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17 posts tagged "Zac Posen"

Mirror, Mirror


bobbi-brown-lulu-frostAt a recent dinner celebrating Zac Posen, I spotted none other than Dita Von Teese’s Charlotte Olympia clutch open on the table after the plates had been cleared. As a beauty editor, that minaudière was like a magnet, drawing me in closer to discover the keys to her flawless vintage look. And while I did find (with her permission, of course) a key—likely to her apartment or hotel room—nicotine gum, a Swarovski studded e-cigarette, and red lipstick, the most interesting treasure was a spiderweb compact covered in crystals. Later in the week, Posen would post a video on Instagram (below) featuring Von Teese touching up her crimson pout and powdering her nose using said bedazzled mirror. She turned a simple and routine gesture (one normally done in the privacy of the ladies’ room) into a full-on performance. But then again, I’d expect nothing less of the burlesque dancer. If you’re in need of a party trick this holiday season, take a cue from Von Teese and dare to reapply in public. And may I suggest doing it with this flashy Lulu Frost for Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Compact in hand.


Beauty Sound Bites: Fight the Good Fight


Heather Stewart-Whyte by Philip Newton, ELLE FR, 1994“A woman’s glamour war paint is an absolute necessity.”

Some view cosmetics as a frivolous luxury, but putting on your game face—whether you’re entering the boardroom or heading home for the holidays—is crucial. It completes a look, helps erase the stress, and can even give you an edge. A study financed by Procter & Gamble, led by Nancy Etcoff, clinical professor of psychology at Harvard, found that women who wore makeup (albeit not too much) were considered more “competent” than women who wore none at all. Since every day, especially during this hectic season, feels like a game of survival, we’ll take any advantage we can get. Lipstick doesn’t come in bullet form for nothing.

Photo: Heather Stewart-Whyte by Philip Newton, Elle France, 1994, courtesy of

Mouth Off


Lily Collins - Apple Store Soho Presents: Meet The Filmmakers - "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"There’s been an unusual chill in the NYC air this August, which makes us eager to put away the punchy pink and coral lipsticks and opt for something a bit more rich. Lily Collins did just that last night at an event celebrating her upcoming film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones—juxtaposing her marigold dress with a bold burgundy pout that reminded us of the garnet shades worn at Anthony Vaccarello‘s and Zac Posen‘s Fall collections. Not only are we excited that a feature other than Collins’ brows are sharing the beauty spotlight, but a moody mouth feels refreshing during the supposed dog days of summer. Don’t you agree?

Photo: Michael Stewart/Getty Images

John Frieda X Zac Posen


There are so many details to consider in a single fashion show, that the smallest of them often go unnoticed. But the discerning runway watcher may have noted that models’ hair at Zac Posen’s Spring show last September was ultra shiny and incredibly vivid. That was thanks to John Frieda’s Precision Foam Colour, which was applied backstage so blondes, like Aline Weber and Elsa Sylvan appeared more honey gold, and brunettes like Hilary Rhoda and Posen favorite, Crystal Renn, got a rich, glossy, chocolatey tint. Posen was apparently so grateful for the hair help, he has returned the favor by lending some of the beautiful floral prints from that collection to four, limited-edition boxes of the permanent dye. Each print was selected by the designer to complement the red, black, brunette, and blonde tones offered by the corresponding box. And that’s not all: To help you add a little haute accessorizing to your new hair hue, Posen’s patterns will also appear on a series of head wraps, headbands, barrettes, and elastics.

Available exclusively at Target through April 2013.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /; Courtesy of John Frieda

Seventies-Meets-Thirties Backstage At Zac Posen


Should you have been confused by all the marabou, the cutouts, and that oddly placed neckerchief in look three at Zac Posen’s spring show this morning, his go-to makeup artist, Kabuki, offered up an explanation. “The show is about playful glamour with a touch of eccentricity, inspired in part by the late Seventies and a young Diana Vreeland in the thirties,” he told us backstage. This meant pink pigment on lids and cheeks for a “floral and rosy—almost seashell” effect that the face painter created using MAC Pigment in Vanilla on the inner corners of the eye, blended outwards into its Pigment in Fuchsia, which was diffused to the temple. MAC’s Fluid Line Eyeliner Gel in Blacktrack rimmed the upper and lower lash lines to frame said elaborate shadow job, which was further showcased by its Zoomblack Mascara and extra eyelashes that were drawn onto the skin with eyeliner. “That’s the eccentric part,” Kabuki said of the look, which he tweaked with an orangey/red pout topped off with a coat of clear gloss.

“A labor of love,” is how Posen himself described his collection as he weaved in and out of the backstage area—and “labor” is a word hairstylist Jimmy Paul would likely attest to. “We tried a million things and then I did this post-disco rockabilly look and it all came together,” Paul said of the pompadour-esque updos he created by fashioning deep side parts, pulling hair up at the hairline and then sweeping the excess into a ponytail or a bun. His secret? “Lots and lots and lots of hairspray”—particularly Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode and its B&b Shine Spray for a polished finish.

Photo: Eric Ryan / Getty Images