Put your credit card on notice. Because you’re about to clear your checking account once you stock up on the new collaboration between American designer Prabal Gurung and beauty giant M.A.C Cosmetics. Our affection for both big brands is no secret ’round here at the #ELLECanadaCloset, and this particularly wondrous makeup collection has us fully enamoured. It’s one of those collections in which ALL pieces stand out; there’s no true hero (in our eyes anyway; don’t we sound just like your mother?). The lipsticks are exceptional: a true, clean red called Carmine Rouge ($30), a dusty (yet vivid) violet named Ultramarine Pink (#30) and Light English Red, an oddly named but very beautiful beige nude. And the best part of about the collection is its heft: these pieces are truly weighty. Holding up the Cream Colour Base (available in Coral Lumineux, $70) and dabbing it on your cheeks feels like you’ve traveled through time to the 1920s, working in a glamourous jazz club in New York City. What? You don’t feel the same?
Ahh, this news makes me happy. Particularly because I’m still riding the happy fumes of St. Vincent, a tear-inducing flickabout an unlikely friendship between an eight-year old and an old boozehound played by Bill Murray, and of course, Naomi Watts. Her character is charmingly offensive, playing a lady of the night (inside joke until you see the film).
Let’s hope she’s sleeping in this morning, basking in the glory of this important news: she’s just been signed as the new face of L’Oreal Paris. Naomi Watts has been named spokesperson for English born, Australian-raised Watts joins Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Eva Longoria, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Blake Lively, who announced her partnership with the brand late last year. While I failed to roust her from that presumed slumber, here’s the statement she supplied L’Oreal with:
“I am deeply honored to join this inspirational brand. L’Oréal Paris has been telling women for decades that they are ‘worth it’—this is not a slogan, it’s an inspirational mantra,” says Watts. “L’Oréal Paris embodies much more than legendary products, it also promotes self-affirmation, self-confidence and allows each and every woman to value herself no matter what her age, background or nationality.”
Still from new Chanel No. 5 film starring Gisele Bündchen. All images courtesy of Chanel.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s been more than 10 years since Baz Luhrmann produced one of the first advertising-driven short films for Chanel. It was titled No. 5 The Film and starred Nicole Kidman and Rodrigo Santoro. In the 180-second-long movie, Kidman’s character is seen running down the street in a fabulous pink dress trying to escape her A-list life. She hops into a cab with a stranger and soon they are in each other’s arms. After their brief love affair, she returns to her life in the spotlight. As she walks down a red carpet, surrounded by paparazzi, she looks back to the building rooftop adorned with the words “Coco Chanel.” Her lover is there, and they exchange knowing smiles before she turns away and walks into the bright lights.
In the latest film, The One That I Want, which I watched at an exclusive advance screening during Paris Fashion Week, the star is Gisele Bündchen and the storyline has a decidedly different twist. In this new version, which Luhrmann prefers to describe as a poem set to “You’re the One That I Want” by Lo-Fang—Bündchen’s character is a successful model who lives in a posh beach-front home outside New York. She has an adorable child and a handsome husband, played by Games of Thrones hottie Michiel Huisman. In the opening scenes, there are multiple full-body slo-mo shots of her surfing that will make you marvel that anyone has been blessed with such exquisite DNA. But as Luhrmann—who attended the press screening—said: No one can have the bod, the career, the family and the fab house without their relationships eventually fraying at the corners. The woman in the film has to choose between her work and her life, but does she run to, or away from, the man this time?
Read on to find out what Luhrmann’s Chanel woman decides to do….Read more…