Shop the Trend: FLAT SANDALS

Alexander Wang leather sandal, $350; shop now: ssense.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K Jacques St. Tropez strappy leather sandals, $260; shop now:net-a-porter.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sergio Rossi leather sandal with gold-tone detail, $798; shop now:farfetch.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedro Garcia Swarovski-embellished satin sandals, $452; shop now:mytheresa.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fendi patent leather sandals, $550; shop now: mytheresa.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloé braided ankle-strap sandal, $656; shop now: mytheresa.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madewell leather sandal, $59.50; shop now: madewell.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zara leather sandal, $50; shop now:zara.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L.A.M.B. wrap-around leather sandal, $69; shop now:lordandtaylor.com

PERSONAL SHOPPER: SWIMSUITS

I know that swimsuit season can be a stressful time: not only do you have to worry about sculpting the perfect beach bod, you also have to find a stylish suit to wear! But this summer, there’s no need to fret, dear readers. Although you’re on your own when it comes to nabbing a tanned, toned poolside physique, we’ve gathered a variety of cute bikinis and one-pieces to suit a wide range of tastes. From streamlined, sporty versions to retro-inspired pieces, check out our selection and let me know which style you’ll be wearing this season.

1. Billabong Stephanie Suit($60) in Goldmine
2. Laura Urbinati E2C37PF Bikini ($315, available now) in Aquamarine
3. J.Crew Garden Floral Ruched Bandeau Top ($52) and Hipster ($44)
4. Suno Cutout One Piece($295)
5. GUESS by Marciano Smell The Roses Halter Bikini Topand Side-Tie Bikini Bottom($40 each)
6. Topshop Black Petal Bandeau Bikini ($52)

1. Topshop Black Snake Triangle Bikini ($52)
2. Victoria’s Secret Forever Sexy Push-Up Bandeau Top($42) and Bottom ($24)
3. Old Navy Animal-Print Twisted Bandeau Top andBikinis ($20 each)
4. Diane von FurstenbergKaylin Bikini Top ($115) andBottom ($102)
5. Michael Kors Zebra-Print Retro Bikini ($245, 866.709.5677) in White/Black
6. Noelle Stacey One Piece($180, made to order & available now)

1. Forever 21 Mesh Halter Bikini Top ($11) and Hipster Bikini Bottom ($10)
2. Insight Ribbed Bandeau Peaches ‘N Dream ($72)
3. Karla Colletto Rash Guard($196) and Brief Hipster Bottom ($110) in Purple/Papaya/Citrus
4. Lisa Marie Fernandez Lisa Marie Tankini ($355)
5. VPL Convergence Bra and Undi ($145 & $120) in Kelly Green
6. Summer Bummer Sports Top and Bungee Bikini Bottom ($120 & $80, available mid-June) in Metallic Silver

1. Etro Printed Triangle Bikini($171)
2. Undrest Liberty of London Ruffle Bandeau ($128) andBrief ($118)
3. Converse One StarTriangle Bikini Top and Side-Tie Bottom ($20 each)
4. OndadeMar Copacabana Bikini ($166)
5. Lauren Moffat On The Road, Again Bustier Top/Hipster ($198)
6. Vitamin A Salt Creek Sweetheart Top and Trestles Tie Side Reversible Bottom ($55 & $53, 415.868.0333) in VIP

The 2012 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

The makeup used backstage at fashion shows is often impossible to replicate in real life. But Clinique global color artist Jenna Menard turned designer Karen Walker’s coral lip into an accessible reality—and a color that suits nearly every face.

Clinique Long Last lipstick in Runway Coral, $15; shop now:clinique.com

This box of chocolates culls flavors from all over the world, including dark chocolates from Tanzania and Honduras. The lined label on the front is wonderful for writing your Mother’s Day wishes.

Askinosie single origin box of chocolate bars, $26.50; shop now:askinosie.com

Gucci’s Generous Violet has top notes of the purple flower but a suede base note, the combination of which delivers a fresh, rich fragrance. Bonus: Its color is on trend for spring.

Flora by Gucci Garden Collection eau du toilette sprays, $70 each for 50ml; shop now: gucci.com

Tory Burch’s kaleidoscopic scarf makes it easy for mom to figure out that “pop of color” she’s been talking about since It’s A Brad Brad World.

Tory Burch collage print scarf, $185; shop now: toryburch.com

White leather bags might be all the rage this spring, but there’s not a practical one among them. Sophie Hulme’s black envelope clutch, however, is both sturdy and sleek. The detachable cross-body strap is an added perk.

Sophie Hulme mini envelope bag, $410; shop now: barneys.com

Burberry’s green tortoiseshell glasses indulge in this summer’s cat eye trend without looking like they were plucked from the 40s.

