Jill Stuart always brings a fabulous crowd to her runway presentations. Notables that we spotted this season included Zoe Kravitz, DJ Hannah Bronfman, Cory Kennedy, Nigel Barker, Chloe Bridges, Maika Monroe and of course Jill's daughters: Designer Morgan Curtis, actress Sophie Curtis and Chloe Curtis. "My inspiration was a beautiful aristocratic English girl like Stella Tennant or Iris Palmer," Stuart told Examiner.com before the presentation. "I was doing some research and I found some old photo shoots that were of London babes, and I just felt very strongly about it. I did some research on Stella Tenant and then I put up a storyboard and inspiration board," Stuart continued.
The makeup was fresh-faced, natural and youthful making it something every woman should try at home. "We really wanted to emphasize the girls' features," said Diane Kendal with Jill Stuart Cosmetics. "We love to do really fresh, natural makeup."
The focus was primarily on the eyes, where MAC Sculpting Cream in Richly Honed was used in the crease and underneath the eye. Kendal filled in the brows with MAC eyeshadow in Brun and the lashes with a bit of eyeliner, though she refrained from using mascara. Instead of blush, Kendal applied Jill Stuart Lipstick in #23 Drip Drop to the cheeks. On the lips, just a bit of Rosebud Salve lip balm was used.
For hair "the look is inspired by an English aristocrat, a girl who is going to a party in a castle in the country," said Odile Gilbert for Kérastase. "The look of the hair we wanted was what it looks like after the party." Gilbert started with wet hair and a deep middle part. She added Kérastase mousse and dried the hair with a diffuser and just her hands so it wouldn't look too polished. Then, she made one or two waves in the hair using a curling iron and just her fingers. The key, she said, is not using a brush. The 'do is full of oxymorons. "It's sexy, but controlled," Gilbert said. "It looks healthy, but at the same time, it's a bit broken."
The collection was gorgeous. The color palette was mostly black, but we loved the black and gold pieces and striped looks.
Makeup: Diane Kendal using Jill Stuart Cosmetics
Hair: Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris
Inspiration: An aristocratic Brit, “like Stella Tennant.” The overall beauty look was chic, fresh and natural
Get the look (Hair):
§ On damp hair, create a middle part and prep with Kérastase Mousse Volumactive for volume and texture
§ Blow dry hair using a diffuser and rough dry with your fingers
§ Spray Kérastase Double Force Hairspray as you go for buildable hold
§ Create a natural wave using a large barrel curling iron, curling in large sections at the back of the head from mid-lengths to ends
§ Add a pea-sized amount of Kérastase Fibre Architecte at the ends of hair for smoothness
§ Fluff the hair at the top of the head with fingers for a slightly electric look, and finish with Kérastase Double Force Hairspray to keep the style in place
Get the look (Makeup):
· MAC Brun Eyeshadow (used lightly in the eye socket)
· MAC Richly Honed Pro Sculpting Cream (used in contour of the eye)
· Jill Stuart Lipstick in #23 Drip Drop used as blush on the cheeks
Additional reporting by Alexandra Finkel