13 posts tagged "Carolina Herrera"
“Classic Carolina” is how Herrera’s glam squad described its inspiration at the designer’s Fall show. For makeup artist Diane Kendal, that meant timeless beauty. All the quintessential elements were there: defined eyes courtesy of a precise etching of black cream eyeliner drawn close to the lash line and slightly flicked out; a romantic pink cheek blended into models’ skin with MAC’s forthcoming Blush in Angel; and lips painted a sweet shade of sheer rosy-brown with a slick of its Lipstick in Prince Noir. Full brows and a wash of clear gloss on lids added that extra bit of runway glamour. Hair was similarly demure, thanks to coiffing star Orlando Pita, who prepped strands with MoroccanOil’s Styling Cream before applying heat and creating a soft side part. For his next rick, Pita gathered tresses into a low ponytail, which he tucked into itself and then pinned to secure. “It’s boyish in front,” he said of the style, which was deliberately pulled off models’ necks to showcase an abundance of collars in the collection. “I want it to look neat,” Pita added. Herrera seems to be slowly edging into slightly edgier territory, though. For only the second time in her career, the designer requested dark nails—two thin coats of CND’s Dark Ruby, to be precise. But the point was to help bring an even more “luxurious, expensive” feel to the clothes, not to go goth. Don’t get it twisted.
Karlie Kloss is probably best known for those brow-tastic Marc Jacobs campaigns and her impressive stature. At 5′ 11″, the Midwesterner towers over many of her cohorts, kicking her long legs out in front of her body for one of the most mind-boggling walks in the biz. Believe it or not, Kloss is also one hell of a good hand model. “I love nail polish,” Kloss revealed to us backstage at Donna Karan yesterday, where we snapped her in Deborah Lippmann’s Shape of My Heart, an opaque pastel pink lacquer, only a few short hours after she was spotted showcasing CND’s Dark Ruby at Carolina Herrera. “I love a bright red,” she said of her color of choice—”like an obnoxiously bright red. It’s like red lipstick; no matter what you’re wearing it makes you feel like Jerry Hall!” Kloss’ crimson wishes came true this morning at Rodarte’s prairie girls-inspired show, where Lippmann made a repeat appearance toting Jessica Rabbit, a scarlet sequins varnish that only Kloss and Kansas-born Lindsey Wixson were treated to. When we asked Kloss about her thoughts on nails’ newfound importance on the runway, she gushed. “It’s genius. It makes so much more of a statement than plain polish.” Her favorite ten-piece statement so far? CND’s deep bordeaux manis with extended gold smile lines at Jason Wu. “I saved them!”
Not so long ago, we lived for barrettes. In seventh grade, it was plastic baby clips in the mold of ducks, birds, and other similarly infantile shapes, and then it was barrettes of the multicolored, mini-sized Goody variety, which have since been discontinued and which we buy in bulk should we happen upon them at an outdated pharmacy. So, you can understand why we’re quite pleased to see the youthful hair accessory having a major moment for Spring. We’ve already mentioned the chunky plastic pieces Cynthia Rowley whipped up for her show this weekend and the plain silver metal bars hair stylist Odile Gilbert used to create a sleek, graphic silhouette at Prabal Gurung. And it just keeps getting better! Orlando Pita and his crack team of coif masters assembled barrettes covered in actual hair to hold and seamlessly blend into models’ own tresses at Carolina Herrera on Monday, mimicking the silhouette of fluid, belted Korean robes. Then yesterday, Peter Gray strung up bejewled golden charms onto bobby pins and inserted them into big, soft, Seventies-era coifs at Badgley Mischka before a rousing Rodarte show where Gilbert was called on yet again to insert ten different barrettes the Mulleavy sisters made with their own hands into sixties-style, rough-dried, easy, California-girl hair. It was cute, it was classic, and it looked amazing with their gold dresses, which we definitely wouldn’t have appreciated back in middle school, but would love to slip into now. Some things change, some stay the same.
Eye shadow has never been one of our go-to beauty items. Sure, we keep a drawer full of shimmering aquas, bright oranges, and metallic silvers on hand, but that’s more of a testament to a tendency to hoard than an inclination to wear them. But lid-layering is emerging as one of Fall’s biggest trends, so we may be grateful to our coffers yet. In contrast to the many nude, no-makeup looks that have dominated presentations in New York and London, a few makeup artists this season are opting for drama, taking pigment all the way up to the brow and dragging it underneath the lower lid, often in lieu of any eyeliner and/or mascara at all. Charlotte Tilbury championed this cause backstage at both DKNY and Pringle of Scotland, where she chose dark beiges and taupes to evoke a feeling of sullen antiquity—a sentiment that Pat McGrath echoed at Kinder Aggugini, where she used a rounded, shimmery “greige” eye to re-create what she described as a “Napoleonic” woman. The same technique has had flashier seventies moments as well. At Diane von Furstenberg, James Kaliardos paid tribute to Studio 54 by blending blue and green iridescent pigments and MAC’s 3-D Glitter in Silver into a strong, glossy black eye, while Diane Kendal channeled Sarah Moon photos and vintage Cacharel backstage at Carolina Herrera, using four different purple eye shadows on top of MAC’s Lipliner in Night Moth, which she scrawled across models’ lids for hold. We’ll let you know if there are other noteworthy sightings in Milan and Paris, so we can all get a head start on some necessary at-home trial and error before next season rolls around.
Orlando Pita is over glamorous waves. That’s right; the hairstylist and backstage regular is tired of seeing celebrities walk the runway with loose ringlets and is taking a stand by bringing pin-straight tresses back to the runway. “If you see something for five years, it’s time to move on,” he told us at Carolina Herrera yesterday, where he parted ways with the updos he typically does at the show. Instead, Pita prepped hair with MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream before blowing it dry, then created deep side parts and nourished the ends with its argan oil treatment so the result was sleek, but not severe. Pita appears to be a man of his word, too. When we ran into him again at Derek Lam this morning, he was still extolling the virtues of staying on the straight and narrow and took a moment to show us how to get the same look with a little natural texture: Pull a section of hair straight back away from your head, coat it with hair spray, hit it with a few bursts of the blow-dryer, and repeat, finger-combing along the way. Consider retiring your curling iron for fall.