August 20 2014

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27 posts tagged "Balmain"

The Sports Massage—For Your Face


TomPecheuxBackstageHow many times have you heard the adage that great makeup starts with fabulous skin? It’s repeated because it’s true, and Balmain’s Spring 2014 lineup is proof. Though lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux barely applied more than a light dusting of powder and a touch of concealer to the models, he did insist on mandatory pre-runway face massages. But this was no backstage-turned-pampering session. The type of facials that get you a healthy, youthful complexion are actually pretty aggressive, and they’re popping up on spa menus around the world. Think a deep-tissue sports massage for your face—often with a side of electric current. But these rough-and-tumble treatments are well worth it for their rejuvenating results. The hard pressure helps to rid your face and neck of built-up fluids that can make you look puffy and boosts blood flow to promote collagen production. You’ll leave the table looking younger and feeling refreshed, and for those reasons we’re willing to lay our heads in these expert hands. Click here to view the slideshow.


Breaking Out the Big Guns (and Not Much Else), Backstage at Balmain


karlie-kloss“The girls are booked for who they are, so it’s not about stamping a look on them,” explained hair pro Sam McKnight. When you have models like Angela Lindvall, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik, Jourdan Dunn, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley all in one room, do you even need hair and makeup? Add a swipe of lipstick and the Hôtel de Ville might just spontaneously combust from the overwhelming amount of beauty. Nevertheless, a little foundation, concealer, and brow powder never hurt anyone. And that’s about all maquillage master Tom Pecheux used backstage to create the “safari goddess” who would wear Olivier Rousteing’s high-octane clothes through the jungle. The only alteration he made was paling out the skin with a lighter shade of base. “It’s still the minimum of what you can do in terms of makeup, but it’s much more than last season,” Pecheux quipped.

An “unbrushed, lazy ponytail with a structured front,” was how McKnight summed up the strict center parts and textured tails that showed off the collared necklaces and door-knocker earrings created by the designer. To coax out natural wave, he spritzed strands with a combination of water and Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray after tying off the length with a string of elastic. As for who, of all the girls, has the “ideal” hair: Huntington-Whiteley, of course. Sigh. As if that face and body weren’t enough.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

Getting Better With Age: Jessica Lange Is the New Face of Marc Jacobs Beauty


jessica-lange“I don’t put things into demographics or ages, I’m inspired by great women,” said Marc Jacobs at a soiree in Paris last night celebrating the European launch of his beauty line and its new face, 64-year-old Jessica Lange. “I love women with a strong voice and vision. I like people who are dynamic and creative. And again, women who indulge in fashion and beauty as part of their life, but it’s not their whole life.” Lange’s voice carried through the cloud-filled air at the designer’s Fall 2014 show, and yesterday evening the lyrics to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” resounded through a room projected with a film starring the acclaimed actress shot by David Sims (which will appear in the window of Sephora on the Champs-Élysées come March 6). As I interviewed Jacobs and Lange’s lips and smoky eyes (the work of face painter Diane Kendal) panned across the walls, he explained: “It was important to set precedent just like we do with our fashion shows. What we’ll do with beauty is that we want to surprise, we don’t want to fall into a formula. We want to be able to respond to our inspirations at any given moment and go with it, and over time it will tell the story that beauty isn’t for this person or that person, it’s for anyone who wants it.”

It appears that a number of others are on the same page this week: NARS Cosmetics’ signed Charlotte Rampling; Angela Lindvall made an appearance at Balmain alongside modern-day supers like Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls; and Rick Owens cast not only his employees but catwalk legends like Kirsten Owen, Ann Oost, and Hannelore Knuts. Perhaps the fashion world is becoming a little less enthralled by the barely legal (and often years away from legal), hot young things and like their women how they like their wine: aged to perfection.

Madge Has a Skin Secret, Balmain Is “Extatic” About Its New Scent, and More


madonnaOpen your heart…to #MDNASKIN, which is (what we think could be) a new skincare collection by Madonna. The singer posted a photo of herself on Instagram with the mysterious caption, “She’s done for the day! Bath or shower? #MDNASKIN.” A little research into the hashtag leads to an even more mysterious website that says it will be unveiled in Japan on February 12. Madge, we can’t wait to get our hands on your new material. [Daily Mail]

French label Balmain unveiled a new women’s fragrance this month. Extatic, created by perfumer Emilie Coppermann, includes notes of rose, night jasmine, cashmere wood, iris, and nashi pear. “Extatic is like Balmain clothing,” creative director Olivier Rousteing told British Vogue. “Once you have taken the time to make it yours, you can truly express yourself through it and communicate what you are to others.” Fittingly, the fragrance’s packaging is evocative of a Balmain jacket: shiny, gold, and like Anna Selezneva—Balmain love child and face of the new scent—daringly sexy. [Vogue UK]

You can get more than just a sensible cardigan or monogrammed backpack at Lands’ End. The Wisconsin-based retailer recently unveiled a new line of beauty products, a first for the brand. The Coastal Living Collection includes body lotion, hand cream, and body wash, each containing notes of honey blossom and fresh lavender designed to “transport the wearer to a lighthouse by the sea.”

Nothing brightens up Polar Vortex-induced doldrums like a few spring-y blooms—and London-based nail brand Ciaté can help you do just that. Its new Flower Manicure kit contains real dried and pressed flower petals and a pastel lacquer for a garden-party-worthy manicure in the middle of winter.

Photo: Instagram

She’s Come Undone


SeriousFun London Gala 2013 - Red Carpet ArrivalsThis 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.

Photo: Getty