29 posts tagged "Butter London"
This week saw the premiere of Megan Fox’s new commercial for Armani Beauty and now Taylor Momsen’s video short for John Galliano’s new fragrance is making the rounds. Yes, the raccoon eyes and over-the-knee leather boots are still present, but the angst-y teen star’s complexion seems to have an uncharacteristic, dare we say, natural glow. If you look closely, she even cracks a few smiles for the camera. [E!]
No matter what fragrance you’re gifting this weekend, it’s a sure bet that it contains bergamot oil, an orange-tinged scent that “puts power into top notes.” Here, a brief look at the fruit essence’s origins and its concentrated cultivation in Calabria, Italy. [The Economist]
To help further spread Spring’s strong seventies message, Halston is launching amber-centric eaux for men and women, dipping its signature Elsa Peretti-designed bottles in gold for a mix of disco and decadence. [StyleList]
Have no fear, turkey-neck sufferers; Ulthera is here. Neck lifts and other invasive, age-defying treatments are getting some competition from new ultrasound technology designed to tighten and smooth loose skin. [NYT]
butter LONDON Creative Director Nonie Creme has tons of pull with Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham—both of whom she works with during fashion week. But there’s one person with whom the nail guru cannot make peace with polish: Naomi Campbell. “I had a hilarious time at a Julian Macdonald show wrestling with [Naomi] over her long acrylic nails, and whether they should be short and red like the designer had requested. The answer ended up being ‘No!” Creme reveals in a recent interview. Why are we not surprised? [Vogue Australia]
After last season’s East London-fueled nail art explosion (think Gareth Pugh, Henry Holland, PPQ, and J. Maskrey), we had a hunch that Spring would prove equally exciting in the lacquer department. Having seen two shows already today, it appears as though the trend will indeed continue on. At Vena Cava, Butter London’s Nonie Crème broke out the press-on nails. “Because they’re not actually on your hand, you can play with the polish a bit more,” said Crème. She did so by using two coats of her greige Yummy Mummy and one coat of Black Jack on the moon portion of each nail. (Pro tip: Use fake nails that are pre-glued rather than those that require manual adhesive applications, and removal is easy with a few quick drops of baby oil!) Over at Ruffian, where Brian Wolk and Claude Morais have made the moon manicure their trademark for the last few years, CND’s Amanda Fontanarrosa brought in pre-prepped nails that boasted a custom-blended “flawless” ivory base with black moons and tips. The pièce de résistance? Each model’s ring finger got a hand design in the form of the Ruffian logo. Ladies, to your nail pens!
The matte nail trend that started at Alexander Wang’s Fall 2009 show and then ballooned into full line extensions and no-shine topcoats at the consumer level over the past year is apparently here to stay—at Wang and elsewhere. Butter London’s Nonie Creme christened the two coats of mauve Yummy Mummy followed by a mattifying layer of Nail Foundation the “Alexander Wang nail” at Pier 94 last night, noting that no matter what she mixes up for the designer pre-show, he always comes back to the no-shine nude that’s worked so well for him in the past. And it didn’t stop there. This morning at Catherine Malandrino, CND’s Jan Arnold employed a mechanical mattifying technique to nails, pressing a fiber-free pad over her Dark Ruby lacquer to create a lusterless texture reminiscent of the leather in Malandrino’s collection. Perhaps the most exciting evolution of the trend came at DKNY this afternoon, however, where Mike Potter and his Knock Out Cosmetics’ varnishes made their runway debut. Potter, who has come up with the best range of matte-finish shades on the market, in our humble opinion, painted models’ fingers in varying shades of Plaster, a tan “Band-aid” color; Concrete, a taupe-y gray; Pool, an aqua that was turned into an azure at Karan’s request; and Sher, a sherbet melon that will hit shelves next month. “Using bright colors with matte finishes gives you that saturation without all of the flashiness,” Potter said backstage. If this idea intrigues those of you who have steered clear of the matte bandwagon for the past year, it looks like you’ll have another season to contemplate getting on board.
We just came from backstage at Vena Cava, where nails were painted a curious shade of cloudy, sparkly eggplant. “Fabulously awkward” is how Butter London’s Nonie Creme described the custom color she whipped up by mixing a handful of dark polishes with a white pigment for depth. “It started out as a traditional vamp nail, but it just felt so over,” she said of the popular berry shade that always comes back into fashion when Fall rolls around. How to avoid being just another girl with a deep burgundy nail is a problem we too have contemplated when we venture into darker varnishes come September. Creme’s advice: texture. “Take all of your traditional dark lacquers and add a coat of a Jelly polish
on top to switch things up a little bit.” Her tip: Try a classic black with a layer of sheer sparkly orange for a great alternative to that stash of Bordeaux. More on the presentation’s full look in a bit.
Now that the bleak misery of January is over, I’ve officially commenced daydreaming about a sun-soaked beach vacation. Finances permitting, I try to make a break for warmer climes around this time every year, and right now visions of Puerto Rico, where I spent four glorious days last March, are making it difficult to focus on the tasks at hand. If my piña colada-fueled pipe dream is going to become a reality in 2010, it probably won’t happen until April, unfortunately, when my schedule frees up. So in the meantime, I’m trying to surround myself with things that remind me of 80-degree weather, laceless Keds, and leaving my house without five layers on. Right there at the top of this list are Butter London’s new Jelly polishes. The result of creative director Nonie Creme’s attempt to blend this season’s nude and intense color trends, the line boasts three gelatinous shades—Twee, a sheer raspberry; Stroppy, a pale grape; and Chuffed, a cool cantaloupe—that can be worn as a slick stain or layered for increased opacity. With every coat, I can’t help but feel as though I’m coaxing spring right out of hiding.