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Mercedes-Benz Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Week: Costello Tagliapietra
The Fall 2014 collection from designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra was inspired by heroines of science fiction and fantasy, with elements of masculine, like tuxedo pants and blazers, mixed with ultra-feminine drapey styles. Celebrity hairstylist Nelson Vercher of Rita Hazan Salon and ArtMix Beauty also played off opposites by creating contrasting textures. “The Costello Tagliapietra woman is always elegant,” Vercher said. “But I wanted to think of her in a different way, to give her an elegant look, but in a fast way, an easy glamour."
Vercher chose a "surf girl glamour" look, keeping hair tight and flat to the head in front, with a looser, gently rippled, beachy wave in back. To achieve the serenely sensual style, Vercher and his team worked with products from René Furterer like Karité leave-in nourishing cream, which was run through the hair before blow-drying hair smooth and directing hair away from the face. Next, he used the end of a rattail comb to make a clean side part, making the part high on the head. Then after sectioning off the crown, he worked from the lengths from the bottom up, taking a section at a time and misting each section—at the roots only—with Volumea volumizing conditioning spray – no rinse. After working through the lengths, he unclipped the crown and repeated the application of Volumea volumizing conditioning spray – no rinse. To put a beachy texture into the back, he gathered the lengths of the hair behind the ears, twisted it into a low chignon and pinned it into place.
Next, he blow-dried hair using a Hot Sock diffuser. Once hair dried, Vercher undid the chignon and loosened up the hair with his fingers, again lightly diffusing it with a warm blow dryer to play up the texture. He added a small touch of Modeling Paste to smooth any flyaways at the crown and hairline, and the very ends of the hair if needed. Last, to accent the Surf Girl Glamour vibe, he pulled a few hair wisps around the face to achieve a style that seamlessly transitions from summer to fall.
(Photos by John M. Craig for René Furterer)