What we’re doing is a real exploration in black, explained Pat McGrath, surrounded by pots and palettes of pitch-noir powder and cream. The legendary makeup artist was backstage at Marni this morning, where creative director Francesco Risso had commissioned a pretty, punk-inflected look for his Fall 2017 debut at the Italian house.
A matching wing, wrought simply in black ink, covered the other eye as a minimal counterpoint, while vivid threads were woven into minute schoolgirl braids to drive home the arts and crafts message. It was a case of vibrant color done right—a high-impact look that proved painstakingly perfect makeup is well worth the effort.
Close observers of Alessandro Michele’s entourage of collaborators and muses will remember Jayde Fish, the San Francisco based artist discovered by the designer on Instagram and later tapped to supply gorgeous, whimsical illustrations for the Spring 2017 collection. Early this month, Fish made yet another visual splash, this time in New York’s Soho.