BEAUTY | Lucky Oscar A-listers will soon discover Sea Radiance

NYC CELEBRITY DERMATOLOGIST and author DR. DEBRA JALIMAN discusses her artistic beginnings, her best trade SECRETS for glowing healthy skin, and her new skin care line.

Photo Credit. Aranka Israni

By Anne Hunter

She is the Da Vinci of dermatology. Her clients say that she has an artist’s eye. “I studied a lot of art history in college, and dermatology is very visual,” says New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D. She has protected and preserved the world’s most famous faces for 25 years, has published a book called Skin Rules, and is now developing a new skincare line, Sea Radiance. This year, a select list of Oscar nominees and other A-listers will receive Sea Radiance in their gift bags. For those of us who may not have a gold Oscar statuette sitting on our mantle, we can still score Sea Radiance for our vanity, not to mention our good health. 

Photo Credit: Aranka Israni

“We are launching a transformation in natural skin care,” says Jaliman of Sea Radiance. Rapid Eye Lift, the Sea Radiance eye cream, contains a potent antioxidant formula (patent pending) with "Sea Elixir" that absorbs free radicals, builds collagen and repairs sun damage. “It rapidly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with one use and with continued use the wrinkles keep disappearing.”

The Manhattan dermatologist was inspired to focus on skin at a young age because of her own sensitive, problematic skin. Today, she practices at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, as well as at her own private practice on Fifth Avenue.

Evaluating each face as if it were an art form, the doctor insists that natural is the best look. “I see so many people on the streets who don’t look natural,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be that way.”

My introduction to Dr. Jaliman came in 2011, when my big shot New York City boyfriend sent me to her to undo the sun damage that caused the crow’s feet around my eyes. After The Big Shot swept me off my feet and into the New York City fast lane, my life became a frenzy of dressing for dinners, waiting for drivers, and standing steadfast by his side while he introduced me to Manhattan. 

One evening at a lavish soirée, The Big Shot pulled me aside and gave me a good talking to. In the most gentlemanly way that a guy could break the news to the girl he loves, he told me that I wasn’t quite hot enough. “I know that it’s flip-flops and fancy free at the beach, but this is Manhattan and you are with me,” he said. “You need to look hot!” 

Looking hot came with a price tag, and The Big Shot spared no expense in showing me the way. There were designer dresses by Zac Posen, Versace, Dior, Prada, and Proenza Schouler; shoes, bags, and jewelry.

Next came Botox and Juviderm mixed with endless spa treatments; massages, waxes, manicures, pedicures, plucking, pruning, and threading. He had plugged me into the circuit board of the city that never sleeps, and in no time, I was officially Manhattanized. 

However, the greatest gift that The Big Shot gave me was Dr. Jaliman. While I was in her office one day, she found a suspicious mole that turned out to be melanoma. Her expertise and early detection ended up saving my life. Since then, I’ve taken the sun more seriously.

I recently sat down with Dr. Jaliman to discuss her life before dermatology, her own skin cancer scare, and her future plans in skincare:

 

Photo Credit: Aranka Israni

Tell us more about your artist eye and the science of skin care.

 When I was a teenager, I was into metal working and I also made jewelry. I was one of the first artists to use Plexiglas as a medium for design, back when Plexi was still in its infancy. I learned how to bend it and mold it. My parents gave me an electric sander for smoothing the edges of the acrylic.  I made napkin rings and a dining room table and chairs. 

 

After that, I took a class in jewelry making. I would sell my pieces to friends and one day I was asked to teach a course. We used a flexible shaft device to create jewelry, and when I started my dermatology residency, I discovered that the same tool that I had used to make jewelry was the instrument used for skin! In those days it was dermabrasion and you attached tools and would abrade people’s faces that had scars. I was one of the few residents who knew how to use the machine because I had used it as a jeweler. When I was a first year resident they let me use it. In working with jewelry because it’s small, I had very good dexterity and I had already mastered it as an art form. I was easily able to translate that art to skin care. 

