“The Aussies are really taking over! Everything that they do is so beautiful!” stated one of the most fashionable people around, Jamie Chung, attending the opening of Rebecca Vallance’s SS16 presentation during New York Fashion Week. I can’t agree more as this elegant and powerful collection by the Australian designer made an incredible impression on me. I was even more intrigued as I had a unique opportunity to work backstage and see with my own eyes how the Joico hair team, makeup artists from Mac Cosmetics, and a group of stylists and event planners made this spectacular show happen.
Rebecca Vallance’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection “Pop Noir” is creatively connected two different eras of American fashion, the 1920s and 1970s. Combining the most remarkable style features of both periods, strong silhouettes of femme fatale cinema clothing and a warm color palette from the “Me Decade,” Vallance created the collection for a powerful woman who feels confident experimenting with diverse styles while appreciating the comfort of her outfits.
I was so incredibly honored that #HairJoi team helped me to organize an interview with the designer. Rebecca, a gorgeous model-looking blonde and an incredibly talented designer, shared with Style Sprinter readers her vision of the new collection:
Inspiration: “The collection is inspired by women from film noir from the 1920s. These classic silhouettes, the hint of sexuality juxtaposed against the 1970s girl, who is all about the palazzo cuts, the fluted sleeves, trapeze dresses.”
The Rebecca Vallance Woman: “She is strong. She is in control. She loves fashion, but she makes trends her own. She loves to be beautiful.”
The team of beauty and hair professionals helped to make the designer’s vision into reality:
Hair by Joico: Healthy Hair Is Happy Hair!
To complement Rebecca Vallance’s SS16 collection, a celebrity hairstylist Paul Norton for Joico and his #HairJoi team, created an interesting look that was inspired by the juxtaposition of the 70’s trend and contemporary curls. The models’ hair radiated a luxurious and sensual volume without bulk, and positively radiant shine. The overall sleek hairstyle was finished with glamorous bouncy curls.
If you watched my Periscope report from backstage of the show, you remember how much I was “ohhhhing” and “ahhhing” about those perfect curls. I also confessed that I was jealous about those dazzling curls that I would never be able to repeat at home. As it turned out, you really can repeat the New York Fashion Week’s hairstyle… if you follow some of the tips provided to me by the Joico team. I am so incredibly excited to share those tips and tricks with you too!
Step #1: Keep It Clean: The most important step before styling your hair is its proper preparation. Trust me, perfect curls will never happen if you use whatever shampoo and conditioner you found at your local gym. Choose your hair care products mindfully as they help you to keep your hair healthy while creating a perfect foundation for any looks that you would like to style. To create your NYFW hair, pick one of those color-infusing/balancing shampoos and conditioners:
- Brunettes: Try Joico’s Color Balance Blue to prevent brassiness;
- Blondes: Pick Joico’s Color Balance Purple to boost shine; and
- Redheads: Opt it for Joico’s Color Infuse Red for lasting rich color.
Step #2: Prime The Look: Once your hair is washed, prep damp hair with Joico’s Heat Set focusing on the roots. Distribute evenly throughout the hair and brush your hair through. This hair product helps to reduce drying time, de-frizz your hair, and gives you better control over your hair.
Step #3: Blow-Dry Tactic: Using a round brush, blow-dry your hair starting from the roots. Make sure to direct the tip of your round brush downward so your hair is very smooth and flat at the crown and a rounded slightly at the ends. Once hair is dry, apply Joico IronClad and flat iron starting at the root area down about two inches.
Step #4: Perfect Curls: Using a large curling iron or a wand, curl one-inch sections of hair away from the face beginning a few inches away from the root. The main trick here is to avoid the area that was previously flat ironed.
Step #5: Finish The Look: Once hair is curled, use a large paddle brush and brush through all of the curls, to create a super glamorous full and bouncy wave. Then, apply Joico’s Hair Shake that will add instant texture and volume to your hairstyle. Finally, tilt head back, allowing the hair to dangle down freely and set the style with Joico’s Flip Turn Hairspray for added body and flexible hold.
Be #NYFW ready with these backstage must-haves:
Makeup by MAC Cosmetics: Six Shades of Gray
Lead makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, Chantel Miller, shared with Style Sprinter readers her secrets to creating a glamorous look. Read up as Chantel provides some invaluable advice on how to repeat this eye-centered makeup at home using your favorite MAC products.
Eye Shadow: “For Rebecca Vallance, we had a very specific reference, which is Jerry Hall circa 1970s. So it’s all eye all day long. This look in particular features about six eye shadows. When people think of the 1970s, they tend to think of warmer tones. What makes this look different is that we are using an icier palette. It’s a lighter-medium-darker tone winged eye above and below with silver atop.”
Mascara: “What’s interesting about the mascara this season is that we are applying it with an eye shadow brush. So we are taking the mascara out of the tube, get it on an eye shadow brush, and literally whack it back and forth across the lashes. What this movement does, it brings all of the lashes together so you have a very thick 1970s sexy lash very quickly.”
Brow: “We are keeping the brow soft and sheer. For girls who have bigger brows, we are actually using a bit of concealer to lift it and create an idea of space in between of the hairs.”
Skin: “The skin is a bit of raw. It’s MAC Studio WaterWeight Foundation, which gives a good amount of finish with a bit of satin finish. There is no contouring, no highlight, no full lift or eyebrow. It’s all about the idea that less is more. So there is less accent on the face and more factoring on the eye.”
Lips: “We used just a little bit of lip conditioner on the lip and then we matted it a bit. It’s all about the idea of a healthy lip as opposed to the idea of a product being on it.”
Catwalk to Sidewalk: “The look we created for the Rebecca Vallance show is definitely your classic night makeup. I would be probably inclined to cut from our six eye shadows to maybe three. You can use whatever color you like, just remember that you should use a vertical strategy: Your lightest color goes above and beyond the inner lid, your medium tone goes above and beyond the crease, and your darkest tone wraps around the corner. Use one simple flat blush to apply your eye shadows starting from the lightest to the darkest tone. Then, tissue out the brush, blend through it, and you’ve got yourself a fashion eye look.”
The Show: 1920s Meet 1970s
The presentation took place in Skylight Clarkson Square, which is located a few blocks away from Chelsea Piers. When the doors of the presentation space were opened, the audience was able to observe models standing on white columns in chic Rebecca Vallance outfits. The models look so gorgeous wearing their perfectly fitted dresses and jumpsuits that some of my Periscope viewers seriously asked if those girls were real. The impression was emphasized by perfectly groomed hair that was shining under the spotlights.
Color Palette: Mulberry, burnt orange, and rose. The collection also features floral prints and lace with a metallic finish.
Trend Alert: Wide leg jumpsuits, palazzo pants and structured dresses. Strong tailoring is the key.
The People: Jaime ♥ Rebecca Vallance
Among the people who attended Rebecca Vallance’s NYFW presentation, was a super popular fashionista and actress Jamie Chung. After her interview with E! Channel, I had an opportunity to chat with Jamie too. “I think Rebecca is a great designer. Everything she does looks very chic and feminine. I love all the colors. I think she did a very good job!” stated Jamie in the exclusive interview to Style Sprinter blog. On my question, which dress from the collection the actress loved the most Jamie pointed on a burned orange dress and added, “That’s brilliant!” Prior to her appearance at the show, Jamie also visited backstage of the show where Joico Celebrity Hairstylist and Spokesperson Paul Norton styled her look for the day. Isn’t her hair look gorgeous? I also spotted Stassi Schroeder, Larsen Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Natalie Alyn Lind and Stef Dawson.