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7 posts tagged "Vogue Italia"

Amanda Murphy Goes Two for Two With Vogue Italia


Amanda MurphyAmanda Murphy’s career is going at full throttle thanks to influential supporters Miuccia Prada and Steven Meisel. News broke yesterday that the 26-year-old model—who had a stellar Fall ’13 season—landed her second consecutive Vogue Italia cover lensed by Meisel (he also shot her for Prada’s Fall ’13 campaign, which was no surprise after she bookended the label’s show back in February). Last month, the fresh-faced Chicago native shared the spotlight with veterans including Gisele Bündchen, Natalia Vodianova, Linda Evangelista, Stella Tennant, and Raquel Zimmermann, but this time around, Murphy fronted the glossy solo. For the new issue, the up-and-coming model pulled off slicked-back strands tucked behind her ears, styled by Guido Palau, as well as edgy makeup by Pat McGrath that resembled geometric patches of grease smeared over her eyes like war paint. Murphy has also appeared in recent editorials for Paris Vogue, Interview, and W. All of which is to say that things aren’t about to slow down for her anytime soon.

Photos: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia

Gisele Has A Spa Day


Gisele-Vogue-Italia-BeautyEvery new Gisele Bündchen shoot makes us think we’ve seen the supe’s best work yet—and then the next one comes out and has us seriously reconsidering our previous position. And so it went when images of the Brazilian beauty’s new Vogue Italia beauty supplement started circulating this morning. While the double cover was enough to immediately cause this line of thinking to commence, it’s the behind-the-scenes short film, which the glossy just posted to its Web site, that is really selling Bündchen’s latest editorial. In it, she takes us through the entire spread, in beautiful high-definition video, one beauty procedure at a time: Gisele goes tanning, gets a facial, relishes in a mani/pedi, gets a cupping treatment, and even indulges in the tabloid-favorite vampire facial that Kim Kardashian infamously tested out live and on-camera. Bündchen’s ruddy visage is the result of the impressive handiwork of face-painting legend Pat McGrath and some very believable special-effects makeup in the Steven Meisel-lensed version, but even covered in fake blood, nobody out-stuns Gisele.

Black Liner, Three Ways


Pat McGrath puts her vast face-painting knowledge on display every time she steps foot backstage at a fashion show: From clean skin and contours to Swarovski Crystal-studded mouths, there is nothing the makeup artist can’t do. No show was more indicative of that than Lanvin this season, where Alber Elbaz asked McGrath for not one, not two, but four different looks. And so she obliged him, whipping up a strong lip, a big brow, and, most interestingly, two distinctly different eyes. It’s a maquillage muscle she flexed again for photographer Steven Meisel’s “White Mischief” story in the April issue of Vogue Italia, giving Edie Campbell at least six stand-alone makeup moments to complement a delightfully mussed-up version of her oft-discussed black wispy shag. At left, we’ve selected three of the more stunning lid looks for your viewing pleasure, which offer up interesting takes on classic black shapes, bleached brows included. For more Edie, click here to watch the Brit catwalking star in a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot.

Photo: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, April 2013

Throwback Thursdays: The Girl With The Feathers In Her Hair


Throwback Thursdays is a new feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Kate Moss

The Moment: Feathers embellishments.

The Motivation: Remember, like…two years back, when out of nowhere feathered hair extensions took the street-style set—and young Hollywood—by storm? They became so popular, in fact, there were reports of a shortage of the long, colorful plumage that also happens to be used by fly fishermen. Luckily, it was a fleeting thing, but birds of a fashion feather have been flocking together for quite some time. From Alexis Mabille’s Fall 2011 Couture show to Jason Wu’s Spring 2012 runway, editorial hairstylists have been using the colorful accessories for years, as evidenced by this Arthur Elgort-lensed shoot for Vogue Italia circa 1992. Ms. Moss appears to have entwined her feather headdress with a Heidi-style braid, and finished the look with an unexpected smoky eye. (Kate, always a trendsetter.) It goes without saying that this would be a great way to up the ante on the summer festival circuit, where feathers and fringe tend to show up en masse.

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue Italia, 1992; Courtesy of

Fei Fei, As China


Liu Wen may have the Estée Lauder contract, and Sui He may have just been named the new face of Shiseido, but Fei Fei Sun is currently our favorite member of fashion’s new school of Asian supermodels. A face of DKNY fragrances and ck One Cosmetics, the Chinese knockout’s January issue of Vogue Italia—the first to ever feature an Asian catwalker on the front—is the stuff of legend. Lensed by Steven Meisel, who was inspired by Givenchy and Avedon muse China Machado, Sun is a revelation in Pat McGrath’s deep pink lip, Guido Palau’s wig-wrapped beehive, and a perfectly polished set of nails painted a shade of melon-tinged coral with Jin Soon’s new-for-spring lacquer in Tea Rose, by the manicure maven herself. Somebody get this girl a (bigger) beauty contract. Thoughts on Sun’s cover turn?

Photo: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, January 2013; Richard Avedon /