I was beyond excited to find out I would be covering backstage of Jenny Packham for Aveda. One, her dresses are gorgeous, and she always has an incredible cast of talent. Two, I wore her design on my wedding day! Hers was the very first gown I tried on. I tried three more that day before basically saying it’s the Jenny Packham, or I walk naked. I walked in the beautiful Willow dress. So Jenny, thank you for sparing my entire family of a traumatic experience.
Somewhat appropriately, my backstage coverage happened on Valentine’s Day right before my set dinner date with my husband. Kevin Ryan and Frank Rizzieri of the Aveda hair team modernized Hollywood glam with a deep side-parted style and a dramatic wave falling over the right eye. Meanwhile, Bobbi Brown spoke about her upcoming trip to Russia in the other corner and joked whether the glittery-eyed model needed more glitter on the lashes.
The vibe needed to capture the fun and steamy ’80s club scene. The combination of hair and makeup, alongside the deeply embellished, colorful gowns, pulled the models into the ’80s and early ’90s instead of the ’70s feel we saw on the streets and the spring runways.
Get The Hair:
Step 1: Create a deep left side part on wet hair.
Step 2: Prep hair with Aveda Thickening Tonic and blow dry smooth.
Step 3: Pull out a 3-inch section of hair from the part on the top-right side.
Step 4: Mist the section with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray and wrap it around a double barrel iron (1/2″ per barrel) 4-inches from the top of the part.
Step 5: Do this for two more sections in the same location. Let the waves cool before loosely combing out.
Step 6: Lightly spray with Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine to impart a bit of gloss.
Get The Nails:
Michelle Saunders for Essie created two distinct star nails to pair with the Packham gowns.
- Apply first base coat to clean, filed nails.
- Apply two coats of mademoiselle or lilacism.
- Using a small nail art brush dipped in good as gold, freehand a petite star on the thumb and one other finger of choice on both hands.
- Finish with good to go top coat.