"Lyrics of Fashion" Marc O'Polo Spring/Summer 2018

  The life of Ernest Hemingway has been described as "a symphony of movements defined by the women he loved". Taking inspiration from the four wives who gave him strength while serving as his muse, MARC O’POLO Women’s Casual translates style into emotions. The changing, contrasting, sometimes conflicting moods of the legendary author’s wives are reflected in choices of colour, quality, look and feel.
A key element of the Spring/Summer 2018 collection is juxtaposition: Satin mingles with linen and cotton blends, functional over-sized pocket details meet delicate ajour patterns, menswear-inspired blazers live side-by-side with feminine wrap dresses and bold flower prints. The interplay of workwear functionality and seductive femininity creates a sense of moodiness and surprise. Emotion doesn’t lie.
Casual luxury – simple, easy styles that are enhanced by beautiful yarns – pervades the Spring/Summer 2018 collection, as exemplified by a T-shirt dress in exceptionally soft and recycled jersey. A certain eclecticism can nevertheless be found in each delivery, as ruffles, tulip cuffs and other feminine details are combined with more basic, laid-back styles, sometimes as a part of a look, sometimes within a single garment.

Colours this season reflect the collection’s dynamic emotional range. The dark blue of Manic Midnight, the feminine olive of Dusty Sage and the champagne hue of Cedarwood are accented by eye-popping Bright Magenta in January. The dark grey of Charcoal Dust, the trench-coat tan of Tender Fawn and the off-white  subtlety of Calm Ceramic are accented by the brilliant yellow of Lemon Taste in February.

   As with the main line, the emphasis in MARC O’POLO (White Label) this season is on contrast and juxtaposition, not only in colours – white with black or dark blue, for example – but in qualities, shapes and moods. Purity and clarity meet romance and femininity as clean, cool lines are mixed with ruffles and tulip shapes. The sharpness of tailored scuba, a key quality this season, is set off by the feminine fluidity of silk.
From doubled bi-colour knit to double-face outdoor cotton to big, colourful, all-over flower prints, MARC O’POLO (White Label) explores the emotional significance of fabrics and qualities, not just on their own but in relation to one another. With colours such of Placid Emerald and Frisky Blue, MARC O’POLO (White Label) manages both to harmonize with the main collection and define an emotional space all its own.

Refined Artistry - AGL Spring/ Summer 2018 News

     Exciting Spring/Summer 2018 news from AGL - the advertising campaign was created in partnership with artist Bryan Adams,#AGLshoestrilogy celebrates women in all their glory. The images pay homage to a beguiling minimalism, designed for women who are well aware of the riches hidden in their personality, their culture and their thoughts.

 We encounter a woman, an unabashed and unusual beauty whose work and success have been forged over time with steadfastness and determination. Actress, independent films producer, player of multi-layered characters and originator of career choices that are unique but never insignificant. Maggie Gyllenhaal, an artiste equally at ease in hot and irreverent roles who has carved her own niche, playing women never underwhelming in their complexity. She is the Giusti sisters’ muse, a consummate personification of the contradictions that make up every woman. Strong yet fragile, flirty yet proud, pristine yet dark. Maggie is the epitome of sophistication, motion and the avant-garde – the three core values shared by the sisters and the brand. 

 The idea of a triptych is also echoed in the three pictures, reflecting three products: the FLUID mule, the SOUTACHE ballet flat and the TATTOO sandal – all of them minimalist, cutting-edge models that praise a love of craftsmanship understood as the knowledgeable choice of materials and the creation of simple geometric shapes, with a perfect fit and bearing unique details. In their Collection, the Giusti sisters find expression for the trilogy of feminine feeling, where tradition forms the basis for evolution and style, unique and multifaceted, is resolutely created by women, for women.

   Halfway between innovation and trend, ARCA offers a highly modern, avant-garde interpretation of the sneaker. Sock-fit footwear is the current trend and, for the Spring Summer ’18 collection, the Giusti sisters are offering their interpretation, featuring the minimalism of an elasticized cotton sock bootleg, sewn to an ultra light, natural rubber sole with a graphic design, an AGL exclusive. The precious silk satin bow on the back is the feminine signature of Sara, Vera and Marianna. As always, their attention to detail and customized touches make the items created in the AGL workshops unique.

