39 posts tagged "Yves Saint Laurent"
Beauty Nostalgia is a new weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Norma Kamali, fashion designer
The Product:“I remember my mother putting on red lipstick in the bathroom. I remember the sound of the metal top placed on the porcelain sink, the slide of the tube, and then the purposeful stroke on her top lip—one half to the left from the center out, and one half to right from the center out—followed by the stroke on the bottom from left to right. The blue-red lipstick color and even the scent of the lipstick are unforgettable. I was young, very young, and I looked up at my mom with total awe and desire to do theses very female rituals. She would pull a brush through her hair and then off she would go.
When I was 19 and on my first trip to Paris in the sixties, I noticed that so many women all wore red nails and red lips—the very same amazing blue-red color. I was fixated on it, and in a short time I was wearing Yves Saint Laurent red number 36 lipstick. I wore it for years, even after they no longer made the color. I mixed my own version and wore it with red nail polish. My dark hair, red lips and nails, and lots of vintage costume jewelry became my trademark. But most of all, that lipstick is part of my history and described who I was at the time.”
Sophie Dahl’s unforgettable campaign for YSL Opium ranks as the eighth most offensive ad in the last 50 years, apparently. And by offensive, we’re assuming they mean iconic. [Telegraph]
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its classic L’Eau Dynamisante scent, Clarins has taken over the windows at Colette through June 2, showcasing 25 original bottles of the legendary fragrance designed by fashion houses, artists, and designers including Chantal Thomass, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Mugler, and Zadig & Voltaire. [WWD]
And so the movie-inspired nail polish releases continue. Following lacquer lines for everything from The Muppets to The Hunger Games, Deborah Lippmann has released a new varnish duo inspired by Snow White and the Huntsman. [Racked]
The high-stakes games of hotel amenities is getting even higher as big-name chains and smaller boutique brands are rushing to stock their rooms with choice skincare, haircare, nail polishes—and even lipstick; after creating custom nail shades for Hotel Costes in Paris, Uslu Airlines is reportedly working on a lipstick that will be exclusive to the property. [NYT]
The Fall 2010 shows in Paris remain one of the city’s best offerings in recent memory, which has less to do with stellar presentations from the usual suspects (lest you’ve forgotten, that season was Marc Jacobs’ And God Created Woman T&A runway extravaganza for Louis Vuitton) and more to do with the YSL exhibition that opened at the Petit Palais that March. Put on by the Fondation Pierre Bergé, the internationally renowned retrospective covered 40 years of Saint Laurent’s work, from 1962 to 2002, showcasing some 250 garments, objects, drawings, photographs, and films that colored the designer’s prolific career. Two years later, the event arrives stateside for its grand debut at the Denver Art Museum this weekend—which we thought a prime time to remind anyone that needs reminding that aside from the couture pieces and the dedicated film wardrobes he designed for actresses like Catherine Deneuve, Yves Saint Laurent’s lasting legacy includes the highlighting concealer to end all highlighting concealers. The house’s legendary Touche Éclat turns 20 this year, and while the red-carpet staple won’t be getting its own temperature-controlled glass display in Denver, we thought it deserved a showcase of its own. Here, as the brand rolls out five new half shades of the wonder product—one of which is sold every ten seconds—eight celebrity makeup artists send love letters to the oft-imitated but never duplicated, one-and-only click pen.
Katy Perry arrived at Paris fashion week last week with a bang. A day into the season’s festivities, the blue-haired pop star showed up to Karl Lagerfeld’s Hogan dinner and compared her Balmain minidress to the stylings of a “Vegas hooker,” much to the amusement of the blogosphere, which quickly made the singer PFW’s latest mascot. And Perry has not disappointed her newfound fashion fans; she matched her cobalt hair to a cobalt Viktor & Rolf jacket when she hit the designers’ show on Saturday, thus sending the Twitterverse into a flutter yet again. But the spectacle that will forever surround Perry—and any artist who can lay claim to five #1 singles off a single record—is overshadowing something uncharacteristically subdued: her makeup.
“Katy is evolving,” according to her longtime makeup artist, Jake Bailey. ”I think she’s only begun to tap the surface of all the different looks she’s going to do in her career,” he suggests—a career, it should be noted, that has seen its fair share of beauty incarnations. There was the raven-haired, Bettie Page moment that featured a revolving cast of lip colors and many a row of fake eyelashes, which has been followed most recently by Perry’s adventures in hair dye: Last year saw her experiment with shades of red, blond, pink, and purple before she finally settled on her current shade of Smurfette blue. “When it comes to her music videos and performances, she has more fun than anyone else. That’s her show,” says Bailey. “She likes to be over-the-top, maybe too much at times, but this is fashion week and she is respectful of the designers and she wants to represent,” he explains of his client’s recent foray into a more neutral color palette that has included a focus on smoky eyes and tawny cheeks.
Being the new face of YSL’s Opium may be Emily Blunt’s beauty world debut, but it certainly isn’t the first time she’s been asked to front a product. Why hold out? “None were as classy as [YSL],” the actress says of the other offers. Smart girl. [Telegraph]
Pop star, fragrance mogul, and ghd spokeswoman Katy Perry may have no need for sunscreen thanks to a busy touring schedule that keeps her indoors “like a vampire,” but she has plenty use for long-lasting manicures. “Gels are just an amazing invention; you can bang your hands against anything! And those Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips are genius. All of my dancers are using them.” [Allure]
According to backstage regular and What Not to Wear’s resident coiffing star Ted Gibson, the “lob” is still very much en vogue. “It works with fashion, but it looks really fresh-straight or wavy or curly,” Gibson says of the collarbone-grazing style. [Fashion Etc]