Monday, March 12, 2012

Stephen Burrows Fall/Winter 2012 Backstage Make-Up


words/images Judith Ecochard

team gets briefed

Backstage at Stephens Burrows was controlled...models there on time, hair/make-up, nails DONE without the last minute rush panic we see a lot during NYFW.

Interviews given backstage centered on the signature knits-this year inspired by chevrons-a geometric shape representing "the ups and downs in life"---

backstage staple-a steamer

Make-up featured the classic dark smokey eyes/red lips...that worked perfectly for the collection.

Melanie Mills is an in-demand make-up artist to the stars, specifically Dancing with the....who got the models all glittery glamourous ---using several brands including her own... the smoothed on like lotion, Gleam Body Radiance bronzers for the glow (and full of anti-aging ingredients like the anti-oxidant endowed,  brown seaweed/Japanese green and white tea extracts, jojoba seed oil, moisture loaded olive oil, soothing aloe extract) and fab Lip Radiance lip glosses (7 colors in all)  for a long-lasting shiny pout.

Melanie Mills (
Other products used ----was like a make-up pro's roll call of must have...

Mills raved about the Dolce Gabbana foundation---

Camouflage Color Make Up Concealer and Inglot foundations
Mehron and Graftobian are cult fans...

Red nails from ORLY---and Lucas" Papaw Ointment from Down Under---a natural healer.

Embryolisse-we see this everywhere backstage

Shoes were amazing-we wanted them all---naturally-they were all Christian Louboutin!

"They approached me," Burrows told us about the collaboration with RAVEN for a line of dressed up, tailored denim. LOVE...very 70's in a way---this dark rinse with signature Burrows' red top stitching.

Denim collection with Raven

Make-up review

Wella products for the hair buns

Fashion Journalist Robin Givhan gets the scoop from Burrows. She is writing a book on the Palais du Versailles staged Fashion Show in 1973, that managed to ignite a world wide wake-up call to Black models (who walked exclusively) and  American designers like Burrows, Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta 

snake print Raven collab

Lashes were dramatic...two sets of the classic Arnell applied...and curled up using the end of the adhesive tube-the perfect tool.

Dolce Gabbana classic red lipstick