Summer wedding season is upon us, and for a bride-to-be in search of beauty inspiration, you can’t go wrong with the timeless-yet-on-trend look we spotted at the Pronovias’ bridal show this past weekend. In celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, the Spanish fashion house staged a runway spectacle at Barcelona’s famed Pabellón Italiano, which drew more than 2,000 guests, including the likes of Camila Alves and Bar Refaeli. This milestone also called for major models, and Pronovias enlisted a roster of noteworthy catwalkers such as Karolina Kurkova, Constance Jablonski, Ymre Stiekema, Samantha Gradoville, Pauline Hoarau, and more to stroll down the aisle—er, runway—in the label’s breathtaking designs. (The sixty-seven-person creative team took a well-deserved bow following Kurkova’s finale.)
Citing iconic sixties actresses like Audrey Hepburn, MAC artist Victor Alvarez kept faces mostly bare with a healthy bronze glow, and focused on creating drama with quintessential winged eyeliner and false lashes. Meanwhile, hairstylist Moncho Moreno swept the girls’ hair back into sleek, coiled buns wrapped in a single braid. This updated chignon provided a base for Pronovias’ specialty headpieces. More than fifty different accessory options were on hand backstage, and so—much like real brides—no two looks were identical. We were particularly drawn to the white flower crowns (à la Dolce & Gabbana Spring ’14) interspersed with delicate pearls, which provided a fresh alternative to more traditional veils.
Ultimately, your wedding is no time to experiment with out-there, edgy styles. Thus, Pronovias’ lesson in classically modern beauty deserves both admiration and imitation—hell, even we might be able to pull a Kate Middleton and achieve this look ourselves.
Here, Pronovias shares exclusive, behind-the-scenes snaps from their big day with Style.com.
Peter Philips’ inaugural backstage voyage as the creative and image director for Dior beauty started out with a relative bang—sixty-six models, branded water taxis, and Manahattanites floating across the East River en masse. (It’s not exactly the Seine, but if you close your eyes and hum a few bars of “La Vie en Rose,” you could almost pretend you were in Paris instead of on your way to Brooklyn.)
“There is an expression of scarves [in the clothes] and there’s a lot of movement when the girls walk, but the shapes are very graphic when they’re static,” noted the makeup artist. To mimic Raf Simons’ sharp aesthetic, Philips used the brand’s forthcoming It-Line Eye-Liner in It-Black (out in June), carefully etching the liquid formula straight across the upper lash line and running a parallel band along the bottom lashes, dragging it out just past the outer corners of the eyes to exaggerate their size. Next, Philips topped the liquid with a matte ebony powder from the 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Bar (on shelves in August), making the lines slightly softer and significantly more stay-put. Pearly pink and white shadows from the same palette were employed as highlights (the pink on the lid and the white between the lines on the outer corners), and complexions were kept equally matte and luminous courtesy of the house’s new Diorskin Star Foundation (available in September). The final touch for many of the models was a dramatic strip of false lashes—a concept that seems to have carried over from the Fall 2014 season. “It’s not a big makeup statement, but it’s a look that fits with all sixty-six girls and makes them stronger,” he said.
As for the lack of Resort-like brights, Philips noted that the “steady line” that runs throughout the entire collection is black and any color seemed to clash. “It’s Raf’s version of Resort, so it’s a bit more strict,” he laughed. In any event, if you’re taking a cruise to BK, I’d say a dark and edgy eye is the way to go.
The reign of the cornrow continues in Australia, with these braids and dip-dyed ends showing up on the runway at Di$count (snapped by Style.com’s associate news editor, Katharine K. Zarrella). This plait seems to be seeking world domination for Fall 2014—staking its claim on the catwalk from New York to Sydney.
Dividing hair down the center was de rigueur for Spring 2014 (seen at Marni, Balenciaga, Valentino, and Chloé), and extreme side parts were on trend for Fall (showing up on the catwalk at Hugo Boss, Proenza Schouler, and Carven). But no matter whether you go deep or stick to the middle ground, keeping your scalp safeguarded this summer is key. Applying SPF to your strands, while effective, can leave them limp and greasy. Enter a stylish solution courtesy of the Teca por Helo Rocha show in São Paulo today: a visor with a strip designed to protect your part. Not only does this hat offer shade for your face, but it also shields the exposed skin on the top of your head when you’re soaking up the sun on the sand or the tennis court.
Braids staked their claim on the runway this season, making appearances in every fashion city during the monthlong parade from New York to Paris. The plait that shows no signs of stopping, however, is the mohawk braid. It popped up at Tibi in NYC, on Brit Wacher’s catwalk in Toronto last week, and at the designers showcase today in Seoul. Far more tame than the hair-raising version adopted by the punks but so much edgier than a simple center part—getting caught in the middle never looked so good.