Wednesday, May 13, 2009

planet nars

makeup artist extraordinaire françois nars (seen at work above) has always struck us as the creative type who never compromises. when he came to new york from paris back in the 80s and couldn't find the shades of lipstick that he wanted, he created his own. he started out with 12 shades of lipstick. and when he wanted to shoot a campaign, he did it himself! then the nars brand grew to a cosmetics empire, including a couple of coffeetable books on beauty. talk about a jack-of-all-trades! so it was quite surprising to learn that he actually retired from doing makeup and it took his good friend marc jacobs to coax him out of it. so after a 10-year hiatus, the makeup master was back doing what he does best: creating looks that perfectly complemented marc jacobs' fall/winter 2009 collection. and with marc's heavily 80s-influenced pieces, who better than françois nars to take us back to the deacade of excess: pale porcelain skin, strong black-lined eyes, bold neon lips. check out these looks and see how they translate on the runway... Working with over 65 models, François Nars created 65 different looks that went with each model’s given features. “We’ve known each other since the beginning so it was really fun to work with Marc again. I really love what he does,” shares Nars. The Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 collection was reminiscent of the city’s night club scene of the 70s and 80s. Drawing inspiration from these decades and the works of Stephen Sprouse, Yves Saint Laurent and Halston, Nars took into consideration each model’s individual beauty before creating a separate edgy look that is of the past made modern. The collection was complemented with strong eyes and bold colors. Black shadow laid the foundation for creating the dramatic eye, to which the artists added cobalt blue, deep greens, bright purples, reds, fuchsias and glitter. Porcelain skin also became the key component that allowed the black eyes and bright colors to pop. “We are doing quite an eclectic look,” continues Nars. Marc Jacobs' inspiration of diversity came from Nars’ book entitled XRAY. "Marc wanted to keep that feeling,” said Nars. “The variety of looks, the same way we do the campaigns for Nars.” Overall, Nars deemed the importance that each girl looks beautiful even with the strong looks. According to Nars, “There is a wide variety of color… it’s whatever looks good on the girl.” Much like fashion, Nars emphasized having fun with the makeup for the coming year, despite the time we live in. “It’s a good antidote.”

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