anything to do with Marvel. In any case here’s a few of my favorites from the collection:

Pow Necklace
Pow Necklace

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Lacquer Saturday: Bright Lips, Bright Tips!

Butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador Katie Hughes said “When it comes to adding a pop of colour, there no better place than you lips or tips”…I say why not both!? The brands new Limited Edition Pop Art Trio features a trio of brights: Keks, Primrose Hill Picnic and Cheeky Chops all perfect for summer. But what’s a great nail color without the perfect lip to go with it? The market for “unconventional” lip colors continues to grow, but there are a few brands that I’m already in love with when it comes to the super-brights!

Limited Edition Pop Art Trio + FREE Alcopop Lippy
Limited Edition Pop Art Trio + FREE Alcopop Lippy

Firstly the Keks shade! The Opaque blue créme polish goes great with Ka’Oir’s Harlem Knight shade, an exclusive royal blue matte by singer Teyana Taylor. And at only $20 each, why not try one (or three)!?

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (I’ve learned with them, the tiniest bit of product goes a long way) Traffic shade is a great complement to the Cheeky Chops – love that name!

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via makeupgeek.com

And finally the Primrose Hill Picnic matches almost perfectly to The Lip Bar’s Jasmine hue. Ya’ll know I love me some hot pink so of course I saved the best for last!

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via thelipbar.com

Harry Potter and the 15th Anniversary Revival!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since we first opened Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but alas it has. (God I feel old!) So in honor of Harry Potter’s anniversary, author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi has illustrated new covers for each of the seven best-selling tomes to be released on August 27th. Unfortunately they’ll only be released in paperback version, for now at least, but they will come as a boxed set available here. Kibuishi is also a comic book lover! The Eisner-nominated author created the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet graphic novel series, as well as Copper, the Flight Anthologies and Daisy Kutter: The Last Train.

Take a look at all 7 of the new covers, in contrast to the originals:

Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi's version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré's version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version
Left: Kazu Kibuishi’s version
Right: Original artist Mary GrandPré’s version

I really like the new illustrations, just looking at these makes me wonder what the back and inside illustrations might look like! But what do you think, do the new illustrations do the saga justice? Will you add the new books to your collection or are you sticking with the old? The boxed set is available via Amazon.com here

All photos via Scholastic.com

Lacquer Saturday: School’s Out

The kiddies may be out for the summer but Ciate’s new Chalkboard Manicure isn’t done with the school year. The matte effect may not be new, and clearly not going anywhere, but the addition of the mini-chalk pens brings it right back to the forefront! Created by Ciaté’s Founder and Creative Director, Charlotte Knight, the new collection was made to bring out our inner kid – and what better time for it than over the summer? (Sleepaway camp anyone!?)

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