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August 28 2014

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3 posts tagged "amfAR"

The Soul Patch Seen Round the World

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john-travoltaDamien Hirst’s gilded mammoth was only one of the things at last night’s amfAR gala that caught our eye. The other made up for the lack of wool on the prehistoric animal: John Travolta’s mysterious and oddly off-center soul patch. The question that kept coming to mind was, “Why?” Here, our ideas for its reason of being:

1. An attempt to rival Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst‘s lady beard.

2. Camouflage for failed chin implant.

3. Allowed small child to design facial hair on magnetic Wooly Willy game. Replicated for red carpet.

4. Jafar from Aladdin is his beauty icon.

5. Auditioning to replace Howie Mandel as the host of Deal or No Deal.

Photo: Kevin Tachman

Kiehl’s, Derek Lam Quilt For A Cause

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For those of you who thought today was just another day in New York—and a cold one at that—take note: December 1 is World Aids Day, which means there’s a slew of charitable events taking place throughout the city. Kiehl’s, the East Village apothecary turned international cult favorite has renewed its partnership with amfAR, an alliance that dates back to 1996. This year’s initiative kicked off this morning with the debut of Hand Care for a Cure, a limited-edition version of Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, the profits of which will be dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. If you head over to the brand’s flagship store at 109 Third Avenue to pick up your own tube of the extra-emollient balm, you can also take a gander at its World AIDS Day Quilt, which was designed in collaboration with Derek Lam and uses hundreds of unique squares handmade by Kiehl’s teams from over 30 different countries. This historic piece of fashion-meets-beauty ephemera will be on display for one week before it heads off on a worldwide tour.

Photo: Courtesy of Kiehl’s

Confronting The Red Army

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Full disclosure: We are among the bandwagoneers to embrace the red lip over the past few years as it has steadily made a mainstream comeback. No more sheer gloss for us, thanks. When it comes to important public appearances, we see red—the more opaque and brighter the better. But as the old standby continues to regain popular favor, we’re beginning to wonder if it’s less statement-making when everyone at your party also has it painted on. Case in point: At amfAR’s inaugural Milan fashion week event last night, we spotted at least four crimson pouts, in glossy and matte incarnations and in a shade range that included Dita Von Teese’s pink-red and Linda Evangelista’s orange-tinged hue. Should we start embracing the rainbow of lip offerings that have made repeat appearances on the runway, or can red really be universal and totally unique at the same time?

Photo: Getty Images