7 posts tagged "Issey Miyake"
On the set of a recent Nick Knight-lensed editorial for Garage magazine, hairstylist Sam McKnight took Lindsey Wixson comic book heroine-caliber shades of red and yellow. (Sad as it is to say, dark-haired girls aren’t usually the universe-saving type; sorry, brunettes). [SHOWstudio]
After building an über-successful fragrance empire around its core brand, Issey Miyake is finally devoting a scent to its Pleats Please diffusion line. As to be expected from the avant-garde design house, the pear, peony, sweet pea, patchouli, cedar, and white musk eau’s bottle is a feat in glassblowing. [Basenotes]
Thanks to masculine packaging and clever rebranding efforts, like calling concealer “urban camouflage,” the men’s grooming business is expected to hit $2.6 billion this year. Not too shabby. [L.A. Times]
Also on the rise: skincare sales among women aged 50 to 80. That’s what happens when stars like Madonna and Cher walk around looking half their age, according to new research. [NYDN]
We’re wary of saying this aloud, as we’ve been duped by Old Man Winter before, but temperatures above the forties and that extra hour of dusk courtesy of Daylight Saving’s Time seem to indicate that Spring is indeed on its way. Which means that warmer-weather editions of some of our favorite fragrances are beginning to hit shelves. In stores this month is Florale, a new version of Issey Miyake’s nineties hit, L’Eau d’Issey. Hints of rosebud, ginger lily, and orange blossom are infused into the original lotus, freesia, peony, and white lily formula to create a new, feminine spin. Narciso Rodriguez is also hoping to woo his fans with a fresher adaptation of his classic Essence. Adding white musk to its powdery iris and amber predecessor, Essence Eau de Musc brings what Rodriguez refers to as a “sensual intimacy” to the sheerness of the original scent. There may be a late March blizzard in our future yet, but at least we can smell like incipient Spring while huddled underneath a fort of blankets.
The fact that ponytails have transcended their former station as the preferred hairstyle of “girl-next-door” types and female basketball players alone is not news; the easy updo has, for the past few seasons, gotten plenty of action off the court and on the runway and red carpet (Hailee Steinfeld’s well-played pony and white Prabal gown at the Golden Globes immediately comes to mind). But the coif is having a special moment for Fall, turning up in all four fashion capitals with regularity and variation—which is great news for those of you who are probably, definitely never going to work all of those equally abundant teased, voluminous French twists into your repertoire come September.
It all started at Alexander Wang, where Guido Palau fashioned a very low, loose ponytail in which more hair was purposely left out of the elastic than was contained by it. Palau then debuted the “dominatrix ponytail” at Marc Jacobs, as he called it, using Redken’s Blown Away 09 Blow-Dry Gel and a flat iron to get the severe “perversion of convention” he was after. A similar look appeared in London at Nicole Farhi before graphic center parts and fishtail braids joined the party at Christopher Kane. Shortly after, things got high, tight, and conical at Kinder Aggugini—a style that was repeated almost to a T by Eugene Souleiman at Issey Miyake yesterday, albeit with the addition of white triangular shapes extending beyond the hairline. Texture became a key element for both the thick, frizzy tails at Issa and the matte wavy styles at House of Holland before things moved to Milan, where the standout pony arrived early on at Gucci, thanks to Luigi Murenu’s seventies-era glossy-in-front, crimped-in-back tails, which he embellished with feathers for Frida Giannini’s second ode to disco.
Here in Paris, we’re seeing much of the same—low and loose at Balmain, high and lacquered at Mugler, soft and contained by a gold band at Dries, and braided for ease and simplicity at Lanvin. “The great thing about the ponytail is that it’s without reference,” Guido Palau surmised of the coiffing establishments partiality for the style when we caught up with him at backstage at Alber Elbaz’ show. “We’ve basically been using the emotional attachment of the ponytail but adding a character to it. Now, you wear a ponytail with an evening dress and it’s not wrong—it’s almost de rigueur. It’s full hair looks that seem wrong.” Word on the street from a very reliable source is that the pony will strike again tomorrow at Celine. Get psyched.
Proper skincare is apparently a family affair for the Jaggers, as mother Jerry Hall and daughter Georgia May headed down under this week to fête Invisible Zinc, the Aussie sunscreen line whose ad visuals the two women front. So that’s how Hall manages to look so good makeup-free. [Daily Mail]
The blogosphere erupted when actress Emma Watson lopped off her hair into a pixie this summer, and apparently the shearing was in fact an act of rebellion. In the December issue of Vogue U.K., the Harry Potter actress reveals that she was “contractually obligated” to keep her hair long and refrain from getting a tan to play pasty-faced Hermione Granger. [E! Online]
Fans of CND’s long-lasting Shellac polishes will be pleased to know that the two-week manicure line will add 12 more colors to its chip-free offerings next year. [BellaSugar]
Another thing to look forward to in 2011? A new version of Issey Miyake’s famed L’Eau d’Issey—a floral adaptation that looks essential for Spring. [Grazia]
Last September, Issey Miyake got back into the fragrance game after a 16-year hiatus with A Scent—a very green, very jasmine eau rounded out by earthy galbanum notes and a floral freshness from hyacinth. With summer on the way, A Scent has just received its own seasonal modification, Miyake-style. Don’t expect any watered-down, beach-themed adaptations here. The new A Scent Eau de Parfum Florale retains its full essential oil concentration while managing to possess the airiness of an eau de toilette. You still get the galbanum, hyacinth, and those jasmine top notes (the lattermost of which we’ve come to think of as the cilantro of the perfume world; you either love it or hate it), but blended with new elements like rose, peony, and floral nectars. The effect is warm, light, and, in our opinion, more wearable than the original. Give this one a chance to dry down; you’ll be glad you did.