15 posts tagged "Nina Ricci"
Confession: I’m bow curious. I’ve fallen for the hair bows worn by Nouvelle Vague-era actresses Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karina, and Brigitte Bardot, but can’t figure out how they managed to turn a perky cheerleader accessory into something stylish and even sex-kittenish. Can a grown woman—who isn’t one of the most beautiful women of all time—really clip a bow in her hair without looking ridiculous?
Recently, I found proof that it’s possible (see: the Spring 2014 Balenciaga and Nina Ricci collections), but I knew that if I wanted to experiment, I’d need professional help. Enter Tommy Buckett of the Serge Normant salon, who created a sixties-inspired style for the Kate Spade Spring 2014 presentation. To avoid one of my major concerns of appearing too juvenile, Buckett ruled out bow-adorned headbands. “You don’t want to look girly or like Alice in Wonderland,” he says. Instead, do as he did at Kate Spade and pull hair up into a topknot, then use Garnier Surfer Hair Power Putty to rough it up and create flyaways. The kiss of death—and fastest way to look like a leftover from Gossip Girl—is not mussing it up a bit. Buckett’s number one rule: “More texture makes it modern.”
If you’re going the topknot route, Buckett suggests playing around with the number of bows: Try one big bow pinned in front of the chignon, or three or five little ones going down the nape of the neck. Another fresh idea is to make a low samurai-style looped ponytail, then tie a satin ribbon in a bow around the base. Finally, if you’re going to try the half-up, half-down look à la Deneuve, avoid her teased, bouncy texture. Buckett’s version: Take a section of hair from one corner of your eye to the other, keep the top part completely flat and straight, and add texture to the bottom with surf spray for a rumpled (but not wavy) finish. The finishing touch: a ribbon where the ponytail holder sits. “The key to the bow,” Buckett says, “is to make it not so pretty.”
At last night’s Carrie premiere in Los Angeles, Chloë Grace Moretz put her own spin on the effortless plait swung over one shoulder that we saw just a few weeks ago on the runway at Giles. Instead of a single, mussed-up braid, Moretz wove three smaller twists into the finished product and tied it off with black lace (a similar finishing touch was employed by Guido Palau at Nina Ricci). The end result definitely set the 16-year-old apart on the red carpet, but in a way that would draw a throng of admirers and score her a date to the prom with the class hunk—minus a blood shower on her Valentino gown.
From matte, textured hair at Alexander Wang to dreamily imperfect updos at Dolce & Gabbana and Rochas, undone is the word on everyone’s lips this season. And Bumble and Bumble’s Prêt-à-Powder is just the ticket for achieving it.
The New York brand was one of the forerunners in the dry shampoo craze—launching its cult-classic colored Hair Powders in 1999. Now the original aerosols have been given new life in the form of this finely milled, translucent powder that vanishes into any hue. Formulated using clay and oat flour, Prêt-à-Powder absorbs oils, plumps strands, and even revives Monday’s blow-out with aplomb. Unlike so many hair powders that leave behind a white residue, the featherweight formula adds body and a nonshiny finish (hello, Bardot!) without leaving a trace of tangible buildup. Sprinkle liberally, brush it out, and apply even more for sex kitten hair with just a touch of grit.
Back in high school, the girl gang I used to pal around with could be identified by three things: a collective bad attitude, the red ’82 VW cabriolet my best friend drove through senior year, and a communal love for pixie bands. I think it was a rave-culture spin-off, but there was something both tough and undeniably sexy about pulling your hair way back and sliding that thick black band just beyond the hairline. You can imagine my excitement, then, when the accoutrement had a small comeback on the Fall runways. Both Julien d’Ys and Guido Palau sent them down the runway at Balenciaga and Nina Ricci, respectively, and last night at the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards in New York, Karlie Kloss followed suit. As if the impossibly tall supe needed any help in the way of accentuating her long, lithe features. Thoughts on Karlie’s nod to sleek severity?
Emma Stone caused a rush on grape-seed oil last year when she revealed that she uses it as a moisturizer. Now, the Revlon spokeswoman, who is “really allergic to a lot of stuff,” has a few more DIY beauty remedies to share. “I exfoliate with baking soda or brown sugar,” says Stone. [Cosmo]
First, they brought us the “caviar manicure,” and now British nail brand Ciaté is introducing the “chalkboard manicure.” Its latest kit comes with a matte black polish and pastel chalky-finish nail-art pens for embellishment. [Fashionista]
Interior designer Olivia Putnam is the latest artist to put her own personal spin on Nina Ricci’s classic L’Air du Temps fragrance flacon. Available in May, Putnam’s rendition features the classic dove-shaped stopper in a shade of royal blue, with the same color running through the grooves of the crystal bottle. [WWD]
Speaking of artful fragrance offerings, this year’s Wear LACMA collection, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s annual range of fashion accessories created by Los Angeles designers and inspired by the museum’s permanent collection, includes a custom fragrance from L’Oeil du Vert perfumer Haley Alexander van Oosten. Inspired by an eighteenth-century bronze relief of The Triumph of Neptune and Europa, by Antonio Montauti, van Oosten’s creation is a sensual, botanical scent called Tonae. [L.A. Times]