The Eyes Have It

Carine Roitfeld Sets the Eyeliner Agenda at a Ball for Her MAC Collaboration


Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld   
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"All of my friends are here," Carine Roitfeld beamed at her latest ball, which is fast becoming something of a fashion week tradition. Sure enough, there were models aplenty at the fête for her MAC makeup collaboration—Karlie, Arizona, Natalia, Joan, Cara, Kasia, Eniko—not to mention that Haider Ackermann, Alexander Wang, Azzedine Alaïa, Riccardo Tisci, and Nicolas Ghesquière were all there. Like all good parties, it started late and ended later, giving a lucky few—including the Brandolinis, Alexia Niedzielski, and more of Giambattista Valli's front-row femmes—the opportunity to catch Moncler's annual dinner at Caviar Kaspia, hosted by Remo Ruffini and Giamba himself.

At Carine's, the dress code was black tie and, in a nod to its hostess, smoky eye. Pucci's Peter Dundas was among the many who obliged. "Poppy did them," he said of his guyliner-rimmed lids, gesturing to Poppy Delevingne, whose handiwork was impressive. "I'm in the wrong job," she joked. "I should be a makeup artist." Giovanna Battaglia put her own spin on the classic sultry look that Roitfeld called "easy for all women" by asking her makeup artist to use a combination of black eyeliner and a cream shadow to create bat wings across her lids. "I love Batman," she said. "I want to change my surname into Bat instead of Battaglia, so it's Bat Gio"—as her Twitter followers already know her.

MAC artists were also on hand to give guests black star makeup tattoos with the stencils that are a part of Roitfeld's collection for the cosmetics giant, the better to get in the mood for the evening's entertainment, British singing sensation Paloma Faith, who performed a rousing three-song set halfway through the epic soirée. Even Karl Lagerfeld made a cameo, his dark sunglasses making it impossible to tell whether he too had embraced the evening's makeup moment.

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