Four Makeup Looks Are Better Than One, Backstage At Lanvin
There was a push for idiosyncrasy over consistency in Alber Elbaz’s Fall Lanvin offering, which meant one uniform makeup look simply would not have worked here. “It’s strong but individual,” Pat McGrath explained of the—count them—four different faces she sent out onto the runway. “There’s a brow, a lip, a very graphic eye, and a smoky eye,” she pointed out, explaining that Elbaz chose the lips based on specific show looks and then McGrath just “mixed [things] up” after that. That deep, matte, fuchsia-laced sanguine mouth was the standout, though, if anything because it marked yet another appearance of the season’s statement lip, which has been overwhelmingly matte. “It just has been that way. People want that sophistication. And with the skin…” McGrath continued, referencing the similarly powdered complexions that have made dewy finishes look downright outdated. “Fashion’s about extremes,” she surmised.
Varied as it may have been, there was a collective sense of ladylike proportion to Elbaz’s clothes, which he deliberately threw off with chunky necklaces, menswear-inspired flat shoes—and a messy low ponytail “drenched” in shine, according to Guido Palau. “The clothes are quite ornate, so he didn’t want it to look too bourgeois,” Palau elaborated of why he kept strands purposefully easy, as though models had pulled them back themselves and, in the case of Kati Nescher and Suvi Koponen—the show’s opener and closer, respectively—topped them with a festive headpiece. Every girl got a hefty dose of Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist to create a damp texture before Palau applied a slick of its forthcoming Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine serum. But he didn’t bother with extensions to achieve one consistent length. “The girls with the short hair are staying short,” he said, motioning to Catherine McNeil, Karlie Kloss, and Saskia de Brauw.