30 posts tagged "Balenciaga"
This past season at Proenza Schouler, hairstylist Paul Hanlon was intent on preserving the gentle haze of fuzz that models arrived with backstage at the show. “What you’d normally control, we’re not,” he said, in fear that strands would look more “commercial” if he were to tame every flyaway. Keira Knightley appeared to have followed the same credo at last night’s SeriousFun gala in London. Her undone waves (seen at shows like Balenciaga and Balmain) added an easy elegance to her Chanel Haute Couture gown—the same one she wore for her walk down the aisle and to a party in 2008. A hot hair trend—and great dress—is always worth repeating.
Confession: I’m bow curious. I’ve fallen for the hair bows worn by Nouvelle Vague-era actresses Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karina, and Brigitte Bardot, but can’t figure out how they managed to turn a perky cheerleader accessory into something stylish and even sex-kittenish. Can a grown woman—who isn’t one of the most beautiful women of all time—really clip a bow in her hair without looking ridiculous?
Recently, I found proof that it’s possible (see: the Spring 2014 Balenciaga and Nina Ricci collections), but I knew that if I wanted to experiment, I’d need professional help. Enter Tommy Buckett of the Serge Normant salon, who created a sixties-inspired style for the Kate Spade Spring 2014 presentation. To avoid one of my major concerns of appearing too juvenile, Buckett ruled out bow-adorned headbands. “You don’t want to look girly or like Alice in Wonderland,” he says. Instead, do as he did at Kate Spade and pull hair up into a topknot, then use Garnier Surfer Hair Power Putty to rough it up and create flyaways. The kiss of death—and fastest way to look like a leftover from Gossip Girl—is not mussing it up a bit. Buckett’s number one rule: “More texture makes it modern.”
If you’re going the topknot route, Buckett suggests playing around with the number of bows: Try one big bow pinned in front of the chignon, or three or five little ones going down the nape of the neck. Another fresh idea is to make a low samurai-style looped ponytail, then tie a satin ribbon in a bow around the base. Finally, if you’re going to try the half-up, half-down look à la Deneuve, avoid her teased, bouncy texture. Buckett’s version: Take a section of hair from one corner of your eye to the other, keep the top part completely flat and straight, and add texture to the bottom with surf spray for a rumpled (but not wavy) finish. The finishing touch: a ribbon where the ponytail holder sits. “The key to the bow,” Buckett says, “is to make it not so pretty.”
The Model: Gisele Bündchen
The Moment: Bejeweled headpieces
The Motivation: The French are often at the forefront of breaking trends, and in the case of hair jewelry, the above shot proves that, yet again, they are a cut above the rest. Trust Paris Vogue to drape a string of diamonds across Gisele Bündchen’s locks nearly a decade and a half before the look hit the runways. While headpieces are a little more subdued this season, the message remains the same: Jewels are just as appropriate perched on your head as they are on your finger. From the simple gold half rings that encircled the backs of models’ heads at Balenciaga’s Spring ’13 show to Chloë Sevigny’s Rodarte headband, a little sparkle in your locks never looked better.
Photo: Herb Ritts for Paris Vogue,; Courtesy of 80s-90s-supermodel.tumblr.com
“To you, the artists whose canvas is air,” began a section of Richard Blanco’s perfume prose as President Obama’s inaugural poet took to the stage last night at the Fragrance Foundation Awards. It was an appropriate ode to the audience of renowned noses—and the marketers and beauty executives who translate their vision into retail success—who had packed the auditorium at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall to celebrate the year’s best bottles. Hosted by SNL alum Dana Carvey, the evening was packed with plenty of comic relief (Carvey did not let the award for “Best Packaging, Mens” go without comment) that was tempered by a few noted moments of sentimentality. Coty senior vice president of corporate communications Catherine Walsh struck a contemplative chord when she stood at the podium to accept the FiFi for Balenciaga’s Florabotanica, which won statuettes for Best Packaging, as well as Fragrance of the Year, Luxury Women’s. Rather than simply thank her team at Coty Prestige, Walsh read from an e-mail that came from the French house’s revered former creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, who was instrumental in the scent’s development. “It was a fantastic creative freedom to create it,” Ghesquière wrote to Walsh. “I’m very thankful for the recognition.”
The night’s other big winners included, Taylor Swift, who accepted her Celebrity of the Year award for her growing arsenal of eaux in a flowing, floor-length Emilio Pucci gown; Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend, which beat out heavy hitters such as Chanel Coco Noir and Gucci Premiere to take home the Consumer Choice award, in addition to being named Perfume of the Year, Popular Women’s; and Marc Jacobs Dot, which won the Fragrance of the Year, Prestige category. The show also honored Allure‘s intrepid editor in chief, Linda Wells, with the Hall of Fame award, which was presented by Nashville star Connie Britton, whose lustrous ginger locks apparently have their own Twitter account, Wells informed the audience in between a few choice one-liners. “I have loved fragrance since I first inhaled Play-Doh,” she later joked. The twenty-plus-year industry vet also revealed that the ever-evolving world of fragrance still manages to surprise even her, as she thanked her 17-year-old son for teaching her how to appreciate the nuances of Axe Dark Temptation Body Spray.
Back in high school, the girl gang I used to pal around with could be identified by three things: a collective bad attitude, the red ’82 VW cabriolet my best friend drove through senior year, and a communal love for pixie bands. I think it was a rave-culture spin-off, but there was something both tough and undeniably sexy about pulling your hair way back and sliding that thick black band just beyond the hairline. You can imagine my excitement, then, when the accoutrement had a small comeback on the Fall runways. Both Julien d’Ys and Guido Palau sent them down the runway at Balenciaga and Nina Ricci, respectively, and last night at the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards in New York, Karlie Kloss followed suit. As if the impossibly tall supe needed any help in the way of accentuating her long, lithe features. Thoughts on Karlie’s nod to sleek severity?