Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Day 2 of Fashion Week Spring 2008/Summer 2008 was yesterday, and here is some information from our favorite MAC folks all about the looks they did for various designers! Our very lovely Louise Zizzo mentioned how she worked on the L.A.M.B. look and that it was very mod, very 60s, and that I would love it (and she’s so right!).

Y & Kei
Most seasons, clothing trends work with the makeup trends, each coordinating and flattering the other. Not so Spring ’08; Y& Kei did their modern hippie dresses, but makeup artist Polly Osmond worked against it. Her faces here were shiny on the cheek and brow bones, with taupe shiny gloss on eyes, and no mascara or discernible brow enhancement. The lips had a slightly bitten look courtesy of MAC’s Cafe Matte Lipstick. “We’ve seen so much brow, lash and lip for fall,” Osmond declared, “now it’s time for a return to iridescence. And beiges and browns are classics, not trendy.” Long live no-makeup makeup!

Jason Wu
The nudie movement definitely hit Jason Wu’s spring face – but only the top half. Romy Soleimani did no brows, an iridescent cheek, with just a little grey around the eyes and a little bit of mascara. But it was all about a Big Mouth – a very big mouth. The lips were absolutely matte in the shade of electric pumpkin. Call it The Great Pumpkin effect. If an orange creamsicle froze on your lips, it would look like this.

Nicole Miller
James Kiliardos was having a Twiggy moment for Nicole Miller’s spring show. “I’m feeling Twiggy 1972,” he said, applying mascara on the top and bottom of a model’s eyes – with no liner. While the clothes were chic and contemporary with rushes of goldenrod, the makeup stayed in the pinkberry family, with pale blush high on the cheekbone and a berry stain on the lip. “it’s all about putting a concentration of mascara at the root of the top and bottom of the eye,” he explained, “then you comb it out to the ends.” Welcome back, Twiggy.

L.A.M.B.
Polly Osmond and Gwen Stefani have this in common; a love of ladies from the fifties and sixties. “We both love that smoky vampy eye,” said Osmond, who did Stefani’s makeup for her runway walk, too. So for L.A.M.B. spring, Osmond did what she called a “3-D smoky grey eye” that put charcoal powder at the crease and above the lashes. The face was finished with a very sheer beige lip – and long white shiny fingernails.

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Even though Temptalia.com couldn’t be there in person, New York Fashion Week started yesterday and is now in full swing. Our friends at MAC Cosmetics did not want us to be left out and are sharing with us yesterday’s trend report! Take a look and read about some of the excitement of the kick off of Fashion Week.

Josh Goot
For Aussie-turned-New Yorker Josh Goot’s Azzedine-referenced spring collection, Phillipe Chansel made the makeup disappear. The models’ faces looked absolutely nude — “but that’s because the makeup is really well blended,” he explained. Using MAC’s Micronized Airbrush Foundation without the actual airbrush achieved the look – while MAC Lip Erase took down the lip colour. The cheeks had the most subtle hint of contour and highlight – but the real action was at the nape of the neck. There, Chansel dabbed silver, white, pink, or gold powder patches behind the girls’ high sleek ponytails. “To catch the spotlight as they walk,” was the reason – a new novel placement for makeup? Necks could be the new eyes.

Grey Ant
Makeup artist Tiffany Johnston had an epiphany at Grey Ant’s Spring ’08 show; plastic skin. “It has a little reflection,” she described. “So it’s not dewy – and it’s not matte, either.” Using a tiny amount of neutral lip gel and cheek highlight, she then obliterated her near-natural look with doll eyes straight out of a Keene painting; one set of models had blacked out eyes; the other electric blue. “I cut off the false lashes at the end and packaged mascara on, creating a feeling of paper mache,” she described. All in all, the spring look at Grey Ant was about texture – a mix of real and fake – and virtually no colour.

Band of Outsiders
Band of Outsiders appropriately nautical spring show aboard a ship at Chelsea Piers inspired makeup artist Romy Soleimani to break out the navy eyeliner. Ships ahoy! Indigo is always a sure sign of spring. The actual base makeup was carefully applied and this season’s first trend we’ve spotted; pale pale contouring of cheeks, for that ravenously hollow but still healthy look, worked well with naval chic.

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Start saving up your money, ladies!! There’s been some speculative and preliminary information released about the upcoming Holiday 2007 collections (including a very, very limited and couture fragrance priced at $60!). Here are several shots from a video about MAC fall/winter runway trends.

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Friday, August 24th, 2007

WHERE? I was fortunate enough to be extended an invitation to a dinner party hosted by MAC Cosmetics held at Perbacco in San Francisco, as a sort of kick-off to San Francisco’s Fashion Week.

WHO? Two key artists, Victor Cembellin and Louise Zizzo; along with Allison Greenberg and Heather Park, who work with public relations and the Global Communications department at MAC in New York. As far as guests went, I met several local bloggers and writers, including Donna over at the San Jose Mercury News; Annie, editor of Bellasugar.com; Sheryl, a freelance writer for Glamour.com, Mandy at Los Gatos Weekender, Karen from Makeupandbeautyblog.com, and several other guests (about 12-15 people total).

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