Thought Givenchy’s crystal-studded Spring 2014 beauty look was intense? Check out the body art on top fashion month model Gabby Dover. Nine hours of body art (plus another three hours of hair and makeup) are what it took for this fabulously garish spread shot by Tom Kerr for New Zealand’s Black magazine, trumping Paris Fashion Week’s most painstaking look by eight hours of application time.
The sleeves are the work of Sydney-based Becca Gilmartin, our Pat McGrath of intricate body painting. They’re complemented by makeup from MAC’s Amber D and a slightly tripolar hairstyle combing three of the biggest hair trends du jour: afros, hair chalking and wet-look gel.
It’s some feat, then, that the clothes don’t serve as a mere backdrop. In the spread, Gabby wears ornate fall pieces from a mix of international and local designers, styled by Sarah Birchley. Heavily textured Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Saint Laurent meet their matches in an appliquéd tie-dye skirt by Romance Was Born, thigh-high laced boots by Tony Bianco for Alex Perry and jewelry by ManiaMania.
Sitting still for nine hours to get the same look sounds almost as painful as actually getting inked, so maybe it’s time some brave soul tasked themselves with reinventing those Ed Hardyish tattoo arm stockings. With this and the plastic choker necklaces at Carven, we’re not ruling out the revival of bargain bin 90s body accessories.