Fashion and beauty have always been cozy bedfellows, but now the relationship has flip-flopped, with makeup taking the lead and inspiring young designers like Chris Benz. For his spring 2010 show, Benz's collection was influenced by Chris & Tell, a limited-edition coral-colored lipstick that he created with Lancôme (available next month; call 212-940-2033 to get on the Saks waiting list). "I started collaborating with Lancôme back in 2008," says Benz. "The lipstick ended up influencing a lot of my designs. The color is quite sporty, and the inspirations for the clothes were Cheryl Tiegs, casual luxury. There's even a dress in the collection that's the same shade as the lipstick."
Stem-cell technology has been on the horizon for years, but the future is finally here in America, with doctors using stem-cell-rich back fat (harvested through liposuction) to plump faces and breasts. When injected into the face (in a procedure plastic surgeons are calling the "stem cell face-lift"), this particular fat lifts the cheeks, restores youthful contours, and smooths the skin, making pigmentation and pores less noticeable. When the stem cells are injected into the breasts, researchers claim they encourage natural fat growth, so the plumped-up areas end up feeling more natural, instead of like an implant. Up next: stem cells for hair growth.