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August 30 2014

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4 posts tagged "Kate Young"

Beauty Sound Bites: Everyone’s Gotta Start Somewhere

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“My entire makeup collection growing up was made up of gifts-with-purchase. When my mom would buy her face cream, usually Clinique or Lancôme, she would give me all the samples. I had everything—from tiny lipsticks to fragrances like White Linen and Cinnabar [from Estée Lauder].”

Above, we pay homage to the superstylist’s humble beauty beginnings with Jason Wu’s GWP for Lancôme, which was inspired by a lace-print raincoat from his Fall 2013 collection. While he chatted with us about the cosmetic bag during a recent interview, we didn’t see it in person until the designer’s hair-and-makeup test yesterday afternoon (naturally, Young was there to finesse the look and put in her two cents). It is, in fact, the chicest freebie we’ve ever seen. Good to know that we can rely on Wu to keep his word.

Testing 1, 2, 3: Behind the Scenes at Jason Wu

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Jason Wu Hair and Makeup Test

Although I can’t reveal much from the designer’s hair-and-makeup test (let’s just say, if I disclosed all the beauty deets before showtime, Wu might send his posse of cats with sharpened claws—he’s a self-proclaimed “cat lady”—my way), I will tell you that some of my initial predictions after my last chat with him are right on point. (He also does a killer impression of stylist Kate Young and the face she makes when she likes and dislikes something, or when she feels backed into a corner regarding a decision.) There will be long and luxe tails—though not of the feline variety. And the metallic of the moment, rose gold, is sprinkled in multiple places throughout the look. Expect the most sparkly and sophisticated interpretation of sand you’ve ever seen, as well as lots of masking tape backstage to catch the “fallout.” I’m missing the beach already.

As for next season, there might be a ZannClip involved (shown above). Wu spotted it on the back of a model’s dress at the test, thinking it was an added design element, though it was simply a convenient place to stash her hair accessory. Wu asked his team, “How fast can Amazon deliver those?” I think it’s safe to say they’ll arrive in time for Fall 2014.

Expect the full report tomorrow, after the models hit the runway.

Beauty 411: Kate Young

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With the launch this week of her very own Target line, super-stylist Kate Young could become a household name. But for dedicated followers of fashion, Young, who cut her teeth at Vogue and Teen Vogue (she styled the teen style bible’s premiere cover) has long been a familiar presence. Besides lending her styling talents to a number of designers—Jason Wu and Vena Cava among them—Young is especially known for her red-carpet wizardry with clients such as Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Rachel Weisz. Her formula, which often includes vintage and plenty of offbeat colors, strikes that tenuous balance of nudging the style envelope without ever being too over-the-top—take as evidence Michelle’s tomato-red strapless peplum Louis Vuitton in 2012, Rachel’s black net polka-dot Louis Vuitton for the 2013 Golden Globes, and Natalie’s mid-pregnancy blush silk Viktor & Rolf with a beaded rose embellishment for the 2011 Globes. Unsurprisingly, Young, with her signature snow-white hair, is known to make quite a fashionable impression herself, so we were especially keen to get a peek at her beauty black book.



The Hair Authorities: Orlando or Joe at Orlo Salon

“I love everyone at this salon and really look forward to my appointments. I try not to cut my hair until they tell me that I need to…left to my own devices, it would be to my waist.”

For more information, visit www.orlosalon.com.


The Platinum Whiz: Jennifer at Orlo

“She’s the best—my hair is white, white, white, and it’s in reasonable condition because of her.”

For more information, visit www.orlosalon.com.


The Spa Escape Close to Home: The Greenwich Hotel

“The spa at The Greenwich Hotel is amazing. The pool is so beautiful, and the room was imported from Japan, or something insane. They have a treatment where they give you a special bath based on the season, and then a long massage. It’s the best.”

For more information, visit www.thegreenwichhotel.com/.

The Glow Giver: Joanna Vargas

“All the people I know with beautiful skin go to Joanna for facials. It’s amazing the difference she makes in your skin—clear, glowing, and tight when you leave.”

For more information, visit www.joannavargas-skincare.com.


The Acupuncturist: Shane Hoffman at Turning Point

“He’s really cool. I don’t go very often, but I’d like to.”

For more information, visit www.turningpointacupuncture.com.


The Workout: Running

“I love Nike shoes and have a Nike running watch that tracks everything. I’m running a half marathon at the end of the month.”
For more information, visit www.nike.com.


The Natural-Food Resource: Erewhon

“Erewhon in L.A. is the best! I love it there; there’s so much crazy natural health stuff. My favorite is Starfire water, which resonates with the vibes of the universe. Hilarious and amazing. I’ll try anything.”

For more information, visit www.erewhonmarket.com.


The Getaway: Palm Springs

“I go to my house upstate to chill, but I love Palm Springs and was just thinking it would be nice to go to the Viceroy there or take a long weekend at Two Bunch Palms.”

For more information, visit www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/palmsprings.

The Beauty Arsenal

“The products I rely on are Rodin Oil, Eminence powder sunblock, Ren Glyco Lactic Mask, Elixir Ultime hair oil by Kérastase, and L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer perfume. I also love the new NARS glossy lip pencils and have a slight obsession with Aesop mouthwash.”

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Young

Seeing Blue, Backstage At Jason Wu

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As makeup artist Diane Kendal worked feverishly to perfect the forty-plus girls who walked in Jason Wu’s Fall show, the compliments were coming from all corners of the room. “It’s a beautiful blue,” model Hanne Gaby Odiele remarked of Kendal’s eye color of choice as Wu himself and his stylist Kate Young came over to admire her handiwork. “It’s amazing,” Wu beamed. “It’s the perfect shade.” Color matching was the easy part for Kendal, as Wu had given her a piece of fabric from his dark cobalt finale dress to work from; the application, however, took some finessing.

“I applied it in the crease and then blended it,” Kendal explained of the inky blue pigment she swept across a blonde-again Jessica Stam’s eyes, a preview of the first piece of Wu’s debut cosmetics collection for Lancôme, due out this Fall. Using its Le Crayon Khol in Purple Dusk close to the lash line for definition, Kendal added a shimmering lilac pigment to the center of lids to create a multidimensional effect before dragging the mixture underneath and out toward the temple. Lashes were treated to multiple strokes of Lancôme’s Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black, while skin was kept clean and slightly defined with a subtle peachy-bronze contour.

Not to be outdone, Odile Gilbert devised a similarly statement hair look. “I want the designer to be like, ‘Wow,’ ” she said of the “chic and elegant” updo that had no less than eight interwoven sections, she estimated. Prepping hair with Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Heat-Activated Reconstructor Milk and its shine-inducing Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel, Gilbert crafted precise center parts to add a dose of sophistication before dividing a large front panel from ear to ear and parceling out long plackets of hair. “I go like this,” she said while acting out the crisscrossing motion by which she layered strands over each other before gathering them into a tucked-under chignon that served as a veritable pincushion to secure the style. Two long silver barrettes, slid into place on an angle, increased the “wow” factor.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / Gorunway.com