19 posts tagged "Rag & Bone"
Backstage at Rag & Bone, all of the usual beauty suspects seemed to be present and accounted for: Black eyeliner? Check. Texturized, broken-up hair? You bet. But there was something decidedly different guiding their execution for Fall. “The mood board was all sixties,” makeup artist Gucci Westman revealed, explaining the absence of the grunge-heroine influence that often guides the look at David Neville and Marcus Wainwright’s shows. “We had to evolve someday. We couldn’t do Kate Moss forever,” the Revlon global artistic director joked.
But the classic downtown cool-girl code that has long reigned here was not gone—far from it. “This felt more obscure,” Westman explained of the thin banana liner she was drawing through the crease of models’ eyes with an uncharacteristically elongated stroke of Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black and its ColorStay Crème Gel Liner in Black. “The typical sixties shape starts closer to the nose,” she continued, pointing out that in contrast, her etchings began about a quarter of an inch from the inner corner of the eye and extended out toward the temple. “We want [the girls to feel pretty],” Westman continued, insisting that both the top and bottom lashes were slicked with Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara in Blackest Black but that no fake lashes were used, to keep things authentic. Arches were groomed with Revlon Brow Fantasy pencils while lips were bumped up a touch with its ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Supermodel, a sheer mauve-berry.
Guido Palau echoed the sixties feeling by starting off the Fall show where he left off for Spring and sculpting a super-deep side part. “It’s almost like a comb-over,” the Redken creative consultant pointed out as he prepped strands with Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam Mousse to create grip before applying its Power Refresh 01 Aerosol Hair Powder through the lengths for a matte finish. “A regular side part seems sophisticated, but a deep side part is boyish and also has a rebellious feel,” Palau offered, spritzing Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Finishing Spray through the lengths and gathering them into a ponytail before securing a “spiky bun.” Your classic Twiggy homage, this was not.
The news broke yesterday in the late afternoon via Twitter and Instagram: Chris Brown and Rihanna were canoodling at the Staples Center as the Lakers took on the Knicks in a Christmas Day nail-biter. Then came the tabloid onslaught as media outlets, reputable and otherwise, picked up on the fact that it was the first time in recent memory that the one-time couple arrived at a public event together following 2009′s assault charges and the persistent on-again, off-again rumors that followed. But no one’s talking about another interesting detail spotted courtside, namely Rihanna’s opaque white manicure. The “Stay” singer has ditched crazier nail art and pointed talons of late in favor of classic shapes and colors, making ivory polish a predictable choice, considering its huge showing on the Spring runways. From Rag & Bone and Kate Spade to Honor and Moschino, manicurists like Jin Soon Choi and Deborah Lippmann were seeing alabaster backstage. Try two coats of Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Spirit or Deborah Lippmann’s Amazing Grace for similar results—and to properly accessorize your wardrobe of winter whites. Thoughts on Riri’s latest pro tips?
White nail varnish can be tricky business. It’s rare to find a pure, alabaster lacquer that is the perfect balance of creamy opaque and slightly translucent, and doesn’t apply with a finish that resembles White Out (it was cool in middle school; less so now). It’s for these reasons that people typically choose beige, pale pink, and even dove grays when they want a palette-cleansing nail. But not Jin Soon Choi. “It’s like soft punk rock,” the famed manicurist said, describing the two coats of Revlon Spirit that she applid to half of the models at Rag & Bone this week. The secret to getting a finish like Karlie’s, kitschy iPhone case not included? “You must wear a base coat,” Choi insists, pointing out that a lot of people don’t realize the tiny ridges in their tips that make colors, like white, apply streaky. Luckily, as part of her brand new, eponymous polish line that has been a long time coming, Choi has released her own stellar Power Base coat that is bolstered by biotin, diamond particles, phycocoral, and keratin amino acids to keep nails strong and relatively chip- and streak-free, even when you venture into ivory territory.
Jin Soon Power Base Coat, $18, available September 2012 at www.spacenk.com.
“Their girl, she doesn’t do a lot with her hair,” Guido Palau said backstage of David Neville and Marcus Wainwright’s Rag & Bone woman who, truth be told, typically favors a naturally languid, bed-head look. For Spring, the story wasn’t really that different. “It’s masculine/feminine, wet/dry, nineties minimalism,” Palau explained of the slicked-back in the front, rough-dried in the back hair he conceived with the designers. A dual texture was key to the look, which the Redken creative consultant prepped with its Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam Mousse, adding a finger-combed bend with Sultra’s The Bombshell oval curling iron before coating front panels with Redken’s Hardwear 16 Super Strong Sculpting Gel.
Makeup artist Gucci Westman kept things dually natural with “raw but beautiful” skin and an “androgynous” brow. Road-testing Revlon’s forthcoming PhotoReady BB Cream for a breathable application of light, complexion-enhancing coverage, the Revlon global artistic director dabbed her new-for-Spring Baby Stick in Pink Passion, a multitasking sheer pigment, onto models’ cheeks for a barely perceptible flush. Eyes were lined with its ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown before getting a few slicks of Grow Luscious Mascara just on the top lashes, after which Westman focused her attention on arches, which were filled in and brushed up with Revlon’s Brow Fantasy pencils. Mouths were slightly stained and then moisturized with Dr. Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm for Lips.
Westman asked one specific thing of her team as the un-air-conditioned backstage area at the 34th Street post office began to swelter: “No highlights or shimmery stuff.” The objective, she explained, was to get to the heart of old black-and-white photographs of Linda and Christy. “I didn’t want it to feel too cosmetic-y,” she clarified. “Sometimes it’s nice to see just skin.”
Since signing on as the face of Burberry a few seasons ago Cara Delevingne has gone from Poppy’s little sister to the girl with the mega brows—in our book at least. Delevingne opened Christopher Bailey’s Spring show in London in a world exclusive for Burberry, but that was last season. And, well, this is this season. After turning up on the Chanel couture runway in January, the 19 year old Brit has officially crossed the pond and is getting ready for a Fall coming out party. “This is my first time in New York. I haven’t done any other seasons ever,” she effused at Rag & Bone after making a runway turn earlier in the day at Jason Wu. “Im so happy to be here—I’ll be doing Paris and Milan, too,” Delevingne explained—after her Burberry exclusive in London, of course. As makeup artist Gucci Westman touched her up last night, we asked Delevingne what she brought with her from home to help keep her complexion in shape for the long road of shows ahead. “I’ve never been very good at taking care of my skin,” she insisted (although her radiant, completely blemish free face suggested otherwise). “I just use Simple Face Wipes and Skinceuticals serum,” she told us. “And my eyebrow gel. I need a shit load of that! I either use MAC or Anastasia—the clear one. I don’t need any more dark in my eyebrows.” Look out for more of Cara and her enviable arches at Carolina Herrera and Derek Lam this week.