   Denim, an icon of street-wear, interpreted in a luxurious tone through its handcrafted weaving, which creates a tone-on-tone patchwork effect, the result of the know-how that forms the foundation of AGL creations. The design of the upper around the ankle presents a play of waves which lets the leg peek through for a touch of femininity. The raw-edged denim creates spontaneous fraying, contributing to a casual allure, perfect for day, while the silver heel add glimmer that shines at night under the city lights.   From a work brunch to an evening out with friends, the bootie and the clutch become summer must-haves for style and sophistication.

   Retro charm and precious allure. JEWEL is a perfect marriage of luxury and sophistication, both inherent in the brand’s DNA, expressed through simple, proportioned lines that evoke a timeless elegance. The jeweled buckle creates plays of light along with the shiny finish on the super soft leather in edgy colors that restore a touch of irony and modernity to this creation, the re-issue of a model from the AGL archives that Sara, Vera and Marianna sought to deconstruct and reinterpret with their modern feminine taste.

  When transparency becomes eye-catching. RING is an avant-garde creation where the evanescence of the materials is the Giusti sisters’ true coup de theatre. Minimal, geometric and light, the clear vinyl thong represents the artistic height of the Spring Summer ’18 collection, with its versatility that lends itself to be interpreted freely by the woman who wears it. An eclectic creation, symbol of the typically AGL union between art and playfulness.

   In their collections, the Giusti sisters love to express femininity in every sense of the word. At times through androgynous touches, at other times with distinctly sensual shapes and materials like with SHARP, a creation specifically designed to amaze and allure. The extremely tapered shape is balanced by the narrow, oval, 4-cm-high heel, which gives lightness and stability. 

The clean, harmonious lines emphasize the precious quality of the Ayers python skin, an innovative material attesting to the ongoing research and innovation at the AGL workshops. A creation that celebrates Made in Italy craftsmanship and femininity, to be worn for a special occasion or simply to make a lasting impression.

   SOUTACHE is the fruit of AGL manufacturing skill. A ballet flat in a contemporary design and at the same time displaying an ancient manufacturing technique, as the name suggests. The soutache is the result of skillful handcrafting where cotton is bent and twisted to create different figures, for a highly dramatic effect. The tapered ballet flat cloaks the foot in this impressive embroidery which recalls the luxurious, romantic charm of women’s lingerie. The cotton micro-mesh lace wraps around the leg lending the flat a distinct sensuality.

 Real brushstrokes of vivid, flashy, bright colour. Made entirely of suede, the STAIN  slides have a minimal design with soft lines, paired with the square shape of the leather sole. STAIN is the must-have accessory for summer 2018 to add colour to your outfit. The model is versatile and practical, with its foot-hugging structure and soft, glove-like fit, typical of AGL Made in Italy footwear.

   By popular demand, the THREE BAGs are back, but this time with a new component: the small, practical and versatile shoulder bag. Made of calfskin, they share the same design yet come in different sizes, like Russian nesting dolls. 
The Sara bag is the largest and, with its ample capacity and minimal style, is the bag to wear every day. The Vera bag, smaller in size, is ideal for leisure time; whether you’re taking a stroll in the park or having a cocktail with friends, it’s always the right accessory. For special occasions, the three sisters offer the Mini bag, the smallest of the three. Perfect in its diminutive design, it has room for you to carry only your essentials, which, at times like these, are all you need.

   Simplicity permeated with a touch of irony. This is the inspiring principle upon which AGL creations are based, crafted with techniques in the Made in Italy tradition. The mix and match of minimal design and unexpected details is the leitmotif. Cross-crossed black leather or clear vinyl, hugging your foot like a glove, are paired with a natural leather sole, typical of classic men’s footwear, creating a contrast of styles between feminine inspiration and androgynous character, which has always guided the creative verve of the Giusti sisters. Thus the WRAP sandal conquers the contemporary woman who loves to dazzle with style.

OMEGA Elegance and Style

   Here's one of the most beautiful timepieces from OMEGA - combining a precise movement with the magnificence and beauty of high-end jewellery, the De Ville Prestige Dewdrop is a timepiece of exceptional good looks and an outstanding creation.

In some models, the watch’s eye-catching bracelet is made up of 18K red or yellow gold beads that form a graceful look and feel. Other cases use a single dewdrop on either side to connect with a uniquely patterned leather strap, available in a variety of colours.

