City Pulse

By Laura Werling

This season the Doo.Ri Fall 2011 collection was shown at Eyebeam in Chelsea, at the beautiful, large gallery space. The sophisticated space was the perfect backdrop to the collection, which was feminine with a bit of a dark side. Just as the gallery space was softly lit and beautiful, so was the makeup look. The inspiration for the makeup was “Jane Birkin meets Patti Smith”, very feminine but with a bit of an edge. I loved the softness of the makeup contrasted with the dark, sexy sophistication. The look was all about the eyes, which were very smokey, with a matte, clean finish.

The makeup team used M.A.C eyeshadows in silver and gray in layers to create dimension and intrigue. No mascara was used, in order to keep the look monotone with a softer finish. The cheeks were contoured and a light, shimmery stain was applied to the lip. The eyebrows were very natural, just brushed back with an eyebrow brush. I thought the look went perfectly with the long and fluid silhouettes and dark yet muted blacks, grays, and blues of the Doo.Ri collection.

The hair at Doo.Ri this season was matched to the clothes: long, straight, and sophisticated. The hair was completely straightened out and fake bang pieces were added on. It was quite interesting to see the piles of fake bang pieces in various hair colors; I’m quite certain that was my first time seeing a big pile of bangs backstage, but I guess during Fashion Week I should be prepared for a few surprises. The next day I saw large amounts of braids backstage at the Alberta Ferretti show, so seeing piles of fake hair is totally normal to me now. Back at Doo.Ri, the bang pieces were clipped onto the top of the head and the sides were styled into the rest of the hair, to keep it from looking fake. The hairdresser put one on me while describing to me how the piece is styled, and to my surprise it looked really real. The hair as well as the makeup went great with the sexy, draped pieces and textured wool looks in the collection. Overall, the look at Doo.Ri was very beautiful and chic, perfect for next fall.

As I mentioned, the hairstyle at the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti show involved some extra hair as well, which was braided and added on to the textured, low pony. The hair was teased and styled to be wavy and textured giving extra volume and shape. The makeup look at Alberta Ferretti this season was fitting with the voluminous hair; it was a 60′s inspired look, and the stylists mentioned young Goldie Hawn to be the icon they used as inspiration. The skin was kept fresh and natural, using only small amounts of concealer, and using a satiny powder from M.A.C in the “Vanilla” color to highlight the cheekbones. The eyes are bright and feminine, using a nude tone cream eyeshadow in “Shell Pink”, to create an icy, frosted, shimmery look on the eyes. Then the lashes were covered in layers and layers of mascara on the top and bottom lashes to go with the 60′s inspiration. The makeup look was very light and peachy, and dimensional. The collection was full of color, which is refreshing for the fall season. The frosty, Goldie Hawn makeup look added a nice element of young and freshness to the elegance of the Alberta Ferretti womenswear collection.

Originally published February 2011
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