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Backstage at Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2017

Val Garland and James Pecis created the beauty look of the show.

“When I was talking to Giambattista, he was saying ‘subversive romance.’ He wants the girls to feel quite poetic, but there’s a little bit of danger there as well,” said makeup artist Val Garland, referring to the house’s artistic director, Giambattista Valli.

“In terms of makeup, you see this beautiful skin quality; it is very innocent — childlike, even. But then you come to the mouth,” she continued. “And the mouth is like a rosebud. It’s like she’s been biting peonies. And we put a lot of gloss over the top, so it just looks quite sexy at the same time.”

Hairstylist James Pecis took a similar cue. “We wanted to keep all the girls really young and fresh-looking,” he said.

“We’re putting a lot of detail in the texture, the direction of the hair that goes back and how it crosses [there]. But it has to feel like a young girl pulling her hair back, and she has the perfect messy texture to it,” continued Pecis.

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The main products he used were Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray and Swept Up Volume Powder Spray.

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