Missing New York Fashion Week? We are, too (even though London had us entranced and Milan is now underway). But thankfully, the team behind alice + olivia’s whimsical spring 2012 presentation is here to help our withdrawal with a sweet behind-the-scenes video of the models’ ultra-glam hair and makeup.
Thomas Dunkin, lead stylist for Sebastian Professional, which handled hair, had two-and-a-half hours to style 43 models (with some help from his team, of course). But long before the big day, he met with alice + olivia designer Stacey Bendet, who shared her inspiration.
“I never like anything to look totally literal to one decade or one period of time,” she says in the clip above. So while the show itself was 1960s-themed, and some models wore mod high buns, many were made to look like they were from the ’20s, drawing inspiration from romantic side-swept hairstyles sported by stars like Diane Kruger — complete with antique brooches pinned on. “The hair works with the clothes because the clothes are quiet eclectic,” Dunkin says.
Want to try that sweet look for yourself? Get it in a few easy steps:
1. Apply potion 9 on damp hair from root to tip. Spritz Volupt Spray on entire head, focusing on the roots, and blow-dry with a large round brush.
2. Set hair in large Velcro curlers and clip to cool.
3. Once cool, remove rollers and run fingers through the curls to loosen them.
4. Apply a liberal amount of Potion 9 to separate the hair. Create a loose side part; putting into place with fingers and pulling hair down and forward, tuck and secure with elastic into a section at the back.
5. Take 3-in. random sections and twist into the elastic to soften the face and add volume.
6. Finish the look with Shaper hairspray.