Isabella Rossellini Makes a Beauty Statement With Manifesto Line


It seems everyone and her sister is coming out with a new makeup line, but this time the launcher has some credibility.

Isabella Rossellini, longtime model, actress and former spokeswoman for Lancome (ousted, reportedly, for being too old), has launched her own cosmetics and accessory line, Manifesto. The small collection is simple and chic, with prices of $10 for nail enamel to $30 for the revitalizing foundation capsules, and is exclusively at Bloomingdale’s.

This summer, Rossellini told us: “The way we dress up or the way women use makeup--that’s our little theater on ourselves, a moment where we say, ‘I’m a star.’ . . . Even sometimes wearing lipstick or putting on high heels is like becoming someone else. It’s a fun game to play, and it should be kept as a game.”

Her vision of beauty is inclusive, with models sporting braces and gray hair. OK, so they’re gorgeous models with braces and gray hair, but we appreciate the gesture.


Rossellini is scheduled to visit local Bloomingdale’s stores next week to promote the line. On Jan. 14, she’ll be at the Century City store from noon to 1 p.m., and at the Beverly Center store from 5 to 6 p.m. On Jan. 15, she’ll be at the Sherman Oaks store from 1 to 2 p.m.

Made Up for Less: Los Angeles makeup artist Julie Mollo will offer free make-overs with drugstore brands at local Wal-Marts this month.

Mollo, whose credits include commercials for Ford, Dentyne and Budweiser and the video “Makeup Secrets Uncovered,” began using less expensive brands of makeup when she first started out and couldn’t afford to use prestige brands.

She will be at each store from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The schedule: Saturday, in Oxnard; Jan. 15 in Simi Valley; Jan. 22 in Valencia; Jan. 29 in Duarte; and Feb. 4 and 5 in Porter Ranch.


Future appearances will be posted at her Web site:

Guilty pleasures--So we love bad country music and Dodger Dogs. Don’t hate us if we look forward to Mr. Blackwell’s 40th annual Worst Dressed Women List, which he’ll announce Tuesday . . . not that we ever agree with him. The Spice Girls are underrated.

SRO at the New Mart--The New Mart in downtown Los Angeles was started in 1987 as an alternative marketplace for young, sometimes struggling fashion designers. Since then, it’s been home to young contemporary designers, including Trina Turk, William B and Jenisa Washington, and contemporary lines such as Custo Barcelona and Theory. This month, the New Mart is finally booked up, with all of its spaces filled, which can only be good news for these younger lines.

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