Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

3.1 Phillip Lim

Senior Beauty Editor Celia Ellenberg's take:
There's detail-oriented, and then there's Phillip Lim. "I'm really hands-on," Lim admitted last weekend when he summoned his longtime collaborators, NARS brand ambassador Francelle Daly and hairstylist Odile Gilbert, to his studio to talk beauty for his Fall collection. The meeting of the minds was truly something to behold: Lim took Daly and Gilbert through his designs piece by piece, shared his "neo-noir" inspiration with them, presenting a Roy Lichtenstein photo as a starting point for the makeup, and then sent them on their way to "search for magic," as Gilbert eloquently put it. And the magic came…slowly. At first, there was too much red in the "superhero" eyes Daly drew onto lids using NARS Lip Liner in Jungle Red and its Eyeliner Stylo in Nuits Blanches, which she dotted with a "special effect" in the form of its Triple X Lip Gloss for an illustration-caliber shine.

And the hair vacillated between too soft and too sleek, until Lim actually took out a pen and marker and drew the shape he was after. "I don't speak the language [of beauty], so sometimes the only way to get there is to paint a picture."

When everything was said and done, Daly had used almost an entire tube of NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara, which she slicked onto custom-cut fake lashes, and Gilbert won Lim over with a texturized updo that she prepped with Kérastase Mousse Substantive and then fashioned into a curled-under faux bob on one side with a long, sleek section hanging down in the back—for the short term at least. When we arrived backstage at Lim's show yesterday, he asked her to change the look one last time. "I had to do all 42 girls in 45 minutes," she exclaimed after the presentation. Magic, indeed.
Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear Shows
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