5 posts tagged "MET Costume Institute Gala 2010"
In Madonna’s racy cover shoot for Interview magazine’s June issue, fishnet stocking marks are visible on her torso, leading some people to suggest that Madge is the latest celeb to go PhotoShop-free in an editorial cameo. Close-ups of her insanely perfect face and biceps suggest otherwise, though. [Daily Mail]
It’s been a busy week for celebrity diet news. From master cleanse abuse to portion control techniques, we’ve now arrived at the baby-food meal plan. Jennifer Aniston is reportedly the latest A-lister to try trainer-to-the-stars Tracy Anderson’s new pureed food program, which involves 14 servings of baby food a day followed by a healthy “adult” dinner. Solid food is overrated anyway. [Huff Po]
In the new issue of Lucky Magazine, Katy Perry admits that pre-rock superstardom, she was too poor to buy makeup and—gasp—also suffered from acne. Thank goodness for that Proactiv spokesperson deal, huh? [MTV U.K.]
Those of you lamenting the fact that Lady Gaga was a Met gala red carpet no-show will be happy to know that pics of the singer from inside the event have surfaced, featuring Gaga in a selection of Prada suits and long, flowing gray hair. The dye job is a welcome change, as far as we’re concerned; we were starting to tire of those egg yolk highlights. [The Cut]
M.I.A.’s gold talons were plenty flashy, but the biggest beauty statement at the Met gala belonged to January Jones, who sported a dramatic smoky gray eye with what her makeup artist, Rachel Goodwin, described as a “futuristic edge.” Goodwin dragged the blue and gray shades from Chanel’s Quadra Eye Shadow in Bleu Celeste from Jones’ lids all the way across her temples in a move that instantly brought us back to the Spring 2010 shows, where similar looks were featured at
both Balenciaga and Viktor & Rolf. Seeing runway-inspired makeup in reality is always exciting, especially when the woman wearing the look in question is actually pulling it off. Do you think Jones is selling it?
Thank God for M.I.A. Were it not for her ever-present devotion to the statement nail—in this case, gold foil overlays accompanied by those gilded, Chinese-finger-trap-style adornments—we would’ve drowned in a sea of creamy nude and “edgy” black lacquers at the Met last night. Also, we have a deep respect for her commitment to the orange lip. Loving what she’s doing.
With no supermodel or superhero theme providing fodder for the outrageous looks of Met galas past (remember Madonna’s Vuitton bunny ears?), this year’s American Woman exhibit seemed to inspire a general air of classic simplicity in the beauty department—with a few colorful moments thrown in for good measure (more on that in an upcoming post). One of the biggest trends on the red carpet seemed to be an homage to pin curls and marcel waves, styles preferred by starlets of the thirties and forties—and a handful of their twenty-first-century counterparts last night. Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, and Iman all sported variations on sleek, ridged texture with deep side or middle parts. Who do you think did the ‘do best?
When translated into beauty terms, the Costume Institute’s “American Woman” exhibition immediately registers as a single name: Estée Lauder. The company’s Queens-born founder built her eponymous brand from humble New York beginnings into a global empire that has undeniably fashioned our national identity. “It’s really an American company with an international face,” stylist Mary Alice Stephenson offered as she watched Lauder’s Global Makeup Stylist, Rick DiCecca, use Lauder’s Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Black Smoke to build a shimmering smoky eye on Chinese model and brand spokesperson Liu Wen at the Surrey Hotel only a few hours before red-carpet festivities got underway this evening. Lauder’s other new face, French beauty Constance Jablonski, sat alongside Wen, waiting for her turn in Dicecca’s chair. To bring it all back to the U.S. of A., Stephenson made a point to dress the Met Gala newbies in designs from local talents—a hand-stitched, beaded Naeem Khan number for Wen and a feathered sleeveless Jason Wu shift for Jablonski.
And what of Hilary Rhoda—perhaps Lauder’s most recognizable face and the woman designer Prabal Gurung calls “the only true American model working right now?” Tweeting, of course, in the suite’s adjacent room, where makeup artist Kaoru Okubo was crafting a seriously dark eye and nude lip to compliment Gurung’s structural black and red double-faced satin dress. Rhoda is tall and athletically built, with strong brows and tan skin—you immediately understand Gurung’s assessment when in her presence. Having been to a few Met balls in her day, she took liberties with her glam squad. “I know my face,” Rhoda said, reaching for Lauder’s Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara and its Double Wear Eyeliner in Onyx to apply additional pigment over Okubo’s base of Pure Color Eyeshadow in Black Crystal. She also opted for Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer. A high-and-tight slicked-back chignon that hairstylist Rudi Lewis created using a glycerin-dipped comb completed Rhoda’s tough, edgy beauty look. “American fashion allows you to see the woman first, before the clothes,” Rhoda said as she headed toward the car that would take her to the museum. We’re guessing there was nary an onlooker who could keep their eyes off the 23-year-old from Maryland as she walked up those 26 steps.