Photographer: Bryan Heredia x PHRAANQUICIA

Stylist: Carlos Nazario
assisted by Darryl Anderson, Christine Nicholson and Aceani Michelle
Outfit: Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs
Tailor: Jinnah Park
Makeup Artist: Meghan Yarde using Pat McGrath Labs
Hairstylist: Shelli Mosley
Manicurist: Christa Cole
Shoes: Tamara Mellon
Jewelry: Maria Tash | Yessayan

Are you ready for a massive dose of tenebrous, dark and potent energy? Its embodiment is model Anok Yai, who just yesterday was cited as a nominee for the Model of the Year award that will be given out during the British Fashion Awards this December.

Today I wanted to focus on her gown for this year’s Vanity Fair Oscar Afterparty, which I think was overlooked by the press at the time. It’s time to bring it back.

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For the party, Anok stunned in a breathtaking bright red Marc Jacobs ruffled ensemble with plunging neckline from the Spring 2023 Ready-to-Wear collection, paired with black satin Tamara Mellon High Point heels.

1st picture is courtesy of Marc Jacobs – Look 30

The jewelry she sported was very peculiar, starting from a pair of Maria Tash black Moissanite Mohawk and Diamond pavé hoop earrings, to a Yessayan Double Pear Illusion diamond ring on her right index finger among others.

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Anok is a natural beauty and her makeup only emphasized her already perfect traits: a bit of elongated eyeliner and a gold eye shadow on the inner corners of her eyes, false lashes for a dramatic effect and glossy lips and glistening skin to finish everything off.

Makeup artist Meghan Yarde worked her magic on the model’s face and body by using Pat McGrath Labs products that we conveniently reported here for you–all details are courtesy of the pro (slightly edited for clarity):

Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Xtreme BLK‘;
FetishEYES Longwear Liquid Eye Shadow in ‘Bronze Bijoux‘ in the tear ducts, topped off with 2 generous coats of Dark Star Mascara;

Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation in ‘Deep 35‘ & ‘Deep 36‘;
Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Concealer in ‘Deep 34‘;
Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Blurring UnderEye Powder in ‘Deep‘;
Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Setting Powder in ‘Deep 5‘ to set the face.

PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil in ‘BLK Coffee‘, topped with the ‘Clear Vinyl Gloss‘;

Skin Fetish: Highlighter + Balm Duo in ‘Bronze‘;
Skin Fetish: Divine Blush Duo in ‘Night Bloom‘.”

What can we say about the hair? Hairstylist Shelli Mosley styled it in an effortless pixie cut, the perfect frame for her bone structure–the uneven fringe gave a punkier feel to the short do, following the vibe of her incredible fiery dress.

Video courtesy of Christa Cole
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The model’s nails were painted in a dark cherry hue by Christa Cole who detailed the process on her Instagram–here are all the details:

– Soft Gel Extensions: Sofiart in the style Pointed Almond;
– Color: OPI Gel Color in ‘Black Cherry Chutney‘;
– Top Coat: Presto No Wipe;

Footlogix along with Nailgician Body Polish and Body Balm;
– Gel Socks to moisturize feet;
– Color: matching color as manicure.

Yai‘s dress was one of my favorites of the night, since I tend to prefer edgier and darker ensembles.

Marc Jacobs‘ craftsmanship is also well recognized among fashion enthusiasts and his touch and predominantly obscure aesthetic make him one of the most captivating and fascinating designers of our time.

Working with stylists such as Carlos Nazario is a guarantee of success though, mainly because there is a sort of curiosity about his work, not just about what looking good could actually mean but also because he brings his unique point of view to the table, shifting the idea of how a Black creative could potentially style a Black model.

He has a a polyhedric personality and it makes writing about him even more enthralling.

Anok walks the red carpet at 2:29:42 – Tap the ▶︎ button

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