38 posts tagged "Estee Lauder"
There may have been murmurs in the front rows of the Fall shows about Arizona Muse losing a little bit of the luster that made her Spring 2011′s hands-down head-turner. But Muse surely couldn’t have cared less with this ace in her pocket: Today, Estée Lauder officially announced the Tucson native as the latest face of its storied makeup, fragrance, and skincare brand. “Timeless elegance” are the words Lauder’s style and image director, Aerin Lauder, used to describe Muse, who joins peers like Liu Wen, Joan Smalls, and Constance Jablonski in one of the most coveted spokesperson stables around. The 23-year-old, who told WWD that she is particularly partial to skincare, found out about her new appointment during Paris fashion week—not a bad way to end the season. No word yet on which products Muse will be fronting, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
When translated into beauty terms, the Costume Institute’s “American Woman” exhibition immediately registers as a single name: Estée Lauder. The company’s Queens-born founder built her eponymous brand from humble New York beginnings into a global empire that has undeniably fashioned our national identity. “It’s really an American company with an international face,” stylist Mary Alice Stephenson offered as she watched Lauder’s Global Makeup Stylist, Rick DiCecca, use Lauder’s Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Black Smoke to build a shimmering smoky eye on Chinese model and brand spokesperson Liu Wen at the Surrey Hotel only a few hours before red-carpet festivities got underway this evening. Lauder’s other new face, French beauty Constance Jablonski, sat alongside Wen, waiting for her turn in Dicecca’s chair. To bring it all back to the U.S. of A., Stephenson made a point to dress the Met Gala newbies in designs from local talents—a hand-stitched, beaded Naeem Khan number for Wen and a feathered sleeveless Jason Wu shift for Jablonski.
And what of Hilary Rhoda—perhaps Lauder’s most recognizable face and the woman designer Prabal Gurung calls “the only true American model working right now?” Tweeting, of course, in the suite’s adjacent room, where makeup artist Kaoru Okubo was crafting a seriously dark eye and nude lip to compliment Gurung’s structural black and red double-faced satin dress. Rhoda is tall and athletically built, with strong brows and tan skin—you immediately understand Gurung’s assessment when in her presence. Having been to a few Met balls in her day, she took liberties with her glam squad. “I know my face,” Rhoda said, reaching for Lauder’s Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara and its Double Wear Eyeliner in Onyx to apply additional pigment over Okubo’s base of Pure Color Eyeshadow in Black Crystal. She also opted for Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer. A high-and-tight slicked-back chignon that hairstylist Rudi Lewis created using a glycerin-dipped comb completed Rhoda’s tough, edgy beauty look. “American fashion allows you to see the woman first, before the clothes,” Rhoda said as she headed toward the car that would take her to the museum. We’re guessing there was nary an onlooker who could keep their eyes off the 23-year-old from Maryland as she walked up those 26 steps.
Michael Kors’ Very Hollywood makeup range for Estée Lauder has finally hit shelves, and since we were pretty excited to see what exactly the designer meant when he told WWD back in October that he was aiming for “attainable glamour”—the kind that doesn’t frown upon wearing flip-flops and eating grilled cheese sandwiches—we got our hands on a few select items. Standouts include the Bungalow Pink Lip Sheen, which imparts the most color of all four lip shades on offer; Kors’ blush in Sunset Pink, a true fuchsia-rose that brings a pretty warmth to cheeks; and his nail lacquer in Bungalow Pink, which paints a similar color onto nails. As you can tell, we tend to prefer a more in-your-face kind of glamour when it comes to our cosmetics, but all in all, we’d say this is one of the best fashion/beauty crossovers we’ve seen. Dear Alexander Wang, please bring the beauty collection that you released exclusively in Asia to the U.S. Best, Beauty Counter.
Michael Kors is the latest designer to embrace the world of color cosmetics. The Project Runway judge has inked a deal with Estée Lauder to bring his Very Hollywood concept from fragrance to makeup. Scheduled to launch in January, the 19-piece line is awash in beige, corals, pinks, and shimmer. Less about “heavy makeup” than it is about a “sporty glow,” the collection is an homage to a low-key, modern Hollywood glamour that the designer equates with wearing flip-flops and eating grilled cheese at the Beverly Hills Hotel, one of his own favorite pastimes. So, more Kate Hudson, less Cary Grant. [WWD]
Last night, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street store was the latest New York City monument to go pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer Research Fund founder Evelyn Lauder was on hand for the festivities, with her partner in BCA initiatives, Elizabeth Hurley, in tow. Hurley, one of the more successful actress/models to date, has been an Estée Lauder spokesperson for 14 years and has joined Mrs. Lauder on her veritable “campaign trail” around the country to raise awareness about the disease since 2000. This year, to commemorate Hurley’s commitment to the cause, Estée Lauder has created a Lip Design Collection for her that includes Elizabeth Pink lipstick as well as a coordinating lip liner and gloss, which come in a pink leather mirrored compact for easy purse toting. As part of its Pink Ribbon collection of limited-edition products, Estée Lauder will donate $500,000 to the BCRF in conjunction with its sales. Add it to Hurley’s successful swimwear collection and that 400-acre organic farm she owns in Gloucestershire as yet another thing that puts her further away from those Versace-safety-pin-dress-and-Hugh-Grant-scandal days.