8 posts tagged "Alexis Mabille"
Hairstyles that are created to complement a collection’s clothes often turn out better than those that introduce an entirely new theme or idea; hairstyles that are created with a collection’s clothes often turn out even better. “It’s Boldini, but modern and more abstract,” Odile Gilbert said backstage at Alexis Mabille referencing the Italian painter whose flowing brushstrokes guided much of Mabille’s Couture designs—including those that made their way on top of models’ heads. “They’re flowers,” Gilbert explained of the pieces of hand-painted tulle that she took from select dresses and shellacked onto a Mexican-style head-wrapping technique that required copious amounts of professional-grade gel. “It’s a lot of work,” she admitted, combing product through panels of hair to create a sleek base for the fabric appliqués-turned-hair-accessories.
To keep it all from skewing too romantic—and to add a “touch of the futuristic” to the equation—makeup artist Carole Colombani dusted a mix of MAC Blush in Prism and its Sculpting Powder in Sculpt high onto the cheekbones and along the temples, cutting the light pink color with a sheer wash of its matte white Eye Shadows in Gesso and Blanc Type that extended from the outer corners of models’ lids. Then, mixing MAC Pigment in Silver with its Mixing Medium to create a molten-pewter effect, Colombani traced just the inner corners of the upper lash line with the metallic hue that was revisited on nails in the form of Essie’s No Place Like Chrome polish, which was dotted with alabaster moons. And lest you forget this was a Haute Couture beauty look, not your average ready-to-wear affair, false lashes upped the glamour quotient while lips were individualized per girl, using a blend of MAC Lipmixes in Fuchsia, Midtone Nude, and White.
Throwback Thursdays is a new feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Kate Moss
The Moment: Feathers embellishments.
The Motivation: Remember, like…two years back, when out of nowhere feathered hair extensions took the street-style set—and young Hollywood—by storm? They became so popular, in fact, there were reports of a shortage of the long, colorful plumage that also happens to be used by fly fishermen. Luckily, it was a fleeting thing, but birds of a fashion feather have been flocking together for quite some time. From Alexis Mabille’s Fall 2011 Couture show to Jason Wu’s Spring 2012 runway, editorial hairstylists have been using the colorful accessories for years, as evidenced by this Arthur Elgort-lensed shoot for Vogue Italia circa 1992. Ms. Moss appears to have entwined her feather headdress with a Heidi-style braid, and finished the look with an unexpected smoky eye. (Kate, always a trendsetter.) It goes without saying that this would be a great way to up the ante on the summer festival circuit, where feathers and fringe tend to show up en masse.
Beauty marks are funny things: Either you have them or you don’t—or you draw them on when the mood suits you. Fifty years after her death, whether Marilyn Monroe’s famous mole, located on her left cheek, was in fact real or used for dramatic effect is still being debated. Either way, the black blemish was a striking part of her look—and “faking it” remains an essential face-painting tool for makeup artists who have been ushering in a drawn-on spot revival of late. After Spring’s embrace of 3-D eyeliner, the idea of fabricating well-positioned beauty marks persisted into Fall (the blue circular under-eye stickers at Anna Sui immediately come to mind), a notion that reared its pretty, penciled-in head during Resort, too, courtesy of Peter Philips’ custom-made velvet CC stickers at Chanel. Today in Paris, it turned up at Couture as Carole Colombani adhered individual black Swarovski crystals onto models’ faces, adding a particularly extravagant detail to Alexis Mabille’s ode to old-school glamour, which included a slick of MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo. While it wasn’t a direct Marilyn tribute, the fact that the dots traveled from cheek to temple and back again throughout the show is certainly curious…
While readers of this blog are well aware that, in our opinion, the feather hair-extension craze needs to come to a swift and decisive end, hairstylist Odile Gilbert made us believe in the magic of feathers again at Alexis Mabille’s Couture show yesterday—if only for a few glorious moments. Using copious amounts of L’Oréal Elnett hair spray to slick back models’ strands into chignons and woven looks, Gilbert incorporated a series of gorgeous, exotic quills into her coifs to complement the designer’s luxe collection. (The clothes, too, incorporated plumes.) What do you think: Still played out, or reinvigorated, thanks to a couture miracle? Let us know below.