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Mercedes-Benz Spring 2012 Fashion Week NYC: alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet

Designer Stacey Bendet chose a Secret Garden theme for her spring 2012 fashion week presentation, referencing the patterns and colors of Palm Beach in the 1960s and adding in a touch of '40s sophistication.  To complement her designs, lead stylist Thomas Dunkin for Sebastian Professional created three polished looks inspired by the 1920s and '40s, all of which utilized Potion 9 for shine and volume and Shaper for movable hold. The first style featured hair that was swept to the side in a soft chignon; the second showcased a large bun created with extensions and a hair pad; and the final look was a simple chic ponytail accessorized with fabric that matched the clothing.

Sarah Lucero, Stila Pro Artist for beauty.com, created two whimsical looks for the makeup, both of which called upon the mod influence of the '60s. Both makeup designs showcased clean skin and muted peach lips and cheeks; the key difference came with the eye colors. The bolder look featured teal shadow applied with an ombre effect that faded towards the brow, teal sparkle liner and lots of black mascara, while the softer look was reminiscent of fairies in the garden with white liner and shadow.

Nails were given various garden-inspired shades courtesy of Nails Inc. Hues included white, pink, teal, peach, purple and teal, and some models got added interest with color-blocked black and white nail art.

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Lori Morris

Lori Morris