The Downtown Cool Girl Returns Backstage At Alexander Wang
“He’s going back to his roots,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau said of Alexander Wang at the designer’s show yesterday. Gone was the high-concept, Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired clay-dipped knots Palau treated us to for Spring; in their place, piecey strands with a “messy” middle part that he prepped with Redken’s Sculpture Wax, incorporating a slight bend for texture with Sultra’s Playmate curling iron before gathering the back into a loose, low ponytail. Adding an admirable set of “boyish brows” to the equation by filling in arches with a mix of MAC Eye Shadow in Brun, a warm coffee, and Carbon, a deep black, makeup artist Diane Kendal also harked back to Wang’s early days. “We tried bleached brows and a heavy smoky eye,” she said, “but decided the collection had a cooler edge with the bare face and stronger brow.” Hammering home said edge were eyes lined with MAC Eye Pencil in Smoulder jostled with a Q-tip to create a worn-in look. Butter London’s Nonie Crème was also on hand to paint on an update of the traditional “Alexander Wang nail.” “It’s the hypothermic version,” Crème said of the custom mix of her Hardwear top coat, Union Jack Black, and a single drop of Royal Navy for a sheer veil of gray polish that she topped off with her Nail Foundation for a flat finish. It was classic Wang—and all the better for it.