September 1 2014

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13 posts tagged "Mary Katrantzou"

Darkest Hour


2013 Dubai International Film Festival - Day 6Joan Smalls and Selena Gomez were recently seen sporting black lipstick, but Rooney Mara’s deep merlot mouth, which she wore to the Oxfam charity gala in Dubai last night, was just as dramatic (and a lot more wearable). The diffused perimeter—an effect that appeared at both Mary Katrantzou and Helmut Lang for Spring 2014—made this strong shade look slightly softer. Break out your blending brush along with a berry-hued bullet (such as CK One Color Shine Lipstick in Naughty), and you’re pretty much holiday-party ready.

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Burning Bright


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Mary Kantrantzou is known for her exquisite and inventive prints—this past season, focusing on various aspects of shoes. But if swathing yourself in the designer’s creations proves to be out of your price range, her latest collaboration with beauty brand Rodial can at the very least light up your living room (or that of a haute hostess) this holiday season. The limited-edition candle inspired by Kantrantzou’s Spring 2012 nature vs. nurture-themed collection is laced with notes of orange, lemon, pineapple, and orange blossom. In other words, it smells more like an island holiday than the sea of spruce-scented options that line the shelves this time of year. And the glass jar, wrapped in the same festive pattern as her gowns splashed with—as’s Tim Blanks described, “…scales, feathers, flowers blown up to an unrecognizable degree,”—can also be used to hold an arsenal of makeup brushes once the wax has burned through to the bottom. Any recipient lucky enough to get this under the tree is certain to have a very Mary Christmas indeed.


Photos: Courtesy of Rodial; Yannis Vlamos /

Backstage at Mary Katrantzou: Very Mary


mary-katrantzou-makep-ss-2014“There isn’t a muse this season,” makeup artist Val Garland disclosed backstage, but that didn’t mean inspiration was lacking at Mary Katrantzou. “It’s just a super fabulous finish, and it’s very Mary,” she continued. MAC’s forthcoming lip stains were used to create a diffused red lip that struck the perfect balance of blue and yellow tones. “There is so much going on in the collection—so many patterns, embellishments, and materials—that it was important to keep the makeup quite simple: fresh skin and a matte mouth,” she added. Complexions were flawlessly reflective with a light layer of MAC Mineralize Foundation, and lashes were left completely bare. “This season there is either loads of mascara or nothing at all. There’s no middle ground,” Garland said.

When it came to hair, however, change was in the air. “We’ve never done hair down before at Mary,” said hairstylist Anthony Turner, “so we thought it was time for a change.” Hair was “down, but not down,” which is stylist talk for strands that were worn loose but pinned underneath the many high, choir-boy-esque collars in the collection. Turner pulled and fluffed the hair so that only the ends were tucked underneath the necklines of dresses, tops, and jackets. For instances where there were no collars, he misted L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Pli (a heat-activated setting spray) all over before tying a ribbon around the hair and neck and locking in the shape with a blow-dryer (the ribbon was later cut before the models hit the runway). The result was a distinctive kink that gave the impression that the hair had been trapped under a coat.

And there was something new on fingertips, too. Manicurist Marian Newman left the shape and length natural but painted one or two coats of MAC Matte Topcoat over the entire nail. “By leaving out the color and mattifying the [natural surface], it almost gives the impression of skin,” she explained—keeping the focus entirely on the designer’s vibrant patterns and unique silhouettes.

Photos: Ivan Lattuada /

Rooney Goes DOWNTOWN for Calvin Klein; Meet the Warby Parker of Beauty Products; Dustin Hoffman Preaches; And More…


Rooney Mara DOWNTOWNA favorite of Francisco Costa, Rooney Mara is the face of Calvin Klein’s new DOWNTOWN fragrance. Today, the company released a minute-long commercial starring the A-lister and directed by David Fincher (who worked with her on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network). The black-and-white “day in the life” short follows Mara as she grabs a coffee, listens to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the subway, shoots a film, fields questions at a press junket, and more.

Mary Katrantzou’s vivid prints are often inspired by interiors. Now, thanks to a new candle collaboration with Rodial, fans can display the designer’s signature patterns in their homes, as well as on their backs.

Experimenting with new makeup from the comfort of our living-room couch is the kind of makeover we can get behind. Set to launch next month, Trymbl is adapting the Warby Parker try-before-you-buy business plan with high-end organic products. The forthcoming Web site will also include instructive content such as video tutorials on application and advice columns written by dermatologists. [Pando Daily]

The Internet has been buzzing over a recently unearthed American Film Institute interview with Dustin Hoffman, in which the actor—who famously played a woman in Tootsie—weighed in on the sensitive topic of female beauty standards: “There’s too many interesting women I have…not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.” Preach, Dustin!

Photo: Courtesy of Calvin Klein

Scent Memory: The Movie


When Joseph Quartana and Kaya Sorhaindo’s Six Scents initiative launched in 2008, it brought a new dimension to the age-old designer-fragrance concept. Rather than simply putting their names on a bottle, a select handful of rag-trade regulars were offered the opportunity to collaborate with Symrise noses on limited-edition, personalized perfume projects, part of the proceeds of which were donated to charity. Boldfaced fashion names such as Gareth Pugh, Mary Katrantzou, Jeremy Scott, and Bernhard Willhelm have all participated in the venture, which relies on a very thorough question-and-answer period that is meant to unlock each designer’s scent memory. “It was almost like going to a shrink for the day,” Katrantzou told us, back in 2010, about the questionnaire Quartana had sent to her. “[There were questions like] if you were an object, what object you would be? What kind of smells do you remember from your childhood? What was your first kiss like? What words best describe you as a teenager? By the end of it, I knew myself much better than when I started it.”

It’s this idea—the unlocking of scent memory—that compelled director Michelle Peerali to get in on the action. “I have an insane sense of smell, and I have to admit that memories that have been the most profound usually have a certain scent associated with them. This was the seedling that inspired things to bloom,” Peerali recalls of how Quartana came to commission Notes of Memory, her new short film. “The brand is very into the ‘experience of scent,’ and my film was very fitting with this idea, as we witness each person sharing their own personal experiences of scent through scent memories they share with us.” Peerali’s subjects are varied, a deliberate gesture that came from a comprehensive search. “I casted through agencies, I casted through asking a person who worked at a local Trader Joe’s that I found interesting, and last but not least was very lucky to have received interest from such an icon in the fashion and celluloid world: Julie Newmar.” The result is a somewhat raw rendering of how our minds process things inter-sensorially, like how the smell of an old boyfriend’s cologne can stay with you far longer than the boyfriend himself. “I wanted to make the viewers experience this piece as if the subjects were speaking to them and only them, [to connect] to these stories and possibly explore their own scent memories after viewing.” Click above to watch—and commence olfactory recall at will.