Sunday, February 22, 2009

MAC and L'Oreal Pro for Vivienne Westwood Red Label London FW Fall 2009

It's all about the Girl Gangs at Vivienne Westwood Red Lable for London Fall 2009.

We're not finished with coverage from New York's Fashion Week, but gotta give you the scoop on some of what's coming out of London.

“We’re at Vivienne Westwood so ‘natural’ is a nasty word,” said makeup artist Gordon Espinet, who was working backstage with MAC Cosmetics. His vision: “They’re high school girl gangs – girls that belong to a clique.”

Espinet created four looks for the show, including one reminiscent of rock chicks. “It’s very Chrissie Hynde with too much eyeliner,” said Espinet, adding he used Eye Kohl in Feline on peepers. Another look took a Fifties spin thanks to a streak of Fluidline liquid eyeliner in Blacktrack on lids. Espinet created what he dubbed a “chav,” or trashy, lip inspired by Paris Hilton wannabes by blending lipstick in Girl About Town and Cremesheen Glass in Ever So Rich for another look, while he channeled Goth-loving teens with a matte brown lip using lipstick in Full Chocolate.

Hairstylist Angelo Seminara, who was working with L’Oréal Professionnel at the show, concocted a plethora of looks based on each model’s individual style. “We’re accentuating what they already have and making it more interesting,” he said, adding he used products from Texture Expert line.

The collection offered its own twist on the perennial naughty schoolgirl look with a tiny striped jacket and fiercely tailored pants (better make that "naughty schoolboy"). "This particular edition went a bit slack toward the end," says, "with one too many asymmetrically draped jersey dresses, which looked cheap."

WWD was a little more forgiving in their review, "Collegiate navy and oxblood stripes found their way onto blazers, dresses and capes, and oversized chunky knits were big enough to hide a multitude of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. Saucy tartan dresses and short, swingy skirts flirted with dress code violations."

source: MAC artists,, wwd

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