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MAC Cosmetics unveils its Venomous Villains collection at South Coast Plaza


The Evil Queen from "Snow White" may not have been the fairest of them all, but she was certainly the hottest grown-up in town.

The glamorous evil-doer is one of four classic Disney villains inspiring Venomous Villains, a new cosmetics collection from MAC Cosmetics.

Costa Mesa, Calif., shopping center South Coast Plaza hosted the North American debut of the collection at a press breakfast Friday morning, unveiling an interactive exhibit erected in the center's Jewel Court.

The exhibit, which is open to the public through Sunday at 6 p.m., showcases the cosmetics collection -- featuring packaging printed with full-color illustrations of the Evil Queen, Cruella de Vil ("101 Dalmatians"), Maleficent ("Sleeping Beauty") and Dr. Facilier ("The Princess and the Frog") -- and also includes four theatrical backdrops, complete with costumes for guests to affect each dastardly character. A photographer is stationed at each tableau to snap photos of guests.

"We love to bring elements of showmanship and fashion," said Jennifer Karsten, global senior makeup artist for MAC. "With this get to step into the world of Disney and embody that character."

Or at least each character's je ne sais quoi. While some members of the media gleefully mugged for the camera in a two-toned Cruela wig, Evil Queen crown, etc., others sat down for mini-makeovers with MAC makeup artists.

In true MAC style, the collection is full of bold colors (think electric blue shadow and fuchsia lipgloss), but also boasts less punchy hues, such as "Innocence, Beware," a sheer nude lipstick tone that's neither too concealer-cakey nor too icy-pink.

And the products' names are just as engaging as their colors; "She Who Dares," "Toxic Tale," "Dark Deed," and "Vainglorious" are among the snappy monikers. So hard to resist evil when it's trussed up so stylishly.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: MAC's Evil Queen line, part of the Venomous Villains collection. Credit: MAC Cosmetics


Color yourself naughty with MAC's Venomous Villains line

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Angelina Jolie wows Paris, MAC cancels Rodarte makeup line and Y-3 opens on Melrose

Angelina Angelina Jolie looked chic in a sparkling strapless black dress with loose, beachy hair at the Los Angeles premiere of "Salt" a couple of weeks back (pictured). She changed up the look Tuesday in a shimmery white Pamella Roland gown at the Paris premiere of the film.  With her hair in an updo, she looked very much like a Grecian goddess. [People]

Target is partnering with Gilt Groupe, an online fashion discount retailer, with a focus on selling Target design collaborations. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

MAC is pulling its controversial Rodarte makeup line before it even debuts. The line raised hackles because it was inspired by Juarez, the violence-ridden Mexico border town where young women had been disappearing for years. [VogueUK]  

Y-3, the collaboration between Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas (think sneakers with spike heels and chunky wedges) has opened its first Los Angeles store on Melrose. [Mondette]

Yikes! Consumer confidence is down, but the costs of making and distributing clothes are going up. At Magic, a fashion trade show going on this week in Las Vegas, the wholesale prices to retailers for spring fashions are reportedly up 10% to 15 % over last year. This can't mean anything good for shoppers. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Report: Women are using less makeup than they did in 2008. Maybe we all just look better with less. (Or maybe it's budget-cutting.) [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Trend report: Leather backpacks will be just the thing to carry all your gear this fall. [FabSugar] 

If out-of-the-box home hair color goes on too dark, there are a few things you can do about it -- including applying a stripping product or washing with vinegar. (Tip: Leave the vinegar on for 30 minutes.) [BellaSugar]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Los Angeles premiere of "Salt." Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Wonder Woman and MAC lasso a cosmetics deal


We were barely back stateside from the men's European runway shows earlier this month when news broke that DC Comics' Wonder Woman would be getting a wardrobe makeover for issue No. 600, so the recent announcement that MAC Cosmetics was partnering with DC for a limited-edition color cosmetics line due out for spring 2011 gives us a chance to circle back to our favorite Amazon.

The super heroine, who hails from the island of Themyscira (when I was growing up, it was Paradise Island), made her debut in All Star Comics No. 8 in December 1941, and has been fighting evil and injustice pretty much ever since.

In addition to her golden tiara and bullet-deflecting bracelets, Wonder Woman circa 1941 did battle in a red bustier with a yellow eagle breastplate design, red boots and a blue star-spangled miniskirt. That skirt eventually shrank to become something more akin to hot pants -- a version of that outfit, designed by Oscar-nominated costume designer Donfeld and worn by Lynda Carter for the live-action 1975-1979 TV series, that was burned so vividly into so many young male brains of the time (current company included).

Her new look, which coincides with a reboot of her mythology, finally gives the gal some pants -- or at least some black, stretchy leggings -- after nearly seven decades of bare-legged crime-fighting, molds her accessories a bit and throws a hip-looking motorcycle jacket over a toned-down version of the bustier.

