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September 2 2014

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20 posts tagged "Thakoon"

EXCLUSIVE: Runway, Real Way, NARS Way

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Over the past month, we’ve brought you the backstage scoop from New York, London, Milan, and Paris. While we try our best to get makeup artists and hairstylists to give us their “how to get this look at home” advice, there are certain things that are more translatable than others. You’re probably way more likely to try out a toned-down version of the brick red lip and shadowy eyes that Charlotte Tilbury offered at DKNY than, say, the silver/black makeup visors and chain-link nails that Alex Box showcased at Gareth Pugh. NARS Cosmetics understands the great divide between makeup for show and makeup for real, which is why it’s debuting a new collection of Runway, Real Way, NARS Way videos—right here on Style.com. The series of three vignettes illustrates how to reinterpret actual backstage looks from Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, and 3.1 Phillip Lim, using non-model types (women from the brand’s marketing department, in some cases) and extreme close-ups so you can really hone in on application technique and product placement. Even though François Nars’ handiwork at Marc Jacobs was “off” and “destroyed,” as he called it, you still may need some pointers to work it out for yourself. Click above to watch, and check out NARS’ YouTube page, where all three installments will be available for your viewing pleasure after today’s premiere.

Powder Is Pretty at Thakoon

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At this stage of the game, most beauty-conscious folk are familiar with hair powder. The concept of putting spritzes of dry shampoo at your roots to absorb excess oil and prolong blow-outs has become a favorite of the primping and priming set. But coating your entire head with the stuff? Backstage at Thakoon yesterday, where spontaneous clouds of white billowed in the air, hairstylist Eugene Souleiman and his team did just that. “It’s talcum powder,” one of the coif masters on hand revealed as we watched him dress models’ hair with liberal squirts from gigantic old-school bottles, finger-combing it from the mid-lengths through the ends and setting it with a few shots of hot air. The age-old texturizing technique is pretty effective: Within minutes, clean, silky hair that had been given a slight wave with a curling iron for volume looked matte and piece-y—the perfect complement to the models’ strong brows, which makeup artist Diane Kendal sculpted using Nars eye shadows in Bali and Coconut Grove. To balance the dullness of the hair, Kendal worked the shine factor, coating models’ lids with Tzarine, Nars’ new shimmering eye-shadow duo for Fall. The effect managed to be both hard and pretty at the same time—a difficult line to skirt but well executed here.

Photo: Courtesy of Drugstore.com; Greg Kessler / FirstView.com

Beware The Streakers

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I was never the hardcore teenage type. I veered more toward the preppy/jocky end of the middle school social continuum, so face piercings and severe black eyeliner never entered into the equation. I did, however, have a brief Manic Panic phase, in which I added an eggplant purple streak to my dark brown hair—the scandal! As colored hair accents come back into vogue (thanks, Lady Gaga), I may have to consider a round two—especially after seeing two very different interpretations of the look backstage yesterday. “Sometimes, you just have to see life in color,” Odile Gilbert said at Zac Posen, where she was twisting neon pink and green extensions into models’ hair, putting them into high ponytails, and then pinning them down into chignons. Over at Thakoon, it was a little less vibrant, but the idea of creating contrast with pops of color still resonated. Wella Professionals color spokesperson Eva Scrivo fashioned a series of extensions with pewter, platinum, and rose Champagne hues, and stylist Eugene Souleiman used them to create a looped half-up, half-down style that put a modern spin on a classic look. “It’s Seven Samurai meets beach warrior,” Scrivo suggested. “It still looks sophisticated, not dated and punk.” Not that there’s anything wrong with punk.

Photo: Greg Kessler

A Kiss From Chris Benz

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It looks like Lancôme will be debuting the next installment of its successful Pout-a-Porter lipstick series. In a statement made yesterday, the French company announced that it’s partnering with—wait for it —Chris Benz. The designer will join Behnaz Sarafpour, Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, and Peter Som—all of whom have created their own collaborative shades with the brand, all of which have elicited waiting lists and eBay bidding wars. Lancôme sponsored Benz’s fall show in February and while makeup artist Daniel Martin premiered offerings from its fall color collection backstage, including a deep blue cream eyeliner in Indigo Charm and three limited edition nail lacquers in navy, gold, and ruby, you’ll have to wait for the designer’s Spring 2010 collection to see the new lipstick in action (although a very reliable source gave us exclusive information that you can expect something of the nude/peach variety). The color’s name, however, will come sooner provided you log onto Benz’s Facebook fan page and submit a few suggestions. Embrace your copywriting prowess for a chance to win five of the lipsticks plus a $500 Lancôme gift certificate—and makeup infamy, of course. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, July 12th, at 5 p.m. EST.

Photo: Courtesy of Lancôme

Over The Moon For Manicures At Dior

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Like every other graphic novel connoisseur/action movie buff, we trekked to the theater this weekend for the premiere of Watchmen. Despite a few sick-awesome fight sequences and one sex scene that laughed in the face of nuance, the almost three-hour feature suffered from occasional lapses into comic book movie drudgery, at which point not even looking exceptionally good in spandex could mask bad acting. And so our minds wandered, focusing on other details, like the mechanics of doing a roundhouse kick in stilettos and, more importantly, how to get Sally Jupiter’s (a.k.a Silk Spectre I) moon manicure—the popular 1940′s style that is enjoying something of a revival at the Fall shows this season. From a beige-and-Bordeaux combo at Ruffian to white-and-navy incarnations at Thakoon and Form, the contrasting paint job made it all the way to Paris, where purple and cream were the colors of choice backstage at Christian Dior. “Coat the nail with your base color, and that will be the moon in the manicure,” Creative Nail Design’s Roxanne Valinoti instructs. Next, she recommends using the side of the polish brush and swiping upward at an angle, drawing a semicircle with your second lacquer on top of the first, and simply following through to the tips in order to finish the rest of the nail. “Remember: The moons should get smaller as fingers get smaller,” Valinoti advises, adding that any color combo will work but red/beige, black/white, and beige/black are her favorites. (Side note: In case you were wondering, yes, Pat McGrath is responsible for the cupid’s bow lip and lash lovers’ delight on display here. Like we’ve said before, when it comes to color creations, the woman is untouchable.)

Photo: Greg Kessler