20 posts tagged "Roberto Cavalli"
Amid the usual backstage hustle and bustle today at Roberto Cavalli, there was a large, gray cubicle erected right in the middle of the hair and makeup area. “Naomi Campbell’s in there,” word came as models whizzed back and forth past a rather large security guard on patrol. Every once in a while, the door would open, revealing a glimpse of Campbell, Mr. Cavalli, and a few well-appointed pieces of animal-print furniture (obviously).
“She called me in the middle of the week to ask me what the hair was,” Guido Palau said of Campbell, who he has coiffed for the better part of 20 years. And the supermodel must have approved, as she got the same long, slightly texturized strands as everyone else. “She’s Naomi, so she’s going to be special, but she’s still got to feel part of the show,” the Redken creative consultant explained, giving the rest of the girls similar waist-grazing extensions that he middle-parted and spritzed with water and Redken Nature’s Rescue Radiant Sea Spray for a matte finish and a slight bend. “We’re trying to offset the glamor, not pump it up,” Palau pointed out, referencing the simply styled “extreme length” that he used to balance out Cavalli’s over-the-top collection.
Stealing a second with Pat McGrath before she slipped back into Campbell’s on-site suite, the makeup artist spoke of peacock- and insectlike irridesence—pops of shimmering blue, green, and gold pigment that she blended into a series of black smoky eyes rooted into a smudged application of CoverGirl’s LiquiLine Blast Eyeliner. “You need to tailor the look to each girl,” she explained of her technique—regular and supermodel alike.
Spring 2012 has been a good season for Roberto Cavalli. The much applauded collection he showed in Milan back in September continues to get rave reviews as it rolls out to retailers, and this month sees the release of Cavalli’s first fragrance since he inked a deal with Coty, the perfume giant responsible for mega hits from Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, and Calvin Klein. “The launch of this fragrance is a rebirth of the Maison Cavalli,” the designer says of the amber floral eau that was created in collaboration with Givaudan nose Louise Turner and boasts notes of pink pepper, orange blossom absolute, and tonka bean. And after 40 years in the business, it should come as no surprise that Cavalli’s renewed success in both the fashion and beauty spheres is coming at the same time; for the legendary designer, the two worlds are intricately intertwined. “A scent should be like a second dress for a woman,” he says of fragrance’s sartorial similarity. Here, the designer talks to Style.com about choosing Elisa Sednaoui as the face of his signature parfum, the flacon’s secret ingredient, and why Cavalli: the makeup range might not be that far off.
A few fragrances have bore your name in the past. What’s different or special about your first creation with Coty?
Every fragrance is unique—every fragrance is a new challenge, a new emotion, at a different time. We celebrated 40 years of the brand last year, a hugely important anniversary, and I want to show that the brand is still evolving and renewing itself after all of these years, so it’s the perfect time to launch this fragrance.
Your collections—and this fragrance to a degree—are often about channeling the feral sexiness of women. With clothing you can do that with animal print, fringe, etc. But how do you do that with scent?
The Cavalli woman has a very clear identity; she’s feline, sensual, and self-confident, so we had to capture that in the scent. We were searching for something very particular—a scent that instantly grabs attention, making a woman feel sensual and confident, just like a Roberto Cavalli dress would. It was a long process, almost a year, and we were searching for something very particular, but as soon as we smelt this perfume it was spontaneous—we fell in love immediately and decided right away. It’s the orange flower overtone that is very special. I also included five drops of my love!
While Target’s Go International designer collaboration may be no more, the mega retailer is introducing a new high-meets-low shopping concept that will feature six established brands in shop-within-shop environments for six weeks at a time. The first roster has been announced, and it includes The Webster, Miami’s destination for all things designer and hip, and Cos Bar, the über-chic cosmetics emporium that you can typically only find in resort areas like Wailea, Hawaii, and Aspen. [WWD]
You may have to wait until next month to actually spritz Roberto Cavalli’s new fragrance, but a teaser video for its Elisa Sednaoui-fronted campaign is streaming online now. In it, the director describes capturing the “animal magnetism” of the scent as a real live tiger crosses the screen. Then, almost on cue, Sednoui chirps something about “the tiger inside.” Ah, the intrigue. [YouTube]
In other designer fragrance news, the Carven fragrance we told you was in the works almost two years ago is actually happening, according to the house’s designer, Guillaume Henry. “We are working on it,” Henry confirms. “It has to be fresh; it has to be spontaneous; it has to be something that you don’t even smell.” [Fashionista]
While the Best Makeup award is always a hotly contested category at the Oscars, it might come as a shock that there is in fact no Best Hair award. But if Ted Gibson has anything to say about it, that’s about to change. The celebrity hairstylist has started an online petition to make sure excellence in coiffeur is recognized by the Academy. [The Petitions Site]
Katy Perry may be in the middle of divorce proceedings with her soon-to-be-ex-husband Russell Brand, but that hasn’t stopped the singer-turned-beauty entrepreneur form signing yet another beauty contract. The ghd spokesperson will be designing a line of custom eyelashes for the false lash brand Eyelure, due out next month. [Vibe Vixen]
Roberto Cavalli is launching his first fragrance after signing a new licensing deal with Coty, and the face of said fragrance will be—wait for it—Elisa Sednaoui. “She is the woman every woman would like to be, so she is the real Cavalli woman,” the Italian designer says of the model and actress. [Vogue.U.K.]
In other brand ambassador news, former Leonardo DiCaprio flame Bar Refaeli is the new face of Escada’s latest fragrance, Especially Escada. Aside from the sparkling rose, ylang-ylang, and amberette seed eau, the Israeli model also swears by Ahava hand cream, Clinique tinted lip balms, and dessert. “Don’t not eat dessert ever; have it when you’re craving it, but then eat healthy.” [Stylelist]
Not to be outdone, Snooki Polizzi of Jersey Shore is also getting into the fragrance game with her eponymous scent that smells of “pink cupcakes” and will make its debut on HSN on November 10—in a pink leopard-print bottle, of course. [USA Today]
What’s the secret to Zoe Saldana’s insane complexion? Costco, apparently. The stunning actress, who uses Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer regularly, says that her biggest beauty tip is exfoliating on the cheap. “[For] my go-to tool, I use a small white towel to wash my face. I buy them in bulk every time I go to Costco.” [Allure]
As previously noted on this blog, Guido Palau has a thing for reprising his own hair styles. And why not? As one of—if not the—leading styling experts in the backstage business, he has built up a library of looks, some of which deserve repeat appearances. (Others, admittedly, less so.) We’re on the fence about last season’s “just stepped out of the shower” hair, which Palau coined at Rag & Bone, sweeping drenched tresses into a messy updo before showcasing a similarly saturated, middle-parted, free-flowing look at Bottega Veneta. “Scuba hair” was how he described the equally soaked ponytails at Lanvin.
Sopping seemed to be the call of the day at Roberto Cavalli’s Fall show this weekend, where Palau was at it again, sculpting damp, separated strands using his tried-and-true bottle of Redken Hardwear 17 Super Strong Sculpting Gel slathered over wet strands. “It’s sexy hair that’s still sophisticated and feels easy but still has that classic Cavalli attitude,” Palau pointed out. Pat McGrath’s smoldering lids added to the sass on display, which she crafted using smudged out lines of CoverGirl’s Liquiline Blast in Black Fire with copper and gold metallic pigment added to the inner corners of the eyes for highlighted definition. “She’s very strong, confident” McGrath said of the Cavalli girl—and cannot be bothered to towel-dry, it would appear.