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Mercedes-Benz Fall 2013 Fashion Week: Cushnie et Ochs

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs’ designs for their Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2013 collection of dark, flowing dresses and separates with geometric cutouts drew inspiration from the Salem Witch Trials and radical colonial women. Moroccanoil Artistic Director Antonio Corral Calero interpreted this woman with a vampire feel that translated into a sexy, luxurious hair style with structure. “It looks effortless, strong and mysterious,” Calero said.

He saturated hair with Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection and Volumizing Mousse before blow-drying with a XLPRO Paddle Brush to create volume at the crown. He then added Styling Gel to a comb, applied to the roots on the top of the head and blow-dried again with a Paddle Brush to direct strands and create volume only on the top. Calero flat-ironed hair on the sides and from the mid-head to the ends, smoothing down close to the head and completed the look with a misting of Luminous Hairspray Strong.

Charlotte Tilbury, lead makeup artist for M.A.C, created a beauty look of defined features with deep reddish purples. She applied M.A.C Graph Black Eyeliner and Fall Forecast/Eye in Rustic Red and Purple from lid to brow for an intense eye. She added Sin Lipstick in Film Noir for striking deep plum lips.

Pattie Yankee, longtime manicurist for Ochs, painted models’ nails in solid black, the designer’s favorite color, and left out pinkies, which she coated in gold shimmer to match the gold accents in fabric. She used Essie Licorice and Good as Gold. The gold symbolizes this radical woman on the verge of branching out, Yankee said.—Jennifer Barnes

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