4 posts tagged "Nicolas Ghesquière"
Nicolas Ghesquière’s final Balenciaga collection (Spring ’13, left) may feel like a distant memory in light of his new role at Louis Vuitton, but it will always be one of our all-time favorites. In addition to the striking silhouettes, high-tech fabrics, and a bra top that spurred a thousand copies (see Look 1), the hair was particularly on point: Each model’s imperfect ‘do was topped off with a gilded half-moon barrette. I’ve been dreaming about the minimal accessory ever since, and was willing to pay top dollar for one of my own—or at least a really good substitute. I’d all but given up when I stumbled upon this clip at Urban Outfitters for $12. I’m stocking up in the rare chance they sell out or get lost in the depths of my bag. The flash of gold will instantly elevate my denim-heavy uniform, not to mention messy second-day hair. It might just be the easiest DIY runway trend I’ve come across yet.
Nicolas Ghesquière’s “game of colors” for Louis Vuitton’s Cruise collection was complemented by not one, but four eyeshadow shades—one being selected to suit each model that took to the runway. “It was about celebrating each girl’s beauty—it wasn’t a makeover or anything like that,” noted makeup pro Pat McGrath, who smudged a lustrous blue, gray, burgundy, or khaki green pigment around each catwalker’s eyes and into the socket with a damp brush, then defined lashes with black-brown mascara. “When you think of shimmer shadows, you usually think of a party or strong beauty, but this [look uses] those shimmer shadows in a much more modern, simple, bare way,” she explained. While the gray had a hint of silver, the other hues in this season’s palette were injected with gold sparkle to add warmth. A bronzy blush was dusted across the cheeks and chin to finish off the face and lend a “fresh, outdoor effect” (this is Resort, after all). If the glittery lids McGrath created at Dior’s Fall 2014 show or the gold-leaf-adorned smoky eyes that appeared in Dubai for Chanel’s Arabian Night-themed spectacular are a bit too over the top for your taste, the subtle and sophisticated liner at Vuitton should provide you with plenty of flash.
Word that Charlotte Gainsbourg would front Nicolas Ghesquière’s first foray into fragrance for the house of Balenciaga spread like wildfire when it was announced over the summer, and finally we’ve got some more news to share about the highly anticipated scent that bows in February. Perfumer Olivier Polge—he of Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb and Eau Mega fame—has produced a floral chypre fragrance. Ghesquière apparently gave Polge a list of smells he liked, including floor wax, gasoline, carnations, and violets, and the esteemed nose chose violet as the center of the eau, grounding it in redistilled woods like cedar and patchouli. Petrol fumes didn’t make the cut, although there’s an intentionally urban twist to the fragrance. As for the prismatic bottle, it’s an homage to the signature Balenciaga cocoon-shaped cape, designed with direction from Ghesquière, who insisted that the flacon have a “head, neckline, and a body.” Gainsbourg has been shot by Steven Meisel to achieve the same effect in print form. [WWD]
It’s official. RSS feeds are all abuzz this morning with the news that Coty Beauty will produce and distribute a series of fragrance lines under the Balenciaga name in a new licensing deal. Aside from a few paltry offerings, the French luxury brand hasn’t experienced any kind of mainstream perfume fame since launching its debut scent, Le Dix by Balenciaga, in 1946. But if Coty’s prestige portfolio of designer fragrance winners from Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, and Chloé is any indication, the Balenciaga line will be back up to speed in no time. No word yet on who will be the nose on the project—or what major celebrity will be attached to the first round of ad campaigns. (Although our money’s on Ghesquière muse Charlotte Gainsbourg. She is, after all, the Coppola to his Jacobs. You heard it here first.)
Photo: Greg Kessler