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It seems that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s love affair with Sicily and Sophia Loren will never end (and Spring 2014 is no exception), but what an exquisite relationship it has been on the runway. “Even though it’s soft, romantic, and cherubic, it’s still Sophia Loren—but this time she’s in a Greek theater and it’s sunny and hot,” Pat McGrath said of the muse, alluding to yet another reference for this season’s show, Federico Fellini’s 1969 film, Fellini Satyricon. To lend an instant glow to skin, McGrath applied Dolce & Gabbana Make Up Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation in a shade slightly warmer than each model’s skin tone. For a Fellini-esque flush, three shades of Luminous Cheek Colour (Rosebud, Apricot, and Peach) were swirled together and dusted on the cheeks, chin, hairline, and brows. To pick up on the plethora of precious metals in the collection—including a finale entirely composed of shorts, dresses, and separates made of metallic lace—a blend of yellow- and rose-gold hues from the Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Golds and Desert was applied to lids, with a slightly deeper beige blended into the crease and rimmed along the lower lash lines. To highlight cheekbones, McGrath used the gilded side of the Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Fortune, then wet a small brush and dabbed the pigment on the inner corners of the eyes to catch the light. Since it wouldn’t be a Loren look without at least a hint of a cat eye, a tiny wing was made on the outer corners with a chocolate brown pencil and topped with Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Baroque Bronze, while a nude pencil was run along the lower water lines for pop. Lashes were coated with PassionEyes Mascara in Terra and a brow pencil (a forthcoming launch from the label) was used to fill in and flesh out arches. Classic Cream Lipstick, in Bellissima and Traviata (out for Spring 2014), was mixed on the back of McGrath’s hand and pressed into lips for a subtle, stained effect.
The hair—a softly braided chignon pressed flat against the head—harked back to the styles often worn in ancient Rome, said backstage fixture Guido Palau. To prep strands for these un-stuffy updos, he misted Redken Guts 10 for texture and Powder Refresh 01 to take away any shine. The top half was curled using a half-inch barrel, the sides gently twisted back and secured near the middle of the head. Next, the length was gathered into a singular braid, coiled, and pinned into place. And when in Rome (or at least keying a show inspired by it), one should do as the Romans do, which for Palau meant tucking the exquisite embellishments crafted by the house—such as coin-encrusted headbands, jeweled combs, and feminine flora—throughout. To finish, he tugged pieces around the front to loosen up the look and create a soft halo of fuzz around the face. The look, he elaborated, contained “all the things a girl wants to be at some point” (think Italian goddess meets femme fatale meets modern-day jet-setter). And indeed it did, at least for this girl.
We recently reported that Barneys tapped Lou Doillon (and several iterations of her, including a Dolce & Gabbana-clad marionette created by Shona Heath and an illustration by Jo Ratcliffe) for its latest ad campaign shot by Inez & Vinoodh. Now the department store is celebrating the artistic collaboration in its windows—displaying the Doillon mannequin featured in the video for the duration of New York fashion week. We caught up with Jeanine Lobell, the makeup artist responsible for the look on both the live French singer-actress-model and her puppet counterpart.
“We all liked the idea of [capitalizing on] the slight darkness around Lou’s eyes,” said the face painter, referring to this feature as “nature’s eye shadow.” (The rest of us just call these rings dark circles.) For the doll-like look, she applied false eyelashes along the bottom lash line and painted them with Chanel Inimitable Mascara using a small fan brush. To exaggerate the eyes even further, a nude pencil was slicked on the water line and black NARS gel liner was dotted between the lashes. Lobell used a larger strip of falsies on the marionette to make them visible to people on the sidewalk. And while Lou’s lips were dabbed with Armani Lip Maestro in 501 (a velvety stain in a warm rose hue), the faux Frenchie dons pink satin fabric on her pout. Pass by between shows this week and “hang” out with Doillon’s done-up alter ego.
Italy has long been known for its fashion and fine wine. Now, Dolce & Gabbana sets to synthesize both worlds into one burgundy bottle with its latest eau de parfum, Intense. Similar to how the aroma of a wine reveals itself at different stages in the drinking process (think: swirl, sniff, sip), a perfume presents its various facets from initial spritz to dry-down. This new, full-bodied fragrance (available in October) is a combination of contrasting elements—a fresh top comprised of green mandarin, raspberry, and neroli leads to a feminine heart of rich fig, creamy orange blossom, and carnal tuberose (a note once described as “the harlot of perfumery” by fragrance historian and notable “nose,” Roja Dove). A sensual composition of musk, sandalwood, and a unique marshmallow accord (guimauve) at the base is ultimately where the strength of this scent lies. And just as you would choose a wine based on the meal, you should select a fragrance based on the occasion and what you’re wearing, explains Will Andrews, a scent scientist and Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance Expert. This heady blend is reminiscent of an inky Petite Sirah or bold Merlot and should be reserved for after-dark occasions—preferably paired with one of the label’s revealing black lace dresses (which should be deemed NSFS—not safe for Sunday) from its recent Catholic Church-inspired Fall 2013 collection.
A Sneak Preview of Dolce & Gabbana’s New Commercial Starring Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are known for pulling out all the stops when it comes to their celebrity-studded campaigns. Over the weekend, paparazzi snapped Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey shooting a new television commercial for the Italian label in New York’s West Village. Johansson and McConaughey, who’ve appeared in D&G advertisements for the One Desire and the One Gentleman fragrances, respectively, cruised around in a vintage Alfa Romeo sports car while taking direction from Martin Scorsese. The A-list actress (who recently appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair France‘s premiere issue) evoked old-Hollywood glamour in a black lace dress, with her wavy blond tresses swept back into a low, loose bun, and dramatic, winged liquid eye liner. Do you think the duo makes a good match?
Photo: Nancy Rivera / ACE Pictures
With the endless rains we’ve been having this summer, there’s been no shortage of flora and fauna in our midst. While our backyard is far from a botanical paradise (who has the time to prune?), there are plenty of wildflowers in bloom. Those lush pops of color on the petals, of which we’re now so fond, also happen to be the inspiration behind Dolce & Gabbana’s latest Love in Taormina nail polish collection. Each shade is given the Italian name for a flower native to the ancient town of Taormina, Sicily, including Bouganville, a rich fuchsia layered with purple; Ibisco, a dark pink with a vintage patina; Oleandro, a soft pearly pink; Camelia, a fluorescent coral with a touch of red; and our personal favorite, Iris, a dark misty violet. Rounding out the collection are three new nail-care items to help prolong the life of your lacquer job. The Protective Base Nail Coat preps the bed of your nails, filling in any cracks to create a smooth canvas so your color won’t streak. High Shine Nail Coat contains diamond powder to strengthen the enamel and lend a glossy finish, while the Matte Nail Coat does what the name implies and dries down to create a hazy, matte effect, like flowers faded in the sun.