Karl stuck to what he does best for his eponymous Parisian A/W '09 show – drama. ‘The look is very dramatic,' said Emmanuel Sannartino for MAC backstage. ‘The idea was to just accent one feature – the eyes – as the collection was all about structure and sculpture. It's still a strong look but very beautiful.' As for the details? To create the strong eye MAC's Blue Type eyeshadow and black Fluid Line was drawn on in a ‘thick shape alone the lash line.' This was then followed by Black Tied eyeshadow on top of the liner and Kohl black Pro Lash mascara layered on the top and bottom lashes. The face was left simple with just a dab of Fleshpot lipstick on the lips. Like the make-up, the hair was about creating a dramatic, strong look. Odille, who normally creates the hair at Chanel, crimped the hair until it was big with volume and then twisted two sections into a triangle at the front to make a tight crown on top. And if you're fearful of the return of the crimp machine, take note from the models: Lily Donaldson, Jessica Stam and Raquel Zimmermann seemed to enjoy being crimped and lined. Jessica received a back massage and Lily and Raquel linked arms during the run through – sweet! After watching the run through (which Karl and BFF Anna Wintour observed personally) it seemed like the models couldn't quite get what KL wanted right but when it came to the real deal, the models pulled it out of the bag – and we don't mean the cute bags that matched the jackets. Most memorable point: seeing the fur helmet with an iPod pocket on the outside scroll through the collection looks of the show... Technological!
- Lauren Murdoch Smith
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