Face Confetti And The Fresh Prince, Backstage At Louise Gray-------
We thought it’d be hard to top the cornflower blue eyes and raffia hair Louise Gray sent down her Spring runway, but her beauty crack team was clearly up for the challenge at the designer’s Fall show this weekend. Four words: color-clashing face freckles. “They have the best pigment needed for this intense dot of color,” makeup artist James O’Reilly said of MAC’s multicolored Chromaline pigment pots, which he used to draw precise polka dots in red, yellow, white, blue and green. For an added, albeit in no way congruous, bit of flair, hairstylist Luke Hersheson fashioned box-cut fades—”It’s Kid ‘n Play, House Party, Will Smith in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Hersheson said of the flat-topped ‘dos he prepped with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Fix Design hairspray.
The style was heavy on the masculine undertones—which has become something of a signature for Hersheson this season. At Preen, he gave models a high-and-tight, faux barbershop crop, while at Richard Nicoll, it was all about slicked-back strands with thick comb marks and dry frizzy ends (Hersheson actually used balloons to create static for fluffiness as models lined up for the catwalk). Take note: A well-stocked supply of strong-hold gel will serve you well come September.