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Katie Holmes Expands Partnership With Bobbi Brown; Big Surgeries, Little Results; and Burberry’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm

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holmes_resizeKatie Holmes has been on a beauty roll this year after teaming up with Bobbi Brown back in September and buying into Alterna haircare in January. In an interview with WWD today announcing the new Bobbi & Katie Collection, the actress discussed her partnership with Brown. “I’ve loved every minute of it—Bobbi is so creative and so smart. I’m very inspired by her.” The makeup artist and entrepreneur expressed equal admiration. “Katie’s not just a face, she’s a true partner,” said Brown. “She’s ridiculously beautiful, and she really has a feel for what women want and need. She has a great eye for color and design.”

A new study published this week revealed that major procedures like brow- and facelifts often make less of a difference than we’re led to believe. According to a New York Times article analyzing its findings, raters estimated patients’ ages to be about 2.1 years younger, on average, than their chronological age before surgery, and 5.2 years younger after surgery, an overall difference of 3.1 years, with minimal changes in attractiveness, for example. Shelling out all that money and going under the knife to turn back the clock just a few years seems, well, a bit more vain now.

After reassuming control of its beauty division in April, Burberry has introduced its first in-house fragrance, Brit Rhythm, which targets men who love rock ‘n’ roll. “Music has become such an integral part of our world, from the digital site that we have—Burberry Acoustic—to the things that we do at all the shows with the music team here that I set up,” said Christopher Bailey. The label’s chief creative officer continued to say that the scent captures “that kind of adrenaline feeling that you get from music. The effect of hairs rising on the back of your neck. The moment when you are anticipating your favorite band coming on, or when you are listening to a beautiful piece.”

Burberry Beauty’s New Counter Culture

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Burberry Beauty

Jessica Simpson Hawks More Wares; Taylor Swift Is Wonderstruck; And More…

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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]

Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden

Heaven-Sent Hell’s Angels Backstage At Burberry

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“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.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Burberry’s Beauties

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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.”

Photo: Courtesy of Burberry