Marc Jacobs may have drastically cut his invite list, but he certainly didn’t skimp on hair and makeup. There were 60 models in the show each of whom had hair and makeup that were wholly unique to that particular model.

I made my way backstage at around 3:30pm (the show started promptly at 8pm), and there were already more than a dozen models getting their hair and makeup done.

The looks were delectably extravagant. I had a chance to speak with Guido Palau, Redken’s Creative Consultant who was in charge of the hair for the show and he told me that the hair was all about “youth, people trying to do their own thing, over-use of products, naiveté, coolness when you’re wrong, and the wrong texture.”

When I asked Guido about the hair products he was using he told me “hairspray – without it there would be no show,” adding that “Redken’s Forceful 23 is a gorgeous product and we’re using lots of gel because when they were younger girls always used gel in the 80’s.”

Mousse and thickening spray were also crucial, and though they were not used for the Marc Jacobs show this season, I was introduced to two new Redken products that have yet to hit the market.

Both are volume products – Layer Lift 07 and Rootful 06. I was told that Guido is likely to use these in some of the other shows this season that he will be working on  (which include Calvin Klein, Phi, and Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti among many others).

After speaking with Guido I spoke with NARS creative director François Nars, who for the first time in 10 years participated in New York Fashion Week by creating the look for the Marc Jacobs show – he says “Because Marc inspired me, only for Marc.”

As for the makeup, it was as awe-inspiringly detailed as the hair. Nars described it as “quiet eclectic. Marc wanted to bring out the character in each girl, but he wanted it to look like the models would go from the runway to a nightclub.” He continued by saying that the makeup was tailored to each model and what, specifically, looks good on her, adding that the most important was for them to “have fun and look wild. It’s about combining colors without caring about constancy, but still having the colors coordinate with the outfits.”

Guido and François Nars both stressed that these were “extreme looks,” inspired in part by Debbie Harry, the 80’s nightclub scene, and of course Stephen Sprouse. 

Photos courtesy of Sharon Feiereisen.