Keeping Things Real at Alexander Wang
The designer put his stamp on pretty much everything that walked down the runway—emblazoning his logo on the backs of dresses and even leather gloves. But when it came to the makeup (or lack thereof) Wang didn’t aim to make a statement. Instead, he let the girls’ “raw” beauty shine through, explained face painter Diane Kendal. As far as products and tools are concerned, all of them fit into one Instagram frame. NARS Skin Aqua Gel Oil-Free Moisturizer gave skin a slight texture, a clear balm was dabbed on lips, concealer was only used to camouflage blemishes or redness, and brows were brushed up but not filled in. “The collection is very sexy. He used [men's] shirt fabric [throughout] and trouser material for skirts. We wanted to keep that masculine element in the face,” she said.
The hair required slightly more work, with the nineties grunge period being referenced yet again and an early Claudia Schiffer as the inspiration. “It’s not sexy beach hair,” explained Guido Palau, but more of an easy, natural look. He used two products from Redken: Quick Tease 15 to bulk up roots and Powder Refresh 01 to lend a matte finish to strands. A large curling iron added movement—Palau instructed his team to wrap the hair around the barrel, but not use the clamp, to create loose waves before a final finger-comb.
The chalky beige shade on the nails, a combo of Essie Sand Tropez and Matte About You top coat, brought back memories of the infamous clay-coated hair from Spring 2011. Lucky for the hairstylists at the following show, things were kept a bit cleaner all around this season.—Amber Kallor
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