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Shopping #Empire: Fashion Credits for S2, E12

Cookie's Outfit for Empire S2, E12

The fashion credits for episode 11 (“Death Will Have His Day”) is still in draft but I was able to get a jump on this week’s episode. First, thanks to Mary Collins of Vauje Jewelry enthusiastically sharing that Cookie Lyon wore one of her necklaces (from her “Empire Inspired” collection) all over her Instagram (follow her at @vauje), I secured my first sighting of the night. And now, after a little searching, here’s the rest of my findings (with cheaper and black-owned alternatives where appropriate):

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Shopping #Empire: Cookie Lyon’s $85 Vauje Necklace

Vauje Necklace Spotted on Cookie Lyon

 

Cookie Lyon in Custom Gold Vauje Necklace

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Anyone that has been keeping up with Cookie Lyon’s wardrobe this season knows that the billionairess hasn’t worn many  affordable items as of late. However, later on today, we will see Cookie wearing a $85 custom gold necklace by black-owned brand Vauje Jewelry. Take a gander at the exquisite icing below:

Vauje Necklace Spotted on Cookie Lyon

Counting Betsey Johnson and Lanvin as inspirations, jewelry designer Mary Collins has been creating luxurious, eclectic statement pieces since 2009, and now thanks to the show’s costume designer Paolo Nieddu, she’s made her way to the Empire! I was so excited to learn this latest development as I have been following Collins for a while. I first discovered her work when I saw The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Marlo Hampton modeling a decadent Gold Crown 1 in an Instagram snap. Eventually I’ll splurge on a Vauje crown for myself but in the meantime, I made sure to order my very own Cookie necklaceWould you splurge?

Cookie Lyon in Giambattista Valli and Vauje Jewelry

 Also worn here: Giambattista Vali Printed Wool Crepe Pants, $756

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Shopping #Empire: Cookie Lyon’s Prison Visit Makeup by Ashunta Sheriff

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Last season, I yearned to know what products the Empire makeup department used on their leading ladies. I was absolutely famished for beauty tidbits so I hit up IMDB to see who was working in Empire‘s makeup department. I briefly exchanged tweets with the show’s chief makeup artist Beverly Jo Pryor (who was so warm and generous) for a time, asking what shades Taraji wore in certain scenes and with particular outfits. Unfortunately, there was not much she could divulge but I understood.

Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) wears MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour in ALL Nighter in Empire Season 1, Episode 4 "False Imposition"

Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey) wears MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour in ALL Nighter in Empire Season 1, Episode 4 “False Imposition”.  Also seen here: Elizabeth & James Damon Sheath Dress (similar).

As for Anika, Grace Gealey replied to me and another fan on the ‘Gram to say her makeup artist Jessica Williams used MAC Pro Longwear Lustre Lipcolour in ALL Nighter on her in the episode “False Imposition.”

Did you know? You can wear MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo or Kryolan High Gloss Brilliant Lip Shine in Catwalk to get Anika’s signature red lips.

However, The Cut had all the behind-the-scenes tea. Both Pryor and Empire‘s lead hairstylist Melissa Forney detailed their routines, regimens and processes for the cast.

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Shopping #Empire: Cookie Lyon’s Altuzarra x Target Pinstriped & Python Shirt Dress

Happy Wednesday vixens! I thought I would get the Empire festivities started early with a fashion post. In “Enough!,” a sneak peek from tonight’s episode “Our Dancing Days,” we see Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) following her ex-husband Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and Vernon Turner (Malik Yoba) into the Empire building. In an earlier sneak peek episode, I only saw Cookie’s white collar and a portion of her pinstriped blouse. I literally thought, “Is Cookie starting to dress like Anika now? Why?” But after watching this new promo, I instantly recognized the python and pinstriped print dress.

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#Empire 1 x 6: Cookie Lyon’s DVF Silk Jersey Wrap Snow Cheetah Jumpsuit & Chanel Cutout Medallion Necklace #EmpireFOX

Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) in Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Jersey Wrap Jumpsuit in Snow Leopard Large on #EmpireFOX 1 x 6 "Out Damned Spot"

Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) wore a Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Jersey Wrap Jumpsuit in Snow Cheetah along with a Chanel Cutout Medallion Necklace on Empire Season 1, Episode 6 “Out, Damned Spot.”

In “Out, Damned Spot,” Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) sheathed her enviable bod (as we officially saw last night) in a Diane Von Furstenberg Snow Cheetah Large Silk Jersey Wrap Jumpsuit.

DVF Snow Leopard Large Jersey Silk Wrap Jumpsuit

Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) wore this exclusive Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Jersey Wrap Jumpsuit in Snow Cheetah on Empire Season 1, Episode 6 “Out, Damned Spot.”

Currently a DVF exclusive and on sale for $299 on the site, this piece employs the brand’s most iconic jumpsuit style and their signature silk jersey. While most of Cooke’s voluminous mane hid most of the jumpsuit’s collar, I could clearly see the banded tie waist which aided my search!

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