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Enter To Win A $500 Handbag From Beautiful People Design!

Searching for a new handbag can be harder than it sounds! You want something stylish but not too trendy, something noticeably high-quality but not drenched in labels, and something that you can lug life's necessities around in... without spending your monthly rent. Oh, and it has to look good too. Sound familiar? Turn to Beautiful People's collection of classic, feminine styles the next time you're yearning for a new handbag. Designed by former children's book illustrator Johanna Boccardo, Beautiful People handbags are full of inspiration and whimsical appeal, balanced with clean lines and supple leather for an everyday, yet extra special look. The current Spring/Summer 2009 collection, titled CAPULET, has just what you'd expect from a Shakespearean-inspired line, with subtle rose details, soft, feminine shapes, and deep, earthy colors. Take a look at the big bucket bag, in smooth or crinkled calfskin with plenty of pockets. For a playful evening bag, the little rose is on our wishlist- the rosette detail combined with the classic chainlink strap is irresistible. Click READ MORE to learn more about Johanna and Beautiful People in our interview, and see how you can win the 'Juliet' handbag for yourself!

And The Winner Of The Badass Hair Giveaway Is...

Hair products are an essential part of any beauty routine-- trust me, nobody with fabulous-looking hair got it looking that way without at least a little help from gels, creams, sprays, and serums. Scott Fontana, stylist and creator of super fun line Badass Hair, knows what's up- his collection of hair products caters to every need your mane could possible have. Last week we introduced you to Scott and his line, and told you all about how you could win a set of Badass Hair products. I'm kind of relieved that it's time to choose a winner because I've had the products sitting on my desk for weeks now, and let me tell you, you want these products. In order to be entered to win them we asked you to tell us about the celeb who you thought has the most badass hair- was your answer the one we chose? Just click READ MORE to find out.

Get Rock Star Hair With A Glam Giveaway From Badass Hair And Stylist Scott Fontana!

As much as I'd love to have the privilege of referring to my hair in its natural state as "badass," frankly it's much closer to "bush woman" or "rats' nest" than it is to "rock star." The truth is (and I know I'm not alone here), my coif requires a whole lot of coaxing from products, brushes, and irons before it can even dream of entering the rocker-chick realm! And unfortunately, that heavy-duty level of tress-stressing really does wonders when it comes to damaging the heck out of hair, especially with all the harsh heating, teasing, and chemicals galore, and in the long run only makes it increasingly difficult to deal with! Well, my high-maintenance-maned amigas, hair stylist Scott Fontana has answered our prayers with his kick-butt line of VIP-worthy products, appropriately named Badass Hair. With its no-BS approach, Badass Hair provides powerful products with simplistic ingredients that get the job done (and tell you exactly what that job is right on the bottle, eliminating the need to attack your mane with 902932 different products at once). With clever names like "Up All Night" Volume Mist and "Give Me A Stiffy" Gel, these frizz-tackling tools aim to give you rock-glam hair without being forced to rough it up.
Click "Read More" for our interview with Badass stylist and founder, Scott Fontana, then scroll down to get the details on the giveaway! Also, don't forget to check out the slideshow to see more of Scott's own favorite products!

Meet Love Brigade, Stylehive's Next Big Thing!

What do Kurt Cobain, ancient Egyptians, and Bob Dylan all have in common? Give up? Well, they were all inspiration behind Brooklyn-based design team Love Brigade! Blending musical influences with up to the minute trends, their Fall '08 collection named "Love Kurt" featured nature motifs and sexy asymmetrical cuts, slits, and straps all without baring too much skin. Not to be outdone, their Spring '09 presentation of their "Ex-Oh" diffusion line was probably one of the most unique out there! The presentation featured models hanging out on hammocks and dining with oversized cutlery rather than strutting down the runway. We got a chance to talk to Creative Director Christopher "Tinypants" Dang about Love Brigade's background and what's next for them. Read on to see what he had to say, and be sure to check out the slideshow for a look at their Fall collection- then watch the video for their newest Spring '09 looks!

Enter To Win A Handbag From CHia New York, Stylehive's Next Big Thing!

CHia New York designer June Chang is no stranger to the details- as a child, it was her grandmother who taught her of their importance- and it was June's early introduction to this facet of design that has undoubtedly led to her impressive contributions to the handbag scene since the debut of her first collection a mere two years ago. Vintage charm, modern sensibility, and a dash of European flair lend a one-of-a-kind feel to her handbags and clutches, while luxurious Italian leather and gold tone hardware demonstrate the remarkable quality her handbags maintain, collection after collection. We talked to June about her start in the handbag industry, the designers she loves most, and what she has in store for CHia New York. Click the slideshow, read on for the interview, and then scroll down to find out how you can enter to win a CHia handbag (worth over $500) for yourself!

