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  • Writer's pictureClaudio Fibonacci

Glamour Galore: Wigs on Wigs and Lashes on Lashes at Marc Jacobs

It’s Giving Doll: Wigs on Wigs and Lashes on Lashes at Marc Jacobs


The Marc Jacobs Beauty Spectacle: A Backstage Pass

Welcome to an enthralling behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Marc Jacobs 40th anniversary show, where the air buzzes with the energy of creation and the scent of aerosol hairspray is as tangible as the anticipation. Today, I’m taking you backstage to uncover the mesmerizing beauty looks that turned heads and set the stage alight.

The Hair: A Tribute to Diana Ross

The hair team, led by the incredibly talented Duffy, embarked on a Herculean task, creating voluminous, Diana Ross-inspired hairdos out of 108 full lace human hair wigs. With only 48 hours notice, they managed to source, dye, style, and layer these wigs into extravagant silhouettes that perfectly captured the essence of the iconic singer.

  1. Building the Look: Each model’s look involved a “2-wig sandwich” with a “hair donut” in between to achieve unparalleled volume and drama.

  2. Behind the Scenes: The relentless pace and dedication of Duffy’s team, who had just arrived from Paris, underscored the passionate commitment to bringing Jacobs’ vision to life.

The Makeup: Doll Lashes and Matte Complexions

Diane Kendal, the mastermind behind the makeup, embraced the theme of the season by layering faux lash strips to mimic the exaggerated proportions of cut-out paper dolls. The makeup, featuring clumpy layers of black nail lacquer on lashes and hyper-contouring, was designed to highlight the collection’s bold aesthetic.

  1. Foundation: Skin was prepped with an oil-free moisturizer to ensure a matte finish that still captured the light for a “natural healthy sheen.”

  2. Brows and Nails: The makeup extended to subtle details like brows drawn with a simple line for definition and nails painted in neutral shades, reinforcing the theme’s coherence.

The Atmosphere: Electric and Intimate

The buzz and camaraderie backstage were palpable, with models sharing their excitement and nerves over the casting process and their looks. Marc Jacobs’ penchant for casting new faces adds an element of unpredictability and freshness to his shows, making them a much-anticipated event in the fashion world.

What It Means for Fashion

The Marc Jacobs 40th anniversary show not only celebrated four decades of fashion innovation but also pushed the boundaries of beauty and styling. By embracing extreme silhouettes, theatrical makeup, and the element of surprise in casting, Jacobs reminds us that fashion is not just about clothes; it’s about creating an experience, a moment, and a statement that resonates beyond the runway.

As we reflect on this spectacular show, it’s clear that Marc Jacobs continues to be a vanguard of creativity and expression in the fashion industry. “It’s Giving Doll” not only showcased the technical prowess and artistic vision of its creators but also underscored the transformative power of fashion to inspire and amaze.

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