August 21 2014

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Beauty And The Beat: Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster Goes Blonde—And Goes Solo


It’s been two years since indie dream pop trio Au Revoir Simone went on a hiatus, but singer and keyboardist Erika Forster has found a way to keep busy with a newly launched solo project. “I wanted to still do music and I felt like, ‘Well, I have everything set up for me to do this, so I need to just see what happens.’ I just started experimenting,” she says of her self-titled debut EP, out this week. As with Miuccia Prada-favorite Au Revoir Simone (who are now back together and presently working on their fourth album), the tracks on Erika Spring showcase Forster’s dulcet voice and knack for ethereal, just-the-right-side-of-sweet melodies. Here, caught up with the Brooklyn-based musician to find out her eco-friendly beauty favorites, why silk is a touring musician’s best friend, and why blondes really do have more fun.

What’s the biggest difference between working solo versus with a group?
It’s really nice in the band [because] I always have two people that I trust to bounce ideas off of. Sometimes I feel a little, like, I don’t know the answer to the question and I’m going to have to figure it out. But I also have to say it’s allowed me to meet other amazing creative people—like Jorge [Elbrecht], who produced [my album]. Just having those experiences were really positive.

Besides going solo, you’ve also gone from brunette to blonde—another big change, I imagine.
I had been wanting to do it for a long time. I’ve had every kind of blonde since then; I started slowly and then I went all the way to platinum, which was fun, but it was really hard to keep it up. Now I’ve settled down. I’ve found my blonde! The girl who does it is amazing. I go to Aura Friedman at Serge Normant at John Frieda in [New York's] Meatpacking District. She has great ideas; when I first started getting my hair done by her, we were putting a lot of really pale pastel pinks in. She also has a really great color Tumblr [] that’s just so beautiful. She’s an artist.

Did going blonde have any effect on your personality?
I feel like at the time that I did it, I really needed to lighten up in a very spiritual and all-encompassing way. I didn’t think about it that way then, but looking back, I wanted to just have this physical change. I think stereotypes about blondes are annoying but some of them are really true—in many ways I feel like my personality fits being blonde.

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The Sixties, Revisited Backstage At Peter Som


In case it wasn’t clear—what with the banana-shaped eye-liner application, spider lashes, and all—Fall’s sixties-inspired beauty look was back in full effect for Spring at Peter Som this morning. “I noticed a little bit of a sixties detail in the collection in the shape of a sleeve or the length of a skirt,” face painter Tom Pecheux confirmed. He also picked up on what he described as a “sophisticated, but young and fresh” feeling in the clothes, which was why he chose to incorporate a fun pop of color into the makeup look. Sculpting cheeks with MAC blush in Peaches and Fleur Power, Pecheux devoted most of his attention to custom-blending violet/burgundy lids. After applying a dusting of MAC’s forthcoming Extra Diversion eye shadow in Young Venus, a shimmering purple, he carved out the crease with its eye shadows in Fig. 1 and India Ink before using its Chromagraphic pencil in Rich Purple to line the bottom lash line. A tawny pink lip and MAC’s Pro Lash mascara in Black on both top and bottom lashes hammered home the Twiggy effect.

Wella global creative director Eugene Souleiman was more trying to channel Julie Christie and fashioned his streaked, deep side parts accordingly. “It’s kind of sixties, but less ladylike and much more cool,” he said. After applying the ombré rose gold and steely lavender extensions, custom-dyed by Wella color ambassador Aura Friedman for the occasion, Souleiman prepped hair with Wella Perfect Setting lotion to add texture and a worn-in feel. “The color purposely has roots so it looks like the girls colored their hair three months ago and really don’t care that it’s grown out,” Souleiman elaborated. To further the “cool” vibe of the apathetically unkempt, he tied a side section of hair at the nape of the neck and spritzed on a halo of Wella’s Ocean Spritz salt spray as models made their way to the runway, massaging it in with his fingers for a “raw, Courtney Love kind of feel.”

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