Crystals have become a fixture on Becket Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk’s runway. The design duo’s label, Area, has pushed the boundaries of adornment in recent seasons, incorporating glimmering hairpieces and facial accessories to accompany the rhinestone-lined fashion. The Fall/Winter 2020 collection continued on this trajectory with sparkling rhinestones sprinkled throughout the vibrant collection and beauty looks. Hairstylist Jawara Wauchope draped crystal wigs over the models to cocoon their faces, which featured fresh, clean makeup courtesy of makeup artist Kanako Takase.
“We were really smitten by these 1970s catalogues, where the hair was disheveled and caught in a coat a bit,” Wauchope tells CR. “It looked like it was caught in a knot, so we decided to make it modern.” This vintage-inspired look manifested in several iterations–some with voluminous blowouts framing the face and culminating in a nonchalant knot, others with a more sculpted look that wrapped the hair around the neck like a scarf, and, of course, a jeweled version that cradled the models’ faces.
To achieve the look, Wauchope, who was also responsible for the organza hairpieces from Area’s Spring/Summer 2019 show, prepped the hair with Mr. Smith products to add body and texture. After blowing out the models’ manes with Mr. Smith mousse for volume, Wauchope followed with a spritz of the High Hold Hairspray and a touch of The Foundation cream, “to give it that nice airy feel, but still some type of grip,” before wrapping the hair and adding a petite knot to tie it together. For those that wore the crystal headpieces (that weighed about 10 pounds, no less), Wauchope used traditional weave technique to keep them in place.
As the hair framed the models’ faces, makeup artist Takase decided to keep the Mac Makeup beauty look fresh with neutrals. Using warm toned yet-to-be-released Mac Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eyeshadow, a swipe of the Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara, and the Eye Brows Big Boost Fibre Gel, the eyes looked natural, allowing for the focus to fall on polished, highlighted skin.
“This time we wanted to focus on the clothes,” Takase tells CR. “You can see really unusual shapes as from other seasons, really exciting clothes, so it’s more about the [fashion] this time and more like a washed look [for the] face.”
Allowing the clothes to shine, and they certainly did, Area’s latest collection was inspired by the draping of 20th century designer Madame Grès and also the work of Japanese costume designer Eiko Ishioka. The lineup of exuberant fashion was permeated with the brand’s inclusive spirit, which was also represented by a partnership with the venue of the runway, The Africa Center–where the designers will collaborate on interactive programs to highlight the influence of African arts and culture–and a creative collaboration with luxury lifestyle brand Myreality, which manifested as objet d’art accessories on the runway made of sustainable, recycled materials.END
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