7 posts tagged "Lily Donaldson"
I’ve always had a thing for red shoes (it probably all started after watching The Wizard of Oz), and seeing Lily Donaldson at last night’s Burberry dinner in New York City reminded me how much of an impact they have on an ensemble—especially when paired with color-coordinated lips. (No wonder the Wicked Witch of the West was pissed when she didn’t inherit those ruby slippers.) The notion of matching your footwear to your handbag and belt is a hackneyed rule, but pairing your stilettos with an equally attention-grabbing hue feels decidedly fresh. A megawatt tube worth trying: Burberry Lip Velvet in Military Red, $30.
As you spend the next twenty-four hours physically and mentally preparing yourself (and your wardrobe) for the three straight weeks of Fall collections, which are about to get under way in New York, we remind you to consider beefing up your hair-accessory arsenal as well. It seems entirely plausible that Spring’s favorite hair trend will make a big showing outside the tents, a prediction we’re basing solely on the wealth of recent editorials that are big-upping headbands, barrettes, and our favorite form of hair adornment, the bow. We need to thank Guido Palau for the childlike accoutrement’s recent resurgence, which came after the hair guru slid a series of black and white ribbons on top of side-slung bangs backstage at Louis Vuitton. We’ve recently been coveting the satin trimmings on Lily Donaldson in this month’s issue of Dazed & Confused and in March’s Numéro Tokyo, which features a manga-inspired Lana Del Rey, who, much to our amazement, is still booking fashion editorials. The key to successfully pulling it off? Keeping your bow slightly askew.
We know what you’re thinking right now: Who is that sporting a berry lip, no brows, and platinum blond bangs in the image above? If your first guess was Hanne Gaby, you’d be wrong. It’s—wait for it—Lily Donaldson! In her latest editorial, the British catwalker borrowed two of Fall’s biggest backstage trends for the July issue of Numéro. But makeup artist Alice Lane and hairstylist Esther Langham put a decisively unexpected twist on the dynamic beauty combo that dominated the runway back in March. Rather than scrawl a dark, full lip onto Donaldson’s perfectly pale complexion, Lane etched a sanguine cupid’s bow onto her mouth, while Langham went with a white fringe rather than the severe brunette incarnation sported by a host of girls for Fall, most notably Patricia van der Vliet. Both are striking looks, obviously. But which do you prefer?
After letting the cat out of the bag via Twitter that she would in fact be making a Fall 2012 cameo, Karlie Kloss turned up on the Anthony Vaccarello runway yesterday. She’s not the only big-deal model to return to the catwalk this season, either. There was that collective, does-it-get-any-better-than-this Gisele, Shalom, and Carmen sighting at Alexander Wang in New York, and on Monday, Naomi Campbell closed Roberto Cavalli’s presentation. Another one of our all-time favorite girls who is using this season as an excuse to get back into the game is Lily Donaldson. “I’m happy to be back—it’s nice to see my friends,” she told us of her recent turns at Fendi, Pucci, Dolce, and Cavalli (Donaldson was shooting during the London and New York shows, although she did make time for Anna Sui earlier this month). While marveling at the mere sight of Donaldson backstage, we noticed that her skin is truly something to behold—even after seven days of constant wear and tear. ”I always take my makeup off,” the Brit beauty insists, listing the first step of her fairly low-key regimen that also includes Simple facial wipes to help ensure that her fair complexion stays blemish-free. ”Then there’s this Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum that’s really good—and I love Avene.” Donaldson joined Kloss at Anthony Vaccarello, her first stop in Paris, and she couldn’t be more excited to be here—if not for the excellent shows, then for the homegrown beauty bounty. “The French pharmacy is my heaven. I don’t really spend money except [there],” she divulges. ”All of my friends think I’m crazy!” When she’s in town, Donaldson stocks up on Avene’s Day Cream as well as its Cold Cream for winter. “I use [Bioderma's] Crealine, too, but everybody uses that. I also just found the most amazing lip balm. It’s on a stick and it smells kind of like almonds. It’s the best thing ever. It looks like it’s medicated but it’s not! I can’t remember the brand name but it’s short and stubby and I need to buy some more.” As soon as we wrestle the brand name away from her, we’ll be getting in on that purchasing tip, too.
As is typically the case with Anna Sui, there was plenty to see backstage at her Spring show this week. Aside from makeup maestro Pat McGrath’s “theatrical black glitter” eyes and hairstylist Garren’s Days of Heaven-inspired, middle-parted down ‘dos, Ms. Sui herself was mingling with models and reporters, showing off a fantastic, sparkly charcoal manicure with chunky sequins from her eponymous collection of hard-to-come-by lacquers. “We do the best glitter polishes,” she told us when we inquired about her pro tips. Over at the “beauty bar” Sui sets up every season to showcase her cosmetics line was her eyewear collection and a new fragrance that just bowed this week, available exclusively at the designer’s Soho boutique. Forbdden Affair, as the lemon, red currant, black currant, raspberry, violet, and rose petal accord eau is called, possesses a new technology that allegedly allows the fresh, fruity top notes to “re-burst” with extended wear. Former Anna Sui Beauty spokesmodel Agyness Deyn has been replaced by an ethereal-looking Lily Donaldson, who appears in the perfume’s ads and closed Sui’s show on Wednesday wearing a gilded coronet of flowers.