Mood boards abounded at the Marchesa hair and makeup test a few nights ago. There were at least four—covered nearly from floor-to-ceiling with inspiration photos and fabric swatches. While I can’t exactly tell you what was on them or what the Oscar-worthy dresses looked like (yet), I can share an interesting piece of news regarding a blooming partnership between a British beauty brand and the design house: Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe and Marchesa are teaming up for the next year to create head-to-toe looks not only for the runway, but for the many events where starlets sashay down the red carpet wearing the label’s gowns. It’s a natural fit, as—fun fact—Georgina Chapman’s first-ever modeling job was for Toni&Guy. Today’s show is the kickoff of the collaboration—global ambassador Mark Hampton will be on the job backstage alongside makeup artist Gucci Westman and nail pro Jin Soon. Seeing as Chapman allowed Hampton to give her son his very first haircut the evening of the test, I’d say an element of trust already exists in this newly formed relationship.
Get the full report here on Beauty Counter after the models hit the runway.
MAC may have nabbed Proenza Schouler (announced during the Spring 2014 collections), but NARS Cosmetics is teaming up with Phillip Lim to produce nine nail lacquers (available in August)—one of which will be used at the show today. Serving as the brand du jour backstage for the past fourteen seasons, it’s safe to say the cosmetic company understands the designer’s aesthetic. Face painter Francelle Daly created a “monochromatic techno look” to complement the “geode-inspired embroidery” in September. And in just a few short hours, I’ll get a first look at Lim’s limited-edition line of polishes and what Daly has dreamed up for Fall.
All you need is not love, apparently, but good pancake makeup and eyeliner. Riccie Johnson, a makeup artist for CBS News, recounts the time she applied makeup on The Beatles for The Ed Sullivan Show, where the legendary quartet performed their first U.S. concert 50 years ago. (In a heartwarming twist, Sir Paul McCartney remembered her 40 years later.) [CBS]
Some designers use elaborate backdrops or whimsical installations to showcase their clothing (Marc Jacobs’ swan song at Louis Vuitton, anyone?), while others simply let the garments speak for themselves. But this season, designers are using another element to enhance their vision on the runway: fragrance. “Having a scent element in the show definitely complements the experience,” designer Joseph Altuzarra told the New York Times.
High-end hairstylists—think Sally Hershberger, Julien Farel, and Ted Gibson—are charging almost $1,000 for a haircut and a blow-out. The reason for such pricey trims? A “well-honed artistic vision and eye for detail,” cites the Wall Street Journal.
Versace is launching a made-to-measure couture fragrance this month. With ingredients personally chosen by Donatella herself—tuberose, jasmine, and violet—each bottle of Gianni Versace Couture will come in a napa leather case dyed to match their key ingredient. [WWD]
Open your heart…to #MDNASKIN, which is (what we think could be) a new skincare collection by Madonna. The singer posted a photo of herself on Instagram with the mysterious caption, “She’s done for the day! Bath or shower? #MDNASKIN.” A little research into the hashtag leads to an even more mysterious website that says it will be unveiled in Japan on February 12. Madge, we can’t wait to get our hands on your new material. [Daily Mail]
French label Balmain unveiled a new women’s fragrance this month. Extatic, created by perfumer Emilie Coppermann, includes notes of rose, night jasmine, cashmere wood, iris, and nashi pear. “Extatic is like Balmain clothing,” creative director Olivier Rousteing told British Vogue. “Once you have taken the time to make it yours, you can truly express yourself through it and communicate what you are to others.” Fittingly, the fragrance’s packaging is evocative of a Balmain jacket: shiny, gold, and like Anna Selezneva—Balmain love child and face of the new scent—daringly sexy. [Vogue UK]
You can get more than just a sensible cardigan or monogrammed backpack at Lands’ End. The Wisconsin-based retailer recently unveiled a new line of beauty products, a first for the brand. The Coastal Living Collection includes body lotion, hand cream, and body wash, each containing notes of honey blossom and fresh lavender designed to “transport the wearer to a lighthouse by the sea.”
Nothing brightens up Polar Vortex-induced doldrums like a few spring-y blooms—and London-based nail brand Ciaté can help you do just that. Its new Flower Manicure kit contains real dried and pressed flower petals and a pastel lacquer for a garden-party-worthy manicure in the middle of winter.
One of the original supers, Stephanie Seymour has had quite the career—her legendary body caught the eye of many (including Richard Avedon and Azzedine Alaïa, to whom she serves as a muse) and quickly landed her appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and Playboy, as well as the title of Victoria’s Secret Angel. Over the years, she was also the face of multiple brands, including Dior, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Revlon, and L’Oréal. In addition, her turbulent personal life made headlines of its own—Seymour was tied to men such as John Casablancas (who founded Elite Model Management, her agency at the time), guitarist Tommy Andrews, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose (pictured here), and billionaire businessman Peter Brant (with whom she reconciled in 2010). Now, at the age of 45, Seymour seems to have settled down (at least for the moment), landing the role of spokesmodel for Estée Lauder. It seems to be a natural fit for the beauty-obsessed fashion icon—her childhood goal was to become an Avon lady, and she penned her own guide, Stephanie Seymour’s Beauty Secrets for Dummies, in 1998. The first person Seymour called after landing the job with the cosmetic giant was her mom, who always dreamed her daughter would one day work for the storied brand. That Avon gig may not have panned out, but in this case, we think mother knows best.