When you first look at Jimmy Choo’s fall ad campaign, shot by Terry Richardson, you might be momentarily taken aback. Sure, you’re likely to take note of the amazingly sexy contrast of Angela Lindvall’s bronzed calf against the white porcelain tub with brass fixtures. But more so, you’re probably a little—we’re just gonna say it—disappointed to see her perpetuating a black nail polish trend that needs to die. At least we were. “I actually used a plum color called Jet Set,” manicurist Meg Yamamoto explains of the extra-dark lacquer, thus redeeming the master shoemaker’s reputation in our eyes. “I think black nail polish is getting tired,” Yamamoto adds, espousing that it’s all about deep wine, gray-violet, and caramel nails for fall ’08. “These colors portray elegance and confidence,” she surmises—not contrived punk aspirations. Those are soooo 2006.
Photo: Terry Richardson, featuring the Glenys shoe by Jimmy Choo
…Her extensions, that is. “She has the most expensive extensions in the world,” hairstylist Luigi Murenu reports of Naomi Campbell’s “enhanced” coif, which was apparently ready for its close-up long before the supermodel even sat down in the stylist’s chair on the set of Yves Saint Laurent’s fall ad campaign. “She showed up with some and I put in the rest,” Murenu says, adding that he applied Kérastase mousse and some Kérastase serum on the ends for lift and shine. To emphasize her natural waves, Murenu softened her hair with a blow-dryer and used a medium-sized curling iron. (No assistants were harmed during the making of this ad).
Photo: Courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent
Brooke Shields has been the poster child for full eyebrows since she inspired fantasies of illegal proportions as the 15-year-old face of Calvin Klein Jeans. But as model and Estée Lauder spokeswoman Hilary Rhoda displays in the August issue of Numero (and pretty much every magazine you flip through these days), she’s the new brow queen in town. “If you want to let your brows grow in, you sometimes have to go through an ugly phase,” advises Guerlain makeup artist Jeannia Robinette, who has had the pleasure of sculpting the arches of both Shields and Rhoda. “The most natural way to keep them looking full through the process is to use an angled brush and an eyebrow powder or matte eye shadow to fill them in”—and always remember to brush them up, she adds, providing a small tip for extra impact: “I use a little stylist’s pomade on the eyebrow brush. It makes them stay and adds a little sheen.”
Photo: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mangiell, “Easy Listening” in Numero #95, August 2008
When you lie awake at night dreaming of Chanel accessories, it’s likely that your thoughts are dominated by interlocking Cs and camellias. Chanel’s pre-Fall ad campaign should give you something else to fantasize about. Feathers were an equally large part of Mlle Chanel’s decorative arsenal, and in their gilded, haircomb form, they can now be a part of yours, too.
Available at select Chanel boutiques.
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
According to the August issue of Paris Vogue, there’s only one way to deal with pesky PETA types threatening to come between you and that rabbit-fur vest you’re coveting for fall. And according to editorial manicurist Lorraine Griffin, that gesture is best made with Creative Nail Design’s “Passionfruit Poppy.” “It all starts with Carine [Roitfeld] telling us what kind of woman she’s envisioning,” Griffin says of the concept for the story, adding that the Paris Vogue editor (and stylist on the shoot) wanted to portray someone “quite extroverted in her normal, everyday life”—hence the hot-pink vulgarity, obviously.
Photo: Mario Testino, “Reality Show” in Paris Vogue, August 2008