This Fashion Week we went backstage at a number of shows, and the makeup artists and hairstylists we spoke to were calm, cool, and welcoming even when there was only an hour or so before the models had to be dressed and ready to walk down the runway. The atmosphere backstage before Threeasfour, however, was a little different. Who knows what caused the storm — maybe the complicated makeup that required absolute precision to apply or the fact that celebrities were involved in the show — but it was tense back there. The lead makeup artist and hairstylist were wonderful once they were able to step away from their work to chat, but they had their hands full. Thirty minutes before the show was to begin, someone came back and announced that hair and makeup was to be complete “AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE” so the models could get into the clothes. And, just as I was leaving, I bumped into Sean Lennon, who was being interviewed and photographed like mad, adding another element of excitement to the scene. (I also thought I saw Yoko Ono, but now I’m pretty sure it was just a cute, middle-aged Asian woman.)
The reason for Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono’s presence was because Threeasfour designers Adi Gil, Angela Donhauser, and Gabriel Asfour were inspired by Yoko Ono’s dot drawings for the spring 2010 collection. Some of the drawings were turned into prints and used on elements of the collection. The dot theme extended to the makeup, too. Check it out, after the jump!
Makeup artist Andrea Helgadottir created three different dot designs that were hand-drawn around the models’ eyes with MAC Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack. Since the makeup was “quite intense,” as Helgadottir put it, she kept the rest of the look simple, adding just a little Pinch Me blush and lip balm on the lips.
The hair was equally serious. Hairstylist Ashley Javier decided to embrace the frizz that ruins a lot of our lives in the spring and summer months. He crimped the hair, making it a flurry of texture. As Javier told us, “Bigger hair, smaller you!” which explains why all those beauty queens like their manes the size of Texas.
To complete the look, CND painted the nails with one coat of Anchor Blue, two of Studio White, and topped those off with a coat of Super Matte, which, together, became a to-die-for grayish light blue.
While the models looked artsy with this combination, the parts remind us an awful lot of middle school, during which we crimped our hair, experimented with crazy makeup, and wore blue Hard Candy nail polish. The pale blue polish might be the only element of the lot that we can re-embrace. Thoughts?