A Very Klimt Halloween

Where Halloween is concerned, I peaked in 2007. That fall, hundreds, maybe even thousands, or maybe just a handful of Americans with well-balanced diets were coming down with nasty bouts of E. coli thanks to contaminated bags of pre-washed spinach salad. And in a rare “eureka” moment, I capitalized on the whiff of terror in the air, translating a nation’s paranoia into a really strong homemade costume: “Evil E. coli Spinach.”

It was scary alright, and as you can imagine, not sexy.

Since then, I haven’t dressed up. But this year, I received an invitation to a very posh, very costume-mandatory Halloween party at a private home in the West Village. The theme? Gustav Klimt’s Woman in Gold, with a 70s bent should you feel so inclined.

I tried to take the theme pretty literally, and I called in reinforcements: Thanos Samaràs, who has a magical way with wigs, and Carolina Dali, a makeup artist who lived in Vienna for almost six years and drew inspiration from Klimt’s work in person, not online. (Props!)

Last Saturday, they both came over, as did Tom, and set to work on a look I would describe as less Klimt and more “goth Game of Thrones,” which is secretly what I wanted. Klimt’s woman in gold had, shall we say, a somewhat conservative, severe black updo. I wanted Cersei Lannister Rapunzelite waves, era be damned. Thanos pulled “her” (as he describes his thoughtfully-styled creations) out of a COS bag and set to work re-plating sections of the wig with quiet, surgical precision. “I’m leaving you a little bottle of alcohol to dissolve the glue on the sides later. Remember, pull the wig off from the back—do NOT pull the lace front. This is a $6,000 wig.” Noted.

Carolina pulled up a photo of a different Klimt painting, a woman crying tears of gold out of hollowed taupe eyes, accompanied by a bitten berry lip. The tears were recreated using Makeup Forever Glitter on top of strategically placed Spirit Gum. Eyes and lips were courtesy of Tom Ford (Cognac Sable paletteBruised Plum lipstick), and brows got the brown Boy Brow treatment. In totality, I looked like the Insta-hot version of the painting. “Fire,” as they say. Or maybe “Slay.”

This was not something I was used to, so I did what anyone who is feeling themselves would do: Snapchat and selfie. I wonder how many selfies are taken by drunk girls after Halloween parties. I took 64.

Without further ado: please enjoy this Snapchat story of my Halloween weekend (this weekend I’ll be eating matzah ball soup and going to bed at 10 PM), to hopefully inspire yours. You’ll find naked people painted gold, off-duty male models serving crudités, me in a wigcap, and some actually useful and totally unrelated tips for getting cool-girl bends in your hair at the end. Enjoy!

Photographed by Tom Newton. Snapchat by Emily for @glossier.irl (follow us!). Hair by Thanos Samaras. Makeup by Carolina Dali.

Want to see what Emily looks like during the day? Peep her Top Shelf here

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The Ballad Of Claire’s Bespoke Hat

They say that good things come to those who wait. That’s true, but sometimes you have to be really persistent about following up via email first. This is not a beauty story, but it is about the beauty of human communication. And about hats.

Spring or summer of 2014, I went to an after-work party with Citizens of Humanity—not only was it at Miss Lily’s (yum), but everyone who attended got to draw a raffle ticket with a prize. There were jeans, naturally, but also sculptures by LA-based artists that I was already picturing in my apartment by the time it was my turn to draw. I ended up winning something unexpected—the kind of thing I’d never buy for myself but that I’d be glad to have: a bespoke hat by the one and only Nick Fouquet. He’s a hat-maker based in Venice Beach who describes himself as “Part human part animal. French with a Huck Finn spirit. Part Native American and part psychedelic adventurer. And I will always be a gentleman.” I can’t attest to the first bit as we only met once, but he’s a nice guy who has a pretty California surfer vibe and pretty perfect blond hair—but that’s beside the point. The bottom line here is that he makes terribly beautiful hats. I’d just won the hat lottery of my lifetime.

