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Ready for some high fashion?….Presenting Thakoon for NARS Nail Collection 2012

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International fashion designer and Thailand-born Thakoon has teamed up with NARS to bring out a vibrant, nail polish collection, inspired by  Indian spice markets, that is right on trend.

Thakoon for NARS Nail Collection 2012

Fashion and beauty have always gone hand in hand. Now, those hands have the nail polish to match. Introducing the Thakoon for NARS Nail Collection, the brand’s first collaboration with a fashion designer in the nail category.
Already frequent collaborators at New York Fashion Week, founder and creative director Francois Nars has partnered with Thakoon Panichgul to develop a limited edition, six-shade nail collection.
In conceptualizing the shade range, Thakoon was inspired by the vibrant colors found in Indian spice markets. The highly saturated, high-shine shades come in an opaque finish, perfect for spring. Formula is long-wearing, chip-resistant and toluene-, formaldehyde- and DBP-free.
Since his first collection in 2004, the Thailand-born, Nebraska-raised designer’s clothes have graced chic, modern women around the globe, including Jessica Alba, Marion Cotillard, Rachel Bilson, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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S/S'12 Trend Report: NARS at Thakoon

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NARS Makeup Artist Diane Kendel created this look for Thakoon at New York Fall Fashion Week 2011.  Thakoon’s inspirations were the spice markets in India, full on colourful!

Thakoon, S/S'12

According to Diane Kendel:

“Because the collection is so colourful, I wanted to focus on a classic, strong brow.  I kept the face natural, with a little pink in the cheek for healthy colour.  On the eyes, I focus on the contouring to show strength and attitude, a cowboy attitude that is.”

Diane Kendel for NARS, backstage at Thakoon, S/S'12

Here’s what she created and the key products used:

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LOTD: Diwali Indian inspired makeup look!

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Hey!

I’ve wanted to do an Indian-inspired look for a long time now.  Growing up in Trinidad & Tobago, I was accustomed celebrating customs and religious beliefs of the different ethnic groups.  Trinis would not bat an eyelid at attending Eid events or going over by your neighbor to parang dey house for Christmas.   We have accepted and celebrated each others cultures and food, becoming a very multi-ethnic society.  

I bought the November 2010 Vogue India issue with Priyanka Chopra on the cover and fell in love with this look!

Diwali Indian bridal LOTD NTB

Image courtesy of Vogue India

 

  As a matter of fact, I fell in love with the entire Sari issue.  Such vivid colours and opulence!!! Something that I don’t usually see reading US magazines.  I occasionally will buy an international magazine for a different kind of inspiration.   In this issue, for  the traditional Hindu ceremony, the bride wore a stunning ruby red and gold sari paired with  smokey red and black eye makeup with deep red lips!! This look will also be great for a Divali celebration, lighting deyas and eating your favourite mithai. 

Here’s my version.

Diwali Indian bridal LOTD NTB

My version!

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