The Style List—January 2010
by Robin Sayers
With the rest of us trying to avoid H1N1 like, well, the plague, British artist Luke Jerram realized he had a new candidate for his Glass Microbiology sculpture series. “The goal is to present the dichotomy between the beauty of cellular constructions and the havoc they wreak on humanity,” he says. The works depict pathogens such as swine flu (above) at approximately one million times their actual size. Other viruses (including smallpox, SARS, avian flu and HIV) and one bacteria (E. coli) make up the collection. Jerram consulted with virologists from England’s University of Bristol to ensure his forms were scientifically accurate, then he teamed with highly specialized glassblowers to bring his vision to fruition. Only five editions of each microbe are produced—unfortunately, their potentially lethal counterparts aren’t nearly so rare. While rendering swine flu beautifully in glass, the ugly real deal kicked in. “I was on Tamiflu and suffering,” says Jerram. “It’s a strange world.” From $3,300; swine flu, $8,200, lukejerram.com.
AROUSING DESIRE: The sexy, au naturel, sunny-girl look that makeup superstar Pat McGrath created for Stella McCartney’s spring 2010 ready-to-wear show in Paris. FUELING OUR PASSION: Not only is this runway style hot for the upcoming season, but McGrath tells us it requires just three products—clear gloss, sheer blush and mascara. THE THREESOME: McGrath, a consultant for CoverGirl, used the brand’s ShineBlast lip gloss in glow, LashBlast Length in black brown ($8.50 and $7.50 respectively, available at drugstores everywhere) and Second Skin Cheek Colour in rose by fellow cosmetics guru Laura Mercier ($24, Sephora or lauramercier.com). WHY IT MIGHT BE TRUE LOVE: We lighten our makeup bag’s load, reduce the products on our skin and gain a chance to hit that snooze button.
A GUY THING
THE XY ITEM: Caulfield Prep’s Fate pea coat. RYE WIT: Vincent Flumiani dubbed his menswear line in honor of literature’s most fetishized expellee. A PEA COAT IN L.A.? Sure—unlike the wool naval-surplus jackets of yore, this reissue is a synthetic fleece, making it SoCal friendly. WE’LL HAVE WHAT HE’S HAVING: “I want to make love to it,” Flumiani says of the French fabric. “It’s the softest fleece I’ve ever felt. Rub it against your face, then call me.” PRICE: $576. WHERE: revolveclothing.com, later this month.
WHAT WE’RE BREAKING DOWN: A killer look from VPL’s spring 2010 runway. THE INSPIRATION: Stylist turned designer Victoria Bartlett titled this collection Atlas of the Anatomy, with the ensemble’s hue mimicking blood vessels in 18th-century anatomical drawings. NECKLACE: Lizzie Fortunato, price on request. TOP: VPL silk cotton Vertebrae shift in coral, $295. SHORTS: VPL cotton Lycra Patella leggings in coral, $115. IN HER HAND: Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer rope accessory (looks like a whip to us), price on request. ON HER FEET: LD Tuttle navicular wedges in rose, $595. All: 646-912-6141, vplnyc.com.
THE CAUSE: The city’s first Dress for Success outpost just opened in Hollywood. THE “DRESS” PART: This nonprofit serves by referral only, providing disadvantaged women with suits for job interviews. AND THE “SUCCESS”: Clients get business training and mentoring. Since the company’s founding in 1997, some half a million women in more than 100 cities across eight countries have been helped in their transition from poverty to financial independence. GIVE: Donate new or gently used suits and/or money. AND RECEIVE: In addition to the sheer joy of contributing, you’ll have a tax deduction, as this is a 501(c) charity. WHERE: 1680 N. Vine St., Ste. 900, Los Angeles, 323-461-1021, dressforsuccess.org.