Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Marc Jacobs

Senior Beauty Editor Celia Ellenberg's take:
Chinstraps. The odd accoutrement appeared for the first time this season backstage at Victoria Beckham and we paid it no mind as a potential recurring fashion-meets-beauty theme for Fall. But there it was again at Marc Jacobs, anchoring small berets set atop sleek ponytails .

"Dominatrix ponytails," Redken creative consultant Guido Palau clarified of the graphic up-dos that were prepped with Redken's Blown Away 09 Blow Dry Gel, dried, and flat-ironed, before being secured with a hair-wrapped elastic and a spritz of its forthcoming Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist. "The chinstraps bring in a forties illustration effect," Palau said—that almost cartoonish quality in which not one hair is out of place. "It's the perversion of convention," he continued of the classic, girl-next-door style that had been given a "severe" makeover for Jacobs' barrage of rubber and fake fur.

With hair removed from models' faces, makeup maestro François Nars was given free-reign to pronouncedly paint them. "It's like a grandmother whose a bit eccentric that puts on too much blush and her eyeliner wrong," Nars quipped of his "droopy" liner job, drawn downward on the top lash line with his new-for-Fall Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner in Via Venetto, a dark black. Models were also given a heavy flush low on the cheeks courtesy of Nars' Cream Blush in Lokoune, which he finger-blended to resemble the rouge in "old 18th century paintings." Lids were dusted with the red shade from his forthcoming Eyeshadow Duo in Grand Palais for depth and lashes were treated to multiple slashings of Nars' Larger Than Life Volumizing mascara to complete a look that he described as "a little decadent and a little bit off." It was a spot-on beauty mix for a collection that had lace and latex in equal measure.
Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear Shows
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