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21 posts tagged "Roberto Cavalli"

Drenched, Again: Guido Palau Revisits Spring’s Shower Hair


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.

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Spring Hair Styles: The Long And Short Of It


With all of the seventies-era, free-flowing, middle-parted tresses on the Spring runways, we’re leaning toward losing our asymmetrical bob and regrowing our locks past the shoulders. We mostly credit Roberto Cavalli for our newfound lust for length—and Sophie Albou’s Paul &
. Watching Karlie Kloss trot down Albou’s runway in two different bell-bottomed, halterneck jumpsuits sporting a particularly epic, middle-parted blow-out with slight height in the back was, in a word, inspiring. It’s something of a quandary, though, as there were also a few strong arguments for keeping things short. The first came via Keira Knightley, who sported a brand-new chin-sweeping style for her front-row appearance at Chanel on Tuesday, and the second debuted backstage at Miu Miu. Rather than fashion actual undercuts, hair stylist Guido Palau went with the faux bob at Miuccia Prada’s Paris finale—a look that is easier than you’d think to re-create and gives you the flexibility to dabble between cute-and-cropped and long-and-lovely. Prepping hair with Redken’s Blow-Dry Wool Shake 08 Gel-Slush Texturizer, Palau created center parts and brushed hair into low ponytails before rolling them upward and inward and securing with bobby pins. “Pull a few pieces out around the face for softness,” Palau recommends, to give the whole thing a more natural effect. It remains to be seen how our “to cut, or not to cut” dilemma will resolve itself, and until we sort it out, we’ll continue to neglect making an appointment with our stylist for a much-overdue trim. What about you?

Photo: Clockwise from to left, Luca Cannonieri / at Roberto Cavalli; Lorenvu / SIPA Press; Courtesy of Redken; Yannis Vlamos / at Paul & Joe

Groupies Gather En Masse, Backstage At Roberto Cavalli


“It’s a big show for him,” hairstylist Guido Palau said backstage at Roberto Cavalli’s Spring presentation yesterday, which marked the designer’s 40th year in the rag trade. And for a big show comes big hair—although rather than make his statement with volume, Palau made it with length. To hammer home Cavalli’s rightful ownership of the seventies—the decade in which his sexed-up animal-print empire was born—Palau went with middle parts and hair so long it hit at the hip and swung in motion with the fringe that dangled off pretty much every piece the designer sent out. The look was reminiscent of the long, loose styles worn by Band-Aids—those quintessential seventies L.A. girls who “inspired” (often, ahem, bodily) the era’s rock ‘n’ rollers. Redken’s Align 12 Protective Straightening Balm provided those stick-straight strands, which were then exaggerated with nearly two feet of extensions, blended into models’ natural tresses using a flat iron and Redken’s Vinyl Glam 02 Mega Shine Spray.

Makeup artist Pat McGrath was on the same tip, crafting a smoky eye, which has become something of a staple at this show. Rimming lids with a black kohl eye pencil, McGrath blended a wash of brown shadow along the upper lash line, dragging it toward the brow bone and underneath the lower lash line for a “slept-in look.” A slight cheek contour and a balm-slicked mouth finished the whole look, which model Erin Wasson liked so much, she kept it intact, adding a brick red lip for the amfAR Milano gala later that night.

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The Future Of Safer Cosmetics Looks Bright; Britney Does Business Up Front, Crazy In Back; And More…


And so the day has come. After years of lobbying by nonprofit organizations like the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a bill has been introduced to Congress proposing tougher safety standards for cosmetics, including requiring regular government testing of products for hazardous ingredients (shockingly, this is not already par for the course). Today also happens to be the official premiere of “The Story of Cosmetics”, an animated PSA alerting consumers to the fact that “trace amounts” of toxic chemicals in skin creams and shampoo add up. A banner week for the green beauty movement, really. [Chicago Tribune]

Britney may have trumped her classic, head-shaving freak-out circa ’06 yesterday when she hit up a Crate & Barrel in California missing an entire section of hair extensions in the back of her head. It’s, like, how does one not notice this—and at a Crate & Barrel, no less! Sofa sectional shoppers were no doubt horrified. [Us Weekly]

You can add “mattifying” to the unisex lexicon as more men seek out a bevy of new products to keep them shine-free. Turns out even the manliest of men suffer in this pervasive humidity. [NYT]

Roberto Cavalli has teamed up with Coty to launch the next phase of his beauty empire, which will likely be a new women’s fragrance that may or may not be followed by a line of color cosmetics. As for that forthcoming eau, the designer describes it as “the image of my power, my charisma.” We’re envisioning animal print. [WWD]

Photo: Matt Sayles / AP Photo

Kings, Queens, And Marc Jacobs Take The Fifi Awards


The fragrance world turned out in full force to celebrate the Fifi Awards last night. The annual ceremony put on by the Fragrance Foundation is oft compared to the Oscars, but this year’s presentation seemed to be more fashion week-meets-the Grammys. For starters, it was staged at the downtown Armory, Marc Jacobs’ show venue of choice, which would have been a bit of a disconnect except that Mr. Jacobs (fiancé in tow) was in attendance to keep us in our comfort zone. On hand to accept the Hall of Fame award, the Daisy creator offered up some insight into his ever-growing fragrance empire while we waited in the paparazzi line outside. “I don’t differentiate between fragrance, fashion, accessories,” he said. “They’re all design opportunities—indulgences and ways for people to express themselves.” (For his part, Jacobs chose to express himself with a few spritzes of Terre d’Hermès, although he admits to switching up his eau de parfum regularly.) Backstage, Barneys’ Simon Doonan was also doling out the scented sentiments, issuing a bit of reassurance from the retail side as to the current fate of fragrance. “As long as you don’t slosh it on like I do, it lasts a long time but gives you a lift that’s like buying a few pairs of Louboutins,” he quipped. “You still can get that rush of fashion and celebrity—the joosh—with fragrance.” Fashion folk, beauty company execs, and perfumers aside, the night really belonged to a handful of music moguls, who dominated the red carpet and the winners’ circle. Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah, in Georges Chakra Couture and Roberto Cavalli, respectively, were promoting their new flacons, My Life and Queen. And the men’s and women’s luxe Fragrance of the Year prizes went to Sean John Fragrances’ I Am King, and Gwen Stefani and Coty Prestige’s Harajuku Lovers. We also caught up with Paris Hilton, who took home the Celebrity of the Year award and confirmed our suspicions regarding the visuals for her next fragrance, Siren. This, directly from the heiress’ mouth: “It’s me as a mermaid,” Hilton said. “A goddess mermaid with long blond hair.” Called it. Click here for a complete list of winners.

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