Get To Know... Designer Stephanie Tran Of Duskin, Stylehive's Next Big Thing!

Stephanie Tran's debut collection for her label "Duskin" hasn't even hit stores, yet she's has an already impressive background in fashion. Prior to launching her own collection she was an editor at Vogue in addition to designing for retailers like American Eagle and Forever 21. Now she's making it on her own with Duskin, a collection of versatile pieces like fitted blazers, slouchy tank tops, wide leg trousers, and delicate dresses. It's no wonder Steven Alan immediately picked up her collection. Her spring line won't be available until February and I'm definitely snapping everything up the moment it comes out! Read on to learn more about Stephanie, and check out the slideshow for a peek of her upcoming collection!

Kenley Expresses Shock Over Project Runway Elimination. Read Our Exclusive Interview Here!

Kenley was in an interesting position going into the finale- the judges had lauded her workmanship and talent in the previous challenge, but questioned the originality of her work given its uncanny similarity to that of more established designers. True to herself, Kenley presented a collection at Bryant Park that was unapologetically her own, yet once again the judges were torn- the concept and the painting were beautiful, but one garment's resemblance to a Balenciaga look was too much to ignore. How much this played into her elimination is hard to say, but in the end she was the first to be sent home. I spoke to Kenley about her thoughts on the judges' critiques and her relationship with the other designers. Read on to see what she had to say!

Get To Know...Handbag Designer Jenny Yuen, Stylehive's Next Big Thing!

With a background dotted with names like Murakami, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, and Twinkle by Wenlan, it's clear that handbag designer Jenny Yuen got her start where many would be content ending up. Her line of handbags, currently in its third collection, blurs the line between whimsicality and sophistication, balancing classic appeal with vintage flair so beautifully you'll never want to set the bag down. Rich neutrals like chocolate and chestnut add a certain timeless quality to the youthful garnet and sapphire leathers, and boxy satchels and bowler style bags carry with them a dreamy sense of nostalgia. So where does her inspiration come from? "I don't have a set way of finding inspiration," she says. "Sometimes it stems from seeing a woman walking down the street and saying to myself, 'wow she's got a great bag and she looks so put together.'" It's the kind of outlook that makes us want to tag along with her for a few hours, just to see this process for ourselves, but for now we're perfectly content just fawning over her creations. Read on to learn more about Jenny, including her experience working with Takashi Murakami and her advice for aspiring designers!

Hive Q&A: Latest Project Runway Bootee Says He Owned The Runway, But Not The Outfit

As if being one of the five remaining designers wasn't enough pressure in itself, this week's Project Runway challenge had the final contenders stepping into a dual role- they would each be designing a look inspired by a musical genre. Their client? A fellow contestant. Time flew by as they struggled to play designer and model all at once, and the pressure manifested itself in all sorts of ways- Leanne embraced her hip-hop persona with a hilarious rap, Korto started feeling the country twang, and Kenley, despite being outfitted in a getup that was purely pop, had an attitude that was quite the opposite. When it was time for Heidi, Michael, Nina, and guest judge LL Cool J to weigh in, it seemed as if many missed the mark- some held back in their designs for fear of going over the top, while others decided going all out was what it would take to win. Kenley's frustrations flared, and Kors' comments were some for the record books- specifically towards Leanne's design for Korto's country persona ("It looks too much like a woman going out for ribs") and towards Suede's look for Jerell ("It looks like rock n' roll going to the grocery store"). In the end, the win went to Korto, whose punk look for Suede was the perfect balance of over the top and believable, and one unlucky designer saw that the outfit he created, while well put together, just wasn't enough. Read on for my exclusive interview to find out who it was.

Hive Q&A: Latest Project Runway Bootee Says Mama Doesn't Always Know Best

Tensions ran high during last night's "Project Runway" challenge as the designers were faced with creating an outfit for a recent college grad, with one caveat- the young grads' mothers would be present throughout the design process. Juggling the requests of the grads with the opinions of their moms all while staying within the lines of the challenge proved difficult for some, and with no immunity for the remaining six designers, there was no choice but to impress. Extra pressure came in the form of TRESemme stylist Jeanie Syfu's announcement that the winning look would be featured in Elle magazine, along with the appearance of guest judge Cynthia Rowley. With two days to work, $100 to spend, and plenty of opinions to uphold, the designers had their work cut out for them, but inspiration was not quite so plentiful. In the end, it was pretty clear that one of two would be auf'd. Read on for my exclusive interview and find out who it was!