Model: Sophie Thorpe
Makeup and hair: Arianna Tabibi
Photography and styling: Liamara Caesar
We caught up with our creative director Michael, to find out a bit about him and the future of the L.A. Caesar brand with this exclusive interview:
Q: Describe your style in one sentence
A: Bespoke tailoring meets street/casual.
Q: What inspires you ?
A: I was raised by my grandfather from young and always looked up to him as someone that I wanted to be when I get older, just by the way he would wear suits and formal outfits with such class and elegance. I also got inspiration from his musical taste, listening to jazz, Frank Sinatra and incorporating these elements into my style.
Q: How long have you been in the fashion industry ?
A: I've been in the fashion industry for almost 4 years. I started of as a hairdresser in college and whilst I was studying that course I was travelling around UK and attended many hair shows which were linked very closely to the fashion world. Since then, I have always been passionate about dressing up and look different as an individual. Ive been approached by many designer brands regarding things from PR to designing, and as a result I have collaborated on various projects that has enabled me to travel internationally and pursue a professional career in fashion.
Q: What advice would you give to any aspiring creative directors?
A: The main advice that I could give to any aspiring creative directors is to have good knowledge about fashion and to be brand savvy as well as being well aware of upcoming trends. Also not being afraid to take the lead and think outside of the box to set trends.
Q: What do you have in store for L.A. Caesar?
A: I have quite a lot planned for LACaesar. At the moment my main focus is on womenswear although we have a lot of exciting shoots and projects including L.A. Caesar Man SS16 to look forward to. I want to take this brand to another level and create a significant impact in the market, and helping L.A. Caesar to continue to stand out as an affordable luxury brand.
Follow Michael on Instagram: @lvrdmessiah
Using too much makeup. "I see more and more women wearing more and more makeup. Though I'm a huge supporter of wanting to look the way you want to look, I'm concerned that a number of women are simply following an Instagram trend. To me, that much makeup doesn't even look good in pictures with professional lighting, let alone in full daylight or under fluorescent office lights." —Beau Nelson, who works with Nicole Richie and Christina Hendricks
ODing on brow pencil. "One trend I've been seeing that is bad is what I call the stencil brow. It has hard, square edges and an unbelievable arch. The brows are a vast mountain of little hairs. The best way to draw them on or fill them in is to use a lighter color than your hair and use featherlight strokes in the direction your hairs naturally grow. And it doesn't need to be the same opacity everywhere—usually the brows are more transparent on the inner edges."—Quinn Murphy, who works with Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, and Olivia Palermo
Using way too much foundation. "One thing that I've noticed lately is women using foundation that's too heavy for their skin. In my opinion, the beauty of a makeup look is showcasing your radiant skin. I like to use a lightweight tinted moisturizer and to spot-check with a fuller coverage concealer. If you get shiny, carry oil-blotting papers to keep the skin fresh and radiant."—Vincent Oquendo, who works with Ciara and Uma Thurman
Matching your foundation to the wrong part of your face. "One common mistake is matching your foundation to your cheeks and jawline. This often makes the face and neck two different colors. Instead, test foundation on your neck or collarbone to find the perfect match."—Mally Roncal,who works with Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez
Trying to look exactly like the illustration in a makeup chart. "My biggest beauty pet peeve at the moment is the heavily applied Instagram makeup: brows with sharp definition and faces made up so heavily that they look like a makeup chart illustration. I'm all for playing with makeup and trying new things, but the over-application that's so popular these days makes my heart hurt. I like a little breathing room on a face, with a little skin and sheen."—Fiona Stiles, who works with Gabrielle Union and Rachel McAdams
Using makeup charts at all. "I'm completely against makeup charts. I forbid it at all my makeup classes because all my clients think that those face charts are for everyone. But that's not how it really works. People have different faces and features, so how could everyone follow one face chart?"—Hrush Achemyan, who works with Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner
Making a mess of mascara. "I constantly see women who apply so much mascara, but then don't clean up the eye area properly. You're then left with mascara smudged all over the lid. After applying mascara, I like to wait for it to dry before taking a dry Q-Tip to wipe away excess product that may have transferred onto the eye lid and underneath the eye. It only takes a few seconds and it makes such a difference."—Carissa Ferreri who works with Gina Rodriguez and Bailee Madison
Wearing boring lipstick. "I wish women would choose brighter colors for their lips. Too many woman think they're playing it safe by choosing nude colors or shades with a berry undertone. The result oftentimes makes women look drab. Don't be afraid to pop some color on the lips. Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Lipstick in Sheer Pink 501 gives a bright veil of fuchsia and L'Oréal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain Coral Tattoo gives a hot persimmon sheen to the lips that lasts."—Molly Stern, who works with Cara Delevingne and Reese Witherspoon
Taking makeup trends too seriously. "I miss a certain individuality when it comes to makeup. Beauty trends get picked up so widely now on social media, and you see more and more people with a similar makeup flow. 'Overlined lips,' 'contouring,' and 'strobing' are techniques that have been around for years. Trust me, I'm a huge fan of soft and pretty, and having all of the essentials down, but when it's all said and done, don't be too much of a serious Sally when it comes to makeup. Remember to have fun with it and do unexpected things. You never know who'll be watching or who you'll inspire to take their own makeup risk."—Mary Phillips, who works with Chrissy Teigen and Jennifer Lopez
PHOTO: CONDÉ NAST DIGITAL ARCHIVE
There are two kinds of people in life, those who love chocolate and those who don't really care for the rich, deep flavors of this sultry dessert. (We don't really trust the latter, BTW.) Anything in between doesn't exist.
