Contrast was at the helm for the Creatures of the Wind makeup look. “It’s sort of a pinup girl surrounded by surreal landscapes,” said James Boehmer, Nars director of global artistry. “Because this [is set in] the Forties and Fifties, we didn’t want it to be too literal. We took away the color on the eyebrow, the eyeliner and the mascara, so we’re just left with a color on the eyes and color on the lips.” Boehmer began by creating a clean canvas using Nars Cream Compact Foundation and Stick Concealer. Iceland Duo Eyeshadow was applied to the orbital part of the eye, and was rubbed with the artist’s fingers to make it not appear too chalky. Brows and mascara were left natural to focus on the opalescent shadow shade. To finish, the lips were completed with Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and layered with Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil, which will launch in spring 2014.
For hair, “the look is inspired by Katherine Hepburn,” said Odile Gilbert, using Kérastase. “So very Hollywood done, but she has been to the beach.” Using Kérastase’s Mousse Bouffant and Powder Bluff, Gilbert used a one-inch barrel curling iron to give the hair a wavy effect. Next, she left out a chunk of hair on the right side of the head, laying it over the model’s eye. The rest was pulled back in a low pony at the nape of the neck, and was secured with a twisted strand of hair to create a barrette. Gilbert finished by spraying the whole head with Laque Dentelle Flexible Hold Hairspray. An admiring beauty editor looked to Gilbert and said, “It’s really cool.” To which Gilbert sarcastically replied in her distinct French accent, “Supercool.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast