19 posts tagged "Karlie Kloss"
Models like Karlie Kloss and Julia Stegner are baring a new side of themselves—shining the spotlight on what I like to call “reverse cleavage,” or the zone many others have elegantly dubbed the “underboob.” From the racy Cushnie et Ochs dress Kloss donned for the Victoria’s Secret after party to Stegner’s new editorial in 25 magazine, this area of the body appears to be the latest hot spot. And while I initially brushed aside a product called Fresh Breasts from Fresh Body—a cooling cream that dries to a powdery finish, designed to reduce sweat in this exact location—perhaps this brand is actually ahead of the curve.
When Karlie Kloss saw a stampede of choppy crops storming the “bombed-out beach” of a runway at Marc Jacobs, I wonder if this phrase, coined by Joan Rivers on Fashion Police, crossed her mind: “Bitch stole my look!” While I highly doubt the derogatory portion of the statement came out of the sweet Midwestern native’s mouth, her hair (or more likely, a wig), seen on the pages of Interview‘s October issue, certainly bears a striking resemblance to the bowl cuts seen on the catwalk. And with Victoria Hunter of Whittemore House doing the dye jobs for both the glossy (likely shot before the show) and the designer, it’s no wonder they share the same grown-out, grunge-meets-surfer aesthetic. The only question that remains: Who wore it best?
“It took longer to take my makeup off than it did to put it on,” Karlie Kloss said backstage at Balmain. Minimal was an understatement, as makeup artist Tom Pecheux applied concealer only where needed, curled the lashes, and dusted powder across the tops of foreheads to take down shine. He focused mainly on skin care—massaging a combination of Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer and Revitalizing Supreme Crème into complexions, topping them off with Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher for a dewy finish. “We transformed the makeup room into a spa,” he said. Pecheux picked up his soft touch from several pros around the globe, including Tracie Martyn, Terri Lawton, and Loudna at Joël Ciocco in Paris. “There are three pressure points [we are hitting]: under the eyes, inner corners, and beginning of the brow bone,” the face painter explained. He added that without the pampering the makeup-less models would “give him shit.” However, I didn’t hear any complaints—as most girls seemed to be in a blissful state as they sat back and enjoyed a little TLC.
The hair was equally as easy and organic. Sam McKnight misted strands with water to coax out natural texture and applied Magic Move Light (a non-greasy pomade shipped in from Japan via a former assistant) to create a piece-y effect.” The clothes are so high-octane that the Balmain woman is confident enough not to need any artifice,” he said. For girls with frizzier textures, he held sections taut with his hands and blew them straight, using a blow-dryer. Models lucky enough to have a thick head of hair had the under layers braided and tucked away to eliminate the bulk. As for the total package, Pecheux summed it up quite succinctly: “The rawness of a supermodel is different than the rawness of a regular woman.” Well, that’s certainly the understatement of the season.
Although there were plenty of supermodels of the moment on the premises (Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Hilary Rhoda to name just three), the hair and makeup was inspired by originals like Marisa Berenson and Lauren Hutton. “I haven’t updated [their look] that much, I’ve got to be honest,” said face painter Charlotte Tilbury. She mixed two MAC Face and Body Foundation shades to warm up the skin, applied a burnt amber blush across the cheeks, and used a large, fluffy brush to dust Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder on the temples and points of the face where the sun would naturally hit. The lids were lined with Eye Kohl in Teddy, and a bronze-gold cream shadow was washed around the eyes. To get spiky, seventies fringe, Tilbury curled it “up, up, up,” and then coated each individual lash on top and bottom with a combo of two mascaras—Opulash to build volume, and Haute & Naughty over top to set. The lip color was a blend of beigy pink lipstick and russet-colored gloss.
In contrast to the grungy and raw textures we’ve seen this week, the sleek and straight strands created by Eugene Souleiman were refreshingly minimalist and clean. Since he wanted the hair to “fly,” it was free of styling products—with the exception of hair spray on the pinned-back piece in front. After blowing hair dry with a round brush to stretch and smooth the cuticle, Souleiman ran a flatiron from roots to ends. He used the pointed tip of a rattail comb to devise a section from forehead to crown that was the exact width of the metal barrette and then proceeded to divide it into thinner layers, each doused in hair spray and flattened against the head using a small bristle brush and blow-dryer with a concentrated nozzle. Finally, the simple yet graphic accessory was snapped into place. The end result was easy, sexy, and glamorous.
Being the supermodel of the moment is no easy gig, but according to Karlie Kloss, it’s a cinch compared to dealing with caffeine-deprived Manhattanites:
“I have to admit, [being a barista] is one of the most difficult jobs in New York. I’m always amazed when I go into the Starbucks in the morning and order a double skim blah, blah, blah…you need to have a really good memory.”
And by the way, she offered to make me a cup of tea before heading into hair and makeup at Prabal Gurung. Karlie, I think that Midwestern charm would go a long way if you ever decide to switch career paths.