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Val Garland’s Very “Now” Take On Punk


Makeup artist Val Garland’s palette may have been limited to black and white in Nick Knight’s “Refined Rebel” story in this month’s issue of Vogue U.K., but that certainly didn’t impede her creative capabilities. “The inspiration for the makeup comes from the idea of mixing up trends—a bit Penelope Tree with a bit of Siouxsie from the Banshees,” Garland explained of the pallid complexion and four different avant-garde eyeliner jobs she whipped up for the occasion. “Mixed together, they aren’t sixties or seventies, but a very ‘now’ take on punk.” To get model Raquel Zimmermann’s complexion a paler shade of porcelain, Garland doubled up on Chanel—priming the skin with its Base Lumière illuminating makeup primer and then topping that off with its Vitalumière foundation in sand. She lightened Zimmermann’s pout with Rouge Dior in Baiser 361—the softest of pink lipsticks—layered under a translucent powder for a matte finish. As for those artful strokes of pigment around the lash lines, “I went straight to a MAC liner brush and its Fluidline liner because they are easy to use and control,” Garland said. “For some of the shots, I added Swarovski rhinestones applied with a little eyelash glue. The eye makeup is a statement in itself, so mascara wasn’t essential.” For her next trick, Garland totally obscured Zimmerman’s brows. With a nod to the Spring catwalks (think Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent), arches were bleached, toned, and concealed using a brow wax by Screenface cosmetics. It’s a shame this editorial wasn’t in the glossy’s October book to better broaden our Halloween makeup horizons. Oh well, there’s always next year.

Photo: Nick Knight for Vogue U.K., November 2010

Mind Your Sternum, Girls On Film, And More…


In the age of the navel-dipping dress, sternum maintenance takes center stage. [Glamour]

Fashion companies aren’t the only ones making films to push product these days. Nick Knight and Pat McGrath recently teamed up to put Max Factor back in the movies. [WWD]

A female Viagra? It could be closer than you think. [WebMd]

After six unisex scents, Costume National’s first men’s fragrance, which reportedly boasts a “heart of rock ‘n’ roll,” will hit Barneys next week. Ladies need not apply—although we might anyway. (Nobody’s keeping us out of that boys’ club.) [WWD]

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Scent Artistry And Fighting The Good Fight


With his fashion broadcasting company, SHOWstudio, British photographer Nick Knight has taken to unveiling “the entire process of creativity” live and in real time to style voyeurs worldwide, posting original content that often blends fashion with music, film, and other creative media. The shutterbug’s next adventure in culture-purveying takes jabs, so to speak, at the fragrance world. Violence, as his latest project is called, is a joint effort conceived by Knight and scent artist Sissel Tolaas, in which an “ultimate fighter” dons a T-shirt from Swiss underwear company Zimmerli (what’s a fashion event without a little brand sponsorship, eh?) while he battles it out in the ring. The biochemicals from his sweat will then be extracted to create the basis for a perfume. Conceptual ingenuity aside, Violence is novel in that according to SHOWstudio’s full-disclosure model, every aspect of the process will be documented on the site so that readers can share in and even help decide the project’s progress: In addition to watching the fight live, viewers may also be invited to contribute imagery for the perfume bottle and its packaging. One would assume that Knight will be taking suggestions for the fragrance’s name as well. Here are a few we’ve thought up: “Ferocious”; “Carnal Urges”; and the simple but to-the-point “Sweat.” Anyone else want to throw a few punches?

Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images