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Beauty backstage: Badgley Mischka fall–winter 2011–12


February 25, 2011/12.30

Badgley Mischka fall 2011
Chris Pearce

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Stylist Peter Gray and key make-up artist Tom Pecheux combined their talented forces yet again backstage for the Badgley Mischka fall–winter 2011–12 show.
   I spoke to both designers and they explained that this collection is heavily inspired by the great party scenes of classic Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s. ‘The all-knowing sophistication of the leading lady versus the precociousness and blind ambition of the ingénue’—what the company claimed was the collection’s theme in its materials—sums up this feminine struggle strutting down the runway.
   Gray took the hair all the way back to the 1940s with a soft victory roll in the front and stringing a line of cubic zirconium jewels along the part toward the back of the head. He was able to attach the stones with duo eyelash adhesive. The back of the hair is pinned and tucked under. The beauty of his look is that when the model turns down the runway, we are able to see all angles of this dynamic hairstyle. Perfect for this collection.
   Pecheux chose a look to add to this playfully sexy woman already dressed for luxury and glamour. The flawless, matte skin allows for the intensity of the eyes to stand out even further. He used strong metallics for the eyes to really emphasize the ‘feeling of drama’. There were mostly shades of silver along with a harder navy crease. Classic black eye pencil along with a few generous coats of black mascara finish off the eyes. Although they are pushing it for the show, this look is very wearable. The cheek is contoured slightly with a hint of shimmer as a highlight, and the lip is done darker for a bit of catwalk intensity.
   It is important in fashion for women to be strong and powerful while still maintaining a level of femininity. This look accompanies the beautiful designed clothes so well, that when I saw the show, I was just blown away at how it all came together. The overall look did its best to celebrate the strength and sophistication of the iconic leading ladies of those times.—Reiva Cruze, New York Beauty Editor

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