[The author with Ted Gibson, getting hair prepped and styled for the show]
Backstage Beauty for Lela Rose this season was complete starting with skincare from Arcona, nails by Deborah Lippmann, makeup by Stila and hair by Ted Gibson. I was suuuper lucky to get to speak with all the “Keys” (head stylist/artist) Ted Gibson, and Sarah Lucero, key makeup artist. The look for nails was a soft coral color which tied in with the burnt sienna stained “velvet matte” lip. The skin was made flawless by prepping well with products by Arcona (the Triad Pads for removing makeup and the Desert Mist for hydrating and plumping – my two newest obsessions) followed by Stila’s One Step Makeup foundation for a natural matte finish.
The hair was big and sexy, but not in a Jerseylicious way…with a loose braid to the side and lots of natural volume through the top and sides rounded out the runway look. The complete beauty look complemented the collection through color with a bold lip and overall I would have to say I would DEFINITELY wear this look – the entire thing from hair to nails… and I may just do so tomorrow!
LELA ROSE RUNWAY SHOW:
Inspired by a feeling of Peruvian or Brazilian coastline meets tribal inspired patterns, the collection really showed a good range from casual to eveningwear. The color palette was vibrant and bold, featuring a deep forest green, bright fuchsia, vibrant coral, and playful navy. Neutral colors were cool in tone with a pale gold, light greys, and muted silvers, black and white. My favorite casual outfit was the short sleeve top with solid black stripes mixed with stripes of a mesh-like fabric, paired flowing floral shorts and neutral platform peep toe double strap shoes (Lela Rose for Payless!!). For evening, I LOVED the pale gold, deep V neckline, short belted dress with an off-kilter gather in the front. Overall the collection for Lela Rose SS11 was a very easy and fun collection that any woman could wear. Shoes displayed on the runway were part of the collaboration between the designer and Payless. I found this collection easy to relate to and something to be excited about after months of wearing your winter darks!
Jen Paelmo is FPD’s resident makeup artist and friend extraordinaire who not only has covered backstage for FPD but has also created some backstage beauty looks for the Spring 2011 runways. Check out her portfolio and work here.