38 posts tagged "Proenza Schouler"
The underlying beauty theme at Proenza Schouler: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. For hairstylist Paul Hanlon, that meant adding a central—but not perfect—part and keeping the gentle fuzz intact at the top of the head. “What you’d normally control, we’re not,” he said. Since the show was in the morning this season, Hanlon didn’t have to worry about product buildup; instead, he used Fekkai Glossing Conditioner (normally rinsed out) as a leave-in treatment and applied Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm from mid-length through to the ends to weigh down strands. (His inspiration for the lank look came from Dogtown and Z-Boys, a documentary about a posse of seventies skater and surfer boys in California, and photographer Joseph Szabo’s book Teenage.) He then blew hair dry with fingers, as a brush would make it too even, and flat-ironed the underlayers around the ears and nape of the neck to eliminate volume, leaving the texture on the surface untouched.
Makeup artist Diane Kendal took an even more minimal approach, brushing brows up and filling them in only when necessary, and curling the lashes but not adding mascara. MAC Lip Conditioner (a clear balm) was used on both lips and lids for a hint of shine, while Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder was dusted on the T-zone to mattify. The only color on the face was Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush (available spring/summer 2014), which Kendal tapped onto the apples of the cheeks with her fingertips. “We’re keeping the girls as they are,” she said. Refreshing.
While a natural, beige nail seems to have won out this season at New York fashion week (appearing at Derek Lam, Vera Wang, and Michael Kors among many others), the manicurist at Proenza Schouler has no intentions of going bare:
“Nail art has been alive for years—Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem, Detroit—for me it never dies. It may go down to a solid [color] or something more mild [for Spring 2014], but I’m always going to have a party.”
And to that, we say: Lacquer up and dance like nobody’s watching.
When it comes to hair color, model Heather Marks has run the gamut—from blond for Resort 2013 to auburn for Fall 2012 and brunette for Fall 2009. Only hours ago, I spotted her backstage at Proenza Schouler making a last-minute shade change (a direction given by the designers). “They’ve got a little section with two or three girls with red hair,” said hairstylist Paul Hanlon. (The other gingers on the runway included Irina Kravchenko and Magdalena Jasek, all wearing crimson—whether it was a suede dress, cropped trousers, or threaded throughout a shaggy jacket.) Although many girls have gone for varying shades of platinum and champagne for Spring 2014, I’m excited to see someone finally venture into more fiery territory.
The typically glossy-haired and polished Miranda Kerr shows that she can get down and dirty—at least for Mango’s Fall punk-inspired campaign. Her bed-head-y waves, created by hair legend Christiaan, are reminiscent of the “skinny” strands we saw this past season at Proenza Schouler. And the barely there makeup—lived-in and slightly greasy shadow, smudgy liner, natural lipstick, with a focus on strong brows—also made us think of face painter Diane Kendal’s approach at the same Fall show. Kerr recently revealed to Marie Claire UK that she felt just as sexy working this pared-down look as she does a bedazzled bra and a blow-out: “I loved that Inez and Vinoodh [the Dutch photographers who snapped these incredible images] kept the look of the campaign very raw and natural, and I think it complements the collection very well.” Bottom line: We love when an Angel goes grunge.
This time of year, all I have to do is walk out the door for a halo of frizz to spring up. My naturally curly shoulder-length cut is super-reactive to the humidity. When our beauty editor Celia Ellenberg (who has now left us to freelance—good for her, bad for me) mentioned Julien Farel’s new Zero Frizz Quickie Treatment, it was a fairly easy sell. I liked the fact that it wasn’t a straightening process. Despite the positive feedback I usually get after a visit to Drybar, I’m not a blow-out kind of girl. Where my hair is concerned, at least, I’m a pretty firm believer in “work with what you’ve got.” The service, which combines hydrolyzed keratin and Farel’s Zero Frizz Restore serum, is designed to smooth and soften hair without eliminating body and volume. It’s formaldehyde-free and fairly odorless, which means there were no respiratory masks or teary eyes involved, and I was in and out the door in an hour and a half. Another couple of perks: You don’t have to wait the traditional seventy-two hours to wash your hair, the way you do with a true Keratin treatment, and at $200, it costs significantly less than a Brazilian Blowout. Farel said the effects would last six to eight weeks, practically until Labor Day. Not quite straight but significantly softer, my relaxed waves got a couple of nods of approval at the couture shows in Paris last week. One editor friend of mine even compared my new ’do to “Proenza Schouler hair.” Perfectly imperfect—that’s a compliment I could hear all summer.
The service is available at Julien Farel salons in New York and Miami.