Backstage beauty: Character building

01Jul10

It’s at least four hours before Marc Jacobs shows his Fall 2010 collection in New York. Backstage, a scrum of beauty editors are jockeying for space in the cramped quarters, waiting for the usually reclusive makeup artist François Nars to come over. We loiter patiently, and when he’s finally able to pull away from his team, everyone shoves their recording devices as close to him as they can to capture his precious words. The show’s look—which Nars says includes worn-off liner, clumpy mascara, a pallid complexion and faded coral lips—provides a narrative for the models. In this instance, they’re portraying a cool girl from the East Village who was out the night before and slept in her makeup.

This runway beauty inspiration story is just one of many; countless more are created for the shows every season, whether it’s the poetic, ravaged libertines at Dior, the modern film noir Greta Garbos at Donna Karan or the cool, nerdy art students influenced by 1930s intellectuals atJonathan Saunders. What they all have in common is their role as visual shorthand to help define or refine the designer’s vision of not just the season’s collection, but of the woman who would wear it.

via FASHION Magazine | Backstage beauty: Character building.

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