Friday, September 11, 2009

Direct from the Runway: Elie Tahari Spring/Summer 2010

Every corporate girl dreams in Tahari. The clothes work perfectly in a boardroom (polished, well-tailored), at happy hour and dinner (fashionable, playfully detailed), and into the weekend (comfortable, practical). Backstage, at Elie Tahari’s Spring/Summer presentation, I talked to the hair and nail teams. The overall theme was clean, polished and simple –- just like the clothes. Get all the details after the jump.

Headed by nail tech Pattie Yankee, the 30 models got two coats of Dashing Diva Well-Connected on both hands and feet. The neutral, translucent pink works as an “everyday look, good on any nail shape,” according to the Dashing Diva team.

The hair also reflected the theme of simplicity with slightly textured, straight hair. Think straight hair with a few flyaways and slightly piecey, flipped ends ... yeah, it’s the perfect hair unachievable by us normal folks. The stylists behind the look, Kevin Ryan and Frank Rizzieri of R Session, agree with me, saying that the natural look is much harder to achieve than the polished, pinup look. “You’re working with each individual’s hair texture. If a girl has curly hair, we have to straighten it. If she has straight hair, we give it volume. Each person’s look is customized,” they told me backstage.

Depending on the hair texture, a blowdryer was used with a concoction of products: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray and Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode, along with Aveda Volumizing Tonic and Air Control Hair Spray. Frank and Kevin also raved about Bumble and bumble's dry shampoo, saying it not only takes away grease, but adds volume. Kevin did warn, “A little goes a long way. Just spray some into the roots and brush out with bristles -– and make sure to use dry shampoo that matches the color of your hair!”

--Jennifer Lee

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