August 23 2014

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23 posts tagged "Anna Sui"

Seeing Spots, Backstage At Anna Sui


Black cat-eyes may have dominated the Spring runways, but for Fall, they’ve gone Technicolor. Already turning up in red, orange, and chartreuse incarnations this week in New York, Pat McGrath added azure to the mix backstage at Anna Sui, where she whipped up theatrical blue wings. “There’s beautiful upholstery fabrics in the collection,” the CoverGirl global creative design director explained of the color’s origin, crafting a “fat” liquid line along models’ upper lash line with an upward flick on the end. “You draw your shape, fill it in, and add your shadow,” McGrath said, demoing the process on the back of her hand with CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Blue Boom and its Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Indigo Impact. Tracing inner rims with a white pencil to open the eye, McGrath added a few coats of CoverGirl LashPerfection mascara for a dramatic sixties feel. “It’s my favorite,” the face painter said of the slim tube. As a finishing touch, she flexed her 3-D makeup muscle, as she was wont to do last season, and placed hand-colored, hand-cut circular stickers below the lower lash line. “It adds a little extra interest,” she said of the detail, which was lined up exactly with models’ pupils. Nails were painted a similar shade of blue courtesy of Anna Sui’s own lacquer in #103.

Picking up on the sixties vibe that is part-and-parcel to almost everything Sui does, Garren sculpted a side-parted low ponytail that he teased at the crown. “It’s kind of Adele,” Sui’s longtime coiffing collaborator said of the style that was prepped with Rene Furterer Volumino, heavily back-combed, and finished with a halo of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray. “[When it comes to hair spray], there’s only Elnett,” the super stylist said of the classic gold aerosol can.

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Seeing Red For Spring


Black cat-eye liner was the eye makeup trend of the Spring season (click here for more of our top ten beauty moments), but there was another unlikely eye pigment shade that got a fair bit of play: red. It turned up in varying degrees of opacity—from a wash of color at Clements Ribeiro and Anna Sui to a much more “fab, fun look,” as Pat McGrath referred to the heavily rimmed crimson lids she slicked on at Miu Miu. “It’s really the idea of a splash of color—be it red, blue, or green,” McGrath explained when we recently had the pleasure of recapping the season’s most significant beauty developments with her. “It’s not like every girl is going to be walking around with red lids.”

But if you do want to give the look a whirl, there are myriad ways to successfully go scarlet. For a more subtle effect, try buildable semi-sheer pigments, like MAC Pro Chromacake in Crimson and Coral, which makeup artist Lucia Pica smudged across eyes at House of Holland for a “watercolorlike” finish; or go with a creamy blush, like CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry, which McGrath multitasked on eyes and cheeks backstage at Anna Sui. To go bold with the fiery hue, McGrath recommends tracing upper lash lines with—get this—lipstick, and coating that with a professional-grade pigment in the same color. In a recent trial run, we found chubby lipstick pencils, like Mirabella’s new Velvet Lip Pencils in Red Velvet, are the easiest tools for the task. Top that off with a theatrical red shadow, like Lime Crime’s Magic Dust Eyeshadow in Siren, and you should be good to go.

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Red Alert, Backstage at Anna Sui


Monochrome makeup struck again at Anna Sui, but it wasn’t another case of the flesh-toned beiges, mauves, and browns we’ve been seeing this week; instead, Pat McGrath played with the color red. “It’s very much to do with Antonio Lopez and Donna Jordan,” the makeup master said, referencing the famed fashion illustrator and his muse-turned-Warhol-superstar. “It’s decadently beautiful,” she continued of the palette, which featured CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Lush Berry applied to cheeks and lids, and a blend of crimson lipsticks on pouts, including CoverGirl’s new Runway Collection Lip Perfection in Tempt and Hot and Sui’s eponymous color collection’s lipstick in No. 461—the same shade, in fact, that Sui was wearing backstage. (“Everyone looks good in red lipstick,” the designer offered). CoverGirl’s new LashBlast 24-Hour mascara on both the top and bottom lashes supplied that quintessential doll-eyed effect that comes standard with Sui’s season-spanning sixties and seventies inspirations.

“Forties meets seventies,” to be exact, Garren confirmed. The single-monikered hairstylist and longtime Sui collaborator was hard at work crafting deep side parts and long, loose waves, à la Veronica Lake with a “wild twist.” Prepping hair with René Furterer Volumea volumizing foam, Garren wrapped sections around Enzo Milano’s curling sticks and pinned them in place before releasing them and brushing them out for softness. “It’s a forced curl,” he said of the visible bounce that peeked through a series of turbans and side-slung flowers that Sui sent down the runway.

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Kate Moss Gets Wedding-Day Gorgeous; A Preview Of Bottega Veneta’s First Fragrance; And More…


The first pictures of Kate Moss’ nuptials to Kills front man Jamie Hince are hitting the Web—as are details about the supe’s wedding day glam squad. Backstage regular Sam McKnight reportedly did Moss’ hair, while London’s manicurist-with-the mostest, Sophy Robson, was on nail duty. [Grazia]

Let it be known, Hollywood life is not for Emma Watson. “L.A. scares the crap out of me. I feel if I have to work out four hours a day, and count the calories of everything I put in my mouth, and have Botox at 22, and obsess about how I look the whole time, I will go mad. I will absolutely lose it,” says the Harry Potter star in the August issue of Bazaar. [People]

At long last, details on Bottega Veneta’s debut fragrance—and they’re good! The label’s designer, Tomas Maier, was actively involved in the creation of the leathery floral chypre, incorporating notes of patchouli, oak moss, Italian bergamot, Indian jasmine sambac, and Brazilian pink peppercorns. His inspiration point? “An old house in the beautiful countryside in the Veneto region of Italy with rolling green hills.” [WWD]

Jil Sander is jumping on the designer perfume bandwagon, too, with a fruity oriental offering called Eve due out this Fall. [WWD]

And while she may not be getting in on the 2011 action, expect to see plenty more of Anna Sui on the fragrance front next year. The New York designer has signed a new licensing deal with Inter Parfums that will bring way more visibility to her beauty brand. [WWD]

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Kristina S. Is Putting The Fade Back On Top


Despite a coveted gig opening Louis Vuitton in Paris last season, and a cameo on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring couture runway, it’s safe to say that Croatian catwalker Kristina Salinovic has officially hit her stride for Fall. We spotted the relative newcomer backstage at Theyskens’ Theory, Anna Sui, Narciso Rodriguez, and, perhaps most notably, Oscar de la Renta, where her impressive fade stood out amid a sea of long-haired beauties. “Mario cuts it,” she said of the shaved-underneath, longer-on-the-top style, referring to her go to stylist, Mario Mesaric. But Salinovic has been playing with all manners of razors and peroxide bottles for the better part of four years. “I’m a hairdresser and hairdressers just do that,” she told us when we finally inquired about the crop last night at Anna Sui. She’s experimented with full-blonde styles, streaks, and more uniform spiky boy cuts, but her latest look is by far the most striking—and seems to be going over well with casting agents, too. “After my prom night I just cut it,” the 20-year-old recalls. “I was bored.” We can’t wait to see what she comes up with to fill the void during the short lull between Milan and Paris.

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