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'Fantastic Beasts' Is Getting a Hot Topic Fashion Collection (Exclusive)

It features looks worn by Newt Scamander and others in the ‘Harry Potter’ spinoff.

Looking like a 1920s wizard is soon going to be as easy as a trip to the mall. 

Fantastic Beasts is getting a fashion collection that will be available at Hot Topic beginning Nov. 8, with items mirroring what’s worn in the film by Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) and Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo).

Hot Topic, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is making the announcement Friday at Stan Lee’s Los Angels Comic Con. There’s a lot of detail in the items, such as a wand pocket sewn into the inner shells of the coats.

Here’s the full rundown of what’s coming:

Guys Newt Scamander Coat, $79.90 (pictured above)

Guys Symbols Woven, $44.90

Tina Goldstein Pin-Up Dress, $59.90

Queenie Goldstein Coat, $99.90

Queenie Goldstein Flapper Dress, $69.90 (pictured above)

Seraphina Picquery Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $89.90 (pictured above)

Symbol Skater Dress, $54.90

Fantastic Beasts Sharkbite Top, $32.90

MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA) Burnout Raglan, $28.90

The series, written by Harry Potter‘s J.K. Rowling, was recently expanded from a trilogy to five installments. Fantastic Beasts hits theaters Nov. 18. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Shop Talk: Maria Cornejo's In-Store Appearance; Libertine's Sample Sale

Courtesy of Instagram/vince

When it comes to sample sales, the more the merrier. 

On Nov. 3 (5 – 9 p.m.) and 4 (5 – 8 p.m.), Vince will be selling samples and protoypes from both its men’s women’s collections, including leather and knit pieces, dresses, tops and trousers, with prices ranging between $15 (tees) to $450 (fur). 

No children, pets or cash (credit cards only) allowed. 

857 Lillian Way, Los Angeles


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Makeup Monday: 10 Must-Have Products To Pull You Out of That Midday Lull

Your Chrissy Teigen-approved afternoon pick-me-up comes from the beauty counter.

While a 2 p.m. cup of coffee definitely works to mentally bring you out of a midday slump, the brew isn’t necessarily going to eliminate smudged mascara or make you smell any better.

For that, there are beauty products, some new, some classic, and all celebrity-approved. 

Whether you’re aiming to erase the signs of the day in order to look refreshed for dinner or an event or just trying to find the beauty equivalent of that midday jolt of caffeine, here are the key products to stow in a top desk drawer or pocket of a work bag to fight signs of office fatigue in your face and body.

1. Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant in Pure Vanilla (Sephora; $8)

Soothing essential oils and beta-glucan technology fight odor in this natural formula. It’s mini, smells like vanilla and will banish the scent of running around to meetings or sitting in stagnant LA traffic. Kourtney Kardashian and Lauren Conrad are noted fans.

2. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (Sephora; $32)

Packed with hydrating electrolytes to restore moisture, this spray version of Smashbox’s traditional primer is meant to refresh the look of makeup and skin throughout the day.


3. Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths (Target and Wallgreens stores; $4)

When a quick swipe of deodorant won’t cut it, these portable towelettes wipe away sweat, cool the body down, and leave a soft, powder finish, instead of one that’s wet and sticky.

4. WEI Beauty Golden Root Multi-Action Anti-Pollution Mist (WEIBeauty.com; $38)

This brand new mist hydrates dull skin while also protecting against environmental pollutants that can harm the complexion. Jaime King and Jamie Chung are fans and recently helped the brand kick off the launch of this spray.

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrating Oil (Anastasia Beverly Hills; $64)

Kim Kardashian swears by this recently re-launched face oil that adds glow and hydration to skin that could be showing fatigue from an overly air conditioned environment.

6. Anti-Aging Eye and Lip “Perfection a Porter” by La Prairie (LaPrairie.com; $170)

A frequent traveler’s best beauty friend, this portable compact contains a super hydrating eye balm on one side and a version for lips on the other. Both formulas are highly emollient and work to fight fine lines and wrinkles. No wonder Jennifer Aniston and January Jones are both fans of the brand’s entire anti-aging collection.

7. Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Roots Up! Volumizing Root Booster & Finishing Spray (Spacenk.com; $52)

Don’t rule out bombshell volume even after a harried workday.  This spray has a 2-way spray cap to target all over roots for maximum lift.

8. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light (Sephora; $80)

This newly launched palette of lighting powder, bronzer, highlighter and blush is meant to mimic “Magic Hour”, so you’re softly lit even before you step into candlelight. Chrissy Teigen, Mindy Kaling and Rumer Willis are testaments of the powder’s effects.


9. Clinique Take The Day Off Eye Makeup Remover Stick (Clinique counters and Clinique.com; $19)

Immediately erase the flaky mascara or smudgy eyeliner that’s managed to stick to eyelids and tops of cheeks with this new balm that is targeted for quick touch ups or total eye makeup removal.

10. Oribe Cote d’Azur Hair Refresher (Net-a-Porter.com; $25 for 2 oz)

Elle Macpherson, Ellie Goulding and Tori Kelly all spray this scented hair refresher to revive strands (and the way they smell) throughout the day.


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Getting Dirty: 11 Scents Heavy on the Earth Notes

Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Alex White; W magazine March 2011.

The other day when I hugged a friend of mine, she exclaimed, “Oh my god, you smell so good! What is it and is it out yet??”

It’s Starck Paris Peau d”Ailleurs. And yes, it’s out this week, at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

“You smell like backyard!” my friend continued, inhaling with her eyes closed.

I smell like backyard. Well said. When I inhale Starck’s new fragrance (one of three), I am reverted back to the safety of my childhood. Specifically, summers at my grandmother’s when days were spent mostly outside. In the yard. We’ve all heard how childhood memories impact the scents we gravitate toward, which would explain the popularity of vanilla and other cookie-related fragrances. And why not dirt? If someone came out with a fragrance that called Swimming Pool, I’d be all over that one, too.

“Dirt is used in a few fragrances,” says David Durga, co-founder of fragrance brand DS & Durga. “It comes from an ingredient called fenchyl alcohol. It lends a realism to earthy notes, for sure.”

When I spoke with Starck about this, he seemed pleased that I had chosen not his feminine Peau de Soie or the more masculine Peau de Pierre, the other two that rounded out his new—and first—collection, but this more elusive scent.

“Peau d’Ailleurs is for the next generation, the the future, where there is not a man or a woman that are labeled and put in boxes,” he said. “You can’t recognize if it’s a men’s or a women’s perfume.”

That would explain my utilitarian style of dressing. But back to him.

“I made this perfume without any sexuality, no easy image of sex,” he continued. “I told the perfumer that I wanted the smell of emptiness, but there is a rich emptiness in this perfume. It’s like when you hear music, it’s not so much the music itself that you like, but suddenly, you receive a territory that makes you happy. You think, ‘I am home. I am safe.’ It’s the same with this perfume. Perfume is a mental territory.”

Fragrance creator Christopher Brosius must agree with that sentiment. His CB I Hate Perfume have put us in various mental territories for years. He even went so far as to name one of his very first creations Dirt, back in 1996 for his former brand Demeter, which became known for its un-fragrancey fragrances, like Laundry, Snow and Tomato.

“Dirt is still a note I use in a lot of my work,” says Brosius. “I’ve always thought dirt resonates so strongly with everyone because at some point in everyone’s childhood everyone has played in the dirt.”

Of course, Brosius points out, the dirt you grew up in might be very different from the dirt that I played in, so olfactory recollection varies enormously, which is why CB I Hate Perfumes makes close to half a dozen fragrances with strong dirt notes. “The smell itself is so archetypal,” he says. “So it’s always recognized and loved.”

Now, roll up your sleeves and come play in the dirt with me.


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6 Designers Kim Kardashian Has Helped To Gain Exposure



The reality star turns 36 on Oct. 21. Still recovering from being the victim of a robbery in Paris, she’s remained quiet on her birthday, unlike in previous years. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate her and what she’s done to help designers — both established and up-and-coming — gain exposure beyond the inner fashion circle. Here, a look back at the times she appeared on the front row to support her designer pals.


