30 posts tagged "Balenciaga"
Throwback Thursday is a new feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Yasmin Le Bon
The Moment: Black headbands
The Motivation: All too often, we find ourselves looking back on the eighties for beauty and fashion inspiration—not so much for the shoulder pads and side ponytails (although we will admit to dabbling in both in the not-so-distant past) but to channel the feeling of unbridled creativity that colored the supermodel era. Apparently, we’re not the only ones: Yasmin Le Bon’s polarized lenses in this 1985 shoot are trending again; ditto her black do-rag turned headband, which turned up last month in Paris courtesy of Julien d’Ys and Guido Palau who employed similar black hair wraps at Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga debut and Nina Ricci, respectively. The style seems ripe for a reprise this summer, if you ask us.
Many of the big questions surrounding the Fall shows were answered this morning when Alexander Wang presented his first collection as the newly named creative director of the house of Balenciaga. How’d he fair? Pretty well, where this site is concerned. Our own Nicole Phelps called the debut a “sure-footed start” for the man who replaced the inimitable Nicolas Ghesquière. But what about the man who replaced the inimitable Guido Palau? After years of helming the hair here, Palau was curiously missing from the backstage fray, replaced by strands superstar, Julien d’Ys. An editorial mainstay who is on constant rotation in American Vogue and whose backstage engagements are typically limited to Comme des Garçons shows, d’Ys was called up by Wang for his Paris premiere to deliver a sleek hair wrap accessorized with a gauzy black swathe of fabric. It was a coiffing coup of sorts, made that much more interesting by the fact that Palau created nearly the same look at Nina Ricci a mere matter of hours later, albeit with a softer finish and a Peter Copping-designed black knit band. What does it all mean? Not all that much, save for the fact that Wang and Palau are likely on a similar wavelength, which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering the Redken creative consultant has been charged with hairstyling duties backstage at Wang’s New York show essentially since he started out six years ago. It merely adds up to a funny bit of coincidence that has mounted some extra intrigue, as if this show needed any more.
Miranda Kerr’s Beauty Secrets For A Happy Marriage; K-Stew’s Future At Balenciaga: A Discussion; And More…
What are Miranda Kerr’s secrets for keeping husband Orlando Bloom happy? A little lipstick and some lingerie—life lessons she learned from her grandmother. “Every day, put a little makeup on, put on some nice underwear, and you’ll keep your husband,” the Victoria’s Secret Angel advised on late-night television yesterday. [Daily Mail]
For anyone wondering how the 36 models that walked the icy-cold Chanel Métiers d’Art runway last night in Scotland managed to keep their breath invisible, the answer is simple: “ice cubes pre-walk,” according to backstage regular Jaquelyn Jablonski. [Twitter]
With Alexander Wang officially in at Balenciaga, inquiring minds want to know if that means Kristen Stewart is out. The Balenciaga fragrance face might not jive with Wang’s ties to Liberty Ross, the model and wife of Rupert Sanders, with whom Stewart had a very public affair this summer, conspiracy theorists assert. There’s been no official comment from the French house—or Coty Prestige, which holds its fragrance license—but our bet is K-Stew will stay put, even without Nicolas Ghesquière, who brought her there in the first place. Fragrance contracts are binding, don’t ya know. [E!]
As the celebrity hair color wheel turns: Lady Gaga is now a brunette, and a raven-haired Rihanna is reminiscing about her short-lived life as a blonde in campaign images for her new fragrance Nude, which she leaked onto Instagram over the weekend. [MTV]
Breaking: Kristen Stewart will be doing a live video chat with Balenciaga Florabotanica fans on October 18 via the brand’s Facebook page, where she will be answering a series of pre-approved questions for 30 whole minutes. The key word here is pre-approved, gossipmongers, so keep it classy. [Grazia]
Since launching his new book Face to Face, Scott Barnes—the makeup man who gave J. Lo her glow—is all about doling out the free tips, like this one: “The best place to match your foundation with your skin color isn’t on your wrist or even your face—it’s on your neck, just below the chin, where the sun never shines.” [Health]
There is no mega-blockbuster that OPI won’t mine for nail polish inspiration. Its latest muse? The new Bond movie. [EW]
Wrinkle reducer, sweat inhibitor, migraine reliever: A quick Botox injection can soothe a world of ills, including hay fever, if new trials in Melbourne, Australia, go well. Researchers down under are currently conducting tests on a Botox gel that could relieve seasonal allergies for up to three months. [The Australian]
Balenciaga is one of the hottest tickets at Paris fashion week, which means that while getting a seat can be difficult, getting backstage is pretty much impossible. Without access to watch Pat McGrath and Guido Palau work their beauty magic on girls like Kasia Struss, Liya Kebede, and Saskia de Brauw in person, we resorted to the next best thing: our live stream, during which we noticed a flicker of light in models’ hair each time they turned a corner on the labyrinthine runway. Barrettes, we ultimately deduced! Gold barrettes! It’d be a little while before we caught up with Palau today to confirm our suspicions, at which point he proved us wrong. “They were hair combs,” he said before backtracking. “They were exquisite hair jewelry, actually,” he rephrased, describing the gilded bands Nicolas Ghesquière designed to wrap around the backs of models’ heads in a few different styles including a plain gold half moon, a version with winding silver branches around the original plain gold base, and the one at left, with upright branches that had a Greek mythology quality to it. “They really had a weight to them,” Palau elaborated, insinuating that the accessories were likely incredibly expensive to make—and therefore that much less likely to be produced for the masses. A girl can dream.