July 28 2014

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23 posts tagged "Marni"

Beauty 411: Carolina Castiglioni of Marni


carolina-castiglioniFor those of us whose fashion sensibilities tend toward the bohemian, Marni is the ultimate style pipe dream—the art-teacher-with-a-trust-fund wardrobe we’ve always fantasized about. Birthed in 1994 by the impossibly chic Consuelo Castiglioni as a new branch of the family’s iconic fur company, it has since then built a distinct identity for itself—playful patterns, quirky silhouettes, clever use of fur, futuristic fabrics and textures, bold colors in unexpected combinations—and in turn garnered a rabid following among those women for whom dressing is a both artful and distinctly personal affair. The epitome of that woman is Carolina Castiglioni, Consuelo’s daughter and the brand’s director of special projects. Here, in honor of the house’s Fall 2014 collection, Carolina shares her top beauty (and more) essentials.

“I love the perfume because it isn’t too sweet, but wonderfully spicy and different from any other scent.”

“My favorite moisturizer is Weleda Calendula Cream, and for a body treatment I like to make my own. I create a customized mixture of oils from three parts almond oil, two parts wheat germ oil, and one part jojoba oil. On my nails—which I always just polish with a transparent lacquer—I use Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil Pen; it’s made for both the nails and nail beds.”

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“For cuts I go see Enzo at Di Luca; he is very precise and I appreciate that. And my hair care products come from Di Luca as well. I especially love their coconut shampoo, pH emollient conditioner, and vitamin oil for the scalp.”

Di Luca, Piazza Cinque Giornate 3, Milano;

“My whole family exercises with a personal trainer named Armandino. We all meet during the company lunch break and do aerobic exercises together.”

“My favorite restaurant in Milano is Trattoria Arlati and, of course, I love to order risotto alla Milanese.”

Trattoria Artlati, via Alberto Nota, 47, Milano, 20126, +39 02 643 3327;

Do Get It Twisted, Backstage at Marni


marni“Twisted” was the key word of the day backstage at Marni. Both makeup artist Tom Pecheux and hair pro Paul Hanlon used it to describe the look they created. For Hanlon, he was referring to the strands he plastered to the head—reminiscent of “brains,” “bird’s nests,” or “tree branches.” Consuelo Castiglioni said she was “a bit bored” of the simple styles she’d seen thus far in Milan, the mane master explained, so he crafted something more extreme—a look that might belong in an “enchanted forest” alongside the vibrant furs, floral prints, and feathers incorporated into the collection. He doused hair from roots to ends with mousse before coiling pieces over the top, covering the crown with a stocking cap and blowing it dry. “Basically, it’s the same effect as if you had a towel on your head and you keep twisting it around,” he explained of his technique. The top half was then locked in place with hairspray, but the length was left down and “dry.” Of the finished product he said: “It’s like a wicker basket—you don’t know where the hair stops or starts.”

To give the skin a “waxy” feeling, Pecheux reached for a highlighter, but not in a shade one would normally think to dab on the high planes of the face. Instead of your typical metallic, he employed MAC Cream Colour Base in Breaking Ground (a mauve-y gray) on the lips, lids, and brows. “Under the light it gives [the complexion] a weird tone and texture,” he noted. The products used to contour the cheeks were equally as unexpected as the chunky heels spotted on today’s runway: Lipstick in Siss (a deep nude) and Myself (a rose hue) were used to create an unusual flush. Lashes were left bare, and powder was dusted on sparingly to cancel shine in certain places (such as under the eyes). “Since the hair is so fucked up [meant in the most complimentary sense of the word], we needed the skin to be extremely polished,” he said.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

Put the Pedal to the Metal



New York City looked like the quintessential Christmas card today. Although Hallmark tends to leave out the cranky Manhattanites that find those fluffy flakes more of a pain (think: wet hair, drenched pant hems, and traffic) than a pleasure. But nonetheless, the snow served as a reminder that the holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you have yet to start shopping. For those left on your list, consider these designer fragrances that recall one of my favorite scenes from the 1964 stop-motion classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in which the snowman (Burl Ives) sings a lovely rendition of “Silver and Gold.”

Marni Metallic is particularly precious, as there are only 300 limited-edition bottles being sold (well, 299 if you consider that Consuelo Castiglioni is keeping #1). Hand-painted with a lacquered red cap that recalls the Bakelite used to make the house’s signature jewelry, this eau is a festive addition to any woman’s vanity table. The scent inside is the same as the original: a warm blend of bergamot, cinnamon, ginger, and cedar notes.

The pair of platinum- and gold-clad fragrances from Dolce & Gabbana is a luxe way, as the old adage goes, to kill two birds with one stone. In other words, checking off mom and dad, or newlywed friends, can be done in one fell swoop. The One for Women is an oriental floral that combines sweet peach and lychee with heady musk and amber, while the men’s counterpart (silver) features zesty grapefruit and coriander, along with cardamom and tobacco.

As the snowman says, “Everyone wishes for silver and gold,” so one of these bottles should have even the hard-to-buy-for people in your life covered.

Marni Metallic Eau de Parfum, $255,; Dolce & Gabbana The One Limited Edition Collection, $108 (for women), $82 (for men),

Flashback Friday: Brighten Up


Arizona-Muse-Vogue-UK-9Flashback Friday is a column on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Arizona Muse

The Moment: Tropical Punch

The Motivation: When I came across this photo of Arizona Muse by Patrick Demarchelier for British Vogue‘s February 2012 issue, I immediately longed for summer, or at the very least, a vacation in a warm, palm tree-laden destination. But aside from daydreams about jet-setting to an island that’s far sunnier than Manhattan at the present time, I noticed that Muse sported multiple Spring 2014 trends: pastel-blue shadow (seen at Miu Miu), along with bold lips (on display for the first time at Rag & Bone). And instead of being swirled on her apples, the blush was dusted low on her cheeks (a technique face painter Tom Pecheux employed at Marni). While I’m not one to wear color in more than one place, Muse certainly makes a case for breaking the makeup rules.

Photo: Courtesy of British Vogue

Marni Comes Out Smelling Like A Rose


marniroseJuxtaposed against the sporty elements (like visors and fanny packs) in Marni’s Spring 2014 collection were graphic, Japanese-inspired blooms. It’s only natural that the house’s latest fragrance, Marni Rose, would follow suit—boasting both rose absolute and Bulgarian rose at its core. The eau, similar to Consuelo Castiglioni’s aesthetic, is classic but modern, bold yet refined. Containing top notes like Nanah mint and bitter almond along with a base of cedar, patchouli, and musk, this blend is anything but powdery or cloying. Instead, it’s decidedly refreshing. And while I’m not usually a fan of feminine florals, one spritz sold me…along with the staffers within close proximity of my desk.


Photo: Courtesy of Marni