21 posts tagged "Bottega Veneta"
There was a mash-up of the beauty variety last night at The Box in London. Rita Ora’s look was reminiscent of the soft “Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver” curls that Guido Palau created at Bottega Veneta’s Fall 2013 show and the sculptural, frizzy wigs Luigi Murenu coiffed for Rick Owens’ Spring 2013 collection. Two heads, as they say, are better than one.
Sandra Bullock embraced the high-low concept last night in London at a screening of Gravity—beauty-style. She paired polished makeup (including a red lip and extra-thick lashes) with the undone waves designers and hairstylists embraced all season long. “There’s nothing cooler than not doing your hair and wearing an amazing dress,” said Guido Palau, a belief he made a reality at show after show (Roberto Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, and Versace, to name just three). It appears that Bullock is in full agreement.
Throwback Thursday is a column on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Moment: Lived-in Locks
The Motivation: Remember the days when your mother told you to brush your hair before leaving the house, and a perfectly coiffed ‘do was the look du jour? Well, those days are long gone. Never has there been a time more obsessed with looking undone (Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, Burberry, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, and Bottega Veneta—cases in point). Our inspiration? The above shot from a 1989 issue of French Glamour. The French have always been masters at achieving the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-look-like-this hair, and if the carefree strands we’ve seen on the New York, London, and Milan catwalks are anything to go by, we’re bound to see the style in its natural habitat: Paris.
We’ve talked a lot about doing as little as possible for Spring 2014, and at Bottega Veneta the concept was no different. “This season people aren’t referencing a woman—it’s just ease that they’re after,” said hairstylist Guido Palau, who chalks up this change to more conceptual silhouettes and techno fabrics on the runway. He cites hair as one of the mediums many designers are using (Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier included) to bring their clothes back down to earth for the modern woman. The natural, formless texture seen at today’s show was meant to lend an aspect of simplicity to the highly detailed collection (ruffles, precise pleats, gems, and even fringe all made an appearance). Palau worked with what the girls showed up with, creating a gentle bend with a curling iron where needed. He added a slightly off-center part and called it a day. “To wear a beautiful dress and not worry about your hair is the ultimate luxury, isn’t it?” he quipped.
Pat McGrath followed the same direction for the makeup, perfecting complexions with foundation, adding a natural brown tone around the eyes, dusting a light blush on the cheeks, and dabbing a clear balm on lips. “There was no exaggeration anywhere [on the face],” she said. Looks like purity has found a recurring place on the catwalk.
Long after the hustle and bustle of Milan fashion week has come to a close, you’ll be able to re-create the Italian experience (minus the jet lag) in the comfort of your bathroom. Available next month, Bottega Veneta is launching an ultraluxe bath ritual—containing a body scrub, body oil, body powder, and hair mist—all laced with a slightly masculine leather accord and notes of plum, oak moss, patchouli, and jasmine found in the distinctive and original eau. The exfoliator contains microparticles of apricot kernels that slough off rough patches without being overly abrasive, while the moisturizing oil dries down to a satin finish and leaves behind a subtle gleam without feeling greasy. For a softer touch, the shimmery body powder, applied with a puff, adds a delicate veil of gold sparkle, and the spritz for strands (available only in select Bottega Veneta boutiques), misted on the underlayers near the nape of the neck, helps you hang on to this rich scent and release it with a casual flip of your hair. While the storied house isn’t showing until Saturday, I’m glad to have gotten in on the far less frenzied designer action a few days early.