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Anthony Vaccarello Confirmed for Saint Laurent

This morning, Saint Laurent has confirmed that Anthony Vaccarello will be the new Creative Director of the brand, following the departure of Hedi Slimane. Though this news isn’t surprising—rumors have been circulating since before Slimane’s departure—it does stir up a few more questions.

This is what we know so far. Last month Raf Simmons announced he was leaving Dior, at which point rumors started that Slimane would be an obvious predecessor, having held the title of creative director at Dior Homme. Then, it was only natural to ponder who might fill Slimane’s shoes at Saint Laurent, the house he’d held the position at for four years.

Vaccarello was an obvious choice. The Italian designer has his own eponymous line and just last year joined Versace as a guest designer. His designs are in line with the direction Slimane has taken Saint Laurent in the last few years—gritty, sexy, and a very unapologetic.

But, the question still remains. Where is Slimane going, if anywhere? Though the last Dior collection was put out by the in-house designers, can the brand really have as much of an impact without a famous name behind it? If they fill that spot, will it go to Slimane, or would Albert Elbez—who was fired from Lanvin last month too—step in? And lastly, where is Simmons these days?

 

Hedi Slimane to Exit Saint Laurent

Though rumors had been swirling for months, today Kering announced that Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane would in fact be exiting the house where he’s been creative director since 2012.

“What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the house,” Kering CEO and chairman Francois-Henri Pinault said in a statement. Slimane, who famously dropped the ‘Yves’ from the houses name at the beginning of his tenure has been credited with repositioning the brand and helping to shape it into the billion dollar business that it now is.

No word yet to where Slimane is headed  (if anywhere) nor who will be stepping in to fill his shoes though many are putting Anthony Vaccarello as the front runner. Kering is slated to announce who the new creative director will be soon.

 

Christian Louboutin Now Has Flats For Every Skin Tone

Last year, Christian Louboutin—purveyor of the most coveted shoes in the biz—expanded on his wildly popular Nudes collection to include every shade in the spectrum and fashion girls of every skin tone rejoiced. Today marks an even bigger reason to celebrate as the brand announces a new range of flats in the collection.

Dubbed the Solasofia, the range boasts seven flesh colored flats in Louboutin’s signature pointed toe silhouette and red lacquered soles, mimicking the heeled Nudes collection. Though there will no doubt be some people left out, it’s at least a step in the right direction as so many shoe brands in the past have focused solely on the fair-skinned nude shades.

 

 

Jane Birkin x Saint Laurent for the Music Project

Birkin is a name so synonymous with fashion that even hearing it conjures up a feeling that can only be described as envy. It’s no surprise that the woman behind the name then has influenced the industry so profoundly she even had the most coveted bag in the industry named after her. It’s no surprise then that famed French house Saint Laurent would team up with chanteuse Jane Birkin for their Music Project campaign. If Birkin seems like an unlikely choice—she’s stayed out of the limelight in the last few decades—one needs to only look at the runways, where her iconic style has influenced nearly every designer season after season.

Designer Hedi Slimane shot a series black and white  portraits of the Brit wearing the houses iconic Le Smoking jacket for the project—of which Courtney Love, Joni Mitchell, Kim Gordon, and Marilyn Manson have all taken part in—a campaign that focuses on over 35 year old musicians.

Tatcha Adds 2 New Products to Their Line

Based on ancient Japanese beauty rituals, Tatcha is one of those lines that releases hit after hit when it comes to products. Their two newest additions to the line are no exception. Though the duo won’t be available until later this spring, they already have the beauty industry buzzing.

Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer is exactly what it sounds like—a water-based gel moisturizer that helps to balance oilier skin types. Infused with Japanese wild rose and 23K gold dust, the moisturizer aims to give skin a ‘lit from within’ appearance.

Following in the footsteps of the brands wildly popular indigo line, the Smoothing Black Sugar Body Gommage harbors the power of Japanese indigo to calm and soothe skin. Mixed with Okinawa black sugar and camilla oil—which has long been used in Japan for it’s smoothing affects—the scrub promises to reveal healthier, smoother skin.

