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A model presents a creation by Belgian designer Kris Van Assche during the autumn/winter 2009 ready-to-wear collection show in Paris, on March 4, 2009. The collection was a study in casual, urban looking minimalism and stood out with its treatment of the model’s faces. A smear of charcoal covered the crown of the head and created a smokey veil just below the eyes. The human imperfection of the grey stroke illuminated the organic elements of the outfits and evoked the feeling that these women had survived trauma and were walking proud.
I’d like to imagine the decision to use this earthy makeup technique was made in the 11th hour, spawned by the recollection of last weeks Christian observance of Ash Wednesday. You know what day it is no matter what faith you follow because you will see crosses made in ash on people’s foreheads.
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