A bit jarring to those who remember the old outfit fondly, but a smart move in updating the look -- especially if the long-rumored Wonder Woman movie ever does make it to the big screen. Wearing what's essentially a bathing suit might cut it for crime-fighting on the comic book page, but would look mighty campy writ large in the multiplex.

As for the collaboration with MAC Cosmetics -- first reported by fashion industry trade paper WWD late last week -- and subsequently confirmed with MAC representatives -- details are about as hard to find as Wonder Woman's invisible airplane. All we know at this point is that the limited-edition line will roll out to all MAC stores worldwide for spring 2011 and the line, with pieces ranging in price from $13 to $49.50, is expected to include blush, eye shadow, nail polish and lipstick.

Because neither MAC nor DC is providing any additional information or images of said product until closer to launch, we decided to offer a few suggestions of our own. How about a pair of chunky wrist bands that double as compacts, an "Invisible Plain" clear nail polish, "Pucker Up (Diana) Prince" lip gloss, and "Golden Lash-o" gold-flecked mascara ("Bat your eyes and no man can lie to you ...")?

If you have any suggestions -- or thoughts on the Wonder Woman wardrobe makeover -- we'd love to hear them, so feel free to post them in the comments section.

 -- Adam Tschorn


MAC Cosmetics unveils Disney-inspired Venomous Villains collection

More Wonder Woman at Hero Complex

Left photo: Wonder Woman wearing the star-spangled outfit she's traditionally worn, in an illustration by artist Nicola Scott. Credit: Associated Press

Right photo: Wonder Woman's new look, designed by DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, includes black leggings and a motorcycle jacket. Credit: DC Comics

MAC Cosmetics unveils Disney-inspired Venomous Villains collection

Here’s makeup that’s truly for the bad girl in you. MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with Disney to create a devilish collection inspired by some of the most famous Disney villains.

Macdisney The Venomous Villains line (in stores Sept. 30) highlights our favorite animated antagonists. Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians," Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty," "Snow White’s" Evil Queen and Doctor Facilier from the "Princess and the Frog," are represented in blush, beauty powder, eye shadows, lipstick and nail polish.

There are the light and dreamy shades such as “Oh so fair”, a pale pink beauty powder in the Evil Queen’s collection and “Innocence Beware” a taupe shade of lipstick with Cruella de Vil’s mean old mug adorning the packaging. And for the more adventurous, there are plenty of wild and wicked colors to be had. A nail lacquer inspired by Maleficent called “Mean & Green” is a swirl of gun-metal and purple-green that would compliment fall’s gray color Macdisneydouble palette. And every villainess needs a blood-red lipstick. “Toxic Tale” matches Snow White’s fateful fruit.

“I’m sure every woman in the world has a little villain in her somewhere, whether she wants to admit it or not!” says James Gager, senior vice president and creative director of MAC Cosmetics, “It comes out from time to time in all of us. So I don’t think it will be too difficult to relate to at least one of these characters, if not all of them.” 

Go ahead, pick your poison.

The Venomous Villains collection ranges from  $12 to $30.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: top: Venomous Villains collection, middle, from left: "Toxic Tale" lipstick, "Mean & Green" nail lacquer, "Wicked Ways" Lip Glass. Bottom, from left: "Bite of an apple" beauty powder, "Push the edge" pigment/MAC Cosmetics

Alice + Olivia teams up with MAC Cosmetics for a playful collection any party girl would adore


Anyone who considers Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter character their beauty muse or just loves to play around with offbeat and unexpected makeup color will be happy to know that the Alice + Olivia for MAC cosmetic collection hits the shelves July 8.

Much like designer Stacey Bendet’s ultra girly-edgy contemporary clothing line, her line for MAC is bursting with vibrant purple nail lacquer, deep teal eye shadow and a chartreuse version of MAC’s popular Dazzleglass lip gloss -- let’s hope that formula glides on sheer.

Even the packaging is done in that graffiti-style, black-and-white scrawled graphic with pops of hot pink and peacock blue that screams Alice + Olivia. My guess is that plenty of teens will be spending their summer vacations sporting look-at-me teal finger nails.

The Alice + Olivia for MAC collection will be in MAC stores on July 8.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: A few items from the Alice + Olivia for MAC cosmetic collection. From left: Partylicious eye shadow pigment; Dazzleglass in "I Want Candy"; Nail Lacquer in "So Rich So Pretty" Credit: MAC

Crimson tide: The most beguiling red lipsticks for summer

Beauty articles on summer makeup always teach us how to wield various bronzers to affect a just-off-the-beach look. But since we all now know that tanning is akin to smoking Lucky Strikes, healthwise (and faking the look only perpetuates the "healthy glow" myth), perhaps it's time for a new approach to hot-weather beauty.

