The Carrie Diaries, Backstage At Giles
“The girl this season is more than a little Carrie,” Paul Hanlon revealed backstage at Giles, where the hairstylist was doing his best to conjure “something of the teenage horror genre.” Cue the long, witchy extensions that were also more than a little inspired by show opener, and longtime devotee of long hair, Kristen McMenamy.
Hanlon gave all forty-five models (except, of course, McMenamy) twenty-four-inch extensions, which he misted with water and divided into two impossibly long plaits to set a loose wave. Taking out the braids right before showtime and giving a few girls—Cara Delevingne and Janice Alida among them—oversize beanies, as has been par for the course this season, Hanlon was left with thin, limp, crimped strands. “This is not so much a hairstyle as it is an effect,” he explained.
The macabre feeling was echoed in the makeup, too. “This girl is Goth,” Lucia Pieroni deadpanned, revealing that Tim Burton was a big inspiration for the pale, luminescent complexions she built using copious amounts of MAC Strobe Cream. Hollowing out eyes with MAC Paint Pots in Constructivist, a burnished brown, and Stormy Pink, a pale lavender, Pieroni concentrated the pigment to the inner corner of the lid to create depth before blending it underneath the lower lash liner to give off the appearance of “a sunken shadow.” Leaving lashes bare and taking lips down with a touch of concealer and lip balm, Pieroni was content to dub her handiwork “beautiful Burton.”