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Kristin Booker • November 11, 2014

Backstage Beauty: Banana Republic Spring 2015

Sometimes, when I get the call to go backstage and photograph it, I’m not sure. I mean, I don’t want to say that once you’ve seen one teased ponytail you’ve seen them all, but it can feel that way sometimes. The struggle is real: the stylists have to come up with looks that meet the designer’s desires AND keep editors coming back for more. Some stylists nail it pretty much every time, and that’s why when TRESemme calls and says that Jeanie Syfu is working, I’m there….even at 7:00 am on a Monday morning all the way at the other end of Manhattan from where I live.

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

This was also a chance to see Marissa Webb‘s first collection for Banana Republic. As a fan of the designer and the brand (I have a LOT of BR in my wardrobe, peeps, and I aspire to have more Marissa Webb in my lifestyle,) that was further evidence that I needed to tuck into bed early after Revenge on Sunday night and hail an Uber. Camera in hand, I went to Milk Studios at the crack of light yesterday to shoot and observe models in their natural habitat.

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Jeanie actually created two looks for the show, which were merely amped looks based on the model’s hair texture. She created loose waves by prepping the models’ damp hair with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Volumizing Mousse and blowing it dry using the diffuser attachment on the blow-dryer, after which she created a deep side part and curled the model’s hair liberally using a 1″ barrel iron to create tousled waves. Jeanie misted the look with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray and then sprayed TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo to mat what might otherwise be a very shiny texture under runway lighting.

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

The other look was a double twist, which was prepped with mousse (on damp hair again,) blown dry by using a round brush, and then curled vertically using the same 1″ curling iron for long, loose waves. The hair was then brushed back to create texture and lightly sprayed with the finishing spray. The twists were created by gathering hair along the hairline and splitting into two sections, then twisting each side starting at the crown and working down to the nape of the neck. The twists were secured with bobby pins, leaving the lengths of the hair loose. The look was finished by pulling ends around the face for softness and spraying dry shampoo to mattify the texture.

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Men just got a more perfected version of their own look, but for the men with long hair? Gorgeous man buns, created by pulling hair into a ponytail and then tucking the ends back through one of the looped strands of the elastic, letting the ends curl free. Man buns. ladies: Jared Leto perfected them, and they’re coming for us. Personally, I love ’em. But I dig dudes with long hair.

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Makeup was rather simple and breezy with a gorgeous red lip, created using the MAC Spring Lip Palette. It’s not here yet, but it’s amazing. I shot it backstage at Fashion Week this season, so you’ve seen this before if you’ve followed my NYFW coverage.

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

Photo: Kristin Booker

We even got a chance to watch them shoot the look book for the collection before the models hit the stage. But the collection? So sharp. More about that in a bit.

I really love the look: clean, simple and you don’t have to take lessons to recreate it at home. Plus, the lip would look great on most skin tones.

But, now, let’s talk about the clothes….which I’m posting tomorrow morning. 🙂

 

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