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August 29 2014

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18 posts tagged "Nina Ricci"

The Woman With the Violet Eyes: Jennifer Connelly

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"Noah" - UK Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals

Purple was a standout shadow shade on the runway this season—seen swathed across eyes at Burberry Prorsum, Nina Ricci, and Chloé. But wearing it all over your lids when you’re not a teenage model is another thing entirely. At last night’s U.K. premiere of Noah, Jennifer Connelly demonstrated how to pull off amethyst when you’re well beyond adolescence by using it as a liner. Paired with dense lashes, pearly gloss, and a diamond-studded wing in one ear, her look rivaled the nonstop beauty hits her costar Emma Watson has been bringing to the crimson carpet.

Photo: Getty

Nina Ricci’s New Forbidden Fruit

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Experiencing fashion month withdrawal (particularly the desserts associated with the Paris leg of the trip)? Satisfy your sweet tooth with a spritz or two of La Tentation de Nina, the latest scent from Nina Ricci. The nose behind the blend, Olivier Cresp, teamed up with macaron master and head pastry chef at Ladurée, Vincent Lemains, to create what can only be described as an all-around feast for the senses.

The limited-edition fragrance contains notes of bergamot, grapefruit, raspberry, lemon, and Bulgarian rose absolute. For a rather gourmand touch, bourbon vanilla, white musk, and sandalwood balance the otherwise sinfully sweet scent.

Ladurée—capturing the essence of the eau in macaron form—presents a decadent raspberry, lemon, Bulgarian rose, and almond creation, topped with (edible) gold leaf, echoing the perfume’s pink-and-gold apple-shaped bottle.

In keeping with the name of the fragrance, both scent and sweet are—as expected—much too tempting to resist.

La Tentation de Nina, 57.50 euros, available at sephora.fr; Limited-Edition La Tentation de Nina Macarons, available at Ladurée Champs-Élysées, 75 Avenue des Champs Élysées, Paris, 75008.

Beauty Sound Bites: Family Ties

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robert-ricci“My great-grandmother was a fashion woman more than a fragrance one. My grandfather was the opposite—he was a fragrance guy…We had this strange relationship—he wasn’t particularly kind to the young people…He was taking the time to try to explain to me what he was intending to do. And me, I was listening—I was a very turbulent guy. I ignored [these lessons] for a long time, but I have to admit, they are the roots of what I am today.”

Following in his grandfather’s (shown here) footsteps, Ricci created his own fragrance label, Juliette Has a Gun, with an eau dubbed Anyway being the latest addition to the line. When asked about his memories of scent, surprisingly, L’Air du Temps, one of the greatest olfactory hits of all time, isn’t high on his list. His grandfather wore Signoricci cologne. “It was a flop, but it was him,” explained Ricci. “The whole house was full of it. [Signoricci] was a citrusy fragrance: petitgrain, neroli, bergamot—quite masculine.” Ricci also revealed that there are many unknown blends that never made it to market, but he has no plans to make them his own. He said, “My intention is about finding out who I am—that’s a bigger challenge.”

Bows Nouveau

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Balenciaga - 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.”

Photo: Getty Images; Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com

Dream Weaver

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Chloe Grace Moretz

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.

Photo:Ivan Lattuada / Indigitalimages.com; WireImage