Kisses Darling!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Soft Waves On The Loose

Model Sigrid photographed for NUMERO Magazine #103 by Greg Kadel.

Nothing like a big head of softly waved hair to make a girl look sexy and feminine.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dita Does It Again

Burlesque icon Dita Von Teese seduces the camera in a new ad campaign for her line of Wonderbras. The dancer teamed up with the lingerie brand to create a line of retro-inspired lingerie. Gorgeous...

And her red lips, arched eyebrows and black eyeliner are always a classic look.

Samantha Jones Crown of Diamonds

In the 1960s it was all about taking hair to it's wildest extremes...

Diamonds (and Grace Jones) Are Forever

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Grace Jones eats diamonds by Harry Winston for breakfast.
Photograph by Gordon Munro.

I first met Grace at Le Club Sept in Paris. Upon my arrival to the club I ran into my friend the very beautiful model Danielle Guerra. I was just headed downstairs to the bar and dance area when Dani grabbed me and said "Quick...stay with me, Grace is after me!"

Our next meeting was when I designed the makeup for TER ET BANTINE's Spring-Summer show and Ms Jones was one of the models. (Shown in photo above with designer Azzedine Alaia)

It wasn't until some time later that I went to see Grace Jones starring at the WHISKEY A'GO GO on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. She opened the show in a hooded satin robe with the hood pulled low over her face so all that showed were her full lips as her deep voice sang into the microphone the beginning of her current disco hit, "La Vie En Rose". Tossing off the robe to reveal herself in full boxer gear with her hands taped and everything, hair short and square, dancing around taking jabs and shadow boxing as if doing a boxers workout. The crowd went wild!

Next the darkened stage slowly came to light only to discover Grace inside a cage on all fours clawing and snarling like a black Panther, escaping from the cage into the audience. Singing "I Need A Man" as she literally clawed at the crowd...afterwards I noticed she drew blood by scratching my hand. Was it pay back for protecting Danielle years before? Who cares, I was clawed by Grace Jones!

It was an electric performance and so exciting, I have to admit, I'm not sure now which song she sang with what costume. I can only tell you that I imagine it couldn't have been any more exciting then when Josephine Baker took Paris by storm in the 1920s.

The thrill of it all will never leave my memory. The Amazing Grace Jones.

Monday, April 27, 2009


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60s model Donna Mitchell's face was made for cosmetics...those eyelids, those lips!

Here's what makeup artist Corey Tippen had to say about her when I first posted about Donna on :

"Relevant , Legendary , Influential , her work with Bob Richardson is the distilled essence of 1960’s sophistication and mystery . She “acted” in photographs rather that “modeled” . And the hands! Look at the hands!
How we all marvelled at the grace of it all ! She had many imitators at the time . Winkie Donovan , Inga Marie Johanson and Maria Badot all had careers that gave more than just a nod to the style of La Mitchell. A true bohemian with principals , she was as comfortable in Max’s as in Maxim’s . Those are the lucky ones indeed that she accepts as her acting pupils today . Of course Steven Meisel continues to use her for the appropriate shoot . We just can’t get enough of her." Corey says it so well, and I agree whole heartedly!
Photo by Hiro.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Makeup Show New York May 17 & 18


This is the most amazing cosmetic expo I've ever been to. All the professional makeup lines will be represented on the main floor and there are invaluable free seminars and forums. Plus for an additional low fee you may attend "hands on" workshops with some of your favorite makeup pros. So whether you are a long time professional or just starting out, this is the place to be!

Georgia May

Can you tell this is Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger's
little girl Georgia May Jagger? Photographed for
Vogue Russia by Matt Irwin.

Mum and Dadums...My how time flies!

Margaux Hemingway

Super model/actress Margaux Hemingway made a huge splash when she came to New York from her home town of Ketchum, Idaho.

She was the granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway, and was said to be named for the wine, Château Margaux, which her parents, Puck and Jack Hemingway (the son of Ernest), were drinking the night she was conceived. Photo above by Ara Gallant.

The six foot beauty had the fashion world abuzz when she first appeared on the June 1975 cover of Time magazine and then the September '75 cover of American Vogue, which christened her as "New York's New Supermodel". I remember everyone talking about how shocked they were by her dark thick eyebrows (Vogue did lighten them a bit)...which then started a trend.

It wasn't long before Fabergé signed her on as their face for the BABE fragrance and cosmetics line, reportedly with the largest salaried contract of it's day. Covers & photo above from

I soon got my chance to do her makeup on photos by Gary Bernstein for Vogue Italia with Uva one of the top European male models. Once I met her I was pleased to find Margaux to be quite down to earth, very beautiful, and I thought her thick eyebrows suited her face very well. I also was impressed with her modeling style. She didn't so much pose as she did react to what was going on in the moment.

A fixture at Studio 54, a marriage to a maybe not so great guy, Errol Wetson,(he was known as the greasy hamburger heir), an embarrassing movie debut in LIPSTICK, family problems, a string of low budget films, plus an ill-fated second marriage, contributed to her drug & alcohol addiction. I.M.O.

Which all lead, sadly, to her taking an overdose of phenobarbital on July 1, 1996, in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 42, one day before the anniversary of her grandfather's own suicide.

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