39 posts tagged "Alexander Wang"
“You already know the parameters,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau said backstage at Alexander Wang, referring to the quintessential Alexander Wang girl. “She’s ‘downtown’ or she’s done her hair herself,” he elaborated, highlighting the beauty elements that remain a constant in the Wang archetype. For Spring, Palau added a new “devil-may-care attitude” to the equation in the form of a wet look—make that soaking wet. Saturated strands are becoming an early beauty trend here in New York, turning up at BCBG, Prabal Gurung, Helmut Lang, and just this morning at Victoria Beckham (more on that in a bit). And so it went at Wang, where the sporty inspirations of choice were car racing and motocross. Prepping hair with Redken’s Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse, Palau coated locks from roots to ends before creating a messy center part and rough-drying. Redken’s new All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil imparted a high-shine aftereffect.
Makeup artist Diane Kendal also took a page out of the Wang beauty book, in which clean skin, greasy eyes, and strong brows are always part of the plotline. “Urban nineties” is how Kendal described the well-moisturized skin she accessorized with MAC’s Eye Kohl in Smolder. As a final touch, Kendal applied MAC Gloss Texture to the center of lids to bring a sense of the dewy and damp to models’ complexions.
There was one totally new beauty element on display yesterday, though, in the form of Alexander Wang’s three-piece nail selection for Sally Hansen. Available in April, the varnishes include Oxblood, a dark bordeaux; Petrol, a steely blue; and Parchment, a sheer cream that was lacquered onto tips for a polished but barely-there finish.
The seasons are a-changing, which means the time to start looking for new boots, sweaters, and jackets is now (click here for some inspiration). Picking up a cool new cosmetics case might not be top of mind, but there are so many chic (and functional!) new makeup bags out there (some of which could do double duty as cool clutches), they too deserve a place on your fall shopping list. Here, our top five picks.
Deep Blue Something
Every spring and fall, Smythson introduces new colors and materials for its leather goods. This time around, the luxe British label is all about blue lizard print. Glossy cobalt calfskin covers its mini and medium-sized cosmetic cases, which have an inside pocket for stashing brushes and an oil-resistant fabric lining so you can toss in your products without fear of destroying the interior.
Smythson Lapis cosmetics case, $220, www.smythson.com.
We’re obsessed with Comme des Garçons wallets, so it’s no surprise that we’re equally enamored with its new fluorescent makeup pouch. The slim shape is perfect for stashing cosmetics, and the bright colors (it comes in three retina-burning shades) make it particularly easy to locate, even in our giant overstuffed PS1.
Comme des Garçons Super Fluo small cosmetic pouch, $105, www.nordstrom.com.
We’re still on a two-and-a-half-week countdown until the Spring shows get under way here in New York, but the invites have already started flooding in, bringing word of exciting things to come. Our first surprise came last week when we learned that NARS, not MAC, will be sponsoring the makeup look at Rodarte, breaking a five-plus-season streak for the beauty brand. The Mulleavys’ trusted face painter, James Kaliardos, will still be at the helm, only now he’ll be using François Nars’ well-curated, finely tuned color palette.
In other makeup news, Rachel Zoe has partnered with Maybelline for her second, more full-scale runway endeavor, which means that Exude, the lip color brand that Zoe fronts as brand ambassador, will presumably not be making a cameo along with her Spring collection.
But the biggest piece of news we’ve managed to track down so far came today: Alexander Wang will join Prabal Gurung and Tracy Reese as the beneficiary of his very own nail color collection from Sally Hansen. The lacquers, Wang’s first official beauty effort, will debut at his Spring show and should prove as covetable an accessory as his studded It bags. Fingers crossed a few bottles are tossed into the gift bags.
The fact that ponytails have transcended their former station as the preferred hairstyle of “girl-next-door” types and female basketball players alone is not news; the easy updo has, for the past few seasons, gotten plenty of action off the court and on the runway and red carpet (Hailee Steinfeld’s well-played pony and white Prabal gown at the Golden Globes immediately comes to mind). But the coif is having a special moment for Fall, turning up in all four fashion capitals with regularity and variation—which is great news for those of you who are probably, definitely never going to work all of those equally abundant teased, voluminous French twists into your repertoire come September.
It all started at Alexander Wang, where Guido Palau fashioned a very low, loose ponytail in which more hair was purposely left out of the elastic than was contained by it. Palau then debuted the “dominatrix ponytail” at Marc Jacobs, as he called it, using Redken’s Blown Away 09 Blow-Dry Gel and a flat iron to get the severe “perversion of convention” he was after. A similar look appeared in London at Nicole Farhi before graphic center parts and fishtail braids joined the party at Christopher Kane. Shortly after, things got high, tight, and conical at Kinder Aggugini—a style that was repeated almost to a T by Eugene Souleiman at Issey Miyake yesterday, albeit with the addition of white triangular shapes extending beyond the hairline. Texture became a key element for both the thick, frizzy tails at Issa and the matte wavy styles at House of Holland before things moved to Milan, where the standout pony arrived early on at Gucci, thanks to Luigi Murenu’s seventies-era glossy-in-front, crimped-in-back tails, which he embellished with feathers for Frida Giannini’s second ode to disco.
Here in Paris, we’re seeing much of the same—low and loose at Balmain, high and lacquered at Mugler, soft and contained by a gold band at Dries, and braided for ease and simplicity at Lanvin. “The great thing about the ponytail is that it’s without reference,” Guido Palau surmised of the coiffing establishments partiality for the style when we caught up with him at backstage at Alber Elbaz’ show. “We’ve basically been using the emotional attachment of the ponytail but adding a character to it. Now, you wear a ponytail with an evening dress and it’s not wrong—it’s almost de rigueur. It’s full hair looks that seem wrong.” Word on the street from a very reliable source is that the pony will strike again tomorrow at Celine. Get psyched.
“Balenciaga blond”—that perfectly platinum shade of bright flaxen that dominated at the Spring shows—seems to have fallen out of favor with the catwalking set. While Abbey Lee Kershaw is staying true to her Orlando Pita peroxide dye job, her icy-haired counterparts are switching it up. After Natasha Poly hinted at the chestnut change that was in the air at Givenchy last season, we have watched with relative awe over the past few weeks as Britt Maren and Emily Senko—both former blondes—turned up chocolate at Alexander Wang. Agnete Hegelund cashed in her platinum locks for a dark auburn that debuted at Couture and wowed at Rodarte as one of the only non-golden-wheat heads of hair to walk at the Mulleavys’ Midwest-inspired Fall outing. Even Ajak Deng’s platinum buzz cut—which was a signature at New York shows like Richard Chai, Nicole Miller, and Jen Kao—went noticeably missing in London, where she was back to her darker, natural color at Giles. But it wasn’t until we spotted Siri Tollerød at Fendi this morning that the brown-is-back movement really hit home. Not Siri! we thought when we saw the poster child for cornsilk white, Nordic strands sporting a dirty blond, bordering-on-light-brown look. “It’s hard to keep up,” Tollerød’s agent told us when we inquired about the transformation. After a bleach session with colorist Laurie Foley at Marc Jacobs two season ago, Tollerød has apparently embarked on a long grow-out phase in which the professionals at Ion Studio have taken her blond down a notch to blend in with her roots as they grow in. Words to the wise: Platinum makes for a pretty picture (and can skyrocket a runway career), but it’s brutal on the hair shaft. For Fall 2011, you’re better off brunette.