Sunday, 21 February 2010

Alex Box & Lyndell Mansfield at Hannah Marshall.

Backstage at Hannah Marshall's London show was pretty cramped and hectic as you can see from these pictures, but that didn't stop Alex Box and hairdresser Lyndell Mansfield coming up with this stunning look. The theme was based around cult 80s director Jean Paul Goude with a Grace Jones influence, so Lyndell came up with using wig nets to create a flat-top, square shape to the top of the hair (Grace Jones' trademark) combined with a soft, textured ponytail that would move as the models walked - I'm no runway photographer, but I think this shot gives you an idea of how that worked. She explained that the ponytail by itself is something you could do yourself. She backcombed the hair, then clamped down on it, using L'Oreal Professionel Tec Ni Art Hot Style Constructor to create a mass of soft, static hair. For the make-up, Alex Box created a dramatic lip by using Mac Pro Lip Mix in Blue blended with Lip Mix in Black to reflect the velvety textures of the clothes. She cleverly changed the contours of the face, extending taupe shadow up over the brows and out at the sides, sculpting their cheeks and adding silvery highlighter, making the models look ethereal and otherworldly. Not exactly a look for down the pub, but a fantastic showcase of her skills.

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