Posts Tagged ‘Victoria Beckham’

NYFW: THE RETURN TO ANOREXIC CHIC!

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

anorexic-chicIn spite of last season’s proclamations, there appears to be a return to anorexic chic on New York Fashion Week’s runways.  Case in point is Victoria Beckham’s 2017 spring/summer show (above), where emaciated teenaged models wore clothes which only accentuated their frail figures.  According to Sarah Vine, whose scathing editorial appeared in the Daily Mail, “despite the occasional hype about this or that plus-sized model, regular attempts by the industry to encourage a more normal-sized aesthetic are mere window dressing. Truth is, most designers are incorrigible: they would sooner be spotted in last season’s trousers than send a single curve down the runway.”

What happened to the uptick in plus-sized models featured or even starring in mainstream fashion campaigns?  And what about France’s new laws enacted to help “curb anorexia rates and promote healthier body images”?  As you may recall, one even required models to present a doctor’s certificate of health prior to walking the catwalk; another required magazines and advertisements to to post “touched up” on photoshopped campaigns   Vine explains, “To be taken at all seriously in the cut-throat world of high fashion — the world of tiny A-listers and stick-thin fashion editors such as Anna Wintour — you have to be skin and bones.”

VICTORIA BECKHAM’S FIVE-MINUTE FACE!

Monday, August 15th, 2016

VB ELIn anticipation of the September 13th release of her fourteen-piece capsule makeup collection with Estée Lauder, Victoria Beckham, shared a five-minute makeup video on Monday with Vogue.  The talented designer/singer/working mother has learned from the best-of-the-best in beauty — from Pat McGrath and Val Garland to Charlotte Tilbury.  Now Beckham is sharing some of her own tricks of the trade.  For The Lauder collection, Beckham’s process was to create pieces that she wanted to wear herself.  The self-proclaimed makeup junkie, 42, has been hoarding favorite products since she was eighteen, amassing an incredible collection of “makeup relics,” which she shared with Lauder.

Beckham has curated four inspired grouping, representing her favorite cities: London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles.  Each city features up to eight products.  “I want to make it really, really easy to get this look,” Beckham says. “If I can do it as a busy working mom with four children, anybody can. You don’t have to be a professional makeup artist. This doesn’t have to take up huge amounts of time.”  Highlights from the collection include an illuminating foundation primer, a fresh and modern matte, orange-based lipstick, several shimmering eye shadows (which can be applied dry or wet), and even a limited-edition makeup box rigged with professional lighting.

TREND ALERT: GOING BRONDE!

Monday, June 6th, 2016
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Victoria Beckham has traded in her signature chestnut locks for a lighter, layered ‘do.  The fashion designer posted her transformation on Instagram, crediting stylist, Luke Hersheson, with the tag, #chopchop.  Beckham, 42, has embraced the summertime trend of going bronde — not blonde and not brunette, but somewhere in between.   Senior colorist, Ray Salazar, of Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills, explains, “Bronde hair is a fun and exciting way to have both of both worlds. It allows you to not be committed to brunette or blonde.”  Cathy Provenzano, of Gavert Atelier, adds, “The trend has been going more subtle and chic. The ombré is going away and rich, soft browns are becoming more current.”  They key to a successful bronde is maintaining one’s natural base-color prominently throughout; this enhances the look’s richness and leads to lower maintenance (inherently less-noticeable grow-out).  And if you start to tire of the look by fall?  “Going back is a cinch,” Salazar explains.