Alexander McQueen is one of the most anticipated shows of fashion month thanks to the fact that the ready-to-wear collections are practically couture. The attention to detail is unmatched, and the fall 2016 show, which happened last night in London, is no different. Just take one look at any of the zoomed-in runway shots and you’ll notice an added element of fantasy: The clothing is sprinkled with butterflies and feathers, and there’s even a huge unicorn crafted entirely of sequins. But although it’s one of designer Sarah Burton’s dreamiest collections ever, it’s the exact opposite of childish. Chains, leather, and lacy underthings toughened everything up a bit—a theme that was reflected in the beauty look as well.
Exhibit A: textured updos adorned with brooches and chains. According to hairstylist Guido, the key to the style was rough texture courtesy of two hero Redken products: WindBlown Dry Finishing Spray and Guts 10 Volume Boosting Spray Foam. “The more eccentric, the more amazing it looks,” he said of the twisted-up look that was juxtaposed with the romantic embellishments in the hair and in the clothing. He pulled out random pieces to keep it looking soft, but the chains and texture kept it edgy in a McQueen sort of way.
Exhibit B: what Lucia Pieroni described as makeup that looks “like you’re walking through a moonlit garden.” She mixed RMS Master Mixer (a multitasking rose-gold cream) and RMS Eye Polish in Karma (a black gloss) to create a sultry, smudged effect along the lashes and then added M.A.C. Cosmetics Technakohl Liner in Graphblack to the waterline. To finish and diffuse the look, the all-purpose cream—and backstage staple—Egyptian Magic was used over the lids. Skin and lips were left bare.
Clothing decorated with sparkly unicorns isn’t typically cool (remember that episode of Lizzie McGuire?). Well, now we know the secret to successfully pulling off the look: Put on some smudgy black eyeliner, keep your hair and makeup seductive, and make sure the clothes designed by Sarah Burton.