Saturday, February 21, 2009

Francois Nars' Return to Fashion Week at Marc Jacobs

after a 10 year hiatus (wow), Francois Nars made his return to the fashion runway in a larger-than-life way by leading the makeup direction for Marc Jacobs’ autumn/winter 2009 show. this included working with 65 models, and creating 65 different makeup looks!

Nars’ unexpected return to fashion week can be attributed solely to Marc Jacobs. "we've known each other since the beginning, so it was really fun to work with Marc again. i really love what he does," said Nars.

the inspiration for the look came form the Marc Jacobs fall 2009 collection that paid homage to the new york night club scene of the 1970s and '80s. drawing inspiration from these decades (and the works of Sprouse, St. Laurent, and Halston), Francois Nars took into consideration each model's individual beauty before creating a separate edgy look, reminiscent of the past but still very modern.

overall, it was important that each girl look beautiful, even with strong theatrical looks. much like the fashion, Nars emphasized having fun with makeup for the coming year, despite the times we live in-- "it's a good antidote."

get the look: the focus was on an edgy, night clubbing look; strong eyes and bold color were a major theme. black shadow was foundation for creating the dramatic eye, to which each artist added cobalt blues, deep greens, bright purples, reds, fuchsias, and glitter.

"there is a wide variety of color," said Nars, "it's whatever looks good on the girl." for many of the models, porcelain skin was a key component, allowing the black eyes and bright colors to pop. "you want to play with makeup," says Nars, "makeup is a great accessory-- that is the message."


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