7 posts tagged "Manic Panic"
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.
As we’ve been flipping through modeling show packages for the upcoming round of Fall shows, familiarizing ourselves with different agencies’ rosters of girls, one particular card jumped out from the pack. But it wasn’t Charlotte Free’s chiseled cheeks and perfectly symmetrical features that made the 18-year-old newcomer stand out. It was her hair. “I go through color moods,” the fresh-faced L.A. native told us about her ombré magenta locks, which she’s been dyeing herself with a mix of Special Effects (in Virgin Rose and Cupcake Pink) and Manic Panic (in Hot Hot Pink and Cotton Candy) for the last few years. Discovered last fall at an arcade in Southern California while playing Bust a Move, the natural brunette—”it’s usually brown at the top, blond at the bottom with gold in between,” she says—was approached by a photographer who snapped a few pictures and sent them to IMG. She was on a plane to New York in December and managed to book two fairly impressive editorials her first day in town (look out for the slight, 5′ 7″ beauty in the February issue of VMan and Interview‘s March edition). Free’s dye jobs are now left to Keith Shore at Sally Hershberger Downtown. “He knows what’s up,” Free says of Shore, who uses her same hodge-podge mix of product, albeit with a lighter, more professional hand. As for why she chose to go pink and stay pink, it had nothing to do with fashion. “I was really unhappy, so I dyed my hair. And then I wasn’t sad anymore.” Words to live by in these bleak February days.
Fact: I spend way too much money at Urban Outfitters. I like to blame it on my complete and total inability to resist the lure of a good sale item, of which there are always many. Another fact: Starting today, I will be blowing even more cash at the cool-kids chain, because it’s launching its first-ever beauty shop. That means brands with the Urban stamp of approval will now be available online and in many of the chain’s stores. And as I suspected, considering past collaborations with designers like Kim Gordon and Rachel Comey, the Urbanites also have great taste in makeup, hair care, and fragrance. Now, alongside those floral-print rompers and drainpipe jeans, you’ll also find eaux by Costume National and Malin + Goetz; Japonesque beauty tools; makeup by Stila, Too Faced, and Pop; nail polishes by KO and Urban’s own house brand (from which there will be more releases later this year); and extras like blotting papers and nail files from Paul & Joe. And lest you forget that this is Urban Outfitters, not Sephora, there’s also an array of Manic Panic hair dye available. Urban will hold a major event at its Broadway flagship in New York on July 15 to officially celebrate its foray into all things beauty with the help of one of our favorite local experts, Poppy King, so mark your calendars.