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58 posts tagged "Givenchy"

Dazzling Disguises At Givenchy


givenchyMaison Martin Margiela has unveiled many a mask on the runway—stitched with everything from blossoms to beads to bling. But at Givenchy, backstage fixture Pat McGrath took things a step further by painting and actually affixing crystals, sequins, glitter, plastic brows, and black netting to models’ faces. It took nine hours with Riccardo Tisci to determine the look inspired by Africa and the future, as the designer and McGrath played with various combinations of vibrant gems (including sky blue, sapphire, ebony, violet, and amethyst) to complement each piece in the collection. “We just let the mind travel,” she said of the exquisite and sparkling creations. McGrath’s team—with two to three artists being assigned to each girl—bedazzled nearly the entirely lineup from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Their hard work, however, wasn’t just appreciated by the crowd; a few of the models slipped out with their maquillage still intact. Expect to see the lithe escape artists in party pictures—that is, if you can manage to ID them.

Photo: Gianni Pucci /

Beauty 411: Aliza Jabès Of Nuxe


Aliza-JabesThe cult of French pharmacy skincare product devotees is already vast and continually growing its ranks, thanks to the pioneering ways of many a makeup artist, model, and editor singing the products’ praises back home. Thus, items like Créaline cleanser, the watery wonder that removes all traces of makeup; Avibon, a.k.a. Retin-A light; and the dense, intensely hydrating Embryolisse Miracle Cream have gained favor far beyond their French birthplace. And chief among the favorite pharmacy exports, Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse, a dry oil with a multitude of purposes: part face moisturizer, part hair smoother, part body glow inducer. Though Nuxe, the two-decade-old natural skincare line founded by Aliza Jabès in the early nineties, has plenty more goodness for beauty Francophiles to appreciate, the oil remains the hero. Here, the woman who dreamed up Nuxe shares some of her own beauty favorites just in time for Paris fashion week.


“I always go to the OPI Nail Bar in the famous and so chic French department store Le Bon Marché. They are the best. I love Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow for my pedicure, and Essie Mademoiselle or Chanel beige 515 for my manicure.”

Nail Bar OPI at Le Bon Marché, 24 rue de Sèvres,


“When I need to feel deeply relaxed, body and mind, I go for a Watsu session in the pool of our Spa Nuxe. It’s a unique experience based on the therapeutic properties of hot water and Shiatsu massage, all while [submerged]. And the luxurious spa, located in the historic center of Paris, is the ideal place to escape after a busy day.”

Spa NUXE, 32-34 rue Montorgueil,


“I’ve always preferred a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, cereals, and seeds, so my favorite place to shop is Naturalia. I love to [peruse] their large selection of organic products.”

Naturalia, 11 rue Montorgueil,


“I like going to the Leonor Greyl Institute for their personalized and tailor-made treatments like the Hair Spa. They use natural formulas and relaxing techniques that help restore natural beauty and health to my hair in just one hour.”

Leonor Greyl Institute, 15 rue Tronchet,


“When I travel for pleasure, I often choose a spa vacation to ensure my holiday is 100 percent Zen. I’m particularly fond of the south of Corsica—it’s wild and precious with breathtaking landscapes, and the local people have a true generosity. My favorite spot is the Hotel Don Cesar in Porto Vecchio. The magical green setting is perfect, and I can enjoy nature and complete serenity.”

Hotel Don Cesar, rue du Commandant Quilici, Porto Vecchio,


“It helps me de-stress and it’s the easiest sport to practice when you constantly travel like I do. I just need my running shoes and a light outfit and I’m off. Running also always allows me to discover each city in an original way.”


“I have a deep connection to my first product, Huile Prodigieuse. I call it my cosmetics baby. This oil makes everything better, from hair to toes—it is my desert island product. For the face I put some drops in my daily cream to nourish and protect my skin, then on the body I apply it in circular movements to hydrate. After washing my hair I put some drops in my conditioner, then leave it on for ten minutes for a soft and shiny finish. I also use Nuxellence Jeunesse, an innovative antiaging creation that helps maintain a daily radiance.”

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“I like makeup to be chic but natural. The best foundation is from By Terry; it really provides even coverage and the most perfect finish. For lips, I love By Terry Terrybly in Hot Cranberry, and for my eyes I create a smoky eye look with By Terry Terrybly Brown Stellar liner and the new Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara.”

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“Davines has been my favorite product line for a long time. I follow their philosophy—it’s not only respectful to the environment but effective for my hair.”

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Daria’s Nose Ring: Love It or Hate It?


Daria VPHere at, we live for any form of a Daria Werbowy sighting, and have been ogling her new August cover of Paris Vogue (which hits newsstands on the 19th) since it leaked earlier today. The supermodel was shot by David Sims—who she recently worked with on the Salvatore Ferragamo Fall ’13 campaign—for the French publication’s London-themed issue. Sporting nothing but a snug Ralph Lauren military jacket, Werbowy looks naturally gorgeous with artfully mussed tresses, natural makeup, and a rather conspicuous nose ring. The piercing has drifted in and out of style over the past few years (recall the door-knocker-size septum hoops from Givenchy’s Spring ’12 couture collection), but Werbowy’s flawless visage is the most convincing argument for the trend we’ve seen in a while.

Beyoncé’s On Set Mane Mandates; Amanda Seyfried Makes a Fragrance Film; and More…


There’s no coming between Beyoncé and her hair. The singing sensation and Met Ball co-chair reportedly demands complete creative control of her hair on set—specifically the set of the four fashion films she recently shot for H&M. [Business Insider]

After almost a year of legal battles, the Kardashian sisters have finally agreed to change the name of their cosmetics range from Khroma Beauty to Kardashian Beauty, to avoid having to pay the copyright holder of the Kroma cosmetics brand $10 million in damages. [Daily Mail]

First came the news that Amanda Seyfried would be the new face of Givenchy’s Very Irresistible fragrance, and now comes the TV ad for the perfume starring the Lovelace actress. It’s a little spaghetti Western, a little nouvelle vague, and it’s got a lot of attitude. [YouTube]

Photo: Courtesy of H&M

Amanda Seyfried for Givenchy; Matthew Williamson x Benefit; And More…


Amanda Seyfried is on her way to earning the coveted beauty trifecta. The Les Mis star already has a cosmetics contract with Clé de Peau, and today comes news that she will replace Liv Tyler as the face of Givenchy’s Very Irresistible fragrance. Now all she needs is a hair contract! [WWD]

Matthew Williamson is getting into the beauty game via a limited-edition collection with Benefit cosmetics. To get people excited about the collab, which launches at the end of the month, the San Francisco beauty giant has just released a teaser video featuring Williamson and his product arsenal. [YouTube]

Good-bye, Harajuku girls. Hello, “Kanjuku girls.” The newest trend to come out of Osaka’s Amemura district is green-and-red dye jobs in the shape of ripe tomatoes, called kanjuku in Japanese. [Daily Mail]

Less shocking but equally statement-making is Nicole Richie’s latest hair evolution, a golden-brown bob with bangs. [Glamour]

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images