23 posts tagged "Anna Sui"
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?
Anna Sui’s cosmetics range became a favorite with beauty gurus and editors alike when it debuted almost ten years ago. After disappearing for a while due to some unresolved licensing “issues,” the collection of brightly colored, boudoir-inspired eye shadows, lip glosses, and nail lacquers has been in slow-moving comeback mode (elaborate “beauty bars” were erected backstage at the designer’s Spring and Fall shows to preview upcoming launches, although the products are still only available for purchase at her Soho store). This week, the blogosphere is abuzz with news that the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award winner has not only decided to dabble in haircare, but has also chosen model Agyness Deyn to front the new range. The influx of intelligence put us into information overdrive, so we called our trusted sources to get the inside scoop. And here it is: Yes, there is indeed a haircare line and while it’s not necessarily new (it’s been out in Japan for over a year), the rose-scented shampoo, conditioner, and hair oil finally arrived at Sui’s flagship in late July. Re: Agyness, she’s fronting the campaign for Sui’s new Fall colors, not the haircare line. Thoughts on her Prism Beige lipstick and Glassy Silver and Glassy Purple eye shadows?
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Anna Sui’s first foray into cosmetics and fragrance, a suite was set up backstage at her show last night, displaying the full color line and collection of perfumes. The rose-scented makeup went M.I.A for a little while, but it’s back in full effect with five new lip glosses, five new nail colors, new brow pencils, a brow mascara, and a new highlighter, blush, and bronzer available at the designer’s Soho boutique, the only U.S. store where the range is sold. The centerpiece of the offerings on view, however, was Anna Sui Live Your Dream, a new floral fragrance comprising lily of the valley, jasmine, and Bulgarian rose notes, packaged in the same bottle as the original Anna Sui fragrance but tinted pink, an optimistic shade that is intended to mark Sui’s success story from Detroit to New York and the world of fashion. The fragrance’s ad campaign will be fronted by Karen Elson—Sui’s favorite model—shot as a modern-day Alphonse Mucha poster and embodying the Art Nouveau era.
Despite sporting a longer coif equipped with vision-impairing fringe these days, model Agyness Deyn is not necessarily forgoing the short spiky hair that helped give her “super” status. “I just haven’t gotten it cut in a while,” Deyn explained to us backstage at Anna Sui in her northern English accent. “It is so long now, though,” she said, pulling her platinum blond hair over her eyes to demonstrate. “I feel like I can hide behind it a bit.” This just in: bangs to replace dark sunglasses as the new paparazzi defense mechanism.
During the Spring show season, designers often pass down a “warm” mandate to the makeup artist in charge backstage. This is why, aside from a few rogue dissenters, you frequently see a bevy of rosy cheeks walking down the runway come September. Spring 2009 was no exception to this general rule, although in a particularly interesting turn of events, no one seemed willing to just call a rose a rose, so to speak. No, this year makeup artists got inventive and took creative license with the whole trend: At 3.1 Phillip Lim, NARS Cosmetics’ Ayako had an inspiration board with pictures of National Geographic cover girls—she called her bronzed cheek contours “dusty Gypsy skin.” Pat McGrath referenced “Mexican folklore” for the semi-flushed face she gave models at Anna Sui, and Charlotte Tilbury called the airbrushed tan she designed for Zac Posen “tribal.” We thought Dick Page’s “après-ski, pre-fondue” wind-burnt look at Michael Kors topped our list of inspirational favorites until we saw Tom Pecheux’s handiwork at Hermès. Approaching “ruddy,” Pecheux’s rugged faces managed to recast the image of frontierswomen in an elegant, even blatantly sexy way. Trailblazing, indeed.
Photo: Clockwise from left, Greg Kessler at Michael Kors; Antonello Trio at Hermès; Maria Valentino at 3.1 Phillip Lim.