4 posts tagged "Brigitte Bardot"
Confession: I’m bow curious. I’ve fallen for the hair bows worn by Nouvelle Vague-era actresses Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karina, and Brigitte Bardot, but can’t figure out how they managed to turn a perky cheerleader accessory into something stylish and even sex-kittenish. Can a grown woman—who isn’t one of the most beautiful women of all time—really clip a bow in her hair without looking ridiculous?
Recently, I found proof that it’s possible (see: the Spring 2014 Balenciaga and Nina Ricci collections), but I knew that if I wanted to experiment, I’d need professional help. Enter Tommy Buckett of the Serge Normant salon, who created a sixties-inspired style for the Kate Spade Spring 2014 presentation. To avoid one of my major concerns of appearing too juvenile, Buckett ruled out bow-adorned headbands. “You don’t want to look girly or like Alice in Wonderland,” he says. Instead, do as he did at Kate Spade and pull hair up into a topknot, then use Garnier Surfer Hair Power Putty to rough it up and create flyaways. The kiss of death—and fastest way to look like a leftover from Gossip Girl—is not mussing it up a bit. Buckett’s number one rule: “More texture makes it modern.”
If you’re going the topknot route, Buckett suggests playing around with the number of bows: Try one big bow pinned in front of the chignon, or three or five little ones going down the nape of the neck. Another fresh idea is to make a low samurai-style looped ponytail, then tie a satin ribbon in a bow around the base. Finally, if you’re going to try the half-up, half-down look à la Deneuve, avoid her teased, bouncy texture. Buckett’s version: Take a section of hair from one corner of your eye to the other, keep the top part completely flat and straight, and add texture to the bottom with surf spray for a rumpled (but not wavy) finish. The finishing touch: a ribbon where the ponytail holder sits. “The key to the bow,” Buckett says, “is to make it not so pretty.”
There was something reminiscent of Marc Jacobs’ Fall presentation backstage at the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture show yesterday, insofar as rather than having one uniform theme, Odile Gilbert and Tom Pecheux were charged with re-creating a series of iconic Hollywood heroines through hair and makeup, respectively. This meant about 20-plus completely unique beauty schemes to complement the collection’s 42 looks, including Lara Stone as Brigitte Bardot with compulsory nude lip and wispy blond beehive and Natasha Poly as the embodiment of the 1940′s ideal, which demanded a classic smoky eye (with white liner on the inner rims for definition), a perfectly lined berry pout, and a short crop of marcel waves. Thana Kuhnen may have been our favorite throwback effort, though, since there was something both archival and very current about her middle-parted mass of blond curls, bright blood orange lips, and dark eyes that seemed to work equally well as a Jean Harlow homage and a shout-out to Lady Gaga. Whether or not this was intentional remains to be seen, but we could definitely see Gaultier as a Gaga fan, you?
Monica Cruz (sister of Penelope, if their nearly identical faces didn’t tip you off to her blood ties) went for a combination of biker-chic and high-glamour at the runway presentation of her spring collection for Spanish retail giant Mango last night. Sporting perfectly matte red lips, some serious black liner, and a backcombed half-up/half-down, she was equal parts flamenco dancer and Brigitte Bardot in that video she did for the song, “Harley-Davidson.” Since it’s near impossible to pass judgment on anything the sisters Cruz choose to do stylistically, we’ll just say that we found the whole look a bit too fall for the occasion, but hey, if looking this good means shirking certain seasonal dress codes, sign us up.
If you’ve seen Paul & Joe’s Fall 2008 ads sporadically placed in a few choice glossies, you were likely a) excited to see Missy Rayder back on the campaign trail, so to speak, and b) quite taken with her lipstick, which is not so much nude as an interesting shade of icy pink. “It’s actually a combination of two colors from my line,” reveals makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, whose all-organic, professional makeup range RMS beauty is launching this winter. “I used a combo of Muse, which is a very pale pinky beige—like an old Brigitte Bardot-y color—and Smile, which is a coral-peach.” Mentioning a desire to cultivate a youthfulness (and use Brigitte Bardot as an adjective, apparently), Swift said her goal was to create a “cool” effect that reflected the seasonal weather, and simultaneously tread the line between sophistication and “ski bunny.” Mission accomplished.
Photo: Courtesy of Paul & Joe