September 2 2014

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4 posts tagged "Laeticia Casta"

Throwback Thursday: Mad for Plaid


Laetitia Casta for ELLE, 1994Throwback Thursday is a column on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Laetitia Casta

The Moment: A Pop of Pattern

The Motivation: Whenever I stumble across an old editorial and discover one of my favorite models, I can’t help but gasp at the speed of fashion (everyone grows up so fast!). Such is the case with the above snap of Laetitia Casta, who, since this 1994 image for French Elle, has become a household name (and face). The second thing that struck me was her hair accessory. As evidenced by Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh’s recent nuptials, and Roger Vivier’s reissue of the Virgule, plaid is in—and it pays to fit a piece into your look. And while I’m not entirely sold on tartan pants, Casta’s schoolgirl ribbon is another story entirely.

Photo: French Elle, 1994; courtesy of

Red Alert


While Lucia Pieroni’s subtle, wine-stained mouths and glossy flushed cheek combo backstage at Giles Deacon’s Spring show was our hands-down favorite beauty look of the season, turning the color up a few notches can be that much more impactful. How best to accessorize one of Deacon’s black feather swan headdresses? With a striking, retina-burning red lip. Here, Charlotte Tilbury paints a doozy of a pout onto Laetitia Costa for the May issue of French Vogue. It’s hard to look away, no?

Photo: Mario Testino for Vogue Paris, May 2012

Volume Control: Previewing The Fall Hair Trend in Pictures


It’s no secret that bigger is better when it comes to fall hair. The collective message that stylists like Guido Palau at Prada, Eugene Souleiman at Rochas, and Odile Gilbert at Lagerfeld sent down the runways was volume—a memo that was not lost on the beauty and fashion set, as evidenced by the hoards of glossies that have devoted many a page of late to hulking masses of hair. Christy Turlington set things off with a Giles-esque set in this month’s issue of Vogue Italia, which was promptly followed by Laetitia Casta’s tribute to Amy Winehouse’s famous half-up, half-down bouffant on the cover of next month’s Russian Vogue. Our favorite incarnation yet comes from the pages of the August issue of Vogue U.S., which features a sixties-styled Karlie Kloss sporting a spot-on replica of the sexed-up, teased-out tresses from Rochas, where Michelangelo Antonioni’s Mod masterpiece Blow-up, provided the inspiration. All three are convincing arguments for investing in some high-quality mousse and a strong hair spray—and offer just a small taste of what is likely to come from those much anticipated September books. Ready your teasing comb.

Photo: Clockwise from left, Raymond Meier for Vogue, August 2010; Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, July 2010; Matt Irwin for Russian Vogue, August 2010

It’s a promotional film, not an ad


Seeing as how famous actors and directors are becoming common place in beauty and fashion advertising these days, perhaps it’s not shocking that Ralph Lauren, always in the vanguard, enlisted Hong Kong cult director Wong Kar-Wai, to create the campaign for his newest fragrance, Notorious. The one-minute short, which stars supermodel Laeticia Casta, was shot over a week at some of the most iconic locations in Paris and is on par with a major Hollywood-production (actually, it might be better than some of the stuff that’s made its way to the big screen recently). Since the entire fashion world is shacking up in the City of Lights this week, the clip might be the perfect thing to help those of you watching from afar feel a bit more involved (although we think the quick cuts and up-tempo beat of the behind-the-scenes montage say, “Paris, je t’aime” even more so).