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Rick Owens Slams Conventional Beauty At Paris Fashion Week
Sleek silhouettes and entrancing runway music were put on hold in Paris last week for Rick Owens’ 2014 spring collection. Instead stomps, shouts, and a stream of American step dancers thumped out onto the runway to showcase the designer’s latest work.
Stepping (the choreography that exploded on stage) is a form of competitive dance that combines synchronized stomps, arm movements, hand gestures, and yells. It’s reminiscent of the precision of your high school’s marching band, but with the hype of the football players taking the field.
Owens collected the dancers from four different step teams in the U.S. in a move to reject the fashion industry’s standards of beauty and encourage diversity on the runway. The models’ full figures, athletic legs, and varying heights only added to the impact of the collection, which featured earthy tones, leather vests, tunics, and makeshift high tops.
The girls strutted with fierce faces—literally—putting the traditional model pout to shame. There were frowns, snarls, intimidating smiles, even straight-faced stares. The overall message? A defiant attitude and loud confidence.
Well, Mr. Owens, we definitely got the message, and we’re hoping to see more everyday women on the runways ASAP!
—Ashley
Feeling confident and bold? Try one (or all) of our top makeup picks from New York Fashion Week!
(Photo: The Cut)

Rick Owens Slams Conventional Beauty At Paris Fashion Week

Sleek silhouettes and entrancing runway music were put on hold in Paris last week for Rick Owens’ 2014 spring collection. Instead stomps, shouts, and a stream of American step dancers thumped out onto the runway to showcase the designer’s latest work.

Stepping (the choreography that exploded on stage) is a form of competitive dance that combines synchronized stomps, arm movements, hand gestures, and yells. It’s reminiscent of the precision of your high school’s marching band, but with the hype of the football players taking the field.

Owens collected the dancers from four different step teams in the U.S. in a move to reject the fashion industry’s standards of beauty and encourage diversity on the runway. The models’ full figures, athletic legs, and varying heights only added to the impact of the collection, which featured earthy tones, leather vests, tunics, and makeshift high tops.

The girls strutted with fierce faces—literally—putting the traditional model pout to shame. There were frowns, snarls, intimidating smiles, even straight-faced stares. The overall message? A defiant attitude and loud confidence.

Well, Mr. Owens, we definitely got the message, and we’re hoping to see more everyday women on the runways ASAP!

—Ashley

Feeling confident and bold? Try one (or all) of our top makeup picks from New York Fashion Week!

(Photo: The Cut)

Behind the Scenes at Dior, Jennifer Aniston’s Wedding Date, and More

—Charisse

Read about what product best selling author Julie Klam, can’t live without.

(Video: Allure)

DVF and Roxy Debut Swimwear Collab, Pippa Middleton the Writer, and More
Can it be summer tomorrow please? The bright patterns and prints from the new DVF for Roxy swimwear collection have us yearning for sunshine. [SheFinds]
Pippa Middleton can add journalist to her resume: she’ll be penning a regular column on food and entertaining called “Friday Night Feasts” for British supermarket magazine Waitrose Kitchen. [Refinery29]
H&M debuts its first fashion show in eight years at Paris Fashion Week. [FabSugar]
This is by far the best Lena Dunham impression we’ve ever seen. [The Atlantic Wire]
The Body Shop teams up with british singer Leona Lewis on a limited edition spring fragrance and makeup collection. [WWD]
Meet the newest at-home hair removal system, Me Smooth—the first device that can treat all skin tones. [Allure]
-Charisse
Read how Birchbox staffer Geraldine, went on a mission to find her perfect shade of red lipstick, here
(Photo: Roxy.com)

DVF and Roxy Debut Swimwear Collab, Pippa Middleton the Writer, and More

-Charisse

Read how Birchbox staffer Geraldine, went on a mission to find her perfect shade of red lipstick, here

(Photo: Roxy.com)

Paris Fashion Week Beauty, So Far: Au Naturale

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

This week, the streets of Paris are flooded with dressed-to-the-nines fashion fiends, all enthusiastically posing for photogs while dashing from show to show. Runways are equally exciting, featuring an array of riveting ready-to-wear shows by a host of esteemed houses. In contrast, beauty has been muted to balance out the over-the-top styles on display, with focus on the eyes, brows and lips. Here, I’ve corralled four of my favorite faces to copy this season.

