In case you missed it, I got to play hair model for Christian Siriano’s NYFW hair test last week! I got an exclusive sneak peek at the look in real time when hair designer Anthony Cole taught the Sebastian Professional Top Artist team how to create this epic look using my hair.
Christian Siriano’s FW’16 collection credits artist Sheila Hicks’ “Art of the Yarn” exhibit as inspiration. The designer became inspired by the different techniques of knitting and weaving in fabrications.
Following Christian’s inspiration, Anthony mirrored his vision with a unique braided look, creating an androgynous style with a touch of softness.
“I wanted the style to emulate Christian’s collection and vision. We added the androgynous feel with the hard part, but kept the look soft using braids. The back is feminine, keeping the softness throughout the style,” Anthony said.
Take an off-centered section starting from half inch to 1 inch past the crown of the head and tuck it away. On the left side, starting from the temple, take a diagonal section all the way from the temple to the nape of the neck and tuck away.
Brush the remaining hair into a side part and put into a temporary ponytail while creating your 2-strand braid at the part and at the temple using Sebastian Eruptek.
Fasten both braids at the bottom, leaving them loose.
Remove temporary ponytail and brush hair, as if you would pony everything together (including the 2 braids). Then take 4-strand sections making a woven 4-strand braid all the way through and fasten at the bottom.
Rub Sebastian Eruptek onto the braid and open it up and achieve explosive texture and expansive volume in the look. Make the braid flat and wide to give it a woven, dry look. Finish with Sebastian Zero-Gravity and over lay Sebastian Shine Shaker for a soft shine.
And here’s the finished look in action on the runway!
The makeup looks at New York Fashion Week ranged from barely there to overloaded. Backstage at Badgley Mischka though, the makeup team struck the perfect balance. The simple yet effective makeup design, executed by the stellar MAC Cosmetics crew lead by makeup icon Tom Pecheux, shined in the spotlight. Tom created a fresh look he described as “youthful and natural, but colorful.” It was all about that dewy, perfectly strobed and balanced complexion with a power pop of color on the lips.
Of all the trendsetting looks descending the SS16 runways at New York Fashion Week, the hair at Hervé Léger was one of my absolute favs. This braided crown pony, created by stylist Orlando Pita for TRESemme, echoed the style of the new collection perfectly.
“It’s the 30th anniversary of Hervé Léger so we’re embracing a new direction with a more organic quality in our handwork and elements of nature incorporated into the collection. We wanted to collaborate with Orlando on a softer braid and really play with texture more than we have before, ” said designer Lubov Azria.
And collaborate they did! It’s a new softer look for our Hervé Léger girl this season. “She’s still creating a strong statement with the braid, but we’ve played with making this more relaxed with purposely pulled out with loose pieces that frame her face and create beautiful movement when she walks,” Orlando said.
Step 3: Create a deep side part and then starting from the crown, begin French braiding down across the forehead. Feed hair from underneath so the braid is raised up and let a few strands of hair fall onto the forehead to create additional texture.
Step 4: Secure the braid into a low pony at the nape of the neck with a small elastic and pull over your shoulder.
Happy New York Fashion Week, beauties! The Spring/Summer 2016 shows are in full swing and I am obsessing over the beauty looks I’ve seen coming down the runways so far.
One of my fav nail art looks was spotted backstage at Nicole Miller’s SS16 show on Friday where butter LONDON’s lead manicurist, Katie Jane Hughes, created a fashion-forward nail design that perfectly complemented the fun, edgy collection.
“I created this bold nail look to play off of the street art inspired clothing in the collection. Black nails and edgy details are going to be a trend for spring. Spring beauty this season isn’t about playing by the rules,” Katie said.
The graphic, splatter-effect nail art featured a pop of color that mimics the bold street art and graffiti patterns found throughout the collection. These nail art designs complemented the poppy brights and graffiti prints of Nicole Miller’s “Street Sweet” collection perfectly.
Want to get the look? I got the scoop from Katie on how she did it:
Confession: If I could wear one designer every day for the rest of my life it would probably be Betsey Johnson. I love me some Betsey! Her designs (and shows) are always so full of life, like a packed-with-personality party.
This silvery explosion was one of my favorite beauty moments of New York Fashion Week. The models were all decked in these totally edgy futuristic ragdoll looks with cotton candy hued wigs and metallic makeup. LOVED it.
Stila pro artist (and Director of Creative Artistry) Sarah Lucero, a girl after my own heart, designed the looks using some not so traditional products (like eye shadow for lipstick). Would you dare to rock this yourself? If you’d like to get the look, I have the scoop on the products she used: