August 22 2014

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5 posts tagged "Kristen McMenamy"

Kristen McMenamy’s White-Gold Standard


While roaming around Paris’ Beaux-Arts, backstage at Lanvin’s Spring show, we came face-to-face with one Kristen McMenamy. The nineties supe who made brow-bleaching famous long before Pat McGrath brought it back again three years ago was doing a solid for her friend Alber Elbaz, taking to the runway for the first time in a while. Conversation promptly turned to her show-stopping mane of silver-blond strands, as these things often do, at which point she revealed that she trusts none other than Josh Wood with her hair dye—which would explain why she was front and center at the official launch party for the London color whiz’s new atelier at Liberty last night. Sporting a middle part and slightly visible roots, McMenamy embellished her locks with a gilded, Grecian headband, her second moment of, er, crowning glory this month. Thoughts on Woods’ highlighting job and McMenamy’s haute hair accessory?

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The Ears Have It


OK, OK. We know we’ve been harping on about hair accessories a lot recently, but there has been an abundance of love thrown at barrettes, berets, bows—and bunny ears of late, and it’s our journalistic duty to report on it. So, without further ado, another round of head adornment, for your reading pleasure—this time live from London. At last night’s Chanel: The Little Black Jacket private view party, Kristen McMenamy and Poppy Delevingne got crafty with different sets of animal ear hairbands, in cat and rabbit varieties, confirming that there’s always room for a little quirk with couture. In your humble opinion, who wins this style race: the tabby or the hare?

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Lower Lash Line Love—And Kristen McMenamy—Backstage At Lanvin


There wasn’t all that much to say about the fairly straightforward beauty look backstage at Lanvin, a moment that was condensed into a black/brown glossy smear of pigment on lower lash lines that Pat McGrath described as “cool, fresh and gorgeous.” That is, until Kristen McMenamy walked in. The nineties supe was hard to miss—her toned, yogified arms bare, her long silver mane nearly grazing her hip bones. A personal friend of designer Alber Elbaz, McMenamy planned to walk the Beaux Arts runway at his request, despite feeling a little rusty. “You’re a supermodel, you’re a supermodel,” she said aloud, repeating the confidence-boosting mantra before the show began. And then there were those strands, a white-gray hue with highlights, courtesy of London colorist-to-the-stars Josh Wood, which sparked a gray trend after McMenamy appeared at Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2011 Louis Vuitton show with her silver locks twisted into an updo (and her torso painted with black and white zebra-striped body paint). “I put oil in [it] everyday, put it in a long braid, and that is my look,” the incredibly personable catwalking queen told us, shouting out palm oil as her recent emulsifier of choice. Then, mid-sentence, she spotted her Polaroid on the casting board and gasped. “They got me blinking!” she screeched, grabbing our pen and drawing an impromptu pair of sunglasses over her eyes. Believe us when we tell you, dear readers, that had it been socially acceptable to rip that picture off the chart to save as a piece of S/S 2013 ephemera, we would have done it without, er, blinking an eye. Thank God for the iPhone.

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Kristen Goes To The Movies For MAC; Alexa Shows Off Her Hand-Eye coordination; And More…


Kristen McMenamy stars in the latest piece of cinematic branding from MAC—a short film directed by the model’s husband, Miles Aldridge, in which the gray-haired stunner wears a selection of bold, vivid colors from the beauty brand’s new Reel Sexy makeup collection. With her bleached brows, neon nails, and Bowie-esque painted cheekbones, McMenamy is mesmerizing. [Nowness]

Xeomin, the Botox alternative that’s approved for use in 20 countries worldwide, may have to wait a little longer to take on Botox and Dysport in America. Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, has just won its case seeking a permanent injunction against Xeomin, claiming that it violated California’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act. [WSJ]

Just to make you a little more anxious about the potential toxins lurking in your personal-care products, Forbes has taken it upon itself to compose a top five list of the most hazardous things you should be on the lookout for. If you haven’t already started losing sleep over the possibility that there are bacteria growing in your mascara tube, good luck drifting off now. [Forbes]

Nail art’s days may be numbered, but not according to Alexa Chung. The British style icon just tweeted a picture of her latest experiment with hand designs, which included a 10-finger salute to heavily lashed magic eyes. [Mirror]

Here’s yet another reason to eat your fruits and veggies: New research shows that people who stock up on fresh produce have a healthier, more rosy-looking complexion. And who doesn’t want that? [Time]

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Easy, Relaxed Riviera Beauty, Backstage At Chanel’s Cruise Show


If the makeup at today’s Chanel cruise show in Antibes looked particularly understated for a Karl Lagerfeld event staged on the Riviera, that was intentional. “The focus is on the easiness of the look,” Chanel creative director of makeup Peter Philips said of the fresh-faced beauty he sent down the runway in the South of France, which focused on “great skin, a touch of shadow on the eyes, and a hint of blush on the cheeks.” To create a flawless base on perennial Lagerfeld favorites like Stella Tennant and Kristin McMenamy—the latter of whom sported a tiny silver nose ring and a heavier eye to distinguish herself from the gaggle of new recruits on the catwalk—Philips turned to Chanel’s new-for-Fall Perfection Lumière foundation, the follow-up to Spring’s popular Vitalumière Aqua. (For the record, we wear and love Vitalumière Aqua. It is literally like a second skin—the kind that is way better than your first.) Cheeks were given a little boost with a dusting of Chanel’s Joues Contraste blush in Espiègle, a peachy pink, and eyes were lined in Stylo Yeaux waterproof eye liner in Ébène, a dark asphalt, before lids were swept with shimmering shades from the brand’s Quadra eye shadow in Prelude—”It’s literally a palette of shadow shades,” Philips noted. Lips and—in a rare turn of events—nails too were left nude, while lashes were given depth and volume with a few strokes of Chanel Inimitable waterproof Mascara in Noir. “Always curl your lashes—and your curl will last longer if you use waterproof mascara,” Philips advises. Words from the wise to the members of the style and celebrity sets who are making for Cannes this week.

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