Couture Beauty: Atelier Versace’s Sultry Lids
Atelier Versace Fall 2013 takes us back to “the real glamour.” At a preview of the collection Donatella Versace told Women’s Wear Daily that she was inspired by “that black-and-white era where everything was perfect. The photography was perfect, the hair was perfect, the makeup was perfect. It was always about perfection.”
References to that era could be found not only in the designs, but also in the immaculate makeup, which evoked the legendary Tears photograph (1932) by Man Ray. The dramatic sultry eyes “based in lashes with a bit of smoke” as makeup artist Pat MacGrath says were what the entire look revolved around. Golden and bronzy tones mysteriously smoked out the eyes framed by two and half rows of thick lavish lashes both on the top and bottom lids. The waterline covered in white made the eyes appear bigger balancing the smudged color beneath. Unusually for Versace, all else was toned down. Groomed brows, clean skin without any blusher or contour and naked lips completed the makeup.
The hair, sleeked back in a messy knot was the biggest surprise. “It’s very different for Donatella, because her hair is always down,” Redken’s creative consultant Guido Palau said to Style.com. “There are a lot of punky bits for a rock 'n' roll feeling. It's not Madame-y. It's Donatella's chignon."
The only model, who had her hair straight, elegantly cascading down her back, was the show opener – the legendary Naomi Campbell. “I wanted a sexy and sophisticated woman with a strong attitude. Only a true icon like Naomi Campbell could open this show,” Donatella Versace tweeted herself.
The elegant and surprisingly wearable beauty look is the epitome of that woman, a woman brave enough to wear a sultry smoky eye, yet sophisticated enough to tone down the rest.
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