KISS Hello Kitty
KISS x Hello Kitty
 
Hello Kitten! Sanrio's favorite cat went rocker chic for this Italian potato chip collaboration. Best of all, the package includes a Cracker Jack style prize: KISS x Hello Kitty nail decals. 
 
 
 
This 70's "Dressed to Kill" makeover was brought to you by Salati Preziosi.
Scratch Nail Wraps
 
Burkatron Nails
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Artists are taking on the beauty industry with a colorful take on graphic design. 
 
Founded by Chelsea Kent, Scratch was born out of the simple idea "that nail wraps are really cool but most of the designs currently out there are not." Unlike traditional nail wrap companies, they team up with incredible designers, bloggers, and illustrators from around the world to develop a new monthly collection from a featured artist, and directly support the artist with a percent commission of every sale. 
 
Scratch Nail Wraps
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Already in the market with limited designs out of their Los Angeles, CA studio, Scratch's latest collection features Caroline Burke, Kaylah, and Payton & Brian as part of a Kickstarter Campaign. As of last week, the project had exceeded its funding goal. Check out the fun video highlighting all of the designs or pledge your support (we did). 
 

 

We love how Scratch is making cool patterns available to a larger audience with a DIY product that does not require steady hands or time at the salon. 

 
 
Tangerine Tango
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Can a color shift shoppers moods?
 
Pantone Color Institute has named “Tangerine Tango,” a radiant red-orange, as the top color of 2012 to “provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” The shade is very similar to the brilliant orangey-red obsession that we featured back in 2009.
 
Orange signals not only vitality, but also urgency and strength—associations that should resonate in a year where many are hoping to finally start seeing changes. “There’s the element of encouragement with orange,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things.

The color news comes days after a WWD report that Pantone and Sephora are launching a Pantone-branded makeup range for 2012.
 
Coincidence? We don't think so. Tangerine Tango would make a great nail or lip color.
 

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Designer Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with Paris boutique Colette for a pop-up shop in a former garage. The store will be open from March 1 to 10, reported Women's Wear Daily.

It will sell graffiti-covered handbags, scooter helmets and CDs, alongside the spring collections of Chanel, Éres and a selection of young designers, as well as a Chanel collectible doll and bags customized by Chrome Hearts. There will also be a cupcake stand, nail bar and DJ in the industrial space at 336-340 Rue Saint-Honoré.

This collaboration is chock full of trendy goodness.

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Backstage has it's benefits. We're having a ball with at Betsey Johnson with out client butter LONDON.
 
 

Special thanks to butter LONDON, Beauty.com & Lalo Creme (editor extraordinaire)!
 

Is going "on tour" to pop-up retail what mobile carts were to underground supper clubs? We're wondering how far food and fashion innovation will go to meet marketing needs.

FOOD
- David Lynch, the master coffee roaster?
- Will Alice Waters be the next Oprah for the fresh food movement.
- Conran, one of our favorite NYC housewares stores formerly under the Queensboro Bridge, sets up shop in ABC Home & Carpet.

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FASHION
- More nail trends and opinions from The New York Times.
- Earth friendly fashion without the crunchy granola bits.
- Are you a great fashion filmmaker? Think you can take on Tavi Gevinson? Check out A Shaded View on Fashion Film 2010.

Last month we were fortunate enough to link up with Beauty.com while backstage with our client, Nonie Creme Founding Creative Director for butter LONDON. Not only is the entire team super fabulous, but they produce amazing videos on nail trends & sell the entire butter LONDON range online.

Take another look at Vena Cava & Alexander Wang nail trends...

 
After returning from an unsuccessful trip to the drugstore for some fashionable deep dark blue polish (sold out). I was given my new favorite: Big Smoke by butter LONDON. It's the perfect metallic navy polish for dreary winter days and formaldehyde-free.

This experience got me thinking... how can 3 different drugstores be that low on inventory? Is navy the new black? What does navy for spring say about consumer attitudes both in fashion and consumer culture?

We're looking into it. Stay tuned.