3 posts tagged "Premiere"
Reese Witherspoon is back to blonde. Following some, er, negative associations with her brooding brunette, the actress has returned to her former shade of honey gold, which she revealed this wekkend underneath the protection of a sun hat. [Daily Mail]
Spoiler alert: Kate Middleton is still the number-one hair icon in Great Britain, according to a survey recently conducted by Kérastase. [Hello]
Blake Lively’s Mother’s Day shopping was made easy, thanks to her lucrative fragrance contract with Gucci. “When [my mom] smelled my Gucci Premiere, the bottle was gone from my shelf in about two seconds,” the actress said when discussing how she planned on gifting her mom this past weekend. [InTouch]
Had Lively’s mother been a Chanel No. 5 fan, we imagine this new release from the French brand might have caught her eye: Today comes news that Chanel has created a limited-edition, giant bottle of the Grand Extrait version of its iconic scent, which is filled with nearly two pounds of perfume. The oversize flacon rings in at a whopping $4,200. [WSJ.]
Gucci creative director Frida Giannini is not your average fashion designer when it comes to adding beauty extensions to the Italian house’s lineup of luxury goods—which is to say she is very, very involved in the entire process. “She knows what she wants,” Sumit Bhasin, global director of research, development, and innovation at P&G Prestige, told me over the weekend in Venice, where he and the rest of Giannini’s partners in perfume had decamped to officially launch Gucci’s latest fragrance, Premiere, against the backdrop of the sinking city’s film festival. “It’s an exploration with Frida,” he continued, explaining that what Giannini was specifically exploring with the brand’s latest flacon was the world of white flowers and “glitz, but [nothing] over-the-top.”
The lily of the valley-heavy scent with subtle notes of sparkling bergamot, smoky leather, and woods subsequently came into being based on two explicit Giannini directives: that it be devoid of anything too saccharine, gourmand, and cloying (“Frida hates sweet notes”) and that it somehow translate as the spritzable equivalent of her couture collection of the same name, which launched at Cannes two years ago on the backs of Salma Hayek and Jennifer Connelly. “Gucci Premiere is about [dressing] the world’s most famous women for one special night,” Giannini reiterated at a dinner to fête the fragrance—its Nicolas Winding Refn-directed commercial and its famous face, Blake Lively—later that evening. “I was looking for a woman who could bring that glamour to life,” she continued of Lively, before the Savages star made a grand, live-broadcast entrance via water taxi. I caught up with Lively on a 48-hour Italian jaunt to talk the end of Gossip Girl, finding beauty inspiration on Pinterest, and why, when it comes to dressing for her own big premieres, she relies on Style.com (she said it; not us).
Following successful partnerships and friendships with brands like Chanel and Christian Louboutin, how did your collaboration with Gucci come about?
I actually met Frida [Giannini] at a couple of different Gucci charity events, then they approached me to work with them. It’s just so inspiring to see; she has so much on her plate—menswear, Premiere couture—she’s doing so much yet she still makes it a priority to be involved in charity every year, and when I saw that I just thought it was super cool. Frida is the best version of a woman. She’s got this strong, grounded, empowered masculine side and she also has that delicate, feminine, glamorous lush side. There are a lot of fashion houses that I’m aware of and that I admire for different reasons, but there’s very few that I would really want to work with and feel like I’m still myself. A lot of [brands], I feel like if I stepped into their world it wouldn’t be as me.
This perfume is about red-carpet moments, of which you’ve certainly had your fair share. How do you prep for your own premieres?
Honestly, I go on Style.com—it’s the truth! I don’t use a stylist so the way I find my looks is by going on Style.com and looking at the shows. My mom always made clothes and she’s great with design—clothes, home. So I grew up with that and having that understanding, going to flea markets with her and finding vintage pieces of furniture. It’s hunting for that special piece. I’m good at knowing what’s going to look good on my body and what colors are going to look good. It all started with Gossip Girl, really—doing all of those fittings for all of those episodes; we have nine looks an episode and 27 episodes a year! You learn how to do it quick.
Saks is gearing up to host the first-ever Beauty Editors Day at its flagship Fifth Avenue store on August 16. The initiative, which pairs 32 beauty editors with 32 prestige beauty brands, allows consumers to book individual appointments for $30 a pop in support of Look Good, Feel Better, a nonprofit that helps people living with cancer. Also, you guys, I will be one of these editors. Style.com has teamed up with Burberry Beauty for what will be an amazing day of conversation and playing around with products. Call (866) 395-LOOK to book an appointment with me and click here for more info. [WWD]
Here’s the only thing I’m going to say about the Gabby Douglas hair brouhaha currently making the rounds on the blogosphere: Her slicked-back ponytail was the last thing I noticed while watching the lithe 16-year-old best not one but two Russian gymasts in the women’s all-around Olympics competition. Also, the image of Douglas’ biological mother and her home-stay Iowa mother crying and hugging in the stands still makes me tear up, 24 hours later. [NPR]
In other Olympic beauty news, swimmer Ryan Lochte has revealed his favorite fragrance brand—to a lovestruck fan via Twitter, no less. And that fragrance brand is…Creed. [Twitter]
A first cut of Blake Lively’s Gucci Premiere video shot by Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is making the Internet rounds this week. In it, Lively wears a series of body-hugging gowns, spritzes herself with the fragrance, and walks in slow motion a lot. If that doesn’t spell retail success, I don’t know what does. [E!]
They’ve done it! The L.A.-based jewelry brand Azature has created the world’s most expensive nail polish. Ringing in at a whopping $250,000, the single bottle of lacquer contains 267 carats of crushed black diamonds, in a sheer black base. Take that, OPI. [Daily Mail]