As a designer, Marc Jacobs has a way of blurring lines; between past and present, uptown and downtown. At tonight’s Fall 2020 show, it was exemplified through the lens of two perennial makeup bag classics: Black eyeliner and red lipstick.
Whether you want to go punk or polished, the possibilities are limitless with the pairing in tow, says legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, who illustrated as much backstage inside the Park Avenue Armory today. “When you think of black eyeliner and red lipstick, you think of all time periods,” explained McGrath, who tended to 90 models, as well as the over 50 dancers who performed during the show. “Past, present, and future. It’s everything.”
“No one can look the same!” McGrath added. “It’s a real play on individuality.” Peeking out from beneath the collection’s bandanas and slouchy caps were various rimmings, washes, and traces of jet-black Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon, as well as swipes of Le Marc Lip Crème in strawberry Oh Miley, rich ruby Miss Scarlet, or deep maraschino Goddess. After receiving a “Mrs. Robinson”-worthy coif from hairstylist Guido Palau, Bella Hadid‘s gaze was stamped with thick, out-to-there wings, while her sister Gigi—a red beret layered over her cascade of blonde waves—wore coquettish flicks with a stamp of crimson on the mouth.
“A huge inspiration for this show was past, present, and future women that he loves,” explained Palau, who also whipped up a wide medley of decade-spanning styles, including deep side parted-updos, neat curvilinear bobs, tautly wound vertical cornrows, and loose curls of all shapes and textures. “Marc’s always attracted to iconic women that he either knows, or fantasizes that he’s known.”
Individuality certainly reigned supreme but, as Palau put it, there was also a “richness and realness” to each one of this season’s fantastical characters. So whether you’re bound for a cinematic occasion, or an all-too-ordinary day at the office, don’t underestimate the power of a good hair day teamed with a cat-eye or a dash of red lipstick.