9 posts tagged "Manic Panic"
For those who aren’t brave enough to try one of the daring dye jobs that popped up at New York fashion week, Manic Panic is offering another way to get in on the extreme color trend: The brand just launched twenty-six bold new shades of Lethal Lipstick. Tish and Snooky, the sisters and former Blondie rockers who created the line, have been quietly championing out-there hair color and makeup for decades, but now it seems like their signature alternative hues just might be on the verge of becoming mainstream. Tomata du Plenty, part of their latest lip color lineup, is a close match to model Natalie Westling‘s new flaming red hair, and Deadly Nightshade calls to mind the eggplant lips seen at the Ann Yee show. Crazy color minus the commitment? Count us in.
Manic Panic Lethal Lipstick, $15.50, manicpanic.com
Model Natalie Westling opened Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 bombed-out beach show and went on to walk Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, among others. She also recently appeared alongside Miley Cyrus in Jacobs’ latest campaign. Backstage at Prabal Gurung, however, was the first time we got to see her new Manic Panic dye job in all its fiery glory. She went bright red about a week ago for yet another MJ ad lensed by David Sims—this time for his extensive line of beauty products. “No one has this hair color, so it’s cool to be able to rock it,” Westling said. Asked what she calls this vibrant hue: “Ariel red.” Little Mermaid, we love that you’re a part of our NYFW world.
With the Met Costume Institute’s new exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture, getting so much buzz following this month’s red-carpet gala, effectively reviving a subculture that had its heyday in the late seventies and early eighties, the question of whether or not punk is in fact dead still looms large. If you ask Tish and Snooky Bellomo, it’s very much still kicking. “Punk lives!” the sister duo behind the subversive fashion and beauty brand Manic Panic affirm. CBGB mainstays who sang backup for Blondie, the women opened Manic Panic on St. Mark’s Street in 1977 and never looked back. Dubbed “the first punk store in America,” the shop sold everything from vintage and bondage leather pants to off-kilter makeup and, of course, hair dye. Since its incarnation—and long before big beauty brands capitalized on a latter-day hair color movement that started on the runways—Manic Panic has been the hair color of choice for anyone daring to be different with bright green or yellow tips and streaks. Now there are eight new shades of the cult-classic High Voltage cream color to love.
“It’s just like you can never have too many pairs of shoes and ice cream flavors; you can never have too many colors,” the Bellomos collectively assert of their line extension, which includes tweaks to best sellers as well as a few innovations. “Sunshine is a warm, golden yellow, [whereas the existent] Electric Banana is more neon and glows under black light; Violet Night is a darker, romantic purple that contains more blue tones than Electric Amethyst; Blue Moon is a bright, vibrant, electric blue, whereas Bad Boy Blue has cooler tones and is more pastel,” they point out, highlighting a few of the updates, which also include the dark pink Cleo Rose; the flame-hued Psychedelic Sunset; the deep-aqua-tinged green, Venus Envy; and the claret Vampire’s Kiss. Keeping things even more interesting is the inventive Manic Mixer/Pastelizer, which turns more full-on shades into lighter, airier alternatives.
As for their thoughts on the Met exhibit, from which their contributions are curiously absent, the sisters are understandably conflicted. “We have mixed emotions about it. We’re so tired of people rewriting history! We offered our input, expertise, and even our original designs from the seventies, since we helped write the book on punk fashion, but were refused. In the past, we’ve enjoyed many exhibits at the Met, and although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we feel those responsible for inspiring today’s punk fashions—designers like Anya Phillips, Animal X, Natasha, and Gina Franklyn—should have been recognized.” As for the glass-encased shrine dedicated to Manic Panic hair color that also somehow didn’t make it into the show, we know plenty of beauty junkies who would be up to the task of building one.
With Bleach London officially open for business at Milk, and street-style bloggers snapping everybody’s new candy-colored streaks, hair color is big business at the Spring shows. It was the mane event on the runway yesterday at Gerlan Jeans, where designer Gerlan Marcel presented her “teen witch” collection. “You’re alternative-but then again, you’re going to the mall to buy your alternative look,” the designer said, describing that phase of life where you hate just about everything (your boring blonde or brown hair, specifically). While the clothes featured Marcel’s special brand of textile design (Think: fabrics adorned with images of illustrated yearbook photos, oil slicks, slime, and duct tape), strands got the Manic Panic treatment, courtesy of hairstylist Chuck Amos. “You want to be different, and you’re totally committed to it,” Marcel says, which explains the black lipstick directive she gave Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics makeup artist Kristi Matamoros. “But at that same time, you are so self-conscious about those things that you are trying to embrace. It translates into this weird, awkward self-confidence that you can really only have in that transitional period between tween and teen.” We’re long past those days (thank god), but Marcel does provide some great ideas for future experiments with hair color. We’re sure there’ll be more before NYFW comes to a close.
Fashion week may be dominating the style set’s attention right now, but come Sunday, the spotlight will shift to the music world as the Grammys get under way. A grandiose excuse for overexposed pop stars (and their labels) to pat each other on the back, the awards show does offer up a welcome and amusing respite from the serious styles of the Oscars and its film-focused cohorts. Glitter makeup, elaborate nail design, and a lot of wigs will presumably hit the red carpet. In anticipation of the big event, we tracked down some of the nominees’ go-to primping experts to get an insider’s look at what we can expect to see this weekend. All you have to do is press play.