7 posts tagged "Christopher Bailey"
Burberry Beauty unveiled its first U.S. stand-alone counter at Saks back on Fashion’s Night Out in early September. Seeing as how we maintain a “below-14th Street-only” policy on FNO, we only recently managed to make it up to the Fifth Avenue location to scope out the new digs. Packed with essentials from the brand’s four major beauty categories—face, lips, body, and glow—it’s a decidedly good move for a company that’s poised to become a major player in the prestige cosmetics game. Inspired by the staple Burberry trench, the entire makeup line is meant to deliver a “natural look,” so eye shadows focus on gorgeous shades of khaki, taupe, gray, and brown, while lipsticks veer toward the tawny end of pink. It makes for a classic palette that never seems to go out of fashion, as evidenced by Burberry Beauty artistic consultant Wendy Rowe’s “back to basics” approach at Christopher Bailey’s Spring 2012 show. But Bailey and Rowe aren’t entirely opposed to pops of bright color, as evidenced by the batch of Lip Glows the duo has whipped up for the holidays. Available in three opaque shades including Ruby No. 16, Bright Plum No. 17, and Nude Glow No. 15, the emollient glosses glide on—and stay on. (They’ll hit the new counter in November.) Rowe is a big believer in multitasking makeup (she frequently blends Burberry’s Lip Cover in Nude Rose onto cheeks as well as mouths), and these glosses are similarly versatile. Ruby and Plum can double as cheek stains, while Nude Glow adds a wet shine to lids. Editor’s note: Burberry’s new Fresh Glow illuminator, which Rowe debuted during London fashion week, is a must-try. The rose-infused skin enhancer goes on sans glitter flecks and dries down almost instantly, adding an illuminating boost to any foundation.
Burberry Beauty Lip Glow, $27, available November 1 at Saks fifth Avenue.
BeachMint.com is brand-building. First the online retail destination debuted JewelMint.com, a collection of affordable baubles designed by Kate Bosworth and her stylist, then Mary-Kate Olsen’s collection of T-shirts for StyleMint.com went live. On October 1, BeautyMint.com will join its predecessors, offering up anti-aging skincare products backed by celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy and Jessica Simpson. [WWD]
Taylor Swift’s ads for her debut signature scent, Wonderstruck, are out and currently raking in the “likes” on Facebook. In case you were wondering, the curly girl says “no” to the blow-dryer, keeping her signature waves intact for the print visuals. [Fashion Etc.]
Another, somewhat less likely crooner is also getting in on the fragrance game: That would be Julian Casablancas—the Strokes frontman stars in new adds for Azzaro’s latest men’s offering. [Consequence of Sound]
Youve seen the Rosie Huntington-Whiteley images, and now that Burberry Body has finally landed on shelves, the house’s designer is speaking out about the impetus for the new fragrance: “We wanted to develop something that really epitomized the DNA and the spirit of the iconic Burberry trench coat,” says Christopher Bailey, referencing the “different sides” of the iconic outerwear that have now been reinterpreted through scent. “Sometimes it makes you feel sexy, sometimes it makes you feel confident, other times it makes you feel protected.” [T]
“Biker chicks” was the order of the day from Christopher Bailey at Burberry Prorsum last night, a directive that reached his backstage team of hairstylist Neil Moodie and makeup artist Wendy Rowe loud and clear. But seeing as how this is a Burberry biker chick we’re talking about, a few slight adjustments to the hard-edged archetype were made. First off, there was no helmet head to speak of backstage, where Moodie was coating middle-parted strands with Bumble and Bumble’s Prep and its Thickening Hairspray before flat-ironing for a straight, “shaken-out” look. None of the thick black eye makeup typically associated with the ladies-who-ride-choppers set, either. Instead, Rowe went for an understated look, crafting “a sultry eye and fresh skin” with Burberry’s new cosmetics collection. Cheeks were slightly sculpted with the brand’s Contour Powder, which was brushed on top of a light coating of its Sheer Foundation. Eyes weren’t so much “sultry” as slightly smoldering, in our estimation, the result of Rowe’s layering skills with three different Burberry Eye Shadows in Rosewood, Khaki, and Almond. As for the lips, they were taken down a bit using its Concealer and finished off with a delicate dusting of gloss-topped blush for a hint of color. It was the prettiest, most fresh-faced biker gang we’ve ever seen.
Temperatures climbed to the mid-nineties yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles, and guests at the Burberry Beauty tea party were feeling the heat. “On the way over here, I was worried my makeup was melting off,” said Kate Bosworth (for the record, it wasn’t). But should Bosworth have needed a touch-up, there was certainly no shortage of products on hand. (The British company’s first foray into cosmetics launched at Nordstrom and online at the beginning of the month.) “It’s very natural, very wearable,” Burberry’s Christopher Bailey explained. “The colors are all based on the trenchcoat.” In fact, one of the foundations is called simply Trench.
The party was hosted in the garden of a sprawling private estate in Beverly Hills, rumored to be the former residence of Tom Cruise. “This is so quaint. It’s like my place but a little smaller,” deadpanned Lake Bell. Bailey joked that he had been trying to pass off the mansion as his own.
Sweeping white canopies and chilled Champagne and elderflower cocktails went a long way to protect Bosworth and fellow partygoers like Serena Williams and Liberty Ross from the sweltering summer sun. “I think they’re doing a good job of keeping us fashionably cool,” said Bell. Glee star Jayma Mays was just happy to be enjoying some off time before the show starts recording again in a few weeks—not that her workplace isn’t without its unique perks. “This season, they’re bringing in John Stamos to play my love interest,” she said. “I flipped when I heard. I mean, it’s Uncle Jesse! And he’s aged so well.”
We told you it was coming, and now the wait is finally over. Burberry Beauty launches online at Nordstrom today, bringing with it all of the chic, effortless versatility you’ve come to expect from the heritage brand’s wildly popular apparel. “It was the only element missing,” according to Burberry designer Christopher Bailey, who conceived the idea of a cosmetics line while working on a runway show a few years back.
Each of the face, lip, and eye products is crafted to be easily applied and easily worn, boasting incredibly soft, breathable textures. A color palette of smoky metallics and neutral khaki tones calls to mind Burberry’s iconic trench, as does the signature check pattern that graces every compact of face powder and tube of lip gloss. Standouts include the Natural Bronzer in No. 1 Warm Glow—a powder formula that melts into your skin; the Sheer Eye Shadow in No. 6 Almond, a taupe-y greige that perfectly mimics the color of those blessed with slightly pigmented eyelids; and the Lip Cover in No. 19 Brick Red, one of the brighter hues in the collection that still retains a certain neutrality insofar as it is a well-executed version of the quintessential, deep color that somehow manages to look like it belongs on anyone who tries it. And bonus points for the magnetic closures that make each item feel that much more luxurious.