17 posts tagged "Chloe"
Purple was a standout shadow shade on the runway this season—seen swathed across eyes at Burberry Prorsum, Nina Ricci, and Chloé. But wearing it all over your lids when you’re not a teenage model is another thing entirely. At last night’s U.K. premiere of Noah, Jennifer Connelly demonstrated how to pull off amethyst when you’re well beyond adolescence by using it as a liner. Paired with dense lashes, pearly gloss, and a diamond-studded wing in one ear, her look rivaled the nonstop beauty hits her costar Emma Watson has been bringing to the crimson carpet.
“If someone looks like they put too much effort in, it’s almost not cool,” said hairstylist James Pecis—that’s especially true if you’re the Chloé woman. “Soft,” “fresh,” and “easy” are just a few of the key words both he and makeup artist Diane Kendal used to describe the brand’s DNA and its aesthetic. For Pecis, that meant forming a side part just above the inner corner of the eye, pulling the right side back and tying it at the nape with a piece of elastic to give the impression of an asymmetrical cut. Texture was created via L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Volume Lift Spray-Mousse, which was applied from roots to ends and blown dry. Sections were then wound loosely around a curling iron for a bit of bend and finished off with Wild Stylers Next Day Hair, a formula that works similarly to a dry shampoo. While the end result appeared quite simple, there was an underlying precision. “All of the parts are made on the right and the hair [swooped over] to the left,” Pecis explained. “It’s very specific, because when the models turn the first corner on the runway, the wind catches in their hair. We have to make sure it opens it up so the cameras can get each girl’s picture.”
This season Kendal reached for a hue well outside the beige family. “Clare [Waight Keller] was saying she really wanted to incorporate violet,” the face painter noted of her discussion with the creative director. Of course, this was no in-your-face purple eye, but an iridescent lilac shade created with a mushroom-colored “greasepaint” and MAC Eye Shadow in Beautiful Iris. For a smoky effect, Kendal used a taupe sculpting cream in the “banana” of the lid and underneath the lower lashes, pulling it out into a subtle feline shape. Next, a gray-blue shimmer pencil was run across the waterline for a brightening effect. Similar to the airy chiffon dresses or cozy, oversize coats (one of which was worn by none other than Sasha Pivovarova) in the collection, the pastel palette employed on the eyes was fiercely feminine.
The fashion world may be focused on Fall 2014, but Essie released a nail polish line this month designed to complement resortwear—and after schlepping through the slush during Winter Storm Pax, I could use a beach retreat right about now. But seeing as there are still weeks of shows ahead, a manicure will just have to suffice. The four lacquers in the range are reminiscent of the hues that populated designers’ collections in June: Resort Fling (a coral similar to Look 9 at Ralph Rucci), Cocktails & Coconuts (a sand comparable to the camel-colored leather separates at Alexander Wang), Find Me an Oasis (an icy blue like that of the delicate dress in Look 9 at Chloé), and Under the Twilight (a rich plum parallel to Look 15 at 3.1 Phillip Lims’s collection). And at $8.50 a bottle, everyone can afford to dip a toe (or finger) in paradise.
How does a model know when she’s reached a new level of status in her career? When she can opt out of fashion week and not sweat it. That’s the sweet position that 20-year-old Danish model Caroline Brasch Nielsen is currently in—she’s chilling in Copenhagen while the NYC shows are in full swing. “This is the first time I’m skipping New York. I’m trying to relax and see all my friends because I know I’m not going to see them for a while. I want to clear my head before the craziness begins,” says Nielsen. Although she’s enjoying her downtime before the European shows get underway, “I kind of miss it when I see the shows and photos on everybody’s Instagram,” she admits with a laugh.
It’s understandable that Nielsen might feel a tinge of FOMO, like a recent high school graduate watching the activities at school forge on without her. Since she made her modeling debut in 2010, she’s been keeping busy with a slew of high-profile modeling gigs, like editorial spreads for Paris Vogue, Vogue Italia, W, Russian Vogue, and Interview. Plus, she’s become a regular on catwalks for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Valentino. And now she’s landed another plum role as one of the faces of the new fragrance Roses de Chloé. (She’s joined by fellow brunette beauties Tilda Lindstam and Esther Heesch in the ads.) Before leaning back in to fashion month, Nielsen shared the highs and lows of life on the runway.
How she got her big break: “Four and a half years ago, my booker saw me in a pizza place in Copenhagen when I was having lunch with a friend. Two weeks later, I was walking in Paris fashion week. Balenciaga was my first show. I always look forward to Paris fashion week the most because it’s the one I started with.”
What saves her skin during fashion week: ”I hate when other people rub my skin, so I always take off my own makeup. I carry around the blue Chanel eye makeup remover [Démaquillant Yeux Intense]. It’s really good. When I get home, I take a long shower and put a lot of oil on my face. Sometimes I’ll use Embryolisse face cream. It’s really thick, and there are no perfumes or anything in it that will cause allergies. My skin is sensitive, so it gets red during the shows.”
Her healthy hair regimen: ”I use Moroccanoil shampoo and conditioner to keep my hair soft. I like to put on the Moroccanoil treatment in the evening, and wash it out the next morning. A hairstylist named Paul [Hanlon] gave me the products one day, and I really liked them. I’ve been using them ever since.”
On the hazards of modeling: “Two years ago, I got my eyebrows bleached backstage. I’m not allergic to the bleach, but the hair color they used to dye [the hair] back made my eyebrows swollen and red—it was so painful! The pain continued for the rest of fashion week, and it got worse from all the makeup. Now if someone bleaches my brows, I let them stay white because my allergy is really bad. I just wait until they grow out on their own. When I go home like that, people ask, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ They think I have an illness.”
The wildest makeup she’s ever had to wear: “One time at the Viktor & Rolf [Fall 2011] show, they painted our faces completely red. I remember Lindsey Wixson got an allergic reaction from it and she had to go home—she couldn’t do the rest of fashion week! Also, I’m in a shoot that’s in i-D magazine now where I have crystals, glitter, and everything sparkly you could imagine on my face. I’ve worn a lot of crazy makeup. It’s fun.”
Why she’s into the new Roses de Chloé scent: “I really love the smell of roses. The fragrance is really fresh and young. It’s not too heavy—you won’t smell like an old lady. It reminds me of summer, my favorite season.”
Her go-to spritzing spots: “I put [the perfume] on my hair, my arms, my neck—everywhere. Maybe it’s too much for some people, but I like it.”
Chloé’s spunky sister brand, See by Chloé, launched its own fragrance approximately a year ago this month. The follow-up to this release was an innovative paint-on version of the original scent, which made its debut in late August. And created for sundress weather (if it ever arrives) is Eau Fraîche—meant to mimic a walk through a French garden. Designed by perfumer Michel Almairac, the latest addition to the family blends water hyacinth and vetiver with the classic apple-blossom heart. The result is a light, feminine floral that pairs well with an airy apron frock and crisp white shorts—both of which can be found in the label’s Spring 2014 collection. A spritz isn’t exactly the same as a stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries, but an American girl can at least dream (and smell) of Paris.