27 posts tagged "Alexander McQueen"
The trend of injecting collagen into your feet could make those S/S 2010 Alexander McQueen lobster claw platforms practical yet! [Daily Mail]
The curly-hair gene has been isolated. Next up, a straightening pill. Go ahead and toss your hot irons. [Telegraph]
According to a recent study, an obsession with being thin might be causing stress-induced hair loss in women over 25. To which we say, being skinny is overrated; long, lustrous locks are not. [Daily Mail]
The cruise ship industry is looking to class things up a bit with signature scents that can be pumped into individual cabins to “enhance passengers’ sense of well-being.” Whatever happened to enjoying the fresh sea breeze? [USA Today]
“Gone is the day of the perfect updo,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau recently declared over a preholiday lunch to discuss next season’s biggest hair trends. Palau has said goodbye to the pristine twists and turns of yesteryear and is advocating instead a new era that utilizes these same classic shapes with unexpected textures and a little less precision. “I tried to create a lot of variation on what real women—not just 16-year-old models—can wear,” he said of his most recent runway portfolio, which includes the coveted over-the-shoulder braids at both Alexander Wang and Miu Miu, not to mention Prada’s pigtails and the mattified turbans-cum-chignons he coiffed backstage at Lanvin. “If a piece falls out or bobby pins are visible, all the better.” As for inspiration, there’s one place Palau isn’t looking these days: the red carpet. “I’m not really inspired by celebrities right now—except for Rihanna—because they all appear to be going to the same hairdresser,” he joked, pointing out that the long waves and hair extensions popular with the Hollywood set shouldn’t necessarily be emulated. “We need to communicate change!” he stressed. Change, like the amphibious ridges he sculpted at Alexander McQueen? “Well, fashion is there to amaze us, too,” Palau countered. “Not always to be worn, but to be marveled at.”
Last night, we bore witness to one of the more epic beauty-and-fashion parties we’ve attended to date. Together in one room were supermodels old and new and rag-trade megastars (see Theyskens, Olivier, and Jacobs, Marc), not to mention one very bedazzled Amanda Lepore—all of whom gathered to celebrate the launch of François Nars’ new photo book, 15×15. The highlight of the night, aside from seeing Nars’ beautiful portraits projected in super-size onto a huge white wall, was watching Daphne Guinness take the bathroom stairs in a pair of completely impractical but entirely unforgettable Alexander McQueen platforms, with not a hand on the banister for assisted balance. It was impressive, to put it mildly. Click here to read our complete party coverage.
There are times when conceptual art, rather than actual wearability, can resonate backstage as much as on the runway. Yesterday was one such occasion, when Alexander McQueen presented his Plato’s Atlantis collection, enlightening his hair and makeup team on the wonders of alien movies, Art Nouveau, and Darwinism—all of which informed his Spring presentation. In response, Redken’s Guido Palau and makeup artist Peter Philips crafted looks that were more about a feast for the eyes than anything else. “Some things are like couture,” noted Palau of his intricate amphibious coifs. “It’s a fantasy that’s there to inspire people.” Setting any notions of at-home duplication aside for a moment, Palau’s winged ‘dos and interwoven braids were awe-inspiring for their theatrical nature, which could place them comfortably in a sci-fi super-production—less so in real life. The makeup story unfolded in a similar manner, progressing from a uniform beige base to full-on prosthetics for an homage to otherworldly (or, rather, underworldly) creatures. To capture a certain extraterrestrial allure, Peter Philips started with shiny foundations to even out skin tone and to blank out brows, as is popular practice these days. He followed that up with varying warm and cool shades of Chanel and MAC pigments to conjure “evolutionary” skin tones and shapes. Not necessarily everyday wear, per se, but definitely handy inspiration with All Hallows’ Eve just around the corner.
While we’ve been waiting for our local newsstand to get its stock of our favorite Euro glossies’ September issues, we’ve had plenty of domestic offerings with which to busy ourselves. One of our favorite spreads thus far comes from Bazaar‘s take on fall fashion, for which the mag enlisted something of a power trio to interpret the season’s best looks. Karl Lagerfeld is behind the camera, Christine du Puys is on makeup duty, and a ginger-haired Lara Stone plays muse in the Venetian-inspired story. Her huge, ruby red lips remind us of the makeup at Alexander McQueen’s opinion-dividing show. Stone’s pout doesn’t necessarily need augmentation, but a little Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Red Stockings certainly doesn’t hurt. Are you feeling the pic as much as we are?