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I doubt that Giambattista Valli had Whitney Houston’s eighties hit “So Emotional” in mind when deciding on the look for today’s show, but the “tea-stained” eye makeup by Val Garland certainly brought the lyrics to mind. “She’s woken up from last night and she’s a bit brokenhearted,” explained the face painter of the designer’s muse.
To get the shadowy effect, she blended two colors from the MAC Spring ’14 Trend Forecast Eye Palette (March Mist and Cultivating Chic) to create a mushroom-rose hue and swept it across lids and underneath eyes—diffusing any harsh lines with a brush. A nude pencil was employed along the lower waterlines to cancel any redness the models have acquired at this point during fashion month. For seamless skin minus a heavy base, Garland broke down foundation with Care Blends Essential Oils and applied a bronze shade of Cream Colour Base in the hollows of the cheeks for subtle definition. The same oil was used to sheer out a pearly white highlighter before dabbing it on the tops of cheekbones, the inner corners, and just below the eyes. “There is always a shine detail somewhere at Valli—for Fall it was about a face stretching [sheen], this season it’s about a tear.” Lips, however, were “gloss negative,” with Mixing Medium Matte used to tone down the violet shade lightly patted onto models’ pouts.
Hair wasn’t a weepy affair for Orlando Pita: “She’s still very much a woman with personality and confidence that trusts in her natural beauty,” he said. To reflect this idea of empowerment, Pita made a French twist that was less “madame” and more deconstructed. “I’m always trying to achieve [a style] that appears as if a girl has done it herself,” he explained. To get that DIY feeling, he worked L’Oréal Professional Super or Texture Dust (depending on hair type) through the top section, then misted his hands with Elnett hair spray before scraping strands back with his fingers. Next, he rolled up the length and secured the twist on a diagonal with pins—keeping the sides tight but the crown area slightly loose, for an imperfect finish.
In the end, it seems that the Giambattista Valli girl doesn’t cry for long, or wait around for a man to bring her “forgive me” flowers—especially when she can buy them for herself, strewn across the shoulders of a well-tailored blazer (Look 27) or attention-grabbing mini (Look 29).
“She’s more intellectual than previous seasons,” hairstylist James Pecis said of the Chloé girl. “This is a woman that’s done and has healthy, expensive hair.” Now, those are three words (“done,” “healthy,” “expensive”) we haven’t heard all season—with organic and slightly grungy textures reigning supreme for Spring 2014. To achieve the sleek and luxurious look, Pecis washed the majority of models’ strands with Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Shampoo and Conditioner in the two tiny sinks backstage (a step necessary for getting the lightness and bounce he desired on the runway). For fullness, he misted TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray from roots to ends and blew hair dry using a paddle brush for smoothness. Extensions were added for extra body before a flat iron was run through thin sections. A precise center part was made with the pointed tip of a rattail comb and set with L’Oréal Elnett hair spray. “It’s the little touches that are going to give the look strength—like a hard, clean line in the middle of the head,” he explained.
In contrast to the hair, however, the makeup by Diane Kendal was par for the course: barely there, but beautiful. She prepped skin with a moisturizer and applied a light-coverage foundation. The top and lower lash lines were rimmed with MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Duck before a cotton swab dipped in moisturizer was used to wipe it off, leaving a shadowy sepia tone behind. The hollows of the cheeks were subtly defined with MAC Pro Sculpting Cream in Copper Beech and the apples topped with Cream Colour Base in Bronze. Kendal added a touch of the sculpting cream in Accentuate (a pale beige) to the tops of cheekbones and just above the brows to catch the light. Similar to the technique used to achieve the foggy leftovers around the eyes, she worked moisturizer over the entire face to produce a “residue” that rendered complexions luminous.
Messages against overfishing were abundant at Kenzo—with No Fish No Nothing scrawled across the doors of the La Cité du Cinéma and a sweatshirt in the collection. The idea was also reflected in the iridescent fabrics (with a sheen similar to that of scales), sunglasses with fish-eye-like baubles that wrapped around ears, an “aquatic sound system” in middle of the catwalk that jolted with every beat, and a floor-to-ceiling waterfall that served as the backdrop for the runway.
To reflect the marine movement, makeup artist Aaron de Mey mimicked the “crest of a wave” by drawing a graphic band of MAC Acrylic Paint in White across the tops of lashes with an angled brush, abruptly ending the line at the outer corners. “It looks like zinc on the lids—[providing] the reverse effect of classic sixties eyeliner,” he said. In addition to oceanic inspiration, de Mey cited Black Flag (a punk band hailing from Hermosa Beach, California): “I experimented with black, but it was too heavy and literal—punk is a feeling of being opposite to everyone else, and the blunt shape makes it feel more aggressive.” The rest of the face was kept bare, applying concealer only where necessary and dabbing a heavy cream on the tops of cheekbones, chin, and down the bridge of the nose to lend a dewy finish.
