23 posts tagged "Chloe Sevigny"
Last we checked in with Chloë Sevigny, she was weighing the pros and cons of cashing in her signature blonde strands for a rich shade of brunette. “I don’t get cat-called as much,” the Big Love star joked backstage at the Kenzo Spring show in Paris, where she was on a brief leave from filming the Sky Atlantic miniseries, Hit and Miss. At the time, the actress and Opening Ceremony muse-turned-designer wasn’t sure if she and her trusted stylist, Ashley Javier, would go back to blonde once filming and fashion month had subsided, although all signs seemed to point to yes at the Cinema Society & Piaget screening of W.E. last night in New York. Not only is Sevigny inching back to her former flaxen glory, but she’s cropped her shoulder-length hair to a chin-grazing flip, replete with a barely-brow-grazing fringe. Thoughts on her holiday hair transformation?
When we got backstage at Kenzo yesterday, there were two pleasant surprises waiting for us. The first was Peter Philips; if Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s collection was half as good as their decision to enlist the Chanel creative director of makeup for their first outing for the storied brand, then they’d have a big success on their hands, we thought to ourselves. “They were open to suggestions,” Philips said of the design duo’s beauty concept for the show. ”That’s the way they work—it’s a team effort, more like a creative studio.” The group decision was to make sure the makeup didn’t look like it was for a fashion show. “I didn’t want all the girls to have a red lip or a black nail like a funny, quirky Teen Vogue shoot—and I mean that with the utmost respect. We just wanted to bring a maturity and credibility to it,” Philips explained, choosing instead to keep the face “strong but natural” so as not to complicate the colors and prints in the clothes. After creating a flawless base with Chanel Perfection Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup, Philips focused on building a big brow—”it’s not graphic or fifties,” he insisted, dipping into Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Mahogany 51 and filling in arches with soft powder rather than a pencil. “They’re more like a young girl in the eighties would have,” he clarified, using the same pigment at the root of lashes for definition. Lips were kept muted, courtesy of Chanel Le Crayon Levres in Desert 28 and its beige-brown Rouge Allure lipstick in Curious—which we watched one of Philips’ assistants carefully apply on a center-parted brunette to our left. After a quick double take, we realized it was Chloë Sevigny.
“I’m working on a show in Manchester, England,” the Opening Ceremony designer and muse explained of her transformation from sunny blond to deep chestnut strands, which hairstylist Andrew Turner prepped with Tigi Catwalk Curlesque Curl Collection Strong Mousse, wove into a low braid, and slightly picked apart to add texture and movement. ”I used to do pink, purple, blue, peroxide—but I’ve never been dark,” Sevigny, who plays a “pre-op tranny” in Sky Atlantic’s forthcoming miniseries Hit and Miss, said of her trials and tribulations with hair dye. ”They really wanted me to disappear into the role,” she explained, which by all accounts seems to have worked, as Sevigny is barely recognizable without her flaxen locks—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “I don’t get cat-called as much,” the Big Love star joked of being a brunette versus a blonde.
If every look out at Chloë Sevigny’s first-ever runway show for Opening Ceremony looked like something the designer and fashion icon could wear, right up to models’ texturized, languid locks, that was the point. “It’s nineties skater girl but very minimal, just like Chloë,” Sebastian professional stylist Thomas Dunkin said as he worked in its Potion 9 Wearable Styling Treatment from mid-lengths through ends. “Everything was hand-dried; there were no electrical tools,” Dunkin continued of the haphazard style. True to form, his fingers were doing all the work, combing out kinks and saturating strands with product to get the texture just right.
But this kind of undone finish doesn’t come easy. “It took so long,” Dunkin said of the bed-head ‘do, which was flipped to one side before models hit the runway. Face painter Lottie Stannard was charged with a similar task, creating something that looked like “young girls doing their own makeup,” but with a professional’s touch. Starting with MAC Cosmetic’s Face and Body Foundation, Stannard scrawled a smudged brown line on the top and bottom lash lines before adding a few swipes of MAC’s Plush Black mascara. As a final touch, she blended MAC Blushcreme in Laid Back from the apples of models’ cheeks, up through the temples and onto eyelids. Unlike the faces in the overheated crowd that had
descended on a hot and hazy Mulberry Street for the occasion, the models’ collective flush was intentional.
Redken creative consultant Guido Palau has a lock on the backstage beauty game. The coiffing star covers more ground than almost any of his peers come fashion month, which means we see him on a daily basis (often more than once). It also means that he’s in large part responsible for the season’s biggest hair trends, Fall 2011 being no exception. Among the styles that will surely be attributed to his skill with the scissors, brushes, and blow-dryers come September are ponytails (more on that in Friday’s The Look feature) and sideburns. Yes, sideburns. Shaved and sculpted masculine chops premiered at Dolce & Gabbana, but what really registered with us were the wispy tendrils he razor-cut at Yves Saint Laurent to complement the models’ “little boy knots,” as well as at Valentino, where he was after a girly, sixties vibe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we spotted similar tufts of hair last night on Chloë Sevigny—a perpetual arbiter of cool and a frequent early adapter of some of fashion’s harder-to-pull-off trends. At Chanel’s Tribeca Film Festival dinner, the Big Love star curled two sections of hair above her ears for a similarly whimsical effect. What do you think of her runway-to-reality effort?
Kiehl’s is a gateway drug. We’ve been a devotee of the 159-year-old brand since before we could say “cucumber toner”; it’s what turned us on to the business of beauty. And apparently we’re in good company. “I’ve been a fan since I was a little girl,” a jean jacket and Imitation of Christ-clad Chloë Sevigny reminisced last night at the Kiehl’s shop on L.A.’s Montana Avenue. “The Silk Groom was my favorite. In the nineties, every hairdresser had it on every shoot. Now, I have a strong memory every time I smell it.”
Sevigny and Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall—a loyal Blue Astringent user—were on hand to fête the launch of Kiehl’s latest designer label series. The initiative, which has boasted participants like Jeff Koons, Julianne Moore, and Pharell Williams in the past, pairs notables with graphic designers to create packaging for limited-edition products, the proceeds of which are donated to charity. In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Sevigny and Hall have each given Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque a facelift, and the money raised will go to Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving clean and sustainable sources of H20. Fittingly, both actors were inspired by early years spent on the beach: Sevigny recalled picking up garbage with her mother near her childhood home on the Long Island Sound, while Hall conjured memories of excursions on the Neuse River as a kid in North Carolina. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts. “I put the masque on before I came here and I definitely think my skin feels better,” Hall smiled.