If there’s one thing that we love about a real good designer, it’s the fact that they design for a real good woman. Yes, we said it: real bodies, real curves, real hips, real busts, real sizes; we’re talkin’ some regular ole’ R-E-A-L.
While shopping the runways in Paris, New York, and Milan might be discouraging for those of us with curves, (if you got it, flaunt it!) fear no more, we've got a designer for you. Even though bigger names in the industry are the brands we tend to gravitate to, these notable names and designs don’t always hug and squeeze (read: flatter) in all the right places. So, what’s a girl to do?
Hair by Ted Gibson drew inspiration from the clothes. Ted wanted to create a non-traditional bun with an edgy finish for that 70’s Halston-glam look. A true center part and a low pony-tail are the foundation for this incredibly glamorous and replicable look. Wild-texured hair gets segmented down the length of the tail with black elastics and then spun into a low bun, secured with bobby pins. The whole look is finished with a headscarf that is twisted over itself like a wide-woven headband. The whole thing is decidedly Streisand circa “Funny Girl”. GLA - MO - ROUS.
I always love covering the Vena Cava presentation. Its a relaxed and smoothly run operation - with Ted Gibson on hair, Nonie Creme for Butter London on nails, and Christian McCullough for MAC on makeup duty -backstage really is a who’s who of the industry’s finest. You couldn’t ask for a better kickoff to Fashion Week.
Nails continue their ‘greige’ trend on the runway this year, as Nonie Creme created a custom look for the show using press-on nails. The nails were pre-painted by Nonie herself in preparation for the show. Using two coats of “Yummy Mummy” and one coat of “Union Jack Black” Nonie created an edgy take on the French manicure.
“It took me three days to paint the nails. But there’s no way you can replicate that clean line backstage,” too much chaos and not nearly enough time for 29 models to get their nails carefully painted led to the idea of using press on nails. “It’s actually really easy to replicate the idea at home,” Nonie says, “Just lay down some tape and stick the press-on nails to it. Then you can paint as messy as you like and the nails lift off clean.”
Full makeup was used by Christian McCullough for MAC cosmetics. That sort of, Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock in Scarface, look: coral lips, soft-toned cheeks. Eyes were emphasized by a deep metallic-navy that met a soft, shimmery blue shadow. The whole look complimented the line, inspired by the 80’s “Memphis” Architecture. Platform shoes in a bevy of fresh spring tones accessories complimented the highly geometric line.
What I'm looking forward to for spring: Bright poppy red as a refreshing change on spring color infusions. It complements that just-barely-sun-kissed skin tone we all like to adopt around May. photos by Michael Tessier