Louise Goldin’s Blade Runner robots

24 February 2009


Much to the models’ disapproval, Louise Goldin wanted her girls to look artificial, with no identity and, for the second time this week, Blade Runner was cited as an inspiration. As always, ‘robotic' was one of the themes behind the collection and this time she'd even had a bit of help from the designer behind the Batman suit! ‘Louise wanted the look to be graphic and strong, with no identity. A bit like a bar code,' Paul Hanlon, hair honcho for L'Oréal Professionel told us. The girls all had heavy fringes that virtually covered their eyes, ‘like a visor', created from hair weaves in colours that were a deliberate mismatch with the models' own hair. ‘Louise told me she wanted the hair to look really artificial, like it was stuck on. So we came up with this almost bad taste fringe'. As the fringe was the focus, the rest of the hair was left pined up until the girls were in the line-up, when Paul would unpin it and let it fall naturally so that it was slightly throwaway but tucked behind the ears. ‘The back of the hair is just nothing, not done, as the fringe is so artificial'.

Meanwhile, Val Garland for MAC, the authority on make-up, told us that the look wasn't ‘about make-up but make-up as an idea'. A wide stripe of blue was painted across the models' faces over the eyes and nose. ‘It's like a laser light idea, like a laser beam has been flashed into the eyes and there's a blue shadow that can just be seen under those fringes.' The intense blue was created with MAC's Paint Stick in Marine Ultra and then set with blue powder. They used masking tape as a guide to make each girl's ‘laser shadow' perfect. It had to be precise because of the way the fringe sat on the girls' eyes, Val explained.

Lauren Murdoch-Smith


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