17 posts tagged "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.
“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.
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?
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?
With the curvaceous likes of Doutzen Kroes, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Karolina Kurkova all making runway appearances over the past week, there is definitely an anti-nineties-tomboy movement showing up at the European Fall shows. It’s a “sixties-inspired French womanliness,” hairstylist Guido Palau surmised yesterday at Nina Ricci, where he was using Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream-Mousse to create volume in damp hair before drying and ultimately teasing it while combing away from the hairline for an imperfect “back-do.” Other designers in the City of Light have opted for feminine styles—Giles’ sky-high beehives and the sexy, voluminous side parts at Rochas with teasing at the crown—but Palau’s version here had its own unique stamp to better suit Peter Copping’s collection. “It’s not meant to be too ‘madame’ even though the shape is quite grand. There’s a naturalness to it as well, which creates a contrast with the sophistication that is very Ricci.” “It’s beauty in an understated way,” makeup artist Pat McGrath offered, as she accented models’ “natural prettiness” with strong eyebrows, soft brown liner around the eyes, and a slight flush, which she created using Olay Simply Ageless blush.