To give strands an underwater—yet androgynous—feel, hairstylist Anthony Turner blew them dry using mousse and his fingers for texture, then made a boyish side part and slicked the top section back behind one ear with a wet-look gel. “It’s almost how a boy would grease the side of his hair,” he explained. And in lieu of schools of fish, a gang of tough L.A. girls (similar to the idea at Prada, but with a far more West Coast vibe) served as the pro’s muse. Turner left the length dry, but used a curling iron to create ridges and marks—his interpretation of how women in the street “badly tong” their hair. He topped everything off with a liberal amount of L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium hair spray for added shine and control.
Press-on tips designed by Naomi Yasuda were based with MAC Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle (an ebony hue) and streaked with Vestral White using a skinny liner brush. The abstract art not only picked up on the patterns at the beginning of the show, but popped against the cobalt, fuchsia, acid yellow, and sea foam green colors splashed across dresses, blazers, midriff-baring tops, minis, and floppy beach hats. If taking a stand looks like this, I’m ready to join the cause.
The last time I saw this many bluntly cut, synthetic ponytails I was watching Madonna take the stage for her Confessions Tour, wearing an equestrian-style top hat with a black horse tail attached. But instead of stallions serving as the reference for the hair at Missoni, mane master Eugene Souleiman was shown a Richard Avedon photo that featured a model sporting a braided updo that looked “fake,” he explained. To bring this idea to the runway, he attached a glossy, back-grazing extension to a ring (made by the house), rather than incorporating the faux, “plastic” strands into the actual style. “I wanted it to look like an accessory rather than hair,” he added. He reiterated the point by contrasting the pieces with each model’s natural color.
After making a side part in front, Souleiman misted the models’ real hair with Wella Ocean Spritz to create a raw texture and scraped it back into a ponytail, which was secured with a string of black elastic. The length was then threaded through the ring, folded close to the pony’s base, and wrapped once again with elastic—leaving the handcrafted accoutrement hanging from a newly formed loop.
The makeup by face painter Lucia Pieroni played off the four-elements (earth, wind, water, and fire) theme of the collection. The skin was left dewy to provide a “liquid” finish, while cheeks were gently contoured with a MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork (here lies the earth). Also inspired by Japanese girls, Pieroni traced a graphic band of Black Track Gel Eye Liner along the upper lash line, into the inner corners, and wrapped the formula underneath the eye—ending it just before the pupil. To clean up the shape, pointed cotton buds were employed by the pro. A shimmery silver eyeliner was washed across the lids and brow bones, lending a subtle hit of sparkle and Tokyo pop to the architectural look.
In contrast to seasons past, the boxy Marni silhouette was drawn closer to the body for Spring, and an athletic theme emerged, with graphic visors and gem-encrusted fanny packs cheekily worn on models’ backsides. Tom Pecheux put his own “twist” on the makeup, citing the Austrian visual artist Markus Schinwald—who is known for his manipulation of classic beauty (he often adds slightly disconcerting elements, like masks or bandages, on top of nineteenth-century paintings)—as his inspiration. The brows were enveloped in a “cloud” of MAC Sparkle Shadow in Night Light (a glittery gray) that both exaggerated their shape and played off the shade created by the wide-brimmed hats. Extra Dimension Blush in Pleasure Model was placed low on the cheeks near the jawline, “almost where a man’s beard would be,” elaborated Pecheux. (There’s that “twist” again.) The rest of the face, however, was kept quite pure, with a light dusting of Eye Shadow in Gesso washed over the lid and placed on the high points of the cheekbones. A touch of the same pinky-nude blush was swept gently along the lash lines for additional contrast. Mouths were topped off with a shade that’s been popping up in key artists’ kits all season long: Velvetease Lip Pencil in Mattely in Love.
And while there was sporty headgear, tennis was not what hairstylist Paul Hanlon had in mind; he was drawn to the “geishalike” platform sandals and architectural lines of the clothing. “I kept everything above the visor very clean and considered,” he explained—so as to not detract from the opulent embellishments and patterns in the collection. At the top, a center part was made and strands were shellacked close to the scalp. Hanlon employed a fine-tooth comb and layers of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin hair spray to get the glassy effect, dousing the crown and sides before and after fitting models with a stocking cap and locking the look in place with heat from a blow-dryer. From the ears down, the texture was more “organic.” TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray was misted all over to build body, while a small hidden pony—made with the underlayers near the nape of the neck—also added dimension; it was looped through a Topsy Tail (yes, you read that right) to keep it close to the head. Hanlon wrapped sections around the barrel of a curling iron to achieve an “airy” finish, and the extra-long strings that hung down from the visors were gently tied over the hair, catching a few pieces in the back. “I wanted it to look almost like a mistake, so everything wasn’t so precise,” he said. If a blush beard meeting modern minimalism looks this good, I say game on.