10 posts tagged "NYFW Spring 2011"
Those paying close attention at the recent VPL Spring 2011 show in New York may have noticed that one model among the scantily clad masses was packing (see look 11). And her weapon, or rather weapons, of choice were Nude Skincare’s best-selling products—the cleansing facial oil, miracle mask, and hydrating water. The trio of must-haves was neatly tucked into specially crafted pockets of a cargo bikini (dubbed the Planet Nude Survival Twin Set) that Victoria Bartlett had designed in collaboration with the cult British skincare brand. Should another skincare-inspired swimsuit be in the works for next season, it will likely need a redesign with an extra pocket—Nude’s latest concoction is definitely worth keeping close at hand. The Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum takes a four-pronged approach to skin rejuvenation using an advanced blend of probiotics, bioactive peptides, vitamin-rich Japanese sea kelp, and a potent hyaluronic acid system to stimulate collagen production and repair DNA damage. With a featherweight, super-silky consistency and a ridiculously delicious white jasmine scent, it is actually a skincare product that you may not be able to survive without.
Mandarin-painted lips are enjoying a bit of a second coming at New York fashion week. After electrifying the Fall 2009 season at shows like Rag & Bone, Karen Walker, Charles Anastase, and Kinder Aggugini, the eye-popping pout color has reappeared in a high-gloss incarnation at Jill Stuart, in neon at Ohne Titel, and at Marc by Marc Jacobs, where it made a very matte, very magnetic showing. To start things off, makeup artist Dick Page built a rosy cheek using alternating shades of Shiseido’s Luminizing Satin Face Colors, which include two highlighters and four different pinkish hues, before slightly “sketching” models’ lash lines with its Smoothing Eye Liner Pencil in Black and blending in a dollop of its Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment on top for a glossy finish that “makes the entire look come alive.” Then came the lip, a vivid thing that included Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Day Lily layered with a bright orange pigment that Page is reportedly “working on.” As for hairstylist Guido Palau’s fluffy, brushed-out curls, the point was in fact to create the same look that wowed at big Marc on Monday night, but on a smaller scale. “She’s the younger sister of last night’s girl,” Palau said, prepping hair with Redken’s Thickening Lotion and rickracking sections by weaving them over and under bobby pins, flat ironing, and then spritzing the undone coils with Redken’s Control Force hairspray before brushing out for a full finish. A side-sweeping high half-pony added the playful element he was looking for.
Not so long ago, we lived for barrettes. In seventh grade, it was plastic baby clips in the mold of ducks, birds, and other similarly infantile shapes, and then it was barrettes of the multicolored, mini-sized Goody variety, which have since been discontinued and which we buy in bulk should we happen upon them at an outdated pharmacy. So, you can understand why we’re quite pleased to see the youthful hair accessory having a major moment for Spring. We’ve already mentioned the chunky plastic pieces Cynthia Rowley whipped up for her show this weekend and the plain silver metal bars hair stylist Odile Gilbert used to create a sleek, graphic silhouette at Prabal Gurung. And it just keeps getting better! Orlando Pita and his crack team of coif masters assembled barrettes covered in actual hair to hold and seamlessly blend into models’ own tresses at Carolina Herrera on Monday, mimicking the silhouette of fluid, belted Korean robes. Then yesterday, Peter Gray strung up bejewled golden charms onto bobby pins and inserted them into big, soft, Seventies-era coifs at Badgley Mischka before a rousing Rodarte show where Gilbert was called on yet again to insert ten different barrettes the Mulleavy sisters made with their own hands into sixties-style, rough-dried, easy, California-girl hair. It was cute, it was classic, and it looked amazing with their gold dresses, which we definitely wouldn’t have appreciated back in middle school, but would love to slip into now. Some things change, some stay the same.
What is it about Warhol? The pop artist’s famous silk screens inspired not only Charlotte Tilbury at Victoria Beckham, but also the “matte, popping, beautiful orchid color” that James Kaliardos painted on models’ mouths at Diane von Furstenberg. Rather than using sculpting powders, Kaliardos added contours to clean skin with MAC’s Cream Colour Base in Pearl. But it was really all about the lip, which bore a striking resemblance to a similar MAC-made pout that premiered at Antonio Berardi’s Fall 2009 show; we loved it then and are just as enamored with it now. Kaliardos’ version started with MAC Pro’s Chromagraphic Pencil in Processed Magenta for a nice base, which the face painter topped off with its Pigment in Magenta Madness for a vivid, chalky finish. Do try this at home.
Designer nail collaborations are taking off this season (see Wu, Jason and Gurung, Prabal in posts below), and designer makeup ranges are picking up steam as well. Dolce & Gabbana now exclusively use their Pat McGrath-designed The Make Up line backstage, and with its much-discussed launch earlier this summer, Burberry will likely do the same with its makeup range at its Spring show in two weeks. Even Viktor & Rolf hinted at a potential cosmetic foray at their Flowerbomb anniversary party on Wednesday (please, oh please, let this come to fruition). Designers like Jill Stuart and Jason Wu have been on the beauty tip for a while—albeit in Asia—and a few well-placed runway appearances today suggest that we could be seeing a lot more of their sparkly blushes and bejeweled packaging. Stuart’s ultra-girly collection (pictured above right)—which has been a backstage constant for the past four seasons and turned up again at her show this morning—is huge in Japan; it’s near impossible to miss its billboard-size ads and multi-floor store at Tokyo’s Shinjuku station. The designer brought the line to the States over a year ago, although much like Anna Sui’s eponymous beauty line, its minimal distribution at her Soho flagship has kept it somewhat off the radar. We imagine many more Manhattanites will be seeking out Stuart’s Jelly Lip Gloss in Apricot Sorbet, however, after seeing makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s handiwork from the Spring show (stay tuned for our full review). As for Wu’s faceted compacts and bright glittery pigment pots for Chinese brand Supreme Aupres (pictured above left), they’re still only available in the Far East, but they could land on our shores yet; they’ve already made two backstage appearances, first at his Resort show in June and at his Spring show yesterday. Until then, let us know if you’re planning a trip to Beijing—we may have an order for you.