On Monday, Marc Jacobs held a fashion show in New York City. A real, live, in-person fashion show, complete with models and photographers and journalists and backstage beauty and many, many layers of outerwear. Nature, as they say, is healing.
“On the journey back to doing what we love most, in the wake of immeasurable loss, loneliness, fear, anxiety and uncertainty, I am reminded of why creativity is so vital to our existence. To life,” Jacobs wrote in the show notes. The designer presented his Fall 2021 collection at the New York Public Library, marking a significant moment in American fashion as it looks toward a rebound. As Fashionista’s own Tyler McCall put it in her review, “if Marc is back, New York is back, baby!”
Jacobs showed a whimsical, fantastical collection featuring oversized outerwear, exaggerated puffer coats and giant blazers. To accompany the pieces, Jacobs tapped some of his usual collaborators for the beauty look — though their handiwork may not have been so readily on display. Jin Soon Choi, for example, was responsible for nails, but most models’ hands were obscured by gloves or oversized jacket sleeves. (It’s oddly comforting just to know the nails were perfectly manicured beneath them, though, Jin.) Similarly, Jimmy Paul keyed the hair, although most of the models’ heads were covered and draped with hoods, hats or beanies. Where the hair was visible, models wore single Wednesday Addams-like braids of varying lengths down the centers of their backs.
But it was Diane Kendal’s makeup that was the most impactful aspect of the beauty look: The artist kept models’ faces mostly bare and unadorned, with the notable exception of exaggerated, over-the-top, Miss Piggy-like lashes that stretched above their brow bones and peeked out beneath the ample layers of winter garments they piled on for the runway.
Models of all genders wore the same look, which included a heavy fringe of faux lashes on the top lids — and little else. To create an even more exaggerated effect and allow the lashes to truly be the central focus of the look, Kendal muted the models’ brows with what appears to be flesh-toned makeup (it’s unclear whether she may have also used peroxide to bleach them in some instances).
In the gallery below, see a selection of beauty looks from the Fall 2021 Marc Jacobs runway show.