City Pulse

By Laura Werling

This season, the makeup at the Wayne Fall 2011 show was mysterious and nostalgic. Though the color palette was very light and white, the idea was to bring forward a darker side. Inspired by the Victorian era, the makeup was eerie and esoteric, making for a very enigmatic overall look. The face was covered in MAC Face and Body Foundation, a great product to smooth over the skin for an even tone. The face was kept pale, with no cheek color, helping to create the matte, transparent glow. To emphasize the eyes on the light skin, MAC eye shadow in different shades of taupe were applied, drawing the focus to the eyes. To finish off the Victorian inspired look, head make-up artist Yumi, used a dark burgundy stain on the lips, towards the center of the top and bottom lips. The makeup look was achieved through inspiration from the past, but looked very modern and forward with the futuristic collection.

The hair at Wayne matched the makeup in the sense that there was a darkness and tough edge to the look. The hair was smoothed flat on to the head and slicked down all the way to the back by the neck. Then the hair from the neck down was pinned to set the hair into a thick wave. Right before the models had to get dressed, the pins were taken out to release the waves, producing a dramatic and modern yet historic look. It was finished off with a Bumble and Bumble “Shine-On Finishing Spray”, which is a new product that will be available later this spring, along with the Bumble and Bumble “Let it Shine” shampoo and conditioner. When deciding on how to style the hair, Wayne had pictures of Renaissance paintings and described a mysterious, “Pagan” feeling. The historical inspirations were translated to a look that I found to be futuristic and nostalgic simultaneously.

To complete the look, the nails were painted a velvety, chocolaty color, in matte, with no shine. The goal was decadence and lusciousness on the nails to finish off the mystifying look. The collection this season was full of long and fluid silhouettes, and was balanced out with textured, tailored wool coats and a hint of sporty style. The opaque black and dark browns were offset by sleek white and shiny, bright red. Like the makeup look, I couldn’t help but feel torn between a sense of Victorian era reminiscence and ahead-of-our-time futurism in the clothes. I suppose bringing some of the old and some of the new together into the now makes it perfect for the present. The collection really embraced this mixture of opposites, making a different and interesting collection this season.

Originally published February 2011
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