Rihanna and Armani Join Forces

Pop music’s fashion darling and consummate provocateur launches a capsule collection for Armani’s secondary lines.

Rihanna, that red-lipped, redheaded (for now) Barbadian, has embraced the role of pop music’s fearless clothes hound, pulling off with enviable confidence a skin-baring bustier and thigh-flashing shorts one moment, a couture tuxedo the next—which is why her next project, a design collaboration with Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani Underwear, seems like a natural fit. “I’ve always been in awe of Mr. Armani,” says Rihanna, who has banked on the Italian label for red-carpet magic before. “Designing a line with him is something I never imagined.”

The capsule collection, in stores now, includes modern, quintessential streetwear but also manages to capture Rihanna’s unapologetic rock-star swagger (a cheekily embroidered diminutive R appears on the strap of a stretch lace bra). The line’s leopard-print T-shirts, second-skin stovepipe jeans, and classic leather jackets are the kind of fail-safe staples made for avid concertgoers—or, really, anyone who wants to crib the singer’s effortlessly cool alchemy, what Armani calls her “charisma” and “energy.” All of which (and more) is on full display in the label’s autumn/winter ad campaign. Flaunting her heart-stopping curves and a blond pageboy wig, Rihanna does what she does best: makes you stop and stare.



The must-have of Sephora

Launch of Sephora Collection stopped the trade press last week.

1. Eyebrow mascara  is transparent and ideal to keep the brow in place throughout the day.

2. Correction: This pen-shaped packaging is very practical and does not occupy much place in the makeup case. Its formula 2 in 1 lets cover dark circles and blemishes.

3. Lipsticks: The lipsticks in strong tones are amazing. The best option is that it hasa matte finish or flickering.

4. Palette of shadows: shadow has four colors and a shadow outlining. This liner can be used dry to blur, or with a wet brush to outline.

5. Colorful and shimmering eyeliner: super trend. It has amazing colors and features to make fine or coarse as you like


Traditional fortés such as food packing and cork design are enjoying a very contemporary-looking renaissance, while smart rural retreats and a hi-tech research centre are further signs Portugal has its eyes firmly on the future.


Embedded in the landscape and clad in local burnt shale, a new extension brings a contemporary flavor to a historic Douro valley winery. The Douro valley wineries of Portugal are renowned the world over for the quality of their oenological offerings, but Quinta do Vallado now ranks highly in the architectural stakes too. Porto based practice Guedes + DeCampos was asked to create an extension to the winery, which dates back to the winery, which dates back to 1716, to be integrated into landscape as much as possible, while providing scape for a fermentation warehouse, a hogshead warehouse and a reception. The resulting long and low volume is semi-embedded in the vineyard’s cascading terraces. The building’s clean and contemporary linear exterior geometry, coasted with local burnt shale for added texture, houses an arched interior, a shape  that allows better insulation. An infrastructure tunnel and natural ventilation system complete the package.


Chocolateria Equador in one delicious destination. Opended by graphic designer Celestino Fonseca and artist Teresa Almeida, the stylish Porto boutique, which references the cacao warehouses of Portugal’s old african plantations in its industrial-tinged décor, specialists in all things sweet. It’s handmade wares include large chocolate bars wrapped in beautiful paper and delicately painted ganaches in flavours such as passion fruit and green tea, as well as exquisitely formed cakes, macaroons and truffles, all made using the finest ingredients.


In rural Alentejo, under  the moniker Água de Prata, former TV journalist João Bruno Videira uses traditional weaving techniques to create bold, contemporary furniture, such as kaleidoscopic pouffes, made from wool and recycled tyres.



Guimarães, a mediaval city known as the cradle of the Portuguese nation, will become one of the two 2012 European Capitals of Culture. Its main artistic hubs are the the Centro Cultural Vila Flor, a cultural center set in an 18th-century palace, and Laboratório das Artes. Stay at the five-stars Pousada de Santa Marinha, a former monastery, and dine at Histórico surrounded by Roman walls.



