PFW S/S '11 Beauty Report: Alexander McQueen

07 October 2010

Oh how we love a wild and wonderful beauty look. On Monday, Peter Philips, fresh from working up that a.m.a.z.i.n.g eye display at Chanel, headed over to the backstage area at McQueen for something altogether a bit different. 

For her debut collection for the house, Sarah Burton wanted clean, glowy skin to com to complement the clothes. 'We decided to keep the girl really pure, very serene, almost a bit more fragile,' Philips said backstage - a definite departure, from beauty looks he’s created in the past for the house (yes those amphibious facial prosthetics). 

The deliberate lack of mascara, colour or facial sculpting certainly left room for some masterpiece hair. Grazia Fave Guido employed none other that traditional basket-weaving techniques to create the highly technical 'do. Dividing locks into three sections, he added extensions over and under natural strands for a woven effect, ending each section in a wispy braid. Back panels were folded back against the head and pinned, before heads were doused in Redken’s Forceful 23 hair spray - and lots of it. Rumour has it that 60 bottles were used to hold things in place.  We don’t envy those poor models’ next hair wash….
- Rose Beer


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