By Lili Eros-Sarnyai
Bustling and bursting with even more than the usual number of journalists, photographers, well-wishers and fashionistas, not to mention the models and hair and make-up people, backstage at Max Azria resembled backstage before a particularly quirkily styled ballet. Models lounged around more or less patiently in varois states of punk ballerinadom,, whilst frenzied journalists scrambled to get a shot of Gemma Ward who seemed blissfully oblivious to all the media attention (or maybe she was still asleep?).
As far as the look being created is concerned, hair was pulled back into a scruffy, low bun, evoking a tougher, sloppier feel than the expected romantic. Products were kept to a minimum, but those used were from Bumble & Bumble, as their chief hairdresser, Dennis Lanni was on hand to style and beautify; thickening spray was carefully applied to give a little volume, as was a light mousse, but otherwise the motto of the day was “Keep it honest and natural.”
In keeping with the slight rocker feel, make-up was kept minimal and sheer, with the main focus being on the eyes, which were beautifully accentuated with a black line beneath the lower lashes as well as with a soft orange streak for contrast. Brows were rendered to appear full and neat, whilst gold was expertly applied by key make-up artist Diane Kandal to frame the face for an understated luster effect (MAC Terragold was the most popular choice for this). Cheeks were dusted with Ben Nye blush in soft reds, pinks and oranges for a lightly peachy effect, like a tired ballerina after a hard night on the town.
Experience: 1 year full-time, many years previously part-time, juggled with school
Model tip: Don’t eat…anything greasy, I mean!
Opinion on collection: It’s sweet, very feminine and soft
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