Helmut Lang Launches Lower-Priced Diffusion Line

Helmut Lang Launches Lower-Priced Diffusion Line

Helmut Lang Launches Lower-Priced Diffusion Line

For those of you that yearn for a simplistic approach to dressing, minus a complicated price tag, look to Helmut Lang's new line, Helmut, for inspiration.

The line is casual with a slight athletic look, which is perfect for this season's sport luxe trend.

Fabrics found within the collection are jersey, cotton, and micro-modal, all of which provide a sleek, comfortable look.

Although the line stays true to Lang’s signature draping techniques and asymmetrical silhouettes, Helmut runs more on the athletic side of the higher priced Helmut Lang line.

Retail prices for the diffusion line range from $90 for a jersey tee, to $210 for a dress. You can view the entire line  here.


Currently Coveting: Dolce & Gabbana’s Leopard Print Bicycle

Remember in 2010 when Dolce & Gabbana released their leopard print Vespa?

Like me, you were probably dreaming of zooming around on your Vespa in the way of Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday.”

Though, if your budget is like ours, your dream probably died once you spotted the price tag on one these awesomely chic scooters.

The good news is that your dream of owning a Dolce & Gabanna leopard print ride might have a better chance at becoming a reality thanks to a Dolce &  Gabbana bicycle designed similar to their 2010 Vespa.

That's right, Dolce and Gabbana is releasing a leopard print bicycle.

It is girl-friendly with a frame that allows for zero southern exposure. Feel free to go shopping with your bicycle as it has a very handy basket along with a bell, and of course, a leather seat.

The one drawback of this bicycle?

You will have to go to Italy to get it. For now, the bicycle will only be available in select boutiques in Rome, Florence and Milan.

One can dream, can’t they?


Lulu Guinness Blows Collaboration Kisses to Uniqlo (12)

Lulu Guinness Blows Collaboration Kisses to Uniqlo

Lulu Guinness Blows Collaboration Kisses to Uniqlo (12)

Who doesn't love a Lulu Guinness signature lip-shaped bag?

Producing other accessories, like key chains, wallets, umbrellas and luggage, Guinness’s fun and often quirky accessories with signature lipstick prints are on the must-have list of almost every fashionista.

And if you’ve been dying to wear Lulu Guinness designed apparel, the wait is over.

Lulu Guinness has teamed up with Uniqlo to design 12 tees using her signature red, black, and white color palette.

The Japanese mega-retailer has stayed true to Guinness' funky aesthetic working with prints of all types including lips, cats, cameos and sunglasses!

And at only $19.90 each, the tees are very reasonably priced. Buy one or buy them all, as each tee is sure to be a conversation piece.

We’ll be stocking up on the cameo print tee as well as the cityscape meets Brooklyn tee.

The collection is available today in Uniqlo stores.


Topshop Collaborates with Maarten van Der Horst for Tropical-Inspired Spring/Summer Collection

Thanks to Fashion East, an incubator for young fashion talent in the UK, Maarten van Der Horst will be collaborating with Topshop on a capsule collection for Spring/Summer.

His ready-to-wear collection has inspired the seven-piece line for Topshop, which is replete with tropical prints of palms and florals.

Despite the prints and colors, the pieces maintain a masculine edge with an androgynous silhouette.

Standouts include a palm-printed boyfriend blazer as well as hibiscus and palm Bermuda shorts.

Sure to be popular among the masses, the collection will be released on May 4th at Topshop in New York as well as one their website. The range of prices are reasonable, with each piece retailing between $60 and $270.


Let the Madness Ensue with a Possibility of Marchesa Contemporary Line

Let the Madness Ensue with a Possibility of Marchesa Contemporary Line

Let the Madness Ensue with a Possibility of Marchesa Contemporary LineFrom the time they fall in love with a line, there's a moment that every die-hard fashionista waits for.

Long ago, that time used to be the once-in-a-blue-moon moment when the designer’s line would go on 75% or more sale, and you could actually afford a piece. But nowadays, things have changed with designer diffusion lines.

And for those Marchesa fans, your once-in-a-blue-moon moment may be arriving soon.