Casa do Conto ia a new boutique hotel located in Porto’s emerginhg Cedofeita district. Behind its ornate 19th-century façade, the accommodation comprises six thoroughly modern, light-filled rooms, individually modern, light-filled rooms, individually designed by architects collective Pedra Líquida and furnished with vintage finds. Cada do Conto’s owners Alaxandra and Nuno Grande collaborates with local galleries to organises cultural events throughout the year.


A one-time private residence in Porto’s Baixa district has been revamped with midcentury modern furniture, mixing Scandinavian pieces with traditional Portuguese café items, to give the relaxed ground-floor restaurant an intimate, retro feel.


Designed by Indian architect Charles Correa, Lisbon’ Champalimaud  Centre for the unknown is the new HQ of the foundation dedicated to cutting-edge neuroscience and cancer research. It is located on 60,000 sq m waterfront site from where 16th-century Portuguese navigators set sail to discover the world. Composed of two volumes – one houses the research facilities, the other an auditorium – linked by a glass bridge, the building is surrounded by landscape gardens, an open-air amphitheater and a waterfront promenade accessible to all.





Conceptual and avant-garde, Espaço B reflects the taste and style of its founders Leonor Barata and José Luis Barbosa. Flooded with light thanks to dramatic arched widows, the spacious boutique stocks designer objects, jewelry, whaches, books and perfumes, as well as local and international fashion lables, from Pé de Chumbo to Comme des Garçons.

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts under $250—decked out with all the trimmings, and available online!

1. Jonathan Saunders put his design skills to work on a new collection of notebooks from Smythson. Together the Scottish designer and iconic British brand have set a new standard for grown-up diaries. – Jonathan Saunders for Smythson diaries, $195 each; shop now:smythson.com

2. Maje, the French high-street store frequented by Isabel Marant–loving Francophile editors, finally opened its U.S. doors last month. This wool-collar top is one of its most popular silhouettes for winter. – Maje orange wool-collar top, $190; shop now: stylebop.com

3. For the kid who’s ready to play with makeup and the mom who can’t bear to see her wearing mascara, Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls fragrance should keep her occupied until the next holiday rolls around. – Harajuku Lovers Jingle G fragrance, $25; shop now:sephora.com

4. If all those MMS texts are any indication, you’ve got a budding photographer on your hands. Picture the look on her face when she’s got one of the most powerful point-and-shoots (with full HD movie-recording capability) in her hand. – Panasonic Lumix DMC TS3 camera, $249; shop now:camerapro.com

5. For the girl on your gift list who has you stumped, Club Monaco’s Dora bag—with its unfussy Western design and subtle antiqued gold hardware that goes with anything—is the perfect gifting solution. – Club Monaco Dora large bags, $189 each; shop now: shopbop.com

6. Feeling playful? Send this pack of playing cards designed with Lanvin’s signature sketches to a brand-obsessed friend. Alber Elbaz’s funny faces and quirky drawings will make it challenging to keep a poker face. – Lanvin playing cards, $95; shop now:kirnazabete.com

7. That Kate Middleton–obsessed friend? She’ll be eternally grateful if you gift her these faux-sapphire earrings. – Gerard Yosca rhinestone drop earrings, $200; shop now:charmandchain.com

8. This chunky glitter nail polish is the perfect alternative to the holidays’ ubiquitous sequined dress. Layer it on for the ultimate flash, or let it fade out for this season’s gradation trend—it’s the only sparkle you’ll need. – Deborah Lippmann Get This Party Started set, $42; shop now:neimanmarcus.com

9. This chunky glitter nail polish is the perfect alternative to the holidays’ ubiquitous sequined dress. Layer it on for the ultimate flash, or let it fade out for this season’s gradation trend—it’s the only sparkle you’ll need. – Deborah Lippmann Get This Party Started set, $42; shop now:neimanmarcus.com

