Designers often cite artists as inspiration, but few hire their own to be a member of an in-house council. Such is the case with Dior and fashion illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin, who was recently brought on as a U.S. Beauty Ambassador. The Toronto-born, Los Angeles-based Reardin spent much of her childhood drawing Cruella De Vil while her sister “watched Beetlejuice on repeat,” forming her signature aesthetic: sinewy figures with impossibly long necks and nipped-in waists. But Disney movies aside, she notes the runway, catwalkers like Cara Delevingne and Sasha Pivovarova, and photographer Tim Walker as major influences. “There’s always a touch of darkness in his work that tugs at my heartstrings,” she said of Walker. Another muse is Marchesa Luisa Casati, an Italian socialite who inspired Dior’s Spring Couture collection for 1998. “She yearned to be a living work of art,” Reardin explained. But it was her sketches of industry insiders like Lauren Santo Domingo and Carine Roitfeld that got her noticed by the storied French house. Going forward, Reardin will collaborate with the label on various launches and events, working in multiple mediums including pencil, ink, pastels, watercolor, and even flower petals. Above, an exclusive piece she crafted for Style.com. No doubt the tailored silhouettes and bold colors of yesterday’s collection provided her with plenty of creative fodder.
“I don’t put things into demographics or ages, I’m inspired by great women,” said Marc Jacobs at a soiree in Paris last night celebrating the European launch of his beauty line and its new face, 64-year-old Jessica Lange. “I love women with a strong voice and vision. I like people who are dynamic and creative. And again, women who indulge in fashion and beauty as part of their life, but it’s not their whole life.” Lange’s voice carried through the cloud-filled air at the designer’s Fall 2014 show, and yesterday evening the lyrics to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” resounded through a room projected with a film starring the acclaimed actress shot by David Sims (which will appear in the window of Sephora on the Champs-Élysées come March 6). As I interviewed Jacobs and Lange’s lips and smoky eyes (the work of face painter Diane Kendal) panned across the walls, he explained: “It was important to set precedent just like we do with our fashion shows. What we’ll do with beauty is that we want to surprise, we don’t want to fall into a formula. We want to be able to respond to our inspirations at any given moment and go with it, and over time it will tell the story that beauty isn’t for this person or that person, it’s for anyone who wants it.”
It appears that a number of others are on the same page this week: NARS Cosmetics’ signed Charlotte Rampling; Angela Lindvall made an appearance at Balmain alongside modern-day supers like Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls; and Rick Owens cast not only his employees but catwalk legends like Kirsten Owen, Ann Oost, and Hannelore Knuts. Perhaps the fashion world is becoming a little less enthralled by the barely legal (and often years away from legal), hot young things and like their women how they like their wine: aged to perfection.
Cosmetic giant NARS announced 68-year-old Charlotte Rampling as the brand’s new face earlier today. The British actress, a muse of founder and creative director François Nars, is set to star in a black-and-white campaign shot by Nars himself. “She is a natural beauty that feels strong yet relatable,” the company’s founder told WWD. “Charlotte’s ability of transformation is unparalleled. Whether captured in pieces of artwork, through the lens of a magazine photographer, or on film and the big screen, she has an amazing power to encompass a character.” With the brand’s impending twentieth anniversary, Nars believes that Rampling’s strength and mysterious air make her the perfect fit. It’s refreshing to see a real lady (and not a teenage model) steal the spotlight—and with labels like The Row (who cast 65-year-old Linda Rodin for their Pre-Fall lookbook) setting the trend for more senior moments, it appears the fountain of youth is quickly becoming overrated.
Days after she walked the Moschino catwalk sporting sultry Hollywood waves, Rita Ora revealed an edgy new bob on Instagram, joining the likes of Hilary Rhoda and Taylor Swift. “He is a genius @Chrisappleton for my fresh cut!” she captioned. The British singer’s choppy new ‘do proves that 2014 is, in fact, the Year of the Bob, and the crop is obviously so 2013.
Watch out, Rita. Daniel Radcliffe also debuted a new bob this week. Sadly, his wasn’t by choice. Radcliffe’s locks are actually extensions put in place for his new role in the upcoming Frankenstein film. Said the actor of his longer-length strands: “The amount of work it takes, having to dry it—do anything to it is a f*cking nightmare. I do have a whole new sympathy for women.” May we suggest a Jared Leto-esque man bun. [Elle]
In other hair news, eating more meat can be good for your bones—and your locks. A diet lacking in protein, hairstylist Garren told Allure, can lead to “starving” hair that spindles out and sheds more easily, as protein is an “essential nutrient for healthy hair,” noted dermatologist Francesca Fusco. For vegetarians, Fusco recommends foods like quinoa, spinach, and tofu.
Nonie Creme, the former founding creative director of Butter London, announced that she’s launching a new mass-market beauty line in January of next year dubbed Nonie Creme-Colour Prevails. It will include beauty products across all categories, such as hair (“semi-perm hair dye” she noted on Twitter), nails, and cosmetics. “It’s not a big secret that I cut my teeth backstage, grew up as a fashion kid in London on shoots and shows, and I was fortunate to be adopted early when nails weren’t even a thing,” she told WWD. “I was able to zero in on the fact that someone needed to be there [to give models a manicure]. You can’t have [Mario] Testino shooting a model with dirty, skanky nails.” No, you most certainly cannot.
Standout Tattoos Stake Their Claim on Instagram; MIT Discovers the Wave of the Future for Animated Films; and More
Three-dimensional ink, the latest craze in the tattoo world, creates a chillingly realistic trompe l’oeil effect. A quick search of #3DTattoo on Instagram displays everything from butterfly tats that appear to take flight from the wearer’s stomach to intricate designs reminiscent of wood and animal paw prints that appear embedded in the skin. [Today.com]
Thanks to a team of MIT researchers, animated movies will no longer be devoid of curly-haired leading ladies. Until now, movie heroines have donned straight styles because of their less complex texture. According to The Cut, the first 3-D model for a strand of curly hair developed by these scientists will simplify the design of wavy locks for animated films.
In its first-ever movie collaboration, Sephora has joined forces with the upcoming blockbuster Divergent, a “futuristic dystopia” starring Shailene Woodley. The limited-edition collection includes eye shadows, lip glosses, and nail colors. The High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadow—a transparent shade that turns translucent when wet—is a standout item we can’t wait to try. [WWD]
OPI’s new base coat, Glitter Off, takes the hassle out of the sparkly stuff (like the manicures that made an appearance on Meadham Kirchhoff’s Fall 2014 runway). When applied in a single coat under sparkles or dark colors, the lacquer can simply be peeled off—no nail polish remover needed. This genius formula is set to hit shelves in March.