15 posts tagged "Nina Ricci"
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.
Romano Ricci, great-grandson of renowned couturier Nina Ricci and the self-described “offbeat dandy of the fragrance world,” is somewhat opposed to conformity. That’s why he started his three-year-old rose-tinged niche perfume collection, Juliet Has a Gun, in the first place. The fragrance range is a means of exploring the multifaceted nature of Shakespeare’s heroine, who, in his estimation, embodies the infrequently explored idea of female juxtaposition—the idea that a woman can be at once innocent, sophisticated, and, above all, provocative. To wit, when conceiving a portable vessel for the full-sized flacons of his first three scent offerings, a simple miniature spray vial or solid perfume pot simply wouldn’t do. Instead, Ricci wanted something that looked both dangerous and classic, with a touch of the controversial thrown in for good measure. And so he arrived at the purse bullet, a roll-on device that fits perfectly in your bag for on-the-go pulse-point application. Each one comes with four refillable cartridges in one of three scents: Citizen Queen, which blends rose notes with a citrus, woodsy accord; Lady Vengeance, a rose, patchouli, and vanilla eau; or Miss Charming, a fruity rose offering with a good helping of musk at its base. Call it weapon or toy; just don’t call it conventional.
After seeing what appeared to be a ginger-fied Elsa Sylvan in Paris yesterday, we had to take a few deep breaths to slow our heart rate. Had the Swede foregone her signature platinum blond locks and onyx eyebrows—both of which we spoke about on this blog only a few days ago!—in favor of flame auburn, the breakout hair color of the season? “Temporary,” the model’s booker assured us when we inquired, a gloss that was applied backstage at Nina Ricci and worn through the model’s next engagement at Bruno Pieters. Color us relieved that the switch isn’t permanent. It’s not that we’re anti-Elsa-as-a-redhead, per se, it’s just…why mess with perfection?