43 posts tagged "Alexander Wang"
The fashion world may be focused on Fall 2014, but Essie released a nail polish line this month designed to complement resortwear—and after schlepping through the slush during Winter Storm Pax, I could use a beach retreat right about now. But seeing as there are still weeks of shows ahead, a manicure will just have to suffice. The four lacquers in the range are reminiscent of the hues that populated designers’ collections in June: Resort Fling (a coral similar to Look 9 at Ralph Rucci), Cocktails & Coconuts (a sand comparable to the camel-colored leather separates at Alexander Wang), Find Me an Oasis (an icy blue like that of the delicate dress in Look 9 at Chloé), and Under the Twilight (a rich plum parallel to Look 15 at 3.1 Phillip Lims’s collection). And at $8.50 a bottle, everyone can afford to dip a toe (or finger) in paradise.
When you’re Alexander Wang, you don’t bring Brooklyn to the fashion set; you bring the fashion set to Brooklyn. And when you bring the fashion set to Brooklyn, you better deliver something special—like heat-activated fabrics and a 360-degree finale composed of a dozen supers (including Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Caroline Trentini, Anne V, Angela Lindvall, and Bridget Hall).
Diane Kendal and Guido Palau were tasked with creating hair and makeup that lived up to the spectacle across the river. For Kendal, that meant creating “monochrome” faces with bleached brows, light coverage foundation, a bit of contouring underneath the cheekbones and in the creases of the eyes, and a few strategic swipes of NARS Illuminator in Copacabana for sheen. “The head is very hard…so we wanted [to create] an open feel to the face—almost like mannequins,” she explained of the androgynous look.
Palau married multiple references—the sixties, futurism, comb-overs—into a lacquered style that swept across the forehead like a bang and wrapped tightly around the sides. “[The idea] was taken from an illustration that Alex had done—I wanted to do hair that was kind of drawn on,” he said. To achieve this, Palau blew strands straight using a Mason Pearson brush, made a deep side part, doused hair from roots to ends with Redken Control Addict 28 High-Control Hairspray, smoothed everything into place, and blew it dry to lock in the shape. Any remaining length was pulled into a low ponytail, which would later be concealed by cravats. The twelve models dressed in head-to-toe black (revealing vibrant shades of pink, yellow, blue, purple, and green when rotated in front of industrial vents) had their heads blasted with black powder for a seamless finish. When asked about the venue change, Palau replied, “What do I think about Brooklyn? No, it’s great.” The masses might not be in favor of crossing a bridge to get to a show, but Uber certainly enjoyed the ride.
Hair colorist Laurie Foley (a go-to for models and designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang—both of whom called on her to bleach brows for their runway shows) is in a very different place than she was two months ago. Literally. She’s chatting with me from an old farmhouse in upstate New York that sits on four acres of land, where roosters act as alarm clocks. The woman that is never without a hat has also found a new professional home at both Ion Studio and Salon Santa Cruz in New York City after running her own space for over a decade. As for her shuttered namesake atelier, she’s just taking the concept mobile. “I’ve been the core of L’Atelier de Laurie, and L’Atlier de Laurie is where Laurie is,” she said. “This is what an atelier is—it could be the back room at the backstage of a show, that’s where the crafts are being done, the work and the art is being performed—it could be anywhere.”
The offer to join forces with Ion Studio has been on the table for a while, as she’s run in the same backstage and editorial circles as the owners—Leonardo Manetti, Marco Santini, and Pasquale Ferrante—for years. Only now, though, was the timing finally right. “I’m ready to focus on my work, re-learn, get re-inspired, and have a blast again without other things getting in the way,” she said. “I feel pretty damn valiant,” her favorite word to describe her collaboration with “the boys” at Ion. “Everybody is so busy competing, why not [come] together and make everyone better?” she added. In just the three days she’s been on the salon floor (with her dog in tow), Foley said she’s most excited about being on a team again and passing her knowledge onto the next generation. “I arrived in New York via San Francisco and then went to Paris and Milan doing shows—not coloring, but styling—I did that for twelve and a half years…I liked that we were all working towards the same goal, that’s what I loved so much about backstage.” In her search for the “overall picture,” Foley is happier and more “jazzed” about hair color than ever— describing her mood as “giddy.” “People aren’t going to believe you when you [write] Laurie Foley is giddy. They’re going to say, ‘Are you serious? That old grouch?’” she quipped. But believe it—Foley says she’s proved that she can survive on her own and now, well, “it’s time to have fun.”
To book appointments with Laurie Foley directly: (212) 358-8900. Or find her at Salon Santa Cruz (254 Fifth Avenue, 212-684-2386; salonsantacruz.com) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Ion Studio (41 Wooster Street, 212-343-9060; ionstudionyc.com) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
From matte, textured hair at Alexander Wang to dreamily imperfect updos at Dolce & Gabbana and Rochas, undone is the word on everyone’s lips this season. And Bumble and Bumble’s Prêt-à-Powder is just the ticket for achieving it.
The New York brand was one of the forerunners in the dry shampoo craze—launching its cult-classic colored Hair Powders in 1999. Now the original aerosols have been given new life in the form of this finely milled, translucent powder that vanishes into any hue. Formulated using clay and oat flour, Prêt-à-Powder absorbs oils, plumps strands, and even revives Monday’s blow-out with aplomb. Unlike so many hair powders that leave behind a white residue, the featherweight formula adds body and a nonshiny finish (hello, Bardot!) without leaving a trace of tangible buildup. Sprinkle liberally, brush it out, and apply even more for sex kitten hair with just a touch of grit.