NYFW: Catherine Malandrino and Chado Ralph Rucci


So Martha Stewart, hip hop stylist June Ambrose, Carmen Dell’Orefice (the word’s oldest working model), and Paula Abdul walk into a bar… Well, not quite. But they did all walk into the Chado Ralph Rucci show Sunday night at Lincoln Center and sat front row. Martha, in a conservative long-sleeved black dress, and June, in a leather baseball cap and funky illusion frock (there seemed to be a studded jacket painted onto the front of the dress), were a contradictory pair. It was the perfect ending to a day full of diverging themes.

Earlier in the day, Catherine Malandrino showed a collection inspired by royalty and sport—though maybe those two aren’t mutually exclusive (thanks to Kate Middleton and her fondness for field hockey). There were athletic hats and tennis-like pleated skirts, as well as more luxe elements, like silk jacquard pants and Victorian blouses.

To complement the clothes, Moroccanoil artistic director Antonio Corral Calero toyed with a classic style (the French twist) and made it look totally modern. He did so by using Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse (available in October) and Moroccanoil Root Boost (available early 2013) to add volume and texture up top. No hair teasing necessary.

The makeup was “moon kissed,” as MAC makeup guru, James Kaliardos, put it. He used products from MAC’s upcoming (and much-talked-about) Archie’s Girls line, which is due out in spring 2013. While the illuminated look seemed more evening-appropriate at first, it worked when paired with the frosted blues, mint greens, and white in the clothes. Likewise, CND’s pearly gray hue on the nails (a custom color) was the perfect match.

At the Chado Ralph Rucci show, Bumble and Bumble’s Laurent Philippon also took a classic style, a low chignon, and gave it a more modern, structural twist. He explained that the designer always likes a “small head” so he used scarves to smooth down sides while he styled. He then gathered the hair at the nape of the neck and created a roll with pins placed on either side. Later he removed the scarves and painted the hair with Bumble and Bumble Bb. Gel to create a “wet” look.

The makeup look, created by Tom Pecheux and the MAC PRO team, was an opposing mix of dewy skin and nude lips set against wildly dark eyes rimmed with fuchsia liner.

In the end, the pop of pink and the pale lips created balance, and when the models showed off the look on the runway, both Martha and June pulled out their cameras to snap a picture. Which makes me think…maybe they’re not so different after all.

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