Vogue’s guide to five-star hair and makeup at the best hotels, in the world’s most glamorous destinations. Cheers!
BAHAMAS Beauty Centre at One&Only Ocean Club Makeup applications start at $85, but for $90 you can get a lesson from an expert on how to do it yourself. Hairstyling and makeup services are offered in two private suites—why not make it a party and reserve the room for you and your friends? Paradise Island, Bahamas 888.865.6829 oceanclub.oneandonlyresorts.com
BARBADOS John Frieda Hair Salon at Sandy Lane With one call to the concierge, a stylist from the spa will zip to guests’ suites for in-room party prep at Barbados’s most legendary hotel. Saint James, Barbados 246.444.2000 sandylane.com
LAS VEGAS BrannonHair Salon at Hard Rock Hotel Hard Rock Hotel is party central—but they have plenty of heart, too. Brannon Zimbelman’s salon will offer 25-percent off for New Year’s Eve guests who present proof they’ve made a donation to a children’s charity. 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas 702.693.5522 brannonhair.com
LONDON Royston Blythe at the Dorchester At the Dorchester’s hair-only salon, guests get the royal treatment—literally—from Ian Carmichael, official hairstylist to the queen. On his off days, he’s working at the palace. Luckily, he’s at your service on New Year’s Eve. Park Lane, Mayfair +44.20.7629.8888 thedorchester.com
LOS CABOS, MEXICO Beauty Centre at One&Only Palmilla Bastien Gonzalez’s world-renowned manicure and pedicure—a must after days in the sand—are just part of the draw at Los Cabos’s chicest resort. +52.624.146.7000 palmilla.oneandonlyresorts.com
MARRAKECH Royal Mansour Spa and Chanel Makeup Room At Marrakech’s recently-opened, much-buzzed-about Royal Mansour, the sprawling spa is an event in itself: The Beauty Spa Suite package includes a revitalizing Leonor Greyl hair services—like the quick-fix Escale à Marrakech wheat-germ-oil treatment—23 featured facials, and makeup with a Chanel-trained pro. Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti, Marrakech 212.0.529.80.8080 royalmansour.com
NEW YORK CITY Yves Durif Salon at the Carlyle At his intimate gem of a salon, hairstylist Yves Durif is offering New Year’s Eve hair and makeup for $250. All week, beginning December 28, haircuts for new clients are $200—instead of $300. 35 East 76th Street, NYC 212.744.1600 thecarlyle.com/salon.cfm
PALM BEACH The Breakers Guerlain Boutique and Hotel Salon Both the hair salon and the makeup boutique at Palm Beach’s posh playground are extending their hours New Year’s Eve, from 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 1 South County Road, Palm Beach 888.273.2537 thebreakers.com
PARIS Dior Institut at Plaza Athénée New Year’s Eve makeup touch-ups are gratis after one of the spa’s deluxe holistic treatments. 25 Avenue Montaigne, Paris +126.96.36.199.6535
ST. BARTH’S Frédéric Fekkai Salon & Clarins Spa at Hôtel Guanahani Clarins makeup artists will be at the ready, and Fekkai hairstylist Jonathan Pujol will be on duty, hairdryer in hand. Grand Cul De Sac, Saint-Barthélemy fekkai.com/salons/st-barths
VAIL The Spa and Salon at Four Seasons Resort Vail Just this month, the Four Seasons opened its doors to unveil a brand-new luxury spa and full-service salon high up in the Rockies. One Vail Road, Vail 970.477.8600
Francis Kurkdjian’s Scented Holiday Cards Take Paris
by Catherine Piercy
Photo: Liam Goodman
If you happen to be feting the holidays in Paris, a trip to perfumer Francis Kurkdjian’s self-titled maison is mandatory. Yes, there are the startlingly lovely fragrances, but it’s his scented novelties (pear-scented blowing bubbles, spicy rose-infused leather bracelets) that capture the imagination. Now, he’s whipping his devoted followers into an olfactory froth with subtly fragrant holiday cards. Featuring Eiffel Tower–inspired illustrations by editorial set designer Jean-Hugues de Châtillon, the slim cartes de voeux—available exclusively at Kurkdjian’s rue d’Alger boutique—are scented to recall the season’s fresh caramel shortbreads, crackling wooden fires, or crisp alpine tree branches. Those spending the holidays stateside can content themselves with his new perfume absolutes instead: The heavy glass flacons, with their wide industrial steel caps, are concentrated renditions of Kurkdjian’s best-selling Pour Le Matin and Pour Le Soir fragrances.
Pour Le Matin and Pour Le Soir perfumes, $175; neimanmarcus.com Scented holiday cards, $12 each; Maison Francis Kurdjian Paris, 5 rue d’Alger, 33.14.260.0707.
On Such a Winter's Day: Previewing Bikinis at the Lisa Marie Fernandez Trunk Show
by Stephanie LaCava
Photographed by Mimi Ritzen Crawford
In defiance of the enduring frigid weather, a little rebellion was staged Friday night. “During winter you dream of an island, of getting undressed,” said Elisa Sednaoui of her fashion fantasy without this season’s requisite layers. So we decided to spike the heat and have a few friends over for a trunk show of Lisa Marie Fernandez’s neoprene swimwear—and a celebration of Sednaoui’s birthday.
