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August 30 2014

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2 posts tagged "Cynthia Nixon"

Orlane Turns The Party Out For Afghan Hands

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“I’m from Afghanistan and I have six sisters, so by default, I had to become a feminist,” makeup artist Matin Maulawizada joked last night at the Longchamps store in Soho, where he was hosting a fundraiser for his charity, Afghan Hands. Started in 2004, the nonprofit empowers Afghan women often widowed by the war by enabling them to produce handmade scarves and shawls and work towards financial independence. “I have amassed a disturbing number of scarves,” Claire Danes, one of the evening’s other hosts, divulged of the beautiful, homespun accessories on display. Danes was joined at the podium by actress and fellow Maulawizada devotee Cynthia Nixon. “He is a very talented makeup artist,” Nixon said of the face painter, who also primps Meryl Streep, among other Hollywood A-listers. “But this is his real passion.”

Ryan McGinness, Jessica Seinfeld, and Kelly Killoren Bensimon also showed up for the Orlane-sponsored event, where Benjamin Doller of Sotheby’s auctioned off posh trips to Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn and L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills. Orlane’s late vice president Naz Toloui was the first board member of Afghan Hands, and the French skincare brand was on hand to provide gift bags and introduce the latest edition to its line, Crème Royale Neck and Décolleté. “It’s a happy merging of altruism and materialism,” Danes said of supporting the cause—which she’ll be doing more of come next year. Both she and her mother (a textile designer by trade) and Nixon and her daughter will be creating designs for the initiative.

Photo: Neil Rasmus / Billy Farrell Ageny

Cynthia Nixon Goes Long

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With the Sex and the City 2 press junket raging on, we’ve braced ourselves for a few transcontinental style surprises. We didn’t even blink, for example, when we spotted Sarah Jessica Parker’s OTT hat, if that’s what you call the Philip Treacy-designed bejeweled tulle confection she wore to the London screening last night. What did make us look twice were Cynthia Nixon’s perfectly color-matched hair extensions. It was jarring to see Miranda, er, Cynthia with long locks; we’ve always associated SATC‘s “serious one” with short, choppy cuts. What do you think: a glam accessory perfect for a premiere or a beauty misstep?

Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis / AP Photo; Peter Kramer / AP Photo