14 posts tagged "3.1 Phillip Lim"
The fashion world may be focused on Fall 2014, but Essie released a nail polish line this month designed to complement resortwear—and after schlepping through the slush during Winter Storm Pax, I could use a beach retreat right about now. But seeing as there are still weeks of shows ahead, a manicure will just have to suffice. The four lacquers in the range are reminiscent of the hues that populated designers’ collections in June: Resort Fling (a coral similar to Look 9 at Ralph Rucci), Cocktails & Coconuts (a sand comparable to the camel-colored leather separates at Alexander Wang), Find Me an Oasis (an icy blue like that of the delicate dress in Look 9 at Chloé), and Under the Twilight (a rich plum parallel to Look 15 at 3.1 Phillip Lims’s collection). And at $8.50 a bottle, everyone can afford to dip a toe (or finger) in paradise.
“When I saw the collection, it reminded me very much of who I was as a teenager,” said makeup artist Francelle Daly. Apparently, the face painter had Siouxsie & The Banshees, Nina Hagen, and Culture Club on repeat, as those were her references for the look at today’s show. Daly focused mainly on creating a squared-off eyebrow—taking the shape straight across and lending a bit of a curve to keep arches less “robotic” and more “feminine.” Lids were left naked, lashes were curled and coated with NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara, and a combo of Nico and Zen blush was lightly dusted in the contours of the cheeks with a powder brush. Nails were painted with Crossroads, an eggplant-like lacquer from the designer’s forthcoming polish collection with the beauty brand.
For hair pro Paul Hanlon, Bryan Ferry and David Bowie acted as inspirations, along with eighties Esprit catalogs and photos taken by Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber. Fellow stylist Didier Malige was also on Hanlon’s mind. “I’m a big fan of him,” he said. Hanlon began by working Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse through the mid-lengths and ends, and misted Root Boost in front before blow-drying. A generous amount of oil was used all over for separation and a “sweaty” effect. “I put a lot on the roots so that you see the comb marks,” he explained. A thicker curl cream was applied to the top section in order to mold the hair back off the face before it was pinned and fixed in place with strong-hold hairspray. “It’s what they used to do [in the eighties], but completely deconstructed,” Hanlon said. I think we can all agree that a literal interpretation of this particular era wasn’t missed.
MAC may have nabbed Proenza Schouler (announced during the Spring 2014 collections), but NARS Cosmetics is teaming up with Phillip Lim to produce nine nail lacquers (available in August)—one of which will be used at the show today. Serving as the brand du jour backstage for the past fourteen seasons, it’s safe to say the cosmetic company understands the designer’s aesthetic. Face painter Francelle Daly created a “monochromatic techno look” to complement the “geode-inspired embroidery” in September. And in just a few short hours, I’ll get a first look at Lim’s limited-edition line of polishes and what Daly has dreamed up for Fall.
When Paul Hanlon talks about hair, it’s never just a step-by-step—he takes you on an entire journey. It’s almost like listening to your grammar school librarian read a book aloud—except the semicircle is filled with editors aggressively shoving mini-recorders and iPhones in the storyteller’s face. And at 3.1 Phillip Lim, the tale went something like this (imagine this being told in a cool British accent): “I wanted it to look a little bit shipwrecked, a little bit Robinson Crusoe—like a girl that has been washed ashore. She wouldn’t have a comb, she wouldn’t have a brush, she wouldn’t have a hair band. And the back has this slightly dreadlock-y, crustaceous [feeling].” See what I’m saying? The visual narrative makes the style so much more than just a wet-looking, vine-y knot. And for the record, the hair was not physically drenched in water, as these are obviously very expensive clothes, joked Hanlon.
To get this “savage” and “elemental” texture, he applied Schwarzkopf Osis Twin Curl (a two-phase cream and gel formula) from the middle of the head down, and soaked strands from roots to ends in Grip mousse (about three-quarters of a can, to be exact). A diffuser was used to rough-dry, but not in the same way one would scrunch hair in the eighties—”more of an ambient air dry,” Hanlon explained. The front section was swept across the forehead and the length divided into two pieces and tied in a knot (or two, for longer hair), just as you would your shoelaces, and pinned discreetly into place. Elastic hair spray was used to flatten different areas against the sides of the head (as if the models had fallen asleep out of exhaustion once they finally reached land), and right before show time, Hanlon misted Flatline and Sparkler all over for serious sheen. “I like the idea of when [the girls] walk out, people don’t really see how their hair has been done—it’s more of a question of where have they come from,” he added.
The makeup was less gritty and more refined. Face painter Francelle Daly called it a “monochromatic techno look.” So what does that entail exactly? NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer was mixed with a few drops of Copacabana Illuminator for extra glimmer. The Luxor Multiple was applied with fingers on the high planes of the face (i.e., cheekbones, forehead, chin, bow of the lips, and down the bridge of the nose) and set with a blue-tinged powder from the Iceland Duo Eyeshadow palette—lending an opalescent finish. In addition to mascara on top and bottom and brushed-up brows, the “cyber glow” was completed with a touch of Années Folles Larger Than Life Lipgloss (a lilac shade launching for Spring 2014) pressed onto the models’ pouts. I like to think of this total package as club kid meets castaway.
There’s always a bit of a downtown, cool undertone to the beauty look at 3.1 Phillip Lim, which is why it was surprising to hear NARS’ Francelle Daly describe the makeup as “uptown sophisticated.” “She’s a girl with an edge, though,” Daly added. “Like she has a rock ‘n’ roll boyfriend—or is in a band.” Phew.
The sophisticated bit was a reference to the flawless skin Daly achieved by combining NARS’ forthcoming Radiant Cream Compact Foundation with its Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. Cheeks received a slight flush courtesy of its Highlighting Blush in Miss Liberty, a light peach, and its Multiple in Copacabana, a shimmering champagne, while lids were given a camo tone with NARS’ new-for-fall Single Eyeshadow in Yamal. Then came that pout, which offered an interesting update to Fall’s favorite mulberry mouth while “complementing and finalizing” the look, according to Daly. Lining and filling in lips with NARS’ Lip Liner Pencil in Kenya, a cinnamon color, Daly layered that with its Eye Liner in Mambo, a dark cocoa, for an ultra-rich chocolate-cherry hue. “There’s an expensive taste to it,” she said.
Paul Hanlon did his part by honing in on a specific texture that he described as “a little Kate Moss”—a favorite inspiration for Hanlon’s special brand of deconstructed chic. Prepping hair with Frédéric Fekkai Full Blown Volume Styling Whip to give it a bit of grip, Hanlon administered a relatively done-up blow-out to start. “We’re making it beautiful, then we’re destroying it,” he explained, “because if you start with a destroyed texture, it can look poor.” Then, spritzing with Fekkai’s Luscious Curls Wave Activating Spray, Hanlon ran sections of hair through a curling iron to give it movement, side-parting strands and “clumping” them together in the back with bobby pins, “as though it had been caught in a scarf.” Another pin was also slipped above the ear on one side in a haphazard way so that it appeared as though “the girls literally walked off the street and into the show.”