Lucky me! Earlier this year, I got to go to Giorgio Armani’s Womenswear Fall/Winter 2016 collection in Milan. It was absolutely mesmerising. Before the models took to the runway, I got to hang out backstage with the living legend himself, Mr Armani. Never before — and I have been hanging out backstage at shows for over 20 years now — have I seen any designer so hands-on; he was even tweaking the models’ hair himself.
I also got to see Linda Cantello in action — she’s the international make-up artist for Giorgio Armani — as she created a look to fit with the collection.
Linda told me it was a “pretty, rock-star’s girlfriend look”. Linda actually created the colours there and then by mixing up a range of pigments and textures at the ‘Lab Armani Runway,’ which is a mobile make-up station. It was just fascinating
to watch, and now you can copy the Milan Fashion Week beauty look in the form of a new make-up collection, available exclusively at Brown Thomas Dublin, Cork and Limerick, or see brownthomas.com. The star product is the Armani Runway FW16 Palette, above, €120, which comes wrapped in a silk pouch, below left, the fabric of which was featured on the runway — FW stands for fall/winter, btw.
The palette has two tiers; the top tier features the silky and luminous universal sheer powder, to mattify the complexion and highlight facial features; while the bottom tier has a trio of eyeshadows.
The Armani Runway FW16 Eye Tint, €45, can be applied beneath the brow arch and in the inner corner of the eye for a heightened effect, while the Armani Runway FW16 Rouge D’Armani, €45, lavender nude lip finishes off the look.