40 posts tagged "Jason Wu"
Jason Wu and CND are consummating their eight-season-long relationship with a new limited-edition nail polish collection. A milestone for the designer and the nail company (this is Wu’s first foray into the U.S. beauty market and CND’s first designer collaboration), the four-piece range is also exciting news for lacquer lovers: It will add four new colors and one new effect to CND’s popular Colour & Effects line, which gives manicure enthusiasts the opportunity to beef up a selection of base coats with different top coats that impart sparkles and texture or a matte or high-gloss finish. The palette includes Miss Wu, Jason’s signature warm limestone gray that dries matte with a subtle chrome sheen; Brigitte, a retro pink; Sophia, a taupe-y mushroom; and Veronica, a blue-based oxblood red. The varnishes come packaged with a bottle of the clear Anna Effect, which has fibers in it for an almost tweed-like look. The collection won’t be available in stores until next May, but guests at his show this afternoon will receive a complimentary set on their seats. If Wu’s Spring presentation wasn’t already on your must-attend list, you should probably do some rearranging ASAP.
The je ne sais quoi that made international icons out of women like Brigitte Bardot and Françoise Hardy was alive and well backstage at Jason Wu’s Resort presentation this morning. “It’s 1960′s French Bohemian, sexy and simple,” Aveda master stylist Jennifer Chiminiello said of her loose, low-lying braids. “We wanted an element of undoneness,” Chiminiello added. She got it by coating two sections of hair with Aveda Control Force hair spray and tucking them into either side of her plait for texture.
Over in makeup, face painter Jenna Menard was creating her own version of the decade’s popular cat eye by blending black and teal pigments together and applying them in a thin, flicked-out line onto the models’ upper lash lines. A graduated yellow/gold wash of color covered lids up to the brow bone to make the liner really pop.
It was the compacts that housed Menard’s mousselike, metallic pigments that really jumped out at us, though. What were these faceted metallic jewel-toned cases that contained a series of shimmering blushes, eye shadows, and face powders? “They’re called Supreme Aupres. Jason designed the packaging,” Menard divulged of the Shiseido-owned brand. Then came the devastating news: “It comes out in November, but only in China.” We’ll be waiting on eBay with bated breath.
When translated into beauty terms, the Costume Institute’s “American Woman” exhibition immediately registers as a single name: Estée Lauder. The company’s Queens-born founder built her eponymous brand from humble New York beginnings into a global empire that has undeniably fashioned our national identity. “It’s really an American company with an international face,” stylist Mary Alice Stephenson offered as she watched Lauder’s Global Makeup Stylist, Rick DiCecca, use Lauder’s Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Black Smoke to build a shimmering smoky eye on Chinese model and brand spokesperson Liu Wen at the Surrey Hotel only a few hours before red-carpet festivities got underway this evening. Lauder’s other new face, French beauty Constance Jablonski, sat alongside Wen, waiting for her turn in Dicecca’s chair. To bring it all back to the U.S. of A., Stephenson made a point to dress the Met Gala newbies in designs from local talents—a hand-stitched, beaded Naeem Khan number for Wen and a feathered sleeveless Jason Wu shift for Jablonski.
And what of Hilary Rhoda—perhaps Lauder’s most recognizable face and the woman designer Prabal Gurung calls “the only true American model working right now?” Tweeting, of course, in the suite’s adjacent room, where makeup artist Kaoru Okubo was crafting a seriously dark eye and nude lip to compliment Gurung’s structural black and red double-faced satin dress. Rhoda is tall and athletically built, with strong brows and tan skin—you immediately understand Gurung’s assessment when in her presence. Having been to a few Met balls in her day, she took liberties with her glam squad. “I know my face,” Rhoda said, reaching for Lauder’s Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara and its Double Wear Eyeliner in Onyx to apply additional pigment over Okubo’s base of Pure Color Eyeshadow in Black Crystal. She also opted for Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer. A high-and-tight slicked-back chignon that hairstylist Rudi Lewis created using a glycerin-dipped comb completed Rhoda’s tough, edgy beauty look. “American fashion allows you to see the woman first, before the clothes,” Rhoda said as she headed toward the car that would take her to the museum. We’re guessing there was nary an onlooker who could keep their eyes off the 23-year-old from Maryland as she walked up those 26 steps.
Saturday night’s SAG Awards mimicked last weekend’s Golden Globes in more ways than one. Yes, Sandra Bullock managed to beat out a host of unbelievable talents to take home the Best Actress award again, but what we’re here to talk about is the bevy of low-slung side chignons. Marion Cotillard, Kyra Sedgwick, and Jenna Fischer all wore one, and so did Diane Kruger, albeit with a slightly different take on the popular look. Hair stylist Robert Vetica curled the Inglourious Basterds actress’ hair and used a small amount of Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream to finger-comb and break up the waves. Then he gathered it behind her ear and loosely braided it before looping the end back up and pinning it down. It made for a softer, more tendril-like effect that, with the bright red lip and mustard yellow Jason Wu gown, reminded us of Michelle Williams in a canary yellow Vera Wang at the Oscars in 2006—one of our favorite red-carpet moments of all time. Can you see the similarity?
As one of the truly eco-friendly global brands in the business, Aveda has always tried to bring its philosophy of sustainable beauty to fashion week. Since the S/S 2008 collections, when the company began printing all invitations and programs on paper that’s at least 20 percent post-consumer recycled, replaced bottled water with large cisterns of New York City tap water, and officially stopped partnering with designers that use fur, it has been at the forefront of helping to green the fashion industry’s largest stage. But it’s managed to one-up itself for the upcoming Fall shows. Premiering a new partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Aveda will bring some of the cleanest tap water in the nation to weary editors, buyers, and bloggers en route from Milk Studios and Bryant Park to the Altman Building and the Chelsea galleries by pumping water from area fire hydrants into six free “Water on the Go” stations around the city. Eight hundred limited-edition reusable aluminum bottles will also be distributed at its sponsored shows and will be decorated with signatures from participating designers, including John Patrick, Jason Wu, Christian Siriano, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund 2009 award winner Sophie Théallet. Seeing as how water bottles just might be the new tote bag, you might want to show up to Rodarte early.