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Mercedes-Benz Fall 2012 Fashion Week NYC: Catherine Malandrino

French designer Catherine Malandrino veered away from Parisian influences in her fall 2012 collection. Inspired by the 1982 American remake of the erotic horror film Cat People, she created looks of bold femininity that reflected sophistication with hints of ferociousness. Anotonio Corral Calero, Moroccoanoil artistic director, said he wanted to capture the same sense of sensuality when he transformed models into “women empowered by a feline refinement, a sort of dark side behind simplicity.”

To achieve the look, he mixed Moroccanoil Treatment with Hydrating Styling Cream. The cocktail is ultraconditioning, creating healthy looking locks, which he said was essential to mastering the look. He worked the combination into damp hair from the middle to ends then blow dried it straight using a Moroccanoil ionic Cermaic Brush. Next, he applied Volumizing Mousse, a new product expected to be available later this year, to the top and sides for a glossy base. Next, he finger-combed the top of the head to separate strands into a curved pattern, adding depth and contrast to the finished look. He sprayed the top with Luminous Hairspray Strong and moved on to styling the back. Starting at the crown, he flat ironed hair to ensure a sleek look and eliminate any flyaways. “I wanted the back of the head to have a more linear look and emphasize its contrasting texture and finish,” Calero said.  Heightening that contrast further, he finished up with a mist of Glimmer Shine Spray for a reflective luster.

The CND nail pros created a custom color for Catherine Malandrino that isn’t available to the public. Angi Wingle, the CND team lead, said you can replicate a similar deep plum shade with a single coat of the opaque lacquer Plumville, topped off with a thin coat of Dark Ruby. Finish it off with Super Shiney for a hi-gloss shine that will also help create more depth to the cherry and pink undertones.

Matching the look of forbidden seduction, the Sephora team delivered the unexpected with a graphic version of a cat eye. Rather than sticking to a predictable smoky eye, they used turquoise liner on fair-toned models and fuchsia liner on darker skin tones, leaving the rest of the face clean to add just the right touch of drama. —M.R.

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