After the party, I sent off a few screenshots of what I was after. Think Suki Waterhouse going to the airport but a little less floppy. A bit later, I received a fitting kit—I measured the exact circumference of my head with a giant plastic tool that made me look kind of like a planet. I screwed it into place, and then sent it back to Nick (by the way—if you’re after a hat available more immediately, consider Rag & Bone or Aritzia).

And then I waited. And waited. I totally get it though…Nick’s got other people—celebrities, really—that he’s working with. Gigi Hadid, Madonna, you know. I decided early on that I wanted to write about my peculiar hat experience for the site, so every so often I’d follow up with him in hopes of getting the story done, and of getting my hat, of course. And every few months I’d get an email like the below, sometimes sent from Mexico or Paris, or just from his studio.

Hey Darlin,
I apologize for the incredible delay…. You have not been forgotten… We’re sending your hat out next week. Promise. Thanks for your extreme patience. Nick

It took about a year. I never met my deadline (of last fall). But then it arrived! And I started wearing it everywhere—it’s black felt with a subtle band so it goes with almost everything. I want to wear it every day for the rest of my life, but I can’t, ’cause I took it off at my best friend’s house before going out and haven’t gotten a chance to pick it up since. I’ll get it back eventually. It did take me several months to email Nick after the raffle in the first place, after all.

—Claire Knebl

Claire Knebl photographed by Tom Newton.

More hat suggestions from Claire are just five to seven business days away.

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Pink Is A Neutral

It was an email that tipped us off. A friend sent it part in jest and part in shameless flattery. “A Theory,” the subject line read, followed by the body text: “I’m pretty sure Glossier is to thank for bringing the color pink back this fall.”

Well that’d certainly be exciting, now wouldn’t it? (We can’t take all the credit—some praise must be given to that Angela Lansbury cover of The Gentlewoman, Carven’s oversized pink coats for Fall 2013, the entire Acne brand, and Ms. Fernanda Ly.) But given that it’s October (happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!), pink is certainly very ‘of the moment’ right now, and we’re feeling it. So let’s take a moment to look back: a little at the history of pink, and the brief story of Glossier’s very particular hue of it.

Going all the way back to the 1700s, pastel colors (pink included) were worn by men and women—particularly children. Fast-forwarding to as recently as the 1920s, pink was a man’s color—think Gatsby’s suit (both in text and Robert Redford’s Ralph Lauren version in the movie). This has given plenty of museum curators and researchers good reason to get to the root of why pink has since become so gendered in the opposite direction. Turns out, it was a post-WWII trend influenced as much by which dyes were easiest to come by for women’s clothing as it was that song from Funny Face.

That said, Glossier’s pink is for boys or for girls—it’s a neutral (see the headline). It originally came from the endless photos posted to an iPhone photo stream over the course of a year while we were building the brand. On that stream (which was eventually printed out and posted to our central moodboard) there was Guinevere van Seenus in this Jil Sander ad. Also: Phoebe Philo on the cover of le Magazine du Monde. Both good examples that prove pink doesn’t have to be girly. It can be cool! And androgynous. It can be a color that suits everyone.

Fittingly, Glossier’s pink is actually quite cool in tone. It’s also slightly translucent (there’s actually no distinct Pantone for it—it’s a 70 percent saturation of PMS 705, if we’re getting specific). It’s a tricky color to get right…but worth it, don’t you think? We’ve got to hand it to the brave few who’ve experimented (and shared on Instagram, where all inspiration lives these days) with painting their apartment walls #glossierpink. That’s true commitment. Benjamin Moore’s Flush Pink is the shade to buy, if you’re so inclined.

Another thing you might be inclined to do this month: donate to the breast cancer awareness charity of your choosing. We just sent off a check to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation ourselves. Here’s to finding a cure!

Photos via Getty and Glossier.

