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7 posts tagged "Matthew Williamson"

Nimue Smit: Blonde Redhead


Nimue-Smit-HairPart of the fun of the Resort season isn’t just the seemingly endless number of pop-y, cruise-appropriate collections but the beauty looks that often come with them—from the head scarves at Fendi and the spider lashes at Carven to Edie Campbell’s soaked-through crop at Giles and, of course, the curious case of Nimue Smit. The Dutch beauty was nearly unrecognizable in Matthew Williamson’s lookbook, sporting what appeared to be freshly dyed locks in a shade of superheroine auburn—and bangs! Upon further investigation, however, we learned that her hair transformation was, in fact, the result of a wig—a wig that looked so good, though, it might just be the perfect way for the natural blonde to overhaul her hair before the shows start up again in September. Don’t you think?

Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Williamson; Luca Cannonieri /

“I Think We Could Do A Lot Of Fun Things In This Space.” Matthew Williamson Enters The Beautysphere


The designer-makeup trend is picking up steam. As brands like Burberry and Tom Ford prove that there is plenty of opportunity for well-loved fashion houses to build strong relationships with beauty consumers, more and more runway regulars are putting down their needles and thread in favor of eye kohl and lipstick bullets. You’ll have to wait until August for Marc Jacobs’ highly anticipated full-color collection with Sephora, but Matthew Williamson’s first foray into face painting—an exclusive eye-shadow palette in collaboration with Benefit cosmetics that includes miniature tubes of its They’re Real! Mascara, Lip Gloss in Inferno, and Cheek Powder in Gimme Fever—arrives at the retailer later this month. “It just really seemed like a good fit,” Benefit’s global makeup trend artist and brand authority, Maggie Ford Danielson, said of the partnership between the two companies, which has yielded the new, The Rich is Back! makeup kit. “[We're both] going after the same goal—fun, vibrant, exuberant, colorful, not shying away from bold, bright names, packaging, and edginess. It felt like a great sync-up.” “I liked the energy of Benefit,” Williamson adds. “It’s not about serious, exclusivity. To me, the brand is optimistic, energetic, and irreverent, and is not taking itself too seriously, like my clothes.” Here, the British designer talks to about the “gear change” that was responsible for his critically acclaimed Fall collection—and that just might signal more makeup moves to come.

How involved were you in the specifics of this collaboration? Did you know you really wanted a palette, versus a range of individual products? Was there a directive on your end to include these specific colors, this mascara, et cetera?
Yes and no. I certainly didn’t get involved in the technical aspects of it, as you probably gathered, but yeah—I had sort of the idea, the concept of the seventies, the beginning of Benefit—it was sort of an ode to that. That’s the era I’m most attracted to. I was a kid in the seventies, watching my mom with fashion and makeup, so I guess in my head it was about expressing those elements.

So, presumably, that’s where the fun disco-era packaging comes from?
I actually sent a number of prints to Benefit, and I expected them to pick one, and they picked them all! It’s now a kaleidoscope of my favorite prints over the last fifteen years.

Those fifteen years have seen a lot of fashion shows. Has beauty always been an important part of your runway formula?
It’s funny. Well, it’s not funny. It’s interesting. I’ve always been a bit scared of makeup in that it’s…I’m not an expert. I make clothes. So over the fifteen years that I’ve been working in fashion, I’ve become slightly more attuned to what I want to express. But it usually centers around “less is more.” I never want a really intense [beauty] look for a runway show, because I don’t want to look back at it in years to come and go, “What?” I kind of like it being a relatively blank canvas. That said, I’m thinking of not doing that for September. I remember my first show, in 1997, I did a look with [makeup artist] Mary Greenwell, and she did a really beautiful sort of rose above the eye area, and I’ve been kind of thinking about that.

