Oscar’s Attitude!

August 4th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Oscar de la Renta is known for his sophisticated designs, but don’t ever accuse the legendary designer of being boring! Fall finds de la Renta’s brand in an irreverent mood, showcasing the sumptuous fall/winter collection in images by Norman Jean Roy that run the gamut from simply elegant to downright cheeky. Diana Moldovan and Larissa Hofmann are equally alluring in their shots, sporting pin straight hair by Orlando Pita and bright smoky shadow by Gucci Westman. Stylist Natasha Royt plays up the collection’s decadence, focusing on fur embellished and richly detailed looks in bold jewel tones. The best shots are the ones that offer up an added storyline via playful tableaus like Diana stepping on the train of Larissa’s crimson gown.

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mdc ♥s : 2011 Best of Beauty

January 3rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle


In one of the year’s most memorable beauty images Frida Gustavsson gets her lips painted gold | shot by Patrick Demarchelier for W Magazine

We primped and polished are way through dozens of products in 2011, but these were the ones we went back and reached for again and again – the absolute BEST Beauty Products we tried all year. Find out why we loved them and start 2012 off right by telling us what you loved.

REVLON COLOR BURST LIP BUTTERS
Why it made our list – With a creamy lip balm texture and 20 electric colors, the Lip Butters are an affordable luxury – as good as any high end product we tested. We would reach for any lipbalm that contained mango, shea and coconut butters, so it is wonderful to find those moisturizing ingredients in something with color payoff. Bright shades like Lollipop and Raspberry Pie are our personal favorites, but every shade is a winner and at eight bucks a pop you won’t break the bank trying them.

CHANEL VITALUMIERE AQUA
Why it made our list – Foundation for foundation-phobes. We admit to being inconsolable when Chanel discontinued our previous holy grail Teint Innocence, but this more than makes up for it. The lighter than air texture and sheer quality of this foundation make it look like your skin but better, it is pretty safe to say that Peter Philips is on a roll.

GUERLAIN TERRACOTTA FOUR SEASONS
Why it made our list – Guerlain’s bronzers have always been popular, but the four seasons is the MVP of their lineup. There wasn’t a backstage during Paris Fashion Week where we didn’t spot this popular matte bronzer in the kits of our favorite makeup artists. A must have for sculpting cheekbones, adding a touch of face brightening color and of course providing that enviable “natural” glow we saw on so many of the S/S catwalks.

BURBERRY FRESH GLOW
Why it made our list – Everyone is searching for a product that creates the lit from within look and Burberry’s unique highlighter delivers. Developed by Christopher Bailey with Wendy Rowe serving as Artistic Consultant for the line, Fresh Glow works for all skintones. Whether you mix it with your foundation or use it on its own, it gives you that gorgeous shine that seems completely natural.

KOH GEN DO CLEANSING SPA WATER
Why it made our list – We’ve raved about it before, but this Japanese line is quickly becoming one of our favorites – one swipe of this refreshing makeup remover and every speck of powder, mascara, lipstick, etc. is gone. Simply the best.

SKYN ICELAND ANGELICA LINE SMOOTHER
Why it made our list - Crows feet, laugh lines, those distressing little signs of age all smoothed out and hidden without having to deal with the sting of a doctor’s needle or any invasive treatments. For all those times you want to look your absolute best the Angelica line smoother instantly enhances the skin and fills in any little nagging imperfections.

CLARINS FACE TREATMENT OILS
Why it made our list – It just plain works. Apply in the evening before bed and wake up to refreshed, hydrated skin that looks smoother, clearer and infinitely less stressed than it did the night before: added bonus the calming aromatherapy scent.

NUDE ADVANCED CELLULAR RENEWAL MOISTURIZER
Why it made our list – If you couldn’t tell from some our previous recommendations, our skin was stressed this year and NUDE’s cellular renewal regimen was one of the things that helped to calm it down. Soothing white jasmine, shea and a whole host of nourishing goodies to keep things hydrated and looking good.

CHANTECAILLE POUDRE PERLE 
Why it made our list – This ultra portable, refillable wonder has made our beauty routines easier – especially on the go. Ever have five minutes to get yourself ready on a moving train filled with commuters? This will do the trick. Part highlighting powder, part blush this guarantees you’ll look fresh as a daisy.

