48 posts tagged "Christian Dior"
Like every other graphic novel connoisseur/action movie buff, we trekked to the theater this weekend for the premiere of Watchmen. Despite a few sick-awesome fight sequences and one sex scene that laughed in the face of nuance, the almost three-hour feature suffered from occasional lapses into comic book movie drudgery, at which point not even looking exceptionally good in spandex could mask bad acting. And so our minds wandered, focusing on other details, like the mechanics of doing a roundhouse kick in stilettos and, more importantly, how to get Sally Jupiter’s (a.k.a Silk Spectre I) moon manicure—the popular 1940′s style that is enjoying something of a revival at the Fall shows this season. From a beige-and-Bordeaux combo at Ruffian to white-and-navy incarnations at Thakoon and Form, the contrasting paint job made it all the way to Paris, where purple and cream were the colors of choice backstage at Christian Dior. “Coat the nail with your base color, and that will be the moon in the manicure,” Creative Nail Design’s Roxanne Valinoti instructs. Next, she recommends using the side of the polish brush and swiping upward at an angle, drawing a semicircle with your second lacquer on top of the first, and simply following through to the tips in order to finish the rest of the nail. “Remember: The moons should get smaller as fingers get smaller,” Valinoti advises, adding that any color combo will work but red/beige, black/white, and beige/black are her favorites. (Side note: In case you were wondering, yes, Pat McGrath is responsible for the cupid’s bow lip and lash lovers’ delight on display here. Like we’ve said before, when it comes to color creations, the woman is untouchable.)
Is it us, or are you also slightly over Dita Von Teese and her self-appointed title as the new bearer of burlesque? There she was, sitting front row at Dior Couture with her signature alabaster skin, darkened brow, lined lids, and crimson lip, and all we could think was, doesn’t the whole thing ever get, well, tedious? Furthermore, what does Ms. Von Teese look like when she’s away from the paparazzi photo lenses? Do you think she just throws on a pair of sweat pants, goes makeup-free, and puts her hair up in a messy bun? Or is that face painted on at all times, that hair always set, and those wiggle dresses merely replaced by silk dressing gowns (or maybe a kimono?) when she “unwinds” at home? Someone please enlighten us.
If you covet the vintage cannage quilting on the Lady Dior handbag Marion Cotillard holds in the French company’s new ad campaign but can’t rationalize shelling out the $1,800 to look and feel utterly Parisian, there is another way. The pièce de résistance of Dior’s spring makeup collection is a miniaturized compact crafted in the same shape as the classic bag. No, you can’t carry this one on your arm or fill it with cell phone, keys, etc., but it houses a complexion highlighter and creamy tint for both cheeks and lips that will at least help you paint on the illusion that you’ve got je ne sais quoi to spare when it hits counters next month.
Contrary to popular belief, beauty editors rarely wear a lot of makeup. Sure, there are exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, we are a minimalistic breed that can pull out all the flawless foundation and perfectly pinched-cheek stops if and when we need to, but prefer to keep it low-key on a day-to-day basis. At least I do. That said, my standard regimen includes a lip balm (MAC), mascara (Estée Lauder), and under-eye concealer (Dior) paired-down trifecta that really hammers home that I’m-not-wearing-any-makeup image. As any devoted fan of cover-up can attest, however, the thin skin on and around your eyes has a tendency to get flaky, dry, and stretched when makeup is frequently applied, making a “prep layer” necessary if you want to avoid creasing and clumping. Although I used to rely on the aforementioned lip balm—applied on top of the concealer—to create a smooth finish, I have recently discovered Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Gold Ultra Lift and Strengthening Eye Capsules—and I can’t say enough good things about them. These single-dose antiaging capsules are intended to fortify skin in the fight against fine lines and crow’s feet, and they double as the perfect skin-smoothing primer. Plus, the little gold pouches that house this slightly greasy elixir (which actually dries down quite nicely) add a certain “mystique” to your product arsenal—by which I mean the kind that keeps your significant other confounded by the world of beauty.
Master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has had a hand in pretty much every fragrance success story in the last 15 years. The go-to nose for the houses of Dior, Gaultier, Versace, and Saint Laurent—not to mention the mastermind behind Narciso Rodriguez’s eponymous best-sellers and Acqua di Parma’s classic Iris Nobile—he’s something of an industry giant, the man behind the scents that reliably intrigue you. In 2009, he plans on stepping out of the shadows by opening his own fragrance house. Situated in Paris (naturellement), his solo venture will not mark the launch of a signature brand, Kurkdjian insists, but will rather embrace inspirational fragrance stories, all price ranges, and different mediums for scent. Possible expansions may include an excellent-smelling detergent—the continuation of a cleaning-products line he created earlier in his career. He has plans to go international, too, which is exciting news for Americans who are just plain over Tide original scent—and unimpressed with the Clean Breeze alternative.