 

Is there a personal goal you have in your own life that you have yet to attempt or accomplish? 

I’m developing a skin care line called Sea Radiance. I use natural botanicals with minimal preservatives. Many people can't use skin care products because they have sensitive reactive skin so I wanted to develop products that were safe, effective, and pure. I formulated these products with the best ingredients that are gentle but really work. If it's a cleanser, it gently cleans without stripping out the natural oils. It also adds additional hydration to the skin. If it's for anti-aging, you will see the lines diminish. Pure, gentle, yet effective.

 

Share your own experience with skin cancer. 

You don’t have to be blonde to get a melanoma. Nobody is immune to skin cancer. Last year, I was for preparing a trip to Hawaii and found a melanoma on my leg. Of course, I’ve never spent much time in the sun because I’ve always been a dermatologist. I wear sun protective clothing and never go in the sun without a hat.  The biggest lesson is to always have skin checks. The life you save may be your own and the life a dermatologist saves may be yours. 

Jaliman’s book, Skin Rules, Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist, spotlights seventy-seven secrets for women that prove that it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin, whether it is maintaining its youthful appearance, checking for melanomas, or trying out new skin care products. When I’m ready to hit my favorite beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, I’ll make sure to follow these helpful excerpts to protect my skin from the sun: 

 

It’s The Sun That Ruins Skin, Not Age

People think that crinkly skin, liver spots and wrinkles are all part of normal aging. They’re not – they’re just signs of sun damage. I’ll never forget the patient who came in with her elderly mother. My patient had the alligator skin that comes from baking on too many beaches, and she required many expensive treatments to repair it. Her mother, on the other hand, was a Southern belle who at the age of eighty-four still had porcelain skin with remarkably few wrinkles. She had avoided the sun all of her life, she had used sunscreen and big, beautiful hats to protect her face, and she told me, “I’ve always walked on the shady side of the street.” We’d all do well to copy her example. The American Academy of Dermatology now calls for a minimum SPF (sun protection factor) of 30, so for daily use a sunscreen with SPF 30 is fine. Remember, sun damage is cumulative; even ten minutes of exposure a day over the course of a lifetime is enough to cause major problems. 

 

Vitamin D Is Good, But Not When It Comes To The Sun

I spend a lot of time in my practice debunking the “sunlight is good for you” myth. I can’t begin to count how many patients have told me that they’ve heard on television that to get vitamin D they absolutely have to go out every day without sunscreen and catch some rays, even if only for ten minutes. What makes it worse is that some of these patients have already had skin cancers removed from their faces.  Let me be absolutely clear: Everybody needs vitamin D and it would be very hard to get enough of it from food alone. But the best way to get an adequate amount of vitamin D is not through damaging your skin, but through a much cheaper, easier, and effective daily supplement. I recommend that adults take at least 1,000 milligrams a day. This is especially important for people with dark skin, but even the blondest, most fair-skinned person needs a vitamin D supplement. 

 

Toss That Old Sunscreen and Get A New One

It has been my experience that sunscreens lose potency over time and even more quickly if they are left in bright sunlight. This is especially true of chemical sunscreens that contain avobenzone (Parsol 1789).  So don’t leave your sunscreen out on the sand; put it back in your bag. As a rule, don’t keep sunscreens from one year to another. I’ve treated patients who got terrible, blistering sunburns because they used an old sunscreen they found at the bottom of their beach bags. 

 

Discover Sea Radiance hereWWW.SEARADIANCE.COM

Credit: From “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist by Debra Jaliman, M.D. Copyright © 2012 by St. Martin’s Press. 

