August 20 2014

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Dazzling Disguises At Givenchy


givenchyMaison Martin Margiela has unveiled many a mask on the runway—stitched with everything from blossoms to beads to bling. But at Givenchy, backstage fixture Pat McGrath took things a step further by painting and actually affixing crystals, sequins, glitter, plastic brows, and black netting to models’ faces. It took nine hours with Riccardo Tisci to determine the look inspired by Africa and the future, as the designer and McGrath played with various combinations of vibrant gems (including sky blue, sapphire, ebony, violet, and amethyst) to complement each piece in the collection. “We just let the mind travel,” she said of the exquisite and sparkling creations. McGrath’s team—with two to three artists being assigned to each girl—bedazzled nearly the entirely lineup from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Their hard work, however, wasn’t just appreciated by the crowd; a few of the models slipped out with their maquillage still intact. Expect to see the lithe escape artists in party pictures—that is, if you can manage to ID them.

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