4 posts tagged "Carmen Kass"
Throwback Thursday offers the perfect opportunity to pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Carmen Kass
The Moment: Heidi braids
The Motivation: It’s hard to believe, but Narciso Rodriguez’s cult-favorite For Her fragrance is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Even harder to believe, though, is the fact that this Inez & Vinoodh ad image for the musk-laced scent has gone unchanged since its debut in 2003, even as new iterations of the iconic eau have come and gone. Why, you ask? For the same reason Rodriguez chose to use this preexisting shot from his 1998 fashion campaign, rather than an entirely new image, in the first place: It’s damn near perfect. You could easily argue that Kass, her hair the color of corn silk and twisted into a Eugene Souleiman-designed wispy, plaited coronet, has never looked better, embodying the visual interpretation of femininity and grace that Rodriguez, with the help of the noses Francis Kurkdjian and Christine Nagel, hoped to bottle. The word timeless is certainly overused, but it’s never rung more true than it does right here.
The Model: Carmen Kass
The Moment: Summer skin
The Motivation: It’s 92 degrees outside, New Yorkers—which means summer has arrived on the East Coast, and some changes to your beauty routine are in order. Heavy moisturizers should be transitioned into lighter, gel formulas; bronzers can start replacing pinker blushes; and the quest for the perfect tan—faux or real—is officially on. One of the best parts about the warm weather, though, is the opportunity to scale back your makeup. Summer heat makes piling on a face full of foundation, lipstick, and liner both unappealing and difficult, so we’re busying ourselves with a newfound focus on practical yet effective skincare to arrive at a Carmen Kass-level of complexion perfection, circa this 1998 Patrick Demarchelier snap. Kass exudes a natural, seemingly poreless glow, a feat we’ll be trying to achieve via a plethora of new-to-market standouts. From stem cell skincare and powerful peptides to oh-so-popular CC creams and proper sun protection, there’s no better time than the present to go naked.
With Paris fashion week definitively wrapped up, we can safely say that the final chapter of the shows’ hair color chronicles has been written. Its heroine? Carmen Kass, in our humble opinion. Effectively upstaging the platinum blond and midnight black crops at Balenciaga, Natasha Poly’s newfound brunette ambitions, and the pink and purple streaks spotted at Giambattista Valli and Hakaan, respectively, Kass even outdid her own very prominent placement on this blog (after Sam McKnight gave her a wispy cut backstage at Balmain). How? With the outrageously auburn tresses she sported this morning at Louis Vuitton. As was the case at Balenciaga, Guido Palau can be credited for the dye job, which was done specifically for the show, but which Kass is reportedly thinking about keeping for a while longer. Thoughts on the new color?
A Daria sighting on the catwalk paired with a slew of other soon-to-be supers (Freja, Kasia, Anja) in studded leather jackets was enough to grab our attention at the Balmain show this morning. But it was Carmen Kass’ rare runway appearance that really caused us to commence ogling. There was Kass, in all of her statuesque Estonian glory, sporting a new choppy crop! Whoever could have helmed such an amazing, transformational cut on the typically long-haired Kass—the image of whose cornsilk blond, braided strands in that iconic Narciso Rodriguez for Her fragrance ad circa 2007 will forever be burned into our brain? Hairstylist Sam McKnight, of course, the man who gave us the “Aggy” and many other memorable moments in hair. Kass apparently lopped off her locks over the summer, according to her agent, but the wispy cut and fringe she debuted this morning came via a pre-show shearing courtesy of McKnight. Love it. You, too?