In a season when some runway regulars have gotten a little prickly about fashion bloggers and D-list celebrities being given front row seats, Michael Kor’s runway show scored bona fide (if mature) A-listers Michael Douglas (starring in the upcoming film Wall Street II), his real-life alter ego Donald Trump, plus Laura Linney and Richard Thomas — both currently starring in Broadway plays.
The clothes checked off an A-list of Waspy idioms: knife-pleated skirts, the trench, pleat-front trousers and pinched-waist tweed blazers. All executed in very urban fabrics — cashmeres, featherweight tweeds and molten sequins; the results were remarkably relaxed, even sporty.
Beauty-wise, makeup maestro Dick Page (for Shiseido) achieved a classic, universally flattering look. The girls’ lids shaded in soft brown shadow, their carefully lined and mascara-ed eyes, cheeks blooming with warm pink blush and soft pink mouths meant that each of them came down the runway looking pretty and healthy, if not happy (That expressionless model-thing still prevails.) The ponytail trend turned up here in a purposefully-messy back-combed version. In fact, the hair was the only element in Kors’ show that wasn’t chic, sleek and, in a totally modern way, comme il faut.
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Of course the models are all very young and very beautiful, yet somehow “pretty” is the word that best describes one of the major makeup trends at the New York collections. Before the Max Azria runway show, Maybelline’s acclaimed Denmark-born, Paris-trained makeup artist Charlotte Willer applied the finishing touch to the fresh, and yes, pretty makeup look she’d designed. That touch? A mid-intensity (read: very wearable) orange lipstick currently called Backstage #4 (The name will be more glamourous when it’s launched for public consumption.) Dabbed on an unlined mouth with her fingers, the affect is an unfussy, yet polished lip.
Willer, an island of calm amid the backstage scramble, noted that her basic canvas — the girls’ clear, dewy complexion — was achieved with Maybelline Mineral Power Healthy Perfection Liquid Foundation. Their unlined eyes were framed by startlingly long, individually-defined lashes — the work of Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara. Apply the mascara from the outer upper lashes in a sideways motion to get a flirty, feline effect.
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