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ContestsArt Power: Kid Acne for Elle Belgium

Cartoonists rejoice: art is not dead, especially if you have a hot girl to draw on. Case in point: this incredible editorial by Brussels-based photographer Hicham Riad, featuring the lovely model Robin Holzken and the artwork of UK-based graffiti artist Kid Acne. Pairing bright pops of color with a flawless summer wardrobe and an assembly of quirky characters, this shoot is the perfect fit for Elle Belgium‘s June 2012 edition. Hair and makeup by the talented Vasko Todorof.
When you’re done, check out the behind-the-scenes creation of Kid Acne’s designs for this shoot on his blog. They’re pretty fantastic for one, and I really enjoyed seeing how the photos were made.
View the rest of the pics from the shoot here.
(Pics courtesy of Fashion Gone Rogue.) 

ContestsName the Dress Contest #104!

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Winning Dress Name: Too Hip to Handle

Winner: Samantha

FashionNoritaka Tatehana: Studded Phantom Heels in the Making

You might remember a couple of weeks ago when the lovely Annie brought us a post about phantom heels, those bizarre yet mezmerizing heel-less platform shoes hitting the runways and red carpets like nobody’s business. To piggyback on that, I’m taking you behind the scenes with Susanna Lau of Style Bubble, who met up with famed phantom heel designer Noritaka Tatehana, who creates for the likes of Daphne Guinness and Lady Gaga.
What you will see below is one of the most incredibly bad ass pair of studded shoes I have ever seen. You’d have to have some serious guts to pull this off. And now, I’ll let Susanna take it away; watch, and be amazed:
“First he skived the edges of the leather sole so that the edges were thinner than the centre and trimmed it, in preparation for the shoe.”    
“After the imprint of his logo and the bending of the sole with expertly cut-out freehand slits means it’s ready to be joined with the grey suede and Swarovski encrusted upper (as instructed by Daphne Guinness).  Both sole and bottom of the shoe has to be brushed with glue and left for five minutes so that the surfaces will stick together properly.  I loved that Noritaka uses a Japanese calligraphy brush to apply the glue.  He won’t have it any other way.”
“Once both shoe and sole are properly sticky, then he puts the two together, hammering away at the sole so that it sticks there.  I thought there might have been a clamping process but it turns out Noritaka uses all parts of the hammer to really press the sole onto the shoe.  You can visibly see the bumps being ironed out with the curve of the claw, the handle of the hammer and a super smooth edge forming that comes from the leather having been brushed with water, making it flexible under pressure.”
And now you know how it’s done! For even more pictures and the rest of the article, hop over to Style Bubble and get your fill!
(All pics and quotes courtesy of Style Bubble.)

BeautyManicure Monday: Studded Nails with Syl and Sam

Hello! It’s Syl and Sam here again & we’re back with another #manicuremonday post for you to follow along with. We’re so excited to be participating in the Lulus Blog Stud Week  & we’re kicking things off with this cute and edgy manicure. This look is easy to achieve but takes a bit of patience!
Here’s the look we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
– A base colour
– A top coat
– “microbeads” (they can be purchased from eBay or Michaels Craft Store)
– a toothpick
Start with a couple coats of your base colour. We used a coral-y pink and a slightly darker pink on our accent nail. Let each coat of your nail polish dry completely.

Now you’re going to work on one nail at a time. Take your top coat & put a generous layer on only ONE finger!

Working very quickly, dip your toothpick in a tiny amount of nail polish and then touch the tip of your toothpick to a single microbead.

The microbead should easily stick right to the end of your toothpick :)

Take your microbead and stick it right down onto your wet topcoat. It’ll stick wherever you touch it to your nail, so place it down carefully.

Continue placing beads one at a time in an alternating pattern onto your wet top coat!

Then repeat all of the above steps, doing one nail at a time.

Let the coat of polish dry completely with the microbeads on it & then top coat with a quick dry top coat & allow that to dry before doing anything with your hands 😉

And there you go! Cute studded nails that bring an edgy touch to the girliest of outfits! If you allow each coat to dry completely, the beads stay on quite well & mine lasted for over 5 days before any fell off.

Would you try out studded nails? Let us know what you think!
(photos by Syl & Sam)