Elegance has long been associated with designer Carolina Herrera, both when it comes to herself and her clothing. For her fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection, that elegance remained at the forefront—and even had a soundtrack. Herrera commissioned composer Tom Hodge to create “Capriccio for Carolina,” a musical score that taps into the drama of Beethoven with a twist of modernity. It played the perfect backdrop for the flirty '40s-themed silhouettes.
When it came to makeup, Diane Kendal set out to create “just beautiful girls.” This translated to hyper-clean, practically bare skin that Kendal prepped with MAC Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15 using her fingers. She then spot-treated any uneven skin tone with MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer and lightly dusted the T-zone with MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Kendal carved eyelid creases with MAC Rustic Red, and popped the design with Oyster (both hues from the MAC Fall 13 Forecast Eye Palette) on the brow bones and lids. She next dotted MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack between lashes to give eyes a more defined appearance. Kendal completed the look with a “lip-colored lip,” painting MAC Lipstick in Hot Tahiti onto pouts.
Hairstylist Orlando Pita looked to the collection's '40s vibe as his reference point, forming a middle part that folded into two rolls and joined in the back. Fine-haired models received Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse to build body, and all girls were prepped with Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection. To give hair a good working foundation, Pita ran Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream through strands, concentrating it at the roots and crown because “the style is so close to the head.” “I’m backcombing the hair for the rolls if the girls have fine hair, but not for the girls with thicker hair," he explained. "This helps keep the look more uniform from girl to girl.” After joining and pinning the rolls into place, he smoothed flyaways by dabbing Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream with his fingers where needed. As the finishing touch, “I’m spraying a very light misting of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray on the hair right before the girls walk the runway to give the rolls more shine,” Pita said.
For nails, manicurist Gina Edwards picked perhaps the most apropos Essie nail polish hue for a runway look centered around elegance: two coats of Lady Like. “It’s a soft, modern-day mauve,” she said. “Carolina’s collection has that ‘40s romanticism—these beautiful, billowy sleeves and a palette of rich colors. We didn’t want a nail color that would fight with her collection; it needs to accent it.”