26 posts tagged "Stella McCartney"
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!”
When it comes to beauty, Stella McCartney likes to keep things minimal. “Stella doesn’t like a lot of makeup,” face painter Lottie Stannard deadpanned backstage at McCartney’s pre-fall presentation yesterday, adding that Stella wanted to keep the skin “super-clean and fresh,” as she’s wont to do. So, Stannard set to applying a light veil of MAC Face and Body Foundation, which she sponged onto well-moisturized skin that had been treated to a thorough mini-facial at the hands of complexion guru Sunday Riley. “It’s been weird weather in New York and a lot of these girls are coming in from places like Sweden so they have dry, chapped skin from indoor heating and traveling,” Riley explained, prompting her to mix her Good Genes, a lactic acid-laced multitasker that resurfaces as it hydrates, with her Stimulant II, an anti-redness treatment that helps soothe irritation. Riley then layered her Juno Transformative Lipid Serum with a dollop of her Skin Adrenaline, an antioxidant-rich antiaging concentrate to impart the perfect matte-radiant finish.
The green-leaning scientific skincare approach that comes along with any cameo from Riley (who recommends drinking lots of coconut water—”from Brazilian coconuts, not the ones from Thailand”—to help further fight winter dryness from the inside out) has become something of a regular occurrence at Stella’s New York shows; ditto the kind of dewy skin perfection it yields. But there was one unusual sighting on the faces on display in the West Village last night. Once complexions had been perfectly polished by Riley, Stannard applied a thin stroke of MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Royal Wink, a bright cobalt, across the top of models’ upper lash lines. “It’s just a hint of color,” she explained of the blue accent that she picked up from fabric in McCartney’s collection. Subtle highlights across cheekbones courtesy of MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl and a slight flush from its Cremeblend Blush in Something Special finished things off.
Staying true to the McCartney model of chic simplicity, coiffing star Sabrina Michals prepped hair with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and its Prep Lotion for texture. Once strands were dry, Michals raked its Sumo Wax through the ends and then gathered the lengths into a low-lying chignon. “[Stella] wanted it to look like the girls had done it themselves,” Michals said of the easy style before pulling out a few pieces toward the top for added volume.
Stella McCartney has an early Christmas present for die-hard fans of her signature scents. The designer has announced that she’s been hard at work on a second fragrance called L.I.L.Y, which references its lily of the valley heart and the pet name acronym Paul McCartney made up for Stella’s mom, Linda: “Linda I Love You.” Too cute. [WWD]
In a clever bit of advertising, Justin Bieber is now trying to sell his Someday fragrance to fathers, rather than their tweenage daughters. “Hey Dad, it’s Justin,” the new TV spot begins. “Your daughter wanted us to chat. I feel like we got off on the wrong foot. I get it. I’m a huge mega-star. I’ve got a full head of hair. I get it,” Bieber continues before implying that it’s better their daughters fantasize about him than any real, live boy-next door. The takeaway somehow? Buy my fragrance. The kid’s got an ego, that’s for sure. [NYDN]
Daughters looking for a last-minute gift for their dads should consider a different fragrance—one with a far less aggressive marketing campaign: YSL has just re-released four of its best-selling men’s scents for the holidays including Pour Homme, Jazz, M7 Oud Absolu, and Rive Gauche Pour Homme. [GQ]