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Maria Sharapova and Iris van Herpen Turned Evian Bottles Into Haute Couture for the British Fashion Awards



vogue– When Maria Sharapova started to think about her outfit for the British Fashion Awards, she knew she wanted something different. Though she’s known for loving understated looks from labels like Givenchy, Dior, and David Koma, Sharapova wanted her first trip to the ceremony to be a departure. “I take more chances on the red carpet than in my everyday life, but I’m also much more confident now in my 30s than I was when I was younger,” she shared on the phone from London. “The great thing about fashion is it allows us to experiment and step outside our comfort zones to try something new.” With that in mind, Sharapova sought out a look that connects to fashion’s future. Her custom Iris van Herpen gown is as striking as any of the designer’s haute couture pieces, but it comes with an eco-friendly twist. 72% of the material used comes from recycled Evian plastic bottles.

Known for using environmentally conscious materials and hi-tech processes, van Herpen’s haute couture is far from traditional. A 3D printing pioneer, she’s used the technology in her collections since 2010. More recently, she’s turned her forward-thinking sensibility towards eco-fashion by linking with non-profit Parley for the Oceans and using fabric created from upcycled marine debris for her spring 2021 couture runway. The Dutch designer’s artistry and innovative, creative process attracted Sharapova. “Once you see the pieces up close, you appreciate the level of craftsmanship and thought that goes into them,” she says. “She’s an artist. One of the reasons we all notice her work is because it’s so sculptural. All the different forms and shapes that she utilizes fit the body so well. [Before this] I hadn’t worn one of her dresses, but I’d admired her creativity for so long.”

A longtime ambassador for the French water brand Evian, Sharapova has witnessed the company’s push towards a completely circular business model. Evian’s goals connect with van Herpen’s British Fashion Awards design. Working with a new fabric meant waiting to see if it would be able to hold the intricate forms van Herpen had dreamed up. “It took some time to see if the material itself would be up to our standards, but it all turned out beautifully,” says Sharapova. “Evian has done fashion projects before—every year, they collaborate with a designer on a special bottle—but this allowed them to put creativity at the forefront while reducing waste. 28% of the material was silk, but the other 72% came from recycled plastic from bottles that weren’t up to [traditional] recycling standards, which means they would have eventually become trash.”

Van Herpen and Sharapova started discussing the look in January, and stayed in touch via email, phone, and Zoom. “We discussed the dress’s shape in great detail, and I gave feedback on what works for me.” Some changes were subtle—a slight tweak in the neckline to create a more flattering silhouette—while others, like the addition of sleeves, altered the mood of the overall look. “The dress has evolved from our initial concept,” says Sharapova. “Altogether, this took more than 750 hours of work, so there are so many little details throughout.”

Due to international travel restrictions, Sharapova was only able to see everything in person in November during a trip to Amsterdam, when she stopped by van Herpen’s studio. It was worth the wait. “Being able to see the attention to detail that everyone there put into all the dresses they were working on was so impressive,’ she says. “[Iris and I] were able to spend a few hours together, and just seeing her process was incredible. So much of the society we live in is about the future, the metaverse, and artificial intelligence. With Iris, you see that futurism and the side of fashion that is purely about work ethic.”

Of course, the beauty of van Herpen’s final creation is evident even if you’ve never peeked into her studio. Dubbed “Memesis” the piece perfectly encapsulates the oceanic themes thanks to the hundreds of reflective laser cut petals (all made from recycled bottles) stitched onto gossamer light silk. “I love the metallic effect used on the paillettes that makes them almost look like pearls,” says Sharapova. “The subtle shift in colors captures the [feeling of] waves, and the movement a body of water has.” Despite the wealth of detail, it wasn’t cumbersome to put on. “At a glance, the material might seem heavy, but once you put it on, it’s incredibly light,” says Sharapova. “I’m wearing a corset beneath—which is a first for me—because it’s so lightweight and airy. This is such a statement piece. Dressing up and being on the red carpet allows you to be playful and step out of your comfort zone, and all of that is so well represented within this dress—now I’m just excited for everyone to see it.”


The 5 new and best anti-wrinkle creams of 2023



There is a positive factor in the inexorable passage of time, the progression of scientific and cosmetic research. A factor that leads, year after year, to the formulation of increasingly effective and delicate anti-wrinkle and anti-aging creams for the skin of the face. 2023 brings with it a host of new treatments for you to try. Changing cream is a stimulus for the skin, destined to approach new active ingredients and new formulation stimulations.

The new anti-aging creams to try for 2023 combine ceramides – lipids naturally present in the skin – of vegetable extraction, extracts of rare and precious truffles and ancient Japanese remedies. The winter season immediately offers specific treatments which, while preventing aging, defend the skin from external aggressions, typical of the period, protecting it from the cold.


N°1 de Chanel Creme Riche Revitalisante by Chanel is the ideal cream to be able to carry on an anti-aging beauty routine during winter. The House’s new treatment has borrowed the red camellia’s great staying power and resilience. This new anti-aging cream, enriched with camellia ceramides, extracted using a 100% natural method, protects the skin from external aggressions. While revitalizing cellular activity. Its formula is ninety-four percent natural in origin and has been tested, in real conditions, by a group of women in Canada.


Estée Lauder captures the essence and power of the rarest and most prized truffle, the Black Diamond Truffle, found in the southwestern region of France. With her exclusive extract, she fills the heart with the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond skincare collection and especially the formula of the latest treatment born Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpted Transformation Cream. Every drop of the exclusive truffle extract is the result of almost ten thousand hours of production. The skin benefits are significant and are generated by an increase in the skin’s cellular energy levels.


