On the Catwalk - By Regina Molaro
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On the Catwalk

HOT caught some of the backstage action at the Badgley Mischka, Catherine Malandrino and Carolina Herrera runway shows.

by By Regina Molaro

New York City was the setting of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, held February 9 to16 at several stylish destinations-from the classical-style Theatre at Lincoln Center to the ultra-modern Eyebeam Atelier building and beyond. A lineup of runway shows lured fashion industry insiders, editors and A-listers as they previewed what's to come for Fall/Winter 2012. Badgley Mischka's catwalk dazzled with a luxurious collection that was richly embellished and decadent while Catherine Malandrino flaunted sexy, boldly feminine looks and Carolina Herrera showcased stunning ladylike silhouettes.

Peter Gray for Morocannoil created soft, feminine hairstyles to add a hint of glamour to the Badgley Mischka show, while Morrocanoil's Artistic Director Antonio Corral Calero presented mysterious, feline-inspired looks exclusively for the Catherine Malandrino models. Ladylike hair looks, created by Orlando Pita, dominated the catwalk at the Carolina Herrera show.

HOT went behind-the-scenes at Badgley Mischka, Catherine Malandrino and Carolina Herrera to provide this special beauty preview of Fall/Winter 2012.

From behind-the-scenes at Badgley Mischka, HOT offers this Fall/Winter 2012 trend update.

Badgley Mischka

The Theatre at Lincoln Center was the scene of Badgley Mischka's luxurious Fall/Winter2012 show. The collection, which was richly embellished, was inspired by the German Impressionist film, "Metropolis." The light, angles and geometry of the film's imaginary cityscapes are reflected in the collection's mood, silhouette and fine embroideries. The catwalk presented a range of sophisticated, high-glamour silhouettes accented with shimmering metallics and faux fur embellishments.

To counterbalance the defined, strong and sculpted lines of Badgley Mischka's collection, stylist Peter Gray, created a random, ethereal texture. "It's multi-dimensional, very light and airy-the result of tightly wound curls fully brushed out and then encouraged to spring upward, outward and free in all directions," says Gray. To strengthen and ground this floating texture, the stylist created small hidden buns randomly over the head to create an irregular surface texture.

"These beautiful styles look almost as if they're breathing and moving as the models walk. Essentially, they're soft, very pretty and feminine," says Gray. For contrast, he created a smooth, elegant, glamorous wave-shape in the front that flows back into a big fluffy mass. Three different sized curling irons were used-the smallest available created the core of the hair's texture (3/8" 1/2", and 5/8"). These were fully brushed-out to create big, soft, multi-dimensional shapes. Random curls were then loosely pulled and backcombed in unexpected directions.

Gray used one product-Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong to create these soft, fluffy looks.

Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka


Badgley Mischka
Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong
Badgley Mischka   Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong

Create the Look/Peter Gray


Catherine Malandrino

"La Feline" and "virtue and vice" were the inspiration behind Catherine Malandrino's sexy, seductive collection. Graceful, graphic lines blurred the boundaries of skin with delicate crystal netting that subtly covered the female figure. Razor-slim cut "after-dark" dresses revealed forbidden curves ushering in a sexy vibe. By day, the Catherine Malandrino woman prowls in soft silk crepe, light cashmere pointelle and a blouson bomber. By night, a feline transformation occurs. Audacious by instinct, the Malandrino woman makes a statement in sliced patent leather over tulle and embossed lambskin. Full of mystery, the collection depicts an evolution of fantasy from suggestive to seductive.

"Catherine's clothes are boldly feminine and we wanted to create hair that reflected this sophistication and strength," says Antonio Corral Calero, Moroccanoil Artistic Director. "The hair looks were also inspired by the feline mystery of the 80's film, "Cat People." A signature element of the dramatic looks shown was the flowing contrast of two different finishes and textures. Glossy, volumized curved wave patterns defined the hair on top of the head and were sleeked close to the sides. They were accentuated by stick-straight, naturally shiny and smooth strands flowing down the back.

Photo Credit: Liudi Hara for Moroccanoil


Photo Credit: Catherine Malandrino


Moroccanoil Treatment Light
Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream
Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray
Moroccanoil Treatment Light   Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream   Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray

Create the Look/Antonio Corral Calero


Carolina Herrera

For Fall/Winter 2012 designer Carolina Herrera focused on saturated color and a juxtaposition of weights and textiles. The collection, which debuted at The Theatre at Lincoln Center, exuded femininity and was tailored specifically for today's seductive, modern woman. Drawing on the reflections of an artist's studio with attention to bold color and rich texture, the soft, feminine collection offers an exemplary range of looks from classic day dresses to well tailored separates and long, flowing evening gowns. Jackets are cropped and shown with fitted pencil skirts, which further elongates the leg. Silhouettes are trim and body-conscious with an accentuation on natural curvature and movement.

As for the hair looks, uniquely graphic, full-volume looks were created by Orlando Pita for Moroccanoil. "We wanted to create something dramatic and unexpected, so we went big," says Pita. Young and very cool, the style complements Herrera's ultra-feminine collection and incorporates one of the season's hottest trends-the headband.

"The look highlights a voluminous texture that is achieved by back-combing hair to new heights, then smoothed at the hairline, and held in place by either a black grosgrain ribbon or a thin elastic headband," says Pita. Variations include long, free-flowing hair, as well styles with an elegant bow tied simply at the end of the hair's length. For models with finer hair, Pita used hair extensions to create a longer, fuller, dramatic look.

"The product essential to create this look was new Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong, which I used to ensure texture, lift and hold," says Pita. "It built the foundation inside the style, as well as maintained its shape, so I didn't need to use a lot of different products. Since Moroccanoil's hairspray has nourishing properties, the backcombing is not damaging, and it's easy to brush out afterwards. It has a great strong hold yet still looks natural. I always like products that multi-task, not just to hold a style, but also to work if I style or backcomb and ensure volume stays in."

Pita advises those stylists seeking to create these headband looks, to find a huge spool of elastic and make them yourself. "It's simple and all you need to do is tie a knot in the back," says Pita. "Or you can use a ribbon as a headband, placed or tied in an interesting way."

Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera
CREDIT FOR ALL SHOW IMAGES: Liudi Hara for Moroccanoil


Carolina Herrera
Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong
Carolina Herrera   Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong

Create the Look/Orlando Pita

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