The invite to cover Max Azria's Herve Leger show is always an honor as his infamous bandage dresses always catch my attention, but this season an even more special invite landed in my inbox – the opportunity to cover the hair and makeup test the day before the show. RSVP: Yes. Here are details on my exclusive preview of what the models hair, makeup and nails will look like. PS: The show is tomorrow afternoon.
Prior to today, the glam squad met with Lubov Azria, the Chief Creative Officer of Max Azria to give direction for look and show off the Fall 2014 collection. According to Lead Bumble & Bumble Stylist, Laurent Philippon, words like "bold," "cyber," "high tech" and "robotic" kept coming up. There were two models at the test and I watched as he pulled their hair into high, tight ponytails and added streaks of "avatar blue" extensions into them starting at the root. A look that later, wasn't approved by Azria.
Tomorrow, the girls are expected to walk with the same equestrian style ponytail, but the colored pieces of blue and a reddish coral will be coming in from the bottom as if they were an extension of their necklines. "This way the audience can only see the color when the model turns, making it a more subtle statement," explains Philippon.
The eyes were the makeup look. "I applied everything n a diagonal so you get the feeling of digital speed and movement," comments Val Garland, the lead makeup artist for Temptu. The whole look was really emulated through the eyeliner, which Garland used a cream liner to create the graphic shape and then set it with Temptu's paint. Her tip: Don't move for 15 seconds after applying eyeliner to ensure it stays crisp like "a tick." Her look was instantly approved.
Essie's Lead Manicurist, Julie Kandalec gave Azria a variety of designs to choose from playing off of the the lines in a bandage dress. "She wanted to go in a blush direction to pick up the bare shade in the collection," she commented. Tomorrow, all of the models will be wearing the same shade, Lady Like, but maybe not the same nail.