August 28 2014

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18 posts tagged "Nina Ricci"

For Juliette Has A Gun, Revenge Is Sweet


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,

Pretty In Pink, Backstage At Nina Ricci


“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.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /

Pops Of Pink Backstage At Nina Ricci


“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.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri /

Gwyneth’s High-Fashion Homage


We saw it at MaxMara for Spring, but we never really thought we’d witness the wet look on Gwyneth Paltrow, who sported the slicked-back style at the opening of Louis Vuitton’s new home on Bond Street in London last night. What’s particularly interesting about Gwyneth’s adaptation of the popular eighties coif is the texture and height she’s added, which gives the tight-on-the-sides/teased-on-the-top shape a sixties spin, à la Nina Ricci’s Fall show. Seeing as how Gwyneth can do the soft, middle-parted, cornsilk blonde thing so well, this seems like a “why mess with perfection?” scenario to us, but hey, you gotta love her willingness to experiment, right?

Photo: Richard Young / Startraks Photo

A Lesson in Big Government


Another day, another example of teasing combs and volumizing sprays making their way from the Fall runways to the red carpet. And Capitol Hill, as was the case on Saturday night, when Scarlett Johansson puffed it up for the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party following the 2010 White House Correspondents Association Dinner in D.C. The Iron Man 2 starlet worked a matte-textured, back-combed half-up ‘do that was equal parts Nina Ricci and Rochas. (Side note: We know Scarlett has been getting a lot of love on this blog of late, but when she’s on a press junket, she really works it, no?) What do you think of her structural coif?

Photo: Walter McBride / Retna