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Ricky Kenig, King of Halloween and Ricky's NYC, Talks Trump – Costumes, That Is

“Personally, I never cared about Halloween,” says Ricky Kenig, the Ricky of beauty emporium Ricky’s NYC. His “meh” opinion notwithstanding, Ricky’s has become the go-to spot for Halloween makeup, hair, masks and costumes since Kenig opened his first store in 1989. There are now 27. We asked the man behind a thousand face paints and hair colors about his favorite memories of the holiday.

How did Ricky’s NYC get into the Halloween biz?
When I opened my first store, Halloween was not a big segment in the retail world. But we saw Halloween as an opportunity to expand our brand, so a few years later, around 1991, we started catering to the holiday. In my opinion, Halloween was a spin off of Gay Pride day, which I had felt was a stronger influence in New York City back then. I believe we did well because we catered to everyone–straight, gay, transgender. Being at store level (i.e. on the floor) helped me jump on every trend and react to it immediately. You have to remember, this was pre-internet and still in the beeper stage of technology.

What are your best sellers?
They’re fairly consistent every year: vampires, witches etc. Wigs, makeup, glitter, eyelashes for women and drag queens. But this year, the ‘tweens will do characters from “Stranger Things” and of course, we’re ready for the onslaught of Trump requests. But we’re also used to reacting to things that are very current. For example, last year, we managed to put together a Bernie Madoff costume three weeks before Halloween. And then there are the hard core fanatics who work on their costumes all year. They’re often “Game of Thrones” characters.

Will you go in costume? Do you usually?
I don’t always. I’ve been Mr. T, one of the Cash Money crew. I’m not sure if I will this year. My girlfriend will probably want me to do something with our son.

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Aside from Trump, or his accusers, any others you’re predicting?
I’m anxious to see what’s going to happen with clowns, what with all the recent negative press.

Any favorite celeb costume shopping stories?
So many have visited us at one time or another, but my favorite memory was when Alice Cooper came to the store and asked me if I had any Alice Cooper costumes. Also, Lil Jon’s manager contacted me to see if I could help them do a mask for Lil Jon. Of course I did it, and he became a good friend. If Instagram had been around back then, I would have millions of followers by now.

Okay, time for the non-Halloween questions! What’s your first grooming/shaving memory?
I saw Harrison Ford shaving in a movie using an old-school badger shaving brush and double-sided razor. I thought it looked so cool, so I tried it. I scratched my face up so badly, it looked like I’d been attacked by a cat. The cuts lasted a week.

What was your first cologne experience?
Davidoff Cool Water. My family was in the fragrance business so I had access to everything. When we first started selling this fragrance, it was summer. So between the marketing and clean fresh scent and it being the late Eighties, when the men’s market was dominated by Aramis, Cool Water was a great antidote.

 If we opened your medicine cabinet, what would we find?
Comme des Garcons Wonderwood (I have three bottles at all times), Ban invisible unscented stick deodorant, Davines matte hair wax, a Mason Pearson military boar brush, a silver Janeke comb, Babyliss hair trimmer, Rusk swivel scissors, Listerine, Rubis tweezers, Q-tips and Yu-be hand lotion.

If we pulled back your shower curtain, what would we find?
Joico Color Balance shampoo, Unite Blonda Conditioner, Dove soap (liquid and solid bar), WET brush (I use it as a massage brush in the shower).

Is there one product you can’t live without?
Wonderwood spray cologne.

What’s currently in your dopp kit?  
It’s a Zip-loc bag, but it’s basically everything in my medicine cabinet but in small sizes. I keep it very simple. I know what I like.

Is there a woman’s fragrance that melts you?
Opium. My mother wore this almost her entire life. She tried almost every fragrance ever made, but she always went back to Opium. Maybe that’s where I get the Wonderwood loyalty.

 Where do you get your hair cut? 
Land of Barbers on Graham Street in Williamsburg. What I love about this place is that I don’t feel I need to make a standing appointment. It’s owned by a fashionable Italian stylist who trained his staff to cut and style the same way he does, so no matter who’s there when I go, I’m always happy with the service. 

Which male celebrity do you think has the best hair?
George Clooney.

What beauty look on women do you love?
I just think Jennifer Lawrence always looks so clean and fresh.

If you were given a spa day gift certificate, how would you spend it?
I’d give it to my girlfriend, then trade it in for her to scratch my scalp for half the amount of time she was at the spa.


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