City Pulse

By Naiyana Boonkoom

The TT girl, most reverently the cool vibe of a New York Theyskens’ Theory girl, has revamped her wardrobe for Fall 2012. She might have perhaps made a trip from her downtown stomping ground, and visited her grandma for inspiration. The resulting look is a softer modern femininity: gold tweeds and embroidered tops, sheer dresses paired with a tailored jacket, offset with leather skirts, shorts, jackets, and seriously thick sexy high heels. In his fall collection he managed to put together a youthful refinement that never loses touch with the effortless beauty that has become synonymous with his clothes and the girls who wear them. Always mindful of what his girl wants and the seamless progression of each collection, he added another layer, a luxurious one, to the downtown, bi continental New York-Paris girl he envisioned since his first collection. She is just more grown up, more feminine, or is simply expanding her TT wardrobe.

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Simplicity was the focus of both the hair and nails. Lead hair stylist Odile Gilbert for Kersatase had the everyday New York woman in mind. To counter the multiple layers piled on in the fall, the hair was kept very straight, and with very little fullness. This was achieved by Mousse Volumactive and Double Force Hairspray, and then blow-drying each section straight. To make sure that the hair did not have too much fullness, the underlying section of the hair was braided close to the head and pinned, while the remaining top sections were smoothly blown out to achieve a “sophisticated straight.” Nails by Jin Soon of CND, were painted with two coats of Marshmallow Rose, a light pink, lilac color that was very natural but well groomed.

Lead makeup artist James Kaliardos for MAC referenced Theyskens’ inspiration of a young Parisian girl visiting her grandma and stealing any of her style by creating a “nostalgic face done clean and simple.” First, Mix Master SPF 12 Foundation and Prep and Prime Translucent Powder were applied to the face. The nod to her grandma could be seen in the eyes. Spot Lit Pressed Pigment and Light Touch Pressed Pigment, as well as Bone Beige mixed with Tenderling Blush, created a reddish, tan, orange palette, reminiscent to what eye shadow her grandma might have worn in the 70s. Lips were conditioned with MAC Conditioner Tube and then applied with Hazy Lilac Matene lipstick. And lastly cheeks were of course Classic Nude.

This collection was more than just putting a spin on grunge to glam. No one can doubt his vision of the uber cool street fashion girl. Fall showed a modern femininity, an adult sophistication and how a soft touch can still capture a cool attitude.

Originally published February 2012
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