We don't know if you've noticed, but beauty is big business is Australia. The industry is booming and there are more amazing products than ever before — so to say we're excited to welcome Mecca Maxima to Sydney is a little bit of an understatement. The self-described "beauty playground" (it really is) is the brainchild of the woman behind Mecca Cosmetica and Kit Cosmetics, and has been established in Melbourne and Queensland for a few years already. Having taken a sneaky peek at the brand spankin' Parramatta store this morning, we can already tell you that Mecca Maxima is going to change the way we shop for beauty, and you're going to love it. We've got exclusive photos of the beautiful store, tips and tricks on how to shop at Mecca Maxima, intel on a very cool opening special being offered, and much more. Come with us!
The entire month of October is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer, and David Jones is doing their bit by donating all of today's profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Now in its fifth year, Shop Pink Donation Day has so far raised over $4 million for breast cancer — and with celebrity supporters like David Jones ambassador Megan Gale and The X Factor's Natalie Bassingthwaite, the store is looking to outdo themselves this year.
With the long weekend coming up, there's no better time to stock up on some party-time essentials. From cleansing wipes and hydrating mists, to makeup pouches and a day-to-night lipstick, we've scoured DJs to find all you need to carry you through the upcoming good times. And remember, all the profits from whatever you buy (in store or online!) will go directly to the fight against breast cancer. It can't get better than that!
This week's crop of the best dressed celebrities can only be described as a mixed bag. We saw everything: long white gowns with irridescent features (bravo, Rachel McAdams), denim cut-offs that exposed long, long legs (well played, Ashley Madekwe) and the coolest version of masculine dressing we've seen in a while, courtesy of Nicole Richie. Australian model Nicole Trunfio went all out, baring both her midriff and her mile-long legs — if you've got it, flaunt it! — and we're not sure if you've noticed, but Lily Collins is slowly but surely cementing her place on the fashion hit list, her latest outit being one of the best we've seen yet. And if you take anything from this Top 10 list? Its that two-strap sandals are still the hottest shoe you can strap yourself into. Click through to see it all!
Few things gave Yves Saint Laurent greater pleasure than to see a woman looking stunning in one of his designs. "The most beautiful clothes than can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves," he once said. "But for those who haven't had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there." If Saint Laurent were alive today, he would have celebrated his 77th birthday at a time of great transition at the house he founded in 1962. But he surely would have appreciated how its new creative director Hedi Slimane is dedicated to honouring his memory. Even changing the name of the house to Saint Laurent Paris has been billed as a way to "return to the fundamentals of YSL." And fundamentally, Yves Saint Laurent wanted to help women look and feel their best. In honour of his Aug. 1 birthday, a look at his lifelong mission to do just that, here in the gallery.
What do Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, and Cameron Diaz all have in common? A serious love for Saint Laurent's Classic Sac De Jour bag in black leather! The just-released bag is practical and roomy enough to be a perfect carry-on, but also works for a day out and about. See the bag up close, along with the A-listers we've spotted carrying it so far!
You know all those times you've stared with envy at the designer-adorned fingers/shoulders/feet of your favourite celebrities — or worse, your well-off friends? Well, that time is over, because the end of financial year sales are in full swing and we're taking full advantage. A quick perouse through any shopping site will have your fingers aching to click "add to cart" at every turn, but with hundreds of luxe items up for sale, it can be treacherous territory. Here, we've curated the lot for you, finding those lusted-after pieces we've all had our eyes on since day dot. From the never-seen-anything-like-them Fendis, to the Alexander Wangs that recently stomped the runway — it's all been discounted by up to 50% off. So, whatcha waitin' for?
The tie dye is back, but this time the 80's trend is channeling you're fingertips! YSL La Laque Couture Tie and Dye Pop Coat is one bottle that gives you a handful of different styles. Get a closer look at this fun and funky top coat when you watch and look out for it on our shleves next month. On Allie: BCBG dress. On Maria: Club Monaco jacket and top.
The two masked French gentlemen who make up the iconic band known as Daft Punk are the latest musicians to star in Saint Laurent's Music Project campaign. The band unveiled details about its upcoming album, Random Access Memories, in a video screened Friday night at Coachella. In it, they, singer Pharrell Williams, and guitarist Nile Rodgers are seen wearing sequined tuxedo jackets — Saint Laurent Black Glitter "Le Smoking" Jackets, in official parlance — created by Hedi Slimane. On Saturday, the house released photos of the duo wearing the jackets and uploaded another video to YouTube that features additional photos of the performers in their sparkly stage wear. Daft Punk has been working with Saint Laurent since Slimane's debut collection for the house, which was shown last October. The duo created a 15-minute soundtrack for Slimane's Spring 2013 show. They join Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, and a number of other musicians who've been featured in the Music Project campaign. Take look at Daft Punk's video below and find their ads here in the gallery.
Nothing gets our heart racing and our palms sweaty like the bi-annual Net-a-Porter sale. Today the luxury e-tailer is adding further lines and more markdowns (up to 70 percent off, people!) to the already impressive list of discounted designer goodies, so we thought we'd edit it down to a very easy, very clickable top ten buys. From the spliced Pierre Hardy heels that we know Garance Doré adores to a classic YSL waist-cincher, the number one criterion for these editor's picks was to give you the biggest bang for your buck. Credit card at the ready?
We've laid down our official fashion new year's resolutions, but what about the off-the-books version? I've asked the ladies in the Sugar office to share what new rules will be applying to their own wardrobes in 2013. From stepping outside your usual colour-palette comfort-zone like Genevieve, to adding a little your underwear collection like Jess, we think there's some serious inspiration from the editorial team. Wanna see what their sartorial goals will be this year? Step this way . . .