Daughter of the Aman luxury resorts, Aman Essentials is the new skincare line formulated entirely in Japan. Composed of five treatments, it supports the skin every day, defends its barrier, encourages deep hydration and offers help against stressful factors. Radiance Face Cream is a rich face cream that promotes skin radiance. Inside, an oil extracted from camellia seeds, a beauty ingredient used for over a thousand years by Japanese women and an oil extracted from macadamia nut.


The revitalizing face cream, AgeFactor Cream by Rhea Cosmetics has a single action to protect against exposome. In other words, the whole set of environmental exposures smog, UV rays, stress and nutrition which can accelerate skin aging. Its formula is made up of a pool of active ingredients that work to counteract the appearance of age-related imperfections, forehead wrinkles, expression lines, nasolabial folds and periocular wrinkles.


The new Dermosthétique line from La Biosthetique, enriched with AGE3 Age Reversal Technology, is able to exert a scientifically proven impact on the skin’s regenerative processes. Age Reversing Day Cream has a biomimetic formula that blends with the hydrolipidic film of the epidermis. While it strengthens it, it supplies it with important nutrients and lipids. Its extracts of red sage, tiger grass, rosemary and rice neutralize free radicals and eliminate glycation, responsible for the appearance of signs of ageing.

This article was originally published on Harper’s Bazaar Italy

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Lip make-up: Tricks to enhance a metal lipstick



Healthy complexion, deep but natural look, slightly dewy cheekbones and lips. This is the look for the spring summer 2023 make-up that comes directly from the fashion shows. A perfect mood to start experimenting at this beginning of the year to shine on Saturday evening and at every social event. We have seen it on the catwalks of the Japanese brand Ujoh and the sustainable fashion brand Botter. In the center, in both cases, lipsticks in bright colors, from orange to lilac, rigorously metallic. Complete with a contrasting lip contour pencil for a totally new lip art, made up of broken lines and metallic explosions.
Ultra violet + ruby red, Holographic blue + brick, Bronze + fuchsia, make way for the imagination in color combinations, of course, but also in the design of the lips that everything can be anything but precise. With outlines over the line or even broken in half.

How to wear makeup on Saturday night: lips are metallic
For spring, the lips with a very bright semi-transparent effect are back in vogue, in an irrepressible way. The desire to see them more and more fleshy and luminescent will increase with the arrival of the first heat. Even the companies that still offer the mat now do it in a less exasperated way.

Guerlain, for example, has found the right compromise. The lipsticks of its Rouge G Luxurious Velvet Metal line combine a velvety effect with a bold metallic finish. It’s the new matte metal trend, inspired by the play of reflections generated by the flutter of butterflies’ wings. “With their captivating colors, these insects offer a magical show”, says Violette, Guerlain make up creative director, who admits “I’ve always dreamed of being able to reproduce these glitters on my lips”.

Contrasting matte lip pencil for creative strokes
With a lipstick as important as the metallic one, the lip contour pencil should be as neutral as possible, in a natural, even transparent shade. But no! This spring, ultra-matte finishes and contrasting colors win, even as bright as fuchsia. To put on make-up on Saturday night, therefore let your imagination run wild.
As for the line, the trend of over-the-line lips continues, appearing larger and plumper without the need to resort to touch-ups from an aesthetic doctor. But this diktat is accompanied by another one, that of the lip art which highlights only a part of the outline. It can be the upper one or vice versa lower. Sometimes the line is even broken midway through the cupid’s bow. A perfect technique for those who don’t want to go unnoticed and already have plump lips.

Pay attention to the texture of the pencil which must be strictly long-lasting and non-transfer so as not to ruin the work of art. Outline Waterproof Lip Pencil by Astra Make-Up, for example, is ultra-resistant but not dry, its formula, enriched with hyaluronic acid and ceramides, helps the lip mucosa retain hydration for a comfort effect that lasts all day.

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Pixie Cut: Ideas for wearing short hair during 2023



The Pixie Cut was born to be a symbol of rebellion and, in a sense, it is also a trend in 2023. A light, cheeky and fun short haircut that rejects traditional aesthetic conventions. In the 1920s and then in the 1950s, in fact, the Pixie cut was the tomboyish look to show off as an alternative to long hair.

A shortcut with an androgynous charm which, also for 2023, refers to icons of the past, which have made the Pixie Cut timeless, such as Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Mia Farrow, and Sharon Stone. Without giving up a touch of novelty. The classic silhouette of a haircut like the Pixie is transformed in 2023 and conquers the stars of the moment.

Pixie Cut is very short and feminine but capable of conquering even with its androgynous soul. The classic short garçonne cut for 2023 is further shortened, revealing all the beauty of a micro fringe or lengths so mini that they almost completely vanish. The most interesting element of the short Pixie Cut is the innate elegance of this cut. To be worn straight or curly, it is the right idea to give 2023 hair a futuristic, almost alien allure.

Mixie and Bixie are the hybrid short cuts of 2023
Mixie cut blends the silhouette of the mullet with the typical lengths of the Pixie cut. A balance to be maintained through a skillful game of scaling.

On the other hand, the union between bob and Pixie Cut is the basis of another great hair trend for the season, in this the short hair lengthens slightly, almost as if to reach the typical lengths of the bob. A soft cut that wraps around the face and frames it lightly.

Pixie Cut 2023 medium and long
Forget dramatic shaves and sharp layers, the Pixie Cut 2023 is a homogeneous cut. A game of volumes and movements, which lengthens the strands of the cut to obtain a soft and texturized effect. A silhouette that seems to conform to that of the bowl cut thanks to its roundness, without actually being so. A fundamental element is a fringe. Full coverage on the forehead, it softens according to the natural texture of the hair. The medium-long Pixie Cut is perfect also, accompanied by a side tuft. The effect is elegant and refined, but also extremely sensual.

This article was originally published on AMICA


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