Backstage At Gucci, The Best Disco Divas We’ve Seen Yet
Full disclosure: All the seventies/Studio 54 references for Spring have become a bit repetitive for us of late. But when that era-specific beauty is re-created with the kind of precision that we saw backstage at Gucci yesterday, it becomes new and exciting again; Jerry Hall and her cohorts could not ask for a more beautiful retrospective than the sleek, polished look makeup artist Pat McGrath and coif master Luigi Murenu churned out for the occasion. Coating models’ hair with John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum, Murenu created deep side parts and secured models’ tresses in ponytails with a leather band (that happened to match the handbags in the show), before braiding and twisting his plaits onto themselves for a coiled chignon. But the real punch came from a smokin’ hot, glossy red mouth that McGrath painted onto pouts with a brush dipped into a mixture of not one, not two, but three different scarlet pigments for the “orangey-red” color she felt was deserving of the navel-baring jumpsuits Frida Giannini sent down the runway. As to avoid making the girls look too “retro,” McGrath focused her attention on dewy skin, using CoverGirl’s as-yet-unreleased NatureLuxe Silk foundation (which she debuted backstage at Anna Sui) and a glossy eye, courtesy of a slick of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream on top of metallic brown eye shadow. Finishing touches came in the form of CoverGirl’s LashBlast Fusion mascara and MAC Lacquer in Shirelle, a cherry red varnish applied to fingers and pedicured toes, which peeped out of crushed velvet and gold python strappy stilettos. In a word, swoon.