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A Big Hot Mess, Backstage at OC X Chloë Sevigny


If every look out at Chloë Sevigny’s first-ever runway show for Opening Ceremony looked like something the designer and fashion icon could wear, right up to models’ texturized, languid locks, that was the point. “It’s nineties skater girl but very minimal, just like Chloë,” Sebastian professional stylist Thomas Dunkin said as he worked in its Potion 9 Wearable Styling Treatment from mid-lengths through ends. “Everything was hand-dried; there were no electrical tools,” Dunkin continued of the haphazard style. True to form, his fingers were doing all the work, combing out kinks and saturating strands with product to get the texture just right.

But this kind of undone finish doesn’t come easy.¬† “It took so long,” Dunkin said of the bed-head ‘do, which was flipped to one side before models hit the runway. Face painter Lottie Stannard was charged with a similar task, creating something that looked like “young girls doing their own makeup,” but with a professional’s touch. Starting with MAC Cosmetic’s Face and Body Foundation, Stannard scrawled a smudged brown line on the top and bottom lash lines before adding a few swipes of MAC’s Plush Black mascara. As a final touch, she blended MAC Blushcreme in Laid Back from the apples of models’ cheeks, up through the temples and onto eyelids. Unlike the faces in the overheated crowd that had
descended on a hot and hazy Mulberry Street for the occasion, the models’ collective flush was intentional.

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