Saturday morning, September 10, 2011, New York Fashion Week was in full swing. Lincoln Center was buzzing with the excitement and energy that is specific to the fashion industry during the most important part of the season. The first show I attended was Ruffian, whose S/S 2012 collection was titled “Thoroughbred”. The collection explored the brands’ namesake, Ruffian, the name of a female racehorse, as well as the society associated with the world of horse racing. The collection was a mix of bright, graphic colors and sleek tailoring, a signature of the brand. It was sporty and smooth, with feminine touches throughout.
The beauty complemented the collection; the makeup, done by James Kaliardos of MAC, was soft and strong. In order to acquire the perfect jockey makeup look, the first step was to create a strong brow via Elizabeth Taylor inspiration. Then a MAC false lash #21 was applied to each eye, and was accented with SuperSlick Liquid Liner lining the top lid. As for shadow, the lid was given a light swipe of sheer shadow, called Cake Batter, and Copperplate in the crease of the eye. The lips were kept nude, and the cheeks were defined with a peachy blush applied like it was in the eighties (very defined and strong).
The hair, done by Neil Moodie of Bumble and Bumble, was pulled back into a sleek ponytail, which was then straightened with an iron and teased, then braided into one thick braid. Very fitting with the jockey inspiration. The hair was treated with Bumble and Bumble Styling Crème, and blow-dried straight. To finish off the look, the hair was sprayed with a generous amount of Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray and Bumble and Bumble Shine Spray.
The nails were by nail artist Yuna Park, who created the custom graphic designs for the stick-on nails on every model. Very easy to apply, the nails stick on and stay strong, but when you’re ready to take them off, they peel off without damaging the nail. The jockeys’ uniforms directly inspired the bright colors in different shapes and stripes.