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Rave-Inspired Beauty Lives On At Madrid Fashion Week; Hunger Games Hair, Take Two; And More…


First grunge, then goth, and now rave—that other nineties subculture that has remained largely unmined by the fashion set of late—has turned up on the runway at Madrid fashion week replete with extra long, art-inspired talons. [Getty Images]

The former stomping ground of Natalia Vodianova, Calvin Klein’s coveted Euphoria campaign will be fronted by Lara Stone beginning in October. [Daily Mail]

Blake Lively’s provocative commercial for Gucci Premiere isn’t the only big-budget ad visual making the rounds today. In Natalie Portman’s latest campaign for Miss Dior, the actress wears a black cat-eye and suggestively stares into the camera while Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s “Je t’aime…moi non plus” plays in the background. [NYDN]

According to Hunger Games head stylist Linda Flowers’ Twitter account, there will be plenty more colored wigs and general hair confections in the Capitol when the film’s sequel comes out next fall. [Examiner]

Ten Brooklyn-based beauty brands grow in Paris: The City of Light’s hip haven, Colette, will host ten BK-born beauty brands at its Rue Saint-Honoré digs through October, including lines like MCMC, D.S. & Durga, and Sprout Skincare. [WWD]

Photo: Eduardo Parra/Getty Images

The Premiere Event: Gucci Girl Blake Lively Sounds Off On The Brand’s Latest Scent


Gucci creative director Frida Giannini is not your average fashion designer when it comes to adding beauty extensions to the Italian house’s lineup of luxury goods—which is to say she is very, very involved in the entire process. “She knows what she wants,” Sumit Bhasin, global director of research, development, and innovation at P&G Prestige, told me over the weekend in Venice, where he and the rest of Giannini’s partners in perfume had decamped to officially launch Gucci’s latest fragrance, Premiere, against the backdrop of the sinking city’s film festival. “It’s an exploration with Frida,” he continued, explaining that what Giannini was specifically exploring with the brand’s latest flacon was the world of white flowers and “glitz, but [nothing] over-the-top.”

The lily of the valley-heavy scent with subtle notes of sparkling bergamot, smoky leather, and woods subsequently came into being based on two explicit Giannini directives: that it be devoid of anything too saccharine, gourmand, and cloying (“Frida hates sweet notes”) and that it somehow translate as the spritzable equivalent of her couture collection of the same name, which launched at Cannes two years ago on the backs of Salma Hayek and Jennifer Connelly. “Gucci Premiere is about [dressing] the world’s most famous women for one special night,” Giannini reiterated at a dinner to fête the fragrance—its Nicolas Winding Refn-directed commercial and its famous face, Blake Lively—later that evening. “I was looking for a woman who could bring that glamour to life,” she continued of Lively, before the Savages star made a grand, live-broadcast entrance via water taxi. I caught up with Lively on a 48-hour Italian jaunt to talk the end of Gossip Girl, finding beauty inspiration on Pinterest, and why, when it comes to dressing for her own big premieres, she relies on (she said it; not us).

Following successful partnerships and friendships with brands like Chanel and Christian Louboutin, how did your collaboration with Gucci come about?
I actually met Frida [Giannini] at a couple of different Gucci charity events, then they approached me to work with them. It’s just so inspiring to see; she has so much on her plate—menswear, Premiere couture—she’s doing so much yet she still makes it a priority to be involved in charity every year, and when I saw that I just thought it was super cool. Frida is the best version of a woman. She’s got this strong, grounded, empowered masculine side and she also has that delicate, feminine, glamorous lush side. There are a lot of fashion houses that I’m aware of and that I admire for different reasons, but there’s very few that I would really want to work with and feel like I’m still myself. A lot of [brands], I feel like if I stepped into their world it wouldn’t be as me.

This perfume is about red-carpet moments, of which you’ve certainly had your fair share. How do you prep for your own premieres?
Honestly, I go on—it’s the truth! I don’t use a stylist so the way I find my looks is by going on and looking at the shows. My mom always made clothes and she’s great with design—clothes, home. So I grew up with that and having that understanding, going to flea markets with her and finding vintage pieces of furniture. It’s hunting for that special piece. I’m good at knowing what’s going to look good on my body and what colors are going to look good. It all started with Gossip Girl, really—doing all of those fittings for all of those episodes; we have nine looks an episode and 27 episodes a year! You learn how to do it quick.

