38 posts tagged "Jason Wu"
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.
Yesterday’s People’s Choice Awards officially kicked off the 2010 awards show season. A bevy of A-listers will be hitting the red carpet in the coming weeks, including Diane Kruger, whose impeccable style earned her a coveted spot on this blog—more than once, in fact—during the press junket for Inglourious Basterds last summer. The model-turned-actress, who is just as comfortable in Chanel as she in Jason Wu, easily skirts the line between classic glamour and down-to-earth chic. Last night she chose the latter, going with clean skin, a sheer gloss, a thin helping of black eyeliner, and matte, beach-y waves for the occasion. Will she step it up for the Globes on January 17 or stick with a more casual cool for the occasion? Only time will tell. What do you think of the look?
Alright. We may only be three days into the spring shows, but we’re going to go ahead and call it: the Statement Lip is here to stay, with the season’s predictable nudes and sheer pastel glosses being replaced by the deep, opulent pouts popular for Fall. Lucia Pieroni’s handiwork backstage at Jason Wu yesterday sealed the deal. In an attempt to recreate a “Tim Burton girl with big, simple sparkling eyes and amazing lips,” Pieroni came up with three different lip shades, each more decadent then the last. Some girls got a shade of wine, which Pieroni painted on using MAC PRO Lipmix in Burgundy, others got a blood red courtesy of MAC Lip Pencil in Brick and Lipstick in Classic Dame, and a lucky few walked the runway sporting a dark plum shade crafted using MAC Lip Pencil in Currant and Lipstick in Media. Pieroni kept the eyes light and more traditionally Spring-like to showcase the lip, patting MAC’s new Crushed Metal Pigment on top of a “soft wash” of taupe-y brown shadows. The combination provided a young sophistication that worked well with Odile Gilbert’s Minnie Mouse inspired chignons. “If you go too much into perfection, you can look a bit old,” Gilbert said as she took sections of hair and spontaneously looped them over a piece of black tulle for what resembled a beautiful, haphazard bow concoction. “Today, it’s about looking cute, funny, and attractive.” Let it be known.