WWD  is reporting that LF USA, which is part of a large manufacturing corporation called Li & Fung, is interested in creating a contemporary line for fashion brand favorite Marchesa.

Although only a rumor for the time being, there is still much buzz and excitement surrounding the not-yet-confirmed line, as most of us—without celebrity big budgets—will probably never be able to afford our own Marchesa dress.

The designers of the line, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, created diffusion line Notte by Marchesa in 2006. The price tags for this line still remained slightly high with the cheapest dresses retailing at $500.

If Marchesa were to create a collection of  separates at a lower price point, it might be a good move for the brand—especially since Chapman is becoming a household name with her stint as a judge on “Project Runway All Stars.”

Based on the success of LF USA's other projects such as Daisy Fuentes for Kohl's and the Rachel Zoe Collection, we at Meets Obsession think that a lower priced Marchesa collection would surely ensure riots among the masses.

Of course, once they hit Ebay, it will be like they were never priced reasonably.


Youtube Partners with Hearst to Launch Hello Style Channel


If you’re not a fan of the DYI made-at-home makeup tutorials and style videos that seem to be dominating the internet these days, Youtube and Hearst Corporation may have a solution for you.

Meet HelloStyle, a new Youtube fashion and beauty channel in partnership with Hearst Corporation. The newly launched style channel will feature weekly shows from Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Seventeen and Real Beauty.

The channel, which just launched yesterday, will showcase clips, themes and video versions of their popular print columns like “Sexy vs. Skanky” and “Big Girl in a Skinny World.”

Check it out here.


Birchbox For Men

Birchbox Launches Beauty Memberships for Men

Birchbox For Men

“Someone’s been using my beauty products!” I yell.

Like baby bear in “Goldilocks,” I’ve been noticing that my personal stash of beauty products look a lot less full than I can remember. Though, my culprit isn’t a 5-foot-2 girl with hair of gold, but is instead a 6’2 dude with a scruffy beard.

Meet my boyfriend, otherwise known as dudilocks, who loves “borrow” my beauty products.

Thankfully, Birchbox just launched a product for men that promises to deliver a monthly sampling of men's beauty products.

Each month for only $20, that special man in your life can sample various products from the site such as Kiehl's and Keratase. If he loves a certain product, it can be purchased directly from Birchbox in full size.

Perks to the membership include free shipping with the purchase of a sample box and free advice on how to use the products within.

And for only $20, it’s well worth it, especially if the end result is keeping his paws away from your beloved beauty stash. With the large variety of minis included in each box, there is sure to be something the gets his attention.

Be sure to mention that he can reward you by purchasing a women's membership, which is only $10 for their goody box. Your body (and products) will thank you.


Express Yourself: Nail Strips that Leave the Design to You

Who doesn't love the nail strip craze that has invaded beauty aisles over the past few years?

The easy-to-use nails strips are a fun and unique way to look like you just got a custom manicure without spending the dough, or time, and these days, there are so many cool design options (Oh, hello Prabal Gurung nail strips!)

For those of us that feel creatively weakened by nail strips, fear not. Nail Fraud strips, available at Urban Outfitters, are for those that just need to express ourselves in ways other than glitter, stripes and what happens to be available at your local CVS or Duane Reed.

Each strip is blank, which leaves you with the ability to hold a coloring session before the application to your nails.

These blank strips are perfect for those of us who have a message to get across—think LiLo’s infamous “F*ck U” nails that she donned in the courtroom.

Each pack comes with 20 strips for size differentiation as well as an emery board and orangewood stick.

At a slightly higher price than Sally Hansen, these strips can be bought for $14 here.

What will your nail design say?


Vogue Fashion Festival Launches This Month With Tom Ford, Stella McCartney And Christopher Bailey

Vogue's Fashion Festival to Launch this Month with Tom Ford, Stella McCartney and Christopher Bailey

Vogue Fashion Festival Launches This Month With Tom Ford, Stella McCartney And Christopher Bailey

Forget Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Coachella.

This month, a two-day Vogue Festival will be taking place at The Royal Geographical Society in the Kensington section of London.

Unlike the musical festivals mentioned above, the fashion-themed festival is a place where fashion industry heavy-hitters of the world unite without glamping (a word derived from the camping that takes place at the Glastonbury Music Festival).

Hosted by Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, the Vogue Festival will be series of lectures and speeches given by Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and Diane von Furstenberg.

One of the hot topics on the list is a discussion about the age limits within the fashion industry. Models Laura Bailey and Edie Campbell will join The Daily Telegraph's Lisa Armstrong and journalist Anne Robinson for the discussion.

Also, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will be in attendance to give a rare public talk, of course, sans wellies.

The Vogue Festival takes place on April 20-21, and  tickets are  available for £75 per session.  Click here to learn more.


Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Nail Wraps Are Here

Nail art has virtually exploded with creativity in the past few years.

With so many alternatives like polish pens, magnetic polish, crackle effect polish and nail wraps, these days, taking an at-home manicure from drab to fab is easy—and a lot cooler, thanks to Sally Hansen and their latest collaboration with fashion designer Prabal Gurung.

Sally Hansen just released a line of nail wraps designed by Prabal Gurung.  The fashion designer, a FLOTUS favorite who is known for his prints and use of color, designed two styles that were inspired by the fabric used in his S/S 2012 collection: a floral, feminine printed nail wrap, and for the edgy gal (or guy),  a grungy, splatter print.

And if you’re as excited as we are for this collection of nail art, you can head to your local drugstore to pick up these fab Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen nail wraps, which are in stores now.

Which one will you be sporting for spring?


Lions And Tigers And Cookies! Mulberry Launches A Dessert Inspired Collection

Lions and Tigers and Cookies! Mulberry Launches a Dessert-Inspired Collection

Lions And Tigers And Cookies! Mulberry Launches A Dessert Inspired Collection

The Mulberry Del Ray just got a delicious new best friend.

The UK-based fashion house recently released a new line of bags which are part of their new "Cookie" collection.

The collection takes Mulberry classic designs, such as the Lily and Bayswater, and turns them into sweet creations with a scalloped, cookie cutter trim.

Retailing at $435, the bags are now available at select stores and online at Mulberry.com.

In addition to the dessert-inspired bags, the collection also offers various accessories such as floral scarves, shoes, sacchrine keyrings and select clothing in this season's pastels, as well as a literal take on a tiger print.

This pretty and playful collection, which will have you reminiscing about your childhood days, definitely puts a new, positive meaning to the phrase “cookie-cutter collection.”

See the entire collection here.


Glamour Meets Green with H&M’s Exclusive Conscious Glamour Collection

Glamour Meets Green with H&M’s Exclusive Conscious Glamour Collection

Glamour Meets Green with H&M’s Exclusive Conscious Glamour Collection

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ollywood’s award season is as much as a fashion spectacle as it is a television and film industry event. Leading up to the red carpet appearances, the anticipation builds as fashion enthusiasts around the world ponder who will be wearing whom.

When we finally get to watch young starlets walk the red carpet wearing their “borrowed” finest, it leaves us wishing that we could afford a similar look, or be BFF’s with Zac Posen and Sarah Burton.

And thanks to H&M, our wish may have been just granted.

As part of their 2012 Conscious Collection, the Swedish retail empire is releasing its “Exclusive Glamour Collection,” a selection of gowns and eveningwear inspired by celebrities looks on the red carpet.

Besides looking good, one can also feel eco-conscious while wearing an outfit from this collection, as each piece is derived from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, hemp and recycled polyester.

How glamorous and green!

H&M's “Exclusive Glamour Collection"  is gaining credibility due to many celebrities endorsing it thus far. Michelle Williams, Amanda Seyfried, Kristin Davis, and Viola Davis have all been seen in looks from this collection.

Separate pieces for children and men can be found within the collection, making it a glamorous occasion for the whole family.

Starting April 12th, the collection will be available at 100 select H&M stores worldwide and on hm.com. Most pieces are available for under $100.

We are absolutely in love with the McQueen-esque column dress with ruffles galore and the floral body-con dress, which reminds us of a Mary Katrantzou creation.

Take a look at the gallery below and let us know which are your  favorite looks from the collection.

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Photos courtesy of H&M.

 


15-Year-Old Girl Shows Her Love for Dolls by Living as One

15-Year-Old Girl Shows Her Creepy Love for Dolls by Living as One

15-Year-Old Girl Shows Her Love for Dolls by Living as One

On the world-wide internets, you can find all sorts of things--Crazy Walmart shoppers,  2-year old babies smoking, and of course, the ubiquitous “shit people say” series.

But the newest You Tube sensation comes in the form of a human doll (we blame Gaga for this one).

Meet Talking Tina Venus Angelic, a fifteen year old girl from London, who enjoys transforming herself into a doll-like figure complete with porcelain skin, eye enhancing contacts and frilly dresses.

Venus has a You Tube channel which currently hosts over 80 bizarre (and possibly terrifying) videos that offer beauty tips and makeup advice.

Matching her creepy doll-like image is even a creepier doll-like voice.  Venus told reporters on RightThisMinute, a toned-down Tosh.O, that her strange voice and inflection is the result of speaking five languages.

Whether that is true or not, her accent seems to be some sort of Asian hybrid, which makes sense being that she lived in Japan for a few years and was inspired to turn into a doll by their anime scene.

With her videos receiving over 5,119,888 views, and a following of over 18,256 subscribers, we think Venus is on the road to Rebecca Black cult status.


Costume Jewelry Might Also Be Deadly, According to Study

Your Costume Jewelry Might Be Deadly, According to Study

Costume Jewelry Might Also Be Deadly, According to Study

You know the drill.  You spot a wide-cuff hammered gold bracelet at H&M, and the fact that the bracelet is only $8.99, you decide to buy two.  Your latest find is almost better than the ring you scored last week at Target for only $14.99.

But did you know that jewelry from both of these stores, along with others retailers, like Claire's, Walmart, Kohls and Forever 21 were recently tested for their safety?

The results are in, and they may make you think twice when finding your next deal on costume jewelry.

The Ecology Center of Michigan tested 99 pieces from popular costume jewelry stores for lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel, brominated flame retardants, chlorine, mercury, and arsenic.

Of the 99 pieces tested, over half contained high levels of hazardous chemicals. Shockingly, some of the carcinogens found are known to be neurotoxic, meaning that they can affect brain development.

According to CBS.com, "Twenty-seven of the products had greater than 300 ppm lead, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)'s lead limit in children's products. Chromium and nickel, which often cause allergic reactions, were found in over 90 percent of items. Cadmium, a toxic metal that has been the basis for several jewelry and toy recalls according to CBS News, was found in 10 percent of the samples."

These toxins can be extremely dangerous—or even deadly-- for young children, especially when put in the mouth.

And if you were thinking of buying a Claire's Gold 8 Bracelet Set or Forever 21's Long Pearl Flower Necklace, you may want to reconsider, as these products scored the highest in levels of hazardous chemicals.

Though, we’re not surprised.  Really, how can something that turns your skin green possibly be  good for you?


Stella McCartney Working to Save the Environment, One Bio-degradable Shoe at a Time

Stella McCartney Working to Save the Environment, One Bio-degradable Shoe at a Time

Stella McCartney Working to Save the Environment, One Bio-degradable Shoe at a Time

If anyone in the fashion world is known for her stance against animal cruelty, it's Stella McCartney.

Recently having filmed a commercial for PETA, she is a vegetarian who refuses to use fur or leather in  her fashion collections.

Now the designer is working to save the environment, one shoe at a time.

The shoes in her A/W 2012 collection feature biodegradable white platform soles made from bioplastic, a type of eco-plastic that is derived from renewable raw materials.

Unlike most eco-friendly shoes, McCartney’s shoes are wearable as well as high fashion.

The designs include red and brown mock crocodile heels as well as a pair of loafer-esque heels with a large buckle, and black ankle boots.

Being that McCartney’s shoes are so lovely, we can’t imagine parting with them. Perhaps after we’re long gone, the fact that we once owned a pair of these biodegradable beauties will be good karma.

Though, one thing is for sure—McCartney proves that you don’t have to sacrifice style to make ethical choices in the way that you design.