5 posts tagged "Florence Welch"
Forty is the New 20 for Cosmetic Procedures; Downstairs Dye Jobs; the New Fountain of Youth Elixir; and More
Most gals will tell you they want to look 25 forever, but that goal is unrealistic for a certain subset of “high-powered New York professional women of a certain age” and their go-to dermatologist, Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, profiled in The New York Times today. The doctor’s patients, “who do not want to be forced to downshift their careers because of a perception that they are too old…seek not so much the fountain of youth as its corollary, eternal early-middle age”—somewhere between 45 and 55. Maintaining a less-is-more philosophy, Alexiades-Armenakas uses a combination of peels, laser treatments, and custom-developed skincare products to achieve a more natural look.
Speaking of the fountain of youth, The Telegraph posted a report today about Fountain The Beauty Molecule, a new beauty elixir that delivers a strong dose of resveratrol, the potent antioxidant found in red wine, which has anti-inflammatory and antiaging benefits. According to the company, one teaspoon of the concentrate (the first water-soluble resveratrol supplement on the market) each day is all you need to start seeing results. Drinking to your looks is something we can get behind.
Technicolor tresses are nothing new, but colorful dye jobs down there? The bikini area is a brave new territory for London-based hairstylist Alex Brownsell (who owns the popular salon Bleach and is the mastermind behind the tresses of Florence Welch and Sky Ferreira, and, most recently, Rihanna’s ice-gray locks). According to Brownsell, “We’ve done multicolor, pink and blue hearts—hearts are very popular—tie-dye, and leopard print.” She continued, “I found waxing more intimate than the dyeing; the dyeing is quite chilled out.”
While 53 percent of respondents to a recent U.K. survey admitted to purchasing beauty products from celebrity lines (from the likes of One Direction, Lindsay Lohan, the Kardashians, and countless others), 52 percent of participants said the star-backed potions are “not good value for money” or poor quality. To be fair, 87 percent specified they preferred labels created by more likable household names such as Iman, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, and Cindy Crawford, who seem to know what they’re doing—and look like it, too.
Unlike many of her singing sensation cohorts, Florence Welch, she of the Machine, isn’t necessarily known for a nail obsession. Fiery, flaming red locks? Sure. An insane, porcelainlike complexion? Yup. But Flo gave her tips a little extra attention at this weekend’s Leeds Festival, filing her longer-than-usual talons into a squoval shape and slicking on multiple coats of an iridescent black-gold lacquer. The polish bears a close resemblance Deborah Lippmann’s Swagga Like Us as well as Chanel’s cult-favorite Peridot, which wouldn’t be a surprising choice considering Welch and Karl Lagerfeld go way back—to the designer’s Spring 2012 show for the French house, specifically, when Florence provided a live backing track to Karl’s ocean-inspired collection. Thoughts on her varnish of choice—and the way it perfectly complements that black and gold tambourine?
In addition to its international renown for hawking some of the best apothecary-style grooming products on the market, Kiehl’s is getting something of a reputation for do-gooding as well. After yet another round of its successful celebrity-designed Label Art series wrapped last year, when the beauty brand donated the sales of limited-edition tubs of its fan-favorite Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque with cap designs from fashion maven Chloë Sevigny and Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall to the Waterkeeper Alliance, the one-time East Village pharmacy is back at it for 2012. Just in time for Earth Day, its fourth label campaign features a new set of limited-edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masques, this time with designs from Florence Welch, Mark Ruffalo, Rosario Dawson, and Spike Lee. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the four collectible jars will be donated to the nonprofit Recycle Across America organization, which ties into Kiehl’s larger Recycle & Be Rewarded program, in which you can bring empty containers into its stores to be recycled and reap the reward of free products in the process. An extra boost of celebrity support comes via photographer Timothy White, whose lens captures the unique style of each star’s bright artwork. While they’re all good, of course, we’re partial to Dawson’s abstract mountain-scape and Welch’s interplanetary heart. The initiative just launched on Kiehl’s Web site, which means you can now detoxify, cleanse, and shrink pores with a healthy portion of Amazonian white clay while paying it forward to Mother Earth.
Julianne Moore is a dead ringer for Sarah Palin in the new HBO flick Game Changer, which has a lot to do with an impressive hair and makeup job. “I’ve never been tan in my life, so we had to cover up my freckles, then darken my skin, and there was contouring,” says Moore, who spent two hours in the makeup chair each morning to get into character. Re-drawn lip lines, fake nails, and carefully selected contacts also helped along the transformation. “I asked to make the iris of the lens bigger than my iris. She has enormous brown eyes, so it made my eyes look bigger.” [People]
WWD caught up with fashion’s favorite hairstylist, Guido Palau, to find out what inspires the man Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada trust to make coiffing history each season, and according to Palau, he’s a sponge for information. “If I see something once, it goes in [my head],” he says. “It could be a painting or a building or a texture of hair or someone’s hair on the street or a movie or a moment. If I like it, it somehow gets stored in my brain and will come out at a certain moment. Style comes from everywhere. You just have to be open to it and take it all in.” [WWD]
Nicholas Kirkwood had a specific someone’s hair in mind when he designed a pair of shoes with a red ponytail dangling off the back. “It’s like a Florence and the Machine kind of red,” he says of the detail on the Jean Cocteau and Elsa Schiaparelli-inspired boot. [Fashionista]
Lindsay Lohan is making beauty headlines today—and the buzz has nothing to do with the did-she-or-didn’t-she speculation over her perfectly pouty lips: The natural redhead has cashed in her platinum-blond locks for a shade of light auburn. [Perez Hilton]
According to data from leading plastic surgeons around the world, the most sought-after female features include Taylor Swift’s hair, Natalie Portman’s nose, Anne Hathaway’s eyes, Scarlett Johansson’s lips, January Jones’ cheeks, and Halle Berry’s jawline—which equals one weird-looking composite. [Daily Mail]
Brow-bleaching may have (finally) fallen out of favor on the runways, but Florence Welch holds a candle for pale fire. “I tried it last year and loved it,” the Florence + the Machine front woman says of her statement-making blocked-out arches. “My friend who dyes my hair—Zina at Myla and Davis Salon in South London—did it for me. It’s really good for performing, because it makes you look quite frightening, a bit alien.” The otherworldly effect is less good for everyday life, the flame-haired songstress admits. “My boyfriend hates it and, I have to say, bleached brows are not so flattering first thing in the morning.”
Our June Beauty Essentials star focuses her attention on bold lips, porcelain skin, and sun protection these days, and has packed up her favorite products along with a suitcase full of Gucci ensembles for her summer tour across the U.S. “Me and Frida [Giannini] worked on customizing the looks for my shows, which was so exciting. The clothes are perfect for performing in.” As for her signature red strands, Florence reveals that keeping that ultra fiery color takes some work. “I used to henna it, but prolonged use of henna can damage your hair, so now I use a semi-permanent [dye]. It washes out very quickly, though!” Click here for more insight into Florence’s beauty routine.