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Book A One-On-One Beauty Chat With Yours Truly; Scent Of A Swimming Sensation; And More…


Saks is gearing up to host the first-ever Beauty Editors Day at its flagship Fifth Avenue store on August 16. The initiative, which pairs 32 beauty editors with 32 prestige beauty brands, allows consumers to book individual appointments for $30 a pop in support of Look Good, Feel Better, a nonprofit that helps people living with cancer. Also, you guys, I will be one of these editors. has teamed up with Burberry Beauty for what will be an amazing day of conversation and playing around with products. Call (866) 395-LOOK to book an appointment with me and click here for more info. [WWD]

Here’s the only thing I’m going to say about the Gabby Douglas hair brouhaha currently making the rounds on the blogosphere: Her slicked-back ponytail was the last thing I noticed while watching the lithe 16-year-old best not one but two Russian gymasts in the women’s all-around Olympics competition. Also, the image of Douglas’ biological mother and her home-stay Iowa mother crying and hugging in the stands still makes me tear up, 24 hours later. [NPR]

In other Olympic beauty news, swimmer Ryan Lochte has revealed his favorite fragrance brand—to a lovestruck fan via Twitter, no less. And that fragrance brand is…Creed. [Twitter]

A first cut of Blake Lively’s Gucci Premiere video shot by Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is making the Internet rounds this week. In it, Lively wears a series of body-hugging gowns, spritzes herself with the fragrance, and walks in slow motion a lot. If that doesn’t spell retail success, I don’t know what does. [E!]

They’ve done it! The L.A.-based jewelry brand Azature has created the world’s most expensive nail polish. Ringing in at a whopping $250,000, the single bottle of lacquer contains 267 carats of crushed black diamonds, in a sheer black base. Take that, OPI. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Courtesy of Burberry Beauty

Gaga To “Leak” Fragrance Ads; The “Robert” Returns; And More…


After a Twitter leak ruined the original launch strategy for Lady Gaga’s upcoming Fame fragrance, the queen of pop has taken matters into her own hands. Gaga has been responsible for all “leaks” since, sharing photos of the fragrance’s bottle, information about its notes—and, in a few hours, a first look at the Steven Klein-lensed ad campaign—via her own Twitter account. Game, set, match, Gaga. [Twitter]

Spoiler alert: Robert Pattinson has revealed that he had to wear a wig to reshoot some of the scenes in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2. That’s what happens when you shave off your signature floppy mop top right after a set wraps, R Patts. [People]

They can be carcinogenic and increase depression in children, and now comes news that a high concentration of chemical phthalates found in household grooming products like shampoos, soaps, hair sprays, and nail polishes can increase the risk of diabetes. Scar-ry. [Fox News]

It’s official: As of today, indoor tanning by anyone under 17 years old is heretofore illegal in the great state of New York. Get ready for a pasty—albeit healthy—winter, 16-year-olds. [NYDN]

Loyalties in the business of beauty brand ambassadorship are made that much more complicated in the face of red-carpet dressing. But just in case you thought Blake Lively was on the outs with the house of Chanel after inking that deal to be the new face of Gucci’s Premiere fragrance, not to worry; Blake is still “an ambassador to Chanel,” the French house insists. Just don’t tell Frida Giannini that. [The Cut]

Photo: Courtesy of Coty

Versace Makes A Move For Men; Jon Bon For Avon; And More…


The beauty biz is looking to woo a whole new crop of very interested male consumers, and Donatella Versace is aware of it. The designer is reportedly working on a men’s scent called Eros, to be released this fall. [WWD]

Avon is also getting on board the men’s beauty boom, announcing this morning that it has signed Jon Bon Jovi as the face of its Unplugged fragrance for men and women. [USA Today]

Gucci continues to invest in its women’s fragrance portfolio, signing Blake Lively to a new beauty contract as the face of the forthcoming scent Premiere. In the flacon’s just-released ad images, Lively plays a role she’s becoming plenty familiar with: screen siren. [Daily Mail]

With a new signature scent already under her belt, Selena Gomez is turning her branding ambition to the primping set’s other hot commodity: nail polish. The Disney star has inked a deal with Nicole by OPI to launch her own lacquer line. [Hollywood Life]

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