Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall '09: Tuleh

My Fashion Week schedule then led me to the New York Design Center for the Tuleh show. The Barex style team, led by the renowned Yannick D'Is, created their own take on the chic hairstyles of the 1920s and '30s. D'Is told me that he didn't want to copy the styles exactly, but wanted to achieve a look that was elegant, romantic and fun. The designer also gave him the challenge of giving all of the models short hair—without actually cutting it. To do this, the Barex team took to the hair with Hot Tools curling irons, pinned the curls to let them set and then broke up the curls.

D'Is then tucked the wavy hair under, creating a modified bob that had both life and volume. D'Is also stressed the importance of the hair's texture, saying that it had to look healthy and shiny.

The makeup for the Tuleh show was done by M.A.C, led by Polly Osmond. Inspired by Parisian women of the 1930s, she focused on making sure the skin looked clean and perfect. She gave the models a precise, elongated brow and soft, smoky eyes. A matte mauve shade for the lips was created by using black lipstick and staining it on, a hue that Osmond called "soft, but not very wearable off the runway."


—Lori Morris, senior editor