28 posts tagged "Stella McCartney"
In what can only be described as a power move to end all power moves, Elizabeth Arden has purchased the fragrance licenses of Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj from Give Back Brands LLC. Coty Inc., which holds licenses for Beyoncé’s scent empire, not to mention the as-yet-unreleased Lady Gaga perfume, has no doubt taken note. [WWD]
Bad news for the sunless tanning industry—and lovers of glowing skin the world over: A panel of medical experts has revealed that the active chemical used in spray tans—dihydroxyacetone (DHA)—can potentially damage DNA and cause genetic alterations if inhaled. Perhaps it’s finally time to embrace the pale. [IBT]
Lauren Hutton revealed a short crop at Stella McCartney’s Resort presentation on Monday, and apparently, the American Gigolo star cut it herself! “I was closing up a house, and it felt like I needed more closure. I guess I was depressed. I’d been doing that thing where I read The Economist too much. You know, reading it front to back for weeks on end isn’t always good for you. Instead of suicide, I ran into the kitchen and grabbed a pair of poultry shears. I grabbed one half [of my hair] and went whack, and then I grabbed the other side and went whack again!” [The Cut]
Also in the crowd at McCartney’s show was a newly shorn Anne Hathaway, who, as it is widely known known, cut her hair to play Fantine in Les Misérables. But even though she snipped her long strands for a role, Hathaway is considering keeping them cropped. “I’m just so pleased with how I look, so I now quite like having short hair.” [NY Mag]
Despite the gloomy conditions that have settled over New York City today (and for the rest of the week, if Weather.com is to be believed), spring is in full swing and summer will begin when the holiday weekend commences on Friday. Which means a few things to our immediate life: We have started to beef up our sunscreen collection with tried-and-true as well as brand-new UV-blocking offerings (more on that in a bit); we have gotten serious about our hunt for a new bikini; and, like clockwork, a new, limited-edition, summer-inspired bottle of Stella McCartney’s classic rose-scented eau just crossed our desk. But Stella fans the world over will notice something different about this year’s fresh, airier edition: Rather than add to her collection of Stella Sheer perfumes, which typically debut this time of year, McCartney has unveiled Stella Summer Rose instead. Much like its seasonal predecessor, the latest flacon is inspired by sun-kissed bare skin—and the quintessential floral essence that informs all of her fragrances. This time around, however, the designer specifically wanted to capture the “beauty and fragility of the most beautiful flower just before it begins to wilt”—roses toward the end of their bloom, when their scent is at its most pungent. To keep the resulting eau from becoming too heady, effervescent notes of frosted lemon, green apple, and peony have been infused into the mix to create a sense of lightness and warmth. Needless to say, it’s a must for Stella collectors—not least because of its vintage-inspired printed bottle.
$62, available June 2012 at www.sephora.com.
Colored mascara entertained a brief moment in the fashion limelight three years ago when it turned up on the Spring 2010 DKNY runway. Maybelline global makeup artist Charlotte Willer painted lashes a bright teal, and a slew of different strokable hues showed up at the retail level a few months later. Now, seasonal shades of deep greens and rich aubergines from brands like Givenchy and Estée Lauder have become somewhat par for the course. Mark our words, though: Colored mascara is about to be bigger than ever thanks to the royal blue gel Pat McGrath showcased at Stella McCartney’s Fall show. We’ve never actually entertained slicking our lashes with anything except glossy black or brown pigment until McCartney’s show in March, but we’re now on the hunt for the perfect blue mascara—which YSL has conveniently just released. Its new Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof in #4 Majorelle Blue is a bold, medium blue, rather than a dark navy, so it actually shows up when you brush it on. As we learned in Paris, it’s best to start with a base of black and then build with the blue so the colored pigment has something to grab on to. And since this particular colored pigment is waterproof, it doesn’t smudge during the day—or night, which is when we plan on breaking it out. Get into it.
“Designers design for who they are or who they want to be,” Eugene Souleiman proposed backstage at Stella McCartney this morning, and McCartney—the woman, the designer, the mother, the daughter of Paul and Linda—is just plain cool. “She’s cool, so I think the girls in her show should be cool,” according to the Wella global creative director, who used a good helping of the brand’s Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray to create a matte-finish chignon for Fall. “It’s very neat and clean in the back—a ladylike bun that’s really groomed,” he said of the updo, using adjectives we’ve heard many times at this show in seasons past. “But the front is more raw and a little younger,” he continued, mussing baby hairs to create a halo of light wisps at the root.
Pat McGrath added an injection of youth to the makeup as well, reprising the cobalt blue cat-eye McCartney asked for at her pre-fall show back in January, in tinted eyelash form. “It’s all about the subtle details,” McGrath said of the chunky blue gel—a specific hue that had its origins in the collection—which she coated onto a base of CoverGirl 24-Hour LashBlast Mascara in Black along both the upper and lower lash lines. Keeping skin natural with targeted applications of powder and highlighter, which team McGrath affectionately calls “shiny stick,” the face painter groomed brows and kept lips neutral and well moisturized. “Stella said to me, ‘I just love a girl with color on her lashes,’ ” McGrath said of the bold accent’s inception. Now we do, too.
Full disclosure: When I read that Gwyneth Paltrow would be cleansing all month—and challenging subscribers to her GOOP newsletter to do the same, part of me wanted to join the party. It’s not that I’m a big GOOP reader—or even a rabid Gwyneth fan (of which there are many). But there’s something about Paltrow’s dedication to health and wellness that’s contagious and inspires to you to try things you might not normally do—like make fresh almond milk or drink two protein shakes a day for three weeks while dosing yourself with toxin-purging supplements. My dedication to social dinners (and recreational alcohol consumption) has ultimately prevented me from embracing the latter, but homemade almond milk smoothies I can get on board with (I made Gwyneth’s almond milk recipe this weekend with overwhelming success.) Juicing has also recently become a Gwyneth-inspired obsession of mine, and while adopting a three-day, juice-only diet isn’t in the cards, healthy beverages packed with vegetable and fruit extracts certainly are. And I’m not the only one on the liquid tip. “It’s a boost of nutrients,” according to catwalking queen Anais Pouliot, who shared stories about her recent conversion to the church of juicing when we spied her sipping a green beverage out of a Dasani bottle backstage at Stella McCartney’s pre-fall show yesterday. “I made this at home! It’s apple, kale, cucumber, and carrot,” the Québécoise beauty revealed of the concoction (she’s been partial to beet root, carrot, and apple as well as carrot, orange, and ginger blends of late, too). “I do them whenever I can, but I have a lingerie shoot tomorrow so I don’t want to be bloated,” said Pouliot, who explained that she’ll sub a juice for a salty snack on days when she’s prepping for jobs. “I don’t do a full day of juices, you know, because your body wants to eat.” As for splurging on an industrial juicer, Pouliot had a helpful piece of advice for the space-deprived apartment dwellers among us. “Mine is a Breville. I got it on Amazon when I moved to New York. It’s compact so it fits in my kitchen!”