Missoni's wild housewives

28 September 2009


Imagine this. It’s a basking hot day in Italy, you’re walking around the grounds of an old University with a courtyard and vestibule similar to Oxford University and Margerite Missoni wafts pasts. Well, that was what Missoni’s new venue was like. Completely taking over the campus (huge white wire letters spelling out Missoni dominated the grass centre), it was a venue to remember.

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Lucia Peroni for MAC explained the inspiration: ‘It’s wives of polygamists going on holiday to Ibiza after going a bit wild with the other wives’. Strobe cream was used to highlight the cheeks along with Luna Creme Colour Base on the cheek bone and around the eye. The lashes were curled and mascara-less lashes, the lips were matted using Jeux de Vie and Optomistic Orange but only in the centre (the Ibiza part!). The colour was blended around the edges with a cotton bud for a soft focus, ‘like they’ve just sucked on a lolly or there's a Tequila Sunrise on the lips’.


Similarly, the hair by Paul Hanlon was based on churchgoers on holiday in Ibiza. There were two comprehensive parts to the style. The top section was sleeked with Black and White men’s hair pommade for shine and hold and slicked up with a men’s hairdressing comb into a buckled roll in a halo around the head (think 50’s teddy boy) so that it looked lived in with the grains of the comb still visible. Elastic was then used as a guide to make ridges in the hair, soaking the hair in hairspray first, before blasting with a hair dryer (elastic was held down on the three rolled sides and blasted with the hair dryer to leave a mark). The rest of the hair was styled into a thick fishbone plait so it made the hair look like they had done it themselves; 'almost greasy and a bit weird’. Paul used Tigi catwalk Root Boost Spray and Thickening Gel Creme to give the hair hold, texture and a product-y look. It certainly was a strange cult-like beauty look that was just as striking as Missoni’s choice of venue.

- Lauren Murdoch Smith in Milan


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