20 posts tagged "Narciso Rodriguez"
Deborah Lippmann is known for her collaborative nail lacquers, having already created polish colors with Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, and Mary J. Blige. For fall, she’s teamed up with Narciso Rodriguez to officially release Stormy Weather, the dark slate she used backstage at his show. [Racked]
We’ve heard of nail art, but jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez is taking the concept to a whole other level with her Make Your Finger Box, now on sale at Opening Ceremony. The silver or gold ring features a cast of an actual fingertip painted with a red lacquer—a polish, it should be noted, that comes with the ring so you can match the rest of your actual nails to the accessory. [Opening Ceremony]
The surgeon general has come out to support health over hair, reminding women that “not wanting to get their hair wet or dirty” is not a reason to avoid exercise. [NYT]
The U.K. is keeping metrosexuality alive, as a new study reveals that 1 in 8 British men won’t go on vacation without their trusty hair dryer and straightener. [Daily Express]
Fashion warriors flying British Airways to Europe this season may be in for an olfactory treat. The airline has announced plans to introduce a new brand fragrance across its entire fleet to “ensure the customer has a uniform experience when flying.” [Independent]
Cream eye shadow was something of a staple at the Fall shows, where makeup artists used it to create washes of color that ranged from sheer finishes, like Lucia Pieroni’s greasy brown lids at Rochas, to the kind of opaque iteration Peter Philips employed at Chanel. But Shiseido’s makeup artistic director, Dick Page, took it one step further, devising a 12-piece range of Shimmering Cream Eye Colors inspired by his personal passion for art, and breaking them out at Narciso Rodriguez, Sonia Rykiel, and Michael Kors. “I began, as I always do, with my photography,” he says of the line. “Sometimes I lift just one element of the photograph and use that as my primary idea; sometimes it’s the overall feeling of the photograph,” Page explains. The cross pollination of his still images and makeup resulted in shades like Techno Gold, a brilliant gilded yellow that pays homage to a metallic blanket thrown over a motorcycle that Page snapped in Tokyo; Sable, shown above at Michael Kors, a glistening taupe that’s meant to resemble an extreme close-up of a piece of fur; and our personal favorite, Meadow, a glowing beige reminiscent of the wheat field that grows behind Page’s home in Long Island, which he often captures on film. A special formula that boasts a jewel-reflecting powder ensures that the pigments appear as radiant and dewy at the end of the day as when they are first applied, and a patented emulsification technology ensures that there is zero creasing, which means none of that crepe-iness some lesser cream colors can leave behind. The best part, as far as we’re concerned, is how easily the shadows can add a sense of luxury to your makeup. Simply dip your fingertip into the pot, pat on, and diffuse out. Talk about instant gratification.
We’ve yet to see spring’s bevy of full eye shadow looks play out on the street—or the red carpet, for that matter—but last night at the Tribeca Ball in New York, Leelee Sobieski took one of the season’s more challenging iterations out for a spin. Making like Dick Page at Narciso Rodriguez back in September, the actress experimented with rust-colored pigment, sheering it out into an elongated almond shape across her lids, then dragging it underneath her lower lash line. A generous helping of mascara amped up the drama. The russet color is tricky to translate onto eyes, although it has been done successfully in the past—by a pasty-faced Jack White, and courtesy of James Kaliardos at Viktor & Rolf’s Shalom Harlow-fronted Spring 2009 presentation. What do you think of its latest cameo?
We’re wary of saying this aloud, as we’ve been duped by Old Man Winter before, but temperatures above the forties and that extra hour of dusk courtesy of Daylight Saving’s Time seem to indicate that Spring is indeed on its way. Which means that warmer-weather editions of some of our favorite fragrances are beginning to hit shelves. In stores this month is Florale, a new version of Issey Miyake’s nineties hit, L’Eau d’Issey. Hints of rosebud, ginger lily, and orange blossom are infused into the original lotus, freesia, peony, and white lily formula to create a new, feminine spin. Narciso Rodriguez is also hoping to woo his fans with a fresher adaptation of his classic Essence. Adding white musk to its powdery iris and amber predecessor, Essence Eau de Musc brings what Rodriguez refers to as a “sensual intimacy” to the sheerness of the original scent. There may be a late March blizzard in our future yet, but at least we can smell like incipient Spring while huddled underneath a fort of blankets.
The color purple is reprised pretty much every Fall. There’s something about its rich, jeweled tones that speak to the cooler temperatures and work well in complement to the tweeds, plaids, and—if the shows this season are any indication—the onslaught of fur that will hit stores come September. But smudging on a lid-ful of aubergine pigment is just one way to incorporate the regal shade into your makeup arsenal. Subtle hints of the color can have just as much impact, as evidenced by a few tricks we picked up from the face-painting establishment this week. Below, a purple primer, should you want to start practicing for autumn now.
Walk the Line
Backstage at Narciso Rodriguez, Dick Page incorporated the shade in eyeliner form, dipping into Shiseido’s forthcoming Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Purple Dawn with an angled brush, scrawling a thin line close to models’ lash lines, and blending it with a similarly creamy pigment in black. The pro tip? Shiseido’s Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment, which Page smudged over both lines to intermingle the colors and leave a “greasy” finish.
At Malandrino, makeup artist Gato added hints of shimmering lilac and mauve to his “seventies Parisian girl” smoky eye for a bit of “freshness mixed with sophistication.” Using Maybelline Eye Studio Silk Eyeshadow Quads in Pink Persuasion and Purple Drama, Gato diffused the darker colors of the palettes across lids for a sultry effect, “just touching” a mix of the two purple pans from each compact on the top as a finishing touch to relay the idea of effortless, Saint-Germain-des-Prés cool.
The lasting impression of the makeup at Altuzarra was definitely the super-graphic, silvery brown eye. But the reason models’ eyes popped so much had less to do with the metallic triangle Tom Pecheux drew on the inner corners and more to do with a little thing called MAC Pro Chromagraphic Pencil in Rich Purple. “It looks amazing with green, blue, and hazel eyes,” Pecheux said of the raisin color he dragged along the inner rims of models’ eyes, eschewing the black or white pencils you typically see in similar situations.