Key make-up artist, Lucia Pieroni for Clé de Peau Beauté and key hairstylist, Orlando Pita for Moroccanoil, were in charge of designing the look for Vera Wang’s fall 2011 collection. To even further accentuate the contrast in Vera’s clothing, they combined the two extremes of hard and soft with both the make-up and hair.
Inspired by the 1930s’ iconic American working woman with style and ﬂare for romance, Vera Wang’s fall collection brought deep charcoal and slate to the runway. An iron-gated backdrop added to the show’s rustic and edgy style. The clothes capture this as well and exhibit a blend of hard, strong lines with ﬂowy, layered fabrics. This inspired Pieroni to create a look that would pull these two extremes together. Playing up the shades of grey and black in the clothes, Lucia used cream eye colour in Moonlight and in Moonshadow to deepen and intensify the eyes. To keep with the industrial steel theme, no cheek colour was added; however, a bit of gold shimmer was applied as a cheekbone highlight. For the lips, she chose Extra Rich Lipstick in both Comtesse du Cayla and in Mutabilis to bring out a hint of understated romantic aristocratic desire.
Orlando Pita chose to pull back the front of the hair and tuck it under into a loose pony tail. ‘I wanted to create a look that had the feeling of structure, yet was very loose, and almost ﬂuid at the same time,’ said Pita. The hair on top is shiny and smooth while the ponytail below is looser with a few strands of hair falling down the back. This look emphasizes the contrast of rounded architectural shapes with graceful, ﬂowing lines. Both Orlando and Lucia did an all-round beautiful job, The show rocked, and Vera’s collection was one of our favourites this season.—Reiva Cruze, New York Beauty Editor
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