Saturday, February 21, 2009

Catherine Malandrino's Escapism at Fashion Week

While the beauty look at the Catherine Malandrino Fall 2009 fashion show isn’t what you’d want to whip up for a Saturday night, the inspiration behind it is, well, inspirational.

“Her clothes this season are based on the Surrealist movement,” explains makeup artist Tom Pecheux. It was an era of escapism, fantasy, optimism, newness and the unexpected, and while we are all caught up in our own economic meltdown, this show was about escaping to a more beautiful, fantasy place.

“The makeup is a modern interpretation of the optical effects of a Man Ray photograph,” says Pecheux who used MAC cosmetics.

The liner isn’t on her lashlines, but in her crease, giving her eye a different dimension. Her hair was also otherworldly. “I colored 90 extensions to create this unexpected mix of hair colors. For blondes, I used shades of platinum, champagne, mint and lavender.

“For brunettes, I mixed a cool violet with warm caramel,” says hair colorist Eva Scrivo who worked with Wella haircolor. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert created a chignon that could reside at the MOMA. “It’s almost modern art, a very abstract chignon. The fishnet gives it a bit of mystery and the shape is sort of like a hat, but its hair,” she says. Read more from the lovely Rachel Hayes (at Daily Makeover) who weathered the tents to bring you these fab deets.

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