Stylist: Rob Zangardi & Mariel Haenn
assisted by Jill Petry, Rum Brady, Hannah Margeson
Outfit: custom Moschino by Jeremy Scott
Tailor: Laura Basci
Makeup Artist: Jen Tioseco using Mario Badescu and KVD Beauty
Facialist: Tracie Martyn
Hairstylist: Marc Mena using LolaVie
Shoes: Le Silla
Clutch: Tyler Ellis
I am sorry for being absent these past days but I was overwhelmed by the amount of events that are happening lately and it was truly difficult for me to filter out what I could bring you to diversify what I write about on here.
I took my time and I decided to embark on a perilous journey: putting together my past research about the 2022 MET Gala, specifically talking about beloved redhead Madelaine Petsch.
Madeleine‘s first idea was to play into the silhouettes of the time, indeed she would have loved to have a big Renaissance-y train, but she then changed her mind to have a more modern approach on her torso and a little bit more volume on the bottom of the dress.
Once Moschino‘s former creative director Jeremy Scott got the gist of it, he assured the “Riverdale” actress that he knew what to do and the result is in front of your eyes.
Visibly inspired by the Look 17 of his Fall 2022 Ready-to-Wear collection, he concocted a yellow dress with a flared mermaid train, puff sleeves, and matching opera gloves.
She accessorized her decadent ensemble with Reza jewelry: a Morrison necklace with a total of 78 diamonds and 7 emeralds, a pair of Morrison earrings, featuring 2 emeralds set in gold with 2 cushion cut diamonds and 4 round cut diamonds. The name of this 1980’s vintage emerald suite derives from jewelry designer Friedrich Jacob Morrison.
To go with the outfit, she also opted for a gold Tyler Ellis ‘The Perry Clutch‘ and a pair of gold Le Silla platform shoes, barely identifiable while she was approaching the Moschino bus.
You already know that I like to dig deep into the inspiration for the hair and makeup and luckily enough I was able to find a Vanity Fair interview where both her makeup artist Jen Tioseco and hairstylist Marc Mena dished on all things inspiration and products used.
Tioseco went to the supply store once she saw the fabric of the dress and picked up a 24-karat gold leaf that she then applied on Madelaine‘s eyelids. A big inspiration for the look were paintings, specifically because she wanted to be period-informed when it came to approach the reds used on the cheeks and lips.
To keep things natural she also skipped a major lash, but didn’t give up on the body glow by rubbing a gold pencil into Petsch‘s collarbones, mixing it with a non-sticky body lotion.
Here are all products used, courtesy of the two brands and Tioseco herself (slightly edited for clarity):
– Mario Badescu – Hyaluronic Dew cream;
– Mario Badescu – Summer Shine Body Lotion;
– Mario Badescu – Rose Lip Balm;
– KVD Beauty – Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm in ‘Light 002‘;
– KVD Beauty – Good Apple Lightweight Full Coverage Conceale in ‘Light 103‘;
– KVD Beauty – Tattoo Pencil Liner – Eyeliner in ‘Trooper Black‘;
– KVD Beauty – ModCon Liquid – Gel Blush in ‘Glasscade‘ blended with fingertips;
– KVD Beauty – Epic Kiss Nourishing Vegan Butter Lipstick on ‘Madame President‘ dotted at the center of the mouth.
Here is what I found out about her updo: “With her really fair skin and that beautiful, coppery red hair, I don’t think there’s a better person who fits that time period in this modern age. I said to her, ‘I want you to look like a painting.’ That was my inspiration.”
For added context, keep in mind that the theme of the year was the Gilded Age, a period of materialism and excess, economic growth in the US but also of extreme poverty for the disadvantaged.
Mena wanted her hair to almost look like it was lived in, to counterpart the excess of the dress, so he told the actress to wash her hair in the morning, apply the LolaVie Perfecting Leave-In Conditioner and let it air-dry in a braid.
According to the same aforementioned VF interview: “Mena let history be his guide, looking into the era’s styling techniques, including early curling wands heated up on the stove. After working in some of LolaVie’s Glossing prep spray, he used a ¾-inch barrel to amplify those existing waves. A backcombed section at the nape served as a structural anchor, into which he secured the updo with an army of pins. ‘There’s a looseness to it’, […] ‘If something falls out, I’m not fighting it’.”
In a backstage shot it was possible to see that her nails were short and painted with a dark green shade that matched the emeralds present in her jewelry.
Petsch‘s incredible ensemble was styled by Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, who are well versed in costume design.
The duo is known for their elaborate, glamorous styling that doesn’t feel over the top to me, but rather deep rooted into their clients’ personalities who love to have fun on the red carpet (take Jennifer Lopez, undoubtedly one of their most demanding ones in terms of work engagements).
I like the fact that despite their several years of experience, they don’t seem bored by what they do and they are not repetitive, a true testament to their work ethic and their love for the craft; huge kudos to their team of assistants who makes everything look so easy all the time.