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By Gillian Weeks

The runway at Vivienne Tam was all straight lines and right angles, but back stage was nothing but free form. The hair and makeup captured a distinctly wild shape and texture that, set against Tam’s space-age acetic designs, conjured the image of a mullet: party up top, business down below.

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Madcap mane man Dennis Lanni of Bumble and Bumble whipped up another eccentric do with a canvas-covered top knot. After pulling the models’ hair into a tight ponytail at the crown of their heads, he wrapped it in thick canvas – the sort that you might use to strap your Christmas tree to your car, or as Lanni put it, “hold up your pants” – and wound it around the top like a bun. It had the effect of offering a unexpected bit of texture to a fairly drab ensemble and reaffirmed the 1920s feel of the collection.

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Vincent Longo contributed his makeup genius to Tam’s show by bestowing a pair of sultry eyes on all the models. He used only brown liner to darken the top and bottom of the lids, and luminescent foundation that, says Longo, “allows the skin to shine through.” Add a nude lip and heavy brows and you’ll have a face that says you’re serious about partying – if only from the neck up.

Originally published February 2007
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