18 posts tagged "Thakoon"
Hand in hand with the holidays come those alluring GWPs (gifts with purchase). Normally, I’d say those plastic pouches that masquerade as pochettes and totes that nobody in their right mind would actually buy are a total waste of cash and closet space. This season, however, I’ve noticed that many a beauty brand is stepping up its game. Perhaps the trend started with Jason Wu’s sophisticated take on the freebie for Lancôme, but Clark’s Botanicals Radiant Skin Collection, complete with a black clutch designed by Thakoon, is definitely keeping pace. The exterior is covered with a shimmery onyx material that can only be described as tinsel meets Astroturf, but inside is where the real magic lies: Included is a gold-flecked balm, facial mist laced with Swiss apple stem cells, and deluxe samples of the brand’s Smoothing Marine Cream and Deep Moisture Mask.
NARS’ coveted Guy Bourdin collection also contains several cosmetic bags, my favorite being the Promiscuous set that features four Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencils and one Velvet Gloss Crayon. Stamped with a patent cobalt kiss, the soft, zippered coffret is vaguely reminiscent of a Nylon Prada pouch (minus the price tag). But no matter which option you choose, getting more bang for your buck this year is definitely in the bag.
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Makeup artist Diane Kendal revealed that the designer was revisiting the classics for Spring 2014 (with delicate pearls and jewels sprinkled throughout the collection), so she kept the look simple, with the exception of exaggerated, seventies-inspired lashes. “We did the mascara like that to give [the models] a little something, without making too much of a statement,” said the face painter. To achieve the thick and spidery fringe, the top lashes were curled and coated with at least three coats of NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara. For an ethereal glow, Kendal used a light-coverage foundation to even skin tone and NARS Matte Multiple in Cappadoce (launching this spring) underneath the cheekbones, for a subtle contour, as well as on the inner corners of the eyes. Another all-in-one stick, this time in Anguilla, was used on the apples of the cheeks, for a fresh finish, and the lips were topped off with the same formula in Laos to add a hint of natural color and shine.
The hair, created by Odile Gilbert, was less pristine and precious—and inspired by Look Eight from the show (where a pearl-strap bag was wrapped around the model’s neck). After making a messy side part, she applied Kérastase Mousse Bouffante throughout and blow-dried hair, using her hands in lieu of a brush—twisting pieces as she went along. Laque Dentelle hair spray was misted all over before large sections were wrapped around a curling iron that was held vertically—this technique produces less volume, Gilbert explained. To lend texture and a matte finish, Powder Bluff (a dry shampoo) was spritzed throughout. An elastic string was then wrapped twice over the hair and around the neck to create a slight bend—and the cord was snipped just before models hit the runway. “We wanted the hair to enhance the shape of the neck and frame the shoulders,” she said. If you can’t get your hands on one of Panichgul’s extra-long bead-strap bags, opt for this backstage beauty trick to create the face-framing effect instead—your wallet will thank you later.
Former face of Miu Miu, Hailee Steinfeld, hit yesterday’s Teen Choice Awards sporting dramatic blue eye makeup and an equally impressive manicure. We’re used to seeing the 16-year-old more barefaced, but the fact that she opted for denim-colored shadow over black or grey makes it feel fresh and reminiscent of the indigo eyes seen this past Fall at Thakoon and Jason Wu. “It was still smoked, but not as hard as a black eye would be,” makeup artist Stephen Sollitto says of the more youthful navy look. While he didn’t employ quite as much sparkle as face painter Diane Kendal did at Thakoon, a touch of Ramy OMG! Over Mascara Glitter & Liner was dotted on the inner corners of Steinfeld’s eyes for a brightening effect.
As for her nails, celebrity manicurist Ashlie Johnson took inspiration from the whimsical and graphic pattern on her House of Holland dress—using a combo of Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Élixir and Blue Satin to create starbursts on Steinfeld’s ring fingers. Her pinky was painted blue not only to tie back to her bold makeup, but in honor of Secret Deodorant’s Mean Stinks campaign (where girls are asked to paint one nail blue and “pinky swear” to stop bullying). When it comes to this teen, beauty runs deep.
Call it an offshoot of the overarching punk trend that swept the Fall shows, but a lot of designers showcased a single earring on the runway rather than a set. From the tiny gold cuffs at Chloé and the sprawling sapphire-dotted branches at Thakoon to the giant nails at Versace and the Delfina Delettrez-designed magic-eye drops at Kenzo, it was often one and done when it came to ear accessories. In an interesting turn of events, hair looks were frequently choreographed around this styling decision, leaving front sections slicked back or tucked behind these “bejeweled ears,” as Peter Philips referred to them backstage at Dries Van Noten. Now, it appears as though the movement is continuing down under. As Camilla and Marc kicked off Sydney fashion week today, Marc Jacobs muse Ruby Jean Wilson sported a rhinestone-studded spiked cuff on the catwalk, leading a pack of longer-haired models with their shoulder-grazing strands pulled away from their left ears—a festive way to keep unruly locks out of your face, if anything. Thoughts on the utilitarian style?
Blue eye makeup was a big hit on the Spring runways and it has already had a few standout showings for Fall too—with good reason, according to Diane Kendal. “Midnight blue gives off a winter feel,” the makeup artist explained backstage at Thakoon, where she was layering NARS Single Eyeshadow in Outremer, a deep indigo, with its new-for-Fall Eye Paint in Ubangi, a similar shade of cobalt that was given a shimmering blue accent with its Duo Eyeshadow in Marie Galante. “The collection has fur stoles, but it’s inspired by summer clothes,” Kendal said, referencing the dragonflies and dandelion prints that adorned the designer’s pieces. “We wanted to reflect that with the makeup.” To wit, she implemented a warm-weather beauty staple that has long gotten the youth vote: glitter. “I’m using three of them,” Kendal effused, applying a liquid set to hold the deep bronze flecks that were diffused toward the outer corner of the eye, while gold sparkles were dusted across the center of lids, and a pink shade was tapered inward. Nails were flecked with clear silver sparkles, courtesy of a single coat of Priti NYC’s Bristol Fairy. To finish the face, Kendal chose to skip lip color—as well as lash lacquer. “Sometimes when you put on mascara it can look old,” she surmised.
Odile Gilbert instituted her own fun and flirty element into an otherwise simple series of chignons via a graphic, micro fringe glued halfway across the hairline. “It’s like you have a little hat on the side of the head,” she said, coating roots with Kérastase Paris Resistance Ciment Thermique to create a sleek finish, as she tightly pulled hair back away from the face, revealing a gem-encrusted ear cuff worn by ten of the shows more elite catwalkers, including Aline Weber, Bo Don, and Xiao Wen.