19 posts tagged "Beauty Sound Bites"
“Growing up in NYC, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa was so iconic and the ultimate in luxury glamour. It was the spa that all little girls dreamed of visiting someday.”
We pay homage to her childhood dreams with a photo of the original red door of the Arden Building on Fifth Avenue (along with a vintage ad). Gruss is almost like Eloise, but in lieu of The Plaza Hotel, this mini Manhattanite would have rather spent time a few blocks away at the Red Door Spa. And as newly appointed Style Director for the storied beauty brand, this now-grown-up designer will be getting her wish—working on everything from social-media initiatives to creating a collection of cosmetic bags, which come out next fall. “Classics like Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant are sometimes better left untouched,” she says, but don’t rule out a mini makeover. “Creating limited-edition packaging could be fun to explore in the future.” It appears the designer plans to give the doors of the 103-year-old company a fresh paint job.
“I remember one of the first times I used a curling iron—it was on my friend and neighbor. The [barrel] got tangled in her hair and I had to unplug it very fast. I [eventually] had to chop a piece off to remove it.”
Lucky for the rest of us, a bump in the road at the tender age of 12 didn’t prevent Philippon from pursuing his passion for the craft. Perfecting his skills on the naive girls in his neighborhood in the small town of Oyonnax, France, would eventually blossom into a successful backstage and editorial career. It would also score him a gig with Bumble and Bumble—helping to develop some of the brand’s best sellers like Sumowax and tinted Hair Powders. When asked how his friend responded post-curling iron snafu, he said, “I think she was 8 or 9, so it was fun for her.” Somehow, I don’t think most models would be as understanding.
Above, a photo of Philippon (far right) from his childhood. To read the rest of his backstory, check out this month’s Beautiful Lives.
“It’s not really a fashion show—it’s a fantasia. This is what people, the civilians, think fashion shows are like…that everyone is gorgeous and busty. But we know, in the trenches, that fashion shows aren’t glamorous at all.”
The legendary face painter pulled back the proverbial (and for all intents and purposes, pink) curtain on the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. The backstage area—swathed from floor to ceiling in varying shades of rose chiffon—is quite lavish in comparison to fashion week. There are well-rested supers wrapped in silky, striped robes, chairs available to sit on, working WiFi, and more important, breathing room. These are all luxuries that those of us “in the trenches” rarely get to experience. Then again, when you’re accommodating Angels, the scene has to be stepped up.
“It started with the idea that the [girl] got the clothes in a thrift shop in EC1 London, and she’s been running for the bus, so her cheeks are a little flushed. She [arrives] at the bus stop, but it’s been raining, so as it pulls up, she gets splashed with mud.”
Urban living is often gritty and when it rains, like it did in Manhattan today, something as simple as catching the bus can be treacherous. Garland, however, managed to make the perils of public transportation appear quite glamorous. “How can we make being splashed with mud a Vivienne moment?” the face painter asked herself backstage. “I thought, let’s get a bit Twombly, a bit Pollack-y.” She kept the skin underneath the “flicked” paint pristine, using a combo of tan blush and highlighter. If only getting down and dirty in real life actually looked like this.
“It was my hobby as a kid. I used to make monsters in my bedroom, [which was] my makeup laboratory—I slept amid monsters and toxic chemicals…I felt for the monsters; I was never afraid of them.”
In the case of Baker, it looks like nightmares really do come true. Above, we pay homage to one of Baker’s best (and most terrifying) paint jobs: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. While the artist initially didn’t think the pop star would be a “good candidate” for his type of makeup, when he watched the iconic dance filmed on-set for the first time, he said, “I’m witnessing something here—this is pretty cool.” Indeed.