30 posts tagged "Alexander McQueen"
“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.
The 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 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).
“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]
Guido Palau may be most well-known for his work with hair. He straightens it, curls it, teases it, twists it, and ties it up into all manner of updos at the shows each season, thus setting trends for months to come. But a little-known fact about the Redken creative consultant is that he moonlights as an accessories collaborator. “The head treatment we came up with was a beekeeper—bees, life, sexuality—that was the brief,” Palau explained backstage at Alexander McQueen, emphasizing that “There’s no hair [here].” There was, however, an elaborate veil/hat hybrid that Palau and McQueen designer Sarah Burton worked on together. “It evolved after I did the Met,” Palau elaborated of his relationship with Burton that saw him create a series of masks—crafted out of lace, leather, fur, and even feathers—for the museum’s heralded exhibition on Lee McQueen, which were meant to illustrate the fact that the late designer’s dresses often became a part of Palau’s hair looks. Palau has made a point to honor that legacy since Burton took over, turning out Spring 2012′s gorgeous lace masks and Fall 2012′s silver see-through visors and platinum blond wigs that caused a stir on the runway—and later on the street-style circuit. “When I come in with Sarah, we create a character. She shows me the clothes and if it involves hair, it does; and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t,” he continued, seemingly content to throw a little Redken Hardwear 16 Super-Strong Gel onto strands, create a hair wrap, and simply cover it with a wig cap. So who is the McQueen character for Spring 2013? “She’s empowered but feminine at the same time,” Palau surmised, pointing out the sexually charged black vinyl that he and Burton chose for the headpieces, which sat on top of the black wig caps. “She’s not a shrinking violet,” he added—and for those of us looking to be wowed at the end of a very long month of shows, that’s a very good thing.