39 posts tagged "Yves Saint Laurent"
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.
Of his many, many contributions to the annals of fashion history, one of Yves Saint Laurent’s single biggest gifts to womenswear has to be Le Smoking. A tuxedo cut for the feminine figure without sacrificing the toughness of the masculine original, it was an achievement in liberation, effectively giving women the official go-ahead to wear pants in the evening. Stefano Pilati is plenty aware of the design’s importance—and its versatility. The house’s current creative director looked to the classic suit as the inspiration for YSL’s holiday makeup range. There are some colorful additions to the cosmetics dreamt up by Pilati and YSL international makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds, of course—four new shades of its Rouge Pur Couture lipstick and three new Golden Glosses scattered with white gold flecks. But it’s the black and white pieces that stand out most, the Manicure Couture Duo Terriblement Noir in No. 6, specifically. We’re not usually black nail polish wearers, but this is black nail polish, YSL-style, and features obsidian lacquers in a matte and high-shine finish with this recommendation from Simmonds: Apply two coats of the matte followed by a thick French tip of the glossy. It’s supposed to recall the textural contrast of a satin lapel against a cotton or wool jacket, but it really doesn’t need any contextual grounding to register as undeniably chic.
YSL Beauté Manicure Couture Duo Terriblement Noir in No. 6, $30, available November 2011 at www.yslbeautyus.com.
After a last-minute change to the beauty look last season at Yves Saint Laurent, in which all traces of Pat McGrath’s original vivid purple lip were erased in favor of a glossy nude mouth, we were hesitant to vacate the backstage premises out of fear that we’d miss all the eleventh-hour action. But McGrath’s Ann Bonfoey Taylor-meets-Talitha Getty, “couture collector” look for Spring stayed intact, from the second she bleached brows and slicked on a metallic red lip until the curtain closed on Stefano Pilati’s collection. “It’s different and very brave,” McGrath said of the look, which married Getty’s signature, sixties black liner application—that favored black kohl rimmed lids with a thick and heavy point on the outer corners—with a made-to-order mouth, which featured a crimson foil finish rather than boring old matte or glossy. “It’s time to change things up a little,” McGrath said—a dare that hairstylist Guido Palau was ready to accept. Rather than create a simple, textured chignon, the Redken creative consultant was also game to think outside the box. Prepping strands with Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow Dry Lotion, Palau teased hair at the root to give it a “little lift” before tucking front sections behind the ears and gathering lengths into a low ponytail that he twisted into a messy bun. Then came the segmented gold hoops, which encased each knot and resembled the biggest door-knocker earrings we’ve ever seen. “Stefano had them made,” Palau said of Pilati’s gilded ornaments, which imparted a slight forties feel, but not intentionally. Those bleached arches and a modern nude nail courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent La Laque #2 Beige kept it from veering too far off into retro territory.