It was history in the making when Gianni Versace sent supermodels Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington down his Fall 1991 runway lip-synching George Michael’s song “Freedom! ’90.” (Michael, who had the supermodels in the song’s video, was watching from the front row). “The mood is happiness,” said Versace at the time about his collection. “It’s modern. It’s alive.” Producer Sergio Salerni said, “We don’t want only to present the fashion, but to re-create the atmosphere of a rock concert.”
Jessica Alba took Domaine on a tour of her family home this past summer, now the stunning actress has invited The Coveteur inside the headquarters of The Honest Company. Offering an assortment of eco-friendly baby, bath, body and wellness products, The Honest Company’s interiors reflex the eco-friendly, motivational vibe inherent in the 2-year-old business. “I love the William Morris quote, ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful,’” says Alba. “I wanted to create a space that was suitable for our everyday business activities but also reflected a fresh, colorful aesthetic — similar to our beautifully designed products. So, our décor isn’t stuffy or sterile. It’s comfortable, versatile, and inspired by household furnishings with a mid-century flair.”
Alba and her team decked out the massive space with wood paneling, inspiring word walls, communal chalkboards with recommendations on local must-visit spots (an idea taken from the headquarters of Whole Foods) and brightly-hued furniture culled from Pinterest, One King’s Lane, CB2 and Craigslist. (The Coveteur)
To commemorate 10 years of Alexander McQueen’s signature skull-print scarf, the brand teamed up with artist Damien Hirst on a limited-edition collection of scarves. Drawing from Hirst’s Entomology series of insects, the 30 available designs form kaleidoscopic shapes and show off McQueen’s skull motif. Available in chiffon, pongé, twill and cashmere, the scarves range in price from $515 to $1,175. To see the full collection, visit Alexander McQueen.
Drew Barrymore always gives good face, thanks in large part to years spent in the makeup chair on film sets. The experience was not for naught as Barrymore learned how to quickly apply beauty products using just her digits.
“The makeup artists I worked with when I was a teenager all used their hands,” she says to Elle. “They would smear base makeup on a plate and mush it all together and then pat it all over your face, and you’d have the most beautiful skin you’d ever had in your life.”
With a thriving movie career, expanding family (Barrymore is pregnant with her second child) and beauty line Flower (available exclusively at Walmart), the actress knows how to get ready in a flash. To see how Barrymore applies foundation, cream blush and eye makeup on the go, click on over to Elle.
The University of Minnesota School of Architecture celebrated their 100th anniversary in a unique way. The school, with assistance from their students, created an installation composed of 100 robotically-routed plywood ribs joined together with 8,080 colored #2 pencils, dubbed the Centennial Chromograph. The project is an exercise in data spatialization, which utilizes computational design tools to produce formal and spatial constructions with large quantities of data, meant to express the history of the school. To see more, visit Variable Projects.
It was Julia Child’s groundbreaking book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, that brought French food to the masses, so it stands to reason that her kitchen would also serve as a form of inspiration. When it came time to create the cooking quarters of famed Beverly Hills landmark Greystone Mansion, designer Laura Schwartz-Muller turned to her own personal recollection of the chef.
“When I was a little girl, my mom and I cooked all the way through Julia Child’s book,” Schwartz-Muller says to Domaine. “We probably did 90 percent of the recipes in the book together. I was really empowered by her.” Years later, Child mentored her mother’s class at the Culinary Institute and attended her graduation (Schwartz-Muller’s mother graduated at the age of 78, after 12 years of study). “My mom actually cooked boeuf bourgignon for Julia Child,” she says. “I don’t know how she made it through the lobster class, let alone cook for Julia Child.”
For the Mansion’s kitchen, Schwartz-Muller decided on Benjamin Moore’s Rocky Coast paint, inspired by Child’s dove gray television ensemble. Among the lush greenery and wooden utensils, the focal point of the room is the $40,000 La Cornue stove, which is an exact charcoal gray replica of the range Child used in Paris while writing her book.
In this frigid cold getting dry, cracked and even bleeding hands seems to be an absolute certainty, but fear not. One of our favorite beauty sites, Into The Gloss, has done a major rundown on the lotions that will save your digits this season. For a lightweight formula, the site recommends Chanel Precision Body Excellence Nourishing and Rejuvenating Hand Cream, which contains a mix of provitamin B5 for nails and licorice extract for even skin. L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream has 20% shea butter and quick absorption for when hands start to crack. For a heavier solution, jasmine-scented Rodin Cream Olio Lusso smells great and leaves skin supple. To see more hand cream recommendations, visit Into The Gloss.