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Les Parfums Louis Vuitton

January 11, 2017

After a 70-year hiatus from the world of fragrance, Louis Vuitton’s reemergence onto the aromatic scene was expected to be nothing short of spectacular. Thanks to master perfumer Jacques Cavalier Belletrud who spent months culling the corners of the world in search of inspiration, the brand has certainly lived up to the expectation—and added a celebratory…

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California Beauty: Chanel Fall 2016

March 22, 2016
Chanel quilting has turned up on just about every possible surface over the years, from bags to boots, but makeup artist Tom Pecheux managed to simulate the intricate look in an arresting new way for Karl Lagerfeld’s presentation of his fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection. Models’ eyelids were dusted with shadow in little diamond-shaped quilt quadrants mimicking…

California Beauty: Erdem Fall 2016

March 04, 2016
“The skin is fresh and light juxtaposed with this Black Dahlia-inspired lip very reminiscent of Jean Harlow,” says makeup artist Val Garland who prepped models using NARS Cosmetics for Erdem Moralioglu’s presentation of his fall 2016 collection held in London. For Garland, the look evokes the “spirit of 1930s Hollywood Boulevard,” and indeed, there’s a…

California Beauty: Rodarte Fall 2016

March 03, 2016
Masses of metal Art Nouveau flowers played a starring role in the Rodarte fall 2016 collection sent down a New York runway by Laura and Kate Mulleavy during fashion week. The posies adorning hair, clipped onto ears, and affixed to wrists lent the show, marking the line’s 10th anniversary, an idyllic quality. Makeup artist James…

California Beauty: Alexander Wang Fall 2016

February 17, 2016
“This is new youth culture’s take on high fashion—everything is very individual and personal,” said makeup artist Diane Kendal who used NARS Cosmetics to create the nearly nude looks for Alexander Wang‘s Fall 2016 show held in New York on Saturday, February 13. Wang’s show, held at St. Bartholomew’s church on Park Avenue included preppy…

California Beauty: 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2016

February 16, 2016
“In looking at Phillip’s collection, the Japanese influence really stood
 out to me,” said makeup artist Francelle Daly who used NARS Cosmetics to contour cheeks and fill in brows at Phillip Lim‘s runway presentation of his Fall 2016 collection for 3.1 Phillip Lim, held in New York on Monday, February 15. “There’s a lot of…

California Beauty: Bella Heathcote

January 27, 2016
“Bella wore a beautiful lace dress reminiscent of wild times in the 1980s,” said makeup artist Kate Lee of the Dolce & Gabbana look from the Italian fashion house’s spring 2016 collection that actress Bella Heathcote wore to the premiere of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on Thursday, January 21 in Los Angeles. “We wanted…

California Beauty: Eva Green

January 15, 2016
“We decided on a soft eye with a bold lip to contrast with the gold dress and Eva’s amazing green eyes,” said makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury of the look she created for Golden Globe nominee Eva Green on Sunday, January 10. “Eva wanted to introduce old Hollywood glam with a modern take, but still keep…

California Beauty: Alicia Vikander

January 14, 2016
“I wanted to create a dreamy but modern look that highlighted Alicia’s naturally beautiful features. The metallic shades on her eyes complement her dewy, fresh skin,” said makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury of Golden Globe double nominee Alicia Vikander. The actress paired the fresh look created by Tilbury with a crisp white belted column dress designed…

California Beauty: Amy Adams

January 12, 2016
“Amy wore a breathtaking Versace dress in geranium,” said makeup artist Stephen Sollitto who created actress Amy Adams’ look for the Golden Globe Awards held on Sunday, January 10. “Because the gown was such a beautiful hue, I decided not to compete with it, keeping the palette fresh with tans and bronze,” he added. Rather…

California Beauty: Daisy Ridley

December 15, 2015
There were a plethora of Leia buns and armored stormtroopers at the Los Angeles premiere of the newest addition to George Lucas’ famous coming-of-age saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, held at Hollywood and Highland on Monday, December 14. Actress Daisy Ridley, the newest protagonist in the franchise, arrived in a…

California Beauty: Chanel Métiers d’Art Show 2016

December 09, 2015
Heralding winter’s imminent arrival, Karl Lagerfeld conjured up a darkened Rome street scene complete with a wrought iron Metro staircase to show a grayscale Chanel Paris in Rome Métiers d’Art 2016 collection at the legendary Cinecittà movie studio in Rome on Tuesday, December 1. As models filed out of a wrought iron Metro station, many adorned in…

California Beauty: Chanel Spring 2016

October 13, 2015
Karl Lagerfeld imagined an alternate reality in which airport travelers are all chic and perfectly made-up during his Chanel spring 2016 ready-to-wear presentation held at the Grand Palais on Tuesday, October 6. What a lark! But why not remove your shades at the passport counter to reveal a modern eye mask created by dusting smoky…

California Beauty: Rodarte Spring 2016

September 22, 2015
A parade of nude lips lent a freshness to the spring 2016 designs by Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte, shown in New York on Tuesday, September 15. Poets, including Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson inspired the ethereal collection of delicate lace dresses, glam pantsuits, and billowing scarves. Makeup artist James Kaliardos developed the Pasadena-based…

California Beauty: Alexander Wang

September 15, 2015
If you found yourself humming the opening lyrics of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” while watching models stride down the runway in crop tanks, work boots, and cutoffs at Alexander Wang‘s spring 2016 presentation held in New York on Saturday, September 12, you weren’t alone. The San Francisco-born designer, celebrating his 10th anniversary show, tapped…

California Beauty: Kristen Stewart

September 09, 2015
In a modern world free of human emotion, what would happen if you contracted a disease that suddenly made you start to develop feelings and then discovered another person who also showed signs of similar sentiments? That’s the premise of Equals, a new film staring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult and directed by Drake Doremus (Like…

California Beauty: Erica Tanov

June 29, 2015
Bay Area–based designer Erica Tanov has now added beauty to her collection of home wares, bed linens, clothing, and jewelry. The California native and owner of boutiques in Berkeley and Marin, has teamed up with Kahina Giving Beauty founder, Katharine L’Heureux, for the debut of a global-inspired, handmade clutch replete with Argan oil, lip and…

California Beauty: Keri Russell

May 06, 2015
Like Alexa Chung‘s makeup artist, Keri Russell’s hair stylist Brian Magallones had the work of Shanghai-born, Hong Kong-raised filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai on his mind when he created the mussed bun Russell wore to the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala on Monday, May 4. Russell, who slipped on a textured gown covered in…
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