34 posts tagged "Oscar De La Renta"
Oscar de la Renta Provides the Comforts of Home; Get Your Hair Done (or Lasered Off) at Warren-Tricomi’s New Salon and Medspa; and More
Swiping those tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner from the hotel bathroom will be even more tempting now that Oscar de la Renta put his stamp on a collection of amenities for The Peninsula Hotels. [Refinery29]
Warren-Tricomi announced that a new salon will open in New York City’s Flatiron neighborhood on October 15, and will be joining forces with Adriana and Marisa Martino of Skinney Medspa. Now you’ll be able to get a blow-out and an age-defying blood-filtration treatment infused with “platelet-enriched plasma” in one conveniently located spot.
Is downward-facing dog really the path to serenity? Elle questions the healing powers of yoga. [Elle]
The beauty floors at Barneys in both Manhattan and Beverly Hills got treated to major makeovers. The new “neutral” environments—which include terrazzo tiles and French-plaster walls—serve as the ideal backdrop to showcase the luxe products that line the shelves. In both locations, you’ll also find skin-care salons developed by aesthetician Mila Moursi. In addition, the Beverly Hills location boasts an exclusive La Mer treatment room, while NYC welcomes B3 Barneys Blow Bar by Valery Joseph to the foundation level. [WWD]
Lollapalooza and BronyCon (a convention celebrating all things My Little Pony) might have come to a close, but the colored-hair trend is alive and well (Chloe Nørgaard and Alison Mosshart: cases in point). While we’ve never been fans of cakey hair mascaras, messy paints, or powders, Scünci Hair Chalk is a definite game changer. The flatiron-shaped applicator allows you to slide two pieces of chalk into the device and compress a section of hair between them, leaving the pigment on your strands—not your fingertips. Set your new streak with hairspray and prepare to stage a comeback of the colorful coifs Oscar de la Renta sent down his Spring 2013 runway (a show that qualifies as one of the best and brightest spots in our backstage-beauty history).
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Being as fabulous as Gwyneth Paltrow is a twenty-four-hour-a-day kind of job—and now there’s a perfume duo to span the entirety of it. Paltrow, who is the spokesperson for Hugo Boss’ Boss Nuit Pour Femme fragrance, will also serve face time for its new Boss Jour Pour Femme. [WWD]
We’ve been talking about the men’s beauty boom for quite some time on this blog, and now it’s been all but confirmed with this development: Amazon is launching an upmarket online men’s grooming boutique. [WWD]
Socialite Hannah Bronfman’s Beautified, an app for booking last-minute beauty services, launches today. Ladies, to your iPads. [Time]
Organic-skincare guru Tata Harper is set to debut two big new brand innovations in the teen and sun categories. “We’re working on developing both,” she has confirmed. [HuffPo]
Net-a-Porter’s new beauty e-commerce site is racking up the gets. Last week it debuted an exclusive partnership with Miranda Kerr’s KORA Organics, and today it launched Oscar de la Renta’s coveted line of nail lacquers. [Net-a-Porter]
Oscar de la Renta just celebrated a major milestone: This marks his fiftieth year as a designer. A staggering achievement in itself, all the more so considering that he is as formidable a talent today as ever; in fact, he even continues to diversify his brand (de la Renta’s home collection recently launched). The latest jewel in the designer’s crown? Something Blue, a fragrance with, unsurprisingly, romance in mind. Because, as de la Renta (who, it should be said, is pure elegance in person) tells me: “A fragrance is something that you should fall in love with; it’s always about romance.” The notes doing the wooing in his latest creation include linden blossom, white musk, lychee, and, the heart note and clear star, stephanotis. Also known, fittingly, as the “bridal veil,” the fragrant bloom is such a favorite for de la Renta that he grows it in his own home garden—that’s where Something Blue’s perfumers traveled to pick and capture the flower’s unique essence. Smell is a particularly powerful sense and also, as de la Renta points out, the longest lasting. With that in mind, we asked him to share one of his own personal fragrance memories.
“For my very first fragrance that I created, back in 1977, one of the top notes was ylang-ylang. It’s not a particularly pretty flower, but it’s all about the smell of it…the smell of the flower is really quite extraordinary. When we were working on the creation of the fragrance, the perfumers had presented me with twenty different small bottles derived from a list of smells that I identified as liking…mostly some Orientals and traditional flowers. And I had told them about one particular scent from my childhood…I remember there was a tree, and at night, when that tree was in bloom, you could smell it for blocks and blocks and blocks. And I said, ‘I don’t know what the real name of the tree is, but as children we used to call it ylang-ylang.’ And the perfumers laughed and said that is, in fact, the actual name! I don’t know why that tree was in my neighborhood, because it’s not indigenous to my country, but now there is a lot of ylang-ylang in the Dominican Republic. So when I had all these bottles in front of me, I started to smell each one…until I got to the ylang-ylang, and I knew it immediately. And just because of that smell I started to remember things about my childhood that I had completely forgotten. There is something unbelievably important about a fragrance that has everything to do with memories…the memory that lingers and that souvenir that you leave behind. And the same thing is true for a woman—how wonderful for a man to walk into a room and there is still that smell lingering in that room of the woman you love.”
Something Blue, $115 for a 3.4-ounce eau de parfum, and $65 for a candle, at Bloomingdale’s.
Oscar de la Renta gave makeup artist Gucci Westman and hairstylist Orlando Pita a challenge this season: to create four different hair-and-makeup looks instead of the requisite one. “Oscar’s collection has four very different sections, and we really wanted the hair and makeup to reflect that,” Westman explained backstage, giving every girl the dewy, glow-y skin the Revlon artistic director has become known for, with perfectly highlighted contours courtesy of Revlon’s Illuminance Crème Shadow in Not Just Nudes, before starting in on each different look.
First out was the Faye Dunaway-inspired matte-orange lip, which Westman created by mixing Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks in It Girl and Front Row. “She has a major mouth,” Westman boasted, pairing the mandarin pout with hairstylist Orlando Pita’s extra-loose ponytails with wispy strands that escaped toward the front, “as if the girls have been running.”
Then came the Kate Moss impersonators—a favorite muse for Westman, who often culls reference points from Moss’ nineties-era heyday. “She’s channeling the nineties with a nude, heavily lined lip,” Westman explained, rimming lips with Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Natural, before double-timing its Illuminance Crème Shadow in Not Just Nudes as a lipstick. Here, Pita constructed perfectly disheveled waves—a Moss signature.
Next up was the “chinoiserie” section—or “East Asian jet set,” as Westman further described the red metallic lip she created using four different shades of lipstick, depending on the model, including Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Trendsetter and Finale, as well as its Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow and Cherry Blossom. “There’s a fragility to her pout,” Westman noted as Pita implemented a “lazy loop,” which he finished off with an Oscar de la Renta jewel.
Lastly came the “gypsy girls,” according to Westman, who were meant to look sufficiently travel worn with super-dark smoky eyes and mulberry-stained mouths. “The gypsy girl is almost greasy-looking,” she explained, fashioning a wet dark eye against paled-out skin. “I’m making the eye matte at first, then adding a layer of Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Shine City so lids are shiny just before the girls walk.” The greasy finish extended to the hair as well, as Pita slicked back twenties-inspired finger waves that were matted to the side, as though the girls had started a sophisticated style but never followed through with it. If you caught a glimpse of a technique that Pita and makeup artist Pat McGrath made famous backstage at Christian Dior under John Galliano’s reign, your eyes were not deceiving you. That Mr. Galliano, who recently completed a residency in Mr. de la Renta’s studio, was actually standing backstage to take it all in only served to further the would-be homage.