36 posts tagged "Yves Saint Laurent"
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]
Stella McCartney has an early Christmas present for die-hard fans of her signature scents. The designer has announced that she’s been hard at work on a second fragrance called L.I.L.Y, which references its lily of the valley heart and the pet name acronym Paul McCartney made up for Stella’s mom, Linda: “Linda I Love You.” Too cute. [WWD]
In a clever bit of advertising, Justin Bieber is now trying to sell his Someday fragrance to fathers, rather than their tweenage daughters. “Hey Dad, it’s Justin,” the new TV spot begins. “Your daughter wanted us to chat. I feel like we got off on the wrong foot. I get it. I’m a huge mega-star. I’ve got a full head of hair. I get it,” Bieber continues before implying that it’s better their daughters fantasize about him than any real, live boy-next door. The takeaway somehow? Buy my fragrance. The kid’s got an ego, that’s for sure. [NYDN]
Daughters looking for a last-minute gift for their dads should consider a different fragrance—one with a far less aggressive marketing campaign: YSL has just re-released four of its best-selling men’s scents for the holidays including Pour Homme, Jazz, M7 Oud Absolu, and Rive Gauche Pour Homme. [GQ]
We’re big supporters of the full-blown, in-your-face, super-strong statement lip. Why wear a lipstick if it isn’t high-impact, we’ve always thought? Every once in a while, though, a sheer bullet comes along that makes us soften our hard line on intensity. The latest contender is YSL’s new Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre. It is to the French house’s original Rouge Pur Couture what its Rouge Volupte Perle is to the original Rouge Volupte. Translation: It boasts the same silky texture and gorgeous range of colors as its more opaque predecessor, but with a lighter load of pigment that has been bolstered by an explosion of microscopic, metallic sparkles. Yellow, white, and pink gold have been micronized to give all 11 shades an insane reflective quality, without ever verging on gaudy. The key is the near imperceptible size of the glitter particles, which combine to create a subtle, gilded foil-like finish rather than anything that actually appears flecked. A proviso for intrigued parties: Because the color imparted is more of a see-through stain than a solid lacquer, a flawless base is imperative. If you start with a lip scrub (we’re big fans of Sara Happ’s pout exfoliators) and follow up with a balm, letting it dry down completely before applying the lipstick, you should be able to get all the benefits of going sheer. Which, it turns out, are numerous.
It’s hard to think of a more esteemed distinction than “designer muse.” Inspiring a collection or a runway beauty look is something few style stars can lay claim to, but it’s just one of the many impressive achievements Ann Bonfoey Taylor has to her credit. You name it, and she did it—from playing at Wimbledon and qualifying for the U.S. Olympic ski team to designing her own skiwear collection and amassing a couture collection vast enough to warrant its own museum exhibition. That Stefano Pilati had replicas of Taylor’s gilded hair accessory shown above made for his Spring show for Yves Saint Laurent is just another feather in the cap of one of fashion’s most fascinating friends. Click here for the full story.