City Pulse

By Alexandra Taylor

As the first set of designer collections hit the runway this past week, a relaxed and cool sensibility seemed to fill the star-studded venues. With a sense of ease and a twist on modern classics, Spring/Summer 2011 will bring avid shoppers easy and sensible key pieces for their wardrobe. From layered season appropriate knits to simplified modern silhouettes cut in light silks, the vibe of many designers was to keep it clean and smart, offering their customers wearable yet unique takes on traditional sportswear.

The Doo.Ri Spring/Summer collection stuck to what the designer does best, practicality with the innate craftsmanship that keeps customers returning season after season. From a mix of pleating and drapery to bright colors on feminine silhouettes and a kaleidoscope print perfect for spring, designer Doo-Ri Chung continues to produce wearable garments, fitting for the sophisticated wardrobe of the modern Doo.Ri woman. Tom Pecheux for M.A.C. opted for a clean and washed-out look for the face, to compliment the collection, ultimately letting the clothing stand for itself. With a white, vanilla, and lavender color palette, the makeup was quite simple and not too overbearing. To begin, the face was perfected with M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation, followed with M.A.C Washed Out Cream Shadow on the eyelids, and a bit of Ash Blonde Studio Finish Skin Corrector along the lip to emphasize the light feel.

Continuing the easy-luxe mood, design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, of Preen, showcased a collection of feminine sportswear in a muted neutral palette with accented prints. The Preen woman according to the duo is “cool and edgy yet sophisticated.” With a quasi blend of poise and downtown chic, Preen attracts many customers to this evolving label. For S/S 2011 the duo presented quite an array of intricate pieces with a focus on silks from washed to chiffon, intricately beaded to colorful prints, the craftsmanship of each piece, continued to indicate the sophistication of the designers.

Backstage James Kaliardos for M.A.C. was happily turning the models into the perfect Preen woman, with a fresh face, accenting the eyes with M.A.C. Cream Eye Shadow Quad in Lite Brite, and a simple curled eyelash, no mascara. A dab of M.A.C. Super Kissable Lip Color and you have a perfect minimal no-fuss look. The makeup was nothing over-the-top, just simple and perfect for the spring/summer. Luke Hersheson for Redken created a 1960s styled hairdo with fringe bangs and a matte texture using Redken Full Force Hairspray to create a soft wave.

Rain or shine, Elise Overland knew how to put on a show. The front row said it all, with the likes of celebrities and fashion savvy editors, including Nicky Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, and Waris Ahluwalia, 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist. The runway show echoed an edgy relaxed aura, from the music to the structured leather jackets and vests, paired with feminine body conscious dresses and a take on revealing lace. The collection indeed accentuated female sensuality with a modern cutting-edge vibe that would attract many of her hip youthful customers. Napoleon Perdis evoked the hip vibe with big statement lashes, perfectly primed skin using Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer, and a soft lip. The look was natural, accessible, and youthful, using little makeup to accentuate a woman’s natural beauty.

Originally published September 2010
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