41 posts tagged "Yves Saint Laurent"
Since launching its Rouge Volupté lipsticks back in 2009, Yves Saint Laurent has been at the forefront of the statement lip’s resurgence. The combination of its varied selection of bold colors (the fuchsia Rose Culte has garnered us so many compliments over the past three years, we’ve lost count) and incredibly luxe gilded packaging has made it a staple in the well-edited makeup bag, and on the celebrity circuit as well (look out for its classic colors on the Golden Globes red carpet come Sunday). The brand’s diffusion lines have been equally successful. To date, the French company has dazzled us with Rouge Volupté Perle, a lineup of shimmery pout perfecters, as well as Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy, five deliciously juice-tinged transparent bullets that combined the shine of a gloss and the moisture of an emollient balm. Its latest release offers up yet another desirable hybrid. Rouge Volupté Shine—a 19-shade range of neutrals, pinks, reds, and plums—blends the comfort of Sheer Candy with the rich color of the original line plus antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and hyaluronic-acid microspheres to provide even more ease of wear. Early favorites include No. 3 Violet Incognito, a black cherry, and No. 4 Rouge In Danger, a true cherry, but we’ve only made it about halfway through the collection, so there will likely be some additional winners as we continue our precise testing protocol; it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
Jessica Chastain, indie movie darling and newly named face of YSL’s Manifesto fragrance, is a burlesque dancer-turned-femmefatale in John Hillcoat’s Lawless. While it’s the men—Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Clark specifically—that are pictured flouting order, disobeying authority, and courting trouble (hence the title) in this newfangled western, the film made us think about the bevy of babes that have been enshrined in Tinseltown’s hall of fame for playing good girls gone bad—and in some cases, bad girls who never gave a damn about being good in the first place. As the film hits theaters this week, we rounded up our favorite female radicals, vigilantes, outlaws, subversives, and provocateurs. The fairer sex? Hardly.
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.