August 28 2014

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9 posts tagged "Kanye West"

The Kanye Effect; OPI Horses Around On Camera; And More…


There’s a hint of Kanye in Kim Kardashian’s new fragrance, Glam. “My personality and my mood was light and fun,” the reality star says of the time last year she spent creating the fruity-floral—which, uncoincidentally, is also when she started her relationship with West. “Glam…was me waking up,” adds Kardashian. [People]

Move over, Brad Pitt. Givenchy has just announced its new male perfume spokesperson, Simon “the Mentalist” Baker. [NYDN]

First came word of their new batch of brand ambassadors, and now OPI has released its first short film, a vignette that stars its Pink-ing of You, Red My Fortune Cookie, Need Sunglasses?, and No Room for the Blues lacquers, which have been painted onto four dancers’ tips for their individual face-offs against a thoroughbred horse named Lady in Black, an homage to the brand’s onyx varnish. It certainly makes the colors, er, come to life… [YouTube]

Asia’s latest plastic surgery craze to gain popularity in the U.S.? Double-eyelid surgery—three words that makes us cringe just typing them! [Glamour]

Photo: imitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation

Bombshells And Neighsayers, Backstage At Kanye West


As the build up to Kanye West’s premiere womenswear collection finally came to a head last night in Paris, the question of whether or not the rapper-turned-designer could deliver was answered—as were our burning questions of whether his unquestionable savvy for style would translate in beauty terms. “He knows what he wants,” makeup artist Val Garland said of West’s aptitude for shadows and shading after having a powwow with him to come up with a look for his first show. “He also knows what he doesn’t want—nothing too conceptual,” West told Garland. “He wants a woman to look like a woman”—which is why they decided on “Victoria’s Secret sexy.” This meant a dewy, warm complexion courtesy of MAC Sculpt Foundation that was buffed into heavily hydrated skin before receiving a slight contour by way of MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder, which was dotted with its Cream Colour Base in Shell along cheekbones for highlight. As has been the preference of many a designer this season—both established and newcomer—West wanted a fifties cat-eye, which Garland obliged using MAC Cream Eyeliner in Black, diffused onto the lid and then reapplied in a thick line with a flick on the end using a small, angled brush. Lashes were given a bombshell-caliber boost with its Pro Lash Mascara and a few individual falsies placed in the outer corners, all while big-name models like Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik, and Abbey Lee Kershaw enjoyed some radio jams from Beyoncé—the hip-hop world’s other high-profile friend of fashion.

Hairstylist Laurent Philippon was also going for sexy—but a specifically equine form of it. “I don’t know if I can even show you what [Kanye] showed me for inspiration,” Philippon said mischievously, producing a colored photograph of wild horses with texturized manes out to pasture. Coating hair with Bumble and Bumble Does It All Hairspray, which truly “does it all,” Kershaw joked from Philippon’s chair, the coiffing star braided the entire head into one-inch sections, hot-ironing the plaits and teasing the shaft to create additional texture as he went, before undoing each one and brushing through. Carving out deep side parts, Philippon finger-combed front sections forward and over models’ right eyes before they hit the runway.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /

What A Glee Star Learned From Barbra Streisand, And More…


If the original video of Willow Smith’s chart-topping song “Whip My Hair” didn’t get you, perhaps this at-home video of Snooki whipping her own highlighted tresses to Smith’s tune will. [Washington Post]

Glee star Lea Michele is a proud vegan (she was in Paris for the shows, but on principle
only attended Stella McCartney’s no-animal-byproduct presentation) and an equally proud plastic surgery-shunner, it turns out: “If anybody needed [a nose job], I probably did,” she dishes in the latest issue of GQ. “But my mom always told me, growing up, ‘Barbra Streisand didn’t get a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And I didn’t.” That Babs; still a positive role model after all these years. [People]

Finally, the answer we’ve all been waiting for: Why did Nicole Richie cut off her hair and dye it honey blond? “I don’t know, but I like it,” the actress has said. Riveting stuff. [Us Weekly]

Kanye West puts his money where his mouth is—literally. The rap superstar revealed a new diamond grill on the Ellen show yesterday. We suspect it’s bigger than Mick Jagger’s. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Doc Pele / Stills / Retna Ltd.

Beauty’s Hip-Hop Honors


Hip-hop and R&B stars are quickly usurping It girls and professional athletes as the sought-after faces for a new round of celebrity fragrances due out next year. As we reported this past spring, Parlux Fragrances scored major spokesperson points when it got Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna on its roster of perfume poster children. Not to be outdone, Coty responded by getting an even bigger prize, albeit a smaller package, when it confirmed last month that it was working with Beyoncé to develop her signature scent. And so, having yet to make a move in the same direction, Avon finally struck back, announcing that it has signed Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson to a multi-year deal. Recognizing that she’s “a bit more rock ‘n’ roll” than some of the other boldfaced names that are already on team Avon—including Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, and Derek Jeter—the Black Eyed Peas singer will front an as-yet-to-be named women’s fragrance, slated to launch stateside next fall. If the ad visuals are anything like Fergie’s Viva Glam campaign for MAC Cosmetics, in which the singer wore a hot pants/bustier ensemble completely covered in purple feathers, Avon’s dream for a spike in sales could very well come true. [WWD]

Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images


It’s Curly Time


Kinky-haired girls, rejoice: Texture is back. As celebrities and designers alike embrace tresses with character, the pressure to go straight is slipping away. Beyoncé and Leighton Meester went wild at the VMAs this past weekend, while hairstylists Bob Recine and Orlando Pita created similarly raw hair backstage at Hervé Léger and Diane von Furstenberg, respectively. While, sadly, we did not make it out for MTV’s big night (catching that bizarre Kanye West-Taylor Swift infraction in person would have been day-making), we did get detailed backstage info at the shows, so even if you have super-straight strands, you can still get the look at home. For Recine, it was all about mimicking the “patchwork of fabrics” in Max Azria’s collection, so he prepped the hair with Phytolacque hairspray and created a series of braids, crimps, and curls, which he let set and then finger-combed, leaving definition in the hair. Over at Diane von Furstenberg, Orlando Pita was staunchly opposed to using any product at all. “Diane’s quote was, ‘looking back to antiquity to create flawless beauty’…and there were no products in the old days.” Instead, Pita was after the softness and airiness of virgin hair. To get it, he created five quadrants of thick braids, flat-ironed them, sent the girls over to makeup, and then took them out. Another trick we’ve had success with in the past is washing our hair at night, doing a loose French braid and sleeping on it. Go forth and experiment.

Photo: Clockwise from top left, Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage; Greg Kessler at DVF; Bryan Bedder/Getty Images