Fashion week came to an end on Sept. 12 and yeahstub.com was on the scene covering runways, presentations, parties and backstage beauty. The Pierre Hotel was the perfect setting for Stacey Bendet’s Marie Antoinette and parisian inspired Alice + Olivia collection. We spoke with Stila’s Cosmetics’ lead artist Sarah Lucero about the makeup for the show exclusively.
Tell us about make up look.
Sarah Lucero: The makeup beauty inspiration was all about Marie Antoinette, Versailles and a Parisian princess who lives in a palace. We went with a lot of references to the pastel – a kind of powdery pastel that we’re seeing within the clothing. We went with a very highlighted whitewashed shimmer, and used the Stila body palette, and there’s a white color called Moonstone, and I literally used that all over the models’ eyelids.
How does the look work with current trends?
So it’s a take on contouring for the trend, and also using a lot of moods and pastels, by highlighting vs. contouring and lots of shine and luminescence in the skin. I wanted them to look like they were hazy, dreamy and very ethereal with a peachy lip. So it just works perfectly with every color that you see whether it’s a lavender or a coral or a green. This is so spot on Alice + Olivia. It’s classic beauty. But without illumination gradients it makes it so modern.
Tell me about The Pierre, the setting for this show.
Stacey said, she was out with her friend and she fell asleep and they woke up in Versailles in a palace and they didn’t know how they got there. But they are in this fantasy dream in a haze, and it’s glamorous. So it makes sense to be in this hotel because I instantly felt like we’re doing a show in Paris. It was the most beautiful backstage I’ve ever been in and it just. Stacey does it as a complete package whether it’s for press or people coming through to see it for the first time or for backstage, we are all a part of this journey and story of creating this collection. Everything back to this setting at the hotel, that luxurious glamor, especially that old school Parisian princess.
We also spoke with Michael Duenas, Schwarzkopf’s brand ambassador, who brought the hair to life for the show.
We wanted to create something that was very simple, but a big impact. It needed to be romantic and structured just like Alice + Olivia’s clothing. It has a lot of texture but it’s really romantic looking when you look at it, but it’s really structured as well. So that’s what we wanted to create with the hair, by braiding in her scarfs, and her textures and patterns into the hair. It creates a interesting look but it’s still visually simple.