Fashion Week Day 1: Abaete ~ I Heart Heels

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fashion Week Day 1: Abaete

So, first show of the day was Abaete. Needless to say, I was PUMPED! I arrived at 10:30 backstage and was able to speak with David Cruz, head hairstylist for Redken, as well as Tina Turnbow with Tarte Cosmetics/Beauty.com. Let me say, I LOVED the hair and make-up at this show. Inspiration came from one single, photograph from the 18th century French Revolution. Redken basically de-masculinized the look of a male mohawk and made it more feminine with lots of soft braids complete with bows at the bottom - so cute! Many of the models even worked a slight mohawk of their own and pulled it off glamorously (which is not something I think I could do?). Tina Turnbow used the same lip and cheek stain (Blushing Bride from Tarte) to give off a very natural, flushed look. And she actually placed it high on the cheekbones instead of the apples to spice things up and give the face a fresh look (all skincare was by Caudalie - amazing!). Turnbow used tinted moisturizer and very little powder (only on the brows!), but rather a mist to keep the skin looking young and fresh (focus on the complexion!). She also used a small pointed brush close to the lashes to highlight the eye and make the lashes pop. The soft, feminine make-up really offset the mostly gunmetal grey clothing so well.

And speaking of the clothes...fabulous! I especially loved all of the slim pants paired with jackets and riding boots - equestrian chic! Structured jackets mixed with ruffles and silk crepe balance each other, while one-shoulder dresses continue to be a standout for fall. The mostly neutral palette of greys, blacks and blues was stunning, but the unexpected splash of regal purple and dusty rose really caught my eye. The perfect ensemble for your French gentlemen in waiting, indeed.

P.S. This last one is the designer herself, Laura Poretzky!

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