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32 posts tagged "Alexander McQueen"

Make Your Mark With Temptu


temptuBackstage, there was a lot of airbrushing going on, but the pros weren’t perfecting complexions Photoshop-style—far from it. Pat McGrath scrawled muted shades of mustard, green, purple, and blue across lids at Prada, while Peter Philips erased hairlines at Alexander McQueen by blasting models’ foreheads with black paint. McGrath admitted that the spray gun was “a new medium” for her, but true to form, she managed to use it in an unconventional way that would make graffiti legend Banksy proud.

Interested in “tagging” a few features of your own? Get your hands on the limited-edition version of Temptu’s Airbrush Makeup System that features a removable GelaSkin designed by Jade Lai of Creatures of Comfort. The navy sticker that covers the machine’s base is dotted with the same dandelionlike pattern printed on the skirts, shirtdresses, cropped pants, and tanks in Lai’s Spring 2014 collection. Create a flawless canvas by applying the Airpod Foundation and Blush (included in the kit), then take a cue from this season’s European runways and color outside the lines.

Temptu Limited-Edition Creatures of Comfort Kit, $149, available at and NYC and L.A. Creatures of Comfort boutiques.

Photo: Courtesy of Temptu

Helmet Hair, Backstage at Alexander McQueen


AlexanderMcQueenAlexander McQueen’s woman is never a wallflower and always a warrior, hair pro Guido Palau explained, fitting all forty models with metal helmets (designed by both Sarah Burton and himself). And similar to the many wigs we saw for Spring 2014, the armor was meant to provide “instant character” and “unify,” rather than reference a certain period—citing everything from Tron to twenties bobs as an inspiration for the final shape. Since the “head jewelry” was one-size-fits-all, Palau slicked back strands using Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel and pinned sponges in various places to prevent anything from wobbling on the runway.

With Jean-Michel Basquiat serving as one of the references, face painter Peter Philips perhaps looked to the artist’s early days, when he dabbled in graffiti on the Lower East Side of New York City, and blasted hairlines with Fardel water-based black pro paint using an air-brush system. “I wanted to create a shadow that would connect the face to the helmet and make the models more anonymous,” he said, also noting the Maasai people and how he aimed to create a tribelike effect. And while Philips said he’d normally describe the house muse as a “nonexistent girl,” this season she retained a sense of reality, as the skin was kept natural in lieu of porcelain doll- or alien-like complexions. “They’re warriors, but not space warriors,” he said of the finished product, bringing the fantastical McQueen woman slightly (and I reiterate, slightly) back down to earth.

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Beauty Sound Bites: Makeup MacGyver


mac-dollymix“I was asked to change the color of cream brocade shoes at an Alexander McQueen show. I used MAC Powder Blush in Dollymix to turn them pink!”

We pay homage to this MAC senior artist’s most memorable fashion week moment by displaying his beauty weapon of choice at left. Now we know how to dip-dye a pair of heels in a pinch.

McQ’s Children of the Cornrows


McQThe Fall campaigns are dropping left and right, and today we were blown away by the new David Sims-lensed images for McQ Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton and co. tapped up-and-coming models April Tiplady (who has appeared in recent editorials in Paris Vogue and Love) and Tom Gaskin, as well as Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass to channel the collection‘s punky theme. More so than the clothes themselves, it was the killer cornrows—not to mention the models’ fly-girl-worthy hoop earrings—that really caught our attention here. Could allover braids be having a post-Beyoncé moment? We also clocked them on Tricia, the tattooed street rat from our favorite new series, Orange Is the New Black.

Throwback Thursday: Clip Art


Hans-Feurer-ElleThrowback Thursday offers the perfect opportunity to pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Moment: Metal head

The Motivation: Two years ago, we watched with awe as Guido Palau slipped a series of silver, Goody barrettes around models’ heads, creating veritable hair armor for Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2011 show. It was a feat of styling that we’d never seen before—or after—until, that is, we stumbled upon this Hans Feurer-lensed shot for Elle circa 1988. While Palau used over a hundred clips per model, we love the otherworldly affect of the sparse, spaced-out rendition here, which includes gold pins—and a topknot! Maybe we’re being optimistic, but it looks both otherworldly and shockingly easy to achieve—with the right mirror setup, of course. Following a stop at the drugstore hair-accessories aisle this afternoon, we might take it on a test-drive this weekend (and suggest you do the same).

Photo: Hans Feurer for Elle, 1988; Courtesy of