24 posts tagged "Miu Miu"
With all of the seventies-era, free-flowing, middle-parted tresses on the Spring runways, we’re leaning toward losing our asymmetrical bob and regrowing our locks past the shoulders. We mostly credit Roberto Cavalli for our newfound lust for length—and Sophie Albou’s Paul &
Joe. Watching Karlie Kloss trot down Albou’s runway in two different bell-bottomed, halterneck jumpsuits sporting a particularly epic, middle-parted blow-out with slight height in the back was, in a word, inspiring. It’s something of a quandary, though, as there were also a few strong arguments for keeping things short. The first came via Keira Knightley, who sported a brand-new chin-sweeping style for her front-row appearance at Chanel on Tuesday, and the second debuted backstage at Miu Miu. Rather than fashion actual undercuts, hair stylist Guido Palau went with the faux bob at Miuccia Prada’s Paris finale—a look that is easier than you’d think to re-create and gives you the flexibility to dabble between cute-and-cropped and long-and-lovely. Prepping hair with Redken’s Blow-Dry Wool Shake 08 Gel-Slush Texturizer, Palau created center parts and brushed hair into low ponytails before rolling them upward and inward and securing with bobby pins. “Pull a few pieces out around the face for softness,” Palau recommends, to give the whole thing a more natural effect. It remains to be seen how our “to cut, or not to cut” dilemma will resolve itself, and until we sort it out, we’ll continue to neglect making an appointment with our stylist for a much-overdue trim. What about you?
Guido Palau is a hair genius. For Spring 2011 alone, he has been responsible for the season-defining seventies frizz at Marc Jacobs, the gelled-up finger waves at Prada, and the platinum blond craze, which he ignited at Balenciaga and which will likely persevere through much of next year. But after our fair share of seasons charting Palau’s backstage triumphs, we noticed something: When the coif master likes something, he keeps with it.
Usually these repeat runway appearances begin at Alexander Wang. After debuting the wildly popular thick, over-the-shoulder Brooke Shields-inspired side braid there for Spring 2010, he promptly revisited the style at Miu Miu only a few short weeks later. Ditto the Fall shows, where Palau went with greasy, side-parted comb-overs at Wang only to bring them out again at Bottega Veneta in Milan. This season, his fallback seems to be wet hair. Hair that looks like “you’ve just gotten out of the shower,” he said at Rag & Bone, sweeping models’ hair up into messy buns. It was as though each girl were “rushing out of her apartment on the way to work and [let] her hair dry naturally,” as he described the nearly dripping, defined middle parts he created backstage at Bottega Veneta.
At Lanvin, Palau referenced “scuba” when slicking back what appeared to be water-saturated low ponytails (turns out Redken’s Hardwear 16 Super Strong gel can impressively simulate deep-sea diving). With only three days of shows left, it’s unclear if we’ll see yet another incarnation of the “damp” look, but all signs point to yes.
The focus of the makeup look at the Fall 2010 Miu Miu show was purple and orange Mod-era eyeliner, but the collection’s recently debuted print campaign has a decidedly more modern feel. “Bold pastel” is how face painter Lucia Pieroni explains the inspiration for the brand’s ads, which just started appearing in high-profile glossies and make for some pretty good eye candy. Playing on color contrasts to give a “wide-eyed doll effect,” Pieroni focused her attention on the models’ lids, using water-based makeup paint from MAC and Make Up For Ever to create a base for Shu Uemura Eye Shadows in shades of lilac and jade. “When working with bright pigments, it’s important to use a sponge applicator to build up an opaque coverage, then use a soft brush to feather out the edges,” Pieroni advises for those of you looking to play Miu Miu at home. To get the girls’ porcelain complexions, Pieroni used a pre-whitening brightener from Clé De Peau called Teint Naturel Blanc that luminizes and lightens the skin. She sadly left out instructions for reproducing Siri Tollerød’s pouty lips, which leads us to believe they are not duplicable. And as for the eyebrow bleaching, please don’t try that at home.
It was the near-official style of spring, and given the way the side braid keeps showing up at events, we’re going to bet that it keeps on keepin’ on for summer, too. The latest spokesperson to rep the slung-over-the-shoulder plait is one Sessilee Lopez, who took a low-lying version of the look for a spin at the 2010 Operation Smile Annual Gala last night in New York. We’re still not sure how we feel about the casual coif turning into acceptable cocktail-hour fare, thanks to Spring runway shows like Alexander Wang and Miu Miu, but it’s showing no signs of slowing down as a red-carpet staple. Would you wear it to a black-tie function, or do you think it’s better left to a cutoffs-and-sandals situation?
We knew it was going to take off when we first spied it backstage at Alexander Wang last September (and again at Miu Miu in October), but every time we see Spring 2010′s side-slung braid, we can’t say enough good things about it. Jessica Stam wore one last night at Giambattista Valli’s dinner for Moncler Gamme Rouge in Paris to complement a leaves-little-to-the-imagination sheer frock, and Kate Bosworth pioneered a version for the shorter-haired set last month, proving that a lack of length should not inhibit you from giving this one a go. How do you think the casual, all-American eighties style looks when it’s all dressed up?