Charlotte’s Sketches: The Hunger Games Fire Dress

In anticipation of the upcoming release of  The Hunger Games this March InStyle asked Charlotte to imagine what the iconic “fire dress” the main character, Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) would look like onscreen. This dress serves as one of the most important props in the book series’ pivotal scenes. Charlotte sketched this bold look, which included a spot for Everdeen‘s treasured bow and arrows, and wanted the cape to “appear like a fire running through the forest.” Check out Instyle.com to see more “Fire Dress” interpretations.

“I am dressed in what will either be the most sensational or the deadliest costume in the opening ceremonies. I’m in a simple black unitard that covers me from ankle to neck. Shiny leather boots lace up to my knees. But it’s the fluttering cape made of streams of orange, yellow, and red and the matching headpiece that define this costume. Cinna plans to light them on fire just before our chariot rolls into the streets.” —Katniss in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Charlotte’s Holiday Decorating Tips

“I love holiday decor that is as meaningful as it is festive. My family and I celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas — always making tradition a focal point for both. We tend to celebrate with a lot of the English things we loved growing up. We have a tree and we pick up our favorite Christmas stockings from Tea & Sympathy in the West Village. They’re filled with the best Cadbury chocolates. We also get Christmas Crackers every year to decorate the table — they are crackers wrapped in a twist of bright paper and hold little toys or paper crowns inside. I also try to be thoughtful in every gift I give, down to its wrapping. I always prefer visiting fabric trim shops, such as M&J Trims, over buying wrapping paper and ribbon in bulk. I like using beautiful lace, velvet and printed florals, plaids or embroidered ribbon to give each gift a special finishing touch.”

Read more: Holiday Decorating Ideas – Holiday Decor Tips from Designers – Harper’s BAZAAR


Beauty Muse: Alexia Niedzielski is A Perfect Mess

“I’m really all about undone chic, I think it is more modern. Coco Chanel has always been my style inspiration.”

Yesterday’s Who What Wear issue had us fixated on Alexia Niedzielski’s perfectly “messy” look and effortless style. The Parisian photographer is WWW’s Girl of the Month—and she’s the perfect muse for A Perfect Mess Beach Spray. “If you love Niedzielski’s perfectly tousled waves as much as we do,” WhoWhatWear noted, “then you’ll definitely want to pick up Charlotte Ronson’s A Perfect Mess Beach Hair right away. Trust us, this bottle works wonders! Spray it through your wet or damp locks, and the expert formula gives you instant texture, waves, and a natural shine, so you can have that free-spirited, back-from-the-beach hair all year long-yes please!”

It’s not easy to look both chic and undone at the same time, but judging from these images of Alexia currently clipped to our “A Perfect Mess” digital inspiration board, this seems to be an innate style sensibility. Check out a few perfectly undone looks from our beauty muse below.


Charlotte’s Style File: An Uncommon Detail

What: A Streetcar Named Desire fabric-covered vintage book jacket-box, designed by Alvin Lustig. Designed into a clutch by Olympia Le-Tan

Worn To: The eBAY Inspiration Shop Opening Hosted by eBay & Jonathan Adler, then to the WGSN Global Fashion Awards

Worn With: Charlotte’s Spring 2012 Floor-Length Black Lace Dress, Charlotte Ronson Beauty for Sephora A Perfect Mess Beach Hair Spray, Charlotte’s usual mass of perfectly-tangled bracelets.

Details: Alvin Lustig, who studied with the architect Frank Lloyd Wright and went on to change the face of American book jacket design forever; this book, published in 1947 by New Directions, took it to new levels of fame. We’re loving this gorgeous and uncommon attention to detail—inspiring!

Links: Billy Farrell Agency


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