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April 21 2014

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33 posts tagged "Stella McCartney"

Liner Notes, Backstage at Stella McCartney

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stellamccartneyHairstylist Eugene Souleiman said he didn’t look to the actual collection for inspiration, but instead thought more about the Stella McCartney woman. “There are a lot of florals in this show, and the prints are quite textural and light, so I didn’t want to do anything that bore a resemblance to [those elements],” he explained. The solution: A boy-meets-girl ponytail on fresh strands. “I’m a huge advocate of swamp hair, but the reaction to that this season is something much cleaner,” he said. Using zero product, he added a bit of volume with a round brush and blow-dryer, then made a deep side part, “like an old man’s hairstyle, when he’s trying to comb over a piece of hair to hide something,” Souleiman quipped. The length was tied back at the nape of the neck with a string of black elastic—a method the pro prefers over a band because it keeps the tail “tight and controlled.” Any loose bits that fell out were left alone, as they lent a notion of fragility to the strict style. The end result was a “masculine shape,” described Souleiman, with a soft, free-flowing texture that kept things feminine.

As for the makeup, Pat McGrath said it was “rebellious,” imploring graphic liner to lend some edge. The look was based on a photo McCartney saw of Guinevere Van Seenus in Craig McDean’s new book (Amber, Guinevere, and Kate Photographed by Craig McDean: 1993-2005), for which the face painter had created a winged eye. To make it runway-worthy, McGrath ran a “brown-gray” pencil along the upper lash lines and flicked it out onto the outer corners and pulled it down toward the tear duct—forming sharp points on the diagonal. The lower lashes were also rimmed in the chestnut hue. For intensity, a hand-mixed, liquid version of the liner shade was run over the top. “She’s a stronger, tougher girl this season,” added McGrath. But with the beautifully painted ceilings of the Opera Garnier floating overhead and Sir Paul McCartney sweetly playing the harmonica for his granddaughter backstage, I felt worlds away from the slightly badass image the designer had in mind.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde / Indigitalimages.com

Stella Goes Solo; To Pre-Tox Or Not To Pre-Tox: That Is the Question; And More…

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Stella-McCartney-FragranceStella McCartney is looking for a new beauty partner. Five years after L’Oréal acquired her skincare and fragrance brands, the two companies are parting ways. [WWD]

 

The rights to the most-watched Internet commercial of all time belong to Dove. The well-loved hair- and body-care brand’s “Real Beauty Sketches” has garnered more than 114 million views on YouTube and other digital-video platforms. [NYDN]

 

Despite opinions to the contrary, there are reportedly preventative advantages of “pre-toxing,” or getting Botox injections when you’re young—before wrinkles actually form. And the idea is gaining steam. Of the 6.1 million Botox injections that were performed last year, almost 100,000 were for patients in their twenties. [ABC News]

 

Botox or no Botox, Madonna is a study in how to maintain a youthful appearance, whatever your age. How does she do it? The likelihood is we’ll never know. But there is one product the queen of pop is willing to big up: “There’s this new line of products called Éminence, made with natural ingredients, and that’s what I’m using right now,” she recently revealed. Talk about some good free press. [Hollywood Life]

 

Rita Ora is feeling blue—literally. The R&B star has debuted a new cobalt dye job. [E!]

Photo: Courtesy of Sephora

In Appreciation Of A Head Piece That’s Worth A Dame

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As we reported earlier today on Style.com, Stella McCartney has been awarded with the prestigious Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) title. To receive the honor, which has already been bestowed on designers like Stephen Jones, Sarah Burton, and Dame Vivienne Westwood, McCartney wore a beautiful, crisp navy suit—and a gorgeous veiled headpiece that left a similarly hued cast over her forehead. Veils have made the fashion rounds a lot of late, and we’re hard-pressed to assume that McCartney hasn’t taken notice. Both Raf Simons at Dior and Giambattista Valli sent them down their Fall 2012 Couture runways—and more recently, we spotted the cute, clip-in accessory at Louis Vuitton’s Pre-Fall collection. But we’re partial to Stella’s Wallis Simpson-inspired hair-turned-face accessory for its vintage appeal, the bejeweled barrette she affixed to it, and the way it perfectly complements her tailored ensemble—a good illustration of the style sensibility that earned her the esteemed distinction in the first place. They don’t just give those awards away, you know.

Photo: John Stillwell/ WPA Pool/Getty Images; Courtesy of Louis Vuitton; Luca Cannonieri / Gorunway.com

Pat McGrath’s Mascara Magic, Backstage At Stella McCartney

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Backstage reporting from the shows is an endlessly exciting job that can be as informative as it is inspiring. From getting the inside scoop on the looks hairstylists and makeup artists create for each different designer to witnessing said designers get last-minute touch-ups (and, in some cases, full-on haircuts) preshow, there’s an endless array of things to watch—and learn. Yesterday at Stella McCartney, for example, Pat McGrath let us in on a secret of the trade. Grooming “very natural, very Stella girls,” as she’s wont to do at McCartney’s presentations, the makeup artist employed a little trick to emphasize eyes without messing around with complicated liners and shadows. “We’re using black mascara on the top lashes and brown on the bottom,” she said, explaining that the brown color softens the eye and simultaneously helps the black mascara create a winged effect in contrast, thus giving McCartney’s preference for minimal makeup maximum impact. Live it, love it.

Photo: Michele Morosi/ Gorunway.com

Beauty Vending Machines: Coming To A Subway Station Near You?; Fragrance Bottles For Babies; And More…

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Prestige skincare in the convenience of a vending machine? Believe it. BeautyMART, the newly launched project of two British beauty-industry vets, puts primping staples a simple press of the button away. MTA officials, are you listening? [Daily Mail]

They’re certainly not the first magazine to do a makeup-free story, but W‘s new issue may do it best. The glossy got Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain, and Keira Knightley to go maquillage-free—and guess what? Even with under-eye circles and skin imperfections, they’re all still pretty much drop-dead gorgeous. [Hollywood Life]

It was revealed yesterday via an Instagram from Stefano Gabbana that Dolce & Gabbana is working on a fragrance for babies—a startling revelation that is made that much crazier put into the context of the growing baby-perfume industry. The ultimate luxury is dousing your infant in fine fragrance, it seems. [Fashionista]

Speaking of surprising new scent categories, Stella McCartney would like to bottle the olfactory qualities of a barnyard. The designer, who clearly loves the smell of lily of the valley, which is the top note of her L.I.L.Y scent and its new Absolute, lists her other favorite aromas as the scent of her children’s breath and horses. “My friend and I always joke that one day we’ll launch a horse fragrance—obviously, we’d be the only ones who would buy it,” says McCartney. We’re not so sure about that; brand loyalty can be a funny thing. [InStyle U.K.]

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana