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23 posts tagged "Rag & Bone"

Emma Watson’s Next-Level Orange Lip


"Noah" New York Premiere - Outside ArrivalsEmma Watson has been killing it on the red carpet in terms of her beauty look—from a strip of metallic bobby pins in Madrid to her traffic-cone orange lip at last night’s premiere of Noah in New York City. Designers also loved a loud mouth on the Spring 2014 runways (including Rag & Bone, which took its first-ever lip adventure with a combo of Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Carnival and ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous), and the shade looks just as stunning on the red carpet with major lashes and an equally dazzling ear cuff. Well played, Watson, well played—keep the hits coming.

Photo: Getty

Weekend Wear, Backstage at Rag & Bone


rag-and-bone“This is Saturday morning makeup,” Gucci Westman said of the yé-yé girls- and Katharine Hepburn-inspired look at Rag & Bone. “It’s about fixing what you had on the night before.” If you’re not Joan Smalls (who closed the show), you likely don’t wake up after a Friday evening out on the town looking anything close to this—at least I don’t. But Westman says it’s possible to turn last night’s liner into this graphic shape by applying Revlon ColorStay Crème Gel Eye Liner in Black with a skinny brush and perfecting the shape by tracing over it with the Liquid Eye Pen. “Pointed Q-tips clean up everything,” Westman said as she sharpened the wing on a model’s eye. As for the rest of the face, things were rather pared-down in order to achieve the “tomboy” aesthetic. The Rag & Bone woman doesn’t wear blush, she explained: “It feels too finicky.” Instead, she contoured and highlighted in all the usual places (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, etc.). Any pink or red tones in the lips were canceled using a beige cream shadow (on darker complexions) or a white liner pencil for fair-skinned girls.

Aside from having his three-month-old son by his side backstage, hair pro Paul Hanlon was excited about working with the designers for the first time. “What I love about them is that they’re pushing [the hair and makeup] bit by bit every season,” he said. To achieve a lived-in texture, he loaded strands with Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Grip mousse “to take the cleanliness out” and raked Rough Rubber paste through the roots for “separation and dirtiness.” Dust It was added through the mid-lengths and ends to provide a “dreadlock-y” texture before hair was pulled into a low ponytail. Hanlon tucked the ends through the elastic to create an “urban sports knot” and finished with hair spray. “She hasn’t washed her hair all week; she’s been out; she hasn’t got a hairbrush or a comb; she’s just yanked her hair back with a band and it got all tangled and knotted,” he said of the muse. Yep, sounds about right.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde,

Flashback Friday: In Search of Bright Lights


stella-tenantFlashback Fridays is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Stella Tennant

The Moment: Nearly Neon

The Motivation: With New York fashion week right around the corner, now is the time we start wondering what beauty looks and trends we’ll discover at the tents (or, in the case of many a designer, the multiple off-site locations). Barely-there makeup was de rigueur last season, but there was the occasional jolt of color that brightened our day—take, for example, Gucci Westman’s traffic-stopping orange pouts at Rag & Bone. It may have been a first for Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, but Stella Tennant and readers of this 1995 issue of i-D were already well versed in the power of electro-tangerine lips. The model’s loud mouth is a prime example of what we’d love to see more of for Fall 2014 to counteract the cold, gray skies we’ll likely have to endure while schlepping from show to show.

Photo: Craig McDean for i-D, 1995; courtesy of

Bite the Bullet



If you’ve never experienced Bite Beauty’s all-natural array of lip products, its Collector’s Edition might be the crash course you need to get acquainted with the brand. Twenty shades of its Luminous Créme lipsticks were selected to comprise a comprehensive gift set that almost replicates the mixing-matching experience you’d get at the company’s lab in Soho. Double-ended tubes make creating a custom color easier than ever—whether you want a multidimensional ombré effect (seen at Rag & Bone this past season) or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, a two-tone look (circa Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2010).

Bite’s bullets are also packed with the antioxidant resveratrol (the same ingredient that justifies a nightly glass of red wine), so over time, fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth are diminished. Each duo is boxed separately to make sharing and stocking stuffing a snap, but we won’t tell if you take the Ebenezer Scrooge approach and keep them all for yourself.

Bite Beauty Collector’s Edition Lip Layers Set, $98; available at

Photo: Courtesy of Bite Beauty

Scrunch Up



Rag & Bone looked rather sporty for Pre-Fall 2014, incorporating racer stripes, mesh, and leather into its black and white collection. To complete the athletic apparel, the designers added an accessory that is perhaps a precursor to what we’ll see on the ice (worn by figure skaters) at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi: scrunchies. This isn’t the first time the extravagant hair ties have made an appearance on the runway—they showed up at Marc Jacobs in Spring 2010 and at Ashish for Spring 2013. Carrie Bradshaw may have made this astute observation on Sex and the City many moons ago, “[Women wear scrunchies] in the bathroom maybe, when they’re washing their faces…No woman who works at W magazine and lives on Perry Street would be caught dead at a hip downtown restaurant wearing a scrunchie,” but times, they are a-changin’. If Birkenstocks can make a comeback among the street-style set, anything is possible.

Photos: Courtesy of Rag & Bone