August 22 2014

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“The Classic Saint Laurent Woman” Lives On For Spring


In case you’ve somehow missed it, there’s a major seventies revival brewing in fashion for Spring—a certain decadent air, specifically, that’s ushering in a sophisticated, powerful, sensual beauty moment along with it. And so it went at Yves Saint Laurent yesterday, where the seemingly omnipresent Guido Palau called the look “Edwardian meets seventies, but kind of minimal at the same time.” “It’s quite sophisticated,” he added of the twisted updo he was fashioning, “but it does recall the classic Saint Laurent/Helmut Newton kind of woman.” Center-parting hair, Palau coated strands with Redken’s Hardwear 16 Super Strong gel and its Glass 01 serum before rolling and tucking it into a tight, coiled coronet around the back of the head. “The silhouette is so beautiful, and this is another way of rendering a modern interpretation of the era with the ‘small’ head that has been so important for Spring.”

“We wanted to do a more minimal Yves Saint Laurent,” echoed face painter Pat McGrath, who realized her vision of something “fresh and strong” through a gloss-covered, deep burgundy mouth, bleached brows, no mascara, and a slight swipe of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream on lids for shine. In complement to the collection’s very graphic lines, McGrath finished the face with a dusting of highlighter on the cheekbones.

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