74 posts tagged "Dolce & Gabbana"
If you’re lucky enough to be soaking up some Coachella sun right now, we’re going to assume you’ve already seen your fair share of flower crowns—they’ve become something of a music festival staple. While we’ve been on board with the trend ever since Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda presentation, the models at this week’s Tribeca Ball took the idea to new heights. Their larger-than-life blooms (both real and silk) have us dreaming about over-the-top DIY varieties for Coachella and beyond. (We’re thinking peonies, roses, and hydrangeas would work nicely.) The added bonus? An oversize arrangement means you don’t have to worry about your hair underneath.
For Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, it’s not a woman’s hips or breasts (both of which are almost always played up in the designers’ silhouettes) but the lips that are “the key to her seductiveness.” It’s a feminine feature they’ve certainly got covered with their forty-two shades of Classic Cream Lipstick launching this month. And in what is becoming a trend of late (both François Nars and Marc Jacobs opted for women well beyond their teen years to front their latest campaigns), the face of this extensive line is not a curve-less, barely-legal beauty, but established Italian sex symbol and actress Monica Bellucci. At 49, her relationship with the house extends over twenty years—meeting Dolce and Gabbana when they were just up-and-coming stylists and she was a model starting out in Milan. “When I [was introduced] to them, they were so young, and maybe because they were so young, I felt completely comfortable,” she said. That level of comfort has continued to grow as all three have matured in various directions—Bellucci on the silver screen, the designers on the runway. The latest ad for the brand’s Make Up collection, however, brings the trio full circle, with the now grown-up model posing for photographer (Dolce) and creative director (Gabbana). “To have him in front of me through the camera was a new way to look [at] each other,” she explained. Here, Bellucci’s thoughts on age, beauty, and the power of lipstick.
In your opinion, what message does the new campaign send?
I think Domenico and Stefano love women so much—they respect women so much. And we can see that from the choices they make. The idea that they chose an adult woman like me to represent their lipstick is incredible because it means that for them, beauty is something that doesn’t just go [hand in hand] with youth. Youth is a biological moment in life where it’s easy to be beautiful, but then you grow up and there is something else—you [become a] woman with experience. In the fashion world where everything is about youth, I think it’s original to [choose] an adult face to [personify] beauty.
Lipstick obviously has a deeper meaning for the designers. Is it a product you associate with femininity or coming-of-age?
I think to put on red lipstick, or lipstick in general, is a very feminine [act]. It’s something I’ve seen my mother and grandmother do. It’s like [it's part of] our DNA. It’s a gesture—a beautiful gesture—that women do for themselves, not for others. And it’s a cultural movement in some way, you know? It doesn’t matter the age—it’s just something that women do.
Obviously Sophia Loren is an endless source of inspiration for Stefano and Domenico. Who is your beauty icon?
I come from Italy. I come from this beautiful, rich [cinematic history], like Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti—all these leading ladies like Anna Magnani, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, and Sophia Loren. If I do movies, it’s because these women inspired me, and I think that they also inspired Domenico and Stefano. It’s an Italian tradition, this kind of femininity—very strong, very maternal, but at the same time with some danger.
The lipstick shades in this collection are based on roses, and I’m sure you’ve received a bouquet or two in your time as a model and actress. Is there a flower delivery you’ll never forget?
The most beautiful roses I’ve ever received were from Domenico and Stefano. I don’t know how they found those roses—they looked like velvet. Nobody else [has ever sent] me roses like that.
I never doubted those two were charmers.
“Once upon a time in Sicily…” read the invite to Dolce & Gabbana, and the clothes, many of which were accented with woodland creature-inspired appliqués, followed the fairy tale theme. A skeleton key motif was also threaded throughout several pieces in the collection, almost as if to say the doors to the designer’s secret winter garden had been unlocked. Backstage—a clandestine world all its own—the heroes of hair and makeup, Guido Palau and Pat McGrath, were hard at work crafting an “enchanted” look to match the storybook-worthy set. Gather round as the dynamic duo tell their captivating beauty tale:
“It’s always about the beauty of the eyeliner—everything begins there,” explained Pat McGrath of the soft black flicks she created today. The designer’s favorite Italian film icons, Sophia Loren and Monica Bellucci, once again served as inspiration, but in lieu of the heated Mediterranean woman, a more enchanted spirit was embraced. As The Nutcracker Suite played and snow softly cascaded down over the barren almond blossom trees (seen in full bloom this past Spring) at one end of the runway, a softer, more “fairy tale and woodland” look emerged onto the catwalk.
To bring models’ features forward and achieve that “lit-from-within” glow, McGrath used two tones of Dolce & Gabbana’s Perfect Liquid Luminous Foundation—one to match the complexion, and a paler hue on the high planes of the face. Cheeks were lightly dusted with Blush in Nude. Being the main focus, eyes were rimmed with Crayon Intense in Black, then layered with Glam Liner, a liquid formula, to intensify the winged shape. The lower lashes were given the same treatment, but the majority of the pigment was wiped away with a cotton bud, leaving only a trace of color for definition. A new launch from the brand, Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour (on shelves this Fall), was washed across the lids—Cocoa in the socket and Innocence, a pearly white, in the center and on the brow bone. (Innocence was also mixed with Gold Dust and tapped onto the cheekbones to highlight). After using a nude pencil on the water line, two tubes of mascara were pulled out to polish everything off—Intenseyes Mascara in Black Intense on top and Passioneyes in Terra, a brown shade, on the bottom—to sweep lashes up and out. Using just her fingertips, McGrath pressed Classic Cream Lipstick in Honey onto models’ mouths before dabbing a clear gloss in the center. “Stefano and Domenico spoke about the fact that they don’t want the gloss on the top of the lips because it can look really old-fashioned,” she noted.
The hair was put up in “a classic Dolce manner,” explained Guido Palau—meaning a “sensitive” style swept off the neck and face, but not “snatched back and hard.” This season, strands were prepped with Redken Body Full, a thickening spray, to create “guts and a little bit of friction,” then misted generously with Pillow Proof Two Day Extender, a dry shampoo, for texture. The length was loosely braided and coiled into a low chignon; tendrils and “floaty bits” were pulled out to frame the face. “I think they’ve really defined their woman, the boys, and it’s something that’s very successful for them,” noted Palau. The one thing they did change up this season: The elaborate hair accessories were swapped out for chain mail-like hats encrusted with crystals or sequins. After all, what fairy tale would be complete without a knight in shining armor?
Pressed powder was once considered something only your grandmother would keep in her purse and pull out once she retreated to the ladies’ room, the chalky pigments leaving her skin matte…but also cake-y. Leave it to Pat McGrath and Dolce & Gabbana Beauty to give the concept a thoroughly modern update. The brand’s forthcoming Perfection Veil Pressed Powder leaves behind a velvet finish but doesn’t eliminate radiance, and was used at the designers’ Spring 2014 show to tone down the shine on models’ purposely flushed complexions. The trick to finding your shade is similar to how you would go about choosing a foundation: Swatch both a color that’s darker and lighter than your face along the bottom of your cheek—just above the jawline, explained McGrath. “Always test the shades in a bright light, or daylight if possible, and you will be able to clearly see which shade blends into your skin tone best,” she added. Then swirl a fluffy brush into the product, tap off any excess, and start by buffing the featherweight formula into your T-zone and work out toward your hairline using “circulating strokes.” One layer should suffice, but should you need a touch-up during the day, this gold compact is chic enough to use in public.
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