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Dispatch From Paris: JolieBox Goes Backstage at Paul & Joe

While we tap away at our laptops in dreary Manhattan, our JolieBox counterparts are off sipping cappuccinos, snacking on fresh croissants, and rubbing elbows with haute designers. (Or so we imagine.) In reality, they’re working just as hard as we are. Last night, editorial director Mathilde Lacombe was backstage at Paul and Joe, where Max Delorme for Maybelline was creating the looks. Mathilde sent us some snaps—take a look!

One of the feminine looks at Paul & Joe’s runway show.

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4 (Super Wearable) Lip and Eye Pairings from Paris Fashion Week

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Following my roundup of London Fashion Week beauty, here are four beauty looks that caught my eye in the City of Lights. Although the garments were as decadent as ever, it was refreshing to see a more natural, wearable beauty look on the runways this season.

Lanvin: Alber Elbaz’s spring 2013 collection was surprisingly minimalist this season. To complement a black-white-nude palette punctuated by the occasional jewel tone, the French fashion house’s creative director opted for a smudged smoky eye and nude pink lips. I love that the lower eyelid gets all the drama and the upper is mostly bare. For this look, I’d reach for a nice smudge-ready liner like this one by Noir.

Balmain: Blink and you’ll miss the super subtle sparkle at the Balmain show. Just a teeny-tiny bit of glitter on the lids adds a light punch to an otherwise bare face. To nab a similar dewy glow, I’d lightly swipe on a bit of Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow Liner in R.S.V.P., a sparkling champagne hue.

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What’s The One Beauty Look You Wish You Could Pull Off (But Know You Can’t)?

You’ve probably heard by now that we’re teaming up with Glamour for our July Birchbox. To help celebrate this awesome partnership, the gracious Girls in the Beauty Department will be sharing their beauty expertise with us for an entire month. Lucky us!

I strongly believe that most women can get away with most trendy beauty looks, most of the time. But we all have that one thing we kinnnnnda know would never work for us, right? Well mine is…

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Where to Stay in Paris For Haute Couture Fashion Week

The dreamy view from Mandarin Oriental, Paris’ rooftop terrace. Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Paris.

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Paris this weekend for the Haute Couture shows (running July 1-5), the place to stay is the Mandarin Oriental, Paris. The very chic and very Parisian hotel is located neatly on rue Saint-Honoré between Jardin des Tuileries and Place Vendôme—perfectly situated for hopping between shows and people watching at the Carrousel du Louvre. This morning, I had a chance to meet with the hotel’s lovely Communications Director, Emilie Pichon, and she filled me in on the latest at the year-old property. The first French outpost of the Mandarin Oriental group, it has luxe rooms and a swanky restaurant, but the highlight might be the incredible spa.

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Chanel Bedazzles Brows and They’re BEAUTIFUL!

Photo: stylebistro.com

Paris fashion week is officially over and, as expected, one of the most talked about shows was Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel fall 2012 collection. To match the giant crystal stones that comprised the show’s set, and the jewel-encrusted pieces of the clothing, Chanel’s creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, gave models a seriously blingin’ brow look. 

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Paris Street Style: Bold Brows and Cobalt Dresses

photo: Melanie Galea via Refinery29

I love a great street style image, especially when it’s one I think I can actually emulate. This morning, Refinery29 posted a huge street style slideshow from Paris Fashion Week and our team swooned over every last shot, especially this bright-cobalt-and-bold-brow combination. Here’s how we’d get the look ourselves:

1. Throw on a cobalt dress. ASOS Pencil Dress With Tulip Skirt; $52

2. Fill in and define brows. Anastasia Brow Wiz; $20

3. Contour cheekbones with bronzer. Cargo Bronzer; $28

4. Volumize hair. Blow Up Thickening Mist; $21 

Voilà! Tres chic, no?

-Lorelei

When showing a lot of leg, be sure to moisturize!