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Friday, 14 January 2011 17:55

Balenciaga buckle boots

Written by Tienlyn Jacobson

What's the best way to wear boots throughout the warm months? With ventilation, of course. Lighten them up and dress them down with an unexpected splash of pink. Equal parts punk to quirky chic, you'll be the coolest chick on the block - pun totally intended.

balenciaga buckle boots

Photo taken by Jak & Jil.

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Sunday, 30 January 2011 00:36

Brow Wars: Pat McGrath Speaks Out


We have been quietly polling fashion’s most noteworthy face-painters over the past few weeks of shows about where they stand on Fall’s bleached vs. full brow debate, as arches are now big and bushy after spending the better part of the past few seasons totally non-existent. The most exciting moment in this journalistic experiment came tonight when we finally got a moment with Pat McGrath backstage at Nina Ricci (more on that in a bit). The Queen of the Blocked-Out-Brows, as we have fondly come to call her, McGrath pretty much caused the all-forehead, all-the-time resurgence with her showstopping Fall 2009 peroxide performances backstage at Balenciaga and Prada. But seeing as how she too has embraced bold, visible arches this season at Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, we had to find out where she stood on the issue—a question she made short work of: “As a makeup artist, it’s so important to change things. See how you would’ve liked it if I did full brows for ten years! It’s about challenging yourself. [Bleaching brows] might not mean ‘you’ can do it—but it’s not about ‘you’ all the time. It’s about making fashion exciting.” In a word, boom!

Photo: Clockwise from top left, Marcio Madeira at Balenciaga, Fall 2009; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Dolce & Gabbana, Fall 2011; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Prada, Fall 2011; Greg Kessler at Prada, Fall 2009
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Tuesday, 18 January 2011 17:32

At Balenciaga, Blondes Still Have More Fun

Although we pointed out on this blog that many of Guido Palau’s “Balenciaga blondes” from Spring have embraced chestnut browns for Fall (Brit Maren, most notably), the coiffing star seems unfazed by the transition. With Nicolas Ghesquière’s blessing, Palau asked colorist Christophe Robin to turn to the peroxide bottle once again for Balenciaga’s Fall show, ordering bleach jobs for five girls before the presentation and relying on a purposeful cornsilk casting to “make a strong statement on the runway” at the get-go. Formerly flaxen beauties Aline Weber, Kori Richardson, and Lisanne De Jong were among the first ten models out, and their super-bright strands—that were center-parted, coated in Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion, teased at the crown for lift, and pulled pack into a very low-lying ponytail—did indeed set a convincing tone for the show. “It’s very modern, easy, sophisticated,” Palau said of the style, although jury’s out on how long the word “easy” will factor into the equation once their roots start to grow in. That being said, the hair color registered as electric on the runway, its vibrancy helped along by über-dark brows filled in and—get this—dyed brown in a few instances by makeup mistress Pat McGrath, who has demonstrated that her power with arch transformation goes way beyond a mastery of blocking them out. Not only did McGrath build them up at Balenciaga, she gave four girls—Kasia Struss and Arizona Muse among them—a blue “brow bar” scrawled across the nose bridge for an added touch of graphic chic. What can’t this woman do?

Photo: Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com
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Sunday, 30 January 2011 17:03

Balenciaga S/S 2011 at LN-CC

Balenciage Summer 2011 02 horz Balenciaga S/S 2011 at LN CC
As a Balenciaga fan, I’m always rubbing my hands together, looking forward to bits and pieces as they become available. While plain tees and jackets are easy to get for less, trying just a single high-quality piece could sway you. Take the new Balenciaga shipment at LN-CC, for example, which includes short and long-sleeved shirts, tees, and jeans to round out a sparse summer wardrobe. A plain white button-up (with short sleeves) looks crisp and inspiring, and there’s another one for cool nights with long sleeves and a dark collar/cuffs combo. It could be interesting in a layered scenario.The t-shirts from Balenciaga are a little juvenile, and they wouldn’t be my first choice, but I can understand the summertime appeal. On a man with a similar physique, the shirt would look excellent with trunks and loafers, plus a squared-off shade. I wouldn’t might seeing it with a Western belt and denim at home, but the proportions need to be just right. As for that coat? Well, I wouldn’t bother, because you’d get better results from a similar-looking one from a performance-based label. If you’re planning on braving the rain and whipping wind, do it right. Visit Slamxhype for the buying link. [via slamxhype]Balenciage Summer 2011 01 horz Balenciaga S/S 2011 at LN CC
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