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By Susan Romero

What can I say about Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2011 collection? I want it, I love it and I would do almost anything for it. Lhuillier’s collection was elegant and feminine with gala evening gowns and cocktail dresses made of embroidered fabrics, chiffon, taffeta, silk organza, ostrich feathers, sequins and lace. There were even black cigarette trousers paired with cropped jackets and lace blouses. The models epitomized the dark, sultry and seductive mood that Lhuillier created with her Fall 2011 collection. The hair and make-up contrasted the softness of the clothes with a sharp edge.

There was nothing tame about the make-up created by Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics. Garland explained that the inspiration was “a fierce take on a ’50s Irving Penn kind of showroom model.” “So we have a fierce eyebrow brushed on and extended out so it’s a little bit more dramatic. There is a mélange of color on the eye. It is a plumb color mixed with black. It’s a very soft, smoky eye.” said Garland. She also used a white pencil inside the corners of the eyes.

There is no mascara, Garland said, because it is more young and fresh and focuses on the color around the eye. Garland applied Matchmaker foundation, which she said gives the skin a seamless luminosity. Pro Sculpting Cream Cheek in Accentuate, a sandy brown color, provided a soft color on the cheeks.

Odile Gilbert for Kerastase, created the up do hairstyle that each model had. Portraits taken by the iconic photographer, Richard Avedon, inspired the look. Gilbert used Volume Actif before the hair was blown out straight, then used Elixir Ultime oil for shine. Finally, she used Double Force Control Ultime to hold the hair in place while creating the ribbon like pieces of hair on top of the head. The last touch was a little black bow on top of the head above the side swept bang.

Jan Arnold for CND created the nails with a manicure called Shady Lady. Silver Chrome was used as a base and Dessert Suede, a taupe color, was painted on top. The nail tip was iced with Dark Amethyst, a limited edition color that is due out in the fall of this year. For this show, the nails were prepared as press on colors in order to save time and ensure uniformity.

This collection was so breathtaking, feminine and classic that the strong hair and make-up provided a fun twist and the manicure added a fresh touch. The eyebrows were definitely different, almost unkempt looking, and not something I would personally try, but they worked with the make-up and hair.

Originally published February 2011
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