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“Something A Little Bit Twiggy” Shows Up Backstage At Cynthia Rowley


The seventies may have swept the Fall shows, but there seems to be a sixties vibe afoot backstage for Spring. It was present in the blunt eyeliner Tom Pecheux did at Peter Som, and in the middle-parted down ‘dos Orlando Pita and Frédéric Fekkai’s Didier Malige whipped up at Derek Lam and Victoria Beckham, respectively. But it had perhaps its strongest showing at Cynthia Rowley, where face painter Val Garland was seeing “Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, something a little bit Twiggy” in the clothes, and adjusted her makeup look accordingly. What that meant first and foremost was lots of lashes. Rather than insert falsies along the lower lash line to build thickness and intensity, Garland gave us this handy little tip: In between what she estimated was about 12 layers of mascara, she brushed through translucent powder while the pigment was still wet to act as a thickening agent. “It’s an old drag queen trick,” she revealed before swiping a layer of Vaseline across the lids and smudging MAC’s new-for-Spring Kissable Lipstick in Strut Your Stuff around the edges of models’ pouts “so it looks like they’ve just been pecked” (this “post-snogging” technique was also employed by Lucia Pieroni at Philosophy). The hair was decidedly more modern, with gray extensions courtesy of Wella’s Aura Friedman, woven into side-slung coiled twists, recalling Spring’s silver hair trend. Let it be known, Rowley made those chunky colored barrettes pictured above herself, displaying a knack for hair accessory as well as silky shirtdress design. One can only hope that those too are included amongst her in-store offerings come March.

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