Stylist: Leith Clark
Outfit: custom Prada
Makeup Artist: Jo Baker using Chanel Beauty
Hairstylist: Jenny Cho using Suave
Colorist: Eddie Cook using Joico and Pravana
Headband: Lelet NY
Flowers: M&S Schmalberg Flowers
Manicurist: Elle Gerstein using Essie
Jewelry: Harry Winston
There’s been a MET Gala 2019 look that I couldn’t get out of my head, and the research behind it made it incredibly relevant for me to work on it for the right amount of time so that I could deliver the greatness that there’s behind the look in question and how much collaborative efforts influence a fashion moment in time.
Ready to know more about Lucy Boynton look for the night?
Boynton wore a custom Prada metallic rose sequin bustier dress, embroidered at the waist with Swarovski crystals and cut glass, layered with lilac cigaline embellished with pale grey ostrich feathers and crystals in a degradé fashion, an oversized cigaline ruffle at the neckline down the back in a v-shape, shoes embellished all over with Swarovski crystals, and a pale aqua satin clutch.
I found a WWD video that perfectly described how everything came to be, thanks to stylist Leith Clark.
At first the stylist related camp to Susan Sonntag‘s quote ‘camp is a woman walking around in three million feathers’ and she also thought about a Prada Resort show in 2018 where there were some dresses that to her felt like extravagant ones, full of crystals and feathers. She took parts of those dresses, sent them to the Prada team with notes and they got back to her with approximately six sketches. Clark chose parts of those looks to create the final piece.
The makeup was also a reference to a piece from the same resort collection, in which there was a look where the decoration on the chest of the model almost looked like eyelashes. Leith sent the photo to makeup artist extraordinaire Jo Baker who put crystals around Boynton‘s eyes to replicate it. Baker, on her Instagram also cited dramatic chandeliers and Pixie Princess vibes as references.
For the makeup, I had to rely on Lucy Boynton Style and her accurate research of the products that the makeup artist shared on her Instagram stories but that I wasn’t quick enough to catch at the time, here you have them:
Her colorist Eddie Cook was in charge of making Jenny Cho‘s vision (suggested by Lucy) come to life: he colored her hair the day before, super last minute, using a custom blend of blues, purples and conditioner from brands Joico and Pravana trying to get the perfect dusty hue.
According to Byrdie, hairstylist Jenny Cho revealed: “When her stylist sent us over the sketch [of her dress], we all envisioned basically a fairy running through a spring field of fresh flowers. We’ve done so much with Lucy’s hair with the length that it is and I feel like [as a] next step for this look, I wanted to see her hair color change.”
Cho explained that Boynton‘s floral head piece was inspired by daisies she’d seen sprouting in neighboring yards.
The hairstylist also gave the fashion&beauty publication a little tutorial: “To create soft bends in her hair, Cho first prepped the foundation with Suave Professionals Rose Oil Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner and cocktailed a mixture of Sleek Anti-Frizz Smooth & Shine Cream and Firm Control Boosting Mousse raked throughout towel-dried hair before blowing out with a small round brush to give the hair ‘bouncy but somewhat sculpted texture’. This gives strands a bit of grit and memory to preserve the style. She then misted sections of hair with Firm Control Hairspray before using the Harry Josh flat iron to create waves using an “over-under” swivel method. To lock everything in, she misted a final protective layer of hairspray.”
Lelet NY wrapped silk and organza M&S Schmalberg Flowers around their Nikki Crystal Halo to create Lucy‘s flower crown.
She accessorized her look with three Harry Winston pink Forget-Me-Not Sapphire and diamond rings on her right hand and one on her left hand and similar diamond earrings from the same brand.
Manicurist Elle Gerstein used nail polishes in the shades Press Pause and Set in Stones to paint Boynton‘s nails. Gerstein took inspiration from the sequins and the sparkles of the dress, as well as the makeup; those definitely looked like magic fingers.