In McGrath’s wildly creative mind, even a tiny bead can inspire an intricate look. In this case, the bead, which McGrath found in a Paris flea market, along with various other bits and baubles, ended up on these twinkly masks, which are very similar to the ones she conceived for the Givenchy spring runway show. “We used glitter, sequins, beading, two types of paint, and delicate black netting as a finishing touch over the eyes,” McGrath says of those creations, which were covered with 1,500 Swarovski crystals and required 40 pairs of hands to assemble. The vibe was “international warrior princess.” McGrath tapped her longtime collaborator, the manicurist Bernadette Thompson, to complement the Givenchy masks with matching nails. “The almond shape keeps it looking chic and elegant,” McGrath says. “Yet at the same time it expresses a strong tribal theme.”
From left: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci jacket, bodysuit, and trousers. Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci tops, skirt, and earrings. Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci tops, skirt, and earrings.