August 28 2014

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60 posts tagged "Frederic Fekkai"

Strand (and Stress) Saver


fekkai-jennifer-behrBuying special gifts for everyone on your list is a complete waste of time. No really, it’s not just me being Grinch-y; science says so. Not to rain on anyone’s holiday shopping parade, but according to a recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, agonizing over thoughtful presents (a phenomenon known as “over-individuation”) to put under the tree doesn’t necessarily make the receiver any happier than if you had bought a gift card at the checkout and called it a day. All that time spent wandering the aisles in an attempt to find something unique is actually selfish, and, ultimately, this is the season of giving. So do yourself (and those you love) a favor: Buy multiples of a thing all will enjoy, like, say, a good hair day. Fekkai partnered with accessory guru Jennifer Behr to put together a kit complete with the mane master’s cult-favorite volumizing shampoo, conditioner, and a limited-edition jeweled headband (seen here) that is the crowning glory to any New Year’s Eve ensemble. And at $29.99 each, buying in bulk won’t break the bank.

Available at Target.

Photo: Courtesy of Fekkai

Double You: A Fekkai Hair Story


You’ve seen the behind-the-scenes footage; now comes the big reveal. Presenting our new beauty video, made in collaboration with Frédéric Fekkai, featuring one girl, two hair looks, and a big evening out. Variety, after all, is the spice of nightlife. Click above to watch.

“Double You”: Behind the Scenes


Click above for a behind-the-scenes look at our newest video, made in collaboration with Frédéric Fekkai! The full version is coming soon (get excited), but for now, sit back, relax, and enjoy a little hair inspiration, some dress-up, and a few cameos from yours truly. —Celia Ellenberg

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Harry Josh


Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Harry Josh, celebrity hairstylist and John Frieda international creative consultant.

The Products: “Gisele and I have a long history. We met sixteen years ago when I was casting a fashion show for Richard Tyler in London. She was a new model who had just come from Brazil. We were friends for a year or two before I even touched her hair. The friendship always came first. She actually looked identical to the way she does now, only a little paler. I remember using John Frieda Ocean Waves on Gisele during those early days. It came in a spray bottle and you had to shake it up to activate the oil and ocean-y part. It was made with coconut oil and smelled like suntan lotion. It gave you that beachy texture that’s impossible to recreate from the ocean. Gisele always liked the smell; it was like summer. I think I used it on literally every single shoot for the Victoria Secret’s swim catalogs. The product was discontinued, though, so now I use Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Another old favorite that’s no longer around is John Frieda Spun Gold Finisher. It came in this little tin and you tapped it on your fingers and ran it through the hair. I always used it on Gisele, not that she would know it…she never knows what’s going on with her hair at shoots! She’s usually playing with her kids, but this product was the trick for giving her hair that super glossy and sleek finish.”

Photo: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage

Peter Philips Goes for Glitter Backstage at Chanel


Paris’ Grand Palais is appropriately named. The turn-of-the-20th-century venue is massive, and so are the Chanel shows that take place there every season. The fact that the audience here is perched in stadium-style seating presents an interesting challenge for Peter Philips. “We wanted something that is beautiful close by, but that you can read from a distance,” he explained of the process by which he and Karl Lagerfeld brainstormed a makeup look for Fall. Noticing the metallic threads that were woven into many of the designer’s tweeds, and the twinkling lights demarcating cities in the giant globe that sat at the center of his runway, the idea of using glitter “just came up,” according to Philips, who turned to 3-D eye makeup that utilized “jumbo” silver sparkles as a fairly festive solution to the problem.

It worked. Even from the cheap seats, you could see models’ lids flickering as they circled the world according to Chanel with pieces of sequins affixed close to their lash lines in an elongated shape, and in the lashes themselves. “We actually applied extra glue in the lashes so they get more faceted and catch in the light,” Philips revealed. Keeping skin semi-matte with Chanel Perfection Lumière Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup, dusted with its Poudre Universelle Libre to contrast with the shiny texture on the lids, Philips added a warm flush with Chanel’s forthcoming cream blush, one of six new hues that will launch with corresponding Rouge Coco Shine lip colors this fall—including the transparent, deep berry-rose Instinct that Philips slicked onto mouths today. Nails were painted a similar color with the as-yet-unreleased Le Vernis de Chanel in Elixir. As a finishing touch, Philips drew a long line of its Le Crayon Khôl eye liner in Noir underneath the lower lashes to further ensure models didn’t disappear in the vast space. “It’s a combination between a technical solution and an aesthetic solution,” he said of the graphic element.

Sam McKnight’s “done, but undone” center-parted strands were a reaction to two additional graphic elements. “There are these chokers,” he said, referencing the wealth of necklaces that were placed over the back of models’ hair, creating an indentation. Prepped with Frédéric Fekkai Full Volume Mousse for a slight bit of texture and Magic Move for piecey-ness—”the white one, which is the creamiest one,” McKnight said of the popular sculpting cream—lengths were tucked into overcoats, blazers, and dresses, so all that remained was the illusion of a short-hair silhouette, a shape that was made even more distinct via a series of colored hats shaped like bobbed wigs with blunt bangs. Lagerfeld has always had a soft spot for the kind of short cuts that are making the runway rounds this season, often surrounding himself with cropped, house muses like Saskia de Brauw and Stella Tennant—the latter of whom showed up backstage just in time to get an impromptu trim from McKnight. Talk about a job perk.

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