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14 posts tagged "Daphne Guinness"

Lace Face


We’ve never been much into veils—despite how easy-to-pull-off fashion iconoclasts like Daphne Guinness make them look. But that all changed last summer when Chanel creative director of makeup Peter Philips pinned different pieces of black lace over dark navy smoky eyes at Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall couture show. There’s something about the way the latticework blurs the stark effect of dark eye makeup while simultaneously showcasing it as an artistic element that is unequivocally appealing. It should come as no surprise, then, that full pieces of lace—draped over the entire head—only enhance the effect. In the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar China, makeup artist Aya Fujita intermingles bold strokes of lipstick, eyeshadow and nail polish with multi-colored panels of sheer woven netting to create a cool contrast of mediums. Turns out, cobalt blue lids and a copper mouth look that much better when seen through ornamental mesh. Don’t try this at home—or, rather, do.

Photos: Clockwise from left, Michelle Du Xuan for Harper’s Bazaar China, February 2012; Luca Cannonieri /; Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, February 2010

NYR Organic’s Domestic Bliss


Since opening its first shop in London’s Covent Garden in 1981, Neal’s Yard has become one of the U.K.’s most well-loved brands when it comes to highly active, organic skincare. As a veritable pioneer in the green beauty market, its blue glass apothecary bottles are pretty much synonymous with noteworthy, natural products. We’ve known about Neal’s Yard for a while, but two recent events have pushed the British brand toward the top of our radar: to build a bigger U.S. presence, Neal’s Yard’s has rebranded itself as NYR Organic in the states, launching a corresponding U.S. e-commerce site in the process. The second, and no less significant occurrence, is that we recently learned that one Daphne Guinness is a big NYR fan, and anything Daphne is into is A-OK by us—that transcendental meditation session-turned-fashion show held in a coffin included. As part of its continued evolution, Neal’s Yard is using its expertise in aromatherapy to enter the home fragrance market. A natural beeswax and botanical wax candle handmade on a farm on the northern coast of Cornwall, a reed diffuser made with sustainably sourced reeds (obviously), and a refreshing room spray are now available in three different scents—Calming, a soothing blend of rose and geranium; Balancing, a grounding mix of bergamot and patchouli; and Energizing, an uplifting combination of orange, grapefruit, and mint. They’re perfect for your next dinner party—or wake.

Photo: Courtesy of NYR Organics

First Look: Iris Apfel For MAC


MAC is racking up the fashion iconoclasts these days. After releasing its much-discussed collaboration with style/art star Daphne Guinness this month, the beauty giant has revealed that its next collaboration coup will be with Iris Apfel. The 90-year-old bespectacled Apfel and her vast, quirky wardrobe have been the subject of a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit, a Coach campaign, and even a coveted time slot on the Home Shopping Network, which put Mrs. Apfel and a coterie of her own designs on the air this fall. Her debut cosmetics collection, which hits shelves on January 5, will be a similar showcase of Apfel’s knack for color—and eccentricity. Included in the 20-piece line are bold lip shades like Party Parrot, a bright matte red, and Flamingo, a glossy cream coral, as well as equally retina-burning nail lacquers like Toco Toucan, a blue fuchsia, and Orielle Orange, a bold tangerine. Each handpicked piece is a wonderful tribute to a very rare bird.

Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Talking Beauty and Art with Daphne “The Mood Board Is In Her Head” Guinness


When it comes to her new makeup collection for MAC, Daphne Guinness isn’t ashamed to admit that she made it for herself. “Lots of things that I do, I’ll do it because that’s the one I want to have, or want to see. It’s not because I think everybody else should have it,” Guinness says of the 25-piece line that’s due out on December 26. It’s preferable to “trying to just please an audience,” Guinness continues of her creative process, which may sound risky to business types, but when you’ve got as much evidence as she does that what pleases you inspires others, it just might be a stroke of genius.

Dubbed a “socialite” by journalists on tight word counts and by those who don’t know any better, Guinness is, in fact, a devoted student and practitioner of the visual arts. “I try to keep away from the fashion world because it’s not my world,” she says—a somewhat surprising revelation considering the ease with which she pulls off tricky pieces of vintage McQueen and an even trickier selection of ensembles from Gareth Pugh. “My references are paintings,” Guinness insists. “She’s an artist, she’s a colorist,” says Estée Lauder senior vice president and group creative director James Gager. “A lot of people pull tear sheets and hang them up on a board and say, ‘I want to do a collection that looks like this.’ That absolutely isn’t the way that Daphne is. The mood board is in her head,” says Gager. “I don’t know where it’s coming from, or what influences are happening; it just suddenly comes out,” Guinness confirms. “People may love it or hate it. But if you start thinking about how people are going to receive it, then you get confused.” Here, on the heels of a celebratory dinner to fête her collaborative launch at Miami Art Basel, Guinness talks to about the beauty of northern light, the colors of clouds in the Alps, and the “civilizing aspect” of imagination.

The fashion world tends to celebrate you for the clothes you wear. Have you ever thought that distracts from the fact that you often experiment with a similarly artistic approach to makeup?

I don’t think it distracts from anything, really. I think it’s all part of the same thing. [Makeup] is not something that’s an add-on. It’s never-ending—it just rolls from one thing to the next. And I’m not really conscious of being part of fashion and such. It’s part of the arts to me. I’m not really someone that follows fashion, because I’m not a journalist. I don’t need to know what’s going on. I just intuit, sort of, things.

But I get the impression your relationships with designers have meant a lot to you. Were you ever concerned that doing a cosmetics line wouldn’t be the same sort of collaboration?

I was nervous and I shouldn’t have been, because it’s exactly the same thing. You either gel with people or you don’t, and I’m very happy to admire people for what they do. I was really honored to do it because I like mixing stuff. But [the fashion world] is really not my world. If you take it back 20 years, fashion was not what it is now. It wasn’t about collections, or whatever. It was about finding your gang in a night club, and they’d dress a certain way. I think it’s a human thing. You know, very primitive tribes would make themselves up or dress a certain way in order to differentiate themselves from other tribes. I think that the landscape has become a little more muddied lately. I don’t like looking at what’s out there; it actually makes me depressed to see it. It gives me anxiety to see too much. My references are paintings. I know that sounds weird…

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Daphne x MAC: A Preview; Redheads, Now Occupying Facebook; And More…


Daphne Guinness is MAC’s latest collaborator. The couture collector took to Twitter today to show off some of her favorite pieces from the makeup line she’s created for the brand. Among Guinness’ personal picks are Hyperion, a light gray nail lacquer, and Approaching Storm, a glossy burgundy lipstick. Consider us officially stoked for the launch. [Twitter]

Looking for the secret to easy, breezy, bouncy waves? The answer just may be the “digital perm,” a new styling technique popularized in Japan that is slowly edging its way Westward. [Daily Mail]

Gingers, unite: “We’re the 2 percent,” a viral campaign just launched on Facebook, has nothing to do with taking down business tycoons. Rather, it’s meant to raise awareness about ridicule aimed at the world’s increasingly shrinking redheaded population. “Redhead discrimination is overlooked, laughed at, and swept under the rug,” according to campaign instigator Erin Roche. [Facebook via The Kansas City Star]

Lady Gaga and Madonna may have some competition in the fragrance spotlight as Drake makes his passion for perfume public. “My dream, to be honest with you, my goal, is to form a fragrance and lifestyle line like candles, incense, room spray, and fragrance. I like Sephora for the store that I’d like to put it in. So that’s a big thing for me. I’m actually working on it.” [NY Mag]

Photo: Courtesy of Twitter