Photographers: Daria Kobayashi Ritch | Daniel Arnold
Stylist: Law Roach
Makeup Artist: Sandy Ganzer using Shiseido
Hairstylist: Lacy Redway assisted by Michael
using Nexxus Haircare and TRESemmé
Manicurist: Sojin Oh assisted by Cynthia
Glass Nail Sculptures: Grace Wardlaw
Jewelry: AdaLioryn by Evangeline AdaLioryn
I’ve been keeping this article in the drawers of my mind for a while and since we are having some issues lately, I took some time off and I crafted it for you.
I am on a MET Gala quest because the event is approaching and I couldn’t miss the chance to write about Hunter Schafer walking its red carpet in 2021.
Hunter donned a Prada silver leather crop top bustier and pencil skirt embroidered with geometric crystal mirrors, inspired by a look from the Fall-Winter 1999 collection.
The look had an armor feel to it and apparently it was Hunter who asked her team to reach out to the brand for a collaboration.
To complete the look, she opted for Prada black satin sandals.
I’d love to shine a light on the brand of Hunter‘s jewelry: AdaLioryn. She wore the Mermaid Wing Brooch in white gold with a 12ct Aquamarine sitting in the cradle, along with three one of a kind rings in platinum and white gold, sapphires, diamonds and aquamarines.
Thanks to an in-depth research I was able to find an article written by Coco Romack for Vogue that explained in better detail how the collaboration came to be, and I thought I had to share it with you for added context.
Evangeline AdaLioryn is a Los Angeles-based trans designer who was introduced to Hunter in 2019 by a mutual friend. The duo began envisioning the look for the Gala a year prior but Evangeline did not know about the placement of the pin till last minute: “It was such a gag. I just FaceTimed her, and I was like, ‘Bitch, what?!’ It was a simple, last-minute decision, and yet the choice to present the shield front-and-center, and on a platform as watched as the Met Gala, made for a radical statement of sisterhood.”
“That brooch could have gone anywhere—in the center of her chest, on the back of the top—and it would’ve had a different power. When she put that brooch on her face, it centralized the piece and made it huge. It shows how much she cares about the works that she wields, and about trans women making work, and that magic that we all possess.”
According to a Vanity Fair interview, Hunter‘s makeup artist Sandy Ganzer described the look as “a little bit of late ’90s grunge, a pinch of playful dystopian sci-fi, and just a sprinkle of romantic horror.”
The contact lenses were the model’s idea and the protagonist of the look was undoubtedly the Evangeline AdaLioryn brooch that Hunter wore on the bridge of the nose (almost recalling a movie from 1990 called “Arachnophobia“). Ganzer made it stick thanks to a special-effects glue while hairstylist Lacy Redway used invisible fishing line to secure it to hidden braids.
Model Kristen McMenamy was also cited as a forever muse.
Here is the breakdown of the Shiseido products Sandy used to achieve the look (information was courtesy of the brand and the MUA):
– Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate to create the slip for a lymphatic draining massage;
– Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation in ‘#130 Opal‘ was used in a sheer wash to even out skin and create a blurring effect;
– Kajal InkArtist in ‘Tea House #01‘ was used to rim her eyes, and then ‘Sube Sube Beige #04‘ and ‘Zoku Zoku Brown #05‘ from the new POP PowderGel Eye Shadow collection were used to blend it out and upward in a winged shape toward her temples.
– ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof was used to make her eyes pop. I added dimension to her face using a bit of InnerGlow CheekPowder in ‘Cocoa Dusk‘ to contour and ‘Inner Light‘ to highlight;
– LipLiner InkDuo in ‘Beige‘ and ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in ‘#507 Murmur‘ and ‘#504 Thigh High‘ were used on her lips for the ultimate 90s supermodel brown lip.
Lacy Redway styled her hair in a sleek middle part coif, with hair tucked behind her ears. Per the same Vanity Fair interview, Lacy explained her reasoning behind it: “For me to tie the look all together, I wanted to just keep the hair really chic. Really sharp and cool.”
Here is a little tutorial:
“To prep the hair, she layered in a volumizing mousse by Nexxus (a counterintuitive move to accomplish a sleek finish) and used a flat Mason Pearson brush to blow-dry; a Tresemmé leave-in conditioner lent shine, and a quick blast of hairspray kept Schafer’s newly short blonde bob tucked behind her ears.”
It looked almost as if she did it herself and that was kind of what the pro intended for it to be.
As for the nails, manicurist Sojin Oh worked with custom glass elements by Grace Wardlaw. Wardlaw is another trans artist with whom Oh had collaborated previously, creating bespoke pieces for the likes of Grimes, Rosalía or Lil Nas X–their works often intertwine and influence each other.
Sojin used the Bio Seaweed Gel clear builder gel + No Wipe Top Coat to create Hunter‘s otherworldly nails.
Hunter collaborated once again with stylist Law Roach for one of the most interesting looks of the night. I love how Hunter trusts him, giving him full creative freedom. Unconventional ensembles are my thing and Prada is a brand that you either love or hate.
It wisely blurs the lines between ugly, grotesque and weird and in this particular instance 1999 silhouettes were at the center of the conversation, once again proving Law‘s power to pull from heritage archives, creating a new life and a new narrative for collections that people may not be familiar with nowadays.
@shiseido An otherworldly #MetGala moment on #Hunterschafer by makeup artist @sandy ganzer using #Shiseido ♬ Sunrise – Official Sound Studio