BANANA REPUBLIC F/W 2016: BACKSTAGE

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STILA’s Sarah Lucero created the look, dubbed “Camille”, that featured the aforementioned cat eye, feathery lashes, and two lip colors– a vibrant red, and a lighter pink nude.

Products used to get the look include: STILA Smudge Pot in black and brown, Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette in Mind, Stay ALl Day Waterproof Brow Color, HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara, and Color Balm Lipstick in Natasha, and Olivia.

The finished look:

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Cutler Salon’s Brian Buenaventura used REDKEN products to develop two looks inspired by a Parisian girl who is “chic but doesn’t care too much”. Featuring a low ponytail, with a “wispy front”, or hair that was down and romantically curled.

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To get the looks:

#1:

1. Prep the hair with Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam and blow dry section by section, giving the hair volume and texture.
2. Give the hair a left side part.
3. Take a 1 1/4″ curling iron and create an “S wave” by angling the iron vertically as you curl. Repeat throughout the hair.
4. Finish by placing hair forward on the right side, leaving loose pieces in front to give it an easy, effortless feel.
5. Complete the look with Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray.

#2:

1. Prep the hair with Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam and blow dry section by section, giving the hair volume and texture.
2. Give the hair a perfect middle part, leaving loose hairs in front.
3. Gather the rest of the hair into a low ponytail.
4. Take a 6 inch black elastic cord and secure onto the hair. Allow the ends of the two elastic strands to fall and blend into the ponytail. – Via Cutler/Redken

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To complete the overall beauty look, nails were painted with PritiNYC’s Dancing Queen, and finished off with a coat of Priti Loves Matte top, then 2 in 1 top coat.

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2016 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2012

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Really, what can I say that hasn’t been said before (and by someone much more eloquent than I) about Oscar de la Renta? Decades of designs later, and he’s still managing to impress us all.

Each season, Oscar re-interprets classics, while mixing in dashes of what’s new and fresh. Usually while indulging in a few of my favorite things– sheer fabrics, sequins, and bright jewel tones along the way. There were a lot of all 3 in the pre-fall collection. With a few new stand out show favorites for me as well.

Backstage pre-show I found the usual calm of an Oscar show. Models sipped tea while having their cheeks rouged and hair pinned into one of the coolest, yet simplest buns I’ve ever seen.
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Hair by Brian Buenaventura for Orlo Salon.

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Definitely a hair look I’ll be trying for myself.

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Fresh faced. Makeup by Alice Lane for Jed Root.

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This hat, on one of the ladies working backstage also caught my eye:
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She made it herself, the night before!

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I’d like to steal all of these models’ super cool jackets.

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More tea!

Upstairs a bit later, the show, set to another great soundtrack featuring the likes of Coldplay and Rihanna, began.

One key thing that blew me away– the hats, by Patricia Underwood:
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I loved the updated take on a 1920’s cloche, re-imagined in sheer fabrics.

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The best (and most consistent) thing about Oscar is his attention to detail:
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The extra bows…

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Embellished jacket…

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…and ultra fine crocheted “lace”.

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I don’t think anyone does sheer white blouses better:
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Everything about this screams romance.

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The costume jewelry seriously blows me away every season:
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So many patterns. Yet so perfect!

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I found the “bread loaf” shaped purses a refreshing change from popular handbag styles.

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Golden hoodie dress

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Shake it up.

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Garden party.

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A favorite of mine.

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The highlight of the entire show was the group of long, billowy, relaxed gowns that practically danced down the runway:

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My absolute favorite– this gold gown and embellished jacket:
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See the full photo set here

All Photos ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost