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2009 Fall New York Fashion Week: Twinkle by Wenlan


After four years showing in Bryant Park, Twinkle By Wenlan showed in an appropriately retro venue: The Classic Car Club. Models stepped out in Wenlan Chia's signature knits to show off an updated take on '50s style. John Ruidant, lead hairstylist for the show, worked off of designer Chia's inspiration of drive-in movies, going for a sweet and wearable-in-real-life look. "We came up with loose natural waves with a deep side part," he explained. To get the look, he sprayed Redken Fabricate, styling lotion, on hair to add texture and light hold. After creating the side part, he separated hair into horizontal sections, then used a 1¼ curling iron to create vertical waves.

MAC makeup artist Gregory Arlt led his team in creating a similarly '50s-inspired look for the face. "I thought of a girl's first date in the '50s," he said. "It's a younger version of what her mom did; Mom might have had a cat eye, but she has a kitten eye." To update the look, he used frosted eye shadows in Naked Lunch and Phloof! rather than matte shades. Black eyeliner and mascara finished the eyes. To highlight the cheekbones, he applied Phloof! over Well Dressed blush. Lipstick in Lady Danger completed the look. So sweet, so sexy, so ready to recreate at home.

Photos courtesy of Dan Lecca

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