248 posts tagged "Chanel"
With so many gift bags, on-site manis, and transitional “night makeup” applications to be had last night, I decided the best way to cover a lot of ground was to stick to one neighborhood. So for convenience reasons, I chose Soho and made my first stop Anna Sui on Greene Street. I naturally gravitated toward the cosmetics counter, where Sui’s new moisturizing foundation and iridescent nail lacquers were on display, both of which are only available for purchase at her flagship. Bearing that in mind, I picked up a sparkly purple color and continued on my way, past a window display of live male models at the Penguin store and into Space NK Apothecary, where I had my first taste of Champagne. “Can I just pour myself a glass?” I asked of the unattended sparkling rosé sitting on the counter, to which a pleasant shopgirl replied, “Of course!” (This is the kind of retail shopping I could get used to.) After a Bumble and Bumble hair touchup (the new, shorter ‘do has been a big hit at fashion week thus far, for those of you who were wondering), I had a conversation on red lipstick—”It’s Dior,” I said of the discontinued bullet I was reapplying when another crimson-mouthed shopper inquired about my shade of choice. And hers? MAC’s Lady Danger, the same shade that the brand’s vice president of makeup artistry, Gordon Espinet, asked me if I was wearing when I made my way up Spring Street to his party. Espinet took me through MAC’s red-orange color gradient when I revealed that I was not in fact wearing one of his creations (gasp!), and I chose a tube of Morange, one of the best true oranges on the market right now. Needing a little sustenance I remembered a very important freebie happening just across the way at Molton Brown: salty snacks! So I crossed the cobblestones and popped a handful of kettle corn into my mouth. Although I was looking forward to a selection of British ales, as advertised, I happily took a Heineken (apparently Boddingtons only comes in four-packs) and used my right hand to sip while I got a hand massage on the left. Unable to resist the scent of the Eucalyptus and Ginger Scrub my masseur used for pre-rub-down exfoliation, I made yet another purchase and continued south to Chanel. There, past the line of hip-hop enthusiasts stalking Kid Cudi at Bathing Ape, aestheticians were painting nails in the middle of the store using the brand’s new Jade collection. I almost partook, but my current ten-finger salute to Essie’s One of a Kind is just two days old, so I spent my time perusing the accessories case instead. I almost made last night the night I purchased that gold, three-pronged camellia key chain I’ve been coveting, but alas. Maybe next year?
Painted, sketched, and photographed by seemingly just about every famous artist in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Marchesa Luisa Casati has been many things to many people. The eccentric, flame-haired beauty who wore snakes as necklaces and pranced cheetahs in diamond collars through the streets of Paris, Milan, and Capri played living muse to Man Ray and Salvador Dalí, and she’s inspired countless contemporary designers. Galliano, Lagerfeld, and Armani have all dedicated collections to her, as did Tom Ford during his tenure at YSL, and where do you think Georgina Chapman got the name for her fancy dress label? Now the Marchesa has taken her rightful position as beauty icon with not one but two different makeup collections created in her image. The enormous, dark-rimmed eyes Peter Philips whipped up for the Chanel Cruise show were a direct shout-out to Casati’s own sultry aesthetic, while makeup artist Napoleon Perdis channeled the provocateur for his fall color range. His Divine Marchesa collection just debuted with a Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation in five shades; an opulent Dramatic Eye Shadow Quad; Black Sapphire, a matte black nail color; and Ravishing Rose Lip Shine, a vermilion lip stain in a black rose-shaped trinket. It’s enough to pull off a very convincing Casati—live python jewelry not included.
It’s not hard to understand why actress Rinko Kikuchi is a Lagerfeld muse: the cheekbones, those bangs, that unmistakable Japanese street style combined with a couture flair. Judging by her makeup at the Madrid premiere of her latest film, Maps of the Sounds of Tokyo, Chanel’s artistic director of makeup, Peter Philips, would be wise to take notice, too. Kikuchi wore a layered lip to spruce up a simple black dress, pressing gold pigment on top of a brick red lipstick for texture and a prismatic effect. We’ll definitely be looking for her at the Grand Palais this October. Thoughts on the look?
Season two of The Rachel Zoe Project premieres tonight on Bravo and will feature “Less hair, less makeup, less everything,” the stylist reveals, adding that she found both to be “way, way too heavy” in the first season. We die. [Metro]
A judge in London has rejected Nude Brands Ltd.’s request for an interim injunction to restrict production of Stella McCartney’s Stella Nude franchise on the premise of trademark infringement. Rational thought, 1; greedy lunatics, 0. [Cosmetics International]
Tyra Banks will forgo her array of weaves on an episode of her talk show scheduled to air September 8. As per her Twitter page: “I will be ‘rockin’ REAL hair 4 all 2 C!” A must-watch event, for sure. But will it rival the ratings of the Whitney Houston-Oprah interview on the 14th? Only time will tell. [Stylebell]
The Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers v. Liliane Bettencourt and François-Marie Banier lawsuit is headed for trial in September, where it is poised to set a new precedent for abus de faiblesse, a.k.a. when a younger, famously linked photographer allegedly exploits the frailty of an 86-year-old L’Oréal heiress. Patron seekers, take note. [NYT]
August is for getaways. It’s the month before school is back in session, when offices empty out, and work seems to be low on everyone’s priority list. In Europe, where vacation is revered, many businesses shut down for the entire month. So it is with summer holidays on the brain that we asked Andrea Bernholtz, Rock & Republic co-founder and longtime jet-setter (she traverses continents more frequently than most of us veer out of state), for some beauty-related travel wisdom.
What are some of your favorite beauty finds from other countries?
M Lab Anti-Aging Treatment Cream from Harrods in London and vitamin-infused rose hip oil in Thailand.
Is there a product that you desperately wish you could find in the States?
What are the products that you absolutely won’t leave home without?
Eight Body Moisture is my current obsession. It’s full of natural oils like almond, apricot kernel, evening primrose, and lavender. With my hair, for a straight look I can’t live without Alterna Hemp Straightening Balm, and when I want to create sexy waves I use Kusco Murphy Beach Hair Balm. And I always use Kim Vo’s Root Booster Mousse for extra volume and Phyto’s Anti-Frizz Phytobrush Shampoo. My makeup bag has Rock & Republic Bronzer in Private Jet (I use it to highlight eyes, cheeks, and lips), R & R lipstick in Vacant (a good basic color), and a Chanel waterproof eyeliner for a quick, dramatic look that doesn’t smudge.
Any tips for combating the dreaded airplane skin?
Vichy Lipidiose is very moisturizing for lips. I bring a travel-size Evian spray, which I usually keep in the refrigerator before departing, and I go heavy on Dr. Kanodia’s Enrichment Cream. Also, I use classic Vaseline on my hands, concentrating on cuticles.