July 28 2014

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22 posts tagged "Bottega Veneta"

Horsing Around, Backstage at Bottega Veneta


bottegaPlaying off the graphic lines in the collection, hair pro Guido Palau crafted a classic pony. The twist? “They’re made of hair extensions, like a big horse’s tail, and cut very blunt,” he explained. Inspired by nineties minimalism, Palau kept things “sharp” instead of “soft and natural”—an aesthetic the house has stuck with the past few seasons. To get strands super-straight, he used Redken Align 12 to blow-dry hair smooth before it was flat-ironed. Palau then gathered the length at the back of the head, tied it off with a piece of elastic, and wrapped the tail with extensions for thickness—hiding the band with a small section of hair to complete the ultra-clean look.

“It’s not natural, undone nothing [makeup]; it’s natural, but, beautiful and polished,” Pat McGrath noted. For a “fresh” contour, she employed a taupe-y rose blush in lieu of a harsh bronzer. Lids were softly shaped with a beige shadow and brows were simply groomed to finish.


A Bottega Veneta-Rick Owens Hybrid



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.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri/; Getty Images; Michele Morosi / InDigital | GoRunway

Gone With the Wind: Fussy Red-Carpet Down-’Dos


"Gravity" - Red Carpet Arrivals: 57th BFI London Film FestivalSandra 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.

Photo: Getty Images

Throwback Thursday: State of Hair


French Glamour - cropThrowback 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.

Photo: Jean-Pierre Prunier for French Glamour, 1989; courtesy of

Nonchalant Beauty at Bottega Veneta


bottegaWe’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.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /