51 posts tagged "Prada"
As catwalking legends including Mariacarla Boscono, nineties grunge icon Kirsten Owen, and even Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima moved about the crowded backstage area at Prada among a host of their younger, greener peers, Guido Palau stated the obvious about their hair. “It’s…wet basically,” the Redken creative consultant laughed, motioning toward the damp, stringy strands in his midst. “The clothes are superrich, so we wanted to break that,” he elaborated of the texture that was side-parted or pushed straight back, depending on the girl. “The ultimate ease is wet, just-out-of-the-shower hair. I mean, how chic is that?”
Applying copious amounts of Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam mousse, Palau was going for a deliberate disheveledness—or “nonchalance,” as he called it—which offset the luxe, 1940s, almost twisted quality of Miuccia Prada’s Fall collection. Snipping a few inches off of models’ ends with a layering technique to make sure there were no blunt lines, Palau polished on an extra slick of Redken’s forthcoming Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine across lengths to get a positively damp finish. “It’s sexy—and a little melancholy,” he surmised.
Makeup artist Pat McGrath fleshed out the story line a bit more. “We were obsessed with the contrast of rich and poor,” she said, stressing the word “undone” when describing the beautiful burgundy-stained mouths she was drawing in darker toward the center of models’ lips and then diffusing outward with a clear balm. “It’s the shadow of formerly amazing makeup,” she continued of what were essentially traces of pigment, including a gray tone on lids, that were used to mimic the animated shadows of tiny-waisted women (and cats) that had been projected onto the walls of Mrs. Prada’s runway. When asked about the growing prevalence of slate and asphalt smoky shadows this season, instead of more standard black incarnations, McGrath admitted that they’re not the easiest colors to wear. “It needs to be transparent to give it more depth,” she said, adding a greasy shine with “tons” of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream as well as multiple licks of mascara on top and bottom lashes.
Due to the unusually early start to fashion week this year, style tribe members actually had a shot at celebrating Valentine’s Day—that is, of course, until Marc Jacobs changed the date and time of his show. If you had to cancel whatever elaborate champagne-and-chocolate-dipped-strawberry plans you may have had, Prada is offering up something of a consolation prize. Today, the Italian house is releasing Rossetto, the fourteenth parfum in its highly popular exclusive scents collection. Created by and for Miuccia Prada, with perfumer Daniela Andrier in 2003, the idea for the range was to use rare ingredients at their highest concentrations and then formulate them in unlikely and innovative constructions. Perfume fiends will recall the initial offering, No. 1 Iris, with much affinity, although we have always been partial to No. 4 Fleur d’Oranger. Odes to violet, narcissus, tuberose, and carnation have followed since, leading us to the newest installation, a violet and rose eau that boasts synthetic notes for the first time, specifically those of raspberry and—wait for it—lipstick. To celebrate its international launch, Prada has teamed up with the artist Michael Rock and New York’s Studio 2×4 to create an interactive digital platform at www.prada.com/rossetto to allow fans of the brand to create their own Rossetto-inspired mood boards with different iconographic images and, of course, bold red lips. Make a Valentine, make a statement, and maybe even get discovered; Prada may publish the best works on its Web site and social-media platforms.
When the news broke yesterday about a new membership service that allows you to rent nail polishes—like movies or designer dresses—to allow for more trying and less excessive buying of a plethora of trend-driven lacquers, we were reminded yet again that the nail business is still very much booming. What started three years ago with the acceptance of highly designed talons, first on the runways and then at the mass level, has transitioned into an unthinkable number of new-to-market nail brands looking to cash in on the manicure craze. The rush on polish has also caused more established brands to beef up their varnish offerings, and fast. Enter CoverGirl’s new Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, which makes some lofty claims including a finish so shiny, it does not require a topcoat—and will apparently go un-chipped for seven whole days. We first caught a glimpse of the wonder color in Milan, where Pat McGrath accessorized Miuccia Prada’s oft-discussed geisha platforms with cherry red pedicures in Ever Red-dy and Reliably Red, and have been dying to get our hands on a bottle ever since (a bottle which, it should be noted, looks strikingly similar to Chanel’s covetable black-capped Le Vernis). Those particular shades wont be available until January, when the entire collection rolls out to adrugstore near you, but amongst the 15 early-release hues are similar offerings in Lasting Love, pictured above, and Forever Festive, a shimmering dark metallic crimson that has “holiday party circuit” written allover it. At $5 a pop, it’s well worth it to buy (not rent) both.
We have a theory about pigtails, which goes a little something like this: if you’re over the age of six, you shouldn’t wear them. We were so adamant about this philosophy a few years back when there seemed to be an epidemic of twenty- and thirty-somethings sporting the split-down-the-middle style, that we considered starting a separate blog on the matter. There are a few exceptions to this general rule, however, one of which was revealed to us in the Fall of 2009, when Guido Palau sculpted two texturized ponytails that were slung over models shoulders at Prada’s Spring 2010 show to much acclaim. The other occurs on the rare occasion that external forces come together to create the perfect pigtail trifecta, which necessitates extreme length, careful mussing, and equally diligent braiding, as demonstrated by Dutch hairstylist Dirk Jensma in the new issue of Marie Claire Netherlands. What makes this look so compelling, in our estimation, is the unexpectedness of the deliberately loose plaits at the base of the style that segue into a tighter version of the standard, three-section weaving method through the ends. Something about it feels fresh, easy—and primed for one of those Saint Laurent hats for Spring. Don’t you think?
Following two seasons of platinum blonde loyalty and a Fall outing that made shades of deep brunette the runway hair hue du jour, the Spring 2013 shows are at a little bit of a color impasse. Castings have been relatively equal opportunity, with a lot of designers—Alexander Wang and Roberto Cavalli to name a few—requesting deliberately dark and light-haired models for the corresponding black and white sections of their presentations; Marc Jacobs, who ushered in the graphic trend with his Edie Sedgwick sixties salute, went as far as to have Laurie Foley take models black or white-gold, accordingly. Which is why it’s been hard to miss Irina Kravchenko. The Ukrainian newcomer who, despite opening Wang’s show, had a slow start in New York is killing it in Europe—not least because she remains one of the only redheads in this season’s catwalking crew. After staring at her from afar at Prada, Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, Marni, and Roberto Cavalli this week, we finally managed to get the scoop on those gorgeous ginger-auburn locks—despite some initial trouble understanding one another (beauty is an international language, don’t you know). “It’s blonde naturally,” Kravchenko revealed after we maniacally pointed and gestured to her hair (then ours). The word “salon” helped solicit the revelation that she has no need for one, as she does her dyeing herself with—get this—”chenna.” Henna? “Chenna—from grass,” Kravchenko reiterated. That’s right; those rich, show-stopping strands are the result of an at-home application of the plant that has long been used to dye fabrics, skin, nails—and hair. The style set’s superstar colorists are no doubt chomping at the bit to get their hands on this one.