August 22 2014

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25 posts tagged "Diane von Furstenberg"

Ballet Russes Beauty, Backstage at Diane von Furstenberg


dvf-cropThe ballerina at Diane von Furstenberg was not your typical perfectly coiffed bun head. Instead, “a dancer in rehearsal, not performance,” inspired the undone chignons crafted by Orlando Pita. After pulling the hair into a ponytail at the center of the head, the mane master spritzed a teasing brush with BioSilk Firm Hold Finishing Spray before dragging it vertically from forehead to elastic, making it appear as if the models had raked their strands back using just their fingers. After he coiled and pinned the tail in place, he strategically undid it for a soft, imperfect finish.

Makeup artist James Kaliardos noted the Ballet Russes and refugees leaving the mother country “to embark on a creative life.” He employed techniques normally used by dancers onstage, such as contouring the sides of the face with various tones of concealer and brightening the eyes by rimming the lower waterline with MAC Cosmetics’ forthcoming Technokohl liner in Nude. Wanting a “glossy taupe” shade for the lids, Kaliardos mixed Grey Matter, a cream shade from the Fall 2014 Trend Palette, and Dusty Mauve, a hue from the season’s lip palette. He topped it off with Gloss Crème Brilliance for additional sheen and coated the top lashes with Haute & Naughty mascara. “You know when you see those girls from ballet school and they just look like ballerinas even though they don’t have makeup on? This is what we’re doing,” Kaliardos explained. With all the lithe models milling about backstage, it was almost as if they were waiting for their curtain call instead of your standard catwalk.

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Beauty Sound Bites: A Feminine Touch



“Women have great tools with their hands—they’re just special things. If I was a girl, I think I’d be a better makeup artist.”

The face painter shared the envy he has for “delicate” female fingers while backstage at DVF, but we think his handiwork is quite impressive without them.

Photo: Getty

There’s No Such Thing as Cookie-Cutter Beauty at Diane von Furstenberg


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Backstage at DVF there was talk of more than what sits solely on the surface. “Diane is very socially aware, as you can see with the casting, which is very diverse—unlike many designers during fashion week,” said makeup artist James Kaliardos. To reflect each model’s individuality and let her inner beauty shine through, he opted for sheer, creamy textures in warm, neutral colors like copper and sand. After evening out the complexion and using translucent powder on the T-zone to cancel shine from the lights on the runway, Kaliardos “cheated black liner in the [upper] lash bed,” which provided definition and created the illusion of fuller fringe. He then wrapped the eyes with a blend of two cream shadows from the MAC Spring ’14 Trend Forecast Palette—New in Season and Cultivating Chic—to create a subtle and shimmery copper hue, then coated lashes with Haute & Naughty Lash mascara. The tops of cheekbones were patted with Casual Colour in Keep It Loose for a soft glow, and lips were slicked with either a peachy nude or taupe gloss, depending on skin tone. “You can’t compare someone from Africa to someone from Sweden—they’ll always look different, but both are beautiful,” he added.

The hair was kept quite simple, as the designer was inspired by how the models arrived at their fittings with loose, lived-in waves, explained Orlando Pita. He started with a middle part and worked in BioSilk Volumizing Therapy Styling Foam, Texturizing Powder, or Root Lifter (depending on hair type) before blow-drying to create texture. Next he went in with a curling iron and bent the hair under and over the barrel to form his signature “S” patterns (think: Botticelli waves for the modern woman). Strands were lightly glossed over with Silk Therapy to cancel any frizz or flyaways.

And while the look as a whole was certainly scaled back, Diane von Furstenberg definitely made a strong statement about beauty. I think Kaliardos summed it up perfectly: “Each girl is her own woman.”


Charlotte Tilbury: A Wizard for Tired Skin


charlotte-tilbury-magic-creamDiane von Furstenberg’s selfie that she posted this morning after last night’s show pretty much sums up how I feel at the present time in my New York fashion week-induced fog. Lucky for me, however, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury sent over a preview of her Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturiser SPF 15 (available only in the U.K. for now). And seeing as I’m all about a fast fix at the moment, this slightly shimmery formula laced with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and soothing floral extracts delivers. I think I’ve gotten more compliments on my foundation-less complexion in the past four days than ever before, which is saying a lot since I’m going on about four hours of sleep. Tilbury has been secretly testing this illuminating potion she conjured up about two decades ago on models and her high-profile clients, and now it’s making its way to the masses. Although it’s not set to arrive Stateside until Spring 2014, I’m already enchanted.

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

The Better to See You With, My Dear


MBFWA Trends - Arrivals - MBFFS 2013Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton opted for an accessory other than wings to wear down the Trends Gala runway at Sydney’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival. The Angel partnered with eyewear brand Osiris—which, according to Harper’s Bazaar Australia collaborated with French couture designer Jørgen Simonsen to create the sixty-piece collection of specs. For her Spring 2013 show, Diane von Furstenberg sent a few girls down her catwalk wearing Google Glass, and now Heatherton makes yet another case for high-fashion frames. Having four eyes never felt more on-trend.

Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images