Backstage beauty: Lucian Matis

Toronto Fashion Week favourite Lucian Matis started off his show at 1 King St. W. by revisiting a look-a-like dress from his fall 2012 collection. He sent this breathtaking black lace gown encrusted with broken pieces of Baileys bottles (the show’s sponsor) down the runway to signify the start of the show.

It worked – the subtle sound of glass clicking and clacking intensified as it glided toward us. Well played, sir.

The collection was drastically different than Matis’s colourful print-clashing bonanza from spring/summer 2013. For fall, he pared back and created a monochromatic winter fairytale filled with black, grey and ivory.

Some of the more eye-catching pieces and details included a woolen floor-length skirt, luxe turtlenecks, boxy geometric blouses and jackets, and fur and leather accents here, there and everywhere. The result was a well-thought-out 32-piece sleek, yet still pretty collection.

Two thumbs up for the collection and two well-manicured thumbs up for the show’s beauty. I had a lot of love for the well-executed hair, makeup and nails.

Photo credit: Revlon Canada


Although she was unable to lead the makeup team backstage, Revlon’s global artistic director, Gucci Westman, collaborated with Matis to create the beauty look. In a post-show press release Westman explained that her inspiration for the makeup came from Matis’s monochromatic colour palette, and she decided to add safari khaki tones.

“This look is very much inspired by the ’60s, specifically, the German model Veruschka,” she said.

Photo credit: @Gail_Mcinnes on Instagram


After Revlon nail expert Leeanne Colley visited Matis at his studio earlier this year, inspiration struck. She decided on “a combination of sharp geometrical lines,” she says. “The whites in the collection are winter whites – soft and creamy, not stark,” she says.

Colley created two sets of nails for the show. The first featured a strong, black claw-like accent layered on top of ivory. “We wanted to create the effect of leather on this nail, so I used Revlon Nail Enamel in Iconic and sponged on Timeless on top to it give it that leathery texture look,” she says.

The second nail look used the same ivory and black colour palette, but a black line framed the nail with the addition of black rounded bands.

Photo credit: The Alcorn Blog


Tony Masciangelo and his team from The Alcorn, which is located in Toronto’s posh Summerhill neighbourhood, worked on the hair for the show. I didn’t have a chance to speak to Masciangelo backstage, but in a quote posted on The Alcorn’s blog he said he wanted the hair to be over-the-top aristocratic to complement Matis’s couture-quality garments. And indeed it did.

The tools used to created the rigid runway ponytail were a wire corset wrapped around the ponytail, extensions and a leather band. The end result worked seamlessly with the collection.