“It’s better to get together in an intimate environment to pick out suits,” said Fernandez, explaining the allure of having your girls on hand to help you decide what you’ll be packing for the next getaway. “Everyone has been calling for bikinis before going on holiday.” Sednaoui needed one to wear while in Egypt, while Lily Kwong wanted something special for the Swiss Alps. Kwong’s destination may seem antithetical to bathing suits, but consider the spa or outdoor pool amid snowcapped mountains. Fernandez also makes a tuxedo legging that might prove perfect for more mild climates. Perennially cold, I’m thinking of wearing this neoprene pant paired with a bandeau bikini top on the beach. Perhaps Kwong called it best: “A bathing suit in the wintertime means there’s an end in sight—sunshine must be just around the corner.”
If there’s a way to get noticed this spring, it’s with bold statement earrings. “They’ll boost your confidence,” says Vogue Accessories Editor Amalia Keramitsis. “They’re conversation starters that usually involve a compliment.” Whether shoulder-grazing fringe at Chanel or Louis Vuitton, or wagon-wheel-size hoops at Dolce & Gabbana, they may be a bit much for day, but can transform a getup to night in one head-turning swoop. And with a notable absence of costly diamonds this season, it’s one look everyone can buy into. But first some advice for making it work: “Keep the rest of your clothing simple,” advises Vogue Fashion News Editor Emily Holt of these easily overpowering details. “Do that, and this is a great way to have fun with dressing up.” Vogue Senior Accessories Editor Filipa Fino agrees. “This is not the time for matching jewelry,” she insists. “Huge earrings should stand alone.”
Photo: Courtesy of Tom Binns; Bert Stern (Niki de Saint-Phalle); Dior
Just because the skies are gray and the collective mood this time of year can veer into the black does not—we repeat, does not—mean your look should always follow suit. There is nothing more dreary than a sea of charcoal coats confronting you at every corner as winter rolls into spring. Remember: The phrase “investment piece” is not synonymous with “black leather,” so think of it as your obligation (your duty, if you will) to get yourself an armload of accessories that capitalize on the big “C”: Color. Trust me, the designers are making it easy for you. Look at Hermès! They have crafted a row of rich print bangles that will make any navy suit look brand-new. Or what about Tom Binns? He’s taken the crystal statement necklace to the next level with reds, greens, and electric oranges. Wear it over a black cashmere sweater and, well, there you have it. Then there are the shoes—like Dior’s espadrille pumps or Christian Louboutin’s chic sneakers—that are playing it straight, and stunningly so, with the powerful simplicity of primary colors.
Marie-Hélène de Taillac Bejewels Winter Warmers for E + J
by Chioma Nnadi
Photo: Courtesy of Marie-Hélène de Taillac
As cozy as they might be at this time of year, gloves are somewhat of an inconvenient truth for jewelry lovers like Marie-Hélène de Taillac. “With my hands all covered up in the winter, I miss seeing my bijoux,” laments the designer. In an effort to stay warm and bedazzled, de Taillac turned to friends Emanuela Calvi and Jane Cattani of knitwear label E + J with a sartorial proposition: Create a collection of cashmere gloves and, pardon the phrase, put a ring on it. The trio chose an elbow-length silhouette for heightened dramatic effect “like Rita Hayworth in Gilda,” says de Taillac, and enlisted the expertise of haute couture embroiderers Lesage to replicate her signature baubles stitch for stitch. “The rings are so beautifully executed they could be mistaken for the real thing!” says Cattani, who likes to accessorize her cashmere designs with the exquisite gems de Taillac sources from Jaipur in India. This is one rare example of form going hand in glove with function.
Prince William and Catherine Middleton's Official Engagement Portrait
by Hamish Bowles
Photographed by Mario Testino
Mario Testino captures the modern romance of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, joining an illustrious lineup of Vogue photographers and artists who have documented the classical elegance and iconic style of a century of royal brides and fiancées.
Were you under the impression that, although lovely, candles are a bit on the predictable side, as far as gifts go? Surely, then, you haven’t been to the just-opened Cire Trudon boutique on Bond Street in New York. The historic candle makers—founded in 1643, the Parisian house was the official supplier to Louis XIV’s court at Versailles, Napoléon Bonaparte during the Empire, and, even now, the church at Saint-Sulpice—have artfully reworked their wax into portrait busts commemorating some of French history’s most memorable characters. There’s the iconic arms-crossed, head-bowed figure of Napoléon, a serene Marie-Antoinette (a replica of the famed eighteenth-century work in marble by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne), and angelic brother and sister Louise and Alexandre Brongniart—children of Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, the architect of the Paris Bourse—after the 1777 sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon. The unscented paraffin and beeswax works nod to the centuries-old tradition of candle makers handcrafting portrait busts to demonstrate the deftness of their skills and the high quality of their wax. Though they’re meant to be decorative, they can of course be burned—but why would you?
From $85-$99; Cire Trudon, 54 Bond Street, NYC; 212.677.1200.
