Why Suki Waterhouse Isn’t Waiting Around for NYFW

The model is leading Ferragamo's fragrance cult

Suki Waterhouse swanned into Salvatore Ferragamo’s fete this week celebrating the brand’s latest fragrance, AMO Ferragamo, looking like the picture of pink perfection. But after a few candid spritzes and even more air-kisses, the Brit was booking it back to set instead of sticking around for New York fashion week. “I’ve got film projects I need to get back to,” she said. Before she took off, however, Waterhouse made a pit stop at the Americas Society. “I like to see what’s on and they just had an exhibit for José Leonilson, a Brazilian artist,” she noted. Playing the role of Mary Brunner in Charlie Says (a film about Charles Manson and the “family” of women who dutifully followed his every command), the model-turned-actress is taking on a far less glamorous character—one that doesn’t wear silky bodycon dresses, daisy barrettes, or designer fur to parties at Elizabeth Taylor’s former townhouse. (She’s also working on growing out her leg hair.)

Beneath the puffy clouds of baby’s breath hanging from the ceiling (very Rodarte), Waterhouse worked a monochromatic makeup look inspired by a much sweeter and sexier aspect of the ’70s: “I was thinking about Guy Bourdin’s image of models eating frankfurters,” said face painter Vincent Oquendo. While the model enjoyed champagne and canapés in lieu of hot dogs from a street vendor, the pro swathed her lips and lids with Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Goals, then topped eyes and cheeks with a blend of Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Heather Pink and Lush Nectarine. Undone waves were clipped back with baby-size, plastic bloom by hairstylist Owen Gould, and nails were painted a shade of pink you might find on the walls of Barbie’s Dreamhouse by manicurist Honey. While Waterhouse has plans to ditch the pretty-girl persona in favor of a Charles Manson-approved look on screen, we’re wondering if the sweet scent she sports in Ferragamo’s new campaign will quickly become a cult-favorite thanks to its rather convincing blend of blackcurrant, rosemary, jasmine, and sandalwood. We imagine quite a few partygoers left converted.

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