The Notebook - December 2013

Shining Armor

Silver and gold made a heavy metal statement in this year’s fall/winter runway collections, including Anthony Vaccarello’s dresses with hints of mesh metal; gold netted shirts by Chloé; and shiny beaded gowns from Badgley Mischka (seen here). —Corie Russell

Back to The Future

Time to dig out the 1980s and ’90s hair accessories because the relics are popping up on the runways and in designer houses. At the fall 2013 presentation for designer Monika Chiang, hairdresser Patrick Melville sculpted voluminous hair into a retro updo, held together with a banana clip (left). This past year, high-end labels Missoni and Marc Jacobs introduced couture scrunchies to the retail market with designer price tags. More affordable versions soon followed, such as the Cool Safari/Willow Edged Scrunchie in silk charmeuse (right) from France Luxe by L. Erickson USA. —J.T




Precious Cargo

Acclaimed Paris-based jewelry designer Joel A. Rosenthal, who works under the name JAR, will have more than 300 of his works displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art now through March 9, 2014. The Jewels by JAR exhibition will feature a selection of JAR’s finest pieces, from jewels in exquisite flower forms and colorful butterflies to organic shapes, all designed with precious gemstones including diamonds, sapphires, garnets, topazes, tourmalines and citrines. —L.B.

Scents of Calm

Escape to a world of tranquility with Aroma-Rollies, travel-sized roll-on aromatherapy treatments from Universal Companies’ Eco-fin line, blended in a base of jojoba, coconut and essential oils. The de-stressing cocktails, perfect for retailing in salons and spas, come in four scents including Escape, a sweet peppermint; Reverie, a lavender-vanilla; vanilla Dream; and Happy, a raspberry and grapefruit mix. The four scents also come as balms. —C.R.


Off the cuff

This double-bar sterling silver cuff from Dorian Webb goes with you from work to play and looks stunning worn alone or in a pair. With its simple silhouette and pliability to fit any wrist size, it’s also perfect for layering with your favorite accessories. The classic silver cuff comes in variations including those adorned with Venetian glass lions’ heads, red Italian coral and blue topaz. —C.R.


With ingredients straight from the Amazon rainforest, Amazon Beauty’s Rahua Hair Wax provides hold with carnauba wax and gets its intoxicating signature scent from Palo Santo wood. The styling essential, with A-list fans like Gwyneth Paltrow, is ideal for creating height on short hair or for making long hair more manageable, all the while benefiting native Amazon tribeswomen who are employed to sustainably harvest the rainforest-grown ingredient. —K.H.