Anna Wintour may have styledSarah Jessica Parker for her cameo role on Glee but the actress was actually inspired by Carine Roitfeld as far as her make-up was concerned; and rightfully so. Her look is bang on, so much so that, as you know, she recently launched her own make-up collection with MAC including a range of kohls designed to help you recreate her look.
'I was inspired by Carine Roitfeld, editor in chief of CR Fashion Book and former editor of Vogue Paris,' Parker revealed. 'She always has that timelessly sexy rock and roll to her eyes that is never too perfect, but always appropriate,' particularly that 'signature smoky eye that she throws on in a minute, a pinch of rosiness in her cheeks and touch of gloss for shine.'
You're probably getting tired of hearing me say this but Carine Roitfeld is truly on a roll and I say it for good reason. Next month will see her launch the debut issue of her highly anticipated new magazine, CR Fashion Book, along with the magazine's website and a whole host of other exciting projects. While we still have a way to go to get our hands on the issue, one thing we don't have to wait for is to see the fruits of her work with MAC.
Yesterday the beauty giant released this fun behind-the-scenes video from her campaign shoot, where Roitfeld talks about everything from wanting to emphasis her eyes to the fact that she sees her star stencils on her face as 'good luck' beauty marks. Aside from that, everything else is what we expected. The collection is all about the brows and recreating her signature smokey eyes look, with some foundations and nude lip colours thrown in too.
The collection is set to hit stores on Fashion Night Out on September 6, which has me thinking. Since Azealia Banks' collection for MAC is being released on the same day and sees her performing at their Soho store, surely that means Roitfeld will be on hand too. How good would a duet be? I mean, it's not like she's afraid of singing in public after that karaoke party she hosted last September. Can someone please make this happen?
Like her or not, there's no denying that Nicki Minaj has really paved the way for female rappers as far as their business pursuits are concerned. In the past few years she collaborated with everyone from M.A.C to OPI and of course, is currently promoting her debut fragrance and now rapper de jour, Azealia Banks, is slowly following suit.
This week M.A.C confirmed that they have partnered with her on a limited edition lipstick named Young Rapunzel, after her alter-ego. The shade comes in a deep semi-matte aubergine colour and will be available online for $15 from September 5 and to celebrate the launch, Azealia will perform at a the brand's Soho store on Fashion's Night Out.
What's not to love about Beth Ditto. As Katie Grand put it, she has become the 'accidental size hero for the size zero' and 'a generational icon, confounding the tedious stereotypes of what it is to be a wonderful 21st-century woman.' It's this, and her confidence to experiment with make-up, that makes her partnership with MAC so exciting.
The first image from the campaign dropped back in January and now the images from the polka-dot themed collection are finally being revealed ahead of the big launch on June 7.
'I am a child of the 80s. When I was about five years old MTV was made illegal in my hometown, so it felt like I was stuck on a deserted island with both Cyndi Lauper and Boy George's music,' she revealed in a statement. 'They didn't want you to pay attention only to their music or make-up - they wanted you to pay attention to both!' Naturally, then, make-up has always been something that Ditto's been interested in and the short video she cites the likes of Peggy Moffitt and Grace Jones for inspiring her.
As make-up brands go, it doesn't get much better than MAC. Their colour selections are second to none and over the years they've worked on several successful and highly anticipated collaborations with everyone from Iris Apfel to their upcoming partnership with Carine Roitfeld. The only area they haven't explored extensively is their nail colours, as their permanent collection only features eight colours but that's all about to change.
Tapping into the current interest in nail colours and nail art, the brand is preparing to launch a collection of 30 permanent colours. Some you will recognise from past collaborations and from the old permanent collection but many of the shades are new and come in three finishes - pearl, frost and cream.
Each colour is priced at $16 each and will be available first at Nordstrom on July 5 and then online on August 2.
MAC have partnered with Selfridges on the launch of a new space on the department store's third floor devoted to make-up application.
Don't worry, the beauty counters on the ground floor will still be there but in addition, the new space will allow customers to have their make-up applied either for a simple day look or for a special occasion or night out. The service will also provide short lessons to customers showing them how to apply their make-up and a 90 minute bridal lesson is also available.
'Selfridges constantly strives to bring new, exciting experiences and retail theatre to our customers which is why we are so proud to bring the new worldwide exclusive concept of MAC on 3 to our London flagship store,' Jayne Demuro, head of beauty at Selfridges, told ELLE UK. 'This will be the first time we have housed a beauty brand permanently outside our Beauty Hall and celebrate a new chapter in the partnership between MAC and Selfridges.'
The service launched at Selfridges Oxford service today. To book an appointment call 0870 192 5610.
Carine Roitfeld by Mario Sorrenti for the campaign
Carine Roitfeld without her signature black eyeliner and bold brow is like Nicki Minaj without one of those bright coloured wigs that she insists on wearing. For all you who have tried to recreate her looks over the years, I come baring good news. Finally a make-up giant has decided to tap into Roitfeld's look and collaborate with her on a line of cosmetics.
Naturally, the company behind the line is MAC. When it comes to make-up collaborations, it doesn't get much better than them. Over the past few years they've teamed up with everyone from Gareth Pugh to Minaj on hugely successful ranges and Roitfeld is the perfect addition to their line-up. According to WWD the line is set to hit stores this winter and as you would expect, eyes and brows are the focus points. The former Vogue Paris editor was allegedly involved in the whole creative process from packaging to product names and shades and the shot above is the campaign image which was lensed by Mario Sorrenti.
Nicki Minaj has everything to smile about. Her new album 'Roman Reloaded' is currently number one in the Billboard Charts and over the years she partnered with everyone from MAC to OPI on her own lines and things are only getting better. Today the rapper's reps confirmed that she has been working on her own debut fragrance.
The scent, which is set for release this Autumn, is part of a lucrative deal that she's signed with Give Back Brands, the company behind Justin Beiber's extremely successful women's fragrance 'Someday'. 'I have always been a huge fan of great fragrances,' Minaj said. 'This is yet another extension of my creative expression. I designed the scent and bottle with my Barnz in mind.'
M.A.C are the masters of collaborations. Over the past year they've worked with everyone from Iris Apfel to Beth Ditto and yesterday the brand announced that they have a new collection in the works inspired by Marilyn Monroe.
The 30 piece limited edition collection will include everything from eyeliners to nail polishes and naturally, a selection of lipsticks too. While they are keeping quiet about the details, M.A.C have confirmed that the collection will be priced at an accessible $15 to $27 and will hit stores in October.
As you will know last week was Chinese New Year and to celebrate, i-D have created 12 new covers for their pre-spring issue to mark the event. Shot by acclaimed Chinese fashion photographer Chen Ma in partnership with MAC make-up artists, the covers are intended to celebrated "the diversity of beauty in China today." Despite 12 covers being created, only four will be available in print while the rest will appear online only.