By Kendria Smith
Not much in life can get me up and going at 6:30 am like the anticipation of a good runway show. So, on a rainy Wednesday morning at the Studio at Lincoln Center, I was armed with a large coffee and ready for the hustle and bustle of Whitney Eve’s backstage prep. The inspiration – edgy 90’s mall girl meets downtown trendy chic, was brought to life by side ponytails, flirty nail colors, and models donning ultra-feminine pieces with floral prints and eveningwear sparkle.
Kristi Matamoros, lead makeup artist for Make Up For Ever, maintained a youthful, modern look by focusing mainly on a smoky eye and pop of color on the lips. After moisturizing the skin, Matamoros evened it out with Invisible Cover Foundation and Concealer. She then added Metallic Taupe Eye Shadow #127 and Shine On Powder to contour the cheeks and finished off the matte look with Microfinish Powder. Eyes were enhanced with a layer of Metallic Taupe followed by Grey Beige Eye Shadow #165 at the lash line for density. Shine On Powder was added to the corner of the eye and followed by a light coat of Smoky Lash Mascara. Lips stood out as a brilliant statement piece in Rouge Artist Intense Satin Bright Orange with a coating of Tangerine Eye Shadow to provide a matte texture and complemented the splashes of orange in the line.
Lead stylist Martin-Christopher Harper ramped up the young edgy look with an über-textured side ponytail with side-swept bangs. Harper applied Eva NYC Oil Therapy to add protection and shine, then blew out the hair, and parted the hair at the side. Using a curling iron, Harper wrapped 1-2 inch sections to create long spiral waves throughout the head. In sections, hair was wrapped around a U pin and sealed with a straightener. After the pins were removed, the hair was lightly brushed to add texture, pinned to frame the face at one side, and gathered at the opposite side in a low side ponytail below the ear in one of the collection’s key accessories–the bobble. The look was polished with a dab more of Oil Therapy, and Curl Cream and Leave In Cream to increase shine and smooth flyaways.
To add an even more fun and playful tone into the mix, Zoya’s lead nail technician Sunshine Outing chose a powder blue nail color called Kristen for the models and covered it with two layers of Maisie – a turquoise topcoat filled with iridescent bluish green flakes. Designer Whitney Port went for a taupe color called Kennedy and two layers of Chloe, which reflected a reddish orange sparkle. This season, Zoya has also made custom colors for the collections of designers Peter Som, Rachel Zoe, and Calvin Klein to name a few.
With an arsenal of diverse pieces, the Whitney Eve collection displayed everything from loose-fitting knits layered with tight mini dresses, patterned pantsuits, and ruffled blouses to a more downtown glam of sequin blazers, tunics, and slinky velvet trousers. As with her past collections, it is clear that Port is still attempting to fuse the best styles from both coasts into one collection, while keeping with an overall “chillaxed” and upbeat vibe. Her designs reflect her own personal taste, and now after Port’s first solo show; it will be interesting to see how experience continues to shape her line.