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By Yelena Moroz

Watching the models glide down the runway at the Abaeté show is much like watching swans glide on a lake – feminine yet dignified. The designer Laura Poretzky ensured that her fall collection sends a message that is full of grace with just the right amount of detail and texture, i.e. armor inspired construction and pewter flower detailing. Somewhat subdued grays and blues are accented with rich purple, burgundy and off white. The entire collection combines elements from the Middle Ages, Grecian draping and the work of Madame Gres. Best of all, the suede ankle-boots with architectural pleats will be available at Payless in the fall.


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To complete the look, hair stylist, David Cruz, used Redken products to created a strong, feminine style that bordered on the militaristic style, if only slightly. He kept the ponytails tight and low, then added volume and teasing to the body.

Make-up artist, Ayako, used NARS cosmetics to fashion a bold, yet natural appearance. With most of the focus on strong eyebrows, mascara was not necessary. Instead, Ayako used Isolde, a shimmery gold eyeshadow that created a jewel-like effect on the runway. For cheeks, she used Dolce Vita, one of the brand’s most popular lipstick shades, to mimic the wind-kissed rouge. To replicate the virginal, berry-stained lips, combine the Canaille and Hindu shades – a perfect compliment to the blue dresses.

Originally published February 2008
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