While flipping through the August issue of Harper's Bazaar, I stumbled upon this wonderful tongue-in-cheek story with model Laetitia Casta all dolled up to look like Mae West, and makeup by Lloyd Simmonds, Yves Saint Laurent's new international makeup artist (check out the photos above and below, which I apologize are a little dark!). Laetitia, whose zaftig curves have helped her remain a top model for over ten years now (she's the face of the Ralph Lauren Notorious ads), made a triumphant return to the runways this past season when she walked in the fall 2010 Louis Vuitton show. Lloyd—whose editorial work up until now has appeared mostly in European fashion magazines—did a fantastic job of transforming Laetitia into the iconic bombshell with sheer glossy black lids, fire-engine red lips, sculpted cheeks, and major lashes. Unfortunately, the magazine doesn't list which products he used to create the look, but I can tell you that YSL Water Resistant Cream Eyeshadow in Amethyst Grey No. 2, Shu Uemura Smoky Layers False Eyelashes, and YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Red Muse No. 17 should help recreate the look nicely. I'm so excited to Llyod's work in Bazaar, and I hope he'll be working with more American fashion magazines going forward.
While we're talking fashion, I read today on New York Magazine's blog The Cut that Michaelangelo L'Acqua, a veteran DJ who has created mixes for some of the top runway shows including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, came up with a playlist featuring the five songs he thinks best represent the spirits of his five favorite designers. Love it! Having been to my fair share of runway shows, the music can really make (or break!) the vibe, but yet you rarely read about it in any of the fashion reviews. I've always wished at the end of each season that one of the DJs who works the shows would create a playlist of the best songs from the collections. Michaelangelo, are you listening??
PHOTOS FROM HARPER'S BAZAAR