7 posts tagged "Donatella Versace"
After I board a plane, I feel lucky if I manage to remove my makeup with a wipe before I pass out into a Unisom-induced slumber, typically wedged up against the side of the aircraft. But if you’re Lady Gaga, however, you do a complete in-flight outfit switch and hair change. She departed LAX with Donatella Versace-like blond strands and arrived at Narita in Tokyo with a throwback bob (reminiscent of a put-together Pan Am stewardess). While a team of hairstylists and makeup artists isn’t available to the majority of us who fly commercial, there is one thing we can all take away from her makeover at 35,000 feet: Sport sunglasses to cover up bleary eyes and mascara smudges. As for your hair, may I suggest a hat…or if you’re prepping for the paps or just feeling ambitious, a wig à la Gaga.
“For Donatella, this is very minimal makeup,” said face painter Pat McGrath. But then again, only Donatella would consider a set and a half of false lashes “minimal.” With Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour serving as muses (there were concert-like tees, ruched biker shorts, and a shimmery take on denim incorporated into the collection), McGrath created a rocker-worthy eye by rimming the upper and lower rims and waterlines with an ebony-colored pencil. For a smoky finish, she topped off the black along the bottom lashes with a gray-brown powder shadow. In addition to mascara, faux fringe was used to amplify the eyes, and a half pair was stacked on the outer corners for an elongating effect. The rest of the face was actually quite pared down—with a clear balm on lips, a hint of nude-rose blush for warmth, and a touch of highlighter dabbed on the cupid’s bow, cheekbones, inner corners and center of the lids.
As for the hair, Los Angeles was yet again mentioned backstage—this time the music scene—and strands were left lank and nearly untouched. Mane master Guido Palau made a center part and misted Redken Powder Refresh 01 all over for texture—concentrating the majority of product from mid-length to ends. For girls who needed slightly more help to achieve “movement,” he wound strands into a chignon and released them just before show time, while other members of Palau’s team opted to wrap sections loosely around a curling iron.
The total package wasn’t nearly as complicated as we’ve seen in season’s past (in fact, the majority of models were ready by 5:30 for a 7 p.m. show), but the beauty DNA remained unchanged, explained Palau. “Its still got the same code—rock ‘n’ roll and sexiness—[both] key to the Versace woman.”
VFiles has just launched a new video series called Pretty Global, which follows top international models as they experience the wacky world of beauty treatments. First up is Style.com/Print Issue 4 star Xiao Wen Ju, who tries her hand—or should we say cheeks and jaw?—at a session of facial yoga. [V Files]
At Vogue U.K.’s Vogue Festival in London this weekend, Donatella Versace revealed a little insight into her beauty regimen. “I stopped working with a personal trainer, as he wouldn’t let me smoke,” the formidable Italian designer admitted, adding “I’m not like this genetically. I use tons of cream and take care of my hair and skin.” [Vogue U.K.]
First came the aloe-vera-infused jeans that claim to moisturize parched limbs as you wear them, and now comes word of caffeine-tinged shapewear designed to break down cellulite while creating a smoother silhouette. What will they think of next? [Daily Mail]
Celebrity beauty deals are starting to get ugly. As Katy Perry faces a legal battle with her hair care endorsement company, ghd, Selena Gomez is apparently being sued by her fragrance licensing company, Adrenalina, for pulling out of her contract unexpectedly and for what they allege to be “nonsensical reasons.” [Perez Hilton]
The “Rachel” has apparently beget the “Thatcher.” Since Margaret Thatcher’s death earlier this month, many a Briton has reportedly requested the former Prime Minister’s signature set at the hair salon. [Daily Mail]
“It’s just very much Donatella,” Pat McGrath said of the smoky eye backstage at Donatella Versace’s Spring show in Milan, where the makeup artist had set to sculpting the designer’s go-to “sexy, cool” look, just as she has for many a season past. Versace’s desires for her haute couture show this weekend weren’t much different, as sooty, black-rimmed lids reigned once again in Paris. Although seeing as how it was a special occasion—the house’s longtime muse Kristen McMenamy opened the show while fellow supe Stella Tennant closed it—McGrath added a hint of color to the predictable onyx abyss via flashes of lime green on the inner and outer corners of the eyes. Upon further inspection, we noticed something even more interesting about the offbeat pop of green: Those outer flicks are actually stencils. “We’ve been doing it for fifteen years,” McGrath told us of the tried-and-true technique backstage at Viktor & Rolf circa Spring 2012 (above, right). “It’s something we came up with as a way to get an eye liner on quickly,” she explained of the easy-on system. The hours spent cutting out those perfectly pointed strips, however, is slightly less of a speedy process, we imagine.
The beauty biz is looking to woo a whole new crop of very interested male consumers, and Donatella Versace is aware of it. The designer is reportedly working on a men’s scent called Eros, to be released this fall. [WWD]
Avon is also getting on board the men’s beauty boom, announcing this morning that it has signed Jon Bon Jovi as the face of its Unplugged fragrance for men and women. [USA Today]
Gucci continues to invest in its women’s fragrance portfolio, signing Blake Lively to a new beauty contract as the face of the forthcoming scent Premiere. In the flacon’s just-released ad images, Lively plays a role she’s becoming plenty familiar with: screen siren. [Daily Mail]
With a new signature scent already under her belt, Selena Gomez is turning her branding ambition to the primping set’s other hot commodity: nail polish. The Disney star has inked a deal with Nicole by OPI to launch her own lacquer line. [Hollywood Life]