By  on September 10, 2009

The look for Vena Cava’s spring showcase was simple, strong and striking. Faces were lightly powdered and eyes were soft and smoky. “It’s sophisticated, graphic and designed, but it’s still wearable,” said Lloyd Simmonds, who made faces using MAC products.

Models, who donned dramatic black visors and dark sunglasses during the show, were given a velvety violet lip with a flat finish to balance the bold accessories. “This is a very important color in the collection,” said Simmonds, who hand-mixed the matte lavender shade for the presentation.As a final touch, eyes were defined with black mascara on top and bottom lashes. “It’s a New York look,” he said. “It’s a girl who’s a little bit done.”

Hair, styled by Ted Gibson, was pulled back into a textured chignon after being blown out and infused with Gibson’s Tame It Shine Lotion. “It’s twisted, knotted and roughed up,” said Gibson, who described the style as a “frayed ponytail.”

“It’s not a ballerina bun,” said Gibson.

Of the style’s smooth front and undone back, Gibson said, “It has a dual personality and interesting texture.”

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