8 posts tagged "Marchesa"
Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman has had her hands in a few different honey pots of late. Following the launch of a capsule makeup collection for Le Métier de Beauté a few years back, Canon just announced that Chapman would join Ron Howard’s Project Imagina8ion as the guest director of a short film that will premiere at Project Imaginat10n, the first photography-inspired film festival, next year. Also on her agenda: a new fragrance with Sephora. “We thought it was such a simple idea—and we really loved the idea of the collaborative spirit,” Chapman said at a dinner at New York’s Crown restaurant this week to fête the arrival of Parfum d’Extase, the first fragrance from the fashion house she built with Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig. Taking into account the design duo’s knack for red carpet-ready gowns, it should come as no surprise that the iris root, freesia, violet leaf, night-blooming jasmine, and ambrox eau is meant to be the epitome of luxury—or that Chapman herself has always kept it pretty classy when it comes to signature scents. “I think my first fragrance was Opium in the eighties,” she admits (no brief love affairs with Bath & Body Works’ treasure trove of teen queen fruity florals here). But it’s the scent’s olfactory intrigue that Chapman is most excited about. “We came up with the story of what we wanted [it] to encapsulate, to feel sensual and feminine yet still embrace and celebrate the wearer’s unique style and sensibility, and then we did blind smellings,” she recalls. “We smelled about ten different scents and this one had a mystery. It was a bit intoxicating.” Less deliberation went into the bottle, which Chapman had “a clear idea about” from the get-go: Designed by Malin Ericson of the creative agency Vanessa Stevens + Company, the flacon evokes a raw, bejeweled quartz crystal, its faceted topper a near exact match of a Marchesa minaudière clasp. It’s another phase of what will hopefully be many more crossover efforts from Chapman, although she’s keeping mum on her next move. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
In a move to start the New Year off right, Beauty.com has just launched the latest installment of its popular designer collaboration makeup bag series. With awards season coming up, the Web destination enlisted perennial celebrity favorites Marchesa designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, and their Encore Beauty Bag is nothing if not red carpet-ready. A glamorous clutch-cum-beauty pouch, the satchel boasts an exterior of tiered black bows with a silky ballet slipper pink liner to house 17 different sought-after samples from brands like Dr. Dennis Gross, Phyto, Laura Geller, and Bliss. That single helping of Go Smile’s TouchUp teeth whitener in Watermelon Mint is also of note; nothing says “I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association” like a set of pearly whites.
There were definitely a few award recipients on last night’s 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast that we’ve never seen or heard of before. Archie Panjabi, we’re talking about you. But you’ll be pleased to know that facial recognition issues didn’t stop us from sizing up the beauty happenings on the red carpet. The sea of one-shouldered gowns mentioned in our event coverage? We saw right through it, instead honing in on the hair, the makeup, the nail polish, and the self-tanner. Here, our top five beauty moments—both good and not so much.
1. Black Is Back
Anna Paquin’s bold-shouldered McQueen number got all the attention. But prolonged staring revealed something else, namely an expert black nail polish job. The obsidian shade and its almost-black jewel-toned counterparts were everywhere last night, adorning the fingertips of January Jones, Lea Michele, and Jayma Mays, to name but a few. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann deserves some of the credit for the ubiquity of deep hues, as she personally painted Jones with her deep purple/burgundy Dark Side of the Moon varnish, and treated Michele to a few coats of her as yet unreleased holiday color, Lady Sings the Blues, an opaque navy with silvery blue sequined flecks.
2. Lobbed and Lovely
After letting her corn silk blond bob grow out over the summer, Mad Men‘s Jones is now the proud owner of a shoulder-grazing lob. Her hair is exactly the length at which things start to look awkward on us, but the style suits her amazingly well, as did the matte texture of her undone ‘do, which came courtesy of her go-to stylist, Mark Townsend. Townsend’s collaborator, makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, channeled Lisa Fonssagrives, leaving Jones’ face bare and re-creating the mid-century model’s signature extended eyeliner with Chanel’s Liquid Eyeliner in Noir. Two coats of its Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir on the top lashes and one coat in Purple on the bottom finished the look.
3. A Woman of Her Word
Claire Danes’ blond mane was also impressive, but it was her extreme lashes that really got us. Danes has been a spokesperson for Latisse for a few months now, and she takes her job very seriously; the award-winning Temple Grandin star is walking proof that the prescription serum works. Those things are lethal!
4. Bigger: Is It Better?
Sleek, straight looks were the style of choice last night, although there were a few dissenters willing to go the vertical distance. The Office‘s Mindy Kaling and Glee‘s Naya Rivera engaged in a high-hair-off, both sporting exaggerated, structural topknot situations that definitely stood out from the crowd.
5. Blinded by Bronzer
An over-tanned Heidi Klum got plenty of stares, and not just because of her super-short Marchesa dress. The Project Runway star went a little trigger happy with her self-tanner and bronzer. Everything in moderation, liebchen.
We’re sorry to see August go. No more weekends down the Jersey Shore or weeklong jaunts to Chicago by way of Japan (don’t ask) until next year. In case you were OOO more than we were, here’s a look back at the month that was, complete with breaking backstage beauty news (T minus 12 days to NYFW), our favorite product picks, and a couple of high-profile Q&As, too.
We told you it was coming; now, the wait will soon be over. After teaming up with Le Métier de Beauté for their Fall show back in February, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are debuting a limited-edition makeup collection for the brand that will hit shelves in September. The collaboration, which fuses LMDB’s heralded textures and colors with Marchesa’s knack for classic glamour, features four dual-ended lip glosses, two Sheer Illumination highlighting pens, and two multipurpose palettes—the cornerstone of the range—which were created with Craig and Chapman’s respective styles in mind. Craig’s Le Soleil includes a cheek/lip/eye and face color for a bronzed goddess look, while Chapman’s La Lune features a translucent powder, concealer, berry-tinged lip gloss, peachy cream blush, and an onyx shadow to properly build her signature smoky eye. The silver packaging is also a talking point, having been directly inspired by Sandra Bullock’s silver bugle Marchesa gown from this year’s Oscars. We caught up with Chapman and Craig via email to discuss their beauty beginnings, getting ready on the go, and of course, Marchesa Luisa Casati, who is not only the brand’s fashion muse but its beauty icon as well. According to the designers, “her iconic style serves as inspiration for everything we do.”
After six years designing gorgeous dresses for the Hollywood set, why try your hands at makeup?
GC/KC: When creating the collections for our shows, we always found that makeup played an integral part in the completion of the overall look and feel of the season. It was important for us that our makeup line reflect the same level of craftsmanship synonymous with Marchesa, and Le Métier was the ideal partner for this. We had always loved their products, both for their fantastic quality as well as their unique aesthetic appeal.
Walk me through the creative process. How did you arrive at the range in its final incarnation?
We really just opened up our own makeup bags and decided which items we couldn’t live without. Once we decided on what these basics were, we spent hours trying on an endless rainbow of colors and finishes to develop palettes that would work for a broad range of looks as well as day-to-day coverage. We decided on these particular combos because they worked for all our beauty needs.