The De Ville Prestige Dewdrop comes in a number of elegant dial designs. Along with white pearled, white mother-of-pearl, black varnish or silvery sun-brushed, there is also a version adorned with golden butterflies. Available in 18K red or yellow gold, or stainless steel, all the timepieces feature diamond indexes, while some also include a diamond-set bezel.

credits: OMEGA

Aurum - Jewellery Inspired by Icelandic Nature

 Aurum FALCON earrings - The falcon springs from Icelandic nature. It not only adapts to the forces of nature, but also meets them head-on with a diligence and determination. Although the wind may ruffle its feathers, the falcon remains dignified.

 Discover the stunning jewellery designs by Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdótir - the name behind the unique Icelandic jewellery brand Aurum.
The company is located in the lively city centre of Reykjavík.  Aurum’s jewellery pieces are notable for their fine detail and delicate nuances that give them a feminine touch but at the same time a light, modern appearance. The inspiration for their shapes is taken largely from Icelandic nature.

 Guðbjörg’s jewellery designs have attracted much attention worldwide and she has taken part in many international design exhibitions, both as a solo designer and in group shows. She was awarded first prize in the jewellery competition Spirit of the North in St. Petersburg in 2000, received the DV Cultural Award in Reykjavík for art design in 2002 and the Icelandic Visual Arts
Award for design in 2008.

The Aurum jewellery lines are based on modern designs and methods while being both stylish and classic, and in that way hold a sense of timelessness.  Natural patterns and shapes take on new meaning in her three-dimensional designs that are at once feminine and complex. Guðbjörg’s designs are characterised by movement,finesse and balance. 
RAVEN necklace - Raven stands guard around himself and those around him. Despite the beautiful and slightly delicate form of the feathers, his claws are curved and powerful, reflecting the strength that Raven possesses.

NANOOK Ice ring - Nanook is delicate - light but strong, inspired by the Greenlandic polar bears and their paws. It evokes the movement of the bear as she pads over the thin ice, placing each paw precisely and deliberately. Nanook is white and has  fragile lines that reveal the tension in every step.

ISOLD earrings with pearls, hooks - Isold embodies soft lines and circular shapes, creating dense, multifaceted layers that weave together.
CYGNUS bracelet - The swan's gracefully arched neck has been the inspiration for the new Cygnus collection.
His long elegant neck stretches forward as he leads the V-formation at great heights, incorporating his softness and movement. The Cygnus collection shows soft lines aligning with masculine strength.

You can buy the elegant Aurum Jewellery at https://aurum.is/ 
or the Aurum store in Reykjavík. 

ClarinsMen - Beau Sous Tous Les Angles

     Forte de ses connaissances physiologiques de la peau  des hommes, la Recherche Clarins complète la gamme ClarinsMen avec Hydra-Sculpt  et UV PLUS.

Deux nouvelles formules réunissant le meilleur des actifs végétaux issues  des dernières découvertes technologiques pour la beauté et la protection  du visage masculin. 

ClarinsMen UV PLUS - Chaque jour la peau des hommes subit  de multiples agressions:  plus exposée aux facteurs environnementaux – rayons UVA/UVB,  pollution – à cause des zones dégarnies, leur peau  est également fragilisée par le rasage.  Pour la protéger au mieux, les Laboratoires Clarins  créent UV PLUS SPF 50, la multi-protection complète visage qui répond aux besoins spécifiques de la peau masculine. Idéal pour la ville et les sports en plein air,  ce produit nomade est le parfait allié du quotidien.   


Anti-UV  Haute protection SPF 50

Anti-pollution Préserve la peau des méfaits
 de l’environnement

Appliquer avant de s’exposer au soleil et à tout moment de la journée sur le visage et les zones dégarnies (cou, oreilles, crâne). Peut s’appliquer après son soin de jour habituel ClarinsMen.   

ClarinsMen Hydra-Sculpt - Prendre soin de la peau est le premier geste  pour afficher un beau visage. Mais si on pouvait accompagner ce geste quotidien d’une action  plus spécifique sur les contours ? Parce que  la beauté du visage masculin passe aussi par ses traits, Clarins crée son premier double soin spécifique pour les hommes qui améliore l’aspect  de la peau et redéfinit visiblement les contours  du visage. Pour que l’homme soit beau de face comme de profil, ans compromis. 

Un pack double: pourquoi ?
Clarins a sélectionné les actifs végétaux les plus efficaces sur la peau des hommes. Parmi ces actifs, deux d’entre eux – l’association d’extrait de citron et d’acide salicylique et la centella asiatica – sont naturellement incompatibles: s’ils restent en contact les uns avec les autres, ils perdent une partie de leurs propriétés.
Grâce à la séparation en deux formules, présentées dans deux flacons accolés, leur pouvoir traitant reste intact: vous êtes sûrs d’obtenir la meilleure efficacité possible de tous les ingrédients, sans risque d’instabilité.
 Leurs propriétés exfoliantes dépendent de leur pouvoir acide.   Ils ne sont donc efficaces que dans  des formules à pH acide. 
 Sensible aux pH acides, la centella asiatica participe à la stimulation de la synthèse de collagène.  

Chacun des deux flacons est doté d’une pompe indépendante: le mélange des deux formules  ne se fait qu’au moment de l’application, pour un dosage  ultra-précis et une parfaite performance sur la peau.

Exercer 2 à 3 pressions pour recueillir la quantité de produit nécessaire. Bien mélanger le produit au creux de la main, puis appliquer sur le visage et le cou.

Utiliser matin et/ou soir.

Ditch Dry Skin - Top Moisturizing Tips

 The transition from autumn to winter is always one that needs special care – the weather is changing and so is our skin! It’s time to make way for some extra time in our daily routine for some skin TLC...

Shower. Exfoliate. Moisturize

  Harsh weather can really take its toll on our bodies – and with hot showers and cosy nights in becoming more and more appealing, our skin sets alarm bells ringing. Heat causes skin to dry out rapidly – so we need products that repair lost moisture.
Exfoliating scrubs can help to cleanse dead skins cells and make way for an intense body moisturizer that can really stay put. Simply apply in a circular motion, paying special attention to tough areas like elbows and knees. Rinse off using warm water rather than hot, as the best way to close pores is with freezing cold if you’re feeling brave!

Towel dry your skin in a patting motion and then apply a body butter or intense hydration moisturizer – products containing vitamin E and Shea butter are ideal. Moisturizing daily is the best way to avoid cellulite and improve uneven lumps and bumps. Hand and foot creams should be applied at least once a week for optimum smoothness – just apply in the evenings while watching your favorite TV show and let them soak in well before bed.


Face off

From striking sunrays to bitter winds, our skin is arguably the most vulnerable when it comes to facing the elements. It needs constant protection and cleansing to keep out chemicals we don’t even realize are in the air – and red noses are something we definitely don’t want trending this season!
Take care to cleanse and tone thoroughly – micellar water is huge right now. Follow up with a moisturizer that contains Aloe Vera – it’s like drinking a big glass of water with your face!

Night in

So your make up is off, the heating is turned down and you’re about to get into bed, let’s stop right there! Night creams and overnight masks can really make your skin go that extra mile. Minimal effort – just slap on and sleep! You’ll thank yourself in the morning.

Hydrated inside out

The biggest rule for maintaining the moisture not just through products is also through natural resources. Water is an integral part of daily life and we lost it constantly through our eating and drinking habits. Get through the day in the best possible way by drinking 1.5-2 liters of water – whether that is on its own or through juice or smoothies. When exercising, it’s vital to increase your fluid intake as sweating also causes for hydration loss, and yes, that means before, during and after exercise!
Vitamins and supplements are another way to ensure a glowing complexion – the best thing? It’s 5 seconds of your time and a long-lasting, healthy result! Just take one every morning with your breakfast and you’re good to go! 
So what are you waiting for? Drive away those dry skin devils by mastering the moisture multi-task!
 BABOR ReVersive Anti-Aging Dual Serum(set of 4) - Thanks to the innovative booster technology, the serum is freshly activated for a one-week application. Once it is activated, the two phases of the serum blend together to form a micro-emulsion, which penetrates the skin noticeably deeper and faster. This is what gives the RE-YOUTH COMPLEX in this serum its highly intensive action. The set contains four little bottles of ReVersive anti-aging dual serum, each of which is designed for seven days’ use. For best results, it should be applied over a four-week period, in harmony with the skin’s natural renewal cycle.

 BABOR SPA Vitamin ACE Body Cream - Vitamin ACE Body Cream provides a real vitamin boost and is ideal for the care of dry skin on the body. Leaves the skin looking smoother and more supple and helps improve its resistance. Apply daily, after a shower or bath, and massage gently into the skin.

