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By Laura Werling

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When asked what the inspiration behind this season’s collection was, the design duo answered “authenticity, love, and friendship.” Pamela Skaist-Levy and design partner Gela Nash-Taylor sited Joni Mitchell as a more specific reference, looking to the late 60’s early 70’s singer-songwriter lifestyle in Los Angeles as an inspiration for easy, free-spirited clothes. The 70’s hippie troubadour life brought into the lifestyle of the modern 2012 girl was the goal for this season’s collection. The Skaist-Taylor girl this Spring is very easygoing and passionate, very organic in her way of dressing.

Makeup artist Polly Osmond of MAC Cosmetics expertly created the makeup for the show. To start off the fresh, uncomplicated look, Osmond first gave the skin a thin layer of Mineralize Moisture Foundation, then topped it off with the sheer Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Any blemishes were concealed with MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer. Then, for a bright, rosy cheek, Osmond used several lipsticks, to provide creamy, even color on the cheeks. Please Me and Crème de la Femme are both good colors to use for a natural, radiant cheek. These same lipsticks were then used on the lips, for a natural, glowing look on the whole face. To get those thick 70’s lashes, Osmond used Haute and Naughty Lash Mascara on the top lashes. The look overall was very laid back and free, definitely a runway-to-real-life look, especially for Spring/Summer.

Photo: Laura Werling

To top off the beautiful, radiant face, the concept for the hair was the same idea of freedom and movement as for the clothes and makeup looks. Lead stylist for Oribe Hair Care, Kien Hoang, created this look effortlessly. “The hair has a lot of freedom and movement; it’s light, flowing, and full,” said Hoang. To achieve the tight, tiny waves in the hair that turned out a bit like a Diana Ross ‘fro, Hoang first prepped the hair with Oribe Foundation Mist, $22. Then, tight pin curls were set using Oribe’s Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray, $38. Then, after the curls had set, the last step was to brush out the curls for the light, fluffy volume to arise. The hair was set with Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray, $39, for just the right amount of texture and hold.

The collection turned out to be very authentic and relaxed, very happy and free, and the hair and makeup couldn’t have been a better pair for the clothes.

Photo: Laura Werling

Originally published September 2012
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