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PFW Spring 2014: Backstage beauty at Alexander McQueen

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PFW Spring 2014: Backstage beauty at Alexander McQueen

alexander-mcqueen-spring-2014-beauty-3521The matte skin, spray paint and now famous metal helmet from Alexander McQueen Spring 2014. All photos courtesy of Imaxtree.com.

Sit back and relax. There’s no DIY beauty message when it comes to describing the McQueen hair and beauty looks for Spring 2014. This is pure fantasy. Think futuristic, '20s-style noble warrior. It’s part Tron; part Clara Bow bob silhouette. The key piece? A coppery-hued metal helmet. Underneath, the hair has been lacquered onto the head, so the focus is entirely on the bold, metal headpiece. “For many seasons we really haven’t done hair at McQueen,” stylist Guido Paulo told the assembled beauty scribes. “It seems like it’s a McQueen thing now to create a hair treatment that complements the clothes. We looked at different references from different eras. There’s not really a time period but you know this woman is a warrior.” McQueen’s beauty message is equally esoteric—unless, like John Travolta, you like to augment your hairline with a little air-brushed assistance. So what were these McQueen warriors wearing? See more pics after the jump...

alexander-mcqueen-spring-2014-beauty-4570The unique beauty look from another angle at Alexander McQueen Spring 2014.

Peter Philips has perfected the McQueen signature makeup technique where the girls—with their bleached eyebrows and porcelain skin—disappear behind the clothes. They still look ghostly pale, but Philips assured me the skin is less matte than normal and there’s actually natural skin tone. “They’re a bit more alive,” he explained, adding the focus is on the hairline. “When we did the fitting, my first instinct was to focus on the eyebrows and then it became too folkloric, so I moved to the forehead. I wanted to connect the face with the helmet so I created a shadow underneath. There are some [Jean-Michel] Basquiat influences in the collection, so I thought, why not get rid of the hairline with a little spray paint—with Guido’s approval of course! It created a uniformity to the look, which helped him out as well.” Out of the corner of his eye, Philips noticed one of the models making a move to pull a sweatshirt over her newly painted face. “Hold on,” he said, turning his attention to the young woman behind him. “Please don’t pull that over your head. I’m just freaking out a little!” “Hey, I’m a professional,” she smiled, wrapping the sweater just under her neck. Don’t mess with a warrior, Peter.

alexander-mcqueen-spring-2014-3222The final look on the runway at Alexander McQueen Spring 2014.

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