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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009: What Comes Around Goes Around and Charlotte Ronson

    Sebastian Professional lead stylist Thomas Dunkin, styling a model's hair at What Comes Around Goes Around

Sebastian Professional lead stylist Thomas Dunkin backstage at What Comes Around Goes Around

What Comes Around Goes Around Hi! Lotus Abrams here, American Salon's managing editor. This is my first post on our brand-new blog! Fashion Week is off and running and all of the editors here are racing from show to show to take a peak behind the scenes and interview the hairstylists and makeup artists about the amazing looks they're creating for the shows. So what have I seen so far? On Friday night What Comes Around Goes Around celebrated its 15th anniversary at the Hudson Terrace, hosted by BlackBook, with a presentation of men's and women's fashions choreographed to a live performance by rock pianist Eric Lewis. Backstage, Sebastian Professional lead stylist Thomas Dunkin got the models' hair ready for the runway. The look was intended to be "mermaid-y," according to Dunkin, "like they just came from the beach, only more glamorous." Dunkin started by spritzing hair with water and applying Sebastian Mousse Forté. He then dried hair roughly and tonged the whole head with a 1/2-inch barrel iron from front to back and down the sides, using small sections of hair, and pinned curls to the head. After the hair cooled, he sprayed it with Shaper Zero Gravity, then removed the pins and brushed out the curls. Meanwhile, the eyes were the focus of the makeup look, created by Sebastian Trucco lead makeup artist Andrea Angrilla. She used a lot of bronze and copper shades on the lids, and lashes were "flirty and whimsical." The finished look was HOT ... and so was the temperature down in the basement where the models were getting ready!

Charlotte Ronson

A model backstage at Charlotte Ronson

A model backstage at Charlotte Ronson

Thomas Dunkin was also the lead stylist for Sebastian Professional at the Charlotte Ronson show, which took place at the tents at Bryant Park on Saturday. To create the loose, textured ponytails, Dunkin spritzed the hair with water and applied Sebastian Professional Liquid Steel at the roots, then twisted hair into a chignon and let it air-dry. Next, he applied Craft Clay remoldable matte texturizer, parted hair in the center and pulled it back into a loose ponytail, roughing up the top and pushing hair forward, then letting random pieces fall out. He used Re-Shaper hairspray to hold the look in place. "It should look like the girl's done it herself," he told me. The makeup emphasized wide, strong brows and featured Tarte Green Machine, a matte olive shadow, on the eyes, which lead makeup artist for Tarte Tina Turnbow said should make the eyes look "a bit grungy." As for the mouth, "it should look like you just bit your lips," she told me. Ouch!!! —Lotus Abrams, managing editor

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