26 posts tagged "Balmain"
While we’ve seen some interesting things done with eyeliner in the past (Peter Philips at Chanel and Fendi anyone?), the bum shot that makeup artist Wendy Rowe posted on Instagram today was certainly cheeky. With denim recently incorporated into Anthony Vaccarello’s and Balmain’s collections, the hunt for that elusive pair that accentuates every curve without pulling across the front or gaping in the back is set to continue for Spring. Here, a black pencil offers a simple (albeit bold) solution to finding the perfect fit.
If there was one thing I wanted to snag backstage at Balmain (aside from the quilted bomber from Look Two and a pair of laser-cut leather booties) it was a set of the über-chic hairstyling products that bare the house’s name. The other beauty editors and I were salivating over (and I admit, spritzing) the range. As a longtime fan of the label’s Ambre Gris eau de parfum—a sultry blend of sage, tuberose, benzoin, cedarwood, and tonka bean—these formulas, infused with silk protein and Argan oil, are decidedly less heady. And the sleek bottles, in contrast to the ornamental collection, are very minimalist—baring only the essential details in simple black and white. The one product I’ll definitely be tracking down before I leave Paris is the Texturizing Salt Spray (although you can get your hands on it, minus the transatlantic flight, via the brand’s Website). If Olivier Rousteing is making overalls and baseball tees the look du jour for Spring 2014, I’ll need relaxed waves to go with them.
“It took longer to take my makeup off than it did to put it on,” Karlie Kloss said backstage at Balmain. Minimal was an understatement, as makeup artist Tom Pecheux applied concealer only where needed, curled the lashes, and dusted powder across the tops of foreheads to take down shine. He focused mainly on skin care—massaging a combination of Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer and Revitalizing Supreme Crème into complexions, topping them off with Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher for a dewy finish. “We transformed the makeup room into a spa,” he said. Pecheux picked up his soft touch from several pros around the globe, including Tracie Martyn, Terri Lawton, and Loudna at Joël Ciocco in Paris. “There are three pressure points [we are hitting]: under the eyes, inner corners, and beginning of the brow bone,” the face painter explained. He added that without the pampering the makeup-less models would “give him shit.” However, I didn’t hear any complaints—as most girls seemed to be in a blissful state as they sat back and enjoyed a little TLC.
The hair was equally as easy and organic. Sam McKnight misted strands with water to coax out natural texture and applied Magic Move Light (a non-greasy pomade shipped in from Japan via a former assistant) to create a piece-y effect.” The clothes are so high-octane that the Balmain woman is confident enough not to need any artifice,” he said. For girls with frizzier textures, he held sections taut with his hands and blew them straight, using a blow-dryer. Models lucky enough to have a thick head of hair had the under layers braided and tucked away to eliminate the bulk. As for the total package, Pecheux summed it up quite succinctly: “The rawness of a supermodel is different than the rawness of a regular woman.” Well, that’s certainly the understatement of the season.
To balance Balmain’s over-the-top, rock-star-worthy clothes, Olivier Rousteing typically prefers a no-fuss approach to hair and makeup at his runway shows. But this season, the young designer decided to go all out on the beauty look for the label’s Inez-and-Vinoodh-lensed Fall campaign, starring Cora Emmanuel, Manon Leloup, Khadija, and Elisabeth Erm. In several of the images, Erm is sporting a high, teased-out ponytail, plus heavily contoured blush (that creeps up onto her temples) and eye shadow reminiscent of the eighties—all in a fuchsia that matches her jewel-toned outfit. It isn’t an everyday look, to be sure, but we think it complements the blingy collection. What about you?
I will never forget reading an old Kristina O’Neill interview on Into the Gloss in which she posited that “one of the most unchic things is coming to work with your hair wet. There’s something messy and unkempt about it.” As a wash-and-go girl who’d roll up to early appointments fresh out of the shower with still-damp locks, her words caused me to start bathing at night instead. But Miuccia Prada reassured me that my look was all right when she sent models with sopping mops down her Fall ’13 runway (similar styles turned up at Marni, Balmain, and Giambattista Valli). Backstage before the show, hairstylist Guido Palau said, “The ultimate ease is wet, just-out-of-the-shower hair. I mean, how chic is that!” During a blistering heat wave like the one New Yorkers have been weathering this week, rocking saturated strands is the cooling equivalent of having an amusement park fan—you know, the ones that mist—on your head. And wet tresses don’t appear to be going soggy anytime soon. Edie Campbell sported a slick ‘do in the latest Giles lookbook, while Kate King was snapped with beachy waves for the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar Latin America.
Photos: GoRunway.com; Courtesy of Giles and Harper’s Bazaar Latin America