19 posts tagged "Giambattista Valli"
I will never forget reading an old Kristina O’Neill interview on Into the Gloss in which she posited that “one of the most unchic things is coming to work with your hair wet. There’s something messy and unkempt about it.” As a wash-and-go girl who’d roll up to early appointments fresh out of the shower with still-damp locks, her words caused me to start bathing at night instead. But Miuccia Prada reassured me that my look was all right when she sent models with sopping mops down her Fall ’13 runway (similar styles turned up at Marni, Balmain, and Giambattista Valli). Backstage before the show, hairstylist Guido Palau said, “The ultimate ease is wet, just-out-of-the-shower hair. I mean, how chic is that!” During a blistering heat wave like the one New Yorkers have been weathering this week, rocking saturated strands is the cooling equivalent of having an amusement park fan—you know, the ones that mist—on your head. And wet tresses don’t appear to be going soggy anytime soon. Edie Campbell sported a slick ‘do in the latest Giles lookbook, while Kate King was snapped with beachy waves for the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar Latin America.
Photos: GoRunway.com; Courtesy of Giles and Harper’s Bazaar Latin America
Following her breakthrough Fall ’13 season, Sasha Luss has quickly become one of the most in-demand fresh faces in the industry. The 21-year-old Russian model’s white-hot career got an additional boost at the Haute Couture shows last week, where she officially debuted a platinum dye job on the runways of Armani Privé (which she bookended), Dior (Simons chose her as the opener), Valentino, Atelier Versace, Giambattista Valli, Bouchra Jarrar, and Elie Saab. Luss was rocking her natural honey-hued tresses just weeks before, during the Resort presentations, turning up on the Chanel and Calvin Klein Collection catwalks. Rumor on the street is her icy-blonde makeover was for a Steven Meisel shoot. Considering her recent Numéro cover and a confirmed spot in the new Tommy Hilfiger ads, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this rising star go on to nab a Vogue Italia cover and additional campaigns.
The fine china reference that guided Giambattista Valli’s Fall couture presentation offered Val Garland a chance to interpret the designer’s inspiration fairly literally. “It’s all about porcelain figurines—patterns on porcelain and crockery—so I wanted the skin to feel very alabaster, to make [the models] look like they’ve got ‘super skin,” the makeup artist said, inadvertently coining the perfect descriptor for the impossibly flawless, paled-out complexions that were heavy on the highlights and not much else. “You’ve got to use a serum first,” she advised of the kind of beautifully bare effect she was after while reaching for Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, which provided a base for a good helping of MAC Mineralize Foundation. Then came the gleam, which was built with a mixture of MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell, Luna, and Pearl,and brushed across the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on top of the Cupid’s bow of lips. “It’s not too innocent,” Garland stressed, eschewing mascara and focusing her attention on a heavy, architectural brow instead, which extended toward the temples to give the face structure and ensure models did not “look like aliens.”
Also helping that cause were Orlando Pita’s blunt-cut half-up, half-downs that recalled a classic school girl-style, albeit with much more precision. “He sees everything,” Pita said of Valli, matching the horizontal parts he used to divide two distinct sections of hair with the line of Garland’s brows. Sticking with the porcelain theme, Pita implemented the ceramic material’s signature shine glazed via direct spritzes of Osis Session Finish Extreme Hold Hairspray, which smoothed out the top of the look and gave it a sheen. Then, for his crowning achievement, Pita placed a series of gold and pewter coronets above the forehead on eight, select girls—Maud Welzen (above), among them.
There was a single hair product on heavy rotation last night on the CFDA red carpet that assisted in a number of sleek updos: To fend off the frizz-inducing weather, hairstylists seemed to be grabbing for hair spray en masse. But it was being used akin to gel, so rather than simply setting strands with a spritz of the perennial style-fixer, models and muses such as Joan Smalls, Erin Wasson, and Rooney Mara sported loads of the stuff, smoothed back from the hairline or along center and deep side parts, respectively, for a lacquered effect. It offers assurance from the muggy temperatures that have been plaguing New York of late and also happens to look dead sexy. Here’s an additional tip for getting an ultrasmooth finish that we picked up from Orlando Pita backstage at Giambattista Valli this season: After applying a generous amount of hair spray, like Phyto’s Workable Holding Spray, use the back, flat side of your comb to create a groove-free slick. The summer humidity won’t stand a chance.