38 posts tagged "Jean Paul Gaultier"
When charged with the kind of daunting task that he was given last night at Jean Paul Gaultier, makeup artist Stephane Marais brings his usual product arsenal with him—as well as a few additions. “It’s like Ben Nye,” the makeup artist explained, name-dropping the popular American professional line when describing Maq Pro, a similarly conceived company based in Paris. “MAC Pro?” we asked, perplexed, knowing full well that a fairly large, internationally recognized face-painting operation already exists with that name. “Maq Pro with a Q. They make a lot of colors,” Marais elaborated of the brand founded by the famous French cinema makeup artist Michel Deruelle. Handing us its Fond de Teint complexion correcting stick, Marais explained that he planned to take a little artistic liberty with at least one model in Gaultier’s eighties tribute band. “I’m going to give her skin a blue-black tint,” he said, motioning to a tearsheet of Jean Paul Goude’s 1981 Blue-Black in Black on Brown portrait of Grace Jones in which the photographer gave his flat-topped muse indigo contours. “Only Ajak [gets it],” Marais said of Ajak Deng, one of five catwalkers to play Grace Jones on the runway. It made for a pretty cool show highlight—and as we managed to locate the Maq Pro boutique at 2 Ter rue Alasseur in Paris, it also provided us with another “extracurricular activity” (read: shopping excursion) to add to our schedule for the week.
There were seven Madonnas backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier, five Grace Joneses, four Boy Georges, seven David Bowies, three Annie Lennoxes, six Jane Birkins, four Abba members, and seven Sades—seven!—which all but cemented the fact that the eighties R&B songstress is having a moment at the Spring shows. “It’s a variety of eighties pop stars,” Guido Palau confirmed, prepping a sea of wigs for different characters while elaborate mood boards hung against the wall. “Sup-er!” a busting Gaultier chirped next to Palau as he examined Hannelore Knuts’ fire engine red Annie Lennox crop while Amanda Leer had her hair set in rollers for a bombshell blow-out (Leer, it should be noted, was playing herself). “I buy them in new York and Josh Wood colors them in London,” Palau explained of the elaborate hairpieces, pointing out that this particular Spring beauty moment was about Gaultier’s vision, not necessarily any one product—except, of course, Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray. “You can’t forget the hair spray if it’s the eighties,” Palau joked. Humor was on Stephane Marais’ mind, too. “It has to be lighter,” Marais said of Gaultier’s latest piece of performance art. “That’s the way this house functions.” He too was working off posters lined with tearsheets of a red-lipped Sade cover from Time and a Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie snap replete with aqua-rimmed eyes, among other things, turning out 11 different makeup looks in all—which included a few costume changes that kept stress levels at a high, although no one seemed to mind all that much. “The girls love it,” Marais pointed out. “They just have fun.”
With her oversize white glasses and impressive head of thick blond hair, MNDR’s Amanda Warner hardly needs catchy electro-pop songs to get attention—an area the New York-by-way-of-Oakland singer-songwriter hasn’t needed much help in over the past few years anyway. Since releasing the band’s first single in 2009 (although Warner is the group’s face and sole live performer, she works with Peter Wade on all the songs), MNDR has teamed up with everyone from Mark Ronson and Q-Tip to Lacoste. This month marks the release of her long-awaited debut album, Feed Me Diamonds, and between the dance floor-ready beats and lyrics inspired by the likes of Marina Abramovic and Patty Hearst, it’s destined to be more than just a party soundtrack. Warner spoke with Style.com about why she still believes in the power of pop music—not to mention bleached eyebrows and vintage Gaultier.
You’ve been releasing singles since 2009, but this will be your first full-length album. Why the wait?
Basically it took a while to find the right partner, a label partner who believed in my MNDR vision. I have a really interactive light show, the gear is all custom and lights up…the MNDR sound and visuals are very much their own thing—and it isn’t a cookie-cutter thing. Just like anything else, it can be more difficult to find the right people who want to elevate that process.
In trying to avoid cookie-cutter mundanity, have you also tried to deliberately step up your onstage style?
