The sun was shining and there was just a bit of a breeze, when I entered the backstage area to check out David Cruz and his Redken team for the Abaeté show. I got there so early that no one was backstage. This was my first show for Spring 200 8, and I was really excited!
Here is a sight virtually no ones sees, the backstage area with literally no one in it yet!
The backstage area didn’t stay empty for long, however. Here is hair stylist David Cruz working on his first model of the show. The concept for the hair, he explained, was inspired by the clothes. Elegant, “old Hollywood,” with glamorous waves clipped smoothly to the sides of the head, with the rest falling in soft waves, gently crimped with a curling iron. The look was glamorous, but not too “done” and very youthful and modern *(chic, but with a sense of humor). Girls with short hair had it blown out straight. The styles may look effortless, but it it takes patience, at least one extra set of hands to smooth, and then add texture, lots of brushes, and a bunch of Redken products, to make the look come to life. For more information on how to do this look, and what products were used, check our FEATURES page at: http://www.advicesisters.net/Features/Features.html in mid-September, where I will be listing all the photo features from Fashion Week with full details!
Ayako, from NARS, was the lead on the makeup team. She brought her sweet little dog who sat patiently while everyone cooed and photographed him! (photo left). Once the models arrived, however, it was all business for Ayako, who said her inspiration for the makeup also came form the designer and her clothes– elegant and youthful, but with just a bit of an “edge,” Abaeté’s Spring 2008 designs reminded her of Miami, and art deco. For details on the products used and how you can re-create this look at home, check our FEATURES page at: http://www.advicesisters.net/Features/Features.html in mid-September.
Creative Nail Design is the nail company of the runways and Angie from Creative Nail told me that the company is doing a staggering 50+ shows this season. That’s a lot of manicures! French manicures with a bright, cotton candy pink, custom blended for the show, was the manicure style for this show. For details on the products used and what’s going to be hot for nails, for Spring 2008, check our FEATURES page http://www.advicesisters.net/Features/Features.html in mid-September.
I had just a few minutes to check out the clothes, since I couldn’t even get standing room by the time I left backstage, but while I was still backstage, viewing the collection while the clothes were still in plastic bags, I saw this black dress with rows of deco crystals. You can’t tell from my photo, but the deco-style crystall-ed neckline caught the light and sparkled brilliantly against the black fabric. It was so pretty I couldn’t help exclaiming out loud to no one in particular: “I love this dress!” The woman standing next to the dress smiled at me, and said: “I’m the designer.” I introduced myself and felt a bit foolish that I didn’t recognize her! Many of the clothes in the collection had color-blocked details and I realized that Ayako’s assessment of “Miami art deco” was correct! The very pretty and wearable collection featured “ice cream” colors of light turquoise, pink, beige and a hint of black, plus lots of white as background. The lines were simple, tailored, nothing puffy or glittery, except the black dress with the crystals around the neck. The collection wasn’t stuffy, but not overly casual. One “resortwear” type outfit features very wide legged, cuffed pants, worn with black flats and white sunglasses–one of the few pants items to be shown.
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