New York Fashion Week Spring ’10. Backstage at Carmen Marc Volvo.

September 13, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10


The second floor of the NASDAQ building in Times Square, amidst the frantic bustle of locals and tourists outside, would not be the first place one would think would house the tranquil, dove gray space gearing up for the Carmen Marc Volvo Spring '10 presentation. But fragrant candles burned and voices echoed off the large, airy space as the backstage area was in full swing. Ted Gibson's hair team was set up alongside MAC cosmetics in a small, half-circle room looking looking down on the burst of activity below. Ted himself, smiling and oozing charm, graciously allowed me to watch him prepare one of the models for the upcoming show, a look he described as, "severely straight, very sexy, and unromantic." 


Ted said that, through working with Carmen Marc Volvo, it was decided that the woman represented through the collection was strong, confident, and sexy and that the hair stylings would reflect that level of edgy cool. A deep side part was created, then the hair was slicked down flat but with some movement for when the model walked. He used Hair Sheet Styling for setting the hair, added Tame and Shine to make the hair sleek and smooth down flyaways, and then completed the look with Beautiful Hold hairspray for light control and to make the hair extra soft and shiny. Ted noted the Carmen Marc Volvo Spring '10 woman could be all different ages and ethnicities and he wanted to create a look that would represent the universal nature of the collection.




Over on the makeup side of the room I reconnected with lead makeup artist for MAC, Romero Jennings, who I first met at a few days ago at Ports 1961. Romero was all smiles and positive energy as he geared up to begin his makeup concept on the fresh canvas of a barefaced girl. He explained that Carmen Marc Volvo's Spring'10 collection surrounded the theme of an urban jungle—elegant, constructed, with rich metallic colors and fabrics. To amp up the drama, he wanted to create a dewey complexion accented with smokey, metallic eye—one that wasn't too severe so as to be appropriate for spring.


On the models faces he used MAC's new Mineralize Cream to make the skin dewey and radiant. The Mineralize Blush, used in either Improvise or Daft Pink, was swept across the cheeks to give the face a healthy flush and glow. Lips were coated in a mixture of two Dazzle Glass glosses, Moth to Flame and Black Fire for a slick, shiny finish to match the glossiness of their hair.


The brows were blocked out with concealer and a bit of brow set gel. Romero noted that bleached brow look, big in the 80's and now making a comeback, really pulls out the color of the eye and makes any shading around the eye really pop. He started with MAC's Eyeshadow in Saddle all over the lids as a kind of base color to diffuse and blend the glittery tones of the primary hues. Glitter Shadow's Gilt By Association and Young Punk— sparkly confections in gold and purple, respectively—were mixed and applied all over the lids. The eye shadows were then winged out toward the temples to maximize the statement making effect. The top and bottom lids were lines in MAC's Dip Down Brown Liner, a smooth, gel-based liner. The final touch came in the form of Dazzle Lash Mascara, which applied the "pound of mascara" that Romero said was necessary to complete the look.


The hair and makeup area for Carmen Marc Volvo's Spring '10 collection was one the most serene spaces I've seen at Fashion Week so far. The direction and guidance of Ted Gibson and Romero Jennings made for a relaxed, laid back vibe and everyone seemed to be generally enjoying themselves in what they were doing. Ted was even kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to snap a photo with me. Thanks again to everyone!


Photo Source: Second City Style

-Alia Rajput

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