I sometimes think there is someone behind the scenes dictating to me,” Karl Lagerfeld told me right after the finale of his effortlessly elegant Paris-Byzance show in the Chanel’s couture salon on Rue Cambon. Is it the ghost of Mademoiselle Coco? Or some spiritual connection to another realm of consciousness? Or is it simply that Lagerfeld is the only couturier in our time who can, as Sergei Diaghilev said, “Etonne-moi!” (Astonish me!) from one season to the next.
His grand spring 2011 show, inspired by André le Nôtre’s Versailles gardens, featured an 80-piece orchestra. “After the Petit Palais, I wanted to go back to something intimate,” Lagerfeld continued. We were seated on low banquettes against gold-pailletted pillows made from the same fabric he used to cover the entire couture salon (400 meters!), turning it into a seraglio of golden shimmer. On long hand-painted canvas carpets, the show unfurled to the music of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. The clothes were not as moody as the sound track, but with blazes of modernity. To open a show with a dark navy pea coat with small square jeweled buttons, slim jeans in fabric made just for the house, and intricate, jeweled flat sandals was a signal that this was a show about super, sexy cool.
The received wisdom on pre-fall goes like this: The clothes are on the racks for a good six months, spanning a time period that switches from summer to fall to winter, so everything has to be a little schizophrenic regarding what’s in the collection. A cotton sundress light enough for anywhere on the equator … and a chill-beating fur and leather trench? And why not? If that wasn’t challenging enough, then what if, like Tory Burch, you’re busy expanding globally—she just opened in Hong Kong; London is next, right beside the recently inaugurated Miu Miu store on New Bond Street—and you’re acutely aware that it’s cold (or hot) somewhere in the world, and you have to design your label accordingly?
“What sells in America is different from Asia, which is different from Europe,” Burch said Tuesday morning at her West Nineteenth Street showroom, “but certain things do well wherever the store is.” That would be dresses and bags—and there were plenty in her pre-fall, with the former in ikat and wallpaper florals. The dresses are for the most part worn layered up with striped French sailor shirts, scrunched down kneesocks, and—a nostalgic step back in time for the designer—her update on the woven leather sandals she wore in high school. Did she wear hers with socks too? Burch laughed. “No, but I wish I had done.” It’s her vision of globalism, and an eclectic, deliberately mismatched idea of it at that. When it comes to getting dressed in 2011, things look like they are going to get a lot busier.
Photographed by Raymond Meier for Vogue; Marko MacPherson (ring).
There’s been a lot of focus on rings lately, particularly the sapphire-blue royal-engagement variety. But this season, the finger-length ring is an equally buzz-worthy style that’s just as much of a showstopper. “I never take mine off!” professes Vogue stylist Tabitha Simmons of jewelry designer Gaia Repossi’s Burnt by the Flame twin ring (pictured above in the December issue of Vogue). “I love it because it livens up any outfit. I wear it both casually and for evening,” Simmons says. Repossi’s ring debuted as a collaboration with Alexander Wang on his fall/winter 2010 runway, and now it’s experiencing a bit of a hot streak. Repossi reinforced Simmons’s sentiments about the ring’s 24/7 wearability and chameleon-like quality, adding: “It elongates the hand, creating a beautiful silhouette.”
Come February, this ring will be available at alexanderwang.com, but for now you can find it (including another more graphic version that Repossi designed with Joseph Altuzarra) at colette.fr, the online Parisian emporium of chic. Not convinced? BCBG has an equally covetable version for a fraction of the price, so you can test-drive the look before fully committing. $118; bcbg.com.
Photographed for the February 2010 Issue of Vogue by Annie Leibovitz
Inspired by his addiction to style and the fashion worlds from New York to Paris, Diddy’s new album, Last Train to Paris (to be released December 14), is a brilliant fusion of stream of consciousness and beats that bring to mind the broken cadences of avant-garde jazz. During Fashion Week last year, he sent out the call via e-mail and voice mail to high-fashion friends to come to his studio to participate in the record. I was somewhere doing what I usually do—previewing a collection or sitting around on the fourth floor of Manolo Blahnik’s midtown shoe emporium—when I received the invitation. Rushing to his studio, I thought about what I would say on the album, which inspired his February 2010 Vogue fashion shoot with Natalia Vodianova, photographed by Annie Leibovitz and styled by Grace Coddington, in which he appeared with the swagger and elegance of Cary Grant in a gorgeous shawl-collared camel double-breasted coat by Tom Ford. It wasn’t his first shoot with the magazine. In another Annie/Grace collaboration, for the October 1999 issue, he looked as dramatic as a thirties screen idol, escorting Kate Moss, dressed in couture, around Paris.
Having hunted for hand-spun silk scarves in Bombay, mother-of-pearl minaudières in Manila, and ikat in Istanbul, Alisa Ngknows a thing or two about stylish souvenirs. Her newly launched E-commerce site, L-atitude, finds all those chic travel items into one cyber treasure trove, and not a chintzy tourist trinket in sight. “I used to be chained to my desk,” says the former Morgan Stanley executive. “So I want to give women like me the opportunity to shop the globe.”