We’ve long been a fan of the San Francisco based brand and can’t wait to add these two products to our summer routines.

 

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This story was originally published on www.beautycon.com.

M.A.C Announces Star Trek Collaboration

It what can only be described as a move that is both surprising and genius, today M.A.C announced a new limited edition Star Trek collection coinciding with the iconic shows 50th anniversary. The intergalactic line boasts 25 products—including lipsticks, glosses, shimmer powders, and nail lacquer that are sure to be out of this world (pun very much intended).

“Star Trek is an iconic pop culture phenomena whose story lines pushed gender and racial boundaries,” says the brands VP James Gager. “For its 50th anniversary, we celebrate each of Star Trek’s powerful women in a transcending, transformational makeup collection.”

The line taps four iconic female characters— Seven of Nine, Uhura, Commander Deanna Troi, and Orian and is available in July. This is one collection that we’re guessing will sell out faster than the Enterprise can jump galaxies.

Charlotte Tilbury Names a Lipstick After Kim Kardashian

Have you ever wanted to know exactly what lipstick your favorite celebrity was wearing? The creamy nude color that is a Kardashian staple? Or the bright orangey red that looks so good on Miranda Kerr? Well lucky for you, Charlotte Tilbury is to the rescue.

The British makeup artist is teaming up with 12 of her big name clients and the charity Women For Women International on a limited edition lip collection called Hot Lips. Each celeb picked the shade and name that corresponded with her signature color—Kim K’s is a pale nude pink, of course—that will help women in need.

The first two months of the launch, £1 of each sale will go to Women For Women. “That’s why I’ve called on all of my friends, these beautiful and inspirational women, to help me spread this message as much as we can.” She told Vogue UK.

Other celebs loaning their hot lips to the cause are Helena Bonham-Carter, Poppy Delavingne, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Liv Tyler, and Cindy Crawford.

This post originally ran on beautycon.com.

Glossier’s Phase 2 is Here and You’ll Definitely Want it

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We knew it was coming (the brand hinted all last week), but that still didn’t dampen the excitement of Glossier’s Phase 2 launch this morning. Adding to it’s wildly successful skin-centric Phase 1, the brand released a makeup trio to help with their barely there mantra.

The line boasts three core must haves (including two entirely new products)—tinted brow gel, concealer, and a matte lip stain in a bevy of colors to help you achieve the natural look that Glossier is so known for.  The website even shows different skin tones how each color will work on their skin, so if you’re having a hard time choosing which lipstick to get in your Phase, look no further than the site.

Phase 2 is available at Glossier for $50.

This article originally ran on www.beautycon.com. 

Grace Coddington is Releasing a Fragrance

The cat’s out of the bag. Today, Vogue announced the release of Grace by Grace Coddington, the eponymous fragrance from the magazines famed creative director. The scent is in collaboration with Comme des Garçons and features notes of peach blossom, white musk, and yes, rose (in this case, amber crystal-spiked Moroccan rose absolute)—fitting for an English transplant.

In true Coddington fashion, the bottle is shaped like a cat (Coddington’s own cat to be exact) and was photographed by Tim Walker of whom Coddington has collaborated on many a Vogue shoots with. Her own sketches are also on full display, many of which you can find on her Instagram page.

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Raf Simons Exits Dior

 

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If, like us, you’ve felt like barely a week has gone by this season that a fashion bomb hasn’t been dropped, then get ready for this: today it was announced that Raf Simons would be leaving his position at Dior. We’ll give you a minute.

Though there seems to be no hard feelings between Simons and LVMH, we can’t help but wonder what prompted this decision, given the success of both Dior and Simons in the three and a half years since he took over following John Galliano’s very controversial departure.

No word yet on whether Simons plans to join another house, or who will be replacing him at Dior. For now, it appears the fashion world is still in shock, as speculation of a viable candidate to take his place have yet to surface. Either way, we’ll be waiting (along with everyone else) with baited breath for the next move–both from Dior and Simons. 

This story originally ran on Luelle.