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July 14 2014

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“Dark, Nordic” Beauty, Backstage At Fendi

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“Karl likes an eye,” Peter Philips admitted backstage at Fendi this morning—a partiality that Lagerfeld has certainly made clear over the last three seasons at the Italian house. And while following Spring’s gold and silver foil eye shadow was certainly no small task, Philips made quick work of it for Fall, painting lids with a “feathered” white brushstroke of MAC Lipmix. “There are white details in the collection,” the makeup artist explained, referencing the antelope furs specifically while scrawling a thin black line across the upper lash line with Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner. A few slicks of mascara on top lashes only provided a hint of additional embellishment.

“I need pins! It’s a big-time pin situation over here,” Lily Donaldson chirped from Philips’ chair, beckoning Sam McKnight to come over and fix her double halo of hair twists. “It’s a dark, Nordic look,” the hairdresser remarked of the style, pointing out that his sleek, embellished coifs were meant to be “almost Victorian, not fairy-tale.” Prepping models’ strands with Sebastian Forte Strong Hold Gel, McKnight created precise middle parts, separating out two low pigtails, which he divided into sections and “twisted like a rope.” “There’s a childlike quality to it,” he surmised, fastening small elastics on each twist’s ends before ultimately removing them for an “undone” effect. It was labor-intensive, to say the least. “We started at 6 a.m.,” McKnight divulged of the call time for the 11:30 a.m. show.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

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