MODEL MOMENT | Lucky B Smith is social media's favorite male model

You could say he’s had a lucky year. The lanky six-foot-two-inch 17-year-old all-American with piercing blue eyes has taken the fashion industry by storm. This season, Lucky Blue Smith is the face of Tom Ford, Moncler, and Calvin Klein Jeans, and has walked the runways of designers Michael Kors, Versace, and Fendi. He’s also become an Insta-stud. His social-media presence has branded him a male equivalent of Cara Delevingne, the British “It girl” whose quirky online persona (more than 20 million Instagram followers) catapulted her into fashion’s stratosphere and then into big Hollywood movies.

The exact moment Smith’s career turned from model to Insta-star was during the men’s-wear shows last January in Milan. He first joined Instagram to keep up with friends from home in Utah, but by show season he had amassed 150,000 followers. Most were fans of his modeling pictures, and they were eager to meet him. He posted a message that he’d be outside Via Solari, 35, Fendi’s show venue in Milan, at a certain time. Sixty girls arrived demanding selfies. He pulled the stunt three more times. Again, more girls, more selfies. His followers were multiplying. By the time fashion week had migrated to Paris, Smith’s modus operandi was tried and true. The “Insta-meets” had become frenzies of hormonal teenagers wielding camera phones. “In Paris, a girl was having a panic attack, so I sat her down, gave her a hug, and took a pic with her. I looked back and she had passed out!” To date, he has more than 1.4 million followers.

Smith is the youngest of four children, the only boy after sisters Starlie Cheyenne, 22, Daisy Clementine, 20, and Pyper America, 18. (Their mother, Sheridan, a former model, and their father, Dallon, a hobbyist musician who started a guitar-string company, gave them memorable first names to offset their familiar surname.) Together, they’re the Atomics, a family band with Lucky Blue on drums. They live in L.A. now, but they grew up in a tight-knit community in Spanish Fork, Utah, where a model scout first approached Daisy, in 2008. “I was 10 at the time,” Lucky Blue remembers, “and they said, ‘In a couple of years, we’ll come back for you.’ ” They weren’t kidding. He signed at 12, and by the time he reached 15, the Smiths had moved to California, Lucky Blue had been shot by Hedi Slimane for Japanese Vogue, and all four siblings had become the face of Gap’s 2012 holiday campaign.

As Smith’s fan base continues to climb, he offers two tips for those who haven’t amassed as many followers. The most important thing to remember when taking a selfie: “Good lighting. Definitely.” And find a four-legged friend. “Put a puppy in your picture and it will make it 20 times better.”

VIA: VANITY FAIR @DEREKBLASBERG

FASHION | Street Chic Heels by Monika Chiang

MONIKA CHIANG

By Anne Hunter

Monika Chiang caused quite the commotion when she debuted her shoe collection this fall, rocking her street-style designs in everything from ripped boyfriend jeans and studded leather motorcycle jackets to sleek formal fashion lines. We suspect that another uproar for Chiang's shoe artistry is imminent, this time, with good tidings for the holiday season. "We are lusting over each and every style in the current collection," says STYLESTUDIO founder Allyson Longshore. "Our top stylist picks are the Alana in black, the Freya in black and the Armena boot. They are a must-have to give any look the cool it-girl factor." Wear them with a cocktail dress or pair with leather pants and a killer jacket and you’ll be sure to turn heads, not to mention spark fashionable shoe related conversations.

Photo Credit. Marisol Chiang

"I have heard women tell me their favorite place to wear my heels is at home, in sweats or just panties. It makes them feel sexy…even if they are alone," says Chiang of her artistic shoe collection. Not a bad gift idea for the men who want to empower their women, starting at home. 

Chiang's seven autumn/winter ready-to-wear designs include the sought-after Alana Cage Heel that effortlessly transitions from day to night and the elegantly braided chain roped statement piece, the Imena II. Chiang believes in empowering women.  "When women wear my shoes I want them to feel confident.” The designer says with a sense of worldliness and an ease. Her mother is an artist - a dancer. "As a child, I would make little outfits for my dolls. At that young age, shoes or more importantly heels, hadn’t entered my world yet. I don’t think I had even tried on my first heels until the tail end of high school."

