43 posts tagged "Alexander Wang"
With designer collaborations becoming de rigueur over the past few years, we are of the mind that beauty has gotten the short end of the proverbial stick. Outside of Lancôme’s Pout-à-Porter lipstick series, instances of hot designers partnering with beauty brands have been few and far between. But two new projects set to debut this summer are about to right the wrongs of the past. WWD announced today that Alexander Wang has co-developed a 12-piece collection for Shiseido’s Maquillage makeup line, including lip gloss, lipstick, and eye shadows, while jewelry designer Judith Ripka has teamed up with Essie to produce three new lacquer shades due out in August. The hook with the polishes is that precious gems will be hidden inside three single bottles of the new colors, Put a Ripka Ring on It (soft pink), Heart My JR Jewels (deep burgundy), and Queen of Hearts (true red). Sadly, Wang’s foray into cosmetics will only be available in Asia come July, and covert packaging will make it impossible to cheat your way into finding one of Essie’s Wonka-style golden tickets, but both endeavors strike us as excellent stepping stones for more collabs to come.
When we saw an orange-hued hairline peeking out of the scarf-cum-hood (scood, if you will) Vlada Roslyakova wore at Alexander Wang this past weekend, we thought our eyes were deceiving us. But after a few backstage encounters yesterday, first at Preen and then at DKNY, we were able to confirm our suspicions: Yes, the Russian model has gone red and apparently just felt the need to switch it up. “I wanted a change,” she said when we weaseled our way through three hairstylists drying, brushing, and curling Roslyakova’s new tresses, which are at the very strawberry end on the strawberry blond continuum. “Laurie did it,” the formerly flaxen beauty told us, which we can only assume was a shout-out to colorist extraordinaire Laurie Foley, whose L’Atelier de Laurie on East 4th Street is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow and Agyness Deyn. With Coco Rocha also playing with fire as of late, we’re gonna go ahead and guess that it’s only a matter of time before Jessica Stam returns to her roots, so to speak.
Alexander Wang may not have staged a rowdy after-party this year—much to the chagrin of downtown scenesters and their wannabe hangers-on—but there was plenty of throwing down backstage at Roseland Ballroom last night, where in one of the more odd sponsorships we’ve seen, Hooters and its scantily clad girls were doling out chicken wings and iceberg-lettuce salads. We managed to avoid the fried-food temptations, and met up with makeup artist and Shiseido artistic director Dick Page, who was holding court in the corner. “Lip pencils have too much red in them,” Page explained as he dabbed a gray/brown eyeliner from his new Fall collection on models’ lips, filling them in with a Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Spiced Cream, a deep nude shade that launched this month. “I wanted the makeup to be a bit aggressive,” he said, adding that his inspiration was Wang’s monochrome collection of blacks, whites, and grays. To achieve this, Page applied foundation in a shade or two darker than models’ natural skin color to their cheek contours for severity and coated eyelids with the same brown liner he used on lips, mixed with a Hydro-Powder Cream Eye Shadow in Whitelights. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert perpetuated this direction with a sleek pseudo-pompadour that she described as “very masculine from the front,” which incorporated a corset-style hair band crisscrossed in the back to hold sides taut, while allowing unfinished waves proper mobility for sashaying down the runway to hard rock.
Serving up a mattified nude nail backstage at the Alexander Wang show last night, Butter London Creative Director Nonie Creme was touting the benefits of looking through your makeup bag and discovering all the different ways you can use what you already have. “It’s a really relevant beauty story for 2009,” Creme said, referencing the trying economic times. “This season it’s about seeing all the looks and thinking, ‘how can I recreate this at home with what I’ve got?” One trick she shared with us is using a base coat, like her Nail Foundation, as a top coat, to remove shine from your lacquer. “Matte nails are going to be huge this year,” she predicts. “It’s beautiful, but not overdone. It’s stark. It’s the new ‘clean!” Consider yourself in the know.
Supermodel/fashion muse/jewelry designer Erin Wasson ranks right up there at the top of our “favorite catwalkers of all time” list for a number of reasons: first there’s her Texas tomboy past (any girl who can talk—and play—basketball while moonlighting as a major fashion icon is A-OK by us); then there’s the downtown, devil-may-care style sensibility that has led to more than one iconic party photo in the past few years (the paint-splattered sweatpants with slinky tank combo that she wore to Alexander Wang’s A/W 2008 after-party is still a personal favorite). i-D Magazine must share our sentiment, as they shot an entire spread of Wasson being, well, Wasson—no frills and seemingly no makeup either. Hairstylist Dennis DeVoy even managed to keep her signature, messy waves intact for the feature, using Garren’s Designing Spray Tonic to add volume and a bit of texture before weaving-in a matted-down braid that looks effortlessly perfect—much like the model herself.
Photo: Katy Grannan for i-D Magazine, October 2008