118 posts tagged "Peter Philips"
Don’t let the snow that dusted New York City in the wee hours this morning fool you; spring is officially here—in beauty terms, that is, and a host of anticipated new launches is beginning to arrive in stores. As per usual, Chanel’s latest makeup collection is at the top of the list, with a selection of sheer neutrals, including Soleil Tan, to add warmth and brightness to your winter skin, as well as some new additions to Peter Philips’ increasingly impressive nail arsenal. The mauve-y grayish Particulière is already sold out on the brand’s Web site. But premature lacquer insanity aside, the real craziness at the counter is yet to come. Word on the street is that Philips has produced a limited quantity of the temporary tattoos he designed for the show in October, which are slated to go on sale February 15. Mark your calendars.
Bleached brows may have ruled the Spring 2010 runways, but at Karl Lagerfeld’s pre-fall spectacular in Shanghai last night, the fuller the brows, the better. Under the direction of makeup artist Peter Philips, models were given thin black cat-eyes and filled-in forehead fringe to add to the general opulence afoot on the barge-cum-catwalk that was docked in the Huangpu River for the night’s festivities. If you’re interested in achieving a similar look at home—you know, when dreaming up your own cinematic version of “Coco Goes to China”—create a slight flick that extends beyond the upper lash line using Chanel’s Automatic Liquid Eyeliner and draw in your arches with its Precision Brow Definer, straying outside your natural shape to create an exaggerated thickness. As for the fine-jewelry hair pins, we advise going with some bedazzled bobby pins and really trying to suspend your disbelief.
As readers of this blog know, we are somewhat nail obsessed. Certain shows during fashion month provide more excitement in this arena than others, but we particularly hold our breath for Chanel, where artistic director of makeup Peter Philips never disappoints. Philips’ Jade color from Fall had the blogosphere abuzz long before he even decided to put it into production (it hits stores this month). For Spring, it appears he has gone gray. We noticed the warm, mauve-y polish—dubbed Particulière—during Karl Lagerfeld’s hoedown yesterday, but when we spotted it on Dree Hemingway later in the night, it was somehow that much more lust-worthy. Hemingway, who walked in the show, chose to keep the lacquer on post-presentation and rocked it with a cropped fur jacket to the Fendi’O party for Pixie Lott. It bows in January and will fit in well with next season’s neutral nail palette. Thoughts on the color?
There are times when conceptual art, rather than actual wearability, can resonate backstage as much as on the runway. Yesterday was one such occasion, when Alexander McQueen presented his Plato’s Atlantis collection, enlightening his hair and makeup team on the wonders of alien movies, Art Nouveau, and Darwinism—all of which informed his Spring presentation. In response, Redken’s Guido Palau and makeup artist Peter Philips crafted looks that were more about a feast for the eyes than anything else. “Some things are like couture,” noted Palau of his intricate amphibious coifs. “It’s a fantasy that’s there to inspire people.” Setting any notions of at-home duplication aside for a moment, Palau’s winged ‘dos and interwoven braids were awe-inspiring for their theatrical nature, which could place them comfortably in a sci-fi super-production—less so in real life. The makeup story unfolded in a similar manner, progressing from a uniform beige base to full-on prosthetics for an homage to otherworldly (or, rather, underworldly) creatures. To capture a certain extraterrestrial allure, Peter Philips started with shiny foundations to even out skin tone and to blank out brows, as is popular practice these days. He followed that up with varying warm and cool shades of Chanel and MAC pigments to conjure “evolutionary” skin tones and shapes. Not necessarily everyday wear, per se, but definitely handy inspiration with All Hallows’ Eve just around the corner.
Another day of shows began bright and early in Paris this morning, and with it came yet another lesson in body art. But seeing as how the seminar in question was given by Peter Philips, Chanel’s artistic director of makeup, the season’s prevalent hand-drawn tribal designs and stenciled letters never entered into the equation. “I had them made into transfers,” said Philips in reference to the tattoos he designed for the house’s presentation, which were inspired by blossoms, Chanel chains, and pearls. (To play up the precious stones, Philips used Chanel’s Le Crayon Khôl in Blanc to trace their outline for increased visibility.) “It’s child’s play,” he continued, explaining that the embellishments were intended to add “an extra something” to the fresh look Karl Lagerfeld wanted for the Marie Antoinette-goes-to-the-barn spectacle he staged at the Grand Palais. To skirt the challenging line between eighteenth-century teen queen and farmer’s daughter, Philips turned to soft, blend-able shades, serving up flawless skin and some of the best cheeks we’ve seen this month. The latter came courtesy of Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Imprévu, which is part of his as-yet-unreleased spring color collection. Citing “purity” and “natural beauty” as forthcoming trends, Philips has taken an optimistic view of the fate of makeup as we slowly climb out of economic decline. “I see a positive approach,” he surmised. “Effortless and beautiful.” (A strategically placed tattoo is, of course, optional.)