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A Drunk Judy Garland Inspires Chris Benz

The Presentation: Chris Benz

Hair: Nick Irwin for TIGI

Makeup: Daniel Martin for Lancôme

Nails: Lancôme

The Vibe: A modern take on 1960s vintage. “The muse was Judy Garland at the end of her career, kind of trashy,” said TIGI lead stylist Nick Irwin. “There’s this famous TV interview with her in the late ’60s when she was quite drunk, so it was about that kind of quirkiness.” To get the crazy piled-high hair, Irwin and his team used wigs, which Irwin described as a “ballsy” choice on the part of designer Chris Benz. Apparently, working with fake hair can be more of a challenge than working with the real deal. “The wigs are inexpensive and come with this strong wave in their hair,” explained Irwin. “We’re completely deconstructing the texture, really sort of changing the fabric of the wig by basically using a full can of dry shampoo on each.” (Indeed, there was quite the graveyard of empty TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo cans.) Once faux strands had been sufficiently sprayed, stylists used load of pins to achieve a truly kooky and unique shape for each model. “It’s maybe the silhouette of a beehive, but the detail and the texture keeps it really modern and fresh and quite young,” said Irwin.

As for the makeup, two completely different stars were referenced. “The inspiration was Dolly Parton from The Best Little Whore House in Texas and Liza Minnelli from Cabaret,” said Daniel Martin who was leading a team for Lancôme. Of all the cool techniques they were using, the most interesting, by far, was the use of a glue stick. “We’ve canceled out the brow with Elmer’s Glue,” explained Martin. “Instead of bleaching the brow, we’re flattening it out, and then layering it with concealer and powder.” The point was to have a gorgeous metallic ombre eye that extended all the way up and over the brow. Two shadows were used to get these shimmery sockets; the first, a hue that won’t be released until the fall and the second, All That Glitters. “We wanted something that felt androgynous,” said Martin of the overall makeup look. “The clothes are very feminine, so we wanted to do something not quite as pretty.”


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