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August 27 2014

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36 posts tagged "Fendi"

Critic’s Choice: Luca Turin’s Perfume Pick

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To spritz or not to spritz, that is the question. Style.com/Arabia critic and perfume industry legend Luca Turin reviews the latest fragrance launches and answers this age-old question.

Name: Fan di Fendi Leather Essence
Notes: Suede, amber, wood
Nomenclature: Sweet suede

Fendi has been exploring an interesting ambery-spicy territory of fragrance for some years, and has turned up a treasure. Theorema [1998] was to orientals what Nutella is to chocolate: rich beyond reason and very addictive. Palazzo [2007] had one of the most original top notes in recent memory. This one is an odd combination of its two predecessors. Unexpectedly, they add up to an idea reminiscent of Patou’s Sublime [1992], i.e., a precarious but arresting balance between sweet amber and fresh woods, bridged here by a suede-like leather note that works perfectly as a go-between. There is a confident, eclectic complexity to this fragrance that in my mind embodies a specifically Italian chic—all smiles, pliant softness, and welcoming warmth. My reference in this genre is Lubin’s Korrigan, which manages to be at once austere and appetizing, somewhere between burning incense and warm gingerbread. Fan di Fendi is less poetic, more staid, but still a very nice fragrance.

$112, for more information visit thebay.com

For another review from Turin’s bimonthly column, click here.

Swoop, There It Is: Fendi Takes the Side Part to the Next Level

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Suddenly we can’t go anywhere without spotting a serious side swoop—from the Met ball to Cannes, going deep is de rigueur. Last night, Fendi released its Resort ’15 lookbook, in which catwalker Binx Walton demonstrates how to take the trend to a sleek and sophisticated new place. Unlike the glamorous, red-carpet iterations of this oft-styled ‘do, the model jazzed up her extreme side part with an undershave on the opposite side of her head. (For those who prefer to fake Walton’s look as opposed to getting real and picking up the buzzer, may I suggest Amber Heard’s illusion braid or Cara Delevingne’s cornrows.) The pairing of these two bold beauty moves? Proof that, in this case, more is more.

Photo: Courtesy of Fendi

Adele Bats Her Lashes for Fendi

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Out of all the Fendi Peekaboo bags up for auction today to benefit Kids Company, I have to admit that Adele’s lash-laden version is my favorite. Not only is it on trend with what we saw on the Fall 2014 runways (clogged and clumpy spider legs at Prada and Missoni; extreme falsies at Gucci, Versace, and Rochas), but it reflects the singer-turned-designer’s personal love of faux fringe. The Brit songstress almost always accents her eyes with a thick band of black liner and luxe lashes on the red carpet, so we’d expect her dream handbag to sport an equally impressive set. Should your bid not be high enough to get your hands on this accessory, consider purchasing Ardell’s Double Up Lashes (a brand favored among backstage pros) at a reasonable $3.99 a pop.

Photos: Getty; Instagram

Flashback Friday: The Eyes Have It

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Flashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Christy Turlington

The Moment: Bejeweled Lids

The Motivation: At first glance this may not appear to be a beauty shot, but look a little closer and you’ll be sure to spot Christy Turlington’s sparkling lash lines. Much has been placed on lids in the past: neon stickers at Atelier Versace; gold string at Dries Van Noten; neoprene at Fendi; lace, pearls, and jumbo glitter at Chanel. And Fall 2014 was no different. Makeup maestro Pat McGrath created incredibly beautiful “mothlike” lashes and brows at Alexander McQueen with hand-cut feathers, and used liquid latex instead of standard shadow at Dior. And seeing as eyes are the windows to the soul, why not add some extreme embellishment to attract even more attention?

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK, 1990; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

Covering New Territory

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ciate-cuticle-tatsTattoos have quickly become more commonplace backstage—models are not the blank canvases of seasons past. Yesterday at Prada, I saw a makeup artist hard at work with a concealer palette in hand, doing her best to camouflage a feather inked on a model’s neck. And of course, Cara Delevingne’s many tats made an appearance at Fendi (albeit all were covered up, either by white gloves or a face-framing fur hat). One spot I haven’t seen get much attention, however, are the cuticles. Sure, Delevingne has a lion permanently drawn onto her forefinger, but the area surrounding her nail still remains pristine. Leave it to London-based Ciaté—the company that brought velvet, caviar, and chalkboard manicures to the masses—to change all that with its latest launch: Cuticle Tattoos. These temporary transfers featuring bows, blooms, stars, and diamonds are designed to be positioned on the skin just outside the nail bed. It seems beauty brands have moved beyond nail art and are seeking (slightly) higher ground.

$12; sephora.com

Photo: Courtesy of Ciaté