34 posts tagged "Oscar De La Renta"
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.
Photo: Marcio Madeira
Talent and ingenuity aside, famed makeup artist Pat McGrath has another trick up her sleeve when it comes to keeping models looking fresh-faced before sending them down the runway. McGrath is said to be a fan of SK-II’s Signs Eye Mask which she will surely have on hand while painting faces at Oscar de la Renta and Anna Sui this week. With a special formulation chock full of vitamins and peptides, the antiaging and hydrating mask instantly revives tired-looking eyes, improves skin texture, and creates that oh-so-coveted “youthful glow.” It’s also made from a 100-percent-cotton weave that stretches and conforms to the shape of your eyes to lock in maximum moisture. Good for pre-runway strutting and pre-slideshow-watching couch sitting.