For Fall 2014, Marchesa journeyed to the Scottish Highlands in the only way the glam eveningwear brand could—with lush embroidery, lace, feathers, and fox fur. But to commemorate a decade in the business (during which they’ve designed dresses for Oscar winners and brides, like Behati Prinsloo, who recently walked down the aisle in a “special nude” dress), Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are packing up their ball gowns and getting back to their British roots, showing in London in lieu of New York for Spring 2015. They’ll also be toting along hair pro Mark Hampton and makeup artist Gucci Westman—both of whom brought Marchesa’s “eccentric princesses” to life last season. “If the hair and makeup don’t work, the rest isn’t great, either,” explained Chapman of their choice to stick to their go-to backstage team. While the cofounders said they don’t have any surprises in store for the big anniversary, they did team up with Brit beauty brand Toni&Guy (the company that gave Chapman her first modeling gig) to create a limited-edition wardrobe for hair—including a shampoo, conditioner, salt spray, and plumping whip—emblazoned with the thistle motif in shades of mustard, teal, and fuchsia from their Fall collection. “We put a lot of detail in the dresses, and we find it works better when the hair is a bit more effortless,” noted Chapman. A fancy frock and unfussy strands—we can think of no better way to celebrate 10 years, though Craig and Chapman said they plan to toast to their success at the local pub post-runway show (red-carpet-worthy gown not required).
Available October 1. Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo for Damaged Hair, Nourish Conditioner for Damaged Hair, Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, Glamour Volume Plumping Whip, $15 each; Target.
My hair routine is just that—a routine. While the length has varied over the years (from way-too-long to sensibly-above-the-shoulders), I’ve been washing and blow-drying with a round brush every two days since high school. After years of practice, it’s a relatively easy process. My only problem? “Your hair is too shiny!” my stylist announced after trying to coax out beachy waves. (Cue the hashtag #firstworldproblems.) Turns out, glossy strands simply aren’t cut out for the “I just woke up like this” look I’ve been aiming for. I’ve tried every texturizer, dry shampoo, and salt spritz on the market, but wasn’t satisfied until Redken’s new Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray landed on my desk. Instead of weighing down my hair with a sticky residue, the featherlight formula instantly adds volume, undone curls, and a fuzzy matte texture with zero crunch (i.e., all the characteristics a model’s hair exhibits when hit with a strategic fan blast on set). Even better, I didn’t feel the need to wash it out immediately the next day. For breezy, slightly rumpled strands, mist liberally all over dry hair, rough up with your fingers, and channel the SoCal-surfer-meets-supermodel within.
Available September 1. $18; redken.com for salon locations
What better way to toast a landmark birthday than with a bevy of babes? That’s exactly how NARS is celebrating 20 years in the business. The new Audacious Lipstick collection raises a proverbial glass to the anniversary and the beginnings of the brand (François Nars started his company with 12 statement-making tubes) with a hefty 40-shade release. Thanks to a buttery finish and a magnetic case that clicks deliciously shut, the pigment-drenched formula manages to one-up the cosmetic giant’s already gold-standard lipsticks in terms of luxury. And with so many hues—from sex kitten nudes to deep jewel tones and brilliant orchids—there’s surely something to flatter every skin tone and fulfill every desire. Though Nars and his team no doubt had certain iconic women in mind when naming the shades (think Brigitte, Bette, Greta, and Charlotte, whose namesake Ms. Rampling is the face of the campaign), we’ve taken the liberty of doing a little NYC free association with 10 of our favorite shades (seen above).
Fanny: This rich raspberry is for uptown girls “slumming it” on Bushwick rooftops. It pairs nicely with a borrowed “outer-borough” ensemble.
Geraldine: As fiery retro-oranges go, this one is hard to beat. Soak up the last of summer’s rays (and scarf up a few final tacos, while you’re at it) in the Rockaways.
Raquel: Perfect for risqué poolside applications, pack this pinky nude for your next visit to the Soho House roof.
Angela: An electric orchid that’s not for wallflowers—wear this while Instagramming your way through the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney.
Marlene: A certain burlesque vibe makes this velvety brick hue fitting for a night at The Box.
Ingrid: Deep, dark, and vampy—take in a noir at the Film Forum wearing this. Whiskey chaser optional.
Claudia: A cool ’60s pink—slick this bright bubblegum across your lips before flirting in the shadowy stacks at the Strand.
Deborah: Swipe on this luxe chocolate shade for late afternoon cocktails at the Wythe Hotel.
Leslie: A sumptuous, muted red that’s both fetching and long-lasting enough to take you from a search for the underground speakeasy to after-hours at Five Guys.
Audrey: Sure, this rich currant is plenty good in the warm weather, but wait until fall hits and you can don it during a cozy dinner at Navy.
Available August 15, NARS The Audacious Collection lipsticks, $32 each; narscosmetics.com and Barneys New York (featuring 10 exclusive shades).
Judging by the scarcity of this color at the nail salon, we’d say green is not the most popular bottle on the block. But after spotting Suki Waterhouse with forest green tips a few months back, we’ve been thinking about the viridescent shade ever since. Jennifer Lopez’s recent chartreuse polish job by manicurist Tom Bachik reminded us to get on board and offer this often-ostracized hue a seat at the cool-kids table. (After all, green is J.Lo’s lucky charm—a fact she offered up on Instagram. Case in point: that plunging Versace gown at the 2000 Grammy Awards.) Here, we’ve gathered lacquers in varying tones of emerald, lime, and sea foam to prove that it is, in fact, easy being green.