Delicate yet graphic looks reigned backstage at Donna Karan's spring show Monday.Eyes painted with thick white eyeliner popped againt pale skin and bare lips, accenting a collection dominated by a palette of muted grays.
"We were looking at the colors of the clothes in the collection and there were these beautiful neutral grays, almost blues," said makeup artist Pat McGrath. "And so we wanted the faces to look statuesque, almost serene."
To achieve this, McGrath applied white eyeliner above the eyes, and placed CoverGirl's new Shadow Blast eye pencil in Silver Sky around the eyes. To create pale skin, McGrath used CoverGirl's Clean Foundation all over the face, dotting blemishes and the under-eye area with the brand's Simply Ageless Corrector. Lips were left nude, patted with just a touch of concealer on top. McGrath gave cheeks just a "tiny bit of pink," mixing CoverGirl's Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in 200 and 210.
"It's pale and interesting," said McGrath"but at the same time strong and graphic." Hair, placed in a loose ponytail, evoked a fresh and airy feel at the hands of stylist Eugene Souleiman, who was working on behalf of Wella.
"The really nice thing is it's straightened hair, it's not set," said Souleiman. "The ponytail is kind of straight. It's a little bit jagged, but it's not destroyed."
A strong diagonal part in the front lent a masculine appeal to the look, while the pushed-up ponytail in the back achieved a round and opulent effect.
"There are areas in the clothing that are gathered and round, so I just wanted to keep hair sleek but with no product in it, a combination of something really perfect but that looks a little lighter, like it has air in it," said Souleiman."We pushed the ponytail up to create that round wideness and tied it with a white knicker elastic."
Souleiman blew out hair before teasing it, brushing it out and then pushing into a low ponytail. "It's about a smart woman," he said. "She looks like a healthy stylish Donna Karan woman."
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast