53 posts tagged "Givenchy"
There’s something inherently Givenchy about black leather, and Riccardo Tisci’s Fall 2012 collection only further hammered that point home. For fans of the brand who coveted, and even managed to get their hands on, Tisci’s influential knee-high boots with the heel-covering sheaths from that season, the material will be forever linked to the French house. Somewhat easier to procure, however, were the black lambskin-encased bullets of Givenchy Le Rouge the brand launched earlier this month, boasting twelve shades of semimatte-finish lipstick that defines, plumps, and hydrates mouths as it delivers a single coat of highly pigmented color. Instant collector’s items, they’re as fun to pull out of your bag as they are to put on. For summer, Givenchy is introducing two limited-edition shades of the popular pout perfectors in—wait for it—white leather cases. Le Rouge Croisière is available in #309 Fuchsia, a mid-tone lavender, and #310 Coral, a poppy melon, and as anyone who has worn white leather before knows, each tube will take a bit of a beating if carelessly thrown into the abyss of a well-traveled bag. All the more reason to save them for outfits that require a pristine clutch.
As mentioned in the pages of the new issue of Style.com/Print, I am a big fan of classic manicures. When I wasn’t painting on dark shades of red from Dior and & Other Stories, I wore Essie’s deep berry Bordeaux for much of the winter. But the shock of unexpected warm weather we got this week got me thinking about brightening up—specifically, with a color I typically reserve for spring and summer. Often called “tomato” or “fiery” red, the particular polish shade I’m referring to is an orange-tinged scarlet that offers up a lighter, sunny adaptation of more readily available blue-tinged crimsons. I’ve always sworn by RGB Cosmetics’ opaque crème Coral, but there’s a whole new crop of contenders that are now skirting the mandarin-scarlet divide. Here, my top five favorites.
Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour in Fever Pitch
A lively dose of gingery pigments spruce up this dark rose base.
Revlon ColorStay Nail Enamel in Sunburst
With a sheer, jelly-like consistency, this poppy hue has a wonderful lightweight finish that can be built up for a deeper color payoff. It veers more toward true tangerine than the others, but in a subtle way, thanks to its transparency.
MAC Nail Lacquer in Ablaze
As part of MAC’s new Fashion Sets collection, this fuchsia-tinged flame color is also available in a corresponding Lipglass, Lipstick, and Lip Pencil. But the varnish is the standout of the bunch, as far as I’m concerned.
Le Vernis de Chanel in 647 Lilis, available May 2013 at www.chanel.com
One of a handful of great colors in Chanel’s hotly anticipated summer range, this polish is nearly identical to MAC’s offering, albeit a bit more delicate.
Givenchy Le Vernis 11 Croisiere, available May 2013 at www.sephora.com
Delivering a flat matte finish, this clementine-skewed cerise is perhaps my favorite incarnation of the festive color, which happens to wear incredibly well sans glossy top coat.
For those of you wondering if the Spring sentiment that sent models to the salon in droves in search of bobs and bowl cuts would return for Fall, the answer appears to be yes. As the shows officially come to an end today, with yet another wig moment at Louis Vuitton, we can confirm that designers are still very much feeling compelling crops. So can Guido Palau. “A lot of people want to see short hair this season,” Palau said backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier, where he was busy trimming “patchwork,” clipped-on-top mullets—a request that he, personally, has been fulfilling with frequency.
It all started at Dior Couture, where the Redken creative consultant gave every girl a convincing pixie cut. Then Palau honed his wig-shaping skills at Marc Jacobs, fashioning an army of Edie Campbells, the Brit It girl he gave a black dye job and a Joan Jett shag for an editorial months earlier. But it didn’t stop there. Sam McKnight picked up the torch at Clements Ribeiro in London, fashioning veritable faux-hawks, a style he reproduced at Fendi in Milan with tight braids accessorized with fox-fur hair pieces a few days later. Next up was Eugene Souleiman’s Rei Kawakubo tribute at Yohji Yamamoto, for which he replicated the Comme des Garçons designer’s architectural black bob, and the stunning pin curls Luigi Murenu designed for Riccardo Tisci’s breathtaking Givenchy collection. Then Karl Lagerfeld got in on the act at Chanel, ordering up colored, similarly graphic hats that sat on top of McKnight’s “done but not done” center-parted strands, thus creating a deceptively short silhouette on top of a long one. This morning, Palau brought it full circle, giving every one of Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton models—Kate Moss included—a “fifties, sort of French Left Bank” bob that was heavy on the mousse for an out-all-night effect.
The season’s overarching punk undertones may have had something to do with the wealth of conceptual cuts that made it onto the runway; nothing captures the subculture’s DIY attitude quite like lopping off excessive length. Suffice it to say, if you’ve ever considered parting ways with your long locks, now would be a great time to do it.
There was plenty to lust over at Givenchy. That jacket in look fifteen immediately comes to mind, although we are still thinking about nearly every single aspect of the exceptional forty-eight-piece collection Riccardo Tisci showed for the house—including that hair. “[Riccardo] called me in Milan and said, ‘I want to have a test with you and only you’—it was a test of eight hours,” Luigi Murenu recalls of the process by which he and Tisci, with whom he has worked since the designer started at Givenchy eight years ago, decided on the closely cropped, colorful coifs models wore down the runway. “Usually [the hair] here is very organic. But [Riccardo] wanted to bring the show to another level,” says Murenu. “When I arrived at the studio, the first thing he did was play me all the tracks of Antony and the Johnsons, and he told me, ‘It will be extremely emotional, and I want you to bring something sensitive to the hair.’”
So Murenu obliged Tisci with twenty different ideas that were “masculine but extremely feminine—not androgynous,” and, at Tisci’s request, “looked like there were little roses in the head.” The result was a number of tightly wound pin curls that Murenu and his team saturated with Kiehl’s Clean Hold Styling Gel and applied to every girl, no matter her haircut, completely sans extensions. “We used the length of Saskia [de Brauw] to the length of Isabeli [Fontana]—everybody’s natural hair!” he reveals of the deliberately flat swirls that were meant to have a “Victorian punk” quality, even though there was something seemingly thirties about the almost retro bathing-cap silhouette—those neon faux dye jobs aside. “Originally, it was without color,” Murenu admits of what ultimately became temporary shocks of sky blue, dark blue, orange, fuchsia, red, black, purple, and a light pink that was a real crowd-pleaser. “The girls loved it,” he maintains, pointing out that Natalia Vodianova was quite taken with her bubblegum-tinged locks, which went surprisingly well with Pat McGrath’s glossy red-burgundy-stained eyes and clean skin. She certainly wasn’t the only one: catwalkers like Magdalena Frackowiak and Isabeli Fontana kept their hair totally intact to hit the post-show party circuit. “It was extremely special,” Murenu muses. “We wanted to represent the woman who wants to dream, the people who appreciate the poetry of fashion” (to which we say, thank you).
During a recent interview with Liv Tyler, the rock progeny and Givenchy face revealed a long-standing love for berry lip stains. “It’s like crack,” she said of Liv’s Lips, the sheer blackberry bullet the French brand’s creative director of makeup designed specifically for her. It turns out a bold crimson pout suits the model-turned-actress just as well. At the New York premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last night, Tyler—or Arwen, for the Tolkien aficionados out there—slicked on a bright red lipstick, which she paired with similarly hued ruby Tabitha Simmons stilettos and a black tuxedo shorts suit. If there’s a follow-up to her namesake pout perfector, we’re betting it comes in scarlet. Thoughts on Tyler’s mouth moment?