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8 posts tagged "Christiaan"

Dark Angel


beauty-blogThe typically glossy-haired and polished Miranda Kerr shows that she can get down and dirty—at least for Mango’s Fall punk-inspired campaign. Her bed-head-y waves, created by hair legend Christiaan, are reminiscent of the “skinny” strands we saw this past season at Proenza Schouler. And the barely there makeup—lived-in and slightly greasy shadow, smudgy liner, natural lipstick, with a focus on strong brows—also made us think of face painter Diane Kendal’s approach at the same Fall show. Kerr recently revealed to Marie Claire UK that she felt just as sexy working this pared-down look as she does a bedazzled bra and a blow-out: “I loved that Inez and Vinoodh [the Dutch photographers who snapped these incredible images] kept the look of the campaign very raw and natural, and I think it complements the collection very well.” Bottom line: We love when an Angel goes grunge.

Photos:; Courtesy of Mango

Lindsey Wixson’s New Shag


LINDSEY_collageHer unmistakable bee-stung pout and gap-toothed grin made Lindsey Wixson a catwalk star and a favorite here at—the Kansas native graced the cover of the first issue of But it’s her hair that’s making headlines today. Over the weekend, the 19-year-old model debuted a new ‘do at the Watermill Center Benefit in the Hamptons. At first glance, we nearly mistook her freshly shorn, textured shag and bangs for one of the Joan Jett-esque wigs from Marc Jacobs’ Fall show. A bit of Internet sleuthing revealed that shortly after the couture shows, Wixson paid a visit to none other than Christiaan for a cool coif update. We love the razored, rock’ n’ roll look. You? Either way, we’re sure to see more of the edgy cut on and off the Spring ’14 runways in September.


The Short Undercut: Spring’s Standout Hair Style?


There’s an early entry for haircut of the season, and it’s already been spotted at a few castings here in New York: behold, the evolution of the undercut. Freja Beha Erichsen notably sported the original, shaved-underneath style that Christiaan Houtenbos made famous in the early eighties backstage at Balmain’s Spring 2012 show, starting a domino effect that saw both Milla Jovovich and Yasmin Le Bon follow suit. Now it seems a few up-and-coming catwalkers have gotten on board with the idea, albeit in an even more outrageous incarnation. Vogue U.K. fans who saw Janice Alida’s cameo in this month’s masculine-inspired editorial “Boy Talk,” in which the Canadian stunner debuted a Guido Palau-trimmed, bleached-out fade (that reportedly inspired the entire David Sims-lensed story), will be surprised to see Alida on the runways this week, as our sources are reporting that she has been bouncing between fittings with the same haircut, now dyed a deep shade of espresso. Perhaps uncoincidentally, Alida’s fellow Ford Models compatriot Erin MacDonald has been spotted with the same cut in the agency’s show package, courtesy of hairstylist Vassilis Kokkinidis; we’re pretty sure she won’t be the only one when the shows get under way. Keep your eyes peeled.

Photo: Tommy Ton

Celebrity Fragrance Ad Campaigns Heat Up; Video Game Heroes, Bottled; And More…


Lady Gaga isn’t the only one upping the ante with a new fragrance campaign. Beyoncé has just unleashed her new Midnight Heat ad onto the Internet. Sure, it’s not little micro-men climbing allover her naked body, but, like, it’s still Beyoncé. [Fashion Etc]

Tom Bachik became the most talked about nail artist in the biz for a brief moment two summers ago when he was named Chanel’s first-ever celebrity manicurist, but now it appears that he has changed teams. The self-branded “MAN-icurist” recently signed on as the latest addition to L’Oréal Paris’ growing roster of experts. Will he still use Chanel’s inimitable lacquers when on set with his laundry list of A-list clients? Presumably yes. [WWD]

Daria Werbowy has shorn off her long chocolate locks in favor of a chin-grazing crop, courtesy of Christiaan. She originally made the cut a few months ago, according to the famed hairdresser who admits that the super-duper model “took a while to own it.” But he trimmed it up on the set of the Celine’s Fall campaign and left it short, mostly because “no one dared to put [Daria] in extensions.” [Into The Gloss]

What exactly does a video game smell like? We’re about to find out thanks to the perfume geniuses at Epic-Scents who are developing a range of fragrances that evoke the characteristics of gamer heroes like Mega Man. Full disclosure: we’re intrigued to see what they come up with for Mario. [Escapist]

Photo: Courtesy of Coty

EXCLUSIVE: Byredo’s Mister Marvelous Redux


Last year, Byredo’s Ben Gorham ventured outside of his collaborative comfort zone to create a new fragrance that was less of a joint partnership and more of a tribute. With the release of Mister Marvelous—a mandarin leaf, neroli flower, green lavender, black amber, and white cedarwood eau—Ben Gorham immortalized a hair hero nonpareil: Christiaan Houtenbos. The Dutch-born coiffing star made a name for himself as an army barber while stationed in Curaçao before moving to New York in the sixties, taking the editorial world by storm in the seventies, serving backstage duties for Calvin Klein and Comme des Garçons in the eighties, and christening the undercut in the process; 40 years later, Christiaan remains one of fashion’s most sought-after stylists. “I’m just a singular character,” he insisted once when we had the pleasure of interviewing him. “I want to live like a painter or a writer who doesn’t have a secretary and just does what he’s supposed to do. [But] people keep asking me all these questions—I might start writing a book for myself.” For now, he’s picked up a pen for a different cause: to personally sign 200 limited-edition boxes of his namesake scent, which has been given an orange makeover—Christiaan’s signature color—and will be available on Byredo’s Web site next week. While Gorham has talked about adding other installments to his Mister Marvelous franchise, for now Christiaan remains the one and only.

Photo: Courtesy of Byredo