September 2 2014

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6 posts tagged "Florence Welch"

Blake Lively Talks Hair, Overcoming Her Fear of the Red Carpet, and Where She Partied Post-Met Ball


The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Charles James: Beyond Fashion and the Anna Wintour Costume Center - Red Carpet ArrivalsBlake Lively knows how to make an entrance—one flip of her honey-colored hair has the power to set off hundreds of flashbulbs simultaneously. But walking a red carpet isn’t a “comfortable” place for the blond bombshell (having husband Ryan Reynolds as Gucci-clad arm candy, however, certainly boosted her confidence at Monday’s Met ball—as it would any woman on this planet). “It’s always easier with help. I’ll get my sisters out there. I’ll bring my high school mascot if I need to! It’s always such an intimidating experience,” Lively explained. Last year, she and “dear friend” Florence Welch braced the wall of paparazzi together: “We said, ‘We’re like the kid at prom who doesn’t have a date, we have to go together.’ We were trying to only take pictures together on the red carpet so people knew we had a friend. But then they said, ‘You have to take pictures separately—stop that!’”

This time around, Lively wore a Gucci dress accented by Gucci’s Première fragrance—which she mists and walks through to create an “aura of scent.” And her punky ponytail (seen at the 2013 ball) gave way to a forties-inspired “one-sided victory roll” to show off her Lorraine Schwartz earrings. “Both sides is a little much and a little too on the nose,” she noted of her hairstyle choice. But getting primped, donning custom ruby drops, and breathing the same air as Beyoncé was no match for the exclusive after-party to which only Lively, Reynolds, Welch, and her agent were invited. “The whole Met ball, we were like, ‘OK, we’re going to get hot fudge sundaes and frozen hot chocolate. That was a pretty great midnight snack and [it was fun] to walk into Serendipity in ball gowns. They actually had to kick us out because we were there for so long. The [staff] was like, ‘We do need to go home now,’” she said, laughing. “That was the highlight of the evening for me in a sense.”

But ice cream wasn’t the only crowning moment for Lively this week—the cherry on top was championing Gucci’s Chime for Change project, an initiative co-founded by Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek, and Beyoncé that supports multiple women’s charities and projects dedicated to health, education, and justice. “Women you look up to are giving voices to women who don’t have that,” she said of the power trio. “People’s value is so much greater than the monetary amount they can donate; their awareness and their investment in following the cause, seeing the outcome, and sharing it with other people can exponentially increase the productivity of these grassroots charities.” With the sale of five select Gucci fragrances—Flora, Guilty Pour Femme and Pour Homme, Première, and Made to Measure—consumers will receive a code that can be redeemed on the Chime for Change website and donated to the cause of their choice. (For example: One code can provide two days of education, food, and health care for a student in Kenya.) Lively might lack self-confidence on the crimson carpet, but making an impact both on and off it has never been an issue.

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Forty is the New 20 for Cosmetic Procedures; Downstairs Dye Jobs; the New Fountain of Youth Elixir; and More


fountain-beauty-molecule-food-supplement-review_resizeMost 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.

Finger-Painting With Florence


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?

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Florence And The Kiehl’s Recycling Machine


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Kiehl’s

Being Sarah Palin’s Hair And Makeup; Lindsay’s Red Alert; and More..


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]

Photo: Credit: Phillip V. Caruso/HBO