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The Hot List: April 2010

April’s edition of The Hot List features Cat Eye Sunglasses, The Runaways, Coachella, Blouson Noir, WAH Nails, Minna, Alexander Wang’s gang, Barbara Bui Bijoux, Marc Jacobs + Maripol and Alice By Temperley.

CAT EYE SUNGLASSES // While they may instantly evoke the glamour of the 1950s, the newest variations of cat-eye sunglasses on the market have a decidedly modern vibe, with a softer silhouette and a celebrity following. The easiest way to add a hint of retro to your look, these are set to be the “It” sunglasses of 2010.

THE RUNAWAYS // The Runaways, which hit theaters this month, is based on the story Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, the two girls who formed the 1970s, all-girl rock band, The Runaways. The film fuses late-1970s hippie fashion with 1980s glam-rock and is saturated with girl power.

COACHELLA // In just eleven days, Coachella, the Californian music festival known for its musical lineup, giant sculptures and street style, will take place. Over the years, the fashion has become nearly as important as the music, so expect to see a ton of celebrities parading the latest in festival cool for your viewing pleasure.

BLOUSON NOIR // Harper’s Bazaar stylist Melanie Ward has teamed up with Graham Tabor to create the hot new line, Blouson Noir. The city-inspired line focuses on the “urban girl,” with plenty of zippered jackets and wrap skirts that will leave you feeling like you have conquered the urban jungle; sexy yet subtle.

WAH NAILS // For beauty aficionados in the UK, WAH Nails is causing a stir. Founded in 2009 by Sharmadean Reid (who also created WAH Magazine back in 2005), the nail art salon just launched a second branch in Topshop Oxford Circus. You can grab a set of bright leopard nails for just £15 or, rumor has it, bring in your own design and have them create it for you.

MINNA // Finnish-born, London-based designer Minna Hepburn is a rising star in the fashion world. Her eponymous label is handmade from lace, antique and organic fabrics and is known for its romantic, feminine designs. With plenty of friends in the right places – Minna is being mentored by Liberty’s Creative Director, Yasmin Sewell – there is no doubt that Minna is off to a running start.

ALEXANDER WANG’S GANG // From the beginning, Alexander Wang has been surrounded by the “cool” people. Interview Magazine’s latest issue features Wang’s gang, the decidedly hip people – think Erin Wasson, Dree Hemingway and Alice Dellal, to start – that wear his clothes and worship at the temple of Alex, and the three women he considers his “fairy godmothers.”

BARBARA BUI BIJOUX // French designer Barbara Bui was so inspired by the allure of the serpent, she created a jewelry collection infused with reptilian details. The all-silver Atamé collection includes multi-strand necklaces, chain bracelets and grommets, with each piece containing a small green emerald. Buy into the seduction of the collection at a Barbara Bui boutique in New York or Paris.

MARC JACOBS + MARIPOL // French stylist/jewelry designer Maripol, famed for the neon rubber bracelets Madonna wore in the 1980s, has collaborated with Marc Jacobs on a line of super-affordable jewelry. The colorful collection starts at $4 and includes t-shirts, keychains and cuffs. The line is only available at the Marc By Marc Jacobs boutique on Bleecker Street, New York.

ALICE BY TEMPERLEY // British designer Alice Temperley launches her diffusion line, Alice By Temperley, this month. The romance meets rock & roll vibe was inspired by three muses: Georgia Jagger, Amber Le Bon and Tali Lennox, all the progency of rock icons. The line will be available at Net-A-Porter and will be priced between $130 and $820.

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