The Hottest Place To End NY Fashion Week? Backstage At Marc Jacobs, Natch…

Our beauty and style editor Cassie Steer rounded off New York Fashion Week in style. Come and find out why Marc Jacobs is a cut above the rest...

Marc Jacobs keeps us hanging until the bitter end; the last show on a (by now very crumpled) schedule. He’s been known to spontaneously change venues and show times at the drop of a snowflake and the backstage is known for being harder to negotiate than the strong room of MI5, and yet once inside all is forgiven.

How do we love he? Let us count the ways…

1. The catering
This may not seem a valid measure of appreciation for a show, but believe us, with ten shows a day punctuated by the odd lukewarm Starbucks, it’s one that can instantly raise the spirits of a weary beauty journalist. Marc Jacobs happens to be particularly amenable on this front and has even been known to offer the fodder of champions: mini burgers! (As well as a whole selection of crudités and fruit for the models, of course)

2. He loves a wig
AW13 was a Joan Jett-esque mullet, this season it’s more of a, well, we’ll let Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau explain: ‘Marc’s really into wigs. These boyish, bleached bowl-cut ones were inspired by punky LA kids who cut their own hair.’


3. We get to see the amazingly theatrical catwalks before anyone else

According to make-up maestro Francois Nars, it’s meant to resemble a beach but omit palm trees and parasols from your minds, this beach is more like something ‘after a world war or an apocalypse.’

4. We can leave NYC on a nail high
After a week of nudes (albeit matte nudes, glossy nudes, and, if we were lucky, a-hint-of-shimmer nudes), the fact that we not only had a nail ‘look’ but one that we loved had us high-fiving manicurist to the stars Marian Newman.

5. Make-up legend Francois Nars always does the beauty
He’s the man that makes make-up artists quake at the knees and, despite having a make-up empire of his own, is always the picture of humility when it comes to his art. ‘Back here it’s not about us, it’s the inspiration and creating Marc’s girl that’s important.’ And who was Marc’s girl this season, you may ask? ‘There was no direct reference to a specific person, it’s all about creating that cool, beautiful but slightly edgy girl that Marc loves.’ Translated into make-up terms this meant transparent dewy skin, a ‘slash’ of eyeliner in either ‘Kaliste’ or ‘Blue Dahlia’ (Nars of course), and lashings of almost clumpy-looking mascara.



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