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Beauty blast: Andy Warhol x Nars + the ultimate designer drop

OMG this week has seen four of the most amazing beauty collaborations of late. We’ll slow down and breathe…the excitement in the Snap office is palpable! Here’s part one…

1)    Nars x Andy Warhol

We have been obsessed with Andy Warhol’s art forever and one of our favourites is that portrait of Elizabeth Taylor with the punchy green eyeshadow. And now, we can paint our own faces with a collection from Nars inspired by the great pop artists’s prints. Hurray! One of our favourite pieces from the collection is the Warhol monochrome eyeshadow palate- but is it too pretty to use…is  it itself a work of art?!

(P.S. the pics came out this week but the collection drops on 1 November)

Palette £39.50 from the NARS Silver factory collection

Super perky ‘Beautiful Darling’ collection £34.50

Lust-have cosmetic bags comes with collection

The colourful option. Portrait palette £39.50

2)    Carine Roitfeld for MAC

One for sexy senoritas. This looks like a super chic way of updating old make-up bag favouites as the collection is based on Carine’s chic and smudy signature eyes- or as she puts it, ‘tired sexy’. Now we can rock the tired look, but this Mac launch might help with the other bit and OMG there’s a video!

There are 21 pieces to collect (and you can justify a few as they are smoky staples) but as with all Mac collections you better catch them while you can.

Carine says: “Beauty is about a small accident, it is not totally perfect. Sometimes bad things are the more beautiful things. So when you wake up and you haven’t taken off your mascara and you look a bit tired, but tired sexy – this is what I like.”

Pics: Vogue and MAC via YouTube.

Fearne Cotton goes Geisha for Very

Fearne Cotton has jumped on the oriental bandwagon for her latest Very clothing collection. We saw oriental-styled details all over the AW12 catwalks, perhaps most notably at Proenza Schouler, while Christopher Kane’s cool minimalist aesthetic was our favourite. But Fearne’s take on the trend is bolder and brighter.

While the presenter’s personal sense of style that we love is still evident, this is a pretty bold look. Are you a fan?

Pics: Very via The Daily Mail + Coco’s tea Party for the amazing inspiration board- Read Ella’s take on the trend here.

Top 5: Prada + geometric print trousers

Miuccia Prada is responsible for so many wearable trends that have translated brilliantly onto the high street in recent years. And this coming season is no exception as shoppers clamour to get their hands on flattering cropped trousers with a distinctive geometric print.

A natural successor to the pyjama pant and the art deco trend, the head-to-toe print look appeared fairly daunting on the catwalk, but do not be deceived, we reckon it would be your new best friend for the office.

While daring fashionistas can rock the whole match-matchy printed shebang, consider a printed geometric trouser with a tailored white skirt and plain jacket to let the trousers do the talking! Luckily you’re spoilt for choice and by matching some work wear staples with a new pair of trousers, could get a distinctly on-trend new season look for less than £50.

Here are our Top 5 favourites. Happy shopping!

The real deal

Tile Print Skinny Trousers from Topshop £40

Styling idea from Warehouse. Trousers £45

Party trous! Jacquard loom trousers £39.99 from Zara

ASOS Premium cropped trousers £40

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket Exhibition will land in London!

Get excited! Following massive success in Tokyo, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong, Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibition is coming to London!

We’ve read our fair share of articles over the years claiming that Chanel jacket is a wardrobe essential (if you can afford one) and it’s one of those classic lust-have pieces. But recently we’ve been rather taken with the work of various bloggers and fashion journalists who have religiously worn the Chanel jacket and styled it in different ways to prove its versatility and timelessness. If you wore it every day for the next decade it could prove to be affordable on a buy-per-wear calculation…(that’s what we’re telling ourselves).

Of course the project began as a super stylish coffee table book of various models, actors, designers and musos wearing the jacket their way. When the idea is from Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld you know it’s a good one and even better when Karl takes all 113 photos himself.

