16 posts tagged "Marchesa"
For Fall 2014, Marchesa journeyed to the Scottish Highlands in the only way the glam eveningwear brand could—with lush embroidery, lace, feathers, and fox fur. But to commemorate a decade in the business (during which they’ve designed dresses for Oscar winners and brides, like Behati Prinsloo, who recently walked down the aisle in a “special nude” dress), Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are packing up their ball gowns and getting back to their British roots, showing in London in lieu of New York for Spring 2015. They’ll also be toting along hair pro Mark Hampton and makeup artist Gucci Westman—both of whom brought Marchesa’s “eccentric princesses” to life last season. “If the hair and makeup don’t work, the rest isn’t great, either,” explained Chapman of their choice to stick to their go-to backstage team. While the cofounders said they don’t have any surprises in store for the big anniversary, they did team up with Brit beauty brand Toni&Guy (the company that gave Chapman her first modeling gig) to create a limited-edition wardrobe for hair—including a shampoo, conditioner, salt spray, and plumping whip—emblazoned with the thistle motif in shades of mustard, teal, and fuchsia from their Fall collection. “We put a lot of detail in the dresses, and we find it works better when the hair is a bit more effortless,” noted Chapman. A fancy frock and unfussy strands—we can think of no better way to celebrate 10 years, though Craig and Chapman said they plan to toast to their success at the local pub post-runway show (red-carpet-worthy gown not required).
Available October 1. Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo for Damaged Hair, Nourish Conditioner for Damaged Hair, Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, Glamour Volume Plumping Whip, $15 each; Target.
Cornrows have proven to be the braid of choice for Fall 2014 (at least thus far), but super Cara Delevingne embraced the plait long before it became a trend. She told British Vogue that while everyone around her deemed her bitty braids a beauty disaster, she thought they “looked fucking cool.” (Judging by their most recent runway shows, it appears designers like Adam Selman and Marchesa cofounders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig agree.) Delevingne demonstrated her ongoing support of the look at last night’s Elle Style Awards in London, where she braided one side back to show off the multiple tattoos on her ear. The catwalker sported something similar at the Met Ball (albeit the plait was on the opposite side), but we have to applaud a woman who knows what she likes—even when popular opinion is weighed against her—and sticks with it.
“It’s a modern take on an eccentric princess,” said Gucci Westman of the floating liner at Marchesa. “She has flawless skin and she’s only done one thing—that being an eyeliner.” To achieve it, Westman employed two jewel-tone shades and two different formulas, applying the Revlon ColorStay Crème Gel Eye Liner in Jade or Rio Blue (out in April) just above the crease, and layering it with a corresponding stripe of ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner (available in June) in Green Spark or Electric Blue. Lashes were coated with a “tiny bit” of mascara and the tops of the cheekbones dabbed with Skinlights Face Illuminator. “Her outfit probably took much longer to put on than the makeup,” Westman quipped of her beauty muse.
Similar to Westman, hair pro Mark Hampton created two different looks—but instead of making a minor color tweak, he crafted completely different styles. The first was a series of tight cornrows done on the dark-haired models. Unlike Adam Selman’s use of braids earlier in the week, these were decidedly less Snoop Dogg and more “Highland girl,” Hampton explained. After he crafted five inverted braids at the crown, he gathered the length into a low-slung ponytail. His reasoning behind the recent resurgence of this particular plait: “They stop something from being too romantic and [provide] a younger, youth-culture vibe.”
The second look, for the blonds and gingers, was a “bad ballerina knot.” Hampton prepped strands with Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray for texture before pulling it all back into a high pony and winding it into a messy chignon. Wisps around the hairline were created with a small curling iron and topped off with Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray. As for why he doubled up on the dos: “[Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig] wanted to portray two different characters—one is a little bit more aggressive and the other is a little softer—and carry that thought across with the hair.”
Mood boards abounded at the Marchesa hair and makeup test a few nights ago. There were at least four—covered nearly from floor-to-ceiling with inspiration photos and fabric swatches. While I can’t exactly tell you what was on them or what the Oscar-worthy dresses looked like (yet), I can share an interesting piece of news regarding a blooming partnership between a British beauty brand and the design house: Toni&Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe and Marchesa are teaming up for the next year to create head-to-toe looks not only for the runway, but for the many events where starlets sashay down the red carpet wearing the label’s gowns. It’s a natural fit, as—fun fact—Georgina Chapman’s first-ever modeling job was for Toni&Guy. Today’s show is the kickoff of the collaboration—global ambassador Mark Hampton will be on the job backstage alongside makeup artist Gucci Westman and nail pro Jin Soon. Seeing as Chapman allowed Hampton to give her son his very first haircut the evening of the test, I’d say an element of trust already exists in this newly formed relationship.
Get the full report here on Beauty Counter after the models hit the runway.
The cofounders of Marchesa, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, took a beauty break from preparing for their forthcoming Fall show to celebrate their “Red Carpet” cosmetics collection with Revlon. Consisting of three nail lacquers, a trio of lipsticks, translucent powder, black liquid liner, and gold nail appliqués, it’s only natural that all the pieces were inspired by the label’s staple: the evening gown. “We wanted to reflect three different moods for what we feel the Marchesa woman could be: You have your romantic lip, your bold statement lip in the red, and then you have your vampy lip, which is very much taken from our Spring/Summer collection,” Chapman explained of the Pink Cognito, Love That Red, and Black Cherry shades. In addition, each bullet has a complementing nail polish: Gray Suede (a tulle-like nude with a hint of silver shimmer), Chameleon (a holographic green), and Valentine (a rich burgundy). The gold lattice pattern stamped on the packaging was inspired by the many “lace-heavy” pieces seen on last season’s runway. “We’d already done the embroidery on the nails, so we thought it was nice to reflect the other quality of Marchesa,” said Craig. As for whether or not these tubes and bottles will be used backstage in a little less than two weeks, they’re leaving that decision up to their go-to makeup artist, Gucci Westman. And when asked if feathers and tattoos would be making an encore, both Chapman and Craig turned to each other and laughed, “There’s usually a feather or two.”
Revlon by Marchesa Red Carpet Collection available in February.