August 21 2014

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Lower Lash Line Love—And Kristen McMenamy—Backstage At Lanvin


There wasn’t all that much to say about the fairly straightforward beauty look backstage at Lanvin, a moment that was condensed into a black/brown glossy smear of pigment on lower lash lines that Pat McGrath described as “cool, fresh and gorgeous.” That is, until Kristen McMenamy walked in. The nineties supe was hard to miss—her toned, yogified arms bare, her long silver mane nearly grazing her hip bones. A personal friend of designer Alber Elbaz, McMenamy planned to walk the Beaux Arts runway at his request, despite feeling a little rusty. “You’re a supermodel, you’re a supermodel,” she said aloud, repeating the confidence-boosting mantra before the show began. And then there were those strands, a white-gray hue with highlights, courtesy of London colorist-to-the-stars Josh Wood, which sparked a gray trend after McMenamy appeared at Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2011 Louis Vuitton show with her silver locks twisted into an updo (and her torso painted with black and white zebra-striped body paint). “I put oil in [it] everyday, put it in a long braid, and that is my look,” the incredibly personable catwalking queen told us, shouting out palm oil as her recent emulsifier of choice. Then, mid-sentence, she spotted her Polaroid on the casting board and gasped. “They got me blinking!” she screeched, grabbing our pen and drawing an impromptu pair of sunglasses over her eyes. Believe us when we tell you, dear readers, that had it been socially acceptable to rip that picture off the chart to save as a piece of S/S 2013 ephemera, we would have done it without, er, blinking an eye. Thank God for the iPhone.

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