Kate’s Allure

July 16th, 2013 |Posted by models.com

Allure Magazine breaks away from its usual cover model comfort zone of A-list actresses this month, by featuring a model on its August cover. And we’re not just talking any model here, we’re talking about none other than Kate Moss. The magazine hasn’t featured a high fashion model on its cover in nearly 10 years (Project Runway host Heidi Klum‘s May 2012 cover notwithstanding) so it only makes sense for the iconic Moss to land the first supermodel cover in years. Moss’s gorgeous cover shot is captivating, proving she still has that same spark from when she first got her big break over 20 years ago.

Photographer: Mario Testino | Creative Director – Paul Cavaco | Hair – Sam McKnight | Makeup – Tom Pecheux

Text by Victoria Perillo

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Seeing Spots

May 30th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

When Haider Ackermann filled his S/S13 runway with transparent creations emblazoned with black and white dots, it seemed like an unusual move. Polka dots are a fashion standard dating back years, but the diminutive patterns are more often associated with the prim styles of the 1950s than with the kinds of cutting-edge wares favored on Paris’ runways. The designer so known for his innovative use of lush, saturated color was showing another side, taking one of the most uncool of motifs and making it feel new.

In keeping with the current craze for all things graphic, stylists have embraced the versatility of these simple circles, working Ackermann’s creations into a variety of editorials. On occasion the interpretations don’t veer too far from the runway approach (fashion abides by the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ mantra whenever it can) but the excitement comes when the spots are complimented by clashing patterns to create a dynamic visual treat. Whether it is layering in another of Ackermann’s prints from S/S or adding a bold kimono for interest, the real fun lies in the mix which offers stylists an opportunity to show their creativity.

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W Magazine | Photographer: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott | Fashion Editor/ Stylist:Edward Enninful | Hair: Malcolm Edwards | Makeup: Lucia Pieroni | Set Designer: Poppy Bartlett | Manicurist: Anatole Rainey | Model: Ondria Hardin

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Vogue China | Photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Nicoletta Santoro (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists) | Hair: James Pecis | Makeup: Tom Pecheux | Manucurist: Gina Viviano | Casting: Piergiorgio Del Moro | Model: Arizona Muse

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032C Photographer: Jamie Morgan | Styling:Jodie Barnes | Hair: Tomo Jidai | Make-up:Laura Dominique | Model: Arizona Muse

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Elle France | Photogrpaher: Bjarne Jonasson | Stylist: Michele Beaurenaut | Model: Xiao Wen Ju

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Vogue Thailand | Photographer: David Bellemere | Stylist: Anna Schiffel | Model: Anna de Rijk

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Numero | Photographer: Greg Harris | Stylist: Sheila Single | Model: Stef Van Der Laan

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Elle Italia | Photographer: Alexei Hay | Casting: Paul Hunt at JN Casting | Model: Pau Bertolini

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Vogue China | Photographer: Sharif Hamza (Cadence New York) | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Tiina Laakkonen | Hair: Esther Langham | Makeup: Francelle Daly | Model: Ji Hye Park

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Marie Claire Magazine | Photographer: Danilo Gallinari | Fashion Editor: Enrique Campos | Hair: Javier Palacio | Makeup: Tatyana Makarova| Manicure: Lucia Cheptene | Model: Harmony Boucher

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W Magazine | Photographer: Tim Walker | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Jacob K | Hair: Julien d’Ys | Makeup: Stephane Marais | Set Designer: Rhea Thierstein | Model: Tilda Swinton

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10 Magazine |  Photographer: Robert Schoerner | Fashion Editor/Stylist: Sophia Neophitou | Model: Kristen McMenamy

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Vogue Russia | Photographer: Tom Craig | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Olga Dunina | Model:Arizona Muse

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i-D Magazine | Photographer: Mari Sarai | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Erika Kurihara | Hair: Tomo Jidai | Makeup: Janeen Witherspoon | Casting: Shelley Durkan | Model: Soo Joo

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Vogue Turkey | Photographer: Cuneyt Akeroglu | Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Semra Russell| Hair: Colin Gold | Model: Stina Rapp Wastenson

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British Vogue | Photographer: Josh Olins| Fashion Editor/ Stylist: Clare Richardson | Hair: Shon | Makeup: Sally Branka | Set Designer: Kadu Lennox | Models: Meghan Collison and Juliana Schurig

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mdc ♥s: beach ready beauty

July 27th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle


Isabeli Fontana is the ultimate summer beauty in this shot by Mikael Jansson - view the full series in the database.

Summer heat will not get us down! Even with the temperatures hitting astronomical heights we still want to look fresh. Before you leave town on your glam summer break take a glimpse at our selection of heatproof & beach-ready beauty goodies that will have you looking and feeling like a supermodel.

ESTEE LAUDER SUMPTUOUS TWO TONE MASCARA - If its good enough for Tom Pecheux it is good enough for us! We were front and center when the man himself previewed Estee’s latest mascara backstage at Derek Lam and now the impressive dual color formula is available everywhere. Black mascara on the top lashes and then a subtle hint of color on lower lashes to make eyes pop.

LA ROCHE POSAY ANTHELIOS  – Heavy duty protection with a gentle side – French brand La Roche Posay has got the market cornered on sun protection and their Anthelios line is a perennial favorite. We’ve mentioned Anthelios in this column before and we’re mentioning it again because quite frankly, it just works – absolute must have for the season.

BY KILIAN SOLID FRAGRANCE - Who wants to be digging around in their beach bag for a perfume or lugging around a heavy bottle? By Kilian gives you the sleekest, chicest little solid that is perfect for reapplying just a touch of fragrance. Besides, there is something decadent about wearing one of those heady Kilian scents in the middle of a heatwave – trust us on that.

SACHAJUAN OCEAN MIST - One spritz and you’ve got the kind of wavy, undone beach hair that would make Gisele jealous. Ok, maybe not jealous…but there is a reason this bright blue wonder is constantly sold out !

COR SILVER SOAP - A true beauty multi-tasker, COR’s Silver soap offers the benefits of a sunscreen, a pore minimizer, acne treatment and a makeup remover all in one. When you’re en route to your summer destination -jet-setter that you are – you want a product that does it all. COR boasts a slew of active ingredients like silver, sericin, collagen and chitosan and (perhaps more importantly) a relaxing scent and luxurious lather.

SISLEY HYDRATING LONG LASTING LIPSTICK - What to do when temperatures are climbing past 100 and you’ve got to look nice for an evening out? Swipe on a glam bright shade from Sisley and you’re good to go!

AESOP SAGE & ZINC FACIAL HYDRATING CREAM - A natural take on sun protection Aesop that is perfect for girls (and guys) on the go – slather it on before your morning commute for UV protection.

NEST FRAGRANCES MOSS & MINT SHOWER GEL - Our fave niche candle line branches out with a line of sweetly scented shower gels – all of which are wonderful, but Moss & Mint holds a special place in our hearts this summer. The bracing blend of mint, apple blossom and oakmoss provides the perfect R&R for the overheated, parched and just plain burned out.

MAKEUP FOREVER AQUA SHADOW - We are strong advocates of makeup pencils – they’re versatile, easy to use and make life simpler. Makeup Forever’s waterproof shadows make getting ready a breeze and they last through heat, cold and the occasional tearjerker movie. The metallic shades are guaranteed to grab your attention, but don’t ignore the bold mattes!

REVLON JUST BITTEN LIP STAINS - perfect for the no makeup look and guaranteed to withstand eating, drinking & hours of relaxing on the beach.

GUERLAIN TERRACOTTA SUN IN THE CITY POWDER - A luminous alternative to the traditional bronzer and the perfect way to highlight sunkissed skin. Guerlain is the final word when it comes to bronzer and the latest addition to their collection is every bit as impressive as one would imagine – added bonus the shimmering gold works with every skintone.

CLARINS EYE QUARTET MINERAL EYESHADOWS – The final bit of polish, a quad capable of creating a multitude of looks. The Clarins shadows are highly underrated and the selection of nudes is creamy and gorgeous.

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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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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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mdc ♥s : All About Eyes

May 27th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Lily Donaldson has the most beautiful baby blues in the business | Image by Betty Sze for MDC

The eyes are the window to the soul and they’re often the first thing people pay attention to when they see us. All the more reason to pamper them with the right creams and adorn them with the very best shadows and liners. This week MDC rounds up our favorite beauty products for eyes, each one used frequently by members of our team. Be sure to let us know what your personal favorites are in the comments!

REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Maintenance Gel
This unique gel de-puffs the delicate under eye area quickly and effectively. Perfect for mornings when you’ve gotten less sleep than you should, or evenings spent out on the town. Dab a tiny bit of the cooling formula on any and all puffiness and prepare to be dazzled by the results. We’ve seen REN’s product pop up in many a makeup artist’s kit and we completely understand way. Added bonus, we love the purse friendly size of this product – great for touching up throughout the day.

skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
For those days when you really are in need of help, give sky ICELAND’s eye gels a try. The cooling pads can be placed beneath the eye area to reduce the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and broken blood vessels in 10 minutes. With the long and eventful party season fast approaching, these are sure to become a mainstay for anyone who had a little too much fun the night before.

Lancome Genifique Eye
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and Genifique’s formula offers care for those first signs of aging by stimulating the production of cells. The gel promises brighter, firmer skin in seven days and during that time we saw definite improvement in the texture and elasticity of the skin surrounding our delicate peepers. What can we say, if its good enough for spokeswoman Julia Restoin-Roifteld, it is good enough for us!

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow
We tried and tested several different variety of cream eyeshadow, but Bobbi Brown’s was the absolute best. With a wide variety of colors as well as an unrivaled lasting power, these little shadow pots left us thoroughly impressed. Try a glittering pale shade like Pink Coral for day and deep dark shade like Black Pearl for an easy smoky eye when evening comes.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Shadows
Developed by Tom Pecheux and used on the likes of Hilary Rhoda and Liu Wen, this extensive range of colors and shades has enough variety to keep even the most voracious cosmetics fiends happy. Estee is all about quality, so the shadows are as long lasting and very easy to apply, whether you’ve got your own set of brushes or use the little applicator they come with. Our personal favorite shades were the glittering Emerald Star and Sizzling copper.

YSL Faux Cils Noir Radical
There are about a million mascaras on the market and we’ve tried them all (and have about 30 mascara tubes to prove it) Faux Cils was our favorite for the volumizing effect, lasting power and rich black color (Noir Radical is pure midnight black) that makes all eye colors stand out. Not in the mood for basic black – give brights like Extreme Blue and Fascinating Violet a try.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water

Hands down the very best and gentlest eye-makeup remover there is. Cuts through thick black liner and three coats of mascara without stinging your eyes, or leaving behind a streaky mess. Beloved by makeup artists, models and the team here for its speed and ease of use – plus  the ultra-portable wipes are wonderful for on the go!

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Spotlight On: Intermission

January 6th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Intermission‘s latest issue knocks the ball out of the park with a page after page of unique content. Inside you’ll find interviews and profiles on everyone from insiders like Acne’s Jonny Johansson and interior design star Ryan Korban, to industry legends Tom Pecheux and Diane Kendal. Editorial content is just as strong, with Dorothea Barth Jorgensen and Suvi Koponen striking steely poses on the cover and playing it cool in corresponding editorials by Patrik Sehlstedt.

Dorothea Barth Jorgensen by Patrik Sehlstedt

Suvi Koponen by Patrik Sehlstedt

In this issue: model Tom Guinness, makeup artists Tom Pecheux & Diane Kendal, Glenn O´Brien, Jonny Johansson of Acne, jewelry designer Gaia Repossi, interior designer Ryan Korban & Ben Gorham founder of Byredo Fragrances.

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The Biz : J. Crew Sold

November 29th, 2010 |Posted by Janelle



Liu Wen and Tom Pecheux in China for the launch of Estee’s Pure Color Collection

In a surprising move, J.Crew has been sold for over 3 Billion, NY Times explains the logic behind the sale and the history of iconic chief exec Millard S. Drexler. | NYT

Black Friday sales go through the roof, but does that mean an upbeat outlook for the holiday season? | The Atlantic

Estee Lauder heads to China with great fanfare, Women’s Wear Daily reports: “The new China campaign was kicked off Nov. 19 in Beijing with a fashion show and party that boiled over into an ecstatic homecoming for Liu Wen. Liu, a native of the Chinese capital, was named Estée Lauder’s first Chinese global brand representative earlier this year. The show and press reaction was described by one onlooking executive as a heady response “not rivaled since the launch of Opium in New York City” in 1978.” | WWD

McQueen takes full control of their McQ line “following the expiration of its licensing pact with Italy’s SINV SpA” | WWD

How exactly will the charges of tax fraud impact D&G’s bottom line? | Luxury Daily

Alexa Chung broadens her horizons with a new show on PBS, will public television viewers embrace fashion’s it-girl? | NYT

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