Backstage Beauty at Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta!

Considering this year’s boldly colored balloon-like skirts, flowing fringe dresses, and happy prints, there’d be plenty of fashion for Oscar de la Renta to talk about after his spring show. But, according to WWD, he was focused on the hair. “Every single girl who came to see me had hair that was plastered to her head,” he explained. “It was so lacquered it was like cement. I said to them, ‘If you have a boyfriend, he wouldn’t want to touch your head with hair like that.’”

Which is why the Dominican designer opted for this soft, curly hairstyle. “Oscar always wants the girls to look beautiful, romantic, and fresh,” hair stylist Orlando Pita said. “The idea was to create a natural, youthful texture.”

Pita achieved the 70s-inspired frizz by zig-zagging two-inch sections through large two-prong hair pins, then clamping them with a hot iron. After letting them cool for a full hour, he removed the hair pins and brushed out the curls.

In keeping with Oscar’s vision of making each woman look her most beautiful, 

Revlon’s Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman enhanced each girl’s natural beauty. “I wanted a really fresh face with the focus on the texture of the skin,” said Westman. She created the dewy glow with a layer of Dr. Hauschka pearlescent cream, a dab of peach cream color on cheeks and lips (try Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadow in Not Just Nudes, $6.50), and then a thin layer of foundation on top.  She skipped eyeliner, added a swipe of brown cream shadow, one coat of mascara, and filled in the brows with a brown brow pencil.

The subtle makeup gave us the chance to really notice the diversity of skin tones walking down Mr. de la Renta’s runway—between that and the natural hair texture, we fell in love with the show!