PFW beauty report: Westwood's Marie Antoinette

03 October 2009

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood’s Marie Antoinette fantasy look was unforgettable. Sam McKnight for Pantene had spent two days styling and dyeing the hair pieces that were used as ‘flames’ in the girl’s hair. Vivienne had previously shown Sam a painting of a man with his hair on fire and she wanted to create the same look. Using three different dyes (they had to use Cillit Bang to get the dye out of the hotel bathroom marble!) and prepping the hair with gel and Pantene volume mousse followed by some tonging, it was a challenging look to create.

Vivienne Westwood

The flame-like extensions were backcombed and attached to the model’s real hair at the parting. If the girls had thin hair, synthetic backcombed hair wrapped in a hair net was used to bulk it up underneath; it acted like the centre of a beehive and instantly created a thickness. Vivienne loved it so much she had her hair done in the flame fantasy style too!

Vivienne Westwood

The make-up creation by Val Garland for MAC was, like the hair, unmissable. ‘It’s fantasy Vivienne Westwood,’ she told Grazia Daily. 'It’s deconstructed Marie Antoinette beauty, it’s all about putting on your make-up on a Monday night and re-applying it until next Thursday’. The model’s faces were white, with gaps of skin peaking through.

Vivienne Westwood

Firstly, girls were air brushed with a wash of white, taking the brows out and then MAC’s white ChromaCake was used to intensify the white, almost 16th century look. Lips were either glossy, white or spattered with a red burst of colour, sponged on for a neat application but with no rule of placement. Just before the girls hit the catwalk, white or grey powder was randomly thrown on parts of the face. ‘They’re like ravaged dolls but it’s mostly about having fun’, Val said.

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