15 posts tagged "Nina Ricci"
Throwback Thursday is a new feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Yasmin Le Bon
The Moment: Black headbands
The Motivation: All too often, we find ourselves looking back on the eighties for beauty and fashion inspiration—not so much for the shoulder pads and side ponytails (although we will admit to dabbling in both in the not-so-distant past) but to channel the feeling of unbridled creativity that colored the supermodel era. Apparently, we’re not the only ones: Yasmin Le Bon’s polarized lenses in this 1985 shoot are trending again; ditto her black do-rag turned headband, which turned up last month in Paris courtesy of Julien d’Ys and Guido Palau who employed similar black hair wraps at Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga debut and Nina Ricci, respectively. The style seems ripe for a reprise this summer, if you ask us.
Many of the big questions surrounding the Fall shows were answered this morning when Alexander Wang presented his first collection as the newly named creative director of the house of Balenciaga. How’d he fair? Pretty well, where this site is concerned. Our own Nicole Phelps called the debut a “sure-footed start” for the man who replaced the inimitable Nicolas Ghesquière. But what about the man who replaced the inimitable Guido Palau? After years of helming the hair here, Palau was curiously missing from the backstage fray, replaced by strands superstar, Julien d’Ys. An editorial mainstay who is on constant rotation in American Vogue and whose backstage engagements are typically limited to Comme des Garçons shows, d’Ys was called up by Wang for his Paris premiere to deliver a sleek hair wrap accessorized with a gauzy black swathe of fabric. It was a coiffing coup of sorts, made that much more interesting by the fact that Palau created nearly the same look at Nina Ricci a mere matter of hours later, albeit with a softer finish and a Peter Copping-designed black knit band. What does it all mean? Not all that much, save for the fact that Wang and Palau are likely on a similar wavelength, which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering the Redken creative consultant has been charged with hairstyling duties backstage at Wang’s New York show essentially since he started out six years ago. It merely adds up to a funny bit of coincidence that has mounted some extra intrigue, as if this show needed any more.
The house that Nina Ricci built has a knack for churning out desirable creations. Take Peter Copping’s Spring collection for the brand that just wrapped in Paris a few hours ago: There were more girly and gorgeous, gotta-have-it pieces in the show than we can recall here (more on that in a bit). It seems the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree. Much like his grandmother, fragrance connoisseur Romano Ricci has become similarly adept at releasing lust objects—and his new perfume venture is no exception. The latest scent in his Juliette Has a Gun range culls inspiration from his original, best-selling, rose patchouli and vanilla offering, Lady Vengeance. But as its name suggests, Vengeance Extreme is darker, deeper, and more robust than its predecessor. A massive overdose of the same ingredients in higher concentrations yields a truly sensual floral chypre that wears with a luscious, intoxicating feel on the skin. Ricci himself has always considered perfume the ultimate weapon of seduction, and in that regard, this eau should be considered armed and dangerous.
About $135 for 100 ml, www.colette.fr.
“Very pretty, very French—very Nina Ricci,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau summed up of his effort backstage at Peter Copping’s Fall show, which had a slight sixties feel in its soft flowiness devoid of any hard edges. “Dream hair” was how Palau described the half-up, half-downs that were coated with Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-Dry Gel, dried, and set in large Velcro rollers for volume and bounce. After brushing out strands, he gathered small side sections beneath a touch of height at the crown and secured with bobby pins to hold.
“It’s Portrait of a Lady, Vanessa Beecroft, Tamara de Lempicka,” makeup artist Pat McGrath added of the evening’s inspirational muses, referencing de Lempicka’s Art Deco paintings and the frequent appearance of “those lips” for her own decision to add a salmon pink pout to the equation. “It’s ultra-feminine,” McGrath said of the bold brows, brown mascara, and bright mouth she painted on using a mix of pink pigments meant to match a fabric swatch in the collection. Manicurist Yuna Park embarked on a similar mission, mixing up a bottle of lacquer with the dress Arizona Muse wore as she swanned down the runway in look 16 in mind—a moment that happened to be one of our favorites in the entire show.
“Edwardian” and the season’s oft-overheard word, “seventies,” inspired the feminine look at Nina Ricci last night—but with a French flair, of course, seeing as the house of Ricci is as quintessentially Parisian as they come. Prepping hair with Redken Thickening Lotion 06 Body Builder, coif master Guido Palau created center parts before pulling models’ tresses into low ponytails, which he twisted into buns leaving wisps around the hairline for a “soft, light” finish. (Please note the tortoise hair pins Palau stuck into his chignons, adding to the collection of barrettes and hair baubles we’ve spied thus far for Spring). The seventies bit came courtesy of makeup artist Pat McGrath, who built a rather glam eye by bleaching brows and painting on a full lid of rosy red pigment, which she swept to the brow bone and underneath the lower lash line before adding a few swipes of black mascara. A beautiful blush—the sort you’d get during a brisk walk along the Seine, peut être—graced the apples of models’ cheeks. To finish the face, McGrath left lips bare, taking them down ever so slightly to showcase the pretty-in-pink complexions.