Backstage at Giles: Only the Brave
It was a tale of two stories at Giles today, where the designer returned to Ave Maria Lane in London for another season. The gothic surroundings were at odds with the inspiration cited by hairstylist Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, who told us that Braveheart served as the thinking behind the matte finish and mussed-up plaits. Label M Resurrection Dust (a volumizing powder) was worked from roots to ends to provide a gritty and pliable texture. Miracle Fibre (a lightweight paste) was then smoothed over the sides to keep the lift intact on top, and the intricate braid—which took two hairdressers to craft—was nonchalantly draped over one shoulder.
“It’s not really makeup—it’s [very] light,” said face painter Lucia Pieroni when asked to describe the look. For the maquillage that was present, Pieroni took her cue from nineties supermodels and the Glen Luchford photographs that appeared on a handful of dresses in the collection. This translated into flawless complexions accented with just a touch of pink cream blush and a light patting of MAC Mixing Medium Shine over the tops of cheekbones. A rosebud shade applied to lips completed the glossy, glamazon look.
The real bling in the show manifested itself on models’ nails. Manicurist Marian Newman meticulously glued around 150 Swarovski crystals onto each girl’s tips. Looks like the nail art and sneaker craze (Adidas trainers were worn in lieu of fancier footwear) hasn’t yet been kicked—at least not on this runway.—Suzanne Scott