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Modern and Architectural at Ports 1961 - NYFW Spring 2012

By Kaitlyn Dreyling / September 19, 2011

"The feeling is very modern without any reference," said Guido Palau for Redken. He did take inspiration for the 1990's minimal approach to hair dressing. Like much of the hair looks we've seen this season, there's a juxtaposition of wet and dry textures and the used of a barrette - painted white this time.

All Photos: Mat Szwajkos for Beauty Blitz

He used gel and a comb to create the wet, slicked back front. "It's a nod to masculinity and swimwear," Guido said. The placement of the "ponytail" is dropped a bit lower to give it a richer, more elegant feel.

"I think Ports has become a very classic, well-bred, modern dressing for women," Guido said. "This hair accentuates that modern feeling because it doesn't have any reference. It's not overly girly - it's quite strong."

Pat McGrath took that modern approach to dressing and infused it in the makeup, too. "They were talking about mosaics," Pat said. "So we made this fabulous liner in mint grean as a flash of color on the eyelashes, brown mascara to groom the lashes and beautiful, glowing skin."

While Pat created the custom mint eyeliner, she recommends CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast in Extreme Green for the real woman.

On the nails, Nonie Creme of Butter London went with a coat of Chimney Sweep, a dark metallic gray. "We did a metallic nail and it felt futuristic but it felt a little contrived," Nonie said. "So we put a matte finish top coat and it turned it into a velvet, very dark - a relative of the jet black nail."