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Ruth Wilson (who we know and love from the BBC’s Idris Elba show Luther—Netflix it tonight) has had a busy summer promoting her role in The Lone Ranger. Over the weekend, the British actress turned up at a London premiere for the film in a dress from Raf Simons’ new Christian Dior haute couture collection (she is the first starlet to wear the new lineup, beating out brand ambassadors like Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence). Wilson, who joined costars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer on the red carpet, complemented her strapless number with edgy hair and makeup that reminded us of the models on Dior’s Fall ’13 runway. Her slicked-back, wavy bouffant and fuchsia-stained lips echoed the beauty look—albeit in a toned down way—that Pat McGrath and Guido Palau created backstage before the show in February. Do you think it works for her?
Photos: GoRunway and ZUMA Press
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Olivia Chantecaille, creative director of Chantecaille Cosmetics
The Product: “With my mother being from Paris, perfume played a prominent role in our home and upbringing. When I turned 13, my mother encouraged me to find my first fragrance—one that would suit me and be an extension of myself. She brought me back a bottle of Diorissimo, by Christian Dior, from Paris, which is a lovely, delicate scent of lily of the valley and embodies the beauty of innocence and youth. It felt like an important beauty rite of passage as I was entering the world of cosmetics and embracing a ritual loved by my mother and my grandmother. They showed me how to lightly spritz it on the back of my neck, right under my hair, so it would never be overwhelming. That way, the fragrance transforms and becomes your own, never smelling the same on two different people. This fragrance helped to solidify my love of flowers and how to incorporate them into my beauty routine. When I felt like I had outgrown Diorissimo, I moved on to a fragrance my mother created while at Prescriptives, called Calyx, a very modern creation based in green florals that suited me as I left the nest for school and work and explored the world on my own. Soon after, when we launched Chantecaille Cosmetics, we introduced a collection of natural floral fragrances, and I immediately fell in love with Tiare, with notes of refined Tahitian gardenia—a symbol of love. As I look back, I can fondly say that the perfumes I have worn have helped define me and are reminiscent of the special times in my life. They are like an olfactory photo album.”
Following her breakthrough Fall ’13 season, Sasha Luss has quickly become one of the most in-demand fresh faces in the industry. The 21-year-old Russian model’s white-hot career got an additional boost at the Haute Couture shows last week, where she officially debuted a platinum dye job on the runways of Armani Privé (which she bookended), Dior (Simons chose her as the opener), Valentino, Atelier Versace, Giambattista Valli, Bouchra Jarrar, and Elie Saab. Luss was rocking her natural honey-hued tresses just weeks before, during the Resort presentations, turning up on the Chanel and Calvin Klein Collection catwalks. Rumor on the street is her icy-blonde makeover was for a Steven Meisel shoot. Considering her recent Numéro cover and a confirmed spot in the new Tommy Hilfiger ads, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this rising star go on to nab a Vogue Italia cover and additional campaigns.
It’s only been a year since Raf Simons took the reins at the house of Dior—which has amounted to two ready-to-wear shows, two Couture shows, one Resort presentation, and one Pre-Fall outing so far. Yet in that short amount of time, he and his trusted backstage team of Pat McGrath and Guido Palau have collaborated on a rather impressive beauty highlight reel. Neon lashes, chrome liquid liners, Swarovski crystal-studded lips, and sleek strands that defy the traditional conception of runway hair have helped make Simons’ shows a must-see part of the Paris calendar.
“What people don’t know is that when we do shows, we really have to find the right woman,” McGrath said, speaking to the new Dior archetype that can pull off the dazzling metallic mouths she created using a special theatrical glue and three different highly reflective pigments for Simon’s Fall Couture show, his third for the brand. “She’s steeped in Diorness, but also very futuristic,” Palau interjected of the character they had collectively helped build while describing the Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel-slicked, low-lying wrapped knots he shellacked straight back for the presentation. “[Raf] doesn’t want to re-create the couture era. He’s very forward thinking,” Palau continued. If this is what progress looks like, we’re all in.