Sil Bruinsma for MAC was inspired by Marie Antoinette for the theatrical look backstage at Thom Browne. The look, which also alluded to the Queen of Hearts, featured alabaster faces, created by mixing white Face and Body Foundation and Studio Fix Fluid to “white out the skin” with Porcelain Set Powder and Studio Fix Pastel in Shivering White, which were pressed into the skin to mattify it. Apples of the cheeks featured the bright crimson matte Powder Blush in Frankly Scarlet, which was applied in circular strokes. Lips were given a “centered petal shape,” created with MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, which was brushed onto the lips with the tapered-for-precision 316 Lip Brush. Pigment in Basic Red was dusted over the lips to keep the shade intense.
Finally, for a touch of illumination, Bruinsma used Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose on the eyelid. Hair had an equally French, fairy-tale flair. Oversize bouffants, styled by Jimmy Paul for Bumble and bumble, were meant to resemble “a bird’s nest.” To that end, updos were decorated with embellishments of flora and fauna, from whimsical rose details to brambly wooden crowns. To create the style, Paul first brushed hair straight, layering on Thickening Hairspray, Hair Powder and Does It All Styling Spray to infuse it with texture.
He then “rough blow-dried” and teased hair in sections to continue building volume. Next, Paul created a double French twist at the bottom section of hair by taking in the sides and leaving the top section free, which was made as “big and as solid as possible.” To “secure the shape,” Paul used a large mesh hair donut. Nails, which resembled sharpened crimson talons, were created by Julie Kandalec for Maybelline Color Show. Kandalec used bright true-red shade, Keep Up the Flame, and affixed pointed tips to complete the “wicked fairy tale” beauty look.
“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