Gen Art, long an innovator in the world of design and emerging artists, reinvented the wheel on Friday evening with “The New Garde.” Three diverse designers – Geren Ford, Chrishabana, and FORM – showcased their Fall 2007 collections in dynamic and fresh installations featuring live-model vignettes.
Backstage at the event was as frenzied as any other, with hair and makeup teams from Ecru New York and Kryolan making sure each model’s look was reflective of each designer’s unique vision.
Geren Ford’s Fall 2007 collection included looks that could carry a woman from office to evening, and felt romantic with an undeniable French influence. As such, the makeup was clean, feminine and fresh with soft, natural, mildly undone hair.
FORM’s Fall 2007 line married modern deconstructed details with structurally distinctive silhouettes. The hair and makeup looks were suitably striking with tightly wrapped ponytails forming bold sculptures on the models’ heads. Kryolan’s Educational Director, Dominic Cruz, called the makeup looks “edgy, inspired by injury and recovery.” The emphasis was on a dark eye, with a for-the-runway-only glossy cheek.
Chrishabana’s colorful frocks reflected a surprising nod to horror flicks. The makeup look was blended well, so as not to compete with the dresses, while the hair for each model was flat ironed into submission and showcased bold, contrasting bangs in black or platinum blonde.
Of course it wouldn’t be a fashion show without the scene-stealers. Spotted on the Gen Art scene: legendary rock photographer Mick Rock (whose daughter was modeling Chrishabana) Project Runway Season 1 winner, Jay McCarroll (who proudly boasted to this beauty editor that he was wearing Shiseido’s concealer over a pesky zit), and Nigel Barker of America’s Next Top Model fame.