Chocolate has the unique power of turning a bad day around, of putting a skip in your step, of making you feel special even if you know you're perfectly ordinary. In other words, chocolate IS love and those who know it are some of the best people on this planet. They are winning at life -- and here's why.
1. It takes chocolate lovers .056 seconds to decide on a dessert at a restaurant. The one with chocolate in it, OBVS. Think of all the time saved.
2. Same with ice cream. Mo' chocolate, mo' better.
3. Chocolate lovers know that each piece they eat -- of the dark stuff -- might be making them smarter. At the very least, they know eating chocolate is the smartest thing they'll do all day.
6. Chocolate lovers always knew that chocolate milk was the ultimate drink, not just in flavor but also in its ability to recharge your body. It's science. And it's better than Gatorade and coconut water combined (that part's not science, but you know.)
7. They don't discriminate between dark or milk chocolate-- turns out they're both good for you.
8. Chocolate lovers know the importance of having a stash. In a desk drawer, behind the broccoli in the freezer, under the bed... or, at the very least, they know where the nearest chocolate fix can be had.
9. They know how to elevate a fruit snack to a decadent affair. (Just melt the chocolate and dip.)
10. They know that the best holiday of the year lands on October 31. So much free chocolate.
11. Chocolate lovers make the best of friends. Not only are they happy, calm and intelligent, they also will almost always have a piece of chocolate on hand when you need it.
* Choose your friends wisely folks. Choose chocolate friends.
The bold choice called for a) a no white bits golden tan and b) absolutely no underwear. It also meant that Lopez probably had to lay off the fizzy pop – this was not a dress in favour of a birthday blow-out bloat, nor one you’d be in favour of rolling up and down for regular trips to the loo.
But it didn’t stop la Lopez posing for playful photos with her birthday crew, including the event’s burly DJ and her 28-year-old lover, Casper Smart.
Bao Tranchi’s bodywear dress might not be to everyone’s taste, but 46 is clearly the new 26 when you’re Lopez, and let’s face it, she’s never been body-shy…
It's a simple thing — limes, liquor, and salt. Yet, the margarita has the power to turn an otherwise ordinary evening into an occasion. As soon as the temperature goes up, this fresh, tart quaff is all we want, all the time. But for such a bar basic, there is endless debate over what makes a good one. Ask any bartender, and they'll deliver an epic monologue on the margarita, complete with story arc and lighting effects. People care about crafting this drink, and we get it. So with Cinco de Mayo upon us, we want you to be prepared. We reached out to international mixology pro Marshall Altier, gathered all his must-know tips, and took them in to the R29 test kitchen to do some serious research. It was a long day at work (we think?), but you can thank us later.
Tip #1: Always use fresh lime juice. ALWAYS. If you're making a party-sized portion, a simple citrus press (under $10 at any kitchen or home store) will save you a lot of time (and hand-strain).
Tip #2: Instead of a generic Triple Sec, invest in a quality liqueur (like Cointreau or Combier). Even a smaller bottle will last you a while, since this element is used in small portions.
Tip #3: As for tequila, you don't need to go fancy, but 100% Agave Blanco Tequila is mandatory. There are a million reasons why this is true, but you have a drink to make, so just trust us on this one.
Tip #4: To salt or not to salt is entirely up to you — "it's an option, not the rule," says Altier. Don't let the salt/no-salt bullies tell you otherwise!
The Perfect Margarita
2 oz Tequila
1 oz fresh lime
3/4 oz Triple Sec
1 tsp simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water)
If you're salting the rims, pour lime juice (bottled actually works well here!) onto one small plate, and fill another one with kosher salt. Dip the top of each glass into the juice and then into the salt. (Note: this won't work with water, you need the stickiness of juice to hold the salt.)
Shake up all ingredients in a shaker with ice, then strain into glasses over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge, and serve.
Food styled by Rhoda Boone
PHOTOGRAPHED BY JANELLE JONES