Chignons and Metallic Manicures: Prete & Bruno Fall 2012

For the Prete & Bruno Show, renowned hair stylist Vince Smith devised a high chignon to match the Hollywood lady-like silhouettes of the 2012 Fall collection. He conversed with me backstage about what makes this chignon unique. “This chignon is a definite twist on a classic elegant look,” he confided. “Think Grace Kelly, Hollywood stars of the fifties and sixties”. I asked if it was in any way related to a bridal chignon. “This is not a bridal chignon at all,” he flatly responded. You can notice from the pictures that this formal chignon has an ease and sexiness that would not work as well for a wedding look.

Photo credit: Chris Pearce

To create the effect, Vince lifts the hair into a high ponytail; he then loops the ends and pins down the front from underneath while shaping it with his hands. You need a lot of bobby pins to give structure and hold the hair. In the end, he uses Redken Nioxin Forceful 23 Finishing Hairspray to create texture and Moroccan Oil to add moisture and shine to the hair. This is not an easy look to emulate at home, he warns. But he seems to think that formal looks are in the air this year. Don’t be surprised to see chignons this spring and fall; they are definitely a trend to watch.

Photo credit: Chris Pearce

To complement the chignons and the Hollywood inspiration of the Prete & Bruno 2012 Fall Collection, manicurist Leah Pate was inspired by the jewelry and accessories of the collection that were mostly gold with pearl accents. She opted to use Pure Ice’s Jaguar (a warm, light gold) as the base, and then painted a horizontal line down the middle of the nail using Pure Ice’s Best Friend (a lighter, almost pearl-colored gold).

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Leah opted for an effect that was not too overpowering. The last step is meant to catch the light and elongate the fingers. “This is definitely an easy look to create at home,” she reassured. You can use one or two coats for a fantastic effect. The final result on the model was just that, complementing the classic cut of the clothes with a beautiful echo, in sync with the overall palette.

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