23 posts tagged "Michael Kors"
Michael Kors is no stranger to the beauty world, and his successful lineup of fragrances has paved the way for an edited range of cosmetics over the years. Seasoned beauty vets will recall the limited-edition pink-tinged Very Hollywood makeup palettes Kors designed to complement his best-selling perfume of the same name threeyears ago, and the same subset of style junkie is likely still stocking his Leg Shine [http://www.sephora.com/leg-shine-P20355], a revolutionary roll-on shimmering skin tint that makes for insta-sexy gams. For his next trick, Kors is going big with an extensive cosmetics range that has been created in collaboration with Estée Lauder. Divided into three distinct collections—Sporty, Sexy, and Glam—each emotion has a fragrance, along with key color products, including two Lip Lacquer shades, two Lip Luster glosses, and two nail polishes, in a shade selectionthat ranges from nude-taupes and blue-reds to more edgy plums. Three BronzePowders will also be on offer, as well as sun and body products, like the Liquid Shimmer Dry Oil, the Shimmer Bath Beads, the After Sun Gelee, and the After Sun Lip Balm, which is modeled after eighties-era zinc-oxide products. “It’s wardrobing in the beauty world, the way I do in clothing and accessories,” Kors says of the new venture due out in August. [WWD]
We’ve become accustomed to seeing Michael Kors’ woman with a sun-kissed glow from her time spent skiing or on safari, so when we spied a graphic black cat-eye backstage for Fall, makeup artist Dick Page immediately had our attention. “I met with Michael and Paul Cavaco, who styled the show, and amongst other things was the idea of an uptown girl heading downtown to party, or the club kid going up to Mr. Chow’s for dinner”—a good old-fashioned dose of culture-clashing, if you will.
After perusing a selection of reference pictures, the Shiseido artistic director decided to focus on an eye, but not just any eye. “I played for a while and ended up with this block shape, which we thought was just more interesting than smoky, winged, etc.” Using Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar to build the shape from the center of the lid outward, Page diffused the pigment with the powdery onyx and shimmering pink shadows from its forthcoming Eye Color Bar, creating a sheered-out rectangle. Adding a highlight to the inner corner of the eye and the brow bone with its Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Pale Shell, a champagne, Page placed a luminescent glow beneath the lower lash line on the high point of the cheekbones for contrast. Beefing up the outer third of the upper lash line with a liquid black liner, Page swiped on a few coats of mascara before toning down lips by sponging on a mixture of Shiseido’s Benefiance Lip Balm mixed with foundation.
Complementing the urban-chic makeup were Orlando Pita’s sleek, high ponytails—which every girl, Karlie Kloss included, received. Designers have taken something of a “come as you are” approach to the bevy of catwalkers who cut their hair short last season, but not Michael Kors. If you enlisted in his runway army, you did so knowing that you were fighting for uniformity.
Two weeks into the Spring shows, and there are two dominant decades from which designers seem to be culling inspiration, which has had a sweeping impact on backstage beauty looks as well. While New York’s collective homage to nineties minimalism gave us the simple, no-makeup makeup that threatened to cast a “contours, not colors” spell over the season when things first got under way earlier in the month, an undercurrent of support for the sixties has meant a renewed focus on last season’s eyeliner love, which has been reimagined with a surprising pigment preference: blue. It has come in bright shades of aqua at shows like Clements Ribeiro, where makeup artist Cassie Lomas channeled the “innocent beauty” of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom with a slick of Bourjois Metallise Eyeliner Pencil in Bleu Clinqiant, and Moschino Cheap And Chic, where Hannah Murray gave psychedelia an “urban kick” by etching MAC Pro’s Ultra Chromagraphic Pencil in Marine beneath the lower lash line. “[Michael Kors] just wanted to do an eye thing,” Dick Page explained of his similarly hued “floating lines” at the designer’s show, which he drew in a banana shape through the crease. Predictable shades of black got more competition from midnight iterations as well at shows like Mary Katrantzou, where Val Garland fashioned an inky elongated almond line with a blend of MAC Lipmixes in Blue and Red, and perhaps most notably at Altuzarra. “I think it’s so chic,” Tom Pecheux said of MAC’s Technakhol Pencil in Auto-de-blu—”a royal blue,” he declared backstage at the designer’s show—which he brushed along upper lash lines to a squared-off edge. That right there is endorsement enough for us.
There are two decades being mined at the New York shows this week, and Michael Kors managed to get both of them into one beauty look. “It’s sixties/nineties,” Orlando Pita said, referencing the super-sleek, deep side parts that he was giving models, creating an indentation in the back with a long elastic that was clipped behind the ears. The straightness, which he achieved with a blow-dryer and a few spritzes of his T3 Control Heat-Seeking Hair Spray, hammered home the homage. “The first time women straightened their hair was in the sixties, but they used actual irons,” Pita said in an impromptu session of hair history 101. “In the nineties, they finally created a straightening iron.” Karlie Kloss, Jac, and Frida Gustavsson got updos to accommodate the evening dresses they wore to close the show.
Dick Page was on a similar tip, although the Shiseido artistic director wasn’t quite ready to call his colored, banana liner applications retro. “[Kors] just wanted to do an eye thing. [This is] a floating line,” he declared of the single stroke of its Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Jungle, a punchy green, that he gave brunettes, and the Punky Blues palette that he saved for blondes, both of which changed shades underneath a series of plastic pastel sunglasses. A wash of white pigment along the upper lash line and a few swipes of Shiseido’s Perfect Mascara Full Definition in Black helped open the eyes while its Luminizing Satin Face Color in Highbeam White brought light to cheekbones, jawlines, and foreheads. Lips were painted and then blotted down to a barely perceptible nude with Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge in Vision, a dusty rose—not that it mattered; after Kloss passed her new Perfect 10 cookies around to Page, Lindsey Wixson, and Magdalena Frackowiak (and this reporter), there wasn’t much visible lipstick left to speak of.
A warm cheek and wind-blown hair are par for the course backstage at Michael Kors, whose sporty woman has frequently just come in from skiing, sunning, or a safari, as was the case last season. For Fall, she hit the slopes again and had just returned to the lodge for an après-ski cool-down when we caught up with her. “It’s an American well-bred couple , and they’ve just come back to have a little cocktail,” Orlando Pita explained. “So she takes her hair back, twists it into a little knot, and puts a bobby pin on the side,” the hairdresser continued, displaying a sheet of clips that had been spray-painted alternating shades of matte bronze, black, and white. “It’s a little undone,” Pita added of the style, using his T3 Elevate Heat-Seeking Volumizing Spray to add a bit of texture, taking extra care not to blow-dry “too much.”
“It’s more like après-sex,” Shiseido artistic director Dick Page interjected, using the brand’s forthcoming Lacquer Rouge in Drama, a deep crimson, to coat lips and blend a creamy flush from the apples of models’ cheeks all the way down to the jaw, “the way you’d get if you were cold, or hot, or excited,” Page explained. Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold and High Beam White dusted along lids and cheekbones added a transparent glow. “Blush makes everyone look better,” the face painter surmised. “It’s a very simple way to look and feel glamorous.”