Catwalk Cut: The Beauty of Rag & Bone Spring 2013 Saturday 15 September, 2012
Spring 2013 backstage beauty alert: Dual-texture sporty hair, glowing scrubbed-fresh makeup and crisp-and-clean nails inform the boyish-meets-girl beauty at Rag & Bone.
The loud whir of multiple Sultra Temptress blow dryers has the backstage at Rag & Bone’s Spring 2013 runway show sounding like a well-oiled machine. Redken‘s team of hairstylists are positioned around models whose crowns are drenched in Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel, the mouths of the stylists’ blow dryers blasting heat (or a cool shot) on the gel as they rake the hair back and away from the face. The steam from the tools has caused the area to become quite humid (a reoccurring theme this Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week), and therefore sweat-inducing, which meshes well with the hair inspiration: dual-texture tresses that Redken hair lead Guido says, “reflects a sporty ’90s feel. It’s soft and tough, and even a little beachy.”
He references ’90s minimalism, and that supermodel style of the decade seen on countless magazine covers: wet tresses slicked back to reveal big foreheads kept bare and on display. “I think exposing the forehead makes this look more tomboyish,” he adds, a direction that speaks to Rag & Bones boyish-meets-girl aesthetic. “In fact, exposing the forehead like this is a very dramatic way to wear hair.” Guido keeps the lengths of the hair dry to “retain softness,” and gives them movement via the Sultra The Bombshell Oval Curling Iron. “The shape is like no other,” he says of the oval-shaped wand. “It gives you a ‘kind-of’ wave. It’s basically fool-proof if you want casual waves.”
After further shaping the crown by running his fingers over it (“this lends more lift than a comb would”) and tucking the sides back tight just behind the ears, Guido finishes the style with Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray. “This is the kind of product you use when you know you’re done because you’re not brushing through this,” he laughs.
As soon as Revlon makeup lead Gucci Westman begins explaining the makeup look, the runway music begins blaring for a sound check. I can just barely hear her say, “scrubbed-clean skin.” Sounds like a good start. But she’s also amping up an edgier side to this fresh girl with this inspiration: “90s-era supermodels like Linda [Evangelista] and Christy [Turlington]” who had “tougher, more androgynous” eyebrows (“I want to say they’re German-looking brows; I don’t know why!”). To get these bold brows, she’s darkening them with Revlon Brow Fantasy. “This brow creates a touch of drama,” Westman says.
The rest of the face is kept pure and glowing, with skin made seamless (or scrubbed clean?) by PhotoReady BB Cream (available January 2013) and cheeks haphazardly flushed with Baby Stick in Pink Passion (available April 2013). “I like applying the cheek color like it’s a mistake—it’s purer,” Westman says.
Nails look clean and crisp, with what Revlon nail lead Jin Soon Choi believes is a great shape for anyone: “short length with a square shape and softly rounded edges.” Half of the models receive Revlon Nail Enamel in Elegant, a delicate beige, while the other half wear stark-white Revlon Top Speed in Spirit.
Fearless Beauty Quotient (scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most fearless): 6. The makeup, though extremely dewy, is so unbelievably light and ethereal-looking, it feels very natural—like you just finished a jog (with a little bit of makeup on, you vain jogger, you!). While Wite-Out-esque nails may be more extreme, they’re becoming increasingly wearable thanks to streak-free formulas. And dual-texture hair: Well, Guido’s trying to make that happen this season, so maybe you’ll finally grab some gel when you’re out buying hair products. Maybe?
Would you wear the Rag & Bone beauty look?
(2nd image: courtesy of Redken; 4th image: courtesy of Revlon; all others property of FearNoBeauty.com/Karie L. Frost)