By Charu Suri
SWINGY, SEXY PONYTAILS AT PAMELLA ROLAND
The bold colors of flamingo and ocean blue commingled with elegant mainstays of ivory and classic black came to grace the runway of Pamella Roland’s show on Monday evening. Even if the dresses sounded familiar (“White taffeta top”), they were paired with the unexpectedly elegant (“with plisse-ruffle jabot”).
For the hair, Roland gave the stage to Paul Labrecque, owner of the eponymous salon. “Pamella’s inspiration was the Galapagos islands and we wanted to give her something that was very free, natural and sexy,” says Labrecque. “We’re doing ponytails with a lot of movement. It’s all about the swing and bounce as the girls are walking down the runway. It’s little bit less contrived.”
The products used on the models’ hair were Paul Labrecque’s own concoctions, each brand new. A popular choice was the “Straight Finish” humidity control hairspray that is very light in touch.
The effort paid off: the ‘dos looked laid back yet elegant on the runway, especially paired with luxe numbers like the silk taffeta trench with chantilly lace trim and the ecru silk crepe gown with beaded middle (numbers that made you want to conjure the image of Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina).
The makeup was done by Artistry and Makeup Forever. Makeup artist Wendy Karcher said that the Galapagos-inspired look include a “pretty mango lip, a powder blush, and a bronzer to give the apperance of a tan.” Kareth Whitchurch, another makeup artist for Makeup Forever said that they used “coral colors on the cheeks and lips with a little bit of shimmer on the brow bones, and a sheer foundation for face and body.” Products applied included the Face and Body Foundation (a sheer, water-based foundation water with silicone), Blush # 5 in coral, and lipstick # 241 in coral. The eyes were a soft smoky brown.
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MARILYN REVISITED AT TAMARA POGOSIAN
By Gillian Weeks
At Tamara Pogosian’s Fashion Week debut, it was Marilyn all over the runway. Tobi Britton from Face Atelier created a makeup look that recalled Ms. Monroe’s delicate sensuality yet shied away from full-on bedroom eyes. This version was slightly more foyer than boudoir.
Britton used pale beige shadow to highlight the lids and brows, then a dusty pink to deepen the creases. She suggests snipping off the inner third of a pair of false eyelashes, then attaching them to the outer corners of the eyes to create a flirtatious yet ultimately lady-like look.
Britton raves about Face Atelier’s line of foundations, which she says ought to change the minds of some die-hard base opponents. She recommends using a powder brush to blend foundation across the face, leaving it opaque and seamless. As a final touch, she adds a light dusting of bronzer to the models’ cheeks in order to create continuity between the darker chest and lighter face.
Britton owns The Makeup Shop, located at 131 West 21st, which provides airbrushed makeup, emergency makeovers, and lessons from pros like herself. Get her tips to look more Marilyn Monroe and less Anna Nicole at http://www.themakeupshop.com.
RIGHT ON TARGET
By Lauren Baccus
Carolina Herrera, Sass and Bide, Calvin Klein…and Payless. No, this isn’t an updated Sesame Street educational tool, it’s actually the buzz on what not to miss under the Bryant Park tents this week. As industry analysts break down every color trend, signature shape and runway must-have for Spring/Summer 2007, a number of unlikely parings have also made quite a strong showing throughout the week.
While there’s nothing particularly revolutionary about high end designers joining forces with more budget-conscious brands, never before have these alliances earned such a respected place alongside fashion’s elite. As part of the Bryant Park shows this year, Olympus has dedicated space under the tents for 28 accessory collections, many of which are designer collaborations: Vivienne Westwood, Thakoon and Sopia Kokosalaki for Nine West, Rafe and Paul & Joe for Target, and Abaete for Payless.
Sharing space with designers Judith Ripka, BCBG Max Azria and Susan Farber, clearly this was a designated “no poo poo-ing” zone. In fact, I fell so completely in love with the large wool Paul & Joe shoulder bag with owl appliqué, that I wasted no time logging into my Target account (believe me, I’m a highly valued customer) with credit card in hand.
The process was anticlimactic. I panicked, imagining that the bag had sold out already (it’s not Hermes for crying out loud!) then a zen-like calm came over me when I realized that the item had not been added to the current inventory. Oh Target, why do you tease me so?
I was much more relieved to discover that Nine West was currently carrying its featured designer collaborations for a limited duration. Whether the cheeky tartan and leather stacked Vivienne Westwood’s boots manage to remain in stock past the designated four weeks, however, is a different story.
While they aren’t quite tearing down the walls of the elite fashion houses, brands such as Payless, Nine West and Target are definitely making a good case for the “little” guy. As designers become more comfortable with balancing style and relevance with mass appeal, it will be interesting to see how relationships develop with more main stream brands. Who knows what the next power couple will be…..Wall Mart and Vera Wang?
Well, let’s not get carried away.