 SISLEY Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream - The perfect daily skin care for replumping the skin and promoting the complexion's radiance. It is based on the three fundamentals of the Black Rose range for ever more effectiveness and pleasure: -an infinitely sensory texture, -a delicate yet addictive fragrance, -immediate and long-term youthful actions. Intensely hydrated, the skin is infused with moisture. It appears replumped and smoothed. The face appears rested and more luminous. 

 CLARINS Multi-Active Day - Designed for dry skin helps prevent and visibly correct the appearance of fine lines thanks to new Myrothamnus extract. The new extract minimises the impact of daily stress to help keep skin smooth and radiant. With technology powered by plant extracts and the latest breakthroughs in botanical research, these treatments visibly diminish the first signs of ageing, restore radiance, hydrate and maintain younger looking skin. 

 CLARINS Double Serum - New Clarins Double Serum is a Complete Age Control Concentrate formulated to help work on the 5 vital functions of the skin for a more youthful and radiant complexion. Now containing 21 active plant extracts including new star ingredient turmeric, distinguished for its exceptional anti-ageing properties. New Double Serum acts on the appearance of major signs of skin-ageing, skin is more radiant, firmer and fine lines are smoothed. The new innovative bottle delivers a made-to-measure dosage of the serum, thanks to its rotating push button. 
 DR. BRONNER'S Organic Hand & Body Lotion Patchouli Lime - Nourish and hydrate skin with good ingredients: organic jojoba oil to heal and soothe, organic coconut oil to moisturize, organic hemp and avocado oils to keep skin smooth and supple.

 DERMALOGICA Total Eye Care SPF15 - An advanced alpha hydroxy eye treatment cream to help protect and repair the delicate eye area while reducing the appearance of dark circles and lines. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour. After cleansing in the morning,  gently pat around the entire eye area, blending inward from the outer corner. Contains chemical-free SPF Titanium Dioxide to prevent further UV damage.  Optical light diffusers help minimize dark circles.  Spiraea Extract helps firm and reduce puffiness and fine lines.

 NOVEXPERT Micellar Water with Hyaluronic Acid - Ultra Soft Cleansing-Make up Remover -Enriched in pure hyaluronic acid, the number one molecule used in anti-aging treatments. The 1st micellar water 100% natural 3 in 1: cleanser, make-up remover, anti-aging care.

 DERMALOGICA Skin Smoothing Cream - Medium-weight moisturiser to balance combination/dry skin. With soothing botanicals and antioxidant vitamins to maintain skin’s moisture balance while improving texture, helping to restore suppleness and tone. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour. Deep-moisturising Lecithin and Aloe Gel nourish while extracts of Mallow, Cucumber and Arnica soothe and hydrate the skin, helping to restore suppleness and tone. Antioxidant Grape Seed Extract plus vitamins C and E help shield skin from environmental assaults.

credits: beautypress

Lanvin SS 2018

   For his first Lanvin collection presented at the Grand Palais in Paris, Olivier Lapidus returns to the essence of the house, while projecting it into the 21st century.
Emerald green, cyclamen, ruby, nude, pale blue, black, white and gold were the fetish colours of Jeanne Lanvin. And the alphabet of its style - kimono sleeves, pagoda sleeves, flared or twisted, flat knots, geometric cut-outs, clovers, combinations, transparencies - is revisited here and there to create an ultra-contemporary and desirable.
Olivier Lapidus wanted to be inspired by all the figurative elements dear to the famous designer. Going even further. Even his name and initials, worked in Art Deco-inspired typography, became "LANVIN" and "JL" prints that dot the collection. This summer of 2018 will be, in Lanvin, that of lightness.

Subtly unbalanced dresses, bare shoulders, complexity games in cuts for silhouettes that seem to float in the air; trousers long, short and very flared. For materials: georgette and silk crepe, quilted cotton, super 120's wool, striped lamé and geometric lamé on base georgette for the touch of gold.

  The accessories, new challenge of Olivier Lapidus, are beautifully present. Sunglasses, whose frames discreetly display the name Lanvin, a brand new line of bags, including a city bag that becomes a backpack, electric blue crocodile, shoes, notably boots with an open toe. But also of many jewels: necklaces, chokers, earrings, bracelets, in light gold or ruthenium, take motifs dear to Jeanne Lanvin (the daisy, the clover), or play on a design 30 years revisited.

credits: Lanvin