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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: New iPhone app for fashion advice, how to pick up one of Princess Diana's gowns, Alexander McQueen subject of book retrospective


Can a few trips to the dentist's office get rid of wrinkles and make you look younger? [Wall Street Journal]

If you need some fashion advice, help is as close as your iPhone with a new app, "Ask a Stylist." Get your fashion questions answered in real time. [Wall Street Journal]

The black taffeta gown Princess Diana wore for her first official appearance will go to the highest bidder in a June auction. [Telegraph]

Last week, All the Rage told you about toilet paper wedding gowns. Now an Iowa teen has beat the high cost of going to the prom with a gown made of gum wrappers. Seriously. [Huffington Post]

The first of what will likely be many books about the late designer Alexander McQueen, "Genius of a Generation," is slated to go on sale in May and will feature 120 photographs tracing his career. [Telegraph]

Designer Jodi Arnold collaborates with The Limited for spring. See the looks. [FabSugar] 

Vichy launches skin-care line especially for post-menopause women [StyleList] 

A Manhattan company is suing Pamela Anderson in a squabble over the name of her Muse clothing line with designer Richie Rich. [New York Post] 

Alice + Olivia is teaming with MAC for a new makeup collection. Think Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole and meeting a makeup artist. [WWD] 

Slicing? Baliage? Ribbons? Do you speak the new hair lingo? [StyleList]

10 mascara trends for spring. [StyleList]

A sign of the fashionable times: Designer Jason Wu is invited to the White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner. [WWD]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: A look from Alexander McQueen in 2009: the little black dress re-imagined and made of trash bags. Credit: Francois Guillot / AFP/Getty Images 

Q&A: Cyndi Lauper, one of MAC's new Viva Glam girls

Viva Cheeky cosmetic company MAC has tapped two of music's biggest fashion renegades, Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga, to be the new faces of its Viva Glam campaign. Gaga is (obviously) currently making waves on the scene -- but Lauper, who shocked the world with her rag-tag vintage look and checkerboard haircut in the '80s, could certainly be considered one of her style predecessors.

MAC, which has raised more than $150 million for the MAC AIDS Fund through its various Viva Glam campaigns (starring RuPaul, Fergie and others), has created two colors for the current campaign: Viva Glam Cyndi (a soft, retro-feeling coral) and Viva Glam Gaga (a pastel whitish-pink). In addition to donating 100% of the proceeds from the sales of the lipstick to its AIDS fund, MAC will also be donating $2.5 million to programs that specifically target women.

We caught up with Lauper on the phone to talk about her newest role, what she thinks about Gaga and why she wishes she were two-faced.

How did you come to be a Viva Glam girl?

MAC has been involved in the True Colors tour, and I always said, "I wanna make a color." This color can change into whatever you need it to be. It’s sheer enough – you can wear it alone or you can wear it with a red liner for that Gina Lollobrigida feel.

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Q&A: Artist and provocateur Marilyn Minter dishes on Madonna, makeup and ruining a pair of $15,000 shoes

UNARMED- pam anderson photo You might not be familiar with artist Marilyn Minter, but her artwork is on display at the most public of galleries: Two Sunset Strip big screens and the lobbies of both local Standard hotels, plus a tote bag from high-end chain Intermix to mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Minter’s “Green Pink Caviar" video is screening on the Key Club billboard and another across from the Andaz Hotel as part of a public art project, sponsored by ForYourArt and Regen Projects gallery. Madonna had used the 8-minute vid in her “Sticky and Sweet” tour.

Minter also designed a tote that came out this month for New York-based Intermix, which has a boutique on Robertson Boulevard. A percentage of net proceeds from bag sales benefit Bright Pink, a nonprofit breast cancer awareness campaign targeting young women.

As you might have surmised by the bag collaboration, Minter, 61, flits around with fashion. She shoots regularly for Allure and has photographed ads for M.A.C. (a commission resulted in “Green Pink Caviar”) and Tom Ford Menswear. But Minter's oeuvre resembles more of a deranged take on fashion photography by portraying designer heels caked with grime or makeup so over-applied that the result is grotesque.

This week, Intermix, Regen Projects owner Shaun Caley-Regen, ForYourArt's Bettina Korek and designer Kimberly Ovitz hosted a premier screening of “Green Pink Caviar," which will play on both Sunset Boulevard billboards in West Hollywood through Dec. 31, feted by guests such as Band of Outsiders' Scott Sternberg and LD Tuttle's Tiffany Tuttle, Magda Berliner and actress Kristin Minter (Marilyn's niece). 

We spoke to Minter about her new artwork, the Intermix bag collaboration and working with Madonna and Tom Ford, after the jump.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusives Event coming soon

Now you can skip the Rack and walk through those real Nordstrom doors with pride -- and without emptying your wallet.

From July 17 to August 2, Nordstrom’s annual Anniversary Beauty Exclusives Event will feature value items and sets, gifts with purchase, and one-of-a-kind exclusives from its makeup, skincare, hair care, and fragrance brands.

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