I’ve always had very individualistic, good personal style, but I never really in my head fantasized about what I would look like as a front person. I think it took me a while; I would say just until very recently, the past six months. I’m finding what I want to look like and where I want to jump off of from that, and that’s from working with a few really talented stylists. But with music and sounds and the way I like to construct songs, it’s the same with how I want the project to look; I want it to look like its own thing, and that’s always a bit more difficult.
What led to this newfound sartorial revelation?
I’m a consummate tomboy—I didn’t start wearing makeup until a year or two year ago! I would just wear shredded T-shirts and jeans and shoes, and you see that in the early footage. I certainly didn’t do anything with my hair—that’s still a huge struggle. I was able to start being inspired by vintage Gaultier, watching Neneh Cherry videos, and seeing all this fashion that was so artistic and creative—and that was less about body type; it’s just awesomeness happening. So then I just decided to pay attention to [fashion] and study it, and now it’s a creative outlet for me.
In a genre like pop, is there still a place for women to be subversive without becoming a novelty?
Oh my God, this is the most awesome question ever—yes! I don’t think it’s fair to criticize Britney Spears and these artists. They’re so much more [like] corporations, and criticizing them is like criticizing cupcakes. Freaking out about Paris Hilton deejaying is like getting mad about spaghetti—they’re just walking brands, and that’s totally their deal and go get it. But what I think is missing in pop music is questioning authority, questioning stereotypical things in society, and saying, “I’m not going to take it.” Twisted Sister; awesome example. The Clash, R.E.M., even Boy George had songs that were critical. People don’t want everything to feel like Purell; they want something different, they want to pissed about things, and they want to [have] a fantasy about it. That’s what I hope I can do with MNDR.
To fête the unveiling of Diet Coke’s new “corset” bottle designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, the brand enlisted the help of Minx to create matching nail designs at the event. Swedish nail stylist Frida Selkirk applied custom-made, black fishnet-embellished Minx to the crowd—you know, so their nails could match their beverages. [Minx]
“Everyone needs to find a purpose, and I think mine is to help other people,” says Cameron Diaz, who plans on doing her do-gooding as a nutrition educator. “This project is only in the blueprint stages, but I’m creating a space where I can teach healthy habits that girls can build on. I see women struggling with their bodies because they don’t know how they work on basic levels, starting with nutrition. The more I talk about this with people , the more I realize how much it’s needed. I’m really throwing all of my energy into it.” [Just Jared]
YouTube beauty tutorials are nothing new, but self-taught Nepalese makeup artist Promise Tamang Phan may have found a niche for herself. The Internet’s newest sensation has an uncanny ability to transform herself into an impressive number of celebrities—from Adriana Lima and Scarlett Johansson to Michael Jackson—with the simple swipe of a lipstick bullet. How big has Phan’s strange brand of face-painting become? About 96 million page views big. [Telegraph]
Barack Obama’s re-election committee reportedly has a special incentive for prospective campaign donors: nail polish. The Obama campaign is reviving a product initiative it started last month and is selling a custom, three-piece collection of Le Métier de Beauté lacquers at $40 a pop. Sure, they’re receiving a little bit of flack for shelling out to the tune of $10,000 to create the varnishes, but, like, polish for politics is kind of an awesome idea. Mark us down for a set. [Politico]
As per yesterday’s news roundup, Hunger Games hairstylist Linda Flowers confirmed that Elizabeth Banks’ character’s hair in the movie required the most work. But Jennifer Lawrence’s on-screen tresses may have required the most money. Lawrence apparently refused to play guinea pig when Flowers was experimenting to find Katniss Everdeen’s perfect shade of brunette, so the coiffing star bought five $6,000 wigs to arrive at the right color before actually dyeing Lawrence’s blond strands. [Daily Mail]
Why did Jean Paul Gaultier enlist gender-bending model Andrej Pejic to be the face of his forthcoming Le Male fragrance campaign? Because he’s the “modern woman-boy of today,” according to the designer—obviously. [Grazia]
Apparently, the awkward skin issues of your teenage years may not necessarily be over and done with. According to a new study, adult acne is becoming increasingly common in women well into their 40s and even 50s. [Huff Po]
First came the beauty contract, now comes the book. Revlon brand ambassador Jessica Alba has confirmed that her first book will be released in early 2013 and will include some of her favorite beauty tips and guidelines to living an honest, healthy lifestyle. [She Knows]