>Backstage Beauty at Yigal Azrouel’s s/s2011 Show

9 Oct

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TEXT, VIVIAN KELLY

While I love the pretty slightly mussed look makeup artist Bobbi Brown and Kevin Ryan/Frank Rizierri concocted for Tibi, it was great to see some avant garde beauty looks that could have played on the more cutting edge Parisian runways. Such was the case when we stepped backstage to speak with Yigal Azrouel about Fashion Verus Clothes. [watch for Post #4 the week of 10/11].
We lingered to stop and chat with Nonie Crème of butter London [prior post]. While Mark Behnke of Fashion Tribes caught-up with Nonie, I was busy snapping-away at the makeup look created by M.A.C. Cosmetic’s Lucia Pica.
Lucia has countless editorials and show credits under her belt, including the sexy femme fatale for Louis Vuitton Cruise.

I was drawn to what she’d done for Yigal’s show, a makeup look that gave the models’ face an eerily plastic and futuristic appearance, amped up with a splashes of neon pink or orange. The plasticity was highlighted by Bumble & Bumble’s Neil Moodie’s
“wet head”
hairstyle. The slicked-back hair was a welcome alternative to the plethora of seventies frizzy crimped hair and sixties beehives that were all over the runways in both New York and Paris. The look was sexy and urban-futuristic. Neil’s no stranger to sexy though. He’s the man behind the sexy beach hair in the A/X Armani
ads.
The overall effect Pica and Moodie achieved, reminded me of something you’d see at a Galliano show. Neon is “yesterday” when it comes to clothes, but it’s a fun alternative if you want to channel the dangerous female replicant, ‘Pris’, played by Daryl Hannah, in Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic, ‘Bladerunner’. Even though the movie’s

over 20 years old, the look is still compelling, and fashion has always loved a dangerous woman, be it one of Helmut Newton’s
chic dominatrixes, or Yigal’s coolly confident woman.

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