Fit For A Queen – Get Dolce & Gabbana’s Regal Beauty Look

December’s almost here and with its approach comes all of the shimmery and shiny glitz and glitter of holiday fashion and beauty. Lately I’ve been drooling over the pages of December issues in wide-eyed amazement like a kid staring at a Christmas toy display.

One of my favourite gilded collections this year came from the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 runway. The beauty look was inspired by sultry style icon Sophia Loren and featured a matte powdery complexion, crimson lips and a black cat eye topped off with a chic chignon with volume at the crown. Speaking of crowns, some of the models even sported bejeweled, Byzantine-inspired crowns.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

To recreate the regal beauty look myself, I turned to Lancome’s new Artliner 24H in Black Diamond. The precision-tip, foam applicator makes it super easy to create a bold line and the perfect cat eye flick. The formula boasts 24 hour staying power, which I haven’t been able to test yet, but come party season I may just have the chance.

Lancome Artliner 24H, $37 at Lancome counters

Lancome Artliner 24H, $37 at Lancome counters

For the luscious crimson pout, I would recommend Anna Sui’s Drama Queen lipstick collection – shade 401 to be exact, which is a brilliant red. This shade is part of the Vivid Base range, which offers 17 vivid colours in an ultra-smooth and almost emollient-like texture, which is something I love about Anna Sui’s lipsticks, along with the glorious rose scent of course. As well, if you didn’t know Anna Sui cosmetics are now available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations!! Thank you beauty fairies.

Anna Sui Drama Queen Lipstick, TK at select Shopper's Drug Mart locations

Anna Sui Drama Queen Lipstick, $29 at select Shopper’s Drug Mart locations

If you really want to bring some wattage to this look without going the crown route, then I would add some dangling, chandelier earrings. Below, I’ve included a couple favourites that I’ve found to complete the Dolce & Gabbana-inspired look.

ASOS Filigree Chain Chandelier Earrings, $22.51 at asos.com

ASOS Filigree Chain Chandelier Earrings, $22.51 at asos.com

Forever 21 Floral Chandelier Earrings $6.80

Forever 21 Floral Chandelier Earrings $6.80

– Jodi Goulart

Retro Fitted: Milan Fashion Week Spring 2014 Highlights

Milan Fashion Week has now come to a close and the word I can best use to describe my favourite collections is “sumptuous.” The amount of artistry given to the details in these collections is truly astounding and inspiring. It felt as if I was on a luxurious trip to the south of Italy, ancient Greece and even Las Vegas when the Rat Pack ruled. Sit back, take a look at some of my favourite collections and be transported.

What are some of your favourite looks?

DOLCE & GABBANA
Every season time and time again, my admiration for the artistry – and obsession, let’s be honest – with Dolce & Gabbana grows stronger. The Dolce & Gabbana signatures that channel silver screen goddesses were here – black lace slips, bustiers, pencil skirts, skirt suits, polka-dot blouses and coat-dresses. There was also an ethereal femininity that balanced out the sexy show with flowy, almond blossom embroidered dresses and floral crowns.

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ALBERTA FERRETTI
The rich and fiery colours in the Alberta Ferretti collection were as awe-inspiring as a sunset. The palette seemed especially vibrant when it appeared in ribbons, stripes and floral embroidery. Delicate-looking white dresses and crisp white shirts really benefited from this pop of sunny and carefree colour.

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DSQUARED
DSquared shows also look like a party that you wish you got an invite to. This season, Dan and Dean Caten hit my fashion sweet spot with a collection that paid tribute to Las Vegas during the swinging sixties heyday when the Rat Pack ruled. Set against a tiki bar backdrop; bathing suits, cocktail dresses, shorts and pedal pushers in fruit punch colours and animal prints all hyper-accentuated the models’ hourglass figures. Punctuating the look were lampshade hats and cat-eye glasses.

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MOSCHINO
Celebrating the brand’s 30th anniversary, archival pieces were brought out and book-ended the new collection – two models at a time – that played on the “good girl” vs. “bad girl” theme. In most cases, I favoured the “good girl” look seen in full polka-dot skirts and floral- and gingham-print dresses accentuated with pearls and heels with bows.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com

Brogues Gallery

The at-one-time humble brogue — a traditional low-heeled and narrow men’s leather dress shoe that originated from Ireland and Scotland — is getting its groove back. A great option for women who want a dapper alternative to flats you can wear them with skinny jeans, legging pants and even with a skirt if you’re courageous. With so many options in stores now — two-tone oxford, suede, velvet, perforated, patent — it’s tough to pick just one style that says, “I’m fine and dandy.”

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Dolce & Gabbana's velvet brogue on the Spring 2010 runway

Here are some of my favourite brogues:

Melissa Joy

Melissa Joy in Purple Flock, $115 at Balisi and JacFlash in Toronto

Spring Surwillo

Surwillo, $49.99 at Spring

Mod Cloth Get 2 The Point Spectators

Get To The Point Spectators, $39.99 U.S. at ModCloth.com

Urban Outfitters Suede Oxfords

Suede Oxfords, $48 U.S. at Urban Outfitters

— Jodi Goulart

Ahead Of The Pack

On a recent episode of Gossip Girl, the sympathetic Dan Humphrey may have pulled off Blair’s headband and said, “no headbands in college” to help the Upper East Sider fit in among the NYU crowd, but as we know, Blair is always ahead of the trends. On the Fall 2009 runways, headbands were adorned with jewels, stones, studs, feathers and bows. They were seen at Zac Posen, Anna Sui and Dolce & Gabbana and Eva Mendes recently wore a bejeweled headband on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009

Here are some of my favourites that are in stores now:

Bebe Crystal Brooch Headband, $39 U.S.

Bebe Crystal Brooch Headband, $39 U.S.

Goody Luxe Prudence Jeweled Headband, $4.99 at mass market retailers

Goody Luxe Prudence Jeweled Headband, $4.99 at mass market retailers

Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Headband $10.80

Forever 21 Rhinestone Flower Headband $10.80

Le Chateau Black Studded Headband $9.95

Le Chateau Black Studded Headband $9.95

— Jodi Goulart