3 posts tagged "Richard Chai"
It’s only day two of New York fashion week, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say that there’s a new nail trend brewing, and it’s got nothing to do with art. After Spring’s nothing-but-nude polish mandate, the influx of deep, dark varnishes we’ve seen over the past forty-eight hours has been that much more noticeable. At Richard Chai, Deborah Lippmann used the opportunity to preview her new-for-holiday Harem Silks from Bombay, a deep chocolate-bordeaux hybrid with a matte finish, while Butter London’s global color ambassador, Katie Hughes, used the Brit brand’s similarly hued, albeit glossy, La Moss backstage at Dannijo. Then, at BCBG, Lubov Azria’s bohemian babes got two coats of OPI’s Black Onyx lacquer with a semimatte top coat (because nobody loves a slick of edgy black nail polish like the beanie-wearing set). Could this signal an end to the manicure madness and a return to more classic, seasonal colors? We’ve got three more weeks to find out.
Vogue China just debuted its Fall collections book which, interestingly enough, stars Natasha Poly having a particularly Spring beauty moment. Matte lips in a range of off-kilter colors popped up on both sides of the pond this season, making their first appearance in New York at Richard Chai’s “Japanese surfer girls” show where models like Lindsey Wixson and Emily Baker trotted out onto the runway with flat-finish blue, and purple mouths. The evolution of the statement lip continued in London at Mary Katrantzou thanks to makeup artist Val Garland, who used a treasure trove of metallic MAC Pigments to create lime, aqua, and tangerine mouths (Garland repeated the trick in Paris at Thierry Mugler making gold-green her single color of choice). It’s not the most translatable look off the catwalk but there is a method to the madness, should you want to give it a go. The trick is blocking out lips with a color-neutralizing cream base like MAC Lip Erase or its Paintstick in White before applying whatever wacky lipstick shade your heart desires. To be fair, Natasha’s yellow pout does look kind of killer with her all-black ensemble. Would you go there?
After a relatively bare-bones Fall makeup season, we got a hint of Spring’s traditionally festive color palette during the men’s shows (of all places), when statement-making lip colors hit the runway on more than one occasion. Today, that same sense of in-your-face color turned up at Richard Chai, where makeup artist James Kaliardos was whipping up a beauty homage to what he called “Japanese surfer girls.” That meant creating a clean base and adding pops of color to eyes and lips in a rainbow of pigments including MAC’s Chromaline in Orange and Process Magenta, which were alternately blended across eyes. But as was the case back in June when Scott Sternberg tinted male models’ mouths at his Band of Outsiders Pitti presentation in Florence, our attention was immediately drawn to lips like Lindsay Wixson’s, which were painted a shade of bright purple thanks to a mix of MAC’s Violetta Lipstick, its Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan, and its Paintstick in White. A custom-blended cobalt blue was Kaliardos’ other pout perfector of choice. Think of it as your favorite pot of eighties colored zinc made runway-ready.