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Makeup Memoirs Of A Geisha


Still experiencing a tinge of secondhand excitement from the plethora of phenomenal beauty moments going on in the new Tao Okamoto issue of Vogue Nippon, we took a moment to look back at the Muse magazine #19 solo tribute to Natasha Poly. It was purchased last month when we were slightly too preoccupied with the Spring shows to pay it proper attention. Had we taken the time to peruse, we would’ve stumbled upon an interesting chicken-or-egg argument that is worth bringing up now. Did Marc Jacobs know about Sølve Sundsbø’s full-on geisha editorial when he instructed François Nars and Guido Palau to stay a similar hair and makeup course for his recent presentation, or did Sundsbø perhaps catch wind of Jacobs’ early backstage beauty storyboards and order a similar look for his spread? Or—and this might blow your mind a little bit—is it possible that the creative stars collided, releasing a collective burst of topknot, alabaster skin, and red lip-loving for Fall (and Spring, as the case may be), of which neither designer nor photographer was even aware?! Discuss. All beauty conspiracy theories welcome!

Photo: Sølve Sundsbø for Muse magazine #19 September 2009; Greg Kessler



  1. MissNewton says:

    does alabaster skin truly ever go out of style??
    … I can only assume that artists at the top of their fields are swayed by the same winds of change … their peers

  2. AubreyMMayne says:

    Did anyone see Marc in his rouged lips and crazy tats? That man is a nut….in a good way.

  3. okab says:

    See one of Natasha Poly’s numerous photos – Carolina Herrera’s Backstage, fall 2006. While hairstylist make his job, Natasha reading book in a Russian language (she’s Russian, I’m too). And the book’s title (translating from Russian) is …GEISHAS!!! Coincidence?

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