15 posts tagged "Tom Ford"
Tom Ford’s cosmetics line may be just over a year old, but it has garnered some pretty high-profile fans in an impressively short amount of time. While the pros will tell you that they can’t live without Mr. Ford’s Shade and Illuminate two-in-one highlighting and contouring palette, it’s his rich Lip Colors that seem to be winning over the fashion-focused Hollywood set, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Diane Kruger —and for good reason: The ultrarich bullets aren’t just packed with pure pigments and Brazilian murumuru butter to make sure the color goes on and stays on with comfort, but the colors themselves are stop-you-in-your-tracks gorgeous. Full disclosure: After a long-standing loyalty to Dior’s #999 Fiery Red, we switched to Ford’s dark crimson Scarlet Rouge back in 2011 and haven’t looked back. It’s because of this lore, presumably, that his brand-new Lip Shines are getting so much attention. Formulated with the same moisturizing and protecting ingredients as his more opaque offerings, like soja-seed extract and chamomile flower, the ten shades—including the standout Nubile, a rose-tinged nude, and Willful, a cherry red—deliver a big dose of shine and just a veil of statement-making color. Consider them a boon to any well-stocked lip arsenal.
Since its inception 40 years ago, the Fragrance Foundation’s annual FIFI awards have truly evolved. Just look at this year’s nominees: Sharing the ballot with the industry’s best and brightest in scent composition, marketing, and packaging were a slew of A-listers—Beyoncé Knowles, Taylor Swift, Heidi Klum, and one Justin Bieber, who was named Celebrity of the Year last night when the award ceremony commenced at New York’s Alice Tully Hall.
“There is something going on in the celebrity category that is outrageous,” said Linda Levy, Macy’s vice president of marketing cosmetics & fragrances, before introducing Bieber’s prize. But outrageous as the phenomenon may be at the retail level—Bieber’s first women’s scent offering, Someday, sold a record $3 million in less than three weeks when it debuted last summer—it was underwhelming at the gala. Bieber was a no-show; ditto Knowles, Swift, and Klum. Their collective absence went nearly unnoticed, however, thanks in large part to the emcee stylings of Jane Lynch.
“For about ten years, I smelled like Miller Lite,” the Glee star joked as things got under way, adding that if she had her own fragrance, it would be called, “I’m Not Ellen.” Additional boldfaced name power came by way of a Pucci-clad Nicole Richie, who presented Tom Ford Beauty with both the Men’s and Women’s Nouveau Niche award for its hugely popular unisex offering, Jasmin Rouge (Richie was unofficially in attendance to build up support for her own signature scent, which drops this fall).
The night’s real stars were the perfumes themselves, though; Diptyque took home top honors in the Interior Scent Collection category for its 34 Boulevard Saint Germain; Tom Ford scored yet another coup in the Women’s Luxe category, besting Bottega Veneta, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé’s Pulse with his Violet Blonde eau; Victoria’s Secret Angel picked up the award for best Women’s Specialty Brand fragrance as well as best packaging in the Women’s Broad Appeal category; and Prada Candy won big in the Women’s Luxe Packaging contest.
Things took a bittersweet turn when Estée Lauder senior vice president of fragrance Karyn Khoury presented the Legacy of Excellence award to Evelyn Lauder, who passed away last November from ovarian cancer. When her husband, Estée Lauder’s chairman emeritus Leonard Lauder, came up to the podium to accept the award, he broke down into tears while talking about his beloved wife’s contributions to the business (the entire house subsequently did the same). But Lauder composed himself and ultimately delivered one of the greatest tributes of the night. “She was a great lady. She was fun, inspiring, and she loved this industry,” he said, addressing the full auditorium of perfume’s major players. “You are making women feel beautiful and for that, God bless you and thank you.”
Liv Tyler: actress, beauty spokesperson—singer? The rock progeny and Givenchy Irresistible face will reportedly lend her pipes to an original song for her next installment of fragrance ads that’s being called “an electrifying meeting between the world of rock and the universe of perfume.” [Contact Music]
Shakira, the long-haired, Latin American singing sensation, has chopped off her signature strands in favor of an angled bob. That should make for some less impactful head-banging at her next live show; luckily, those hips still don’t lie. [People]
Beyoncé may be heavily pregnant, but that hasn’t stopped the pop superstar from maintaining her manicure. Mrs. Jay-Z stepped out in the pouring rain last night in New York to get a set of pointed, metallic blue gels at Sakura in the East Village. [Huff Po]
The Beauty Inc 2011 awards have been announced, crowning winners in a number of primping categories. Some of the year’s standouts, according to WWD‘s editors? Fergie’s Outspoken fragrance for Avon and Justin Bieber’s Someday scent, which took home the best mass and best prestige fragrance of the year honors, respectively; Chanel’s creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, who was named creative influencer of the year; and Salma Hayek’s Nuance and Tom Ford Beauty, which were each honored for having the best launches of the year. Click here for a complete list of winners. [WWD]
Speaking of the beauty industry’s major players, make way for the socialites—the latest crop of entrepreneurs looking to make their mark on the makeup and skincare business. [NYT]
After months of buzz and a few truly swoon-worthy capsule collections, Tom Ford’s full cosmetics range hit shelves exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman this week. And we don’t use the word “full” lightly: While Ford has dabbled in lipsticks and nail lacquers for one-offs and limited-edition Fashion’s Night Out promotions, he’s pulled out all of the stops for his latest launch, lending his design talent to four general categories: color, contouring, skincare, and scent. His color range includes blushes, lip glosses, nail lacquers, eye shadow quads, and the Noir Absolute for Eyes, a multitasking black pigment that can be worn as a shadow or a liner. The highlight of the contouring offerings is Shade and Illuminate, a duo of creamy pigments that add definition and highlights. And as for skincare, he’s devised two cleansers, two moisturizers, an eye cream, a serum, and an Illuminating Protective Primer with SPF 32. Known for his fragrances, Ford has also created two new scents: Santal Blush, a sheer sandalwood eau meant to represent the line’s nude tones, and Jasmine Rouge, a red-bottled homage to the white flower that speaks to the collection’s richer tones. The designer was in New York to present the line at Bergdorf Goodman’s newly erected Tom Ford Beauty counter, which is where we had the pleasure of catching up with him. Here, he talks favorites and why the next beauty frontier just might be makeup for men.
With two new fragrances released in the last year, Oscar de la Renta has made it clear that beauty is a focus for him moving forward—a point that will be hammered home tomorrow when he unveils his first venture in cosmetics, a collaborative palette designed with Le Métier de Beauté for Fashion’s Night Out. [WWD]
And he’s not the only designer branching out into the world of primping. In addition to her role as brand ambassador for Exude cosmetics, Rachel Zoe has confirmed that we can expect a fragrance and a makeup collection from her eponymous line in the very near future. [The Cut]
Tom Ford is also forging a beauty path with his highly anticipated full color collection, which will hit stores in October. If there were any doubts that Ford’s foray into all manners of foundation, eye shadows, mascaras, and nail colors will be anything but perfection, he’s ready to allay them. “I’m probably the only man in England who doesn’t want to dress in drag. But makeup? That I’m serious about.” [Telegraph]
Last but not least, sixties favorite Brit brand Biba will also enter the makeup game with a capsule collection of lip, eye, and nail colors to debut at London’s House of Frasier next month. [Hello!]
What’s in makeup guru Bobbi Brown’s cosmetics case? The same things that have been since before she started her own line: “always a cream bronzer, always a dark brown eye shadow, always a nude lipstick, always blush.” [Fashion Etc.]