23 posts tagged "Balmain"
As we made our way around the steamy backstage area at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hôtel for Balmain this afternoon, we spotted something unexpected as models meandered around makeup artist Tom Pecheux and coiffing star Sam McKnight’s respective stations (more on that in a bit)—namely one Freja Beha Erichsen. Erichsen skipped New York, London, and Milan for Spring, making Balenciaga her season opener earlier this morning. And not only was Erichsen there, in the flesh, about to get her hair done, but she was rocking a freshly shaved undercut. “Sam did it for me,” Freja said when we inquired about the eighties-era punk mainstay that’s having a bit of a moment of late. “He did it a couple of months ago but just touched it up today. It’s complicated stuff,” she joked of the style that simply requires a razor and a devil-may-care attitude. It turns out Erichsen wanted to talk about the complicated stuff. “I’m trying to get everyone to donate a day’s salary on October 4 to Doctors Without Borders,” the Danish stunner told Style.com about a charity initiative she has taken up. “I’ve always admired what they do around the world as first responders—and in some cases the only responders,” she added. Visit www.starvedforattention.org to learn more about the cause and sign the petition to donate now.
Balmain fans, get psyched. The brand has just inked a deal to release a new line of fragrances at the end of next year. [WWD]
It was bound to happen eventually. Scandal has erupted inside the Lady Gaga camp as an explosive new book alleges that the pop star is “sick” of going on extreme dieting binges to fit into all of those tiny little costumes. And so it goes in the torrid life of a fame monster. [Daily Mail]
In the oversaturated market of mass-produced creams promising everything under the sun, the pared-down apothecary concept is emerging as king. [NYT]
Do you ever find yourself preoccupied with the idea of heading into the afterlife without a perfect face of makeup? No? Well, if the anxiety should befall you, know this: Illamasqua has teamed up with a London-based funeral home to help facilitate your “final act of self-expression.” [Bella Sugar]
The fact that ponytails have transcended their former station as the preferred hairstyle of “girl-next-door” types and female basketball players alone is not news; the easy updo has, for the past few seasons, gotten plenty of action off the court and on the runway and red carpet (Hailee Steinfeld’s well-played pony and white Prabal gown at the Golden Globes immediately comes to mind). But the coif is having a special moment for Fall, turning up in all four fashion capitals with regularity and variation—which is great news for those of you who are probably, definitely never going to work all of those equally abundant teased, voluminous French twists into your repertoire come September.
It all started at Alexander Wang, where Guido Palau fashioned a very low, loose ponytail in which more hair was purposely left out of the elastic than was contained by it. Palau then debuted the “dominatrix ponytail” at Marc Jacobs, as he called it, using Redken’s Blown Away 09 Blow-Dry Gel and a flat iron to get the severe “perversion of convention” he was after. A similar look appeared in London at Nicole Farhi before graphic center parts and fishtail braids joined the party at Christopher Kane. Shortly after, things got high, tight, and conical at Kinder Aggugini—a style that was repeated almost to a T by Eugene Souleiman at Issey Miyake yesterday, albeit with the addition of white triangular shapes extending beyond the hairline. Texture became a key element for both the thick, frizzy tails at Issa and the matte wavy styles at House of Holland before things moved to Milan, where the standout pony arrived early on at Gucci, thanks to Luigi Murenu’s seventies-era glossy-in-front, crimped-in-back tails, which he embellished with feathers for Frida Giannini’s second ode to disco.
Here in Paris, we’re seeing much of the same—low and loose at Balmain, high and lacquered at Mugler, soft and contained by a gold band at Dries, and braided for ease and simplicity at Lanvin. “The great thing about the ponytail is that it’s without reference,” Guido Palau surmised of the coiffing establishments partiality for the style when we caught up with him at backstage at Alber Elbaz’ show. “We’ve basically been using the emotional attachment of the ponytail but adding a character to it. Now, you wear a ponytail with an evening dress and it’s not wrong—it’s almost de rigueur. It’s full hair looks that seem wrong.” Word on the street from a very reliable source is that the pony will strike again tomorrow at Celine. Get psyched.
Carmen Kass’ new crop at Balmain is only part of the big hair story developing in Paris this week. A hue we’re calling “Balenciaga Blond” is the other. The night before Nicholas Ghesquière sent his houndstooth coats and runway-ready brothel creepers down the catwalk, Redken’s Guido Palau was busy at work bleaching more than one head of hair. Dutch model Milou van Groesen (who was apparently “street cast” by Ghesquière but already has a huge following in the Netherlands) had her blond locks chopped, spiked, and turned platinum, as did Alexander Wang’s opener for Spring, Britt Maren, and Czech stunner Jana Knauerova, who went blond this May and platinum for Balenciaga. Our most favorite Palau transformation was Kasia Struss, who killed it at Balmain later in the day with her new, cornsilk-white hair.
The icy color is becoming something of a trend at the Spring shows. Iris Strubegger got in on the action at Hakaan, letting Christophe Robin lighten her locks for the show. And who can forget coif master Orlando Pita’s blond ambition for Abbey Lee Kershaw, who wowed at the New York shows with platinum strands, which she debuted at the Chanel Soho store opening? According to sources, Lee’s hair hasn’t been taking too well to all the lightening—presumably because to keep the color that saturated, it needs to be re-dyed every three weeks, according to celebrity stylist Marie Robinson. “You shouldn’t wash it more than a few times a week, and it also needs protein,” Robinson—a platinum blonde herself—added, mentioning that Joico’s K Pak line is a good option for at-home treatment. As to why the color is having a moment for Spring, Robinson’s bet is that it has something to do with Hollywood. “There are all those Marilyn Monroe movies coming out,” she said. “And Michelle Williams did it [at Cannes]. Unless you’re super naturally blonde, though, it’s not a good idea to do it yourself,” the colorist advises for those of you hoping to get the look. “You’re asking for trouble.” Brunettes, consider yourselves warned.
A Daria sighting on the catwalk paired with a slew of other soon-to-be supers (Freja, Kasia, Anja) in studded leather jackets was enough to grab our attention at the Balmain show this morning. But it was Carmen Kass’ rare runway appearance that really caused us to commence ogling. There was Kass, in all of her statuesque Estonian glory, sporting a new choppy crop! Whoever could have helmed such an amazing, transformational cut on the typically long-haired Kass—the image of whose cornsilk blond, braided strands in that iconic Narciso Rodriguez for Her fragrance ad circa 2007 will forever be burned into our brain? Hairstylist Sam McKnight, of course, the man who gave us the “Aggy” and many other memorable moments in hair. Kass apparently lopped off her locks over the summer, according to her agent, but the wispy cut and fringe she debuted this morning came via a pre-show shearing courtesy of McKnight. Love it. You, too?