After a 10 year hiatus, François
Nars marked his return to the fashion runway in a larger than life way by
leading the makeup direction for Marc Jacobs’ Autumn/Winter 2009 show at Fashion Week in New York. Nars’
unexpected return to fashion week can be attributed solely to Marc
Jacobs. “We’ve known each other since the beginning so it was really fun
to work with Marc again. I really love what he does,” said Nars.
I can't even imagine the buzz that having Nars backstage must have caused. To a beauty fan, Nars is a rockstar. Part of the challenge for Nars was working with 65 models and creating 65 different makeup looks.
Focusing on an edgy, night clubbing look, strong eyes and bold color were a
major theme. Black shadow laid the foundation for creating the dramatic
dark smokey eye, to which the artists added cobalt blues, deep greens, bright purples,
reds, fuchsias, and glitter. “There is a wide variety of color,” said
Nars, “it’s whatever looks good on the girl.”
For many of the models,
porcelain skin was a key component, allowing the black eyes and bright colors
to pop. “You want to play with makeup,” says Nars, “makeup is a great
accessory – that is the message.”
The fashions at the Jacobs show were a throwback to the devil-may-care, fun, fabulous and colorful 80's. In tough economic times, this was fashion as a way to be optimistic. Viva le Nars!