later in the afternoon, I visited the backstage for PORTS1961, to talk to Laurent D for Prive salon. Laurent was incredibly gracious, as the backstage for this show was pretty hectic and there were lots of models whose hair needed to be completed for showtime. Laurent said the hair went along with the theme of the show ” inspired by the mythology of Gaelic tales and romantic Scotland, through the eyes of Lassair, a fabled muse. PORTS 1962 falls under the spell of a Scottish winter, with dark moods and whimsical auras that tease the subconscious mind.” The description continues later on in this blog post. But as you can see, the hair is fresh and has lots of texture at the bottom, but not at the top. This is a beautiful look for long hair, and although many of the models had long hair already, extensions were added in many cases for
more volume. Laurent used PRIVE products exclusively. The Advice Sisters hope to review products from this line in an upcoming What Works Beauty, Cosmetics & Fashion review column. He used a texturizing spray and a few other products *I’ll add these later on. Even though he was busy, Laurent gave me a few, informal predictions about what Fall might hold for women. He told me that he thinks there will be a lot of texture for Fall, so get your styling products and tools, ready. He thinks the bob will still be big, too. For color, Laurent predicts fewer obvious highlights and mroe bold color, especially brunette and redheads.
Here, Model Skye is showing off the finished look. She really does look like she couldn’t be the Faerie Queen, doesn’t she? Makeup was by Isabelle LePage for MAC Cosmetics, but she had laryngitis, so Jane Mckay, the Senior Artist for Mac Cosmetics, shared the products for the show with me. I’m not going to go into all the details but I will say that this makeup concept was one of the most original I’ve ever seen on a runway. It started with a moistly matte face, no blush, and a berry lip stain, but it was the EYES that really were astounding. A Lip Gelee in sheer berry was brushed on the eyes, and plenty of brown mascara applied to the upper and lower lashes. Then (and here’s the unique part): a clear acetate was cut to fit the lids of each model, held fast by the gelee. Brows were treated to a clear gel as well. When the models walked down the runway, the clear plastic glittered like a magical star on their lids…it was literally, breathtaking.
Here are some of my favortive looks from the show. The mystical, magical, romantic feelings was created with lightweight rustic tweeds and wool gauze and rich velvet, in forest-like,”Celtic” colors of forest green, plum blue, black, navy, and gold as predominant colors, with some red thrown in for excitement. The styles included cinched waists, and lots of capes and draping, with what appeared to be fur (I’m not sure if it was real or faux) and lots of Celtic “jewels.” The collection was full of capes and some jaunty hats with fanciful “feathers” of felt and headpieces that looked like ancient wreaths a nyphh of the forest would create for a winter hat. Strong shoulders added significance to coats and capes, but not outrageousness. Sweaters had cables and tassel trims for interest, and a handbag had a beautiful, organically-inspired, wooden handle.
All in all this collection was really quite beautiful. A piece or two of PORTS 1961 in your wardrobe will make you feel beautiful and perhaps, just a bit magical, this Fall.
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