At the last minute, I was invited backstage to speak with Napoleon Perdis at the Elise Overland show during Fall 2010 Fashion Week. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity! "It's a little bit industrial, but there's a softness to [the look] because of the lilacs and the fresh skin," Napoleon told me. Read on for the details.
Napoleon was going for a look of girl power meets nostalgia. He began by hydrating the skin with primer to give it a flawless finish. He then blended lilac eyeshadows around the eyes and lined the waterline with waterproof gel eyeliner "for a nice feline girl power strength." Napoleon wanted "lots of lashes, but not a raccoon look," so he went with a few coats of waterproof mascara. A shimmery purplish-coral lip cream -- he was very particular that this was not a gloss! -- completed the look.
|Heidi Klum watching the show|
After the show, I was fortunate enough to go backstage and speak with the designer herself. I loved when she told me, "At the end of the day, I am the wearer. If I cannot wear it, what is really the point?"