Emporio Armani Fall/Winter Campaign 2012
The new Emporio Armani campaign takes a cinematic turn in the hands of British photographer Alasdair McLellan. Set against the backdrop of Tokyo at night, the moody tone with highlights of glowing colour make for very attractive portraits that look like they could be stills from a movie. We really like these.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colors
After my success in finding a good shade of nude for nails, I found two really great nudes for the lips by Bobbi Brown. The first is Honeysuckle–beige with a warm tint–and the other is a light muted pink called Rose Brown. I bought the two together based on an article I read where a makeup artist suggested blending the two and I’ve found the resulting colour does work really well. It glides on smoothly and wears well over a few hours.
Here is where my ‘favourite’ problem arises – Rose Brown is no longer listed on the Bobbi Brown online store! I do not know if it has been discontinued in physical stores as well, but I did find a substitute in Rose Petal. These are two beautiful colours and make an excellent addition to your collection of frequently-worn lip colours. Buy here.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
You don’t just exhibit the work of Jean Paul Gaultier, you turn it into a theatrical event. OneSmallWindow’s best-dressed collaborator, stylist and costume designer Ayesha Tellis, tells us about her experience.
What: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Where: De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
When: March 24th- August 19th 2012
Gaultier has long been known to play with the fringes of provocative design and social issues. Issues that reflect gender, sexuality and multiculturalism. Having followed his work and heard him speak, it was most exciting to see 140 iconic and inimitable haute-couture and pret-a-porter ensembles from the past 35 years up close and as personal as permissible. It wasn’t just displayed to admire, it was clearly a dynamic theatrical event. A visual, sensory, heady experience involving talking/singing mannequins through projection of live video faces, archival documents, fashion illustrations, movies, fashion photography with his contemporaries Andy Warhol, Steven Meisel and David LaChapelle, and the very famous Madonna ‘Blonde Ambition’ collaboration starring the highly revered conical bra.
The exhibit, curated by Thierry Maxime Loriot, was an all-encompassing view of the inspirations that created Gaultier’s impeccably tailored and detailed work. Six themed galleries take the visitor through different creative phases of the designer’s career. Each of these sections imitates the world they belong in. One such example is a mural painted across the wall by San Francisco’s Rio Yanez, another a glistening skyline and another a kinky red lit cubic box with neon signage and midway, a moving runway with designs inspired by the streets of Paris, London and Milan. I witnessed the breadth of Gaultier’s genius design aesthetic and left with a massive core of inspiration and a certainty to return.
After San Francisco, the show heads to the Fundacion Mapfre – Instituto de Cultura, in Madrid, Spain. If you’re in either city, pay a visit – the show is a must-see whether you’re a fashion enthusiast or you just want to hear a mannequin belt out a Gregorian chant.
Music To Put Makeup On To: Rock Of Ages OST
I watched Rock of Ages, the movie based on the musical, two days ago and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. All because of the music! Not only does it feature songs by Guns N’Roses, Poison, Def Leppard, Extreme, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Pat Benatar, Journey, Twisted Sister, Starship and Warrant (to name a few), the film takes it one step higher and does what I didn’t think was possible – it makes some of the already great songs better. How? By creating mashups. What a super idea!
I am not a music snob and I don’t think the integrity of the original song has been compromised by tooling around with it. No, it was really exciting to hear these great songs which formed the radio of my childhood. If there’s one thing that we’re listening to while getting ready to go out in the near future, it is this soundtrack. Listen to Tom Cruise totally own Pour Some Sugar On Me here.
Photos courtesy: Ayesha Tellis, Emporio Armani, Bobbi Brown, Warner Bros. All products were purchased or reviewed independently.