Fall 2008 Fashion Week: Rag & Bone Feels the 1940s Along a Razor Sharp Blade Runner Edge
"The collection is inspired by the film Blade Runner and its use of 1940’s design combined with a sense of the future. We used varying shades of gray, black and navy in a slightly military-esque style," explain Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright. "The look this season represents what we continue to do in the fashion world: design for the present and the future while drawing upon influences from the past." Gucci Westman for Aveda created a "futuristic" dark, navy/black eye and monochromatic face that complemented the collection, advising wannabe DIY'ers to not take their cues too literally. "This look doesn’t necessarily translate in a literal way; however, a dark eye paired against an understated, nude lip is always striking and very versatile." Futuristic hair was also the vibe from Teddy Charles for Aveda. "Given that the inspiration for the show was Blade Runner, I was looking to create something with a futuristic feel. It was important that the look not be too literal, but a modern interpretation."
As with any of the Aveda-partered shows this season, Rag and Bone made an effort to green it up. "We are thrilled to be working with Aveda and with the steps we've taken to green our backstage this season," say Neville & Wainwright. "It's been inspiring to learn more about the impact of bottled water on the environment. Rag & Bone is currently exploring alternate ways to ship our product other than using traditional plastic bags. We are sourcing recycled paper envelopes with a small recycled plastic window in an effort to minimize our use of virgin materials. We’ve both recently become fathers, and have begun using nappies made from recycled materials. Interestingly enough, conventional nappies comprise an astonishing amount of waste, so we feel good about using a more environmentally-responsible alternative."
To get the Blade Runner feel of Rag & Bone's runway hair and makeup, here's how:
Makeup - monochromatic, futuristic look with a heavy eye and nude lip:
- Create a clean, fresh canvas with Aveda Inner Light Tinted Moisture SPF 12 all over the face.
- Dab Inner Light Concealer under the eye for a smooth, matte complexion.
- Create depth with Petal Essence Cheek Tint in Bronze Patina on cheek bones.
- Line entire eyelid with Petal Essence Eye Definer in Indigo, beginning at the inner corner of the eye and coloring the full lid, leaving the bottom lid nude.
- Brush Petal Essence Eye Color Duo in Honeycomb/Bluebell over liner, creating a smudged, smoky eye.
- Finish eye with Mosscara in Black Orchid.
- Complete the look with a soft, nude lip with Nourish-Mint Sheer Lip Color in Sheer Moon Flower or Uruku Lip Color in Ivory.
Hair - a medium to high ponytail textured with three small braids:
- According to Teddy Charles, if you have long, healthy straight hair, this look is tailor-made for you. "The trick is to create volume, and then pull hair into a mid-height ponytail, and incorporate casual braids into the ponytail. This look is also great for hair the day after it’s been washed, when it has a bit more texture and volume."
- Blow dry hair to a smooth and straight finish (try Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Hair Spray)
- For volume and texture, make sure your hair is extra-clean, and use the Pure Abundance Hair Potion with impunity.
- Gather hair on each side of the head at eye level and create corn-row braids.
- Pull braids together into a medium to high ponytail and fasten with elastic.
- Gather a piece of hair from within the ponytail and create a third braid; fasten with an elastic.
- Seal in flyaways and laquer into place with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray.
- provide strong, yet flexible hold.
- Lesley Scott
(runway photos: style.com; backstage photos courtesy of Aveda)
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