New York Fashion Week Spring ’10. Backstage at Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti

September 15, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10






In an exposed brick corner of the well-lit Eyebeam Studios, the hustle and bustle of Fashion Week continued last night with the explosion of models, stylists, photographers and reporters getting ready for the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti show. Amid the chaos I seized a few moments to speak with Head MAC makeup artist on the show, Diane Kendal. She explained that the look was very simple, inspired by the vague image of a supple 1960's woman. Kendal noted that Philosophy's Spring 2010 Collection was very young and fun, so she didn't want the makeup to come off as too "cute." On the skin Kendal used MAC Face and Body Foundation for a rich, clean face. No blush was used in order to sustain an uninhibited palette. MAC black cream eyeliner was heavily lined straight across the top lashline of the eyes and MAC Myth lipstick gave the lips a chalky, dry, nude appearance. Nails were painted by Priti Nails, an eco-friendly line, in a peachy shade called Coronation.




Head Redken Stylist, Guido, gave us a fantastic demonstration of the hair for the show: a french twist gone awry in the most sexy way imaginable. Guido explained that the inspiration was "a little Bardot, a little kittenish." He worked effortlessly on the model's hair which, at this point in the day, had been through at least 2 other shows. Using Redken Thickening Lotion to texturize the hair, he smoothed sections with a blow dryer and brush. Then, as if he could do it in his sleep (and he probably can), twisted the hair into a playful and sexy French Twist, leaving small pieces to sprout from the top or fall listlessly at the sides, using bobby pins to hold the look. "Height" he noted, was one of the most important elements in achieving this look. He finished the look by spraying Redken Forceful 23 hairspray all over and voila!

– Deenie Hartzog

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