September 2 2014

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At Alexis Mabille, Swarovski Marks The Spot


Beauty marks are funny things: Either you have them or you don’t—or you draw them on when the mood suits you. Fifty years after her death, whether Marilyn Monroe’s famous mole, located on her left cheek, was in fact real or used for dramatic effect is still being debated. Either way, the black blemish was a striking part of her look—and “faking it” remains an essential face-painting tool for makeup artists who have been ushering in a drawn-on spot revival of late. After Spring’s embrace of 3-D eyeliner, the idea of fabricating well-positioned beauty marks persisted into Fall (the blue circular under-eye stickers at Anna Sui immediately come to mind), a notion that reared its pretty, penciled-in head during Resort, too, courtesy of Peter Philips’ custom-made velvet CC stickers at Chanel. Today in Paris, it turned up at Couture as Carole Colombani adhered individual black Swarovski crystals onto models’ faces, adding a particularly extravagant detail to Alexis Mabille’s ode to old-school glamour, which included a slick of MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo. While it wasn’t a direct Marilyn tribute, the fact that the dots traveled from cheek to temple and back again throughout the show is certainly curious…

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