Marissa Webb RTW Spring 2017

Marissa Webb doesn’t seek deep sources of inspiration when it comes to her collections. Webb dresses what she knows—and that is the women around her, specifically the “modern New York woman,” as she stated backstage, after a show whose pieces had a metropolitan polish. Remember the Glastonbury look that was popular during the 2000s—a worn-in, oversize army jacket thrown over a tired-looking baby-doll dress? (Kate Moss wore that muddied festival ensemble time after time). Here there was a city-appropriate incarnation of the field jacket, now elevated by way of a hip-length crop and sculpted, rounded sleeves, styled over a print dress that was pertly buttoned at the neck.

Ruffles played a clever role. Sure, predictably, in some instances they were feminine, like on an amber charmeuse blouse that had ruffles scaling the arms. But when added to a blazer, the wide ruffles went as far as to add a clever structure; they stuck up high, coursing down the sleeves, giving off an air of broad executive power.

Webb also played with waist heights. Low-slung cream trousers in silk became an instant closet staple that could seamlessly go from the boardroom to cocktail hour. The high-waisted leather cropped pants are something to look out for: The ankles had sets of grommets fastened by laces, and a fastened belt caused the extra fabric to bloom upward and gather unevenly past the waist, perfectly flattering the silhouette. It’s not just New York women who’ll love that.

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Yeezy Season 4 a.k.a Torture Continued

From the heavily social media-teased Life Of Pablo album release to the buzzed-about global merch pop-ups that were staged in August, 2016 has proven to be a year of not-so-entirely-surprising Kanye West surprises. And the latest of these predictably unpredictable moves came on Wednesday, when the hip-hop artist and “fashion designer” decided to withhold the location of his Yeezy Season 4 show until three hours before its start time–at which point it was announced to be held at Four Freedoms Park on the tip of Roosevelt Island.

The Siberia of the New York Fashion Week circuit, the often-overlooked sliver of land smack dab in the middle of the East River was accessible by a Kanye-sponsored shuttle (that departed two hours in advance of showtime), the F train or the old-school tram. No matter the option, getting there was a journey for members of the fashion industry and also part of what made the experience feel like a fun wild-goose chase. Until suddenly it wasn’t.

3 p.m. turned into 3:30 and then into 4, and as guests continued waiting in the heat, excitement gave way to restlessness, which ultimately gave way to frustration. Security guards who didn’t know how to handle the timing demanded that the crowd “get back” and “make a line” and then “get back” again. The irony, as one woman pointed out, was that the event wasn’t supposed to feel like West’s Madison Square Garden concert the night before. “We’re not crazed fans,” she exclaimed. “We’re here to see a fashion show!”

And the show, which was once again a collaboration with performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, was an extension of these tensions. Rows of models wearing an assortment of nude body suits — some with cut-outs across the stomach, most with cut-outs across the butt — had to wait in the brutal heat until a second cast of models appeared on the runway. During the wait time, their militaristic formation lost its intensity as some models sat down on the grass, with one woman eventually fainting while a massive set of sub-woofers rumbled.yeezy season 4

But all the while, onlookers couldn’t help but wonder if the scenario playing out before them was part of some bigger artistic statement West was making. The more they waited, the more they questioned: Were the helicopters circling above the paparazzi or police or planted by West as a form of social commentary? Was the lone pair of pants with Adidas stripes on it a statement on his partnership with the brand or a last minute toss-in? Was the fainting and sitting down representative of disillusionment? Did the fact that the island once housed an insane asylum and prison actually mean something?

You could add as many layers to the show as you wanted, but West, who ran down the runway with a smile at the end of it all, was the only one with the answers.

For a far more scathing review, read Jezebel’s thoughts on the show.

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Biologique Recherche: My Secret Weapon

biologique rechercheAfter reading in multiple magazines that many beauty editors’ secret weapon was a little known product called Biologique Recherche I knew I had to try it. The thing is, it’s nearly impossible to find in the states. You can’t walk into a local Sephora or department store and buy it, you have to venture online. I found my fix at Rescue Spa, based in Philadelphia.

After about 2 weeks of nightly use I noticed clearer, softer and more even-toned skin. My hormonal acne was gone (hallelujah!) and my skin looked brighter. What is this magic potion you may ask? Well it’s a toner, exfoliator and lotion all in one bottle, sort of…

Technically, it’s not a lotion but more like a toner, even though that’s an incredibly old school term that makes me think of Sea Breeze.  P50 is a liquid that exfoliates and balances all skin types. These products are designed to strengthen the epidermal shield, exfoliate the skin, regulate excessive sebum secretion, hydrate the skin and maintain the skin’s pH.
The Lotion P50 range consists of 6 different versions. There’s the Lotion P50, which is the full strength version, The P50V, a medium strength version and P50W, a mild version for mature, drier skin types. All 3 strengths are available in both the original formula and the newer, phenol-free formula. I use the P50 1970 version with phenol. It smells like listerine and the first few times you use it your face goes a bit numb which I like. However, you get used to it and you’ll love the results.

This article does an excellent job at breaking down the product and various formulas. Personally, I’m always inclined to recommend the  P50 1970, but since my skin was already used to both glycolic and lactic acid, I might have already had more of a tolerance to this type of product.

I know you’ll be happy with whatever formula you choose. Seriously, this stuff is holy grail, take with me everywhere material.
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Clean Eats: Swordfish with Olives and Tomatoes

swordfishI like quick, simple and healthy when it comes to preparing dinners. Lots of times if it’s quick, it’s not healthy. But I found this delicious recipe on Food.com and have sworn by it for quick and easy weeknight dinners.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 12-2lbs swordfish steaks, cut into 4 – 6 portions
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 -4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomatoes, with liquid or 2 cartons of fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 1cup black olives or 12 cup green olives (try not to use canned olives)
  • 14cup chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • hot red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large heavy skillet over high heat.
  2. Season swordfish generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Sauté until browned on both sides.
  4. Transfer fish to a platter.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to skillet and reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer fish to the sauce and cook, turning once until the fish is firm to the touch and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
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