5 posts tagged "Harley Viera-Newton"
When Lauren Remington Platt stopped by the Style.com offices to update me on Vênsette—a website that offers door-to-door hair and makeup services in 90 minutes or less by pros Platt screens herself—I wish she had brought along a member of her team. With two evening events on my plate and zero time, my game plan was to run a brush through my hair, apply lipstick in the cab, and call it a night out. So goes my typical routine—and that of millions of other women in New York. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that her business has taken off—an app is in the works and the principal engineer of Gilt Groupe was recently brought on board to completely redesign the site. And starting Monday, you’ll find photo diaries from some of the brand’s high-profile clients (including Harley Viera Newton, Linda Fargo, Carolyn Murphy, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie Et Ochs, among others) that document them getting ready for the slew of seasonal parties that fill their iCals this time of year. Whether you’re seeking inspiration to DIY your own holiday look (or need to find a reason to hire someone to create it for you), Vênsette provides.
The beauty world finally got its turn to take over the Standard Hotel’s new Boom Boom Room last night when Dior pulled out all the stops to fête the tenth anniversary of its popular fruity-floral scent J’Adore. One of the brand’s most successful fragrance franchises to date, the bergamot, rose, and jasmine absolute perfume drew quite the crowd. Tall model types clad in white satin minidresses and bright red lipstick passed out hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to the likes of Tinsley Mortimer, Olivia Palermo, Lydia Hearst, Theodora Richards, and Coco Rocha while DJ, Dior Ambassador, and girl-about-town Harley Viera-Newton spun a combination of soul, hip-hop, and classic pop. In addition to the privilege of taking in a panoramic view of the city from 18 floors above the Meatpacking District, partygoers got to preview the limited-edition J’Adore flacon set to hit counters next month. The eau de parfum collector’s bottle features a glass pendant engraved with Christian Dior’s initials, which can be strung up on a chain and worn as a necklace. Just a little thank you from the House of Dior to all its devoted fans.
MAC is using Fashion’s Night Out to preview its new Style Black line, a collection of obsidian lipsticks, glosses, eye shadows, liners, and lacquers due out at the end of the month to serve all of your mod, punk, and goth beauty needs. To capitalize on the range’s underlying concept of “night” makeup, the company has planned ragers at all of its boutiques across the city on the 10th. DJ Lady Starlight will be spinning tunes at Macy’s Herald Square between 7 and 9 p.m., while Lola Schanbel and Chelsea Leyland will woman the decks at the Columbus and Flatiron stores, respectively. But MAC’s makeup haven on Spring Street in Soho is shaping up to be the most action-packed, with DJ Harley Viera Newton pumping up the jams while pop songstress and fashion darling Janelle Monáe signs autographs and snaps pictures. We caught up with Monáe—who will be in New York through fashion week for a show with indie superstars Of Montreal at Terminal Five on the 18th—and she told us why she can’t live without her eyebrow brush and what she’ll be listening to to get psyched for the shows.
What’s your favorite MAC product?
Actually, the thing I’m most excited about when it comes to MAC right now is its fall collection inspired by Marilyn Minter, Maira Kalman, and Richard Phillips. I just recently found out about the work of Marilyn Minter, and the fact that MAC is currently collaborating with her and other innovative visual artists on its fall collection is really inspiring. It’s such an innovative way for a cosmetic company to approach things: Let’s get these three visual artists and apply their color palette to cosmetics and then apply that beauty around the world, literally. That’s a really unique approach to makeup.
What are your can’t-live-without beauty products?
I like my full brows to be well groomed, so I love my eyebrow brush. I really like using MAC’s lip moisturizer, MAC Studio Finish concealer, MAC #35 lashes, and MAC blush in Ambering Rose and Frankly Scarlet when I step out on the town. But when I am with family or running errands, I use Whole Foods’ organic raspberries for blush and dark cherries for stained, moist lips. There’s nothing like having genuine natural colors on your face.
Do you have any beauty icons?
Anita Baker. Her skin is so flawless and such a gorgeous mocha color and I love her full, beautiful dark eyebrows, eyelashes, and almond-shaped eyes. Most of all, I just love how she treats others—especially artists like myself who look to her for guidance. My great-grandmother Elsenia Norman is also something of an icon, with her full head of long gray hair (I love gray hair on older and young women!) Her eyes are naturally purple, too. She is one of a kind. And Katharine Hepburn—she is such a sassy and intriguing lady. I love how effortless her hair looked when it was swept and pinned up into a bun. Oh! And Sean Young from Blade Runner. You’ve got to love an android in a pantsuit.
What will you be wearing this fall?
I have a suit of armor that I bought in Turkey—complete with a chain-mail helmet! We’ll see, though. It’s a little hot, and it’s hard to do the moonwalk in. And of course I’ll be wearing custom-made pieces that I have designed for myself.
Do you have a “getting ready to hit up fashion week” playlist you’d be willing to share with us?
James Brown – “I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing”
Of Montreal feat. Janelle Monáe – “Moonage Daydream”
Deep Cotton – “Runaway Radio”
Matt Monro – “From Russia With Love”
Kate Bush – “Babooshka”
Dior Beauty DJ Harley Viera Newton will make an appearance at Sephora Times Square tomorrow afternoon to help launch the new Dior Cristal summer color collection with DiorShow artist Rodderick Gregg. She’ll also be signing palettes and spinning seasonally appropriate tunes. Because we hate waiting—and not getting special treatment—we went ahead and asked the Egyptology undergrad if she’d make an exclusive summer mix for us to load onto our iPod for the warmer days that are to come. She happily complied (we are very persuasive) and told us that her picks would do you right for dancing, road trips, or just walking to work. Enjoy.
Animal Collective, “Brothersport”
Public Image, “This Is Not a Love Song”
Beck, “Gamma Ray”
Lykke Li, “Knocked Up”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Heads Will Roll”
Gang Gang Dance, “House Jam”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Shuffle Your Feet”
The Cramps, “Blue Moon Baby”
ESG, “Erase You”
The celebrity fragrance craze has proven that beauty companies and pop stars make beautiful music together (as in ka-ching, ka-ching). Now Dior has taken things one step further and hired a DJ. Charged with creating playlists inspired by their seasonal color collections, consulting on product launches, and hosting and DJ’ing events for the brand, downtown (by way of L.A. and London) scenester Harley Viera-Newton will no doubt be responsible for wrangling her crew of cool kids as unofficial brand ambassadors as well. Dior isn’t the first face-and-body brand to hear the music though. Click here to see the other industry giants who are getting in on the act.
Photo: Courtesy of Dior Cosmetics