5 posts tagged "Womanity"
WWD presented its annual Beauty Biz awards this morning, with top honors going to Leonard Lauder (pictured at left as a wee baby with mother, Estée), who received the publication’s first-ever Visionary Award. Other winners included Chanel’s Rouge Coco Hydrating Lipstick, Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector, Thierry Mugler’s Womanity fragrance, and Topshop, which took home a prize for Specialty Retailer of the Year for its much-lauded makeup launch. Also called to the podium was Lancôme-sponsored YouTube phenom Michelle Phan. She was crowned Newcomer of the Year for her online makeup tutorials—one of which dissects a Lady Gaga look and has singlehandedly garnered a whopping 15 million views. [WWD]
Speaking of the biggest pop star of them all, Gaga’s Viva Glam lipstick for MAC, which launched alongside a similar shade designed by Cyndi Lauper this year, did so well the makeup giant has enlisted her for a second solo turn for 2011. [WWD]
Yesterday we shared the news that Taylor Swift will be fronting ads for CoverGirl’s new NatureLuxe Foundation. Today, the matching visual was released into the blogosphere. [People]
Smoky eyes inspired by the runways are apparently the holiday beauty look on everyone’s brain. “Instead of outlining the entire eye with dark shadow, smokiness is only applied to the crease and below the eye,” advises makeup artist Mally Roncal. For more expert tips on getting a sultry (and sparkly) festive look, please direct your attention here. [NYT]
As one of New York’s most notable culture vultures, Kim Hastreiter knows how to throw a party—or make that curate a party. The Paper magazine editor has a knack for gathering creative types for the pure pleasure of giving herself and those in attendance the opportunity to mingle and “talk to someone they’ve never met before,” as she said over lunch yesterday at midtown’s monolithic power-lunch spot The Four Seasons. And talk they did. At one end of the long, family-style table set up to fête Thierry Mugler’s new fragrance, Womanity, designer Elise Øverland schmoozed with FIT’s Valerie Steele about the merits of fashion and art (and fashion as art), while style icon and (Style.com T-shirt model) Iris Apfel chatted with Paper‘s Mickey Boardman at the other. Seated next to Fern Mallis, who just flew into New York post-Mumbai fashion week, Hastreiter extolled the virtues of Mugler’s fig and caviar perfume and the message behind it, which, according to Christophe de Lataillade, creative director of Thierry Mugler Parfum, is that “the power of women today is the strong, invisible connection between them.”
“It’s filled with contrast—just like women,” Hastreiter added of the sweet and savory eau—and the venue she chose for the days’ event. Threeasfour’s Adi Gil and Gabriel Asfour and contemporary artist Rosson Crow also turned out for the party. Truth be told, there was something empowering about taking in wine and intelligent conversation in that great “temple of machismo built by mad ad men,” as Hastreiter so aptly described the boys’ club on East 52nd Street.
It’s been a busy month here on the blog. With a whole new crop of A-listers signing beauty contracts, pop stars dyeing and straightening their hair, and one very prominent face painter dabbling in fashion to write about, we barely had time to do our own makeup. In case you missed them, we’ve compiled a top ten list of June’s most important posts. Read up.
Some people will always remember Thierry Mugler for his impact on eighties fashion—strong-shouldered, futuristic, Blade Runner-style frocks that received a bit of a revival last year when Beyoncé enlisted the reclusive designer to costume her I Am Sasha Fierce tour. But it’s really with fragrance that he’s made his biggest mark. Through a long-standing partnership with Clarins, Mugler revolutionized the perfume industry in 1992 by introducing Angel, a newly minted “gourmand” scent that blended foodie aromas with a strong patchouli base. Not content to rest on his laurels, he did it again in 2005 with Alien. “Thierry wanted to create something that was the contrast to Angel,” olfactory consultant Pierre Aulas recalls of Alien, an amber eau. “A feminine Buddha” is how Mugler actually described the concept for Alien to Aulas—”a woman who arrives on the earth with a positive message.” Right. “Sometimes [Thierry's] wishes are very hard to translate into perfume,” Aulas admits. “But the way I work with him is never to present a final fragrance but to present ideas—rough ideas,” like, say, devising the world’s first sweet and savory scent. Womanity, Mugler’s latest olfactory effort, which launches in August, combines fig and—wait for it—caviar for a surprisingly unique blend that you need to smell to fully understand. (Luckily, a limited-edition 10 ml bottle of the pink juice goes on sale today.) We caught up with Aulas to talk Womanity, a little thing called molecular distillation, and why mango chutney just may be Mugler’s next source of inspiration.
Mary J. Blige’s new fragrance with Carol’s Daughter, My Life, will finally make its debut this summer, and according to MJB, she created the perfume for herself and her fans as “a special tribute to us as women.” As such, it is intended to represent “every female’s everyday life,” which is perhaps why she is launching it on HSN, rather than in a high-end department store. Nothing says “everyday life” like ordering luxury goods from the privacy of your own home. [WWD]
Speaking of a tribute to women, Thierry Mugler will also honor the fairer sex this fall with Womanity, his latest olfactory effort that blends sweet and savory accords together in a pink gothic-design bottle. And when we say sweet and savory, we’re not kidding. Fig and caviar essences come together to frame this fragrance. Intriguing… [WWD]
Penélope Cruz will be the new face of Lancôme Trésor. With Julia Roberts already hawking its mascaras, the French beauty brand may win the award for “Best Celeb Spokesperson Roster” this year. [StyleList]
And in other A-listers-in-the-beauty-game news, Scarlett Johansson will continue her face time for Dolce & Gabbana’s The Makeup by shooting a campaign for its summer collection, for which she has reunited with old friends Pat McGrath and Oribe. The images are as iconic, old-Hollywood-glamour as it gets, as to be expected; color collections may be seasonal, but big blonde hair, boobs, and pouty lips are forever. [Grazia]