Backstage Beauty: Rodarte and Marc Jacobs

“We were inspired by Van Gogh’s brushwork within his paintings,” said Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. And although we all might have a Starry Night mousepad lying around, it wasn’t as simple as using the artist’s famed paintings on signature Rodarte looks. The designers opted to go a little more wearable (as opposed to the Gothic fantasias they’re more known for) with their collection and bring the drama to the makeup. “It’s a really beautiful, round, smoky eye with gradations of blue,” said James Kaliardos, lead artist for Nars Costmetics. “It’s like ‘Starry Night’ and then there’s this beautiful lavender lip, complemented by warm skin.” Sitting front row was Taylor Swift, Elle Fanning and more, so expect to see these works of art stepping onto the red carpet in no time at all.

And at what might be his last collection pre-Dior, Marc Jacobs enlisted makeup maestro (and bestie) Francois Nars to create a look inspired by Amy Winehouse and the ’60s chanteuses that she drew from. “Marc had a lot of images of Patsy Klein, Amy Winehouse, and Cowboy Kate, a book from the 60’s whose character Kate had heavy eyelashes,” said François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of Nars Costmetics. “The complexion is meant to look like it’s glowing, like the girls have been dancing, and by eliminating the blush it gives a strange, otherworldly effect. The focus was really on the eye, with a well-defined brow.” Complete with hair scarves, the girls looked like mini Amys walking the runway. The goal was to make it look like they were in black-and-white, and without the blush that the brand’s known for and Jacob’s signature theatricality, we’d say that it was a job well done.

Tags: , , , , ,

Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.