You can get your fashionable mitts on the book this Autumn and visit the exhibition from 12-28 October at The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY. Admission is free so there’s no excuse – put it in your diary!

For real Chanel anoraks (or should that be LBJs) there will also be some beautiful window displays in Chanel’s Bond Street, Sloane Square and Brompton Cross boutiques. Get more here including an amazing video about the making of the jacket.

Higgs Boson particle becomes fashion inspiration

While the fashion and science worlds are becoming friendlier (think Christopher Kane’s stellar prints, cool fashion-focused technology and innovative new materials,) particle physics does not generally spring to mind as a trend setter.

But amidst the Higgsteria, stylish particle physicists and science fans can show their support and mark a major scientific milestone with a new silk scarf, inspired by – you’ve guessed it – the elusive Higgs Boson particle. We love it when science and fashion collide.

Higgs boson: Proton-proton collisions as measured by Cern (Thanks The Guardian!)

Square Circle Designs silk scarf, based on the particle, £280

The breakthrough

The Rolling Stones: 50 years of style

There are few bands that are so effortlessly cool and stylish as The Stones. Whether it’s Mick’s moves in Studio 54, various super model girlfriends, wives and offspring, iconic album covers by the coolest designers of the day or Keith Richards’ epic scarf collection, the band has arguably been as influential on our wardrobes as they have on our record collections.

To celebrate 50 years since the Stones’ first gig, here are some favourite pics and style influences…let’s hope they’ll keep on touring so we can (eventually) catch them in concert!

Pics: The AP, theredlist.fr, sinistersaladmusikal and michaelarnoldart.

Style Crush: Dree Hemingway

Oh off-duty models, you make us sooo green with envy with your effortless style, killer wardrobes and awesome skin! One of our favourites is Dree Hemingway. A fan of leather trousers, kick-ass boots, floaty dresses and awesome hair – not to mention her cool literary connection of being seminal novelist Ernest Hemingway’s great granddaughter – we’re a little obsessed.

Dree pic:whowhatwear

I want the eyes! pic:whowhatwear

Dree Hemingway’s line for Sandro pic:FabSugar

Dree Hemingway a little out of Character for China’s Vogue pic:Fashion Gone Rouge

Girls on Film: Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa

Oh the nineties- Dr Marten boots, leggings, clashing prints, tie dye, Keith Haring, denim jackets, printed jeans and big pendant necklaces…on wait, that’s kinda like ‘now’ too. So perhaps it is time to resurrect a former fashion hero of ours –Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa Darling (you know the tune if you’re a child/teen of the nineties!)

A word of caution – some of these looks are probably a little too much but aside from Kate Moss and various cool indie chicks, I think Clarissa is one of the decade’s (less appreciated) icons.

Tie Dye is back! (pic: Kshot via Tumblr)

Yeah DMs (pic: CatsAnAmerica viaTumblr)

Print clash! (pic: ElizabethHollinsworth via Tumblr)

Mash up (pic: NinetySixUnderground via Tumblr)

Oh memories! (pic: NopeNoThanks via Tumblr)

Whistles vs Gustav Kilmt

We spotted this super dress from Whistles, which is a little bit Erdem but also reminded us of the fabulous paintings of Gustav Klimt. Are you a fan?

Field of Poppies

Bella Wild Meadow dress £150 from Whistles

Pear Tree

Micro trend: anti-detail

I was having a browse on Tumblr for several hours while watching the Queen’s boat parade on telly and noticed a new ‘thing’ and I’m calling it the ‘anti detail’ – when a detail or feature of a piece of clothing is cut out to expose some flesh.

Versace’s couture collection and recent mainline collection have showed tantalising glimpses of skin but I like the anti-pocket…skin where a pocket should be! And check out Taylor Swift’s anti-collar!

I have also realised that I have missed out on a whole DIY fashion thing of making anti-skull patterns in vests. Am I the only one?!

Anti-collar! Pic: Teen Vogue

Versace’s anti pockets

Why print a pattern on a tee when you can cut one out? #DIY

Crazy cut-out dress from Dazed & Confused

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