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Mary J. Blige, Giuliana Rancic, Debra Messing attend Dennis Basso's presentation

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Dennis Basso's Fall/Winter 2014 collection is inspired by the great contemporary American artists, creating luxury occasion clothes and furs for the celebratory woman. Notables in attendance included June Ambrose, Mary J. Blige, Sarah Rafferty, Giuliana Rancic, Olivia Palermo and Debra Messing, to name a few on Feb. 10.

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The collection ranges in fabrication from hand printed duchess satin, re-embroided laces, and jewelry inspired beads along with metallic tweeds, sequins and chinchilla, sable, broadtail, and fox dyed in vibrant jewel tones of garnet, sapphire, emerald, and deep amethyst, combined to create a modern, contemporary feeling. This season encompassed fitted bodices with both straight and draped skirts as well as slim leg trousers, tied evening dresses and voluminous ball gowns. The show included forty-five looks. The models strutted down the runway to artists such as Rihanna and Chloe Howl. was also backstage and spoke with Sephora's head makeup artist Kabuki, who designed the make up look. He explained that due to such a variety of clothing in the collection, Dennis said to him that he wanted a simple face that went with all of the clothes. He voiced that he wanted it to look modern. The eyeliner included a dainty wing that disappears within the eyelash.

Volume mascara was applied on the top lashes only. Some sections of a natural-looking false lash were used to build up the outer eye. The face was matte except for on the cheeks where he used a cream blush. The color of the blush was also the same color that was used on the lips to give the center of the face a matte look. The makeup had a wintery feel; like a winter princess.

The makeup used looks good on all different skin tones and projected well when the runway lights glistened on the models. Dennis Basso wanted “Glamour without being ostentatious a la Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn. There’s a lot of variety in the collection and I wanted the make-up to work with that” Kabuki added.

Tizita Balemlay contributed reporting.



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