Backstage Beauty: Imitation of Christ and Honor

It was a good time for a white wedding, literally, at Imitation of Christ’s Spring 2012 show. It was a new beginning for designer Tara Subkoff, who resurrected IOC after ditching it a few seasons back for a more  commercial collection dubbed Imitation, but we think that the real new beginning was for model/socialite/heiress Lydia Hearst. The show/presentation served as her actual wedding (we’re not joking), with the models standing in as groomsmen and bridesmaids all donning IOC’s latest collection of re-tooled vintage. Subkoff wanted to get her hands back into the fashion game, and it was evident in all the embroidery in the Depression-era dresses. What we loved was the Instagram-esque look courtesy of Gina Brooks and Hourglass Cosmetics.

Backstage, the models were all enamored with skyn ICELAND’s Hydro-Cooling Eye Gel and Nordic Peel Pads. But what really hooked them was the Nipro Cocoro meter, which measured their stress levels. Subkoff is all about meditation and relaxation, so she treated the models to mini-facial massages after the device measured their salivary amylase, an enzyme which rises depending on stress levels. (To really put it to the test, we think they should try it on designers right before showtime!) The makers claim that you don’t necessarily feel the stress that’s coursing through your body as quickly as the machine can, so models centered themselves before their–and Lydia’s–big day.

At Honor, NARS’ new Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer made another appearance (We’re already excited to try this new formula). In true fashionese, it was explained that the makeup artists took as their inspiration an army of angry dolls that were played with too much. These were not your precious porcelain figurines. Dresses were worn under almost militaristic coats, but what caught our eye were the lashes. They seemed doll-like, but so exaggerated we thought models were wearing extreme  falsies. Instead of opting for faux fringe, James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry, used NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara formulas. “The key to the look is really the lashes,” said Boehmer. “When you think you’ve got enough mascara, add two more coats.” In addition to the lashes, he took inspiration from icons Penelope Tree and Catherine Deneuve, giving each model an open-eyed, innocent look with an edgy undertone. With the emphasis on lashes we’ve been seeing, this look is definitely something to expect during the rest of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

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