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By Laura Werling

Photo: Laura Werling

Rag & Bone delivered a strong collection for Spring this year; the design duos’ vision came across clearly in the careful styling of each look and then came together cohesively in the end. The inspiration was the Paris-Dakar rally race, an annual off-road motocross race spanning across several countries and extremely rough terrains. Picturing the adventurous drivers speeding across countries and through the Saharan desert in the waves of heat and dangerous conditions was what Neville and Wainwright had in mind when designing the collection. Then, to take a detour, the designers brought in inspirations of the Bedouin tribes’ headscarves and robes manifesting in the African landscape. Their thoughts also drifted to Victorian cottons in nightshirts, petticoats, and khakis worn on safari in the Victorian era, then brought it all back around to the original motocross inspiration with a collaboration with Oakley. Overall, it seems like a lot of themes tied together at random, but as a whole, the collection came across as a clear and simple vision come to life on the runway.

Photo: Laura Werling

Revlon makeup artist Gucci Westman-Neville, wife of designer David Neville, skillfully crafted the makeup look. The idea for the look was to keep things fresh and raw, yet strong and bold. “I wanted to create a look that was a little bit punk, but still looked feminine and soft. I kept the makeup very pure, focusing on the brow, to create a touch of drama,” said Westman. The face was primed with Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream in Light and Medium, which will become available in January 2013. Then for the eyes, Westman used neutral shades of brown eye shadow to create some natural looking dimension in the eyes, using Revlon ColorStay 16-hour Eye Shadow Quad in Addictive, $7.49. To accentuate the natural shape of the eye, Westman used Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Brown, $7.99, and on the top lashes only, Grow Luscious Mascara, $7.49. For the strong eyebrow, Westman filled in and shaped the brow with Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown and Light Brown, $7.50. The lips were kept their natural shade, but just given a hint of shine by layering Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum, $7.49, and Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner in Nude, $7.99. Westman and the Revlon team were extremely successful in creating a raw, “no-makeup makeup” look, keeping it pure and refreshing. For the nails, Revlon’s Nail Enamel in Elegant was painted on half the models, and the other half got Revlon Top Speed in Spirit.

The concept for the hair, done by Guido Palau at Redken, was to keep things fresh and easy looking. The hair was styled straight back on the head with a lot of texture and a little volume in the body of the hair. To give the hair a textured boost, Palau used Redken’s Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam to style the hair back on the head. Then, the ends were run over with a curling iron, then tousled and straightened out to not look overdone, just perfectly wavy. To give the hair some shine on top and hold in the waves, Palau used Redken’s Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel, and then blow-dried for extra hold and volume. As a whole, the makeup and hair looks were edgy, yet natural and worked perfectly with the motocross-inspired collection.

Photo: Laura Werling

Originally published September 2012
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