22 posts tagged "Anna Sui"
As is typically the case with Anna Sui, there was plenty to see backstage at her Spring show this week. Aside from makeup maestro Pat McGrath’s “theatrical black glitter” eyes and hairstylist Garren’s Days of Heaven-inspired, middle-parted down ‘dos, Ms. Sui herself was mingling with models and reporters, showing off a fantastic, sparkly charcoal manicure with chunky sequins from her eponymous collection of hard-to-come-by lacquers. “We do the best glitter polishes,” she told us when we inquired about her pro tips. Over at the “beauty bar” Sui sets up every season to showcase her cosmetics line was her eyewear collection and a new fragrance that just bowed this week, available exclusively at the designer’s Soho boutique. Forbdden Affair, as the lemon, red currant, black currant, raspberry, violet, and rose petal accord eau is called, possesses a new technology that allegedly allows the fresh, fruity top notes to “re-burst” with extended wear. Former Anna Sui Beauty spokesmodel Agyness Deyn has been replaced by an ethereal-looking Lily Donaldson, who appears in the perfume’s ads and closed Sui’s show on Wednesday wearing a gilded coronet of flowers.
Backstage at Donna Karan and Anna Sui’s Spring shows, makeup artist and Cover Girl creative director Pat McGrath took us on a quick run through some of the bigger launches she’s got planned for the brand this year. Particularly noteworthy was the new Blast collection, featuring LashBlast Length Mascara, which is cleverly designed with product reservoirs at the tip of its brush to grab and extend fine, hard-to-reach corner lashes; Smoky ShadowBlast, a double-ended shadow stick for lining and smudging; and ShineBlast Lip Gloss. The range won’t officially hit stores until the end of the year, but Cover Girl has decided to release a limited quantity as a preview beginning today. (We saw McGrath demo one of the Smoky ShadowBlast sticks on Lily Donaldson, and for the record, it looked pretty darn good.) Click here to get in on the action while supplies last.
Spending a concentrated amount of time pulling backstage duty each season, we have noticed a few secret weapons in makeup artists’ kits. Cosmetics, after all, can only go so far on their own. Tubs of Vaseline and tins of Smith’s Rosebud Salve make frequent appearances from New York to Paris, since, when combined with an eye shadow or pigment powder, each can create an instant grease paint for eyes, cheeks, and lips—and can even be turned into a colored mascara, as we saw Charlotte Willer whip up backstage at DKNY last month. For all skincare concerns, Pat McGrath keeps SK-II Signs Eye Masks on hand, so that in the event that an overtired, sallow-skinned model shows up in her chair—be it at Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, or Balenciaga—she can instantly make dark circles and parched skin right as rain (“It takes just five minutes,” McGrath recently divulged of the cotton overlay’s super powers). Alternatively, Tom Pecheux prefers Rodin’s Olio Lusso for all complexion corrections and has toted the yellow elixir with him from Badgley Mischka to Balmain. Branded as a “skin scent” that doubles as a liquid moisturizer-cum-illuminator-cum-total miracle worker, Olio Lusso is packed with 11 essential oils, including ever popular and skin-regenerating argan, as well as apricot, evening primrose, and arnica, which reduces puffiness. The supple, glowing results are visible almost immediately, whether you use it as a primer pre-foundation or slather it on cathartically before bed. At a very basic level, though, it just feels (and smells) good, making it one of the best beauty tips we’ve come away with from the shows.
Harking back to one of her favorite moments in time, Anna Sui ordered a familiar sixties-era beauty look for her Spring presentation yesterday. “We’re going to the Mod circus,” makeup artist Pat McGrath laughed as she applied black eyeliner and Twiggy-inspired spider lashes to models’ lids with heavy strokes of CoverGirl LashBlast. McGrath also dabbed on a pink cheek using CoverGirl’s new Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush, for that I-just-tamed-some-lions-in-a-minidress-and-knee-high-boots flush. The bigger story backstage was a repeat appearance of the Anna Sui beauty bar, in which the designer showcases all of the latest and greatest products in her cosmetics line. We’ve already talked about her fall foundations and nail lacquers, as well as her bodycare line, but new for review was Rock Me, Sui’s latest olfactory offering, with pear, peach skin, lily, and vanilla notes encased in a guitar-shaped flacon. It smells pretty similar to Sui Love, the passion fruit, jasmine, Italian violet, and musk scent that comes in the rainbow butterfly bottle, but has a slightly darker edge that’s bolstered by an ad campaign starring Agyness Deyn in leather, black nail polish, and studded gloves. It officially hit counters today, and all interested parties are invited to Sui’s Soho boutique on Greene Street between 6 and 8 p.m. to toast its arrival.
With so many gift bags, on-site manis, and transitional “night makeup” applications to be had last night, I decided the best way to cover a lot of ground was to stick to one neighborhood. So for convenience reasons, I chose Soho and made my first stop Anna Sui on Greene Street. I naturally gravitated toward the cosmetics counter, where Sui’s new moisturizing foundation and iridescent nail lacquers were on display, both of which are only available for purchase at her flagship. Bearing that in mind, I picked up a sparkly purple color and continued on my way, past a window display of live male models at the Penguin store and into Space NK Apothecary, where I had my first taste of Champagne. “Can I just pour myself a glass?” I asked of the unattended sparkling rosé sitting on the counter, to which a pleasant shopgirl replied, “Of course!” (This is the kind of retail shopping I could get used to.) After a Bumble and Bumble hair touchup (the new, shorter ‘do has been a big hit at fashion week thus far, for those of you who were wondering), I had a conversation on red lipstick—”It’s Dior,” I said of the discontinued bullet I was reapplying when another crimson-mouthed shopper inquired about my shade of choice. And hers? MAC’s Lady Danger, the same shade that the brand’s vice president of makeup artistry, Gordon Espinet, asked me if I was wearing when I made my way up Spring Street to his party. Espinet took me through MAC’s red-orange color gradient when I revealed that I was not in fact wearing one of his creations (gasp!), and I chose a tube of Morange, one of the best true oranges on the market right now. Needing a little sustenance I remembered a very important freebie happening just across the way at Molton Brown: salty snacks! So I crossed the cobblestones and popped a handful of kettle corn into my mouth. Although I was looking forward to a selection of British ales, as advertised, I happily took a Heineken (apparently Boddingtons only comes in four-packs) and used my right hand to sip while I got a hand massage on the left. Unable to resist the scent of the Eucalyptus and Ginger Scrub my masseur used for pre-rub-down exfoliation, I made yet another purchase and continued south to Chanel. There, past the line of hip-hop enthusiasts stalking Kid Cudi at Bathing Ape, aestheticians were painting nails in the middle of the store using the brand’s new Jade collection. I almost partook, but my current ten-finger salute to Essie’s One of a Kind is just two days old, so I spent my time perusing the accessories case instead. I almost made last night the night I purchased that gold, three-pronged camellia key chain I’ve been coveting, but alas. Maybe next year?