England’s Northern Soul music scene– in particular the Dexys Midnight Runners album “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels”, and the Wigan Casino nightclub– were heavy influences on Karen Walker’s Fall 2011 collection, entitled “North”.
The hair carried the same heavy retro late 70’s influence, yet managed to stay fresh and modern. Lead stylist Rolando Beauchamp for Bumble and Bumble created the look inspired by the Dexys Midnight Runners song “Come on Eileen”.
Hair was slicked back on top. Gellac was used to used to create a wet, swept back look on the sides. Hair was defrizzed, and finished with Spray de Mode hairspray. The soft rockabilly look was topped off with knit black beanies worn by the models.
Angi Wingle for CND led the team of nail technicians, and created a “hazy and soft” matte black look for nails.
Blackjack, and opaque black polish, was used. Followed by Super Matte top coat to create a nail that looked more like fabric. To achieve the look (and extend the life of your nail color!) Angi recommends the following: Start by using CND’s Scrub Fresh to clean the nail’s surface. Coat nails with a thin layer of Stickey Base Coat, to help prevent chipping. Follow with Solar Oil to nourish nails. Complete the process by coating nails with two thin layers of Blackjack, and after drying, Super Matte top coat.
Angi believes that nails are “an accessory”, and that even in this harsh economic client all women can afford to get creative with their nails. “Nails are affordable for the working class woman”– I couldn’t agree more!
The collection itself was a combination of work wear, sportswear, and ladylike “Sunday Best” dresses, all looks women wore to dance all night at Wigan Casino.
Many Wigan clubgoers were employed as dock or mine workers during the week. A look that has been carried over into much of the outerwear in the collection.
My favorite (and apparently Style.com’s least favorite) look from the collection:
Overall, Karen’s f/w ’11 collection was one of my favorites of NYFW. I’ll now be spending all spring and summer lusting over many of the dresses and sunglasses, anxiously awaiting fall’s arrival.
See the full photo set here.
®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.