19 posts tagged "Giorgio Armani"
Giorgio Armani’s “night sky over the Sahara” inspiration for Spring—equipped with Tuareg head wraps—conjured images of desert wanderers. But seeing as how this is an Armani wanderer we’re talking about, there were no dusty, sandstorm-blown faces to be found backstage. Makeup artist Linda Cantello went for something “groomed and beautiful,” which elaborated on the midnight blue theme that ran through the designer’s collection and culminated with sapphire lids. “It’s a new way to create a smoky eye,” Cantello said of the Giorgio Armani Maestro Eye Shadow in #21 (“Armani Blue,” as she called the shade). She brushed it on top of a black rim of Armani’s Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in two bold strokes, dragging the pigment underneath the lower lash line and up toward the brow bone from the inner corners. That slight sun-kissed glow came courtesy of Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer, which Cantello layered on top of its much-loved Face Fabric Foundation—a favorite among makeup artists, models, mere mortals, and Saharan voyagers, it would seem.
There has been much talk on Beauty Counter over the past few weeks about brows. They didn’t seem to be a focal point of the Fall shows at the get-go, but a case for prominent arches has been made, slowly but surely. In New York, we saw them at The Row and Narciso Rodriguez; in London, Hannah Murray filled them in and fluffed them out with tufts of blond fur at Unique; and in Milan, Pat McGrath renounced her title as Prada’s peroxide queen, laying aside the bleach in favor of fuller, etched-in lines. But Linda Cantello really took things to the next level on Saturday, painting on a colorful double brow at Giorgio Armani. As the international makeup artist for the brand’s cosmetics division, Cantello certainly had room to play backstage—and play she did, with gray and pinkish red lip pencils, which she used to draw a new set of bright, precise arches directly underneath models’ natural forehead fringe. Cantello referenced the nineties (as most makeup artists are wont to do these days), but what we like about her version of that era’s modest outlook is that she chose to enhance otherwise barebones makeup, which included facial contouring with nude Rouge d’Armani lipsticks, with a necessary injection of chic fun that was distinctly less grunge and more glamorous—a refreshing change of pace in a season that has seen its fair share of minimal looks.
Of course, in this age of the statement lip, we have our go-tos. When it comes to reds, we swear by Dior Rouge No. 999 in Fiery Red; it’s discontinued but can still be unearthed with a little online sleuthing. For fuchsia, it’s gotta be YSL’s Rouge Volupté in No. 10 Provocative Pink. But that said, every once in a while we still admire other women’s bright pouts from across a room and make a point to find out what they are toting in their makeup bags. (Read: We stare awkwardly until it becomes impossible not to initiate conversation.) This happened recently during Fashion’s Night Out, when we spotted Rihanna wearing a delectable shade of tomato red—a sighting that we immediately posted on this blog. Further investigation revealed that the “Umbrella” singer is a fan of Giorgio Armani’s new Rouge d’Armani, which just hit shelves this month. She’s not the only one. The range has a growing list of acolytes who are seeking out the highly pigmented bullets for what the brand has termed Color-Fil technology. Makeup artist Linda Cantello translated Mr. Armani’s skills for building seamless, sophisticated textile layers into cosmetic form, creating long-lasting opacity and exceptional wearability. (Read: a non-drying, flexible formula that eliminates the “is my lipstick flaking off?” insecurity that comes with wearing a bold hue in general.) We took No. 600—a deeper, more purple fuchsia than we’re used to—on a test run this weekend, and it was a big hit. For those of you in the market for an impeccable orange-red, Riri’s No. 401 should do you just fine.
Little escapes Giorgio Armani’s famous eye for detail, from the runway right down to the star-studded front row fan club. The Armani faithful always arrive in clothes that blend together beautifully in a carefully considered and controlled palette. This season it was soothing gray tones mingled with black and white, but in the VIP room we found an unlikely embellishment that managed to slip under the Maestro’s radar. While interviewing actress Zhang “Memories of a Geisha” Ziyi, something sparkly distracted us. “Oh, you’ve seen my nails!” exclaimed the face of Emporio Armani, holding up her dainty hands for closer inspection. “Nail art is huge in China,” she explained, flashing a set of tips painted with a blood red lacquer and Swarovski crystals around the cuticle line. It made for a delightful display of individual expression runway-side, which got us to thinking if the same thing could ever fly on the catwalk. Anyone want to weigh in?
Painted, sketched, and photographed by seemingly just about every famous artist in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Marchesa Luisa Casati has been many things to many people. The eccentric, flame-haired beauty who wore snakes as necklaces and pranced cheetahs in diamond collars through the streets of Paris, Milan, and Capri played living muse to Man Ray and Salvador Dalí, and she’s inspired countless contemporary designers. Galliano, Lagerfeld, and Armani have all dedicated collections to her, as did Tom Ford during his tenure at YSL, and where do you think Georgina Chapman got the name for her fancy dress label? Now the Marchesa has taken her rightful position as beauty icon with not one but two different makeup collections created in her image. The enormous, dark-rimmed eyes Peter Philips whipped up for the Chanel Cruise show were a direct shout-out to Casati’s own sultry aesthetic, while makeup artist Napoleon Perdis channeled the provocateur for his fall color range. His Divine Marchesa collection just debuted with a Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation in five shades; an opulent Dramatic Eye Shadow Quad; Black Sapphire, a matte black nail color; and Ravishing Rose Lip Shine, a vermilion lip stain in a black rose-shaped trinket. It’s enough to pull off a very convincing Casati—live python jewelry not included.