32 posts tagged "Viktor & Rolf"
“It’s just very much Donatella,” Pat McGrath said of the smoky eye backstage at Donatella Versace’s Spring show in Milan, where the makeup artist had set to sculpting the designer’s go-to “sexy, cool” look, just as she has for many a season past. Versace’s desires for her haute couture show this weekend weren’t much different, as sooty, black-rimmed lids reigned once again in Paris. Although seeing as how it was a special occasion—the house’s longtime muse Kristen McMenamy opened the show while fellow supe Stella Tennant closed it—McGrath added a hint of color to the predictable onyx abyss via flashes of lime green on the inner and outer corners of the eyes. Upon further inspection, we noticed something even more interesting about the offbeat pop of green: Those outer flicks are actually stencils. “We’ve been doing it for fifteen years,” McGrath told us of the tried-and-true technique backstage at Viktor & Rolf circa Spring 2012 (above, right). “It’s something we came up with as a way to get an eye liner on quickly,” she explained of the easy-on system. The hours spent cutting out those perfectly pointed strips, however, is slightly less of a speedy process, we imagine.
Viktor & Rolf earned a whole new crop of fans this October after debuting one of their more wearable collections to date for Spring. But wrangling popular support has never been an issue for the Dutch duo’s fragrance arm; its 2004, cult classic Flowerbomb has been an international hit since its launch. Keeping fans of the sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, tea, bergamot and patchouli eau happy with a range of ancillary products and variations on the original scent has been part of the grenade-shaped flacon’s success story, which gets another chapter for the holidays. Joining Flowerbomb’s Bombalicious line of beauty accessories is a rollerball eau de parfum and shimmering pink lip gloss duo that gives new meaning to the word “touch up.” That it can be stuffed perfectly into all manner of stockings is certainly not a coincidence.
Spring and summer are ripe for fragrance reinvention. As the weather gets warmer, perfumes get softer and lighter to appeal to the overwhelming desire to strip off winter’s heavy layers and look on the bright side. The East Coast winter of 2012 will go down as perhaps the mildest on record, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still excited about refreshing our perfume arsenal. Yesterday, we discussed Agent Provocateur’s seasonal offerings, and today, it’s all about Viktor & Rolf’s limited-edition Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose. Back for its fourth annual appearance, the classic scent’s patchouli base has been blended with hints of just-blossomed rose and then spiked with zesty citrus notes of bergamot and mandarin as well as a crisp green apple accord. The resulting eau is a bit more sparkling and tangy than the original and no less addicting; ditto its collectible grenade-shaped, faceted bottle, which features an ombré fuchsia color. If you somehow managed to miss the flacon’s appearance last year, now is the perfect time to add it to the growing Flowerbomb shrine every true enthusiast keeps on her vanity.
Matte lips have dominated the Fall runways this season, and more often than not they have been painted classic shades of red. Backstage at Victoria Beckham and Marc By Marc Jacobs in New York, lips were a perfect crimson hue, while a precise slick of scarlet ruled at PPQ in London and Rick Owens this week in Paris. But another pout color is starting to stake its claim on the season, and it’s gaining ground with each passing day: behold, the dark mulberry mouth. We got the our first glimpse of it in Milan, where Pat McGrath coined the “dark romance” effect at Gucci before creating “shading and contrast” at Bottega Veneta with paled-out skin and another burnt-cherry lip that she lined with a black eye liner and then filled in with a blackened-red pigment. Lucia Pieroni picked up on the idea at Rochas, where she crafted a dark wine-stained, “stamped-on” lip to complement the rich color palette of Marco Zanini’s collection. Then today at Viktor & Rolf, McGrath captured the enchanted show’s “witchy elegance” with a burgundy pout that she described as “gothic glamour.” This last incarnation had the addition of a high-gloss shine, which the makeup artist applied just before models hit the run way to avoid any, er, sticky situations.
The color is striking on a host of different complexions, but the real secret to pulling it off lays with a good lip liner. “[They're] brilliant!” Pieroni effused at Rochas of the colored pencils that can retain even the wiliest of lipstick bullets. Pro tip: For a true matte finish, apply your liner around the perimeter of the mouth and in the center before adding your lipstick. Blot with a tissue, dab with finger-patting of translucent powder, then apply the liner to the surface of the mouth again to thoroughly remove all traces of shine.
Whether you’re a true believer in the holiday for lovers or believe it’s a money-making scheme thought up by the card companies and chocolate makers of America, Valentine’s Day is coming. So we’ve put together a Top Ten list of sultry scents, luxe lipstick, pretty polishes, and more for you to fall in love with—even if a busy New York fashion week schedule will keep you from properly celebrating. As far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing wrong with postponing the flowers and fancy dinner for February 16. Just saying.
The Evocative Bauble: Joya Heart Solid Perfume Brooch
Sure, we could make jokes about wearing your heart on your sleeve, but we’d prefer to wear it on a lapel. This brooch boasts a gorgeous ornate design that houses a solid fragrance brimming with a blend of jasmine, honeysuckle, and musk—a surprising treat for anyone who can get close enough to the cool curio to take it all in.
The Pretty in Pink Polishes: New Black Ombré Nail Polish Set in Floyd
As most of us are clearly suckers for rose-colored anything this time of year, may we suggest a DIY gradient manicure, which goes from the palest pink to bright magenta?
The Bubble Bath Meant for Two: Lollia in Love Bubble Bath
For those couples who prefer to stay home and avoid New York’s V-Day restaurant scene, filling up your bathtub with this rose and jasmine scented bubble bath might add that necessary touch of romance to an evening spent watching a House Hunters marathon and eating takeout.