44 posts tagged "Gucci"
I was patiently waiting for someone to bring the sleek and “surreal” strands seen on Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2014 runway to life. Leave it to Camilla Belle to nail the formaldehyde-dipped look at last night’s Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts gala. While she skipped the retro pastel lipstick in favor of a more subdued nude (to play off her plunging, peach Salvatore Ferragamo gown), the actress sported metallic smoky eyes that were reminiscent of yet another show: Gucci. A backstage beauty mash-up on the red carpet is always a pleasant surprise.
Many a makeup artist made a case for hitting the gym this season (well, kind of). The dewy complexions churned out to accompany the athletic aesthetic at Vera Wang and Gucci were definitely the best incentive I’ve seen in a while to take a brisk jog. Face painter Munemi Imai, however, has a less physical solution to getting that healthy, illuminated look: Mun No. 1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum, a blend of prickly pear, Argan, and rose oils. And although the name might suggest adding this formula to your before-bed routine, it’s so light that I’ve been patting it on in place of my regular moisturizer. Here, Imai demonstrates how to get that Spring 2014 glow:
Apply one pump of oil to your palm and use your finger to dot some onto your cheek. Then spread the formula out toward your jawline and underneath the eye. Repeat these steps on the other side of your face. After placing a dot in the center of your forehead, massage it out onto the temples. Then rub your palms together and work the oil underneath the eyebrows, over your upper lip, and chin. Spread any leftovers onto your neck and cuticles. Top it off with foundation, like Imai’s go-to: RMS “Un” Cover-Up, and add a light dusting of translucent powder to set. In my opinion, her method beats breaking a sweat any day.
Sex appeal is always expected backstage at Gucci, but this season, creative director Frida Giannini requested that face painter Pat McGrath and hair guru Luigi Murenu take a more athletic approach. “She wanted something sporty but still made up,” McGrath explained. In lieu of harsh pencils, a shimmery, golden-brown shadow was gently wrapped around the eyes—with the outer corners intensified in a sideways “V” shape for definition. To incorporate the copper shade that was threaded throughout the collection, McGrath added the same hue to the center of lids, working the pigment from the lash line up toward the crease. The top lashes were curled and coated with black-brown mascara, arches were filled in, and lips were left natural, with the exception of a clear balm for moisture. To add warmth, the makeup artist opted for a foundation—instead of often heavy and cake-y bronzers—one to two shades darker than each model’s complexion, blending it from apple to temple. A combo of cream and powder highlighters placed on cheekbones and brow bones lent a dewy effect to skin, and a touch of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream was applied to lids right before the models hit the runway for extra sheen.
Murenu created a style that played on the theme but was still “glam and exceptional.” To give hair oomph, he applied Kérastase Lift Vertige to roots and Mousse Bouffant throughout before blow-drying—using either a round brush or his fingers to add volume from forehead to crown. Once strands were dry, he wrapped small sections from the mid-length down around a curling iron to form loose waves. Murenu scraped the hair off the face with Elixir Ultime for Colour Treated Hair and worked it through to the ends for texture and shine that didn’t appear wet, greasy, or limp. “In my mind, I imagined Lauren Hutton going for a jog in the seventies,” he said. A few spritzes of Gloss Appeal were misted over top to finish. I might be more inclined to exercise if, at the end of it, I walked away looking as fabulous as a Gucci girl.
Inspired by Gucci’s Made to Measure service (which entails hand-selecting the fabric and silhouette—and even having your name embroidered on the label—of your custom-made suit, tux, or dress shirt), Frida Giannini conceived a new cologne by the same name. For far less than one of the Italian brand’s impeccably tailored garments, a dapper gentleman can spritz on that same aura of luxury and sophistication with Gucci Made to Measure Eau de Toilette. And like any scent, it adapts uniquely to its wearer. Top notes of French lavender and anis seed are meant to represent the first encounter with a suit—from the softness of the silk lining down to the shiny cuff links, while the spicy heart of cinnamon, nutmeg, and plum reflect the feeling of sumptuous cashmere or substantial wool fabric on skin. A rich base of patchouli, cistus labdanum (the resin of a Spanish shrub), and leather offers a bold and refined finish, lending structure to the blend. As for the weighty flacon, Giannini wanted it to be iconic and reflective of the fashion house (similar to what No. 5 is to Chanel), adding details like the horse-bit gold cap and emblazoning it with the signature of founder Guccio Gucci. And it doesn’t hurt that James Franco—who produced The Director, a film that documents Giannini’s life over 18 months—serves as the face of the fragrance. We’d say the handsome actor fits this campaign (in which he drives around in one of Jay Leno’s vintage Lambos) like a glove.
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At last night’s screening of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, held at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, Rooney Mara showed up wearing a cropped Calvin Klein look (she’s the face of the brand’s latest fragrance, Downtown) and sported sleek, half-up, half-down hair. Her slick center-parted style reminded us of the glossy strands seen at Fall shows such as Gucci, Kenneth Cole, and Cushnie et Ochs, where the top half of the head had major sheen, but the length was left dry. We also like that Mara added a bit of texture via undone waves (like those worn down the Calvin Klein Collection runway for Resort).