December 16, 2007

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008 Coverage --

Reese’s Pieces Were Awesome!

By Jan F. Lee

For the 4th season, Tracy Reese partnered up with Sally Hansen to create a color collection of 8 shades for her Spring show inspired by exotic romanticism of North Africa, Tangier and Tunisia and their Salon line. The Sally Hansen team actually met and worked with Reese in her office to pick out colors, the collection justly compliments the Spring 2008 collection of vivid, high-voltage color. In the show, models wore Tunisian Sand—a shimmery beige. Other colors include a deep purple enhanced with gold shimmer called Arabian Night and a versatile pinkish orange color that looks pink against pink and looks orange against orange called Sumptuous Petal. The nail color collection will be available in stores March 2008.

Super excitedly and full of spunk, make-up artist Mally Roncal, describes the make-up as “fresh and easy.” The models are rocking a full, natural-shaped brow, shimmery, bronzy lids atop dewy, glowy skin with the help of Mally Beauty products. On the cheeks is the crème blush Get Cheeky. The lip color, a mixture of a French Kiss lipstick and a unnamed nude lip gloss (both in production to debut soon) is inspired by her newborn twins. The difference between the models and her babies: “a lot of gloss to make it a little slutty,” she says followed a big smile. Mally Beauty is available at Bendel’s and QVC.

The hair, styled by Edris Nicholls of Edris Salon in NYC, is a fusion of a 30s sweep and two 70s braids. “Its easy to try. It’s fun. It’s accessible.” Edris started with blow-dried straight hair using FHI’s Hot Sauce, which infuses moisture into the hair via crystallized Jojoba and keeps the heat off of the hair. Create a part at one temple of the head. French braid the hair coming from each side of the part meeting at the nape of the neck on the opposite side of the head. All of the girls donned the Bruce Webber photo-inspired hairstyle. To give the style an eccentric, very matted look, Edris pulled at the braids. To seal the deal, she finished with Davines hairspray.

Published on 10th September 2007 @ 16:39 In City Pulse
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Diran Diran

By Jan F. Lee

Out of all the shows I have attended so far, the Loris Diran Spring 2008 collection is the most gorgeous and most wearable. Hooray! Every single piece, from the light tunics, to the cocktail dresses, right down to the body-hugging minis. I would wear it all. Unfortunately, buying one of these pieces is a whole ‘nother story.

Anyway, the models were made up as “glowing, bronzed goddesses that had been lying in sun” with all new MAX Factor products. Lauralee Davis, key make-up artist, and her team covered any blemishes on the face and body (since a lot of pieces were a little revealing, ooh-la-la), with Erace Secret Cover-up. The trio eyeshadow palette, Ravenous, which consists of a black, a bronze and a dark golden color, was used to make the eyes dramatic. Volume Couture mascara added even more drama to the mix. On the lip, super shiny Maxalicious lip gloss in Champagne Bath complimented the bronze look aimed for. All the products used are available in stores now, except the mascara, which will be available in November.

The models were living “la dolce vita” in their 50s and 60s glamour-meets-today hairdos. In order to get the junk-in-the-trunk-looking style, Christo of Christo Fifth Avenue, used a cylindrical-shaped hair foundation sponge under very teased hair. Curlisto Glow and Shine polished while Curlisto Hairspray kept it all in place. “You can wear the clothes anywhere,” although the hairstyle doesn’t translate exactly. But the ‘do sans sponge is simple and easy. Tease the hair at the crown of the head, hairspray and throw on a headband for a sexy Tracy Turnblad 2.0.

Published 12th September 2007 @ 18:40 In City Pulse
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Shaken, Not Stirred

By Jan F. Lee

Seeing twenty or so (insert your favorite 007 agent here)s strutting down the runway was an eyeful. With the James Bond action scene music bumping, Andrew Buckler set the mood for his men’s collection of futuristic bright colored suits, separates and swimsuits in his Spring 2008 Buckler show. I don’t know why, but the artificial weapons strapped to some of the models sculpted legs and arms had me a bit…shaken and stirred.

Inspired by Jude Law in the move A.I., Mark Edio for M.A.C. explains that the look is “very artificial, very mannequin, plastique looking.” He used base products to get a fluidity of skin tone from the face down to the chest. Using bronzer, he softly highlighted the face where the light naturally hits it, like the T-zone and right below the eye, instead of where you would normally apply a highlighter.

The hair, like in many other shows this season, was all about the individual models. Wigs cut loose near one eye were worn with the bright pieces. “Weighted long shapes are really in right now,” says Rusk Education Director Angela Greenland. A sleek James Bond ‘do complimented the pieces in the neutral tones.

Published on September 2007 @ 08:46 In City Pulse
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