Before every fashion week, I scour the internet searching for new designers to feature on this blog. Pouring through “designers to watch” lists, checking for interesting looking brands on instagram, and googling every unknown name on the fashion calendar is regular procedure for me.
One designer that caught my eye –based on the bright disco inspired eye makeup his models wore for the SS14 show– was Adam Selman. The clothes? Just as eye catching. And then I discovered he was Rihanna’s costume designer and friend. Yes, that Rihanna. Soon it all made sense.
Backstage, bright colors and playful patterns of the FW14 collection once again commanded my attention. I always personally prefer bright, fun, or edgy makeup on models (neutral beauty at a fashion show is boring!), and this show did not disappoint.
One of the first things I noticed: The nail art. Or rather, finger art:
An updated take on a french manicure, Nailing Hollywood nail artist Madeline Poole painted half of each nail with Chanel Nail Colour Polish in Black Satin. The henna inspired finger art was drawn on using Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black.
Hair stylist Duffy, using ORIBE products, created a loose, Snoop Dogg inspired braid to compliment the 1990’s slant of the collection.
The beanie hats were partially inspired by girl group TLC.
Makeup, by Jeanine Lobell for MAC Cosmetics, further expanded on the use of bright colors in the collection. Faces were highlighted and contoured with MAC Matchmaster Foundation, and Mineralize Powders. Saffron colored eyeshadow was applied to lids, and the look topped off with a MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger.
The finished look:
Overall, I’m a fan of Adam Selman’s graphic prints, and fondness for color– within both the clothes, and backstage beauty looks. I’m very curious to see what he does next. If Rihanna’s CFDA Awards dress is any indication, it looks like he’ll continue trying to to work on making fashion more fun again.
See the full photo set here.
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