Take the Dries Van Noten show. It was held in the HÃ¿tel de Ville (City Hall) in central Paris, which has been municipally vital to the city since the mid-14th century. Paris Mayor Bertrand DelanoÃ« has his office there these days. But on March 3, a couple of the building's lusciously ornate rooms, accessed by an imposing stone stairwell, were a flurry of fashion-related activity. Hairstylists and makeup artists camped out in two of the vast salons.
To get backstage at some other shows (for brands like Rochas and Nina Ricci) taking place at 7 Place VendÃ¿me in the 1st arrondissement involved entering the building's side door...
While the din of cameras, editors, publicists and now bloggers has steadily intensified backstage at New York Fashion Week -- sometimes outdoing the action on the runway -- those in the trenches, namely the makeup artists and hairstylists, keep plugging along year after year, for the most part staying as focused as a pitcher on the mound of a raucous stadium.
Makeup department head Jane Galli fashioned a vintage nail look for Marion Cotillard, who plays Dillinger's main squeeze, Billie Frechette, a humble coat-check girl who still managed to pretty herself.
"Michael Mann, our director, his attention to detail is phenomenal," Galli said. "When I got the project, I read everything and anything I could about the Thirties. During the Depression, women, even if they had no money, they did their nails in red, and they also wore their lipstick."