MAKEUP FOREVER HD POWDER
Why it made our list – Accept no substitutes. When the camera reveals each and every pore (not to mention every single flaw imaginable), this is what beauty experts dust on to conceal those tell tale pores and hide shine. We’ve spotted this on shoots, backstage during NYFW and even in the makeup trailer on the set of a movie – even if you aren’t gearing up to be in onscreen this is a must have.

MORROCCANOIL RESTORATIVE HAIR MASK
Why it made our list – Saving our dry, distressed and mistreated hair one strand at a time with gentle TLC that conditions and comforts.

ESTEE LAUDER SUMPTUOUS EXTREME MASCARA
Why it made our list – Instant badaboom lashes that don’t leave us looking like a raccoon two hours later. One of the many Estee goodies we’ve spotted Tom Pecheux using backstage and absolutely had to try out for ourselves.

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Unforgettable

October 4th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Revlon, the iconic makeup brand of the classic Richard Avedon ads featuring supermodels, returns to form with a gorgeous new campaign starring Anne Vyalitsyna. Actresses are cute, but no one beats a model when it comes to selling the beauty ideal. With smoky eyes and a plum pout by Gucci Westman, Anne looks every bit as unforgettable as the classic Revlon beauties of yesteryear.

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Bits & Bytes: CFDA by Kevin

June 9th, 2010 |Posted by Betty

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You’ve seen all the red carpet images from the CFDA event; now get the REAL feel of the fabulous night captured by Kevin Tachman only at Backstage@.

Fashion news:

Also check out the CFDA afterparty, on WWD at the Boom Boom Room of course.

Jil Sander for Uniqlo, Olivier Theyskens for Theory. Read about the NYTimes theory of 21st century fashion.

Business of Fashion talks to new Hermes artistic director, Christophe Lemaire. We remember when Christophe had his own line in the 90′s but didn’t know that it almost led to a meltdown for him.

Lorenzo Martone launches a swimwear line. If there’s one thing the Brazilians know about, besides models is bathing suits.

Oh if only we had the money to drop on this Givenchy luggage, we would so do it.

Gucci gets into the iPad game (joining Louis Vuitton).

On T Magazine, Kehinde Wiley‘s new collection for Puma, just in time for the World Cup. Love it.

Modeling news:

If you haven’t seen Evandro Soldati in Lady Gaga‘s Alejandro yet, check it out here now. He looks better than ever.

Frockwriter on the meaning of Lara Stone for her triple Calvin Klein exclusive.

Here are more pics of the gorgeous men at VMan’s big soccer event.

Gisele and Alessandra were found in this part of Brazil. Follow this Brazilian scout in this video for the NY Times. Now our question is, why are black and more ethnic models NOT being found in Brazil? There’s certainly not a lack of gorgeous ethnic faces in this country.

Helena Christensen visits a hotel made of trash in Rome.

Rosie Huntington Whiteley‘s official Transformers 3 announcement from her London agency, see below. Read about the Imagist’s musings on LA and Rosie’s as the ideal.

David Bowie backs out of the room, bowing and saying icon, icon“. God how much do we love Iman.


Miscellaneous:

This post made me laugh about jaguars being obsessed by Calvin Klein’s Obsessionn. Rawrrr!

Gucci Westman‘s new nail and lip lines for Revlon looks like the perfect shades for summer.


Photography news:

Tommy on Hanneli. One street style photog captures another street style photog.

British photographer Brian Duffy, responsible for some of the most recognizable images of the 20th Century dies. Check out his David Bowie, Jean Shrimpton, Michael Caine photos.

Why we love Peter Lindbergh, Garance Dore talks about her photographer crush.

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Rosie image courtesy of Models 1.

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Hair Raising

November 26th, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

There is nothing like a bit of beauty to brighten things up: looking at Daniel Jackson‘s pristine photos from the latest Vogue Nippon, we were instantly struck by the amazing artistry behind the hair and makeup. The hair-raising looks created by Didier Malige, are nothing short of amazing. Beauties, Julia Hafstrom, Sharon Kavjian and Kamila Filipcikova, wear tri-color bouffants and up-dos with flair. Add in Gucci Westman‘s dramatic makeup (check out the amazing drawn on eyebrows) (and Alastair McKimm‘s styling) and you have the making of a spectacular beauty story.

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