April 17 2014

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31 posts tagged "Alexander McQueen"

Helmet Hair, Backstage at Alexander McQueen


AlexanderMcQueenAlexander McQueen’s woman is never a wallflower and always a warrior, hair pro Guido Palau explained, fitting all forty models with metal helmets (designed by both Sarah Burton and himself). And similar to the many wigs we saw for Spring 2014, the armor was meant to provide “instant character” and “unify,” rather than reference a certain period—citing everything from Tron to twenties bobs as an inspiration for the final shape. Since the “head jewelry” was one-size-fits-all, Palau slicked back strands using Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel and pinned sponges in various places to prevent anything from wobbling on the runway.

With Jean-Michel Basquiat serving as one of the references, face painter Peter Philips perhaps looked to the artist’s early days, when he dabbled in graffiti on the Lower East Side of New York City, and blasted hairlines with Fardel water-based black pro paint using an air-brush system. “I wanted to create a shadow that would connect the face to the helmet and make the models more anonymous,” he said, also noting the Maasai people and how he aimed to create a tribelike effect. And while Philips said he’d normally describe the house muse as a “nonexistent girl,” this season she retained a sense of reality, as the skin was kept natural in lieu of porcelain doll- or alien-like complexions. “They’re warriors, but not space warriors,” he said of the finished product, bringing the fantastical McQueen woman slightly (and I reiterate, slightly) back down to earth.

Photo: Gianni Pucci /

Beauty Sound Bites: Makeup MacGyver


mac-dollymix“I was asked to change the color of cream brocade shoes at an Alexander McQueen show. I used MAC Powder Blush in Dollymix to turn them pink!”

We pay homage to this MAC senior artist’s most memorable fashion week moment by displaying his beauty weapon of choice at left. Now we know how to dip-dye a pair of heels in a pinch.

McQ’s Children of the Cornrows


McQThe Fall campaigns are dropping left and right, and today we were blown away by the new David Sims-lensed images for McQ Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton and co. tapped up-and-coming models April Tiplady (who has appeared in recent editorials in Paris Vogue and Love) and Tom Gaskin, as well as Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass to channel the collection‘s punky theme. More so than the clothes themselves, it was the killer cornrows—not to mention the models’ fly-girl-worthy hoop earrings—that really caught our attention here. Could allover braids be having a post-Beyoncé moment? We also clocked them on Tricia, the tattooed street rat from our favorite new series, Orange Is the New Black.

Throwback Thursday: Clip Art


Hans-Feurer-ElleThrowback Thursday offers the perfect opportunity to pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Moment: Metal head

The Motivation: Two years ago, we watched with awe as Guido Palau slipped a series of silver, Goody barrettes around models’ heads, creating veritable hair armor for Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2011 show. It was a feat of styling that we’d never seen before—or after—until, that is, we stumbled upon this Hans Feurer-lensed shot for Elle circa 1988. While Palau used over a hundred clips per model, we love the otherworldly affect of the sparse, spaced-out rendition here, which includes gold pins—and a topknot! Maybe we’re being optimistic, but it looks both otherworldly and shockingly easy to achieve—with the right mirror setup, of course. Following a stop at the drugstore hair-accessories aisle this afternoon, we might take it on a test-drive this weekend (and suggest you do the same).

Photo: Hans Feurer for Elle, 1988; Courtesy of

Alexander McQueen to Launch Fragrance; See Tom Get Into the Men’s Grooming Game; And More…


Alexander-McQueen-To-Lanch-Fragrance“The most prominent brand that is not yet playing in the luxury beauty market” is about to put its game face on. Brace yourselves for the arrival of Eaux de Alexander McQueen! The fashion house has just inked a fragrance deal with P&G Prestige. [WWD]

Leave it to Tom Ford to capitalize on the growing demand for men’s grooming products. The heralded fashion designer, who turned his attention to cosmetics three years ago, will launch a line of nine multifunctional skincare aids, including a face cleanser, moisturizer, eye treatment, purifying mud mask, concealer, and bronzing gel—just for men—this fall. [WWD]

Sniff your way to a better body? According to a new figure-slimming fragrance, it’s very much possible. [Daily Mail]

Copper pipes—not bad genes—might be the reason behind your bad hair days. Luckily, hair-care companies are already creating shampoos and conditioners to counteract their mal-effects. [Telegraph]

If you’re in the market for a robotic healing seal, or a mouth prosthesis to help facilitate age-delaying facial exercises, look no further than Tokyo’s health and beauty industry. Only in Japan…[The Frisky]

Photo: Gianni Pucci / InDigital /