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


As we reported earlier today on, 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 /

Pat McGrath’s Mascara Magic, Backstage At Stella McCartney


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/

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


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

It’s Easy Being Blue


When Stella McCartney asked Pat McGrath to mix up a specialized, blue gel mascara for her Fall show last March, the marine color became fair game for a multitude of eye makeup applications. It should come as no surprise, then, that navys, aquas, and cobalts made a series of continued catwalk appearances for Spring, as previously reported, offering up all kinds of inspirational techniques for you (read: us) to try at home. But we don’t have to wait until next season to get in on the blue period. Turns out there’s plenty to glean from Fall editorials, like Maryna Linchuk’s full-on azure tribute that makeup artist Kayla Michele swept from lash line to brow bone in the new issue of V Spain, or the precise flick of metallic cadet that Argentine stunner Milagros Schmoll dons for the Autumn installment of the Danish biannual Stella. Both work well with a number of cold-weather ensembles—and are easily attainable with YSL’s new Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eyeshadow Palette in Arctic Night. This handy compact with two, double-ended brushes that make it easy to wear all four pigments sheered-out or super opaque just so happened to be in arm’s reach while we were flipping through a stack of Fall glossies, which made test-driving its shimmering sapphire and aqua shades all but mandatory. Primping while reading: highly recommended.

Photo: James Mountford for Stella Magazine, October 2012; Tim Zargoza for V Spain, Fall 2012; Courtesy of YSL Beaute

Stella’s (Second) Signature Scent


Stella McCartney is as hands-on as they come. Rather than remove herself from the pre-presentation hustle and bustle at her Spring show this morning, McCartney was in the thick of it, talking with stylists, exchanging pleasantries with models, and checking in on how the hair and makeup look was progressing. As she passed through a particularly crowded aisle that we happened to be standing in, a fragrant aroma lingered in her wake. “It smells like gardenia,” a photographer said to a makeup artist. “It was probably Stella,” she responded. We’d be willing to bet that the sweet floral essence that hovered in the tight space was actually lily of the valley, the heart of McCartney’s latest fragrance, L.I.L.Y. “It’s a pet name my dad had for my mom,” McCartney told a room full of editors in New York a few months back of the acronym that stands for Linda I Love You. “He was P.I.L.Y. and I guess that makes me S.I.L.Y.,” she joked.

The perfume is a personal one and an ode to one of McCartney’s favorite flowers, which she has fond memories of growing up around on the lush, garden-filled farm in Scotland that Paul and Linda’s brood called home. The version used here, however—a green, more modern incarnation of a smell that, according to Stella, is “not particularly contemporary”—was masterminded by perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud, he of McCartney’s first signature scent, which debuted in 2003 to rave reviews (and who will reportedly front the newly restored Louis Vuitton fragrance house that will release its premier offering next year). The perfume ultimately exists as a series of contrasts: It boasts a feminine floral tinge that is paired with darker, earthier, more masculine hints of black truffle and oak moss so that there’s a dichotomous nature to it, much like McCartney herself. One of the world’s most well-known rock progeny, the mother of four could not be more down-to-earth. Even her clothes boast a certain polished but easy wearability that makes her a favorite among the style set’s boldest-faced names, as a quick peruse of her front row can attest (devotees like Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts were not in attendance at Paris’ Palais Garnier opera house today, but Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova sure were). Following a series of limited-edition and seasonal riffs on her eponymous eau over the last nine years, this marks just the second flacon from McCartney to date. It’s well worth the wait.

Available October 2012 at

Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney