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18 posts tagged "Nina Ricci"

Take a Powder

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Bumble-Pret-a-PowderIf the Spring 2014 runways are any indication, tousled strands aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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.

Photo: Courtesy of Bumble & Bumble

Band Aids

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Black-Headband-KarlieBack 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?

Photo: Getty Images

Emma Stone’s Scrub Love; LACMA, Bottled; And More…

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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]

Photo: Aby Baker/Getty Images

Throwback Thursday: Jumping On The Bandwagon

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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.

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue, 1985; Courtesy of www.80s-90s-supermodel.tumblr.com

Black Headbands, Two Ways

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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.

Photo: Gorunway.com