Today’s Fashion Headlines: Friday March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News


Beyoncé Face of New H&M Campaign

The r&b singer is to appear in television commercials, print ads and billboards — and she also had a hand in designing looks in the Summer 2013 collection. Items include what’s described as “the perfect body-con dress,” a beach gown slashed to the thigh, high-waist shorts and a sleeveless shirt. In one of the ad images, Beyoncé wears a tie-dyed bikini from the H&M for Water range, with a quarter of sales donated to the WaterAid charity. The campaign was shot in Nassau, Bahamas, and the commercial was directed by Jonas Akerlund and features a new Beyoncé track, “Standing on the Sun.”

Clinique Launches CC Cream

Our journey further into the beauty alphabet continues with the release of Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, due in April. No matter what one’s ethnicity or age, skin at a certain point starts to change tone. For instance, darker skins may look gray or ashy, while Asians may see a dull or yellow cast and Caucasians may notice skin is redder and dull. Clinique’s new product is intended to correct those issues — “neutralizing blotchy redness, turning sallow skin peachy and ashy skin luminous and brighter, and providing long-term hydration for skin,”. The product’s key benefit is using advanced color-correcting technology to both neutralize off-tones in the skin and provide a natural glow. That is achieved by using dual-layer, translucent lavender optics. this is due to the color’s ability to visually correct a range of skin concerns. “When the optics are mixed in with the formula, they don’t give off any color; rather, they enhance skin’s radiance and give a natural glow.”

Vitamin E and UVA/UVB sunscreen are added to protect skin from oxidative damage. Six shades, intended to address every skin tone from pale to deep, will be offered. Each contains smart color-correcting technology to immediately visually correct the complexion while the product itself is working on a deeper level. The $35 product will be in Clinique’s full distribution.

Michelle Franklin Wins Project Runway Lord & Taylor Challenge

Michelle Franklin won Project Runway’s ninth episode challenge by designing a chartreuse satin color-blocked shift in chiffon and microsuede trim. She’ll be soaking up the accolades at Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue on Friday, where the challenge was held and shown on TV last night. The designers were instructed to draw inspiration from Lord & Taylor’s signature “American Beauty Rose,” create a look suitable for L&T clientele, and finish it off with pieces from a wall of accessories provided by L&T. Franklin’s dress, priced $259, will be sold at certain Lord & Taylor stores and on and will be displayed in the windows.

Franklin has had no formal design training, but always designed garments for the big events in her life, like her prom and wedding dresses. After a career in the Oregon wine industry, she decided to follow her passion and create her own clothing line, Au Clothing, which has been shown at Portland Fashion Week. She describes the look as “geek chic.”

– Selicia A. Walker

Source: WWD

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