New York Fashion Week Spring ’10. Backstage at Ports 1961.

September 10, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10


Stepping behind the scenes at Ports 1961 yesterday, I was prepared for the blow of full on pre-runway mania. But blessedly, the atmosphere backstage was as calm and placid as the Japanese-inspired, zen-like theme of the show.  Models sat leisurely in hair and makeup, chatting up the MAC makeup artists and each other. The makeup artists joked as they applied dramatic sweeps of cherry-colored pigment around their models' eyes. For a minute I just stood there, mesmerized, and watched. Then I heard someone mention that the head makeup artist for MAC, Romero Jennings, was around so I stalked him down. Romero was super friendly and excited to talk about the theme of the makeup for the show. 



After working with Ports 1961's head designer, Tia Cibani, Romero wanted to create a look that combined a 1930's elegance with the subdued glamour of the Japanese-inspired looks. He said the inspirations behind the Spring '10 line came mostly from the colors within a scene of nature and he wanted to keep in line with that style with a clean, natural look. He used one of MAC's newest products, the Studio Sculpt foundation and Mineralize Skin Finish all over the face. But instead of a matte finish, Jennings wanted a dewy, luminous look that caught the light and softly reflected it, like a reflection in a pool of water. Lips were coated in MAC in the neutral, foundation-like colors of Mint and Blankety.

The real drama was played up in the eyes. After curling the lashes three times to really open up the eye, Jennings added a touch of the Fascinating White Pencil to the corners to provide some inner sparkle and reflection. Then, in the elegant  motions I had observed earlier, A metallic-salmon colored lipstick was actually applied to the eye area sweeping outward toward the temples. The MAC Lipstick color was called Reflex Rust and provided the perfect pop of color to the peach, beige and dove gray pieces.



The MAC makeup artists worked quickly and meticulously to create the finished look that was placed at each hair and makeup station. Since I was there pretty early before the show, I did not get to see the finished hair styles (above) but it was still cool to see the beginnings of the masterpiece, as stylists sectioned off hair to blow dry, tease and spray piles and piles of hairspray! The slightly space age result was a glossy do slicked back in front, poufed up at the crown, and neatly folded under in back. The style was sleek, yet minimal enough to let the dramatic sheen of the eyes stand out.




Checking out the rolling racks of clothes set up and ready to go, talking to Jennings and observing the construction of the hair styles at Ports 1961 was such a treat and a truly a testament to the huge amount of work and manpower that goes into creating such a superb show!



Photo Source: Second City Style

-Alia Rajput

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