Douglas Hannant has been designing ready-to-wear and bridal collections for many years, but the launch of his “Pink” collection is focused on the young and hip girl who will maybe, someday way into the future, be a Douglas Hannant bride. The collection was cute and flirty, with lots of bright colors and prints. Upon close inspection backstage, however, it was easy to see the meticulous craftsmanship and luxurious fabric and trimmings that are a Hannant signature. The look will appeal to all those “enfant terribles” of the upper class, and those who aspire to be. But taken individually, everything was lovely and covet-able, from the wrapped topknots to the shocking pink and apricot makeup, to the retro-ish 60’s day dresses and flirty cocktail-ish attire.
There could be no mistaking the elegant fun, as a “boho” rock band and called “The Vandelles” belted out raucous, live music from a nearby stage. If color is what you crave, you’ll get it more than just “pink” in Douglas Hannant’s pink collection, The stages where the models stood were a riot of prints and bold colors from orange to yellow, blue and gold and yes, pink, too!
BACKSTAGE BEAUTY: Joel Warren of the famed, Warren-Tricomi salons, was the overseer of the hair look. Although it might look simple, it takes at least two pairs of hands to wrap a ponytail like the one for the Douglas Hannant Pink show. Hair was slicked back and held with elastics, then the entire “Tail” was wrapped in what seemed to be yards of white gauzy material. Each ponytail was then artfully twisted into a topknot. The look was both playful, and tribal. You could do a take-off on this sassy look by wrapping your own ponytail with colorful elastics and then twist it into a knot, securing it with pins.
Le Metier de Beaute created the palette of pink and apricot makeup look, with natural, dewy skin and pouty pink lips. The nails were bright pink. The overall look was feminine, but just this slide of eccentric and whole lot of fun. If the shadow is just too hot pink for you, try adding a bit of brown, nude or white, to soften the color but keep the concept. But get used to it because orange and pink shadow, blush and lipstick was all over the Spring 2012 runways. If you want to be trendy, practice, now!
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