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Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Anniversary Lipstick

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Elizabeth Arden may now be known mostly for it’s great skin care, but back in day, Arden herself was known as not only one of the most financially successful women of her day, but also a strong and avid feminist. She, and fellow suffragettes, were notorious for wearing bright red lipstick specifically as a symbol of feminine strength.

On the 100th anniversary of the opening of its first salon and in honour of its founder, and her commitment to women everywhere, the company has released a sparkly red, limited-edition lip color, in a vintage-inspired gold tube. And with all proceeds going to Look Good … Feel Better, a program that seeks to improve the self-image and quality of life of cancer patients, there’s never been a better reason to wear red.

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Lou Doillon Vanessa Bruno’s Muse

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Lou Doillon, is the daughter of Jane Birkin (yes of Brikin bags) and style muse and has been noted in CHEEK’s pages for her collaboration with Lee Cooper’s jeans. She has now landed a new job as a dancer in the second instalment of Vanessa Bruno’s video poem directed by Stephanie Di Gusto. The video is a perfect example of fashion and art blending together. Completely outfitted in Bruno’s designs, Doillon performs unplanned choreography while she prances around dancing to pianist George Gonzales in talc powder.

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The video itself is heart warming to watch as she flounces around to strum of the keys. Weather you like Vanessa Bruno or not, this adorable video worthy of a watch.

-Melissa S. Robinson

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Art inspired by the deep blue

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Alejandro Cardenas, the art director of Proenza Schouler, has a new art show titled “Narcomedusa,” opening up at James Fuentes LLC in New York.  Cardenas exhibit was inspired by a trip to the south, which helped birth the watercolor-gouache-and-ink paintings.

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The name Narcomedusa comes from is a type of jellyfish found deep in the Pacific Ocean. It lives 2000 feet below sea level  in complete and utter darkness.  You can definitely see the connection in the paintings. They are shrouded in black and just like the fish of the tropics there is a sharp contrast of vibrant colours.  Cardenas images look as though they were caught in the spot light of an oncoming submarine exploring the randomness and darkness of the sea.

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The exhibit can be seen from January 29 to February 28.

– Melissa S. Robinson

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COP15’s Fashionable Friend

The Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change comes with a side order of green fashion.

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Sustainable Norway fashion brand FIN. Image:

Today, more than 350 fashion experts, politicians, NGO’s, academics and celebrities will come together at the Copenhagen Opera House to discuss sustainable business practices in the fashion industry.

The Fashion Summit, organized by the Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical (NICE), will include an exhibit showcasing materials and textiles made out of organic, recycled and renewable resources.

The summit will end with a sustainable runway show celebrating pieces by twenty Nordic fashion designers. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will present a prize to the winning designer.

Looks like this is where to find all of the fun and (recycled) glitter at COP15.

-Otiena Ellwand

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Alice in Paris

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Paris has always been a wonderland for fashion fanatics and soon it will be one à la Lewis Carroll. In honor of  the Alice in Wonderland story and the impending Burton film, Parisan department store Printemps has made a very special request, one-of-a-kind designer dresses for Alice herself.

Designers Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Maison Martin Margiela, among others who are as equally famous for their beautifully constructed garments, as they are notorious for thinking outside the box.

The dresses will be revealed in Printemps window displays in February which just so happens to coincide not only with the new films release, but also with Paris fashion week.

Coincidence? We think not.

-Alexa P Gray

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A solid scent from Diptyque

If you’re sick of spritzing eau de parfum in the air and then quickly running through it to avoid overwhelming those who walk by with scent, Parisian fragrance house Diptyque has the answer for you.

The perfect holiday gift? Though Diptyque, which three friends started in 1961, is mostly known for its scented candles, it just released two fragranced salves or unguents.

The first is L’Ombre dans L’eau, which delivers vigorous notes of black currant foliage sap, bergamot, and Mandarin orange. Damask rose, ambergris and musk arouse the senses while adding a touch of delicacy to this concoction.

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Philosykos has a Mediterranean flair. Think of the Greek Islands on a warm summer day. The scent is predominantly that of Grecian fig trees and other woody notes.

Spreadable scent is nothing new; women in ancient Egypt used to immerse crushed roses in wax-based salves. Macerated roses were worn in a cone on their head, where body heat melted the cones’ fat base and trickled rose-scented oil down the neck and face.

We don’t suggest rubbing Diptyque’s solid scents all over your head. Now that fragrance is available at your fingertips, it’s better to keep these tins in your purse. Rub them on pulse points when you need that extra boost of aromatherapy. And exhale.

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-Michael Huynh

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