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Kasia Struss: Brunette, and “Loving It”


If you ever managed to get your mind off the exceptional outerwear at Altuzarra (the coat in look 23 is the first thing we’re truly coveting this season), you may have noticed that Kasia Struss closed the show—and that she’s still a brunette. As a card-carrying member of the “Balenciaga blondes,” the group of girls that Guido Palau dyed platinum three seasons ago for Nicolas Ghesquière’s Spring 2010 show, Palau took Struss dark in Paris last March, and she’s been dark ever since. “I’m keeping it. I’m loving it,” she told us backstage last night. “It’s more me. I feel more comfortable and more like myself in this color.” While Struss admits that her formerly signature cornsilk, white-flaxen strands were great for editorials, the color was less conducive to “normal life.” “It made me look washed out. I needed makeup to feel pretty with that hair. But with this, it’s always good.” Her current shade of brown is more auburn than the deep chestnut-y hue Palau gave her for Spring, which is thanks to her New York-based colorists Lena Ott from Ion Studio. “It’s a little more red, a little closer to my natural color,” the Polish stunner told us, breaking down her maintenance mantra, which includes color-safe shampoo and conditioner from Kerastase and her secret weapon: Moroccanoil. “I put it in the ends. I really recommend it!”

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Britt Maren: From Brunette, To Blonde, To Blonder?


Last night, the glitterati turned out to fête the arrival of François Nars’ new book, Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself, which is hitting shelves this month. But the nineties-era supermodels that the famed face painter is best known for primping were outnumbered by newcomers like Alana Zimmer, Ginta Lapina, Ajak Deng, and Britt Maren. The four catwalkers, all of whom have spent a fair bit of time in the makeup artist’s chair, were eager to talk skincare. “Always mix your foundation with a moisturizer,” Zimmer offered up as the best backstage beauty tip she’s ever gotten. “And wear skin oils,” Lapina added. Maren, who is back to blonde after spending the Fall show season a rich brunette, has an even simpler regimen: “For me it’s just really about drinking water and moisturizing. I use CeraVe when I want a plain basic one and I have Embryolisse, which I use all the time, too.” As for her ever-changing crop, Maren’s hair is slightly longer than it’s been recently and a pretty shade of honey gold. “Lena at Ion [Studio] took me back to blonde,” she pointed out, mentioning that her days as the poster child for platinum may not be behind her. “I did really like [the bleach],” Maren admits of the strand-damaging process Guido Palau brought back into popular favor at last spring’s Balenciaga show. “I was just talking about going a little bit lighter. It was something different.” There’s always next spring.

Photo: Clockwise from left, David X. Prutting and Neil Rasmus /; Luca Cannonieri /; Monica Feudi /

Earthly Delights


The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and was organized as an environmental “teach-in” with scholarly debate. Since then, the annual holiday has gotten a bit sexier. Hippies, vegan rock stars, eco-celebrities, and green-minded types now embrace April 22 (or the entire month) as a chance to pay respects to the planet while also enjoying some sustainably good times. With that mind, we rounded up the ten best Earth Day beauty deals, worthy causes to support with a click, and tree-planting festivities to help make it easy to be green come Friday.

Rock On

Tickets are sold out to the second annual Origins Rocks Earth Month concert with Train tonight, but the gig will be streamed live at 8 p.m. and rebroadcast tomorrow on Origins’ site to extend the global celebration. As added incentive to tune in, Origins will plant a tree through its partner American Forests: Global ReLeaf on behalf of every viewer.

Spring Greening

Here’s a good reason to prune your potions stash on April 22. Bring any skincare product from any brand into any Origins store and you’ll receive one of its full-size, paraben-free cleansers. The tubes are made with limited-edition graffiti-designed packaging that’s derived from 30 percent post-consumer plastics with caps crafted with 100 percent recycled plastics.

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Just Say Yes

The Yes To brand (Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers…) is taking 25 percent off their antioxidant-rich skincare goods when you shop online from now until April 24. We’re partial to the new Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Stick—a genius penlike tool that clears up acne and redness (plus delivers a mini massage). Enter the code “EARTH” at checkout.

Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Stick, $9.99,

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Cuts and Colors, Now A Cultural Experience


Fusing art and beauty in a salon setting is starting to become something of a trend among New York’s newest hair haunts. ION Studio, which opened last fall to rave reviews about its green design and expert styling, hosts rotating exhibitions at its Wooster Street digs (the Italian founders’ most recent curatorial jaunt featured the paintings and photographs of Mexico City-born artist Erika Harrsch). And last night, the Patrick Melville Salon and Spa opened its newly remodeled doors to celebrate a unique partnership with Soho’s William Bennett Gallery. Celebrity hairstylist Patrick Melville and his partner in crime, colorist Rick Wellman, hope to redefine the typical salon atmosphere by integrating the beauty of art into the art of beauty, they explain, lining the walls of their Rockefeller Plaza space with rare works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró. The collection will rotate every six weeks, a timeframe that correlates with the average duration of a cut and color, and is intended to bring a more complete sensory experience to the clientele: You’ll come for their exclusive Bio-Lights organic highlighting technique and a little on-site acupuncture, and stay to ruminate on cubism.

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