Backstage at New York Fashion Week FW12: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs with Daphne Groeneveld

Daphne Groeneveld

This season, FW12, I had the opportunity to go backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs to explore and observe his amazing team of stylists who help bring his vision to life.



Makeup at Marc by Marc Jacobs

Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs with Kerrie Johnson

While, backstage I chatted a bit with model Kerrie Johnson, 23, from Birmingham, England about the show:

Sasha: Have you modeled for Marc Jacobs before?

Kerrie: Yes, last year. I’ve done both Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs

Sasha: Great! So what do you love the most about him? His style?

Kerrie: I love his designs, first off.  It’s very cabaret sometimes. But it’s just so creative.

Sasha: What’s your favourite part about this particular collection?

Kerrie: You’ll laugh at me!

Sasha: No, tell me!

Kerrie: I love the big, black, dark room glasses! Reminds me of Velma from Scooby-Doo and I love her!


Kerrie Johnson

This season’s makeup look was created by Dick Page inspired by the 1980s and is described as borderline cartoony.

Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs with Lindsey Wixson

Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs with Lindsey Wixson

The idea was to create a look that was natural, with a pop of colour using Shiseido makeup.

Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs with Lindsey Wixson

The lips are actually a lab sample, exclusively used for the show.

But if you’d like to re-create it at home use the Perfect Rouge Lipstick in “Valentine” and “Serese.”

Mascara on the top lashes only, no eyeshadow.

Lindsey Wixson

I also chatted with model Hailey Hasbrook, 17, from Portland, Oregon about her Marc Jacobs runway experienceand modeling life:

Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs with Hailey Hasbrook

Sasha: This is your first season, correct?

Hailey: Yes! First season and I’m really excited about it.

Sasha: So what do you love the most about the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection this season?

Hailey: It’s really casual, easy and flawless… *smiles* I’ve always loved Marc.

Sasha: Me too! I imagine you must be super excited?

Hailey: I am so happy, I just find myself so lucky!

Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs with Hailey Hasbrook

Hailey Hasbrook

Skin tone palette:

Makeup artist William Murphy putting Dick Page’s vision on Jacquelyn Jablonski:

Backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs with Jacquelyn Jablonski

Jacquelyn Jablonski

… and I thought I had a lot of makeup brushes:



The nails at the Marc by Marc Jacobs show were executed by Elisa Ferri, a 30-year nail tech veteran and a 15-year veteran of working with Marc Jacobs.

Sasha: Can you tell me about what it’s like working with Marc? … I love him!

Elisa: *laughs*  Marc has a very strong point-of-view. He knows what he wants and how to put things together. The girls that model Marc Jacobs don’t randomly get dressed. His models always have a sense of style of their own.

Sasha: Fantastic. So what can you tell me about the look for the show?

Elisa: Marc wanted something that was perfectly groomed and clean, but still feeling fiercely feminine.

Sasha: What’s the colour?

Elisa: It’s called “Adel” and it’s a soft ivory shade.

Sasha: Why “Adel?”

Elisa: Marc wanted a light veil of colour. So we used 1-2 coats depending on the model’s skin tone, and we didn’t use top coat. No, no top coat on this look.

Sasha: Why no top coat? Isn’t that odd?

Elisa: No, not at all. Marc didn’t want a high shine, so we tried to keep it natural.

Sasha: How was this look [Marc by Marc Jacobs] different than the look that you created for the Marc Jacobs show?

Elisa: For the “Marc Jacobs” show he wanted a seamless transition, so we used beige and nude tones. We used the colours “Farah” and “Cho.” We blended them based on the models skin tone in order to create consistency.


Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau created another ponytail at the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 show, but this one was much more polished, refined and “school girl” than the edgy, messy ponytail he created earlier in the day at Diesel.

A few of the models wore military-inspired hats, and this style worked both with and without the hat.

Overall the tight, clean hairstyle was the perfect complement to the bell-shaped silhouette that was a constant theme in most looks from the show.

“The clothes at the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection today have a lot of volume, so we wanted to create a small head to compliment the clothing. The hair itself is a nod to minimalism, very clean, fresh and young.”

–Guido Palau, Redken Creative Consultant


  • Satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion
  • Outshine 01 anti-frizz polishing milk

Create the Look:

  1. Apply satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion to damp hair and blow-dry straight.
  2. Create a deep left side part and with your fingers, pull the hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck.
  3. Tuck hair behind the ears.
  4. Apply outshine 01 anti-frizz polishing milk to the ponytail for lasting smoothness and a sleek finished look.


I’m not sure of his name, but I was clicking away backstage and I randomly came across a model absorbed in his thoughts while waiting for his hair to get done.

They are just such great shots — I had to share them with you Pink Blog readers:

… and then he caught me:

Regardless, whoever he is, he looks simply beautiful!

It’s so easy to see why Marc chose him as a model to represent his clothing at his Marc by Marc Jacobs show.





*Redken content from Beauty Press, Images are my own, except runway images from the show which are from Yannis Vlamos  at*

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Sasha H. Muradali owns the Little Pink Blog and Little Pink Book PR, LLC. Sasha holds a MA International Administration with a concentration in Intercultural Communication from the University of Miami (’08) and a BS Public Relations and Dance from the University of Florida (’07). She has been featured in Forbes, CNN and Business Week. Sasha tweets fervidly (@SashaHalima), loves Harry Potter and the colour pink. Get a copy of the Little Pink Blog delivered to your Kindle and ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook.

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  1. fabulous!  I do have to ask, didn’t Marc Jacobs do some pieces inspired by Downton Abbey?? (Turn of the century, Edwardian).  From your geeky little friend 😉