City Pulse

By Charu Suri


Nicole Romano‘s collection, fresh and bright colored, was shown at the Capitale Restaurant at 130 Bowery Street on Friday evening. Backstage, I spoke to several models who were participating in the event. French model Marie Steiss has been modeling for more than a year said that she was having a wonderful time at Fashion Week (err…who wouldn’t?), and that “no one in my enviable position should be allowed to complain.”

The makeup for the show was “very Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde,” says makeup artist Masha Gxodov, who achieved a sexy, natural and dewy look for the girls, especially on the lips. “Think Catherine Deneuve, with the look of false lashes,” she said. “Or Louise Brooks for those with short, dark hair, with bangs and fuller brows.”

Foundation was kept to a minimum, while lips were matte with beige and nude shades, and glittering eyes shone like jewels. The fresh aspect of Nicole Romano’s backstage makeup team was that each makeup artist was allowed to apply his or her own product (dominant traits included: false lashes, smoky eyes and peachy/neutral tones on cheeks and lips).

Pam Baumgartner, hair stylist for TIGI, sought messy but simple hair-chic bob for the models’ shoulder-length hair, which was pinned up underneath. “I wanted to achieve a look that was sexy but also had a “no showering required’ feel,” she said. “I used a dry shampoo, a spray shine first and then a texturizer to give It a rougher feel. Then I pinned the hair up to achieve a bob, with wispy loose pieces.” The look certainly gave the clothes a lovely sexy vibe.

If only my hair looked so good when tumbling right out of bed!

Originally published September 2006
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