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Meet the fashion season’s new face: Morta Kontrimaite

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Morta model e1411161177787 Meet the fashion seasons new face: Morta Kontrimaite Albanian model Morta Kontrimaite moments before her Prada spring/summer 2015 debut in Milan.

Morta Kontrimaite’s first name may not be especially auspicious—it means “death” in Italian—but her debut at Prada this week certainly was. I caught up with the 18-year-old Albanian model while I was doing the backstage circuit yesterday. I wanted to interview a first-timer because the Prada show is known to be one of the most coveted and nerve-racking modelling gigs in the circuit. (Some models make it through the casting and fitting hoops only to be dropped moments before the show begins.) For a novice, Morta was handling the scene with surprising aplomb. “After I did Calvin Klein in New York, my booker said that Prada might use me,” she explained. “I’m feeling a little stressed, but to keep calm I’m just thinking about my family, my friends—and my life. I’m not going to think about all those people looking at me!” Gemma Ward opened the show, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Morta in that spot one day.

Curious to know what Guido Palau asked Morta and her fellow Prada models to do before the show? Thought so…

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MFW spring/summer 2015: Mascara and hot pink rule!

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 MFW spring/summer 2015: Mascara and hot pink rule!  It was a match made in mascara heaven backstage at the DSquared2 spring/summer 2015 show.

The ELLE Canada beauty team was pretty underwhelmed by the subdued makeup on some of the New York runways. “We went backstage for one show and all they had done was massage in moisturizer on the models’ faces for five minutes,” laughed senior beauty editor Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington. “What can we do with that?”
The makeup story backstage at DSquared2 in Milan was the counter-opposite. More is more—and then some—especially when it comes to mascara. “The one makeup that I always say you can do wrong and it still looks all right is mascara,” said M.A.C makeup artist Gordon Espinet. “I’m cool with mascara being trashy and overdone.” For the show, Espinet chose M.A.C’s In Extreme Dimension because of its “super-big brush” and “super-chunky appearance.” “You know when little girls first get their hands on mascara and they wear way too much? That’s the look I wanted, so I told the other makeup artists that when they felt they had too much on, add three more layers!” Final tally: 20. Call it a Tammy Faye Bakker-inspired beauty credo.

What other Milan show had makeup artists applying more than just a little moisturizer? Read more…

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