Vena Cava Goes Deep For Spring
When we made our way to the second floor of Milk Studios for Vena Cava, our first backstage encounter at the revamped venue, we were greeted by an unexpected sight. Models were walking between the hair and makeup stations sporting deep violet pouts, a hue that tends to be included in the fall color palette more so than spring. “Makeup doesn’t have to be seasonal,” makeup artist Lloyd Simmonds explained of the custom color he created using four different shades of MAC Pro Lipmix in White, Burgundy, Red, and Blue. Unwilling to make the call that darker lip shades will persist into next year (“this is my first show!” he quipped), Simmonds did mention that his motivation to stray from the pastel lilacs more suitable to the season had little to do with a desire to break the mold and was actually a direct correlation with the collection itself. “It comes from the clothes,” he said of the color, which he kept matte for a touch of sophistication, a word hairstylist Ted Gibson also used to describe his coifs. Gibson called his messy chignons “sophisticated chic. Not too put-together, put still put-together,” a dichotomy he achieved by twisting the models’ ponytails before pinning them into buns and pulling pieces out in the back for texture. The nails were a similar mix of business casual, a turquoise/cobalt shade Butter London’s Nonie Creme whipped up especially for the occasion. “We’re calling it Corporate Blue,” she said of the bright lacquer, a reference to the background color of a Staples ad the designers sent her way for a point of reference. It’s all about finding inspiration in the everyday, no?