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Amanda Seyfried for Givenchy; Matthew Williamson x Benefit; And More…


Amanda Seyfried is on her way to earning the coveted beauty trifecta. The Les Mis star already has a cosmetics contract with Clé de Peau, and today comes news that she will replace Liv Tyler as the face of Givenchy’s Very Irresistible fragrance. Now all she needs is a hair contract! [WWD]

Matthew Williamson is getting into the beauty game via a limited-edition collection with Benefit cosmetics. To get people excited about the collab, which launches at the end of the month, the San Francisco beauty giant has just released a teaser video featuring Williamson and his product arsenal. [YouTube]

Good-bye, Harajuku girls. Hello, “Kanjuku girls.” The newest trend to come out of Osaka’s Amemura district is green-and-red dye jobs in the shape of ripe tomatoes, called kanjuku in Japanese. [Daily Mail]

Less shocking but equally statement-making is Nicole Richie’s latest hair evolution, a golden-brown bob with bangs. [Glamour]

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Suqqu? We Hardly Know You


Lisa Eldridge, Matthew Williamson’s go-to face painter, is part makeup artist, part unofficial PR rep. “I’ve been a fan for a long time,” she told us yesterday of Suqqu, the Japanese cosmetics brand that is only sold in Japan—and at Selfridges in London. “Their brushes are like gold dust,” she said, lamenting the fact that the company’s softer-than-soft tools are so precious and rare. “They’re so exclusive, no one can get them.” Eldridge, lucky girl, has a complete set, which she used to mix a custom-blended “mustard rust” gel eyeliner for Williamson’s Spring collection, applying it in a thick, angled flick that extended toward models’ temples. But the real star backstage was skin, which benefited from Suqqu’s beautiful foundation and standouts from its skincare range, which Eldridge brings with her on every job. “We always start with a Gankin facial,” she explained of Suuqu’s massage technique that involves really intense kneading motions to release tension around the jaw line and along cheekbones while boosting circulation. Eldridge performed the treatment using the brand’s Repair Essence, although she’s a big fan of its Musculate Massage Cream, which boasts extracts of green tea, coffee, and geranium root, as well. Then came Suqqu’s Creamy Makeup Base, which applies like a veil of coverage, imparting a dewy, velvety finish unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Adding a slight contour with its Balancing Cheeks in 04, a peachy, tawny powder duo, and a “rusty, beigey” lip with its Lipstick in #13, Eldridge finished the face and left us with one, burning question: When, oh when, will Suuqu touch down in the States? (Barneys, Saks, feel free to comment below.)

Photo: Courtesy of Suuqu

Dree Hemingway, Role Model


When we got backstage at Matthew Williamson last night, we arrived at the Tate Modern just as Dree Hemingway did. We came via cab; she came via plane. “I just flew in for Matthew,” Hemingway said fresh off a flight from New York, where she’s been double-timing her fashion career with another medium: film. “I just started production on a new movie in New York. It’s two French directors and it’s called Nous York.” It’s the second feature Hemingway, who studied acting after college, has been cast for in the past year; the first, Sean Baker’s Starlet, wrapped in August. “I play Jane, who comes from Florida to L.A. and ends up in the porn industry,” Hemingway says of what will be her second lead, but the first that she thinks will “go somewhere.” Despite her pursuit of the silver screen, Hemingway hasn’t given up on the rag trade. “I don’t want to quit modeling because I love it. I’m actually flying to L.A. right after this for a fashion shoot.” So that’s two trips across the Atlantic, in 72 hours. What does the petite blonde keep with her to ensure that she stays hydrated and fresh-faced, no matter the altitude? Here, she opens up her black suede Loewe bag (“Stuart [Vevers] gave it to me,” she told us) and gives us a peek inside.

Weleda Skin Food
“Amazing when you’re on a plane. I lather it on.”

Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Wipes
“I carry baby wipes with me wherever I go. I use them on my hands, my face, wherever.”

Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream
“It’s super-moisturizing.”

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips and Cheeks
“I put it on when I’m looking dead.”

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer
“I have it with me all the time.”

Photo: Getty Images