Burberry cat eye tortoiseshell sunglasses, $200; shop now: us.burberry.com

NEW BEAUTY MUST-HAVE

Giorgio Armani’s new Rouge d’Armani Sheers have the moisture and translucency of a balm, plus lipstick-like slip and stain-worthy pigment—in other words, the formula incorporates the best of all worlds! MY favorites are Black Lacquer (#602), Acid Tangerine (#300), and Ecstasy (#500), shown here. Look for these and the rest of the color range this April.

THE MOST ICONIC LIPS

Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington – Campbell and Turlington composed two thirds of the “Trinity,” a trio of supermodels (Linda Evangelista was the third) who roared onto the scene in the late 1980s. This photo was taken in 1990, a year before the pair’s statement pouts stole the show at Versace: they walked the runway while lip-syncing George Michael’s “Freedom.”

Dita Von Teese – Whether shiny or matte, Von Teese is known for her expertly painted red lips. “The first time I wore red lipstick was in the ’80s, when everyone was wearing pearly beige-y pinks,” she says. “I was completely bowled over by the splash of color it gave, and I haven’t stopped wearing it since.” To maintain her appearance, Von Teese stockpiles tubes of her favorite rouge hues and has “at least five drawers” of lipstick.

Lucille Ball – Alter ego Lucy Ricardo got into one hilarious predicament after another in I Love Lucy. Signs of panic included a wide-eyed stare and, of course, an expressive red mouth.

Angelina Jolie – Her exposed leg may have stolen the show at this year’s Oscars—but Jolie’s famously full lips have the last say.

Elvis Presley – His gyrating hips made girls dizzy with desire, and his pompadour was nothing short of perfection. But Presley’s lips stand out as his most memorable physical feature: whether curled at the corner in song or stretched into a lopsided grin, they were a major asset to his image.

Marilyn Monroe – Leaning in with lowered lashes, Monroe knew how to make her signature red lips the center of attention. Add a breathy voice and curvy figure to the mix, and it’s no wonder why she remains a sex symbol to this day.

Scarlett Johansson – Is a beauty chameleon; her hairstyles, hair color, and makeup are in constant flux. One thing that remains the same? Her famously voluptuous pucker.

Tim Curry – As Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Curry wasn’t “just a sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania.” His overt sexuality, mischievous nature, and mad-scientist leanings proved to be a potent combination. But it was his juicy red lips that made mild-mannered couple Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) and Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) weak in the knees—and became the iconic logo for Rocky Horror.

Molly Ringwald – Though it premiered in 1986, Pretty in Pink inspired audiences’ inner fashionistas for decades to come. As Andie Walsh, Ringwald’s craftiness and fashion-forward ensembles dominated the screen. However, something else drew attention too: Her enviable kisser.

Julia Roberts – She’d appeared in Mystic Pizza and Steel Magnolias, but it was Pretty Woman that cemented Roberts’ star status and made her America’s sweetheart. In 1990, audiences flocked to see the film and fell in love with her toothy grin, hearty laugh—and naturally plush pucker.

STAR TRACKS – Actors With Bands

Ryan Gosling  – Dead Man’s Bones                                                                  Considering all the Grammy-winning talent that came out of season six of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club—Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera—it shouldn’t come as a surprise that another member of that cast, Ryan Gosling, is one half of a two-man band. Dead Man’s Bones began in 2005 when Gosling and Zach Shields began performing their light goth music for friends. They released their first album in 2009.

Zooey Deschanel – She & Him                                                                               Although she sang a bit inElf and always dreamed of having a musical career, Zooey Deschanel truly found herself as an artist when she sent a demo to musician M. Ward in 2008. “Her voice doesn’t sound like anything else that’s out there. All I really had to do is press record,” Ward told Billboard about their collaboration, She & Him.

Adrian Grenier –  The Honey Brothers and Kid Friendly                                         Actor Adrian Grenier doesn’t just moonlight as a musician, he moonlights from his moonlighting—Grenier is a member of two New York bands. In 2002, he joined The Honey Brothers, a new-wave folk act whose members include a musician who, improbably enough, shares a name with Jeremy Piven’s character onEntourage, Ari Gold. “I was a fan before I was a member,” Grenier said of The Honey Brothers, who are touring this spring. “I think they’re just delightful people and musicians. I was drawn to them immediately because of the good nature of the music but also the really catchy, hooky style as well.” And when he’s not playing drums with The Honey Brothers, Grenier fronts the Brooklyn band Kid Friendly.

Ed Westwick – The Filthy Youth                                                                                 Taylor Momsen’s band, The Pretty Reckless, may get all the press, but her Gossip Girl co-star Ed Westwick also had a successful music career as the front man for the British indie-punk band The Filthy Youth. While the group has benefited from Westwick’s series—two of its songs were featured onGossip Girl—the 24-year-old actor himself has put his Filthy Youth career on hold since he’s been in New York. Though Westwick did tell Teen Vogue to put another band together someday—“You haven’t heard the last of me yet.”