September 1 2014

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Nonchalant Beauty at Bottega Veneta


bottegaWe’ve talked a lot about doing as little as possible for Spring 2014, and at Bottega Veneta the concept was no different. “This season people aren’t referencing a woman—it’s just ease that they’re after,” said hairstylist Guido Palau, who chalks up this change to more conceptual silhouettes and techno fabrics on the runway. He cites hair as one of the mediums many designers are using (Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier included) to bring their clothes back down to earth for the modern woman. The natural, formless texture seen at today’s show was meant to lend an aspect of simplicity to the highly detailed collection (ruffles, precise pleats, gems, and even fringe all made an appearance). Palau worked with what the girls showed up with, creating a gentle bend with a curling iron where needed. He added a slightly off-center part and called it a day. “To wear a beautiful dress and not worry about your hair is the ultimate luxury, isn’t it?” he quipped.

Pat McGrath followed the same direction for the makeup, perfecting complexions with foundation, adding a natural brown tone around the eyes, dusting a light blush on the cheeks, and dabbing a clear balm on lips. “There was no exaggeration anywhere [on the face],” she said. Looks like purity has found a recurring place on the catwalk.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

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