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By Stef Schwalb

The Feminine Mystique – Delicate Designs, Girly ‘Dos, and Fresh Faces at Cynthia Rowley

Alice in Wonderland met Willy Wonka at Cynthia Rowley’s Spring ’07 show “Candy Is Dandy But Wicker Is Slicker.” Looking through this hourglass of fashion we saw vibrant colours and patterns in full bloom on silk dresses and tops. Some of which featured wicker details such as cuffs and covered safety pins as well as leather insets. Tunics, top coats, and flower bed dresses were among my faves. To coincide with the collection, fresh and feminine looks were provided by Gavin Harwin for Redken (doing the ‘dos) and makeup maven Bobbi Brown (boosting the models’ beauty.)

For hair, updos (low ponytails and some new takes on the French twist) took center stage – a tress trend that we’ve seen a lot of this week. Gavin’s creations showcased messy, piecey, and textured lock looks. Using Redken’s Fabricate 05 on dry hair, Gavin teased the tresses to give them lift and worked his fingers through the strands before pinning pieces up in sections that formed asymmetrical shapes flowing back into the elastics. The tousled results are a bit rock and roll, yet the styles still seem to retain a girlishly groomed charm. A few of the ‘dos also incorporated brilliant accessories designed as sophisticated swirls of purple and blue.

Gavin revealed to us backstage that punk rock princess Patti Smith is a hairstyle icon he’s enamored of, and that the key to successful strand looks for spring is to try not to try too hard. “Don’t look like you’ve spent hours on your hair,” he says. “Because then the style seems contrived.” So that means there’s beauty in imperfection, and in a natural-looking appearance that’s easygoing. Although shine sprays and sleek, straight strands may be headed south for a bit, locking in your style (especially for the runway!) is critical to your ‘do. To ensure his styles stayed in place, Gavin used Redken’s Workforce 06 Hair Spray to seal the deal.

For makeup Bobbi Brown created clean, fresh faces using a color palette of soft and muted tones. For cheeks, Baby Violet Blush complemented lips lit by Violet Heather Lip Gloss. Brows were natural so that the focus remained fixed on the eyes, which featured Ivory Eye Shadow all over, Ultra Violet Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow on the lid, and two coats of Everything Mascara. The result was some illuminating looks that were perfectly in sync with Gavin’s messy girl strand styles and Cynthia’s bright colour palette. As the adventures of Fashion Week come to a close, let’s toast to its success and get excited for Spring 07. Tea and tarts anyone?

Originally published September 2006
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