14 posts tagged "Missoni"
Nude nails made a comeback at the Fall shows and continued to dominate more outlandish, allout nail art experiments for Spring—with a few notable exceptions, that is. Missoni and McQueen got minxed and Sophy Robson etched individual hieroglyphics onto tips backstage at Topshop Unique, while Jin Soon christened the “slim silhouette” backstage at Prabal Gurung. But as the battle between neutral and next-level manicures raged on, we noticed another trend rearing its pretty polished head: matching lips and tips. Before Mary Quant started picking nail lacquers according to clothes rather than lipsticks in the 1960s (the British designer revolutionized more than just hem lines), it was all about corresponding pout and polish colors. Both Jason Wu and Donna Karan reprised the tradition with classic crimsons and deep burgundies at their shows in September—and makeup artist Maud Laceppe and manicurist Michina Koide have modernized it in the new issue of Numéro with an electric blue mouth and fingers lacquered in the same powdery shade. We’ve personally moved on from the-crazier-the-better varnishing acts, but we’re always plenty happy to give credit to creativity where credit is due. Would you do blue?
Angela Missoni may have been inspired by her daughters’ late night antics on the island of Sardinia for Spring, but her hair and makeup team looked a bit further west for their seasonal muse. “It’s sweaty, sexy flamenco skin with a focus on brows,” facepainter Lucia Pieroni said, creating a dewy base with MAC Face + Body Foundation and adding swipes of glistening highlights with her favorite new product, MAC Metal-X Cream Shadow in Fusion Gold, which she blended over cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and onto the chin to mimic “hot, sweaty” skin. To create a touch of contour, Pieroni swiped its Paintpot in Groundwork, a medium taupe-y brown, underneath cheekbones and across lids for a warm smolder. Brows were built up using MAC Eyeshadow in Coquette and Copperplate and lips were given a finger-pressing of MAC Lipsticks in Freckletone and Fresh Brew for a worn-in, neutral effect. As a finishing touch, Pieroni spritzed each model with MAC Fix+ water mist before they head out onto the runway to hammer home the sense of a faux glow.
Wella global creative director added a similarly youthful, deconstructed element to “inject a rawness that would capture the passion and sensuality of a beautiful young Missoni woman at the end of a hot summer night.” Applying Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier on wet strands, Souleiman hit hair with heat to create volume before “squashing” its Rugged Fix Matte Molding Crème into the roots for a matte texture. Then, after carving out deep side parts, Souleiman gathered the lengths into a ponytail that he only pulled through half way, pinning it against itself to create a loop that he spritzed with Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray for a rough finish. “It’s a traditional, slick Spanish look that’s deconstructed and disheveled,” Souleiman said, sliding decorative, snake shaped combs into his haphazard chignons.
We told you they were coming, and here—fresh off the catwalk in Milan—are a few of the custom nail overlays Minx designed for Missoni yesterday. “The base of all nails was Minxlusion and many of the Missoni patterns have a Minxlusion-esque thread running through them, so it matched the theme perfectly,” Minx co-creator Dawn Lynch-Goodwin explained of the 20 different patterns she dreamt up in a blue, yellow, and red palette. Nail guru Marian Newman presented the designs to Angela Missoni and Margherita Missoni the day before the show and after a reported love fest, the women made their selections so that the nails “interpreted” the fabrics used in the show, rather than replicated them. To help save time backstage as 18 of the 37 models were running late from a previous show, Newman and her team actually applied some of the appliqués onto nails as the girls stood in line to hit the runway! Anything in the name of perfectly pro tips. Which is your favorite?
After making a huge splash in New York during Fashion’s Night Out with the introduction of its highly successful collaboration with Marc by Marc Jacobs, Minx—like the rest of the fashion pack—has moved its creative team to Europe for a select list of shows. We had the pleasure of catching up with founders Janice Jordan and Dawn Lynch-Goodwin and their go-to manicurist, Marian Newman, backstage at David Koma this week, where they were busy Minxing (it’s an adjective now; get into it) models with a selection of 20 different pastel nail overlays topped with a clear tip that had been emblazoned with a white, dévoré tribal pattern. “That’s the unifying part,” Newman said of the acrylic crystalline print. It won’t be their last experimentation with exotic prints for Spring, either. “We’re doing Missoni for the first time this season—it’s a whole new design direction for them,” Newman said, alluding to the fact that Jordan and Lynch-Goodwin have been hard at work on a series of Minx that pays homage to the Italian house’s rich history with prints for its presentation on Sunday. “It’ll be their interpretation of those prints, of course,” Newman continued of the process that goes into creating a series of nail designs for each show once inspiration ideas come in from designers. “For McQueen, they gave me four words for references, and Dawn and Janice are reinterpreting those words with nails. We’re really excited about that show.” Us too.
The Missoni-for-Target collab hits stores in two short weeks, and while you’ve presumably already made a mental list of the sweater dresses, beanies, and floppy hats you plan to get while the getting’s good (words to the wise: The Target stores in secondary markets always have more stock than the ones in consumer hot beds like New York), we’d like to direct your attention to the beauty offerings that will arrive alongside their fashion counterparts. Train cases, cosmetics clutches, headscarves, and headbands in a range of the Italian house’s signature prints will make their debut on September 13, along with these little beauties at left. That’s right: You’re looking at two different iterations of Missoni bobby pins! Three words: fashion week essentials.