34 posts tagged "Oscar De La Renta"
If the hair at Oscar de la Renta jogged your memory, that’s because you’ve seen it before—two seasons ago at Marc Jacobs. “We’re wrapping the hair around long pins in a zigzag pattern,” Orlando Pita explained of the classic rickracking technique before clamping strands with a hot iron, releasing them, then brushing them out for a fluffy finish. What was unique about the style’s appearance this time around was precisely that it appeared at Oscar de la Renta at all. “I’m just happy he wanted something different,” said Pita, who has been in charge of the classic ladies-who-lunch updos and blowouts that more often than not debut here (Spring 2011′s fabric-wrapped Heidi braids being the one, outstanding exception). Pita’s version of the seventies style also featured a middle part that he used to create two front sections, which he pulled back and pinned underneath a top layer of fuzz. “It’s young, fresh, and romantic,” he continued, referencing Renaissance paintings and Stevie Nicks, a name that isn’t typically bandied about backstage at one of de la Renta’s shows, either.
The references to the Fleetwood Mac front woman ended there (much to our chagrin) as Revlon global artistic director Gucci Westman took the makeup reins. “It’s all about the skin,” Westman said, prepping complexions with Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream and its Regenerating Serum so that Revlon’s Age Defying Spa Illuminator in Pink Light and its Illuminance Crème Shadow in Not Just Nude melted right in. A combination of Revlon’s Matte Eye Shadow in Rich Sable and its forthcoming Eye Shadow in Moonlit was layered onto lids, which were then dotted with the clear gloss from Westman’s limited-edition gloss palette in Bordeaux in the Snow and lined with Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner in Espresso for definition. Westman used its Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde and Brunette to strengthen arches before brushing them up. “There’s a lot of color in the collection,” Westman pointed out, “so we just wanted to keep it simple.”
With two new fragrances released in the last year, Oscar de la Renta has made it clear that beauty is a focus for him moving forward—a point that will be hammered home tomorrow when he unveils his first venture in cosmetics, a collaborative palette designed with Le Métier de Beauté for Fashion’s Night Out. [WWD]
And he’s not the only designer branching out into the world of primping. In addition to her role as brand ambassador for Exude cosmetics, Rachel Zoe has confirmed that we can expect a fragrance and a makeup collection from her eponymous line in the very near future. [The Cut]
Tom Ford is also forging a beauty path with his highly anticipated full color collection, which will hit stores in October. If there were any doubts that Ford’s foray into all manners of foundation, eye shadows, mascaras, and nail colors will be anything but perfection, he’s ready to allay them. “I’m probably the only man in England who doesn’t want to dress in drag. But makeup? That I’m serious about.” [Telegraph]
Last but not least, sixties favorite Brit brand Biba will also enter the makeup game with a capsule collection of lip, eye, and nail colors to debut at London’s House of Frasier next month. [Hello!]
What’s in makeup guru Bobbi Brown’s cosmetics case? The same things that have been since before she started her own line: “always a cream bronzer, always a dark brown eye shadow, always a nude lipstick, always blush.” [Fashion Etc.]
Today marks the official start of Burberry’s new Facebook sampling campaign with its latest fragrance, simply called Burberry Body. Not friends with Burberry online? Not to worry. The floral, woody, amber eau hits stores September 1. [WWD]
In other designer fragrance news, after debuting Esprit d’Oscar in the spring, Oscar de la Renta is launching its first, totally new fragrance since getting its beauty license back last year. Live in Love, a green floral, takes its name directly from a tattoo on the arm of the chief of the house’s atelier and utilizes the old-school method of illustrated fragrance ads. [WWD]
In addition to coming out against plastic surgery, Kate Winslet is working on another big beauty move: a curated makeup line with Lancôme to benefit her charity the Golden Hat Foundation, which helps improve the lives of autistic children. [Independent]
What does it take to keep Britney Spears’ complexion flawless and her tousled hair grease-free as she writhes her way through a two-hour show? Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, its HD MicroFinish powder, and a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble’s Dry Shampoo. [Allure]
The latest launch from STRANGEBEAUTIFUL, a nail polish brand with a knack for the pretty and obscure, includes shades called A Worn Black Bible (a soft black) and Gradation of a Bruise (a warm purple). Perhaps unshockingly, the colors are pretty true to the mental images their names evoke. [StyleList]
When news broke last February that Oscar de la Renta had secured his beauty license and was in the market for a financial partner to branch out into new fragrance and cosmetics ventures, we were pumped. His original scent, Oscar, which was released in 1977 and has enjoyed a few different incarnations since, seemed primed for an update. Over a year later, updated it has been—in more ways than one. In a sign of the times, Esprit d’Oscar was officially launched on Facebook last Friday preceding its official launch at Nordstrom this month. Twenty-five thousand samples were given away online before the initiative was cut off due to an onslaught of requests. “Today you have to try to reach the consumer any way you can,” the designer told us this morning when we asked him if he himself was on the social networking site. He “checks it,” he told us, but it’s unlikely you’ll be getting a poke from him anytime soon.
With his latest olfactory effort, de la Renta was out to reach a certain consumer—a younger one. “We wanted to make it more contemporary but keep the essence of the original for the woman of today. There has never been a time when a woman is more in charge of her destiny,” de la Renta elaborated, pointing out that he didn’t change any of the ingredients from his first namesake bottle, but simply rearranged the contents. So the fresh floral heart, comprising Egyptian jasmine, orange flower, and tuberose, is still there, getting an additional sparkle from Sicilian lemon and bergamot and finishing with a warm heliotrope and tonka bean base. The packaging also borrows from its predecessor, retaining its floral-shaped glass flacon and blossoming cap with a single dewdrop at its center. “When I was little, I thought if you collected the dew drops from flowers, you could make perfume. Unfortunately it wasn’t a reality, it was a dream,” de la Renta said. “But sometimes dreams are important.” If ours come true, the designer will try his hand at makeup next.
Indie Makeup Stages A Comeback; Another DVF Face Update; April Fool’s Beauty-Sphere Shenanigans; And More
WWD talks with Vincent Longo and Paula Dorf about reviving their “indie” makeup brands launched in the nineties. Both have new investors—CVS Pharmacy Beauty 360′s Peter Wagner and Global Beauty Group, respectively, and are slated to launch new product lines. [WWD]
We thought we’d heard enough about the ski accident that left Diane von Furstenberg with a broken nose several days before a scheduled portrait session with Chuck Close. Naturally, she postponed. Six weeks later, on the eve of her Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress exhibit, she finally sat for the artist (Polaroid, left), and Bazaar was there to record their conversation about loving her wrinkles. [Harper’s Bazaar]
Oscar de la Renta is getting social-media savvy. Instead of going the usual product-release route, he’s using Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook to launch his first fragrance in ten years, Esprit d’Oscar (an update on the house’s first fragrance launched in 1977). Facebook fans simply have to “like” ODLR in order to receive an offer for a sample of the new scent. [Fashionista]
Beauty blog fans beware: April Fool’s tomfoolery is in the air, and you should read today’s posts carefully. So far, we’ve spotted two spoofs: Bellasugar unveiled a collaboration between Apple and MAC called MAC² for all the makeup-obsessed computer nerds out there. And the Telegraph reported on soaring sales of Eau de Mutt perfume from the company Moggy. [L.A. Times]