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Dopp Kits Are Your New Sidekicks

Traveling light is something to aspire to. I understand the concept, but I’m always going to pack both full-sized foundation and tinted moisturizer—it’s just who I am (even though the more I fly, the more I think I’m coming down with a case of Carry-On-Shoulder, which is this really un-sexy red indentation that I can only blame on “the airlines”).  I’m trying to be better, though, looking to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for inspiration (like everyone). Marie Kondo focuses on the closet, but why not apply this to your cosmetics bag? Instead of bringing enough makeup to fill a roll-aboard, treat yourself to a snazzy new dopp kit, and only bring what fits. (Your shoulder will thank you.) A selection:

Smythson Burlington Collection Small Wash Bag
Just looking at this buttery, forest green leather beauty makes me feel like I have a graduate degree (Why have one degree when you could have two? Similarly, why have one zip when you could have two of those, too?) Everything Smythson makes is timeless, but it also gets better with age, unlike that sample sized bottle of perfume you’ve been holding on to since freshman year (throw it out!).

Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Marconi Travel Case
Woowee. Doesn’t it make you want to whistle like a leery construction worker gazing upon a sexy piece of dopp kit? Just me? That’s cool. Well this ain’t no Clinique free gift rubber bag filled with sample-sized lipsticks you’ll never use (throw them out as well!). Packing this in your overnight bag will immediately class up the joint, and make you feel like the grown-ass woman (or man)/international spy that you are.

Billykirk No. 257 Snap Dopp Kit
No, you can’t fit 257 things in it, but that’s a good thing! This dopp opens up in an ingenious design that makes it a hell of a lot easier finding your tweezers in a plane bathroom with terrible lighting. (“Excuse me, sir, you’ll have to wait your turn, my brows are askew!”) Ash waxed canvas is also this brilliant material that only gets better the more it’s scuffed and loved. Thumbs up, Billy.

Shinola Travel Kit
Also opens up to a cube! Shinola makes the kind of goods people pass on to their children. “Honey, this was mommy’s most trusted dopp kit and it held some of her most majestic lip stains as she traveled the greater midwest and all over the world!” But seriously, water-resistant, tough as Detroit, and easy on the eyes.

Anya Hindmarch In Flight Patent Leather Trimmed Travel Case
Everything Anya Hindmarch makes is winking at you, Lucille Bluth-style (and winking at those construction dudes, too). Wonderful. Tell those TSA agents to get off your back, almond butter isn’t explosive, and neither is your mini jar of under-eye cream. Everybody chilllll.

Herschel Chapter Dopp Kit
Herschel knows what you need in a bag (which is why their backpacks are everywhere you turn)—pockets. And this dopp, which is pretty girly cute if you’re into that, is just the thing to store only the essentials in, or at least four different glimmer creams and cheekbone highlighters. Glisten on.

—Alex Beggs

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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Weekend Tip: Wear Lingerie, All Day

If you work a 9-to-5—or, in today’s reality, it’s more like an 8-to-8 (oh, the shame)—your Saturdays are precious. And even if you don’t, your Saturdays are still precious.

The summer, as much as I’d like to give a stink-eye to anyone who says it, is coming to an end. Don’t go running off to the beach, forget the picnic, dodge the brunch date—stay in for once and relax. Wear lingerie all day, play some Whitney, and give yourself a break.

Then, later in the night, find your way out into the world with your massively chilled-out attitude and pretty underwear underneath whatever it is you’ve decided to wear (not much though, it’s still hot). Here are some ideal options of lingerie for an end of summer Saturday inside:

1. Araks Lara Bralett and Joan Panty in Persimmon Plum Combo

2. Negative Underwear White Essaouira Bodysuit

3. Cosabella Vittoria Teddy

4. TenUndies Set

5. Only Hearts So Fine Lace Cami and Cheeky Brief

6. Baserange Soft Bra with Reformation denim shorts

—Jen Steele

Photos by Jen Steele.

Well-loved lingerie deserves better treatment on laundry day. Here’s a little laundry PSA to save your favorite pieces.

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