51 posts tagged "Prada"
The brow is back for fall—at least according to makeup artist Pat McGrath, who carefully etched full forehead fringe with short strokes of CoverGirl’s LineExact Liquid Liner in black and brown backstage at Prada yesterday. The early nineties-style arch shapes came in sharp contrast to McGrath’s usual technique at the show, where she has been a champion of the bleached brow for the past few seasons. This time around, however, it was all about keeping things strong and feminine, a concept that worked nicely with hairstylist Guido Palau’s coifs, which he described as “classic French hairdressing done with a very chic, uptown nod to the sixties.” Prepping models’ tresses with Redken Thickening Lotion, Palau wrapped two separate sections of hair over a mesh cushion, which he used to create height and volume in the back for what ultimately resembled a beehive-style updo. “It’s really a modern take on the chignon,” he offered, before shellacking the top portion of the head with heavy layers of Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray and adding braided-rope headbands to accessorize the look. It struck us as more retro than modern, but we’re not complaining.
Never mind the eight Grammy nominations and fans in both the country and pop camps. Taylor Swift officially made it this Sunday, as far as we’re concerned, when her very high-fashion, very high-profile cover shoot in the holiday issue of The New York Times Style Magazine hit newsstands. Looking equal parts down-home girl and leggy big-city model, Swift wears full iridescent blue lids and a bright red lip that would make Dolly Parton proud, courtesy of the makeup artist Makky. As for her pigtails, which are as likely a farmer’s-daughter tribute as they are a nod to Miuccia Prada’s Spring runway, the style might not showcase Swift’s signature curls, but it seems to work with the story’s overall “crossover success” theme—familiar territory with the 20-year-old phenom. Thoughts on the photo?
“Gone is the day of the perfect updo,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau recently declared over a preholiday lunch to discuss next season’s biggest hair trends. Palau has said goodbye to the pristine twists and turns of yesteryear and is advocating instead a new era that utilizes these same classic shapes with unexpected textures and a little less precision. “I tried to create a lot of variation on what real women—not just 16-year-old models—can wear,” he said of his most recent runway portfolio, which includes the coveted over-the-shoulder braids at both Alexander Wang and Miu Miu, not to mention Prada’s pigtails and the mattified turbans-cum-chignons he coiffed backstage at Lanvin. “If a piece falls out or bobby pins are visible, all the better.” As for inspiration, there’s one place Palau isn’t looking these days: the red carpet. “I’m not really inspired by celebrities right now—except for Rihanna—because they all appear to be going to the same hairdresser,” he joked, pointing out that the long waves and hair extensions popular with the Hollywood set shouldn’t necessarily be emulated. “We need to communicate change!” he stressed. Change, like the amphibious ridges he sculpted at Alexander McQueen? “Well, fashion is there to amaze us, too,” Palau countered. “Not always to be worn, but to be marveled at.”
When Prada introduced its Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger fragrance this past spring, it was on our summer favorites’ list before we even toyed with the idea of spritzing it onto our skin. The rectangular glass flacon came housed in one of the prettiest boxes we’ve ever seen, which made us want to like the orange blossom absolute eau despite the fact that we tend to shy away from similarly scented perfumes. (Full disclosure: The entire package sat, unopened, on our kitchen table for a few weeks so any visitors to our apartment might be able to marvel at the iconic green, pink, and orange floral wallpaper print that Miuccia Prada featured in her Fall 2003 collection.) Fortunately, we liked the warm, fresh scent even more when we eventually opened it—thus marginally justifying leaving the carton around for all to see. The Musée d’Orsay in Paris apparently relates to our obsession with its visual allure and has included the fragrance in its new exhibition entitled Art Nouveau Revival, which opened this week and is dedicated to re-evaluating the impact of the movement on contemporary culture. Prada’s pattern will be shown alongside work by artists like Man Ray, Salvador Dalí, and Aubrey Beardsley through February, giving us a legitimate reason to put the box back on display in our own home as an objet d’art.
With a rampant series of braids showing up from Alexander Wang to Jean Paul Gaultier this season—not to mention the pigtail party at Prada—it was only a matter of time before the trickle-down effect of newly popular childhood hairstyles would start appearing off the catwalk as well. Elettra Wiedemann is therefore something of an early adopter, as she chose to sport pigtail braids to the Sonia Rykiel presentation in Paris yesterday. Even though Wiedemann paired it with a sophisticated red lip, we’ve never really been able to get behind this look on people over the age of six, give or take a few years. We are, however, open to dissenting opinions. Can you make a good case for it?