11 posts tagged "Marchesa"
Last night, surrounded by Marchesa gowns from various seasons, I caught up with the co-founders of the label, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, to discuss their latest partnership and collection with Revlon, 3D Jewel Appliqués.
How did you decide which dresses were worthy of being worn on fingertips?
KC: It was quite a hard decision, but we whittled it down. We obviously didn’t want any of them to cannibalize each other, so each one has it’s own feeling, with different colors and textures.
What aspects of your design aesthetic were you specifically looking to translate onto stickers?
GC: For us, it was about getting the intricacies of the embroideries onto the nail, and what we’re really thrilled about is how they’ve managed to achieve this—if you feel them, they’re very 3-D. As Keren said, it was about finding embroideries that represented [various] parts of Marchesa, so that each [pattern] had a different point of view.
I know we’re here to talk about nails, but those temporary tattoos that made their way down your Spring 2014 runway, are those coming to the masses anytime soon?
KC: Oh, that would be fun!
GC: But you’ll have to ask Revlon, and Scott [Campbell].
So, should we expect to see nail appliqués backstage that match your designs next season?
KC: Maybe. Oh my, that’s right around the corner.
Is this your solution for every woman who dreams of wearing one of your dresses?
KC: What’s fun about them is that they’re great with just a jean and a T-shirt.
True—for those days you can’t saunter down the street in a ball gown.
Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués, $10 each.
We always expect to see plenty of feminine frippery at Marchesa, but inked-up models? Not the first thought that comes to mind. Yes, co-founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig added some edge to their Fall 2010 collection with tattoo-printed tights, but this year they went for the real deal (well…almost) with butterflies and roses temporarily stamped on a handful of models’ wrists, arms, shoulders, and necks. The duo implored renowned New York-based tattoo artist Scott Campbell to create the delicate designs. (He is Marc Jacobs’ go-to guy, branding the boys in Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2011 menswear show; and new husband to actress Lake Bell, responsible for her recent New York magazine cover, where she appeared wearing only a gray bloom that stretched from her left thigh to her right shoulder.)
As a thank-you to Craig and Chapman, who created Bell’s bridal gown, Campbell drew up more than twenty different water-transferable patterns to enhance the plethora of tulle, organza, and lace that made its way down the runway. “It’s a way of interpreting a very soft, girly subject matter in a more assertive way,” said Campbell. And even though this is far from his first rose rodeo, he said he’s not entirely jaded by the somewhat cliché flower—at least not yet: “Drawing roses is kind of like repeating a mantra; I really love them.” And with so many models putting their own stamp on things these days—from mainstays like Catherine McNeil and Erin Wasson to women on the rise—the tats that gently scaled the bodies at yesterday’s show not only made an impression but also seemed perfectly at home in the world of high fashion.
Following a collaboration with Le Métier de Beauté in 2010, and a signature scent that was launched last year, Marchesa has secured another beauty partnership, this time with Revlon. Lending its special brand of lavish luxury to the increasingly popular nail game, the fashion house will do three different 3-D appliqué press-ons with the storied New York beauty behemoth. Revlon has also confirmed that its artistic director of makeup, Gucci Westman, will helm the backstage team at Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman’s runway show in September. [WWD]
Also making the nail world turn today is word of Orly’s new Shade Shifters, gel top coats that change color with your mood as your body temperature rises. What will they think of next? [MTV]
You know that cup of complimentary tea you often enjoy at the salon or spa post-treatment? It’s becoming an essential part of the business of beauty. [WSJ]
After much speculation, One Direction’s first signature scent has finally arrived. The fruity floral is called Our Moment and smells of pink grapefruit, wild berries, freesia, creamy musk, sheer woods, and white patchouli. Mothers, hide your daughters. [WWD]
In other boys-who-like-girls-who-like-their-namesake-perfume news, the name of Justin Bieber’s next eau has been leaked! The follow-up to the pop star’s monster success with his first two eaux, Someday and Girlfriend, will be called The Key. [Hollywood Life]
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.