Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hollywood Brows

Bold eyebrows are in! Here, we reveal Tinseltown’s best arches—and expert tips on how to claim them for yourself

Thick arches accessorized eyes on the fall and spring runways—models sported black Elizabeth Taylor-inspired brows at Altuzarra’s spring show—and they’re popular on the red carpet too. “I love the return to a strong brow,” says CoverGirl celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson. “It’s classic and beautiful and makes the face look glamorous and powerful-looking.”
Groomed, filled-in brows can also enhance the eyes. “Think of your eyes as pictures; if you give them beautiful frames, they’ll make more of a statement,” says Hollywood brow-shaper Tonya Crooks. Other benefits of pronounced brows, according to Crooks and fellow star-groomer Anastasia Soare: larger-looking peepers and a more youthful appearance.
Click through for the hottest celebrity brows—and tips on how to be bold!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Julia Roitfeld’s Doing a Lingerie Line

Though Burberry‘s spring summer show was filled with a star-studded front row—Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington Whitely, Gemma Arterton—it was Julia Restoin Roitfeld who’s earning headlines.
Last season, the graphic designer turned model mentioned she was working on her own perfume, though nothing’s yet come of the scent. In the meantime, Roitfeld’s popped up in her mom’s Barneys catalog and starred in Hanni Y’s fall campaign. Yesterday, she told WWD that she’s also working on a collection of lingerie. “I have a really great lingerie collection,” she said. “But it’s not for my boyfriend—he doesn’t care—it’s for myself. Next to shoes, it’s my favorite luxury.”
If Julia did make shoes—hell, if any Roitfeld started making shoes, we can’t imagine the stilettoed chaos that’d ensue, but we don’t imagine the girl who posed like this will have any trouble selling lacy intimates either.

Joan Didion Charms Her Crowd

It was standing-room-only last night, as devoted readers and writers packed the Paula Cooper gallery to hear Joan Didion read from her latest novel, Blue Nights. The book, which hit shelves on Tuesday, tells the story of losing her daughter, Quintana soon after the devastating loss of her husband (the subject of 2005′s Year of Magical Thinking).
Cooper’s husband, Jack Macrae, introduced Didion to the adoring crowd: “Few writers make the words matter more,” he said. “Her arrangement is distinctive.”
It’s also beloved, and when the tiny author walked up to the podium, the room was silent.  Didion wore a long black skirt and fitted black top, with red lipstick and a purple shawl drape artfully over her shoulders and started reading in her low, lolling voice.  “Memory adjusts to what we think we remember…As the blue nights draw to a close (and they can, and they will), you experience an actual chill, an apprehension of illness, at the moment you first notice: the blue light is going, the days are already shortening, the summer is gone,” she read.  “Children are hostages to fortune…What does it mean to let them go?”
When the spell broke, the audience peppered Didion with questions, like what nagged her while writing the book? “Can I finish it? I’m not being facetious. It was a new style I never used before,” she answered honestly.  What was hardest?  “It wasn’t really a narrative at all,” she said, noting that she had to remind herself that books should tell a story.  “It was like a reflection, a dream, more like going to sleep and dreaming.”
A final question, about her writing process, put a grimace on her face: “Rewriting is what I do, rather than write.”