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21 posts tagged "Roberto Cavalli"

Redken’s Diamond in the Rough


Redken effectively joined the hair-oil game two years ago when it launched its All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil at the Fall 2011 shows. The versatile bottle brought touchable sheen to a number of high-profile runway looks, from the wet locks Redken’s creative consultant Guido Palau constructed for Alexander Wang that season to the now-famous halo of braids he wove for Valentino. But as the hair-oil business continues to boom, the New York-based company has taken a “the more, the merrier” stance on product development and added another strand-smoothing elixir to its arsenal. Introducing Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, a new breed of styling aid that comes in both Light and Intense formulas, which Palau had on heavy rotation backstage for Fall 2013. Boasting an impressive 99 percent natural oil base, which also happens to be silicone-free, the rich fluid doesn’t just sit on top of the hair but actually penetrates deep into individual strands to better assist in manageability while improving texture over time. Apricot and camelina oils help repair damage, while coriander oil forms a barrier on the surface to keep hair safe from “the elements” (read: humidity). Its ability to penetrate is key to what sets this oil apart from its predecessor, and many of its competitors, too, as it’s capable of creating a range of amazing styles, like the lived-in look Palau whipped up at Prada; the severe dose of sophisticated shine he built at Roberto Cavalli; or just a simple touch of lustrous definition through dry lengths, as we’ve become accustom to using it.

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Backstage At Roberto Cavalli, “Tough, Boyish, Cool” Girls Still Reign


The makeup artist job at Roberto Cavalli has been something of a revolving door of late. The past three seasons have seen three different face painters take the reins backstage at the show, although the ever-present Cavalli girl herself—who will not be parted from her black eyeliner—has made the transition of power a relatively seamless one. For Fall, Lucia Pieroni was tasked with bringing her own spin to the house’s “sexy, punky” vibe, which resulted in an “oily eye”—not to be confused with a greasy eye. “I’m bored of greasy eyes,” Pieroni admitted.

Rimming lids with a black kohl pencil, she blended MAC Eyeshadows in Black Tied, a shimmering onyx, and Carbon, a matte obsidian, into an elongated shape underneath the lower lash line and on top of the lids. Adding multiple swipes of its Haute & Naughty mascara close to the lash line, she etched a taupe-y pencil along the inside of the eye to open things up. Then came the oily effect, for which Pieroni slicked on a new MAC Pro Eye Gloss prototype in Black Sea, a high-shine, glitter-flecked cream-gel hybrid that she blended to sheer perfection just before models hit the runway. “You can plunk it on, which makes it really thick, like tar,” she said of the multitasking product, “or you can fade it out so it doesn’t get everywhere,” Pieroni laughed, anticipating the pigment’s inevitable sticky aftereffects, as she toned down lips and patted MAC’s fortcoming Cream Eyeshadow in Oyster, a shimmering pearl, on the top of models’ cheekbones for a luminescent highlight.

Guido Palau was honoring the “tough, boyish, cool girl” code that has long ruled here as well, via wet hair that was molded to models’ individual head shapes. Blow-drying strands with Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist and its forthcoming Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense, Palau created severe center parts, which he flattened with his fingers and its Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray. “It has to be, like, a lot of it,” Palau stressed of the quantity of hairspray required to create the kind of reflective, damp surface he was after. “Using shine rather than dry [texture] feels much more luxurious to me right now,” he conceded of what has become one of his favorite looks for Fall—a sentiment that extended to the nails, which were given a clear, ultra-glossy finish courtesy of MAC Overlacquer.

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Team USA For OPI; Roberto Cavalli Wants To Do Makeup; And More…


After the Summer Olympics basically became free advertising for a number of nail polish brands whose lacquer colors were worn by athletes across the globe in the name of competitive finger flair, OPI has found a way to capitalize on the buzz. The brand has just named gymnast Gabby Douglas and volleyball superstar Misty May-Treanor as spokeswomen for its GelColor line. [WWD]

Twilight star Ashley Greene has gone Rihanna red for fall—and presumably for the film saga’s final press junket, which begins next month. [E!]

Never mind what you’ve heard; nail polish should not be refrigerated to prolong its life. Apparently, the cold can cause it to thicken. Better to store your favorite varnishes at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. [Fox News]

“When are we going to start with the cosmetics?” Roberto Cavalli has reportedly asked Coty, which holds the designer’s beauty license. “They said we had to do the perfume first. But my world, my fashion, is colors,” Cavalli continued. We’re ready. [WWD]

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Once A Cavalli Girl, Always A Cavalli Girl


The Roberto Cavalli girl likes her black eyeliner; always has, always will. But she lightened up just a touch for Spring. “It’s more fresh and modern this season,” makeup artist Diane Kendal said, skipping heavier shadows and pigments and sticking with MAC Eye Kohl in Smoulder, which she used to rim lids, blending as she went.

Kendal, one of the season’s biggest “contours, not color” proponents, flexed her MAC Sculpting Cream muscle again here, using the Coffee Walnut shade, a medium brown, to carve out cheekbones and eye sockets before adding a few swipes of its Haute and Naughty Mascara to “help keep the eyes open” amid the blur of black. As Kendal took lips down a nudge with concealer, MAC’s resident nail art junkie, Keri Blair, mixed up two custom polish colors for the show. “I wanted to do a clean neutral nail that nods to the salmon pinks and dusty corals in the collection,” Blair said of the sheer stains she made by mixing MAC Nail Lacquers in Snob, a bubble gum pink, and Fiestaware, a warm melon, with its high-shine, clear Overlacquer and its matte topcoat to pick up the glossiness of Cavalli’s clutches and the flat finish of the bounty of leather in the lineup.

Guido Palau looked right to the collection when devising a hair look as well. “The clothes are saying it all, so the girls can be a little downplayed,” he explained of middle-parted, straight strands that were dampened with water, dried with a little bit of Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam mousse, and then treated to a few spritzes of its Wax Blast 10 High Impact Finishing Spray for a “satin” texture. “When the girls came in [for the casting], we saw how naturally gorgeous they looked,” Palau revealed of the inspiration behind the simplicity. Sometimes, it’s that easy.

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Redhead Alert


Following two seasons of platinum blonde loyalty and a Fall outing that made shades of deep brunette the runway hair hue du jour, the Spring 2013 shows are at a little bit of a color impasse. Castings have been relatively equal opportunity, with a lot of designers—Alexander Wang and Roberto Cavalli to name a few—requesting deliberately dark and light-haired models for the corresponding black and white sections of their presentations; Marc Jacobs, who ushered in the graphic trend with his Edie Sedgwick sixties salute, went as far as to have Laurie Foley take models black or white-gold, accordingly. Which is why it’s been hard to miss Irina Kravchenko. The Ukrainian newcomer who, despite opening Wang’s show, had a slow start in New York is killing it in Europe—not least because she remains one of the only redheads in this season’s catwalking crew. After staring at her from afar at Prada, Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, Marni, and Roberto Cavalli this week, we finally managed to get the scoop on those gorgeous ginger-auburn locks—despite some initial trouble understanding one another (beauty is an international language, don’t you know). “It’s blonde naturally,” Kravchenko revealed after we maniacally pointed and gestured to her hair (then ours). The word “salon” helped solicit the revelation that she has no need for one, as she does her dyeing herself with—get this—”chenna.” Henna? “Chenna—from grass,” Kravchenko reiterated. That’s right; those rich, show-stopping strands are the result of an at-home application of the plant that has long been used to dye fabrics, skin, nails—and hair. The style set’s superstar colorists are no doubt chomping at the bit to get their hands on this one.

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