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Graphic Mod at Richard Chai Spring 2013

By Kaitlyn Dreyling / September 6, 2012


It's only day two of NYFW Spring 2013, and we're already spotting a couple trends: sixties influences and metallic manicures. The minimalist look backstage at Richard Chai's Spring 2013 show is sleek, modern, and easy to recreate.
Kevin Ryan for Aveda created the sleek pony. "We're pulling everything back, very streamlined, and just playing with the partings," he said. Kevin used gel to hold the hair down and then applied a combination of products from the Aveda Brilliant line to keep the hair sleek and to give it shine. We loved the angular parts, which gave an otherwise simple low pony some interest.
Just like the streamlined pony, James Kaliardos for MAC went with a minimalist makeup look. "It's a soft, 60s graphic eye," he explained. "Instead of using black, it's a soft taupe." He used Fluidline in Dirty Blonde to create an angular shape that followed the contour of the eye above the crease and connected to another floating line above the lash line. There was no blush, contour or even mascara, just a combo of Lip Conditioner and Dim Lip Erase pushed into the lip.

Jane Park, the founder of Julep, met with designer Richard Chai and they combed through all 120 shades from the 2012 collection, and they decided on Sienna, a molten micro glitter gold. "We wanted to create a look that complemented what he's sending down the runway," Jane said. "I love the fact that he has structured clothing, so we thought Sienna would add a little bit of sparkle to the muted neutral palette in the collection. We toned it down by just doing one coat and a matte top coat, so it's a kind of sueded look."
If you're looking to play with metallic polishes, Jane recommends playing with different top coats, you can create a suede finish using a matte top coat, but you could also go in the other direction by adding a glitter top coat, too.