BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: JOHN STAPLETON Mac Senior Make-Up Artists

John Stapleton has been working as make-up artist for 18 years. As a senior artist for the MAC, he's traveled around the world, applying and teaching his techniques and trends. You might have seen his work on the runway, in magazine or on the red carpet. I chat to John about fall/winter’s beauty trends and working with Kelly Osbourne.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FALL/WINTER BEAUTY TREND?
Honestly I really like the concept of the ‘beautiful and damned’, to us it’s really focusing on a black element in make-up or dark element. So to me any girl or women can add some interesting sinisterness to her make-up. Either a black liner or a really dark lip, maybe not necessarily a black lip but a lip with a wine undertone. And I think there is something really strong and arresting about that. When you think of Lorde with that dark lip that she’d done. Her make-up by Amber D, who works for MAC, actually came up with that look. To me, it’s just so powerful has a lot of strength to it.

WHAT’S EASIEST FALL TREND TO ACHIEVE?
I think the lip trend, that sort of 70s look for the lip would be easy to achieve. I think a lot of people feel that they have to go out and buy everything that’s new on a cosmetic counter. It’s really about buying additions that you can add to your beauty wardrobe. Just like when you pick up a new sweater or a new purse or a new pair of shoes. You may not buy everything because you couldn’t probably afford it, it’s expensive. So you’re changing one or two items, to me a lipstick is a great way to do that. For a red wearer, this season we’re doing something rustier so add a some brown to it, add a little bit orange to it and play with that. Remember your make-up wardrobe is a heck of a lot cheaper to change than your clothes wardrobe. Those shoes and bags they add up!

WHAT’S YOUR FAV LOOK FOR KELLY OSBOURNE?
A black liner, impeccable eyebrows and then a bold lip, it’s her signature look. The one thing I would say, as I’ve worked with Kelly for ten years, is that I always choose an outrages lip to make a statement. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again she’s a mouthy broad, and so to me her strength is in a lip, which really speaks to who she is as a person. I always like doing a bright color and Candy Yum-Yum [$17] was the lipstick I put on her once that became a hit. And she’s the one really that I credited with that being such a huge hit because she put it on, and people were like retweeting it and asking her what she was wearing.

Stapleton and Osbourne

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
Honestly for me, I’m going to take my advice from the Koreans and Asia, I’m a sunscreen, addict. I live in Los Angeles, I like a nice hydrating sunscreen, but I will tell you my big secret weapon, what I usually do, is I put a little of our Strobe Cream ($33) on the apple of my cheek. Because I am forty-wonderful and having a little of volume there by putting something with a little bit of sheen in it makes me look a little bit younger. It makes my skin look vibrant like I’ve just had a facial.

Strobe Cream

WHO’S YOUR BEAUTY ICON?
I look to all the classics I love everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Dorothy Dandridge. I think the first woman any man falls in love with is their mom. My mom has always been so special to me; she’s olive dark haired, and I think so striking. And she only did a little bit of lipstick and a little bit of mascara time to time. But what’s been cool is that as time has gone on, and now she’s in her 70s, she learned technics from me, and I thought her how to enhance her beauty. I love seeing her when she has her make-up on because I hear people ask her ‘what are you wearing on your skin?’ and it makes me feel good. Because she is really very special to me and everything I test I always try it on my mom first.

WHATS THE LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
I just saw Spy with Melissa McCarthy. It was hilarious, silly, and it made me laugh. I got to work with her before [for] Entertainment Weekly. We did a spread called ‘The New Queen of Comedy’ and I did Melissa as the Queen of England, Queen of Hearts and the Drag Queen Divine. She was so much fun to work with, she’s a gorgeous woman but what’s funny about her that I loved, she told me “I love ugly, I love characters, I love ugly wigs. I like to play so the more the better”. So I had the full range to paint her [up] to a crazy degree.

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN A MOMENTS NOTICE, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I would go to Rio tomorrow, I’ve been there four times. I love Brazil, and I love the Brazilian culture I love the Brazilian people. Every experience I had there has been magical every time I've gone I’ve had such a wonderful time, from the beach to the boulevards to the really nice restaurants. I think it's an interesting culture that’s so rich and beautiful. There is something that attracts me everytime; I love everything about it.

YOUR TOP 3 GO TO ITEMS FOR THE FALL?
Studio Waterweight Foundation ($33) because it really does look like skin. It perfects the skin, but it still has a sheerness. You know you can see freckles a bit but if you need to hid flaws you can build it up. Can’t say enough about it, it’s gorgeous.

Then I would say going for a gray pencil, I use Phone Number pencil ($16.50). You can put it in the inside of the eye, or you can use it on the outer corner of the eye, and then smudge it with your fingers.

Lastly pick a Lipstick like Chili ($17) or Viva Glam I ($17) which are a rusty-based reds. If you have those three items in your purse, you would be set for this season.

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Ray Civello, Hair Guru

Interview with hair guru Ray Civello with the opening of his 3 new Chicago Salons

Ray Civello is the latest of international entrepreneurs choosing Chicago to launch their brand in the US. With a long list of celebrity clients, editorial styling credits and countless TV appearances, including Chicago’s Windy City Live, Civello is in high demand. He’s also the man behind many of Aveda’s Canadian institutions and stores as well as four Civello salons in the Toronto area. Civello is now expanding his hair empire with three Chicago salons and spas in River North, Lincoln Park and Lakeview. I had the opportunity to sit down with Civello to debunk some hair myths.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
New Thickening Tonic is what I currently recommend it to all of my clients and friends. It is proven to thicken hair with just one use, making it a great addition to a blowout for any hair length.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN TORONTO?
Both Toronto and Chicago have a rich tapestry of cultural diversity and I have found that I love spending time in both cities! No matter where I am, I enjoy being surrounded by architecture, art, great restaurants and sports - both cities have plenty to offer.

Civello salon and spa opens in Chicago

WHAT DESIGNERS DO YOU WORSHIP?
I have lots of favorites including Yohji Yamamoto, Prada and Paul Smith.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST HAIR TIP?
Choose the right product for your hair type to work with your natural texture and learn how to apply it correctly from the roots to the ends. Make sure you never use too much, and if you need to use a lot to achieve the result, it is probably not the right product for you. Carefully read labels and take time to understand what works best for you and your hair. If you have curls, don’t shampoo your hair as often, but make sure to condition and moisturize daily.

Stylish hair stylist Ray Civello reveals his best hair tip

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST HAIR MYTH?
That women look better or sexier with long hair. The majority of women believe that longer hair is more attractive, but your hair length should be determined on your lifestyle and body shape. Long hair can overpower a look and is not flattering on everyone.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Diversity. My job is different every day and takes place in different places. I get to do all kinds of things from taking portraits, cutting hair, designing salons, stores and houses. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction in helping people feel their best.

ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Hearing my son’s morning greeting!

Hair cuts with Ray Civello are $250 at Civello Salon and Spa, located in River North, Lincoln Park and Lakeview.

FASHIONABLE CONFESSIONS: Georgia May Jagger

When your dad is Mick Jagger and your mom is Jerry Hall would you be anything but cool? As their youngest daughter, she has clearly inherited her mom’s model good looks and her dad’s Rock'n'Roll coolness. However don’t be fooled, Georgia May Jagger might have shot to fame because of her parents but she’s carved out her own place in the fashion world. At 23, this fashionable Londoner has already reached supermodel status by gracing the covers of most major publications including Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Pop, Harper’s Bazaar and i-D. As a fashion week regular she's walked for Alexander Wang, Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs and Giles. She’s also fronted major campaigns from Mulberry and Miu Miu to H&M and Rimmel. Known for her rock-inspired-sex-kitten look she's often spotted hanging out or working with her model besties Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse –see the April cover of British Vogue. It doesn't stop there with her diversifying into designing (Hudson jeans) plus curating a 'Minnie Style' exhibition for September's London Fashion week. I posed some questions to the recently named Global Brand Ambassador for Sunglass Hut and found out more about her musical and fashion tastes.

Georgia May Jagger on the cover of British Vogue Feb 2014 issue

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?

Sunglasses are like shoes, it’s a guilty pleasure accessory that you can never have too many of!

DO YOU HAVE A FAV PAIR?

My favorite sunglasses would be Ray-Ban Clubmasters. They can be casual when paired with jean shorts and a t-shirt or glam with a cocktail dress. I’m really into the mirrored lenses that are more rock &roll and their foldable options, which are great to travel with.

Georgia May Jagger's favorite pair of sunglasses the Ray-Ban Clubmasters from Sunglass Hut

Ray-Ban Clubmasters, $299, Sunglass Hut

LAST SONG YOU DOWNLOADED?

I can’t recall the last song but I listen to a lot of old music most of the time such as Jimmy Hendrix, Prince and James Brown.

WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON?

My mum is my style icon and my sister Lizzy always inspires me too!

Georgia May Jagger's mother and style icon Jerry Hall

 Mother and style icon Jerry Hall 

WHAT’S THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION IN YOUR CLOSET?

A vintage leopard Thierry Mugler dress from my mum.

WHICH DESIGNERS DO YOU WORSHIP?

I really like Isabel Marant, Thierry Mugler and Alexander McQueen.

One Georgia May Jagger's favorite designer Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen S/S '13

WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS?

I tend to not like anything overly girly and sparkly. A piece here and there works but not a full on outfit.

TELL US ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

If I wasn’t a model, I would be a photographer. If I wasn’t a photographer, I wanted to be a veterinarian.

Shot in the Bahamas Georgia May Jagger in Sunglass Hut #ElectrigySummer campaign

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?

The boys from N’Sync!

AND LASTLY YOU SHOT THE SUNGLASS HUT #ELECTRIFYSUMMER CAMPAIGN IN THE BAHAMAS WHAT’S YOU FAV THING ABOUT THE SUMMER?

Summer is all about having fun and relaxing with my family and friends. I love to go to music festivals during the summer time and spend time in London. I also love to go to the beach!

FASHION CONFESSIONS: LOUISE ROE TV Host and Fashion Journalist

You might have seen her doing red carpet interviews for ‘Access Hollywood’ or maybe it was hosting NBC’s competition show, ‘Fashion Star’ or it could’ve been on MTVs ‘The City’ or ‘Plain Jane’. This British born LA transport, Louise Roe, has certainly made a name for herself stateside. Along with her numerous TV work she also contributes to style magazines (People StyleWatch and Luxdeco Interiors magazine) and has a style blog, Front Roe, which she’s just turned into her first book by the same name. I caught up with Louise at Westfield Old Orchard’s Fash Bash to discuss London, LA and of course fashion.

TV host and fashion journalist, Louise Roe, dishes LA, London and Fashion at the Westfiield Old Orchasrd Fash Bash

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?

Shoes, I’m a shoe girl and it’s funny because I was always just into heels, I mean I’m 5’9” I didn’t’ care if they made me 6’4” but now I love flats as well. I’m just addicted to shoes I’ve got a problem!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN LA?

The weather hands down. It gets a bad rap as a city but I’ve met some of the kindest most motivated, interesting people there as well. You know there are great people who live there, as well as not so wonderful.

WHAT’S WAS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN LONDON?

You’ve lived there so you know that it’s so like NY in a very different sense. There is an energy and soul to that city that you can not replace or copy anywhere. It’s like alive and I think that’s to do with the history and culture and also the people.

WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT LONDON?

The British sense of humor, it’s so awesome. I miss that sense of humor being in LA.

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?

Joey McIntyre from New Kids on The Block

WHO’S THE NICEST STAR ON THE RED CARPET?

That’s a great question. Most people actually. Heidi Klum is a pleasure to speak to. George Clooney is so polite and so clever. Michael Douglas remembered my name after I’d only interviewed him once! I think the bigger the star the more manners, in my experience. They are like the real deal.

THE CELEBRITY YOUR ALWAYS MOST EXCITED TO SEE ON THE RED CARPET?

The ones that take the risks like Diane Kruger. It’s not necessarily like the biggest star, it’s the one who always does something interesting. That being said when you see J Lo in real life. She is jaw droppingly flawless and stunning so she’s always amazing to see in the flesh.

WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO INTERVIEW THAT YOU HAVEN’T YET?

I get really excited about the people behind the scenes like the designers and to be really honest most of them I have interviewed but if I could bring him back, Yves Saint Laurent would be amazing. I’ve been lucky enough to interview Giorgio Armani, Karl Largerfeld and Valentino. Those people actually intrigue me and inspire me even more than the talent in front of the camera.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LONDON AND LA FASHION?

The weather actually changes things because you’re looking for brighter colors and lighter weight maxi dresses or cute little cut off shorts, it’s very casual there [LA]. So I often wonder if London would be like that if it had the weather and it probably would change it but there’s definitely a more grungy vibe in London. You know chipped nail varnish, a biker jacket and flat boots, the girls are a lot more edgy but for me I’m not really that girl, I prefer the LA vibe.

ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

I got bitten on the foot by a shark in the Maldives.

LAST TIME YOU WERE DRUNK?

Probably with my friend Greg at the weekend, we went to a party with friends visiting from London, it was lots of fun.

TV host and fashion journalist, Louise Roe, interviewed by Jessica Moazami aka Fashion Junkie  at the Westfiield Old Orchasrd Fash Bash for fashion blog

Louise Roe’s book, Front Roe, is now available on Amazon.

Louise Roe's book Front Roe available on Amazon

Photos by Your Trendy magazine to see more from the event click here.

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: SAM AND NIC Make-up Artists, Beauty Bloggers and Vloggers

Sam & Nic Chapman the British duo behind the beauty brand Pixiwoo

Nicola (left) and Samantha Chapman (right)

Samantha and Nicola Chapman are the British duo behind beauty blog and YouTube channel phenomenon Pixiwoo. The sisters both started their careers as make-up artists working Paris and Milan fashion week as well as having editorials published in Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler, Brides and Elle –to name just a few. However, they became internet sensations after creating professional make-up tutorials to help women achieve amazing looks with ease. Now with over 1 million subscribers it wasn’t long before beauty brands came calling –including Chicago’s own, Paris Presents. Together they developed a quality cruelty-free yet affordable make-up brush line called 'Real Techniques'. It’s quickly become the number one best selling brushes in the UK and fourth in the US. I caught up with the sisters at the launch of their second line, 'Bold Metals Collection'.

Real Techniques brushes by Sam & Nic of Pixiwoo

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
SAM: Shoes and handbags. They always look great, even if you put on a few pounds.
NIC: My fashion addiction is definitely shoes. They always look good no matter how you feel.

Interviewing Sam & Nic Chapman of beauty brand Pixiwoo

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
SAM: Mostly Kurt Cobain and also Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street. Oh...and sometimes Axl Rose ☺
NIC: My male crushes were Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze from Point Break, may he rest in peace. I also have a really embarrassing one that was Hulk Hogan (holds head in shame), I don't know why I just loved him. My female crush was Paula Abdul and Madonna.

WHO’S YOUR BEAUTY ICON?
SAM: Kate Moss. I think she is a timeless beauty with unique style.
NIC: My mother.

BIGGEST MAKE-UP FAUX PAS?
SAM: Trying to achieve the nude look with brown lipstick, eyeshadow and blush.
NIC: All through school I wore the wrong color foundation of started with one 5 shades to light and moved to one 10 shades to orange.

BEST PRODUCT OR TIP FOR TACKLING DARK CIRCLES?
SAM: Cold tea bags work really well. The caffeine encourages circulation in the area.
NIC: I think to really cover dark circles well you need to use 2 concealers – one that's a little coverage with a warm tone and the other the exact color of your skin with a stronger coverage that is just applied to the very dark areas of the eye.

Fashion Junkie, Jessica Moazami interviewing Sam & Nic from Pixiwoo

YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL WHEN?
SAM: My kids tell me I look pretty.
NIC: I have a bit of a holiday tan glow.

WHICH REAL TECHNIQUES BRUSH IS YOUR FAVORITE? AND WHY?
SAM: Right now I'm obsessed with the Bold Metals 100 arched powder brush but I change my mind all the time.
NIC: This changes all the time but at the moment it’s our new sculpting brush. I love it for foundation and blusher and contour.

Real Techniques new Bold Metals Collections by Sam & Nic of Pixiwoo

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION?
SAM: The Maldives although I've never been there on holiday. I went there on a 3 week photo shoot once though. It's pretty idyllic.
NIC: Anywhere in the world with my husband and kids but for a short city break Rome and for a long relaxing holiday the Maldives.

Real Techniques and Bold Metals Collection are available at realtechniques.com, Ulta, Walgreens and Kohl’s.

FASHION CONFESSIONS: Christian Siriano, Fashion Designer

Fashion Junkie, Jessica Moazami interviews fashion designer Christian Siriano

One of the most talented winners of Project Runway, Christian Siriano, has been busy growing his empire these last six years. Launching his clothing line in 2008, then in 2012 opening his first store in Manhattan and now debuting his first fragrance, Silhouette. I had the pleasure of chatting to Siriano about this exciting time in his life.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FRAGRANCE AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO LAUNCH IT?
I love the idea of a brand having a signature fragrance. That’s why we named it Silhouette you know it was the idea that we could always celebrate a women’s Silhouette, you know any age, any size, can wear this fragrance. So that was the kind of feeling.

Christian Siriano new fragrance silhouette

WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR FALL/WINTER COLLECTION?
The collection, in stores now was inspired by Lisa Fonssagrives, she was married to Irving Penn and another photographer Fernand Fonssagrives. She was the muse of the season. And I wanted to capture her in the late 1950s, early 60s in Paris. So it’s kind of like the vision of her lifestyle but captured from their photographs, so that was the idea.

Fashion Junkie, Jessica Moazami interviews fashion designer Christian Siriano

WOULD YOU SAY WINNING PROJECT RUNWAY HAS HELPED OR HURT YOUR CAREER?
It’s always the good and the bad. Some things are great, and some things aren’t so great. Eight years ago I was on the show, and it was a lot of work but now to be honest we have a great store in NY, and we sell to retailers around the world. We’re running a pretty big business now, so it’s kind of great. So I think it all worked out but it doesn’t work out like that for everybody. You know it’s a tough, tough business you got to really work at it.

YOU’VE DRESSED SO MANY CELEBRITIES FOR THE RED CARPET INCLUDING SJP, LADY GAGA AND VICTORIA BECKHAM WHO'S STILL ON YOUR WISH LIST?
I’m a big fan of Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore…I love older iconic actress that have been in great films and dress amazing on the [red] carpet.

AND LASTLY WHAT’S YOU FASHION ADDICTION?
I like cool bags and shoes that are kind of special.

Silhouette is available at ChristianSirianoFragrances.com

Photographs by Kristyna Archer and photographs of the parfum by Kirsten Miccoli.

FASHION CONFESSIONS: Sophia Bush, Actress

One Tree Hill Sophia Bush at Coach's launch party.

For 9 years she played Brook Davis, a fashion designer on CW’s popular teen show, One Tree Hill. Sophia’s now swapped her designer shoes and handbags for a gun and badge as she joins the cast of NBC's Chicago Fire spin-off, Chicago PD. I met Sophia at the Coach’s launch party for their new holiday collection –which by the way is amazing (more to come in another post) –where we chatted about what else? Fashion!

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
Oh god…it’s not any one thing for me. It’s across the board. I have a purse problem. I have a shoe problem; I have a fashion problem! But I also feel like, particularly in my business, it’s by far the best addiction for a young woman to have, so I’ll take it.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Eclectic! One of the things I love about fashion is if you feel like being incredibly polished one night and then dressing in menswear the next day and putting on a very 50s inspired dress the night after that you can. You are allowed to be whoever you feel like being in a moment. I think fashion does that for women in a way that not many things do.

WHAT’S THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION IN YOUR CLOSET?
I honestly don’t know.

Large leopard print clutch worn by One Tree Hill's star Sophia Bush

GET THE LOOK Large leopard print clutch, $798, by Coach.

YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL WHEN?
I feel beautiful when I’m happy. When I have a particularly fulfilling day at work. Or when something incredible has happened with one of the nonprofits I work with. When I’m reminded how small I am on this planet and how big the world is it makes me feel fortunate, and that makes me feel beautiful.

WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON?
In my peer group I think Kate Bosworth is absolutely flawless. The VP at Rachel Zoe, Mandana (Dayani), is one of the coolest girls I know, and just anytime she shows up anywhere she is jaw droppingly chic and cool. Then there’s women like Cate Blanchett and Charlize Theron who I just think are all stars at the fashion game.

WHICH DESIGNERS DO YOU WORSHIP?
Francis Costa at Calvin Klein just kills it. Then I love more whimsical edgy fashion as well. Helmut Lang…his menswear inspired pieces. Alexander Wang for his crazy sort of athletic glam visionary. And Phillip Lim is always on top of my list, and I find I’m really living in LNA they make the worlds best t-shirts. A.L.C. is hands down one of my favorite lines.

ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
My dogs, I couldn’t do it.

Photos by Barry Brecheisen

FASHION CONFESSIONS: Robert Rodriguez, Fashion Designer

FASHION CONFESSIONS with fashion designer ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

I sat down with the talented designer, Robert Rodriguez, on the eve of his 10th year anniversary party at Neiman Marcus to ask the really important questions in life.

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
Shoes!!! I love shoes I actually have a love affair with shoes. I will buy shoes before I buy anything else. I have roughly over 50-60 pairs in my closet. I can wear just a simple pair of jeans and a white T-shirt everyday but I have to wear a fabulous pair of shoes. And that’s me.

fashion designer ROBERT RODRIGUEZ's Fall/Winter 13 collection

Autumn/Winter ’13 Collection

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE TO THE BRAND FOR YOUR 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY?
After 10 years we wanted to give it a face-lift. We’ve revamped the collection, taken it into a fresh direction. We’ve also launched a new logo and built a new showroom in NY –it looks like a spaceship very futuristic and very cool. We’re all just so excited about it.

WHO’S THE ROBERT RODRIGUEZ GIRL?
She’s a lot of things. You know she’s a downtown girl and uptown girl, she’s strong, she’s confident and fashion forward. Loves fashion and a hip girl who loves fashion.

YOU HAVE DRESSED SO MANY STYLISH WOMEN INCLUDING AGNELINA JOLIE, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, NICOLE KIDMAN WHO’S BEEN YOUR FAV TO DRESS?
I love all of them but Eva Longoria stands out for me. I did a black dress for her and she was really sexy in it.

Eva Longoria in a ROBERT RODRIGUEZ dress

Eva Longoria

WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS SEASON’S COLLECTION?
Fall/winter collection was inspired by glam punk. I wanted to reference the late 70s and early 80s but show how a girl would wear it today. So I didn’t want it to be literal and I didn’t want it to be obvious. I played around a lot with Debbie Harry’s look. That was my muse.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN LA?
LA is very inspiring for me as a New Yorker. The lovely weather, beautiful nature and architecture are all very inspiring. There is also a very eclectic feel and lots of amazing street fashion, which I love.

fashion designer ROBERT RODRIGUEZ's Fall/Winter 13 collection

Autumn/Winter ’13 Collection

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
I’m very simple, t-shirt, pair of jeans, great shoes and a watch –no other jewelry. It’s understated elegance!

WHAT’S THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION IN YOUR CLOSET?
A deep red vintage leather motorcycle jacket that I won’t ever give up. I normally don’t wear color so I treasure this piece and I know I won’t ever find something like this again.

HOW ARE YOU PLANNING ON CELEBRATING YOUR 10th YEAR ANNIVERSARY?
We’re party hopping! We had a big launch party in Toronto two weeks ago. Tonight we’re celebrating with Neiman Marcus as part of their new store renovation and launch of the CUSP boutique, which is really cool. Then Off to LA for fashion week and then to South Beach Miami for an event at Art Basel.

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Alex Sanchez, Lancôme's National Make-up Artist

ALEX SANCHEZ, Lancôme national make-up artist

This Lancôme’s make-up artist, Alex Sanchez, has created looks for Fashion Focus and New York Fashion week, as well as getting celebrities red-carpet ready. Alex was responsible for the look behind this year’s Glamorama: Fashion In A New Light –an evening of music, fashion and philanthropy. I had an opportunity to meet Alex at the dress rehearsal and talked to him about his beauty addictions and the inspiration for this most glamorous event.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
Fragrances especially YSL.

WHAT’S THE MAKEUP INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS YEAR’S GLAMORAMA?
It’s all about Paris from the music and models to the clothes and make-up, the brilliance and decadence of the city of lights. The look is very beautiful glittery sexy.

Glamorama make-up look by ALEX SANCHEZ, lancôme national make-up artist

WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO MAKEOVER?
I would have love to makeover Elizabeth Taylor.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST BEAUTY TIP?
Put on your mascara first before your eyeliner, it’ll create a stiff platform at the base of the lash. This will allow the eyeliner to glide on evenly and smoothly.

Model in make-up for Macy's Glamorama fashion in a new light

AND LASTLY ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Caffeine!

Glamorama proceeds benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.