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BACKSTAGE AT MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Article and photos by Sharon Feiereisen 

What a difference a day can make. Compared to the stress and chaos that inevitably comes when there are 60 models and 60 different hair and makeup looks – as was the case at this season’s Marc Jacobs show – things seemed to be cool and composed backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs. 

I spoke with Guido Palau, Redken’s affable Creative Consultant, who was tasked with creating the hair looks for both Marc Jacobs’ namesake label and his diffusion line. He told me that he was running on so much adrenaline after the Marc Jacobs show that he woke-up at 3am, adding that everything after the Marc Jacobs show will be a breeze by comparison. The hair at Marc by Marc Jacobs was, in fact, fairly simple he said – middle part and ponytails, because “the hair is not a statement like it was at the Marc Jacobs show.”  

To achieve the pulled-back, clean look Marc Jacobs wanted, Guido used Redken Blow Away 09 on the models damp hair to protect it from the heat styling tools that were subsequently going to be used. Then he smoothed the hair and put it up as most of the models, would be wearing hats.  

As for the men, Guido created a very 50’s James Dean look. 

After getting the lowdown from Guido, I met Shiseido’s Artistic Director Dick Page who created a makeup look that was so natural it was almost hard to tell those models with makeup from those without.  

Page noted that the makeup was meant to reflect the Fall/Winter season with an “in from the cold look.”  

There was a dewy feel to the looks Page created that included rosy cheeks, rosy lips, bare lids, and brown mascara.