Peter Philips, the creative and image director for Dior makeup, has been a longtime favorite of ours. His work at Chanel was nothing short of aspirational — his is the kind of talent that sends products flying off shelves. Now at Dior, Philips is still dazzling, but perhaps working with Raf is slightly different than with Karl. The pre fall look is… experimental, to be sure. Philips seemed to draw inspiration from the location of the show — Tokyo — because it’s hard not to see the influence that Manga has had here.
“I wanted to design a make-up look that had a very strong visual impact, focusing on an ‘electric’ eye that was both graphic and abstract. I was mainly inspired by Kabuki make-up with its codified, dramatic aesthetic that plays on the abstract nature of this visual strangeness. I also wanted to create a play on light to reflect the shiny, glittery elements that were omnipresent throughout this Pre-Fall collection and that give the make-up look a slightly Manga feel,”
Philips said in a press release.
Should you want to get the look yourself, you’ll need a liner (the Diorshow pro liner used here isn’t available ’til June 2015) and Diorshow mascara, both in black. Oh, and some “jumbo sized” glitter and a touch of eyelash glue.
1. Starting directly above the iris, apply the black liner in a box shape from the lash line to the upper eyelid.
2. Use mascara to coat only the lashes touched by the box you’ve made with the liner. Leave everything else bare.
3. If you’re feeling futuristic, apply a few pieces of oversized glitter near the upper lash line. It’ll “catch the light… creating a spectacular ‘robotic’ glitter effect,” said Philips.
Tokyo Fashion Week street style proved to be an extravagant feast for the fashion loving eyes, and of course the street style photogs. Tokyo’s giving New York Fashion Week a run for its money — the colors, trends, and ornate details create colorful visuals worth taking note of.
Many outfits are so man-repelling that they have Leandra Medine shaking in her Givenchy boots.
Not on the other side of the world? No worries. Just take a glance at some of Tokyo Fashion Week’s most inspiring and borderline crazy looks.
Mysterious Tokyo shoegaze duo Ikebana have unconventionality built right into their name: it refers to a Japanese art of flower arranging that is not so focused on the blooms as it is on the stems and leaves, minimalist lines, and spaces. Their gentle aural equivalent is just what you need after that weekend debauch in the Hamptons.
Ikebana’s next album, When You Arrive There, arrives on July 8th, along with a remix from Yo La Tengo’s James McNew, which sounds very promising indeed. For right now, though, try “Kiss,” beggining with slow, deliberate chord-plucking and the intimate sensation of fingers sliding up and down a guitar neck. The second half opens up with a dreamy strum, filling in the anxious emptiness with reverb.
Then we have the barely-there video for "Alone," which operates on more of a minor, dissonant plane. The visuals are grainy shots of light and shadow, a city at night viewed from a copse of trees, and an insistent brightness not unlike what we imagine when thinking of alien abduction. Overall, a great way to ease into the madness of the work week—or stay cocooned in bed, whichever.
It seems almost an impossibility that it hasn’t happened sooner, but America’s most American designer has finally opened a proper flagship in fashion mad Tokyo: the Tommy Hilfiger Omotesando. Taking up three floors, these interior spaces are replete with modern and vintage details, ranging from opulent gentlemen’s club style (lots of oak and brass) to Frank Lloyd Wright inspired minimalism, but all done with a sense of fun.
An LCD Gallery with 13 screens shows original video content, but also footage of other Tommy shoppers around the world. The entire Hilfiger range is encompassed, with everything from bespoke suit service for the gents to all you’d ever need to suit up the little ones. Another masterstroke for Hilfiger.
There are a lot of roundups of, oh, everything this time of year, but we always look forward to the awards from the blogger community, and HotelChatter’s list has some fun, quirky nominations that get at the heart of what we love and hate about traveling.
Along with the positive, like this surprisingly expansive view from a Caesar’s Palace one-bedroom Senator’s Suite (is that actual sky?? Not just another hotel? You don’t say!), great new openings like the Public Chicago, and great amenities like a portable Wi-fi hotspot at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, they don’t shy away from the negative—a raw sewage backup in Palm Springs, bad view, bad hype, and more. They’ll be updating through tomorrow, so keep checking back.
Probably the utter pinnacle of the socially-conscious hipster concept made good, Daniel and Markus Freitag created their first recycled bag out of truck tarpaulin back in 1993, and are now a full scale phenomenon.
What’s especially amusing is that a couple of eco-aware Swiss gents could have caused such a sensation in trend crazy Tokyo—where their bags can be found clinging to untold numbers of Japanese fashionista sorts. A Tokyo flagship was thus virtually inevitable. And within a stark concrete monolith by Torafu Architects, Freitag’s signature storage system stocks more than 1200 different bag designs—and there’s an on site repair shop. Still true to their principles (you truly have to love the Swiss) bags are all made with recycled materials in their Zurich factory.
True, there are some style signatures that are internationally chic, but if you want to get a sense of what’s on the ground where you’re going (or what may be coming to your city next) check out these international style influencers.
Paris:The Cherry Blossom Girl. That Charlotte Gainsbourg hair, that effortless French-girl cool — Alix has got it in spades. A fashion designer and amateur photographer, she blends designer pieces with cheap basics exactly like you wish you could.
Tokyo:Japanese Streets. Japan continues to be a rich source of inspiration for fashion enthusiasts, and as their street style has attracted international attention, photojournalist Kjeld Duits has been there since the very beginning. His site now blends runway and street coverage, for a comprehensive look at the local aesthetic.
Milan:The Blonde Salad. Italians are the original street-style icons, with their love of all things theatrical and sexy combining with their appreciation for quality craft and materials. One of the anointed obsessives is Chiara Ferragni, a charming young fashionista with a closet to die for.
Helsinki:Hel Looks. Not looking to Finland for your fashion tips? Perhaps you should be, particularly as the cold weather rolls in — because co-founders Liisa Jokinen and Sampo Karjalainen’s subjects do stylish layers and statement outerwear to rival any we’ve seen anywhere in the world.
Copenhagen:The Locals. One of the world’s design capitals doesn’t fall down on the job when it comes to fashion design either. Søren Jepsen captures his casually sophisticated friends and neighbors (and visiting street style icons) in their natural habitat.
Almost exactly one year ago today, we introduced you to Lady Gaga’s cobbler of choice, Noritaka Tatehana. Although the Japanese designer was a local avant-garde hero pre-Gaga, he became a global fashion phenom after the pop star first stepped out in his 9-inch, heel-less footwear. Now, on the, er, heels of his success, Tatehana is back to introduce a new range of gravity-defying platforms that have more to offer than a lesson in balance.
Our friends at Hintreport that the designer’s complete 2011 collection is now showing at the famed Trading Museum Comme des Garçons in Shibuya, Tokyo. The exhibition also showcases Tatehana’s archived pieces.
All new footwear is made to order, although we’re not sure who could really pull this stuff off besides Gaga or Daphne Guinness.
From coffin hotels to talking bras, the island nation of Japan never fails to deliver the most hare-brained inventions known to mankind. Continuing in that vein, Tokyo Milk has announced plans to release a line of Lip Elixirs in eight flavors typically reserved for cocktails and desserts, including Cherry Bourbon, Salted Caramel, Absinthe, and Smoked Salt.
And as you might have hoped, the scent is subtle enough as to give only the slightest hint of boozy aroma to your date. As an added bonus, the Elixirs have all the right moisturizing elements to keep your lips soft and chap-free. Pick up your favorite scent for $7 on the Tokyo Milk site and your alcoholic boyfriend will be eternally grateful.