Deep Dark

March 6th, 2014 |Posted by Janelle

Who better to explore the gothic side of fashion than the illustrious team of Craig McDean, Karl Templer and Sasha Pivovarova. With an eye for the atypical and a brooding ferocity that works it’s way into every image, the team creates an expressive vision with a dark twist in the pages of Interview Magazine. With pieces from Alexander McQueenLouis Vuitton and Tom Ford the story focuses on larger than life fashion, rejecting the convention that Spring stories need to be light, bright and filled with saccharine florals. With an inky black coif courtesy of Orlando Pita and understated makeup by Diane Kendal, Sasha is appropriately spooky and adds flair to McDean’s dramatic images.

See the full story on Interview Magazine.com

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Beauty Bytes: The Versace Look

November 10th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

When you think of the Versace beauty, there are a few catchphrases that come to mind and smoky eyes are probably pretty high on the list. Using the brand’s heritage and signature look as inspiration Tom Pecheux created the ultimate statement eye for the Versace for H&M show. With the combo of MAC’s matte black Carbon shadow and silver loose pigments, Pecheaux crafted an edgy look that was accentuated by bleached brows. Stars like show opener Natasha Poly worked the look along with lengthy extensions by Orlando Pita and sleek leather bandanas.

The lovely Bianca Balti named the newest face of L’Oreal – this marks the second major cosmetics company to sign a model spokeswoman in recent months. Are cosmetics giants starting to embrace models again after years of relying on actresses?

Speaking of which, Emily Blunt is the new face of YSL Opium following in the footsteps of Sophie Dahl, Kate Moss & Karen Elson.

Makeup artist Alex Box is one of our favorites and her innovative line Illamasqua enters the fragrance realm with a truly inventive scent, Freak. The captivating and gothic blend features notes that wouldn’t seem out of place in a witch’s cauldron. Black davana, belladonna, poison hemlock, datura, queen of the night, frankincense, oud and myrrh are nice individually, but together they’re fantastical. Be one of the first to try it at select Sephoras – it launches this week!

W Editors share their beauty secrets - who is addicted to Rodin Olio Lusso, who is lucky enough to get their haircut by Garren himself!?

20 years after launching 10 revolutionary nude lipcolors at Bergdorf Goodman, Bobbi Brown is still a force in the fashion and beauty industries – no wonder she’s the toast of Paris!

FYI The almost black but not quite nail polish used at the show (and on the nails of the gorge Daphne Groeneveld) is Deborah Lippmann’s Dark Side of the Moon.

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Double Kloss

July 19th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Just when you’ve think you’ve seen every possible incarnation of Karlie Kloss, she pulls another one out of her hat. The teen modeling queen shows up in Vogue Italia and American Vogue this month, sporting two very different looks. In Craig McDean‘s sleek portraits, Karlie sports a jet black crop and some seriously stylish graphic looks created by Camilla Nickerson. For Stephane Sednaoui‘s black and white series, Karlie traipses around NYC with futuristic sunglasses and a towering bouffant.

HAIR Orlando Pita MAKEUP Mark Carrasquillo PRODUCTION Stefan Beckman

FASHION EDITOR Victoria Bartlett HAIR David von Cannon MAKEUP James Kaliardos MANICURE Kristia Konarski

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mdc ♥s: Gorgeous Hair!

May 5th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle


The lovely Sigrid Agren sports sleek hair backstage at Jill Stuart | Picture by Betty Sze

Beautiful hair is a prerequisite models, but who doesn’t want to look like they have perfect tresses? Team MDC spent the past month testing out shampoos, conditioners and styling products in an effort to find the very best. We’ve narrowed it down to a few favorites, but be sure to tell us your personal picks in the comments!

Best Styling Tools – T3

Used backstage at shows by experts like Orlando Pita the T3 line of tools has become an industry standard. These aren’t your ordinary hair dryers -  the lightweight line features a patent pending tourmaline design and boasts a 60% faster drying time than most dryers on the market. We tested the award winning Featherweight on girls with straight and curly hair and without fail the dryer finished the job in under 10 minutes, with no frizz or flyways. It is no wonder then that Allure Magazine named this their top choice four years in a row! Added bonus, the equally impressive Manetamer flatiron can be used on wet or dry hair to take your look to that next level.

Best Line for Straight Hair – Bumble & Bumble

Super sleek center parted looks are a perennial fashion favorite and for girls with naturally stick straight texture the Bumble and Bumble line delivers the tools to keep hair well conditioned, free of frizz and blessed with that coveted shine. If you’re looking to perfect that blowout try a bit of the a try a little of the silicone infused, Straight. Anyone in search of sheen needs to give the Let It Shine range a try. The lineup of shampoo, conditioner and lightweight finishing spray leave your hair gleaming.

Best Line for Relaxed & Natural Hair – Phytospecific

Relaxed hair requires special care and Phytospecific‘s deluxe range offers everything from deep conditioning to extra gentle shampoos infused with shea butter and sunflower oil to hydrate and condition. Fans of the French line include everyone from Essence editor Mikki Taylor, to supermodel Veronica Webb, so we knew our hair was in good hands. from Our favorites from the line included the Intense Nutrition Shampoo & Mask as well as the Moisturizing Styling Cream, the trio left our once brittle hair feeling soft and luxurious.

Best Line for Color Treated Hair – Bumble & Bumble

What can we say, Bumble and Bumble’s products are just tops and for anyone who dyes their hair (whether you’re just covering grays or going platinum) their lineup for color treated hair is great. Top choices include the Mending Masque – for damaged strands in need of a little TLC and the Mending Shampoo an ultra-hydrating creation that can deep clean without stripping away color.

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Grey’s Anatomy

August 2nd, 2010 |Posted by Janelle

Kristen McMenamy is having a moment. With her long grey locks sparking a trend of their own, a cover of Dazed and a whole Viktor and Rolf show dedicated to her allure, there is no question that Kristen is the super to beat this year. The icing on the cake comes in the form of August’s Vogue Italia cover; Steven Meisel explores Kristen’s otherworldly beauty with a picture that excites and intrigues – the black rocks, the mist, Kristen’s silver coif courtesy of Orlando Pita it all adds up to create an extraordinary image.

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Mind the Gap

August 10th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

Those lucky enough to get the Gap insert in this season’s magazines are treated to a veritable smorgasbord of the industry’s favorite models complete with their names next to 14 different styles of jeans. The all American company went international with the women’s side: Anja Rubik, Carmen Kass, Du Juan, Freja Beha Erichsen, Isabeli Fontana, Maryna Linchuk and the newest kid on the block, Arlenis Sosa are showcased beautifully by Craig McDean and the all star team of Karl Templer, Orlando Pita,  Lucia Pieroni and stellar casting eye of Anita Bitton for The EstablishmentOther Link.  3 American men made the cut: former MOTW Noah Mills, Tommy Dunn and Anderson Noel join Sasha Knezevic, Will Chalker, Andrew Cooper and Andres Velencoso Segura. Who’s your favorite Gap face? (See the rest of the images here)

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Taryn in See

September 30th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Taryn Davidson, ever since her exclusive Calvin turn one year ago, has been steadily rising with appearances in all the right editorials. Fall’s See by Chloe campaign, shot by Craig McDean and styled by Marie Amelie Sauvé cements her status as a girl most wanted.

Taryn/DNA. Ph: Craig McDean. Styling Marie Amelie Sauve. Makeup Lucia Peroni. Hair Orlando Pita. Pic courtesy of DNA

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