Lindsey Wixson Battles The Taylor Momsen Effect
Despite showcasing a “new type of glamour” with uncharacteristically clean, glowing makeup backstage at her Spring show, Donatella Versace is already back to glam, if the ad campaign for her brand’s latest fragrance, Vanitas, is any indication. The print visual for the lime, freesia, and Tahitian gardenia eau is making the rounds on the blogosphere this afternoon, as it’s fronted by catwalk queen Lindsey Wixson. Wearing an off-the-shoulder Versace dress, the 16-year-old model is a far cry from the fresh-faced, impeccably complexioned girl who walked the label’s show last month. Instead, she sports heavy black eye makeup, bleached brows, and middle-parted platinum blond hair (so hot for Spring 2011). Wixson looks gorgeous, as always, but that eye makeup really detracts from her major selling points, i.e., her flawless skin, pouty lips, and pillowlike cheeks. We actually noticed this during the shows; spotting Wixson in heavy eye makeup at Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada, and Roberto Cavalli, we found ourselves unable to control blurting out an audible “Why?!” Why would anyone want to muddle that visage with so much sooty liner and shadow when her bare-faced beauty is so stunning—as evidenced by her turns at Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, and, well, Versace? Take a gander at the collage we’ve assembled above and let us know if you agree.
Photo: Clockwise from top left, Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Alexander McQueen; Courtesy of Versace; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Jean Paul Gaultier; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Prada; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com at Christopher Kane