By  on November 13, 2009

Next May, the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute will unveil its latest exhibit, a celebration of American women. So it’s only fitting that spring was awash in red. Gowns in shades of crimson inspired by a farmer’s market—tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, roses—ruled many runways, often combined in varying hues for a fresh take. Beauty-wise, the variations on the red lip were endless—a glamorous Forties pout at Dior, glossy disco sheen at Ungaro (with matching nails, natch), vibrantly acidic at Prada and sultry and Sicilian-inspired at Dolce & Gabbana in a shade that makeup artist Pat McGrath created by mixing three of the house’s signature lipsticks. At Rochas, meanwhile, McGrath painted only the top lip red, adding gloss to the bottom for a beautiful and subtle take on a classic look.


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