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Weekend Wear, Backstage at Rag & Bone


rag-and-bone“This is Saturday morning makeup,” Gucci Westman said of the yé-yé girls- and Katharine Hepburn-inspired look at Rag & Bone. “It’s about fixing what you had on the night before.” If you’re not Joan Smalls (who closed the show), you likely don’t wake up after a Friday evening out on the town looking anything close to this—at least I don’t. But Westman says it’s possible to turn last night’s liner into this graphic shape by applying Revlon ColorStay Crème Gel Eye Liner in Black with a skinny brush and perfecting the shape by tracing over it with the Liquid Eye Pen. “Pointed Q-tips clean up everything,” Westman said as she sharpened the wing on a model’s eye. As for the rest of the face, things were rather pared-down in order to achieve the “tomboy” aesthetic. The Rag & Bone woman doesn’t wear blush, she explained: “It feels too finicky.” Instead, she contoured and highlighted in all the usual places (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, etc.). Any pink or red tones in the lips were canceled using a beige cream shadow (on darker complexions) or a white liner pencil for fair-skinned girls.

Aside from having his three-month-old son by his side backstage, hair pro Paul Hanlon was excited about working with the designers for the first time. “What I love about them is that they’re pushing [the hair and makeup] bit by bit every season,” he said. To achieve a lived-in texture, he loaded strands with Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Grip mousse “to take the cleanliness out” and raked Rough Rubber paste through the roots for “separation and dirtiness.” Dust It was added through the mid-lengths and ends to provide a “dreadlock-y” texture before hair was pulled into a low ponytail. Hanlon tucked the ends through the elastic to create an “urban sports knot” and finished with hair spray. “She hasn’t washed her hair all week; she’s been out; she hasn’t got a hairbrush or a comb; she’s just yanked her hair back with a band and it got all tangled and knotted,” he said of the muse. Yep, sounds about right.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde,

She’s Come Undone


SeriousFun London Gala 2013 - Red Carpet ArrivalsThis past season at Proenza Schouler, hairstylist Paul Hanlon was intent on preserving the gentle haze of fuzz that models arrived with backstage at the show. “What you’d normally control, we’re not,” he said, in fear that strands would look more “commercial” if he were to tame every flyaway. Keira Knightley appeared to have followed the same credo at last night’s SeriousFun gala in London. Her undone waves (seen at shows like Balenciaga and Balmain) added an easy elegance to her Chanel Haute Couture gown—the same one she wore for her walk down the aisle and to a party in 2008. A hot hair trend—and great dress—is always worth repeating.

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Move Over, Karlie Kloss—There’s a New Woman (or Man?) in Town



This season, there has been quite a buzz backstage surrounding maquillage master Tom Pecheux’s muse, Pascal. He has his own Instagram account (@PascalPascale), where he’s featured on shoulders (including’s Tim Blanks), in pockets, and being kissed by some of he biggest names in the fashion biz. The white doll has even has his own personal makeup artist, Anoli (a member of Pecheux’s team), that paints his face with the look for every show his adoptive father has keyed for Spring 2014. “It’s a modern world that’s open for anything you want to be, and Pascal is a modern child that can be anything you want to see—him or her,” she says. And I have to admit that today’s graphic eye shadow in particular, seen on Anthony Vaccarello’s runway, really brought out Pascal’s bone structure. While hair pro Paul Hanlon’s crew may have Frida Kahlo as their mascot (as seen in our Editor’s Diary), this backstage fixture sits first class and always seems to snag a window seat on planes to and from fashion locales (just check out his selfies for proof). But all in all, the doll is more than just a blank canvas for Pecheux’s imagination. “[Pascal represents] freedom—freedom of art, freedom of choice, freedom of creativity,” elaborates Anoli. That’s quite a tall order for someone so small.

Sleek and Sportif, Backstage at Marni


marniIn 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.

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Backstage at Proenza Schouler: Come As You Are


proenza-schoulerThe underlying beauty theme at Proenza Schouler: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. For hairstylist Paul Hanlon, that meant adding a central—but not perfect—part and keeping the gentle fuzz intact at the top of the head. “What you’d normally control, we’re not,” he said. Since the show was in the morning this season, Hanlon didn’t have to worry about product buildup; instead, he used Fekkai Glossing Conditioner (normally rinsed out) as a leave-in treatment and applied Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm from mid-length through to the ends to weigh down strands. (His inspiration for the lank look came from Dogtown and Z-Boys, a documentary about a posse of seventies skater and surfer boys in California, and photographer Joseph Szabo’s book Teenage.) He then blew hair dry with fingers, as a brush would make it too even, and flat-ironed the underlayers around the ears and nape of the neck to eliminate volume, leaving the texture on the surface untouched.

Makeup artist Diane Kendal took an even more minimal approach, brushing brows up and filling them in only when necessary, and curling the lashes but not adding mascara. MAC Lip Conditioner (a clear balm) was used on both lips and lids for a hint of shine, while Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder was dusted on the T-zone to mattify. The only color on the face was Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush (available spring/summer 2014), which Kendal tapped onto the apples of the cheeks with her fingertips. “We’re keeping the girls as they are,” she said. Refreshing.

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