Style + Design
Being the beauty buffs that we are here at 7x7, we couldn’t help but feel giddy about the news that Space.NK was opening in San Francisco. Founded by Londoner Nicky Kinnaird in 1993, the expertly edited British beauty apothecary has begun rolling out its store-within-store concepts inside of Bloomingdale’s department stores throughout the country.
In order to commemorate its 10th anniversary, Russian Vogue asked the likes of Prada, Maison Martin Margiela, & YSL to adorn classic Russian Nested Dolls with their iconic style. Simple yet brilliant, this is sure to be the most desirable high fashion toy since the Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear. Check out some of the lineup:
After reviewing the long-awaited Comme des Garcons diffusion line for H&M and finding myself disappointed (with the exception of a black deconstructed blazer), I opted to document the fashion mayhem instead of waiting with the masses in the 2 block-long line. I walked in at 10:01am and the racks were already empty, everyone's arms filled with polka dots. The crowd, which ranged from art students to eBay sellers, continued to wait in lines for the clothes off mannequins and the satisfaction of owning a CDG cardigan for $29.90. I, on the other hand, was content with taking in the surprisingly civil scene and making it out with an empty H&M Comme de Garcons shopping bag.
Here's the blazer I wanted
If you were thinking right about now that seemingly every celebrity—and his mother—has caught Project Runway fever, you’d be right. The story usually goes: Celebrity has zero design background. Celebrity is approached by investors to slap his name on a clothing label executed by a team of designers. And said celebrity is dubbed over night a celebrity/designer.
After more than 30 years in the biz, Manolo Blahnik has accumulated a pop culture status and fan base unmatched by most designers. His devoted clients have been rumored to go to extremes to pay homage to their Manolo collections—from designating entire rooms in their homes for Blahnik shoe storage to ordering his spendy heels by the dozens. So it was no surprise that the shoe guru’s recent visit to San Francisco attracted a swarm of Blahnik groupies for a mid-day appearance and signing of their coffee table tomes Blahnik by Boman [$55, Chronicle Books] at Neiman Marcus.
Some people find shopping at thrift stores to be an arduous task. I’ll admit that several years ago I used to think the same. I would usually emerge from a Goodwill store empty handed, feeling defeated and worried that I had picked up the lingering scent of mothballs during my unsuccessful hunt. Soon I realized that the problem wasn’t the stores I was visiting—it was me! My theory is that in order to hit the thrift store jackpot, you need to be shopping with an open, creative mind, lots of free time and even more patience.
Madonna hits the stage at Oakland’s Oracle Arena this weekend on the Bay Area stop of her Sticky & Sweet world tour. In between unpacking her beauty arsenal and getting the Queen of Pop camera ready, Gina Brooke, Madonna’s longtime make-up artist, will be teaching a master class at the Fillmore Street Shu Uemura boutique on Saturday. We caught up with Brooke, who was still touring in Canada, for the inside scoop of life on the road, how she keeps Madonna looking fine, and her best, stress-free beauty tips.