Valentine's Day is just a week away, and at least one design team at New York Fashion Week seems to have all the sweetness associated with the holiday on their minds. Shane Gabier and Chris Peters of Creatures of the Wind were thinking of candy when they created their fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection, with Memphis Group design and Teddy Boys thrown in for good measure.
To balance what could have been too much of a good thing, the backstage beauty team went for what they called a simple look. "I wanted natural color in a nonnatural way," said makeup artist James Boehmer. Boehmer prepped models's complexions with NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer and NARS Loose Powder for a completely matte effect. He next brushed brows upward and left their natural color, using a NARS eyebrow gel collection launching this fall. He then accented eyelids with a shimmery rose golden triangle, the result of going in with an angled brush and three hues—NARS's Nepal, Maldives and Copacabana. "It's a quiet look that's all about texture," Boehmer explained.
Odile Gilbert's approach to hair followed that same sensibility, with models wearing a high-shine sleek center-parted crown that tumbled into soft waves. To create the style, Gilbert coated strands with Kérastase Ciment Thermique and Kérastase Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel. After parting hair, she sectioned off layers horizontally at the top, slicking them down with a touch of gel and then smoothing them as she moved along. She finally worked a three-barrel curling iron down the length of hair from around the cheekbones to the ends, spritzing everything in place with Kérastase Double Force Controle Ultime.
Nails turned up the volume on the look, with two side-by-side base colors accented with graffiti-like squiggels that manicurist Roxanne Valinoti painted ahead of time in three perfect color combinations.