Backstage At Valentino, You Can Never Have Too Much Of A Good Thing
By all accounts, Valentino’s Spring collection was wildly successful; take a look at any red carpet from the last year for proof. And not only is young Hollywood clamoring to wear Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s beautiful dresses, they are duplicating the season’s corresponding runway hair and makeup, too. “It’s nice, isn’t it?” Guido Palau said of the phenomenon that saw his braid coronet from last October get its turn in the bright lights of the paparazzi flashbulbs. “It’s wearable hair,” he explained of the style’s appeal and the general direction he’s been taking things here.
Palau has another winner on his hands for Fall. “They’ve developed a sort of staple for their girl,” the Redken creative consultant explained of the design duo, throwing out adjectives like “beautiful,” “natural,” and “romantic” to describe their aesthetic. Citing the seventies as inspiration, Palau prepped hair with Redken Full Frame 07 Protective Volumizing Mousse to give it a little guts before he applied heat and crafted a precise middle part. Then, coating his hands with Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk, he created interlocking twists from the ears around the side of the head, pinning as he went, before joining both sides in a V-shape at the nape of the neck.
Pat McGrath revisited her successful handiwork from last season as well, concentrating her “pastel face-contouring” experiment to the eyes this time around. “It’s modern, iconic beauty,” she said, weaving a halo of “lots of grays, mauves, and a little bit of lilac” across lids, dragging it softly underneath the lower lash line for a subtle wash of color. “It’s a modern Penelope Tree or Anjelica Huston,” she suggested of the effect, building up top and bottom lashes sixties-style with CoverGirl LashBlast 24-Hour Mascara in black, and filling in brows a bit so they looked well-groomed. A touch of highlighter on the Cupid’s bow of lips added to the ethereal,”serene” quality she was after. Look out for the combination on the wire in the next few months, as any number of the folksy frocks from this collection are all but guaranteed to hit the 2012 premiere circuit.
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