6 posts tagged "H&M"
H&M descended upon Paris in a big way this week. Staging its first-ever runway show here, with a production value, model casting, and after-party that fashion dreams are made of, the Swedish retail giant made it more than clear that it came to play among the City of Light’s heaviest hitters. And it’s not done yet. This spring, H&M will set up the first Paris location of & Other Stories, its upscale brand that will open its premier London outpost next week, as well as five other stores in Europe this year alone. The space will be on Rue Saint-Honoré, a stone’s throw from Colette, where the brand is currently previewing its beauty range through the end of March. Covering body care, facial care, and makeup, the line is incredibly extensive, albeit impressively curated and surprisingly affordable (lipsticks run around $12, while Body Soufflés ring in at about $16). Lip glosses, illuminators, eye pencils, requisite BB creams and nail polishes, body scrubs, and hand lotions are among the seemingly endless array of products on offer, of which I’ve procured a pretty decent sampling that will have to last me at least until word arrives of a New York flagship. In the meantime, please enjoy this haul report, below.
Face Contour Cream: I got pretty into face sculpting after first discovering Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate palette last year. I really honed my contouring craft, though, when it became the preferred look backstage at the Spring shows. Siding with cream over powder, I gravitated toward this clear compact that comes in a single universal shade. A little goes a long way, but it builds really well, so you can go for a little sunken-cheek effect, or a lot.
Eye Colour in Birrus Rust: This one was a no-brainer, as I have been obsessed with ruddy shadows since the Fall shows got under way earlier this month. It’s a bit more pearlized than I typically like, but the color is gorgeous and gives lids a natural rosy stain.
Lip Colour in Cordovan Wine: Since I accidentally left my preferred bordeaux bullet of MAC Lipstick in Media in New York, this was a necessity purchase more than anything else, as it is a near-identical color match. Luckily, dark pouts aren’t going anywhere, if the past few weeks are any indication, so I’m happy to add it to my arsenal. The pigment applies incredibly well and has a lustrous finish that can be matted down with powder, if you prefer that kind of thing (and I do).
It’s official: The Jolie-Pitts are getting into the beauty contract business. But it’s Brad, not Angelina, who will be doing face time—for Chanel No. 5, no less. Is it weird that Pitt’s very masculine image will be used to sell the iconic women’s fragrance? Seeing as how this is the image in question (please direct your attention due left), the answer is decidedly “no.” [Chanel]
Unilever is poised to bring its Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy brand—a complete lineup of scalp and strand products already available in 42 other countries—to America this month, and they’re doing so with the star power of Heidi Klum, who will serve as brand ambassador. [NYT]
A new H&M ad featuring a scantily clad—and heavily bronzed—Isabeli Fontana is generating some complaints from the Swiss Cancer League, which is calling the images “alarming” and “completely [contradictory]” to their efforts to deter indoor and outdoor tanning abuse. Oops. [Daily Mail]
NARS Cosmetics’ heavily anticipated Andy Warhol color collection won’t be on shelves until October, but the brand has released a (very) short teaser video to generate excitement in the mean time. [YouTube]
The “flavor of Versace” was alive and well backstage at the house’s much-anticipated collection for H&M tonight in New York, according to makeup artist Tom Pecheux. “Donatella [Versace] wanted something fun, something glam that was very rock ‘n’ roll at the same time,” he explained of the beauty look, which translated to deep aubergine nails courtesy of Deborah Lippmann’s Dark Side of the Moon lacquer and the go-to makeup move of ladies who like to live hard: a black, smoky eye. “A black matte eye,” Pecheux confirmed of the full, elongated strokes of MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon he was sweeping over Natasha Poly’s lids, adding a metallic silver pigment on top from the upper lash line through the crease. Skin was kept dually matte with Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup foundation and powder, which he applied to complexions that had been thoroughly prepped with Rodin Olio Lusso and a mixture of Estée Lauder’s DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme and its Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. Bleached brows and a nude mouth slicked with MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC35 provided an added edge. “It’s Versace today and Versace tomorrow,” Pecheux surmised of the result, before conversation turned to his plans for re-dyeing brows once the show was over. “Yeah, what are you going to do about that?” Poly asked the famed face painter. “The girls are going to have to choose between getting their eyebrows [back] and Prince,” he joked, referring to the post-presentation entertainment.
There was a hint of Versace yesterday, too. “The last show I did with Gianni [Versace] we used leather headbands,” coiffing star Orlando Pita explained of the impetus for the wide pieces of black leather that sat in a stack next to his station. After adding waist-grazing extensions to every model and razor-cutting the ends so they looked “jagged,” Pita lined up the center of each band near the brow line and, holding the ends in his hands, folded the fabric once behind the ears, then again, ensuring that the top lay flat before he tied a knot at the back of the head. “It’s Versace, so it has to look expensive and rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s H&M too, so I wanted to keep it young and cool.” Click here for more pictures.
Lovers of reasonably priced, trend-aware clothes and naturally derived beauty products will be able to kill two birds with one store come March: H&M is introducing a new skincare range at the beginning of the month with certified organic ingredients. The collection boasts a bevy of essentials, including shower gel, body scrub, body lotion, hand cream, and lip balm, and all of the products are formulated with plant-based ingredients that have been given the OK by Ecocert. There will be two scent combinations to choose from—raspberry and melon or lavender and mint—and each comes with an accompanying toiletry bag made from organic cotton. Best of all, of course, is that the new line will debut within the mass retailer’s affordable price point (nothing costs over $10). Fingers crossed they’ve got designs on organic makeup as well.
We’re plenty familiar with Kate Bosworth’s different-colored eyes, but what we’re fixated on in this picture from the Sonia Rykiel and H&M lingerie collection launch at the Grand Palais in Paris last night is her middle part. The center split came back into favor last season, and if you ask us, no one pulls it off better than Bosworth (it’s a forehead-shape thing, we surmise). The Blue Crush star can rock a deep side part with the best of them, too, though. Which do you prefer?
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