Mercedes-Benz Spring 2012 Fashion Week NYC: Ports 1961

The  simple, modern ponytails fastened with barrettes seen at Ports 1961 were the work of Guido, creative consultant at Redken. I caught up with him backstage at the NY Public Library, an aptly elegant setting for the show. "Ports has become very classic and well-bred, so we're doing a look that is without a period reference," Guido told me. " The barrette makes it feel more womanly and elegant than using a rubber band." To achieve the multiple textures of the look, Guido prepped the hair with Redken Satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion before blow-drying, slicked the front back with Hardwear 16 super strong sculpting gel, pulled the hair into a low ponytail and fastened it with a white barrette. He finished by applying new Redken Powder Refresh 01 (launching in December) on the ends for a dry texture.

Lead makeup artist Pat McGrath for Cover Girl created a very pretty, wearable look for the faces that she described as "minimal, beautiful and pure." It featured a custom-blended green metallic shade lining the eyes, mascara, sculpted cheeks and nude lips with only a bit of lip balm. Nonie Creme for Butter London went more glam with the nails, which were done up in a coat of Butter London Chimney Sweep, a metallic gunmetal gray, topped with a matte finish top coat.

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