Chiang's shoes are already reaching a global audience. "I have orders coming in from Dubai, Paris and Australia. I love knowing that women around the world can put on my heels and feel empowered." Saturated in blacks and reds and complemented in earthy neutral shades, each work of art is deliberately created by Chiang to deliver city comfort with an edgy attitude. In addition to its feminine prowess, her collection exudes an undercurrent of utilitarianism, which she refers to as "modern armor" for women.  "When it comes to Monika’s cutting-edge designs, they are the secret fashion weapon for fashionistas seeking a fresh new level of cool. Wearing her shoes shows that you are beyond the fashion mainstream," says Longshore. Lucky for Longshore, STYLESTUDIO has an all access pass to Monika’s collection and her number on speed dial. 

Shoes range from $500 to $780 while boots range from $750 to $1195 for the special denim color dyed python pair. Check out http://www.monikachiang.com to snag a Monika Chiang original or contact STYLESTUDIO for assistance in finding the perfect pair through the luxury Style Concierge Service.

KATE MOSS TAPS INTO INTERIOR DESIGN

Kate Moss, model, we know and adore. But Kate Moss, interior designer? This month, Mrs. Hince unveils her collab with design firm YOO: The Barnhouse, a five-bedroom country home in The Cotswolds, a rural area of south central England. And she’s got quite the eye for style when it comes to interiors. The home—which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a swimming pool, and sits on a 650-acre woodland estate—features her selection of pop art pieces, vintage-mod hybrids like a mirrored four-poster bed, and chic comforts like a wood burning centerpiece and black and white striped wallpaper.

“John [Hitchcox – the chairman of design company YOO] and I became friends through our love for the English countryside—and the pub!” said Moss. “When he told me about The Barnhouse in the middle of the silver birch wood I was intrigued and then excited to become part of the design team. We have created a luxurious haven in the woods, a perfect place to escape with family and friends.”

The Barnhouse is inspired by a traditional English novel and old country home, according to a press release by YOO, and the design co. credits Moss with creating “displaced glamour within the woods.” David Haddock, a craftsman who has worked with Moss for her own London home, created bespoke furnishings for the new property, including a custom built dining table with benches, a four-poster stainless steel box bed, and a TV cabinet with a silver thunderbolt, a tribute to, yes, David Bowie. More old school rock touches pop up throughout the home, á la artwork by Allen Jones, Chris Levine, Damien Hirst, Mit Senoj and Kate’s own collaborations with Jake and Dinos Chapman and Chris Allen.

In true Kate fashion, she has created a fun, modern, to-die-for, retro-glam take on what would otherwise simply be a “traditional” English home.

ARTIST FEATURE | MITCH GOBEL

Upon recently running across the works of self taught Australian artist Mitch Gobel, I was seriously blown away.  Not only by his overall raw talent but also the passion and humility behind his craft and love for the ocean and wildlife. Throw in personal authentic style that he effortlessly exudes and a swimwear line featuring his art launching on November 1st and we are in 100%!!! 

Around 2014, Mitch woke up and realized he wasn't living the true soulful life that he was destined to live. He knew that his art was not only an escape but also a chance to do something positive and make an impact with his talent.  Mitch immediately quit his job and pursued the two aspects of his life that he was most passionate about; creating art and wildlife conservation.  He is now the founding Director of MGRA Wildlife and Habitat Conservation, which is a non profit funded entirely by his art.  

In a single year Mitch has made his mark creatively, spiritually, and artistically and he is just getting started. To also take this full package of a human up another notch; November 1st he is launching a line of 100% sustainable Australian made swimwear featuring his art with 10% of all profits going towards MGRA Wildlife and Habitat Conservation. We are beyond psyched to get our hands on his collection just in time for resort season and to support the cause!!!

By. Allyson Longshore VIA. Stylestudiolive

Follow Mitch here @mitchgobel_resinart