Brow Bleaching: It Begins (Again)
It’s official: Fall 2011′s brow wars are back on. Last season’s bleaching ceasefire came to an end backstage at Calvin Klein, where Pat McGrath blocked out arches and then brushed them back on “tonally,” so they matched models’ individual complexions. But the heavy artillary really commenced at Gucci on Wednesday. “It’s slightly ethereal,” McGrath said of the full-forehead effect that kept the dark, crimson lips Frida Giannini requested from the makeup artist from becoming too much of a period piece. McGrath continued the same attack plan backstage at Prada last night. “I keep telling the girls, ‘Don’t color your brows back.’ It’s better to just keep them then to have to bleach them three times in one day.” Tom Pecheux agrees on that point, but he’s not happy about it. “I’m not dyeing them back,” he said at Moschino this morning (more on that in a bit), “because I know [they will be bleached] again.” (As if on cue, McGrath broke out the hair lightener for the third time in two days this evening at Versace.) As an alternative, Pecheux has resolved to “paint” brows back on, so the girls at his shows “look normal.” “It’s a challenge to do, but the eyebrows suffer from it and so does the skin,” he pointed out of the constant bleaching and redyeing process before declaring, “I like women with eyebrows.” He may have to get used to them being gone, though; McGrath is on a bit of a peroxide tear that looks like it will continue well into the Paris shows. Stay tuned.