36 posts tagged "Oscar De La Renta"
OPI may have opted for a new, tech-savvy marketing approach with the announcement of its Dell laptop collab, but Essie Weingarten isn’t about to jump on any bandwagons to keep up with the competition. Instead, she’s sticking to what she knows best, that being nails and fashion. Weingarten, whose eponymous brand showed up backstage at Spring shows like Rag & Bone and Oscar de la Renta, has partnered with Rock & Republic president Andrea Bernholtz to bring the matte nail trend to denimwear for a complete no-shine look. After making a surprise cameo in the pages of the J.Crew catalog this year (and later landing in its stores nationwide), the polish junkie is spreading her sartorial wings even further. Weingarten helped create a capsule collection that includes Essie’s new Clearly Matte topcoat (repackaged with the R&R logo) as well as Rock & Republic’s Skinny Denim Fit jeans emblazoned with black lacquer spill detailing, and its Top Matte Tee, a slim-fit black jersey V-neck with red foil pocket detailing. The mini line launches today at the L.A.-based brand’s Robertson Boulevard store, and Bernholtz would be wise to snag Weingarten for another project ASAP. Nail polish is the one arena in which the company has yet to venture with its own cosmetic range, and it appears as though Weingarten’s fashion acolytes are starting to stack up.
Like most of his devoted fans worldwide, we have come to associate Oscar de la Renta with a demure, elegant woman who appreciates the finer things in life. And for the past few seasons, the beauty looks devised for his shows have followed suit: dark (but not too dark) eye contouring; nude lips; clean skin; and high, architectural hair in different incarnations of the French twist, a.k.a. the preferred style of the over-60, ladies-who-lunch set. Arriving backstage at his Spring presentation yesterday only to see heads with coronets of braids woven with pieces of colored fabric and graphic black cat-eyes was, therefore, somewhat shocking. That combination of a very luxe aesthetic paired with a funkier sensibility wasn’t completely unfamiliar, though. “Grace Coddington,” makeup artist Gucci Westman informed us, as she drew “kicked out” lines on models’ upper lash line with Revlon’s Colorstay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black. Inspired by an old Norman Parkinson image of Vogue‘s famous red-haired creative director (and the star of The September Issue), Westman’s de la Renta girl was “more punky than lady,” with a defined brow; slight pink flush on the cheeks; and a 1960′s, Sofia Loren-style matte beige lip. The punky element was present in the hair as well, and stylist Orlando Pita mentioned that his wraparound plait was intended to be an accessory as much as the waist-cinching belts and colored clutches, which were grasped by fingertips painted in Essie’s Capri, a nearly neon orange lacquer. A welcome change from the status quo.
Smoky eyes, smoky nightclubs—they just go together. So it was a surprise to see them at Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta, two designers who typically show fresh, natural faces and whose clientele would never be caught at Marquee or Lotus. Given the task of “creating a bit of an edge” at Michael Kors, makeup artist Dick Page crafted a precise gunmetal gray eye with four different products. “The secret is blending,” Page divulged, which meant lining the upper and lower lash lines with a Shiseido black pencil and then combining the liner with Hydro Powder H3, a copper shade that he spread across lids to the crease. He topped this off with both a gray and a black shadow, after which he dragged a beige shade of Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color in Lingerie, a new color for fall, over the brow bone. At Oscar de la Renta, Pat McGrath was given a similar switching-it-up task. “We were going with a natural face in the beginning,” she said, until Mr. de la Renta decided he wanted the eyes a little stronger to complement the beading and luxe fabrics in his collection. McGrath put together a soft smolder, lining the inner rims of models’ eyes with a beige liner and smudging out Max Factor’s MAXeye Liner in Fresh Coffee from the upper lash line. A brown shimmer shadow mixed with black provided the intensity Mr. de la Renta was after, without sacrificing any of the class he typically sends down the runway.
In the grand tradition of isolating a single note from his Oscar classic fragrance and reinventing it as a limited-edition perfume for brand devotees to clamor over, Oscar de la Renta will release Sheer Freesia next week at select Macy’s counters nationwide. Inspired by the garden at his Connecticut country home, Mr. de la Renta instructed his perfumers to blend top notes of blueberry, green apple, and rhubarb with the sweet citrus scent of one of his favorite flowers for a sensual, feminine fragrance that should be in the running for that “new year, new signature scent” resolution you’re considering for ’09. No, it won’t be as unique a choice as, say, Flame, the much-hyped fragrance from Burger King, but we’re guessing you’re willing to sacrifice a little individuality to avoid smelling like meat.
With the ink barely dry on her new contract with Lancôme, Dominican modeling phenom Arlenis Sosa continues to rack up acclaim. Only in the biz since April, the 19-year-old made her grand entrée into the editorial world as one of the lucky few catwalkers cast for Italian Vogue‘s historic all-black issue and can already count Anna Wintour and makeup artist Pat McGrath as fans. Yesterday, she officially added muse to her growing list of attributes, opening and closing the Oscar de la Renta show. Backstage, where she was something of a celebrity in a room full of top models, we had a chance to catch up with the beauty about her whirlwind ride on the fame train. Despite a bit of a language barrier, a few things were clear: 1. She feels “very lucky to have these experiences”; 2. being on set of the Italian Vogue shoot with Iman, Naomi, and Liya was “like, wow!” and 3. she actually likes Lancôme products, in addition to serving as its new spokesperson: “I really love definition mascara,” she said (we assume she was talking about Definicils), “and Aqua Fusion moisture,” which she excitedly produced from her bag.
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