When you have the opportunity to go backstage and cover Chado Ralph Rucci, you take it. The combination of Tom Pecheux for M.A.C and Laurent Philippon for Bumble and bumble is just too good to pass up ... especially since in conjunction with the gorgeous collection created by Ralph Rucci, there's just no way you can go wrong! "Ralph's clothes are very sophisticated with a twist," Pecheux told me backstage. Get all the details after the jump.
Tom Pecheux for M.A.C created a look that focused on the eyes, with no color at all on the rest of the face. He used a combination of black eyeshadow and false lashes to "give a new dimension to the face" -- first drawing a triangle with the black shadow on the top and bottom outside corners of the eyes, then cutting a fringe of false lashes and putting half on the top, half on the bottom -- also only on the outside corners. The rest of the face was left very nude with just lip balm on the lips so they would appear "moist and sensual," he said.
|Tom Pecheux backstage at Chado Ralph Rucci|
Pecheux also talked to me about his ideas behind creating trends -- or rather, the fact that he does not create trends, but leaves it up to editors like myself to decide what the trends will be. "In the 80's it was one look. Today designers have their own identity," he told me. "And our job, our pleasure, is to bring to that show what we think is right. So if we are a couple makeup artists playing with lashes, you will make it a trend!"
Laurent Philippon for Bumble and bumble told me that this season he "wanted to propose something very, very shiny." Last season he used saran wrap on the hair and Ralph Rucci was quite pleased with it -- so this season he went one step further and lacquered the hair with a thick layer of Bumble and bumble Bb. Gel. "It's very much in the spirit of Ralph's clothes, it has that idea of a shape, and the finish is very couture," he said. After pulling the hair back into a ponytail with Bumble and bumble Does it All Hairspray, he loaded the hair with the gel -- "A really nice gel because the finish is super-duper shiny," he told me.
"What I love about this hair is that it looks melted almost, like plastified," Philippon said. He finished by molding the hair into a "melted organic shape" -- not a bow, he was quick to point out!
We even got to sneak a look at the clothes backstage -- and of course fell in love! Check out Ralph Rucci himself giving an interview to my fabulous photographer, and some shots of his clothes below:
Finally, manicurist Michina Koide created a look that was "very natural, really fresh for spring and summer." She used two coats of Essie Pachinko Pale to give a "very healthy and natural" look to the nails -- starting with a base coat and ending with a top coat and quick-dry drops (all from Essie). And is she not the cutest person EVER? Check her out above!