Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 NYC: Ann Yee

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Drawing inspiration from industrial cities like Detroit, Ann Yee’s spring 2014 collection called on metallics and textured fabrics for an urban feel. Allen Ruiz of Aveda integrated the city vibe into the hairstyles by creating cornrows on either side of the head, which he said gives an illusion that the hair is shaved. To get the look, Ruiz first prepped the hair with Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam. He then hugged the hairline with a small braid on either side of the head, which extended down the back of the head.  Next, he secured the braids in the back and covered with the non-braided hair, leaving a section of hair loose at the top of the head. Lastly, he twisted the remaining hair on top away from the face and secured, creating a polished top and sleek back held in place with the help of Aveda’s Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.

Makeup was led by Fatima Thomas, senior artist at Mac Cosmetics, who said she focused on the eyes by using silver to play up the metallic look. To put extra emphasis on them, she used no color on the cheeks—just highlighting pigment. For the lips, she chose a fleshy, peach hue.

To complete the look, Jamberry Nails incorporated one of Yee’s designs into nail art that was a mix of blue, green and red watercolors, with a strip of metal on the side.