Space-Age Simplicity Backstage at Victoria Beckham
Editors and buyers who arrived at the Upper East Side townhouse Victoria Beckham takes over for her presentation each season expecting to see her typical brand of perfect skin and sleek hair were in for a shock. Each and every model wore a meticulously placed stocking cap and headbands. “I didn’t want it to have a connotation to anyone or anything,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau said of the look, ultimately admitting that it did kind of resemble a 1920s silent film star-era skull cap. But if you think getting the same, perfectly uniform silhouette on all 15 models was as simple as snapping on a black nylon beanie and calling it a day, think again. It required saturating strands with Redken’s 16 Hardwear Super Strong Gel, wrapping them in a circular motion and employing one of the coolest, old-school beauty techniques we’ve seen in a while: “It’s like a face lift,” Palau said, tightly braiding two sections of hair right above the ear, pulling them taught to raise the outer corners of the eyes just so, and affixing them to the top of his twisted updos. Then came the wig caps, which were pinned flat at the nape of models’ necks and draped with two black American Apparel headbands, one positioned as a chinstrap and the other placed on top around the hairline. “It immediately brings the focus to the clothes and the face,” Palau said.
Speaking of, faces were being attended to by Charlotte Tilbury. The flame-haired makeup artist used Lancôme’s Teint Miracle foundation topped off with its Éclat Miracle illuminator, which she dabbed along cheekbones, down the nose, and on the cupid’s bow of models’ mouths to reflect light. To get a more “glow-y, space age-y” feel, Tilbury dusted the gold powder from Lancôme’s Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Jade Fever on the tops of cheekbones and brushed its new-for-Fall Star Bronzer around the hairline. Eyes were treated to the bronze, charcoal, champagne, and pewter shimmer pigments from the French brand’s Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Taupe Craze and brows were left natural, brushed up and set with Lancôme’s clear brow gel. Tilbury left lips nude, moisturized and toned-down with a mix of its La Base balm and concealer, although there was a point during the hair and makeup tests when pouts were supposed to be painted bright orange. Just think: we could be talking about a Victoria Beckham-designed Pout-a-Porter bullet right now! Another time, we hope.