Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 beauty was my favorite on the runway yet. Putting aside for a moment the captivating  towering topknot, or those perfectly berry stained lips, what I’m left with is the overall impression….

as timeless yet visionary as Carolina Herrera.


I was transported, recalling photos I had seen of my beautiful grandmother in her 1960’s beehive updo’s, some of the most elegant portraits of a woman I had ever seen. Yet once I focused on the total look, the reverie of past was broken with the styling taking us into the future.

Just in case I get invited to the Met Gala this year(I dream), I started asking questions to determine how to create the Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 beauty inspired by a beehive bouquet of flowers.

Taking a cue from the fez like hats in the collection, hair artist Orlando Pita for Biosilk, envisioned the towering topknot with florets, bringing to life Herrera’s inspiration of a voluminous updo. The idea was to highlight the mixing of proportions of the dresses in the fall collection.

Using Biosilk Silk Therapy serum, he smoothed out the models hair to prep it to be pulled into a firm knot at the top of the head. Pita then wrapped the knot with a round hair net stuffing to provide the extra volume needed for height and dimension.

Extension ponytails were then wrapped around the top of the exaggerated bun and twisted to take on the shape of carefully pinned florets . The look was finished by wrapping the base of the bun next to the head smoothly with a band of hair from the ponytail extensions and pinned securely.

The look was locked with a few light mists of the BioSilk Firm Hold Finishing Spray.

Let’s not forget that lip! Complimenting the hair was a berry stained lip created by Diane Kendal for MAC cosmetics using a swipe of a boysenberry shade then blotting off with a tissue. The brows were bolded and drawn in with a shadow while the eyes were a neutral smokey eye created with a shimmering taupe eyeshadow. 2 shades of blush were used to highlight the cheekbones.

More shots of Carolina Herrera Fall 2014 beauty.



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