When I entered backstage at the J.Mendel show last week during New York Fashion Week I was instantly captivated by the vibrant colors, prints and accessories laid out across the room. On the other side Revlon’s Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman was busy prepping models’ faces with her fingers and chatting casually with reporters. The looks on models were clean and sophisticated, “the classic J.Mendel girl,” Westman said. For the eyes Westman said, “I’m doing a flat brown on the lid, brown eyeliner on the inside and mascara on the top and bottom lashes.” For the face Westman said, “I’m using my bronzer on the forehead and on the cheeks some more bronzer and a warm mist.”
When I asked Westman if it was different creating make-up for a designer that does couture dresses she surprisingly revealed, “No, you never know what you’re going to do until you learn the inspiration of the designer. This collection is really beautiful, and he was inspired by various flowers such as orchids and bright colors—very English garden.”
As you can see from the pieces above blooms really did inspire designer Giles Mendel who named the collection, “Whispers of Spring.” Mendel, who resurrected his family’s century old luxury fur business into a red carpet and modern day favorite, is always devoted to the details and glamour of his designs.
On the runway, models looked polished, but not overdone in Revlon make-up allowing the J.Mendel gowns and floral suits to take center stage.
Photography by Sophie Elgort
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