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3 posts tagged "Hedi Slimane"

Bangs Are Having a Moment—Again



I’m going to borrow a line from the esteemed film Legally Blonde to describe the beauty move catwalker Karen Elson debuted on Instagram yesterday: She got bangs. Her hair is so now. Fringe is having a moment (fellow model Grace Hartzel sported a covetable rock-and-roll version of the trend in the Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2014 lookbook shot by Hedi Slimane, and Jamie Bochert appeared on the cover of the latest issue of wearing her signature set), which is interesting seeing as balmier weather is (let us pray) almost upon us and the effect it has on bangs isn’t pretty (think strands stuck to forehead). But humidity be damned—whether you wear them long and wavy like Hartzel and Bochert, or short and blunt like Elson, I think going under the scissors this spring is well worth the risk.


Photos: Instagram; Courtesy of Saint Laurent

Throwback Thursday: We Love the Nineties


Milla-Jovovich-by-Peter-Lindbergh,-Allure-US-Dec-1996_resizeThrowback Thursday is a regular feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Milla Jovovich

The Moment: Nineties Grunge

The Motivation: If you haven’t already noticed, the nineties are back. From Hedi Slimane’s grunge collection for Saint Laurent to just about everybody else’s obsession with midriff tops, fashion is on repeat. And beauty insiders, for the most part, have taken the same route. On the red carpet and in editorials, there’s a return to the nude face and the no-makeup-makeup look popularized by supes like Linda, Christy, and Naomi. So it’s no surprise we’re slightly obsessed with this Peter Lindbergh-lensed shot of Milla Jovovich. Her clean skin, smudged eyeliner, and slicked-back, slightly mussed-up pompadour are everything we want to embrace this summer.

Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Allure, 1996; Courtesy of

Lara Stone, (Carine Roitfeld’s) Beauty Icon


From some angles she’s all cheekbones, à la Kate Moss. From others, with a cigarette perched in her mouth and her long hair slightly teased, she’s a modern-day Brigitte Bardot. Lips ajar, her signature gap tooth instantly recalls photos of Lauren Hutton in her heyday. You can call model Lara Stone a variety of things, but muse is probably the best word these days, as Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld dedicated her entire February issue to the Dutch blonde, enlisting the likes of Peter Lindbergh, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Hedi Slimane, Steven Klein, Patrick Demarchelier, Terry Richardson, and Nan Goldin to immortalize her in photographs. Inez and Vinoodh’s spread is probably the most beauty-centric, with Lancôme’s creative director of makeup, Aaron De Mey, providing a twenties-era vampy lip and smoky eye and hairstylist Jimmy Paul adding a hairnet-encased bob of flapper-era proportions (please also note Deborah Lippman on nails, going with a reverse French in berry and white), but all of the spreads are worth a gander if you haven’t already perused the collector’s edition.

Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Paris Vogue, February 2009