"The inspiration was the Forties," said hairstylist Orlando Pita, of the look he and makeup artist Pat McGrath concocted for Dior. Pita explained the interpretation wasn't literal, but rather a nod to yesteryear.
Mouths, for instance, had "Forties shape made super-modern with gloss," said McGrath.
Meanwhile, McGrath and hairstylist Guido Palau drew inspiration from Nicolas Ghesquiere's fall collection for Balenciaga -- chockablock with contrasting colors, textures and influences -- to create their very own street tribe. For the look, McGrath freshened up models' faces with a yet-to-be-launched Max Factor foundation, called Miracle Touch, then swept white theatrical color cosmetics over eyes and some foreheads. "It's almost a symbol around the eyes," she said. "They wanted something quite daring, quite different."
Of the coifs, which were finger-dried, veiled with Redken Extreme Anti-Snap, parted in the center and tucked loosely inside clothes, Palau said, "It's very natural hair -- we're calling it a new grunge."
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