10. We can’t remember a time when cable-knit sweaters weren’t a great gift choice. Instead of a twinset, go for Ann Taylor’s pearl-embellished wool crewneck. Ann Taylor woodland cable crewneck sweater, $88; shop now:anntaylor.com

11. For the man in your life who likes his coffee black and his gifts sans bells and whistles, there’s Timex’s classic Easy Reader. We love the traditional leather strap—and if you want a touch of flash, go for the gold frame. – Timex Easy Reader watches, $35 to $50 each; shop now:zappos.com

12. Whether your guy actually spends his winter chopping wood or dresses like an urban lumberjack on the weekends, he’ll love these hand-sewn boots from Timberland’s Eddie Bauer collection. – Timberland Heritage seven-eye chukka boots, $69; shop now:zappos.com

13. A simple vintage-inspired bag like this structured leather satchel makes starting the new year off in style look effortless. – J.Crew Edie purse, $238; shop now:jcrew.com

14. This is statement jewelry without the bells and whistles. Layer on top of the crystal collar for a big night, or wear it with jeans and a T-shirt for Sunday brunch—the versatility is half the beauty of Fallon’s gems. – Fallon clear-crystal future classics necklace, $240; shop now:barneys.com

15. Fair Isle sweaters aren’t just for fashionable fisherman from remote Scottish isles. With its vibrant pattern and fine detail, this Morrison Pollack sweater’s made for both well-dressed skiers and the Brooklyn-dwelling hipster. – Howlin’ by Morrison sweaters, $232 to $238; shop now:shop.smithbutler.com

16. The First Edition Library has reprinted classic novels like On the Road and East of Eden, replicating their jackets, size, and typeface to look just like the original printings. Start your kid’s literary habits off right with a set of five. – Juniper Books First Edition Library five-book set, $200; shop now:vandm.com

17. Zara’s heels are famously comfortable—and on trend. Ask for these embellished black platforms to see you through the holiday season without breaking the bank, or your feet. – Zara embellished strappy sandals, $129; shop now: zara.com

18. Hello Kitty erasers are so 1994. Whether you’re shopping for a cartoon-obsessed niece or a girlfriend suffering from junior-high nostalgia, splurge on this sleek silver brush instead. – Hello Kitty Noir paddle brush, $30; shop now: sephora.com

19. Converse continues its streak of winning collaborations with these dizzying prints from the legendary Finnish printmakers Marimekko. Get a pair for your kid sister; she’ll be rocking the coolest kicks in school. – Converse Marimekko All-Star sneakers, $90; shop now:converse.com

20. When Tom Ford launched his private-blend lipstick collection, the New York Times called it “sex in a stick.” That about sums it up. – Tom Ford private-blend lipsticks, $48 each; shop now:nordstrom.com

21. For the little girl who chooses Pretty Pretty Princess over a game of kickball every time, there’s Gap’s pale pink paillette-covered cardigan. – Gap Kids paillette sparkle cardigan, $39.95; shop now: gap.com

22. Make your Halo-loving brother’s head explode with this awesome iPad Arcade Cabinet. He’ll love you forever, but good luck getting him out of the house. – iCade iPad arcade cabinet, $79.99; shop now: thinkgeek.com

22. Go wild (and get warm) with Michael Kors’ Denmark-imported fur earmuffs, treated with a brightener that gives each pair a frosty touch and a dash of downtown cool. – Michael Michael Kors fur earmuffs, $42; shop now: michaelkors.com


Perhaps inspired by Lanvin’s now legendary Pitbull video, Tommy Hilfiger’s released their holiday commercial featuring a total rager at the Hilfiger mansion. Though the designer himself isn’t present, there’s plenty of Karl Templer-styled eyecandy to take his place. Noah Mills and Jacquelyn Jablonski lead the family in a dance off while also lighting the Christmas tree, rolling kids up in carpets and, in the case of a few men, wearing little more than scarves and mittens. There’s also air guitar, head bopping and a cowbell—all key ingredients for a merry Christmas. Click through to watch!