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Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Lanvin

"The first looks out are pretty strict," Guido Palau noted of the Fall Lanvin collection backstage at the show. "Alber [Elbaz] wanted to put ease and femininity back into the clothes. This is a case in point of downplaying extravagance with really simple hair." So Palau created soft ponytails he gathered above the nape of models' necks and braided them into long plaits. Prepping hair with Redken Wool Shake 08 gel-slush texturizer, the coiffing star rough-dried tresses, pulling pieces out around the hairline to avoid a look that was "too polished."

Makeup artist Pat McGrath also shied away from precision. "It's all about the imperfections here," McGrath said of the squared-off eyeliner job she placed on the outer corners of models' lids using CoverGirl's SmokyShadowBlast Eye Shadow in Onyx Smoke. "Alber wanted the girls to look like they did it themselves—but these are bad girls," McGrath suggested of the sultriness' effect, which was completed by multiple whips of CoverGirl's LashBlast Fusion mascara for a "cloggy" effect on both upper and lower lash lines. McGrath's secret for pulling off this season's nod to spider lashes? "Just keep going with the wand!"
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