Lily Donaldson showing off her electric nails
Acclaimed makeup artist—and wife of Rag & Bone’s cofounder David Neville—Gucci Westman let us in on how she achieved the early 20th-century Edwardian look that inspired the collection.
“I’m following [the models'] natural highlights and shadows and enhancing them with various matte and shiny textures. So the eye is matte brown shadow and close to the lashes is a shimmering gold.”
Hair followed in the same proper English-inspired vein, courtesy of Frédéric Fekkai’s Teddy Charles, who pinned the sides back to create a neatly tousled, but not overly polished, look. Shiny, luminous locks were matted with Fekkai’s Au Naturel Powder Clean Dry Shampoo.
The biggest beauty controversy? The nail color!
“It’s green,” said Freja Beha Erichsen. “No, it’s yellow,” answered back Lily Donaldson while eating organic yogurt. “It’s definitely yellow.” Manicurist Yuna Park put an end to the debate and declared the chartreuse-looking color as being neither green nor yellow, but Essie’s Funky Limelight.
In other backstage news, we caught up with Magdalena Frackowiak, fresh off her heels from playing air guitar with Alexander Wang at Barneys the previous evening for Fashion’s Night Out. Despite her wannabe rock star ways, she didn’t continue partying through the night, but instead went to work! “It was so much fun, but we had to go back to Alexander’s studio for a fitting. It’s not always just fun, fun, fun!” she said with a laugh.
Sasha Pivovarova slinked around the catering table dressed in all black and accessorized with a Chanel bag and a dramatic headscarf to protect her from the day’s wind and rain, while European-campaign darling Iselin Steiro (who opened the show) put on her oversize, wire-rimmed reading glasses and tucked into a book in her native Norwegian.
Newbie Emily DiDonato, who has already snagged Guess? and Maybelline campaigns, was a vision of calmness even though this was her very first runway show. We’re sure it won’t be her last as she walked like a pro.
But perhaps the weirdest thing backstage was when Japanese photographers asked Sheila Marquez to pose while making bunny ears with her fingers on her head. Konichi-what?! ~ Alia Mansoori
Emily DiDonato backstage at Rag & Bone