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

February 15, 2010 • New York Fashion Week Fall '10

The backstage area of Carmen Marc Volvo

I was thrilled to find out that Carmen Marc Volvo would be holding his fall'10 runway show in the same venue as his spring'10 show: the impressive NASDAQ building that, although only only two stories high, has the famous floor to ceiling windows that provide the best panoramic view of the heart of Times Square. I was also excited to meet up again with lead hair stylist Ted Gibson, who charmed the pants off me back in September. I met up with Ted in the backstage area before the show and found him calm and smiling as his cute, pink-shirted team started to set up their arsenal. He was very excited about the hair for the show and for good reason—from the photos of the finished look, I could tell we were all in for a treat. Ted explained to me how Carmen was inspired by the Chinese spy thriller, Lust, Caution, which was set in 1940's Shanghai. The collection embodied a sort of vintage refinement, so they decided the hair would be retro, but with a more modern twist to evoke a more current femme fatale image.

He said the hair was wet with water and brushed flat. It was then sprayed with the Build It Blow spray from the Ted Gibson line before blow dried and set in a deep side part. A medium-sized curling iron was used to provide volume and a little texture with Ted Gibson Fix It gel. Finally, Ted Gibson's Tame & Shine lotion was applied for  any flyaways and banished frizz before the hair was pinned. Then the bottom of the hair was folded under and secured with pins for a sleek, updated version of a classic, Old Hollywood look.

Lead stylist Ted Gibson preps a model's hair for blowout

Photos of the finished look, which stylists were using as a guide



Three different phases of creating the tucked, under retro waves
Key makeup artist Romero Jennings for M.A.C. explains the products used

Over in makeup key artist for M.A.C., Romero Jennings, was explaining the process for the complementary face to Ted's hair. He said he wanted something not overly sophisticated and heavy, especially around the eyes, so it was decided that the brow would be toned down and concealed for a look that was more young and fresh. He mixed M.A.C.'s Studio Sculpt and Face & Body Foundation for overall coverage, and then applied M.A.C.'s Care Blend Oils, of which he could not say enough about. He said the oils were extremely moisturizing and actually served as a treatment for the skin. But as makeup, the provided a satiny finish when applied along the cheekbones. For the eyes, after the brow was concealed, he applied M.A.C's Fascinating eye pencil, a luminescent white, to the lower lid to open up the eye. Then M.A.C.'s # 44 false eyelashes were applied (above) and feathered out dramatically. Jennings mentioned that with the concealed brow, the lashed would pop even more on the runway. He advised when applying your own false eyelashes, the biggest mistake made is not allowing the proper amount of time for the glue to dry. Always give at least one minute for the glue to set before manipulating them, he said.

Jennings topped off the drama off the look with a rich, purplish lip. He mixed M.A.C's lip pencil in Beet with a brand new shade coming out next fall. He wanted to lip to be three dimensional and matte so his trick was to apply the lipcolors together, place a tissue on top of the lip, dust a layer of loose powder over the tissue, then remove the tissue and dab just a bit more powder on the actual lip for the color to hold completely. The result was porcelain skin with the perfect, understated vamp of mile-long lashes and a killer crimson pout.



M.A.C. makeup artists creating the CMV look

The Carmen Marc Volvo fall '10 collection, waiting to be shown off

The shoes and accessories table

Since I had a shot with Ted last season, I had to have another to add to my collection!

Carmen, all smiles as always, during interviews after a gorgeously successful show

-Alia Rajput

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