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4 Ways to Get Creative with Your Suit

There are countless occasions throughout a man’s life when he is contemplates whether willingly or not, to wear a suit. While the Mad Men days of wearing a suit to the office every morning are quickly becoming a relic of the past in many industries, important occasions still require you to don your suit and look good wearing it. You’re in luck, as we’ve compiled some of the easiest ways for you to go from style automaton to rock star in a suit. Look no further for your guide to nailing the details and getting creative with your suit.

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Get to Know Phoenix Fashion Brand, Hues of Ego

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Phoenix-based fashion designer whose collection was shown at Phoenix Fashion Week in October explores the changing roles and expectations women have set and the ones they set for themselves.

One-woman show Natasha Duran, designer of Phoenix-based brand Hues of Ego, used art and her roles as a wife, mother and designer to create the brand name, Hues of Ego. Duran says there are many expectations of her within each of her titles in different settings. Duran says she designs for the multi-faceted woman. “There are many different hats you wear,” Duran says. “You kind of have multiple personalities, like an alter ego.” 

The collection Duran showed at Phoenix Fashion Week was inspired by that concept of an alter ego and married three ideas, Duran said, Avery Anne, who is the people portion of the collection, Duran says, “She’s an everyday woman trying to always be who she thinks she should be. She loses herself and she starts becoming her alter ego,” the second idea, which is demonstrated in black clothing, and incorporating leather and lace into the collection for more of an edgy feel. 

The last part is ‘Zoey’ and she loses herself between the two personalities and ends up in the asylum, Duran says, which represents the third idea, constriction in white clothing with belts and straight jackets. Duran says she plans to update the collection she showed at Fashion Week for her Spring/Fall 2015 collections.

Phoenix Fashion Week is a way for emerging designers to get exposure in Arizona and be able to learn about resources to help them transform their ideas into a comprehensive collection and build their businesses.

The Hues of Ego designer won the T-shirt design contest in 2011 for Phoenix Fashion Week, was a top four finalist for the Little Black Dress Challenge for Phoenix Fashion Week as well in 2013 and was one of the fourteen emerging designers competing for designer of the year for the seventh annual Phoenix Fashion Week in October 2014. 

Before becoming a fashion designer, Duran was architecture major at ASU for three years but quit school before she got her degree. The designer began fashion school in 2009 at Collins College. Duran went to Scottsdale Fashion Week and was intrigued with the shows, the chair director for Collins college had a booth there and Duran started fashion school a month afterward. “I felt like I had my calling; it was easier than architecture for me.” 

Her first big break was when one of three students selected to show her wearable pieces she designed for a school project at Scottsdale Fashion Week just three months after she started school. Duran currently is still pursuing her degree in fashion design at Collins College, her inspirations include Chanel, Elie Saab, Balanciaga and Frank Lloyd Wright to name a few. Her skills led her to Phoenix Fashion Week where she participated in the  emerging designer of the year program.

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The Phoenix Fashion Week team which includes six directors for operations, hair and makeup, social media and designers and buyers facilitate bi-weekly meetings with the designers to discuss their homework from the previous weeks. “It pushes you to think about the business portion because it’s going to make you a better designer,” Duran said, “You can’t just be the creative person you are in the fashion world anymore, it isn’t going to be enough, you have to know how to run a business.”

Delora Fuglem, fellow Phoenix Fashion Week designer of the Phoenix-based brand Kismet, said she and Duran are good friends, “I have always had a great relationship with Natasha. From the beginning of PHXFW we connected, and we were there for one another throughout the four months,” Fuglem says. 

The designer said she also admires Duran’s organization and business skills, “[For each meeting] Natasha always came in with her neatly put-together notes and binder. Because of this she was always on top of the homework, and had a very strong idea and understanding of how to move into manufacturing.”

Maya Johnson-Brown, who has been a close friend of Duran’s since 2001, said Duran is more of an introverted person, but when fashion is concerned, she comes alive.

“When she believes in something, she knows how to speak up for it and make her case known and get stuff done,” Johnson-Brown says.

Johnson-Brown has supported Duran by attending the all the events leading up to and including when Duran’s collection was shown at fashion week, including the model announcement and shop garment district-where a few pieces of the designer’s collection were shown. 

“I can’t even sew a button a shirt,” Johnson-Brown said, “That someone can take yards of fabric and make something out of it amazes me. It’s definetly an art and it’s something that not anybody can do.”

Duran said her ultimate goal is to inspire people. “I never got into the fashion industry to have a well-known brand,” Duran says. “I want people to appreciate my stuff, understand me and the artistic part and love the brand for that.”

 

Winter Hair Help from Tabatha Coffey

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Now that Arizona’s winter has come out to play, it’s time to nix the summer braids and air-dryed hair for amped-up hairstyles. Our long list of holiday soirees gives us the opportunity to try out multiple festive hairdos, but cooler temps and frequent styling for parties can leave hair dull and damaged. Celebrity hairstylist Tabatha Coffey gave AFM her favorite winter-hair care protocols and trends to keep locks in tip-top shape this season.  

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Coffey recommends extensions for a day or night look and a modern-day chignon for a nighttime ‘do. In the winter, women want longer hair they couldn’t have during the sweaty, summer months, and Coffey’s LUXHAIR HOW Circle Extensions are the perfect quick fix. The invisible headband is easy to use: no clip in or adhesives needed. For a night party, a chignon adds a touch of effortless glam to any outfit. Add clip in bangs for an updated style without a long-term commitment. If you’re feeling fierce, keep bangs short to accentuate your eyes.

After a night out, the party may be over, but you still need to maintain tresses to keep them looking healthy for the next event. Here are Coffey’s winter hair tips: 

Winter Hair Care Tips

1. Buy heat-protectant: Invest in a quality heat-protectant because hair is more prone to damage during the cold season. It’s beneficial to use everyday during the winter, Coffey says.    

2. Visit a blow-dry bar: It just takes a 30-minute blow out to take dreads from flat to fabulous. Not only will you be able to take a needed break from holiday shopping, but the latest hair craze also has a powerful purpose.      

3. Dryer sheets are girl’s best friend: Save a few sheets to tame winter hair static. Lightly run the sheet over the hair to say goodbye to unruly, flyaway hairs.    

4. Put down the hairspray: It may be the first thing we reach for to keep an updo in place before a night of dancing and socializing, but no one wants to have a helmet head. Instead, find a lightweight working spray that will have the same power as your favorite hairspray, but it won’t leave hair stiff and untouchable.

 

Seven Easy Pieces: November Luxury Issue Fashion Shoot

Rather than a closet overflowing with too many things, treasure the luxurious pieces with the perfect fit, the perfect details, the perfect fabric.

Hair, makeup and styling by Diane Aiello. Photography by Werner Segarra. Model by The Agency AZ.

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The Cocktail Dress

Millie black strapless feather skirt dress, $675. Saks Fifth Avenue.

Worn with Jewels by Gautier -  White gold ring with square citrine and diamonds, white gold ring with pink and blue sapphires and diamonds, white gold ring with phosphosiderite and diamonds, white gold hoop earrings with diamonds, prices upon request.

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Fall Makeup Trends

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There are a lot of good things about fall, from pumpkin spice to fuzzy sweaters to new makeup trends straight from the runway. This season’s most popular makeup looks are all about radiant, glowing skin and shimmery eyes. Scottsdale’s Cos Bar manager Gloria Banuelos shares some makeup tips and tricks for achieving your best makeup look for the holiday season.

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This fall, go for radiant and soft-looking skin using a light primer such as Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer and foundation. Add bronzer to highlight your cheeks for a shimmer of radiance and a healthy glow. Banuelos suggests using Bobbi Brown Scotch On The Rocks Highlight Powder Bronze Glow to achieve the best look. 

As for the eyes, you want to keep them within a neutral color scheme this fall. If you’re going out for the night, go for a smokey taupe eye or apply a nude eyeshadow and lightly dab on gold glitter. You can even emphasize the eyes with a plum liner, a trendy color in makeup right now, or darker shadow along your bottom lashes.

To finalize your beauty look, Banuelos suggests adding a pop of color to your lips with a bright color. Reds and pinks are the most popular right now, paired with a classic cat-eye. 

You can continue the radiant, shimmery trend with a neutral yet eye-catching nail polish as well. Bobbi Brown’s Copper Gold nail polish is a hit this season, Banuelos says.

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Another great thing about fall is the array of holiday parties to attend. What is the best beauty look for a fancier event? Here are Banuelos’ tips:

Starting with the skin, Banuelos suggests prepping your face with a glycolic peel followed by a firming mask. Once your skin is tight and clean, apply a moisturizer and primer. This will ensure that your makeup is long-lasting and stays fresh during a night of dancing. In order to achieve a healthy looking glow and radiance, Banuelos says to try Christian Dior’s Airflash Foundation. Finish off the face with a light cream blush and powder on top. 

Banuelos says make the eyes pop with Christian Dior Mirror-Shine Shadow on the entire eye, and then use Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Caviar to create a cat-eye. Lastly, apply Lancome’s new Grandiose Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara for an extra feminine and voluminous look. If you want more intense lashes, Banuelos suggests using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Black Ecstasy Mascara to give the effect of wearing false lashes. 

Create a bold lip with Chanel Silky Rose Lipstick, a long-lasting and beautiful lip color that won’t bleed as you sip on your holiday cocktail. Spray on some La Prairie Midnight Rain perfume, and you are ready for a fun night out to celebrate all things fall.

Shop all the looks at http://www.cosbar.com or in store. 

 
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