For the third year in a row, the Westside Provisions District hosted A Really Good Strut, where guests got an inside peek into the 2015 fall collections of some of the major Westside Provisions retailers. The event, which took place earlier this month, included Anthropologie, Calypso St. Barth, Free People, G. Gilbert, Kane, Pure Barre and The Bilt-House. Though we could go on and on about the wonderful fashion from the event, we chose to focus on the models and their exquisite hair and makeup.
While folks sipped cocktails and waited for the show to begin, models had already gone through a full day of preparation, getting primped for the extravaganza. With amazing retailers showing off their looks, we popped into Dragonfly Salon and Arthur Clarence Salon to check out Atlanta hair trends and makeup styles for the Dragonfly models, as well as the “regular,” yet gorgeous, ladies from Pure Barre.
Chaz Anderson, owner of Dragonfly Salon, along with his talented team, which includes salon art director Naomi Ziva, decided to go for “tribal couture” for their four models, Caroline, Emmy, LuLu and Sarah. “It [is] avant-garde,” Chaz says. “We use natural flowers in the hair, raffia and tweed.” Naomi adds, “It will have an organic feel. You’ll see a lot of volume, dried flowers—what we’re doing here is an artistic expression.”
Their creative take on hair was also manifested in the makeup. Freelance makeup artist Morgon Lindskóg helped to bring Chaz and Naomi’s vision to life. “I’m expecting beautiful hair,” Morgon says. “So we’re going to capitalize on that ethereal vibe and do some metallics. We have some gold foil that we’re going to place on some of the girls in different places,” she added. As for the makeup itself, Morgon went for a simple look. “At this show, there [is] one feature highlighted. We use more of a pink and a bright punch of color, like the classic red lip.”
Over at the Arthur Clarence Salon, owner Sarah Gray teamed with Helene Trowell (salon manager) and stylist Sarah Thompson to give six Pure Barre models—Sara, Amy, Betsy, Angela, Kelli and Whitney—a very natural look. “Natural body and loose, wavy beach hair is still on-trend,” Sarah Thompson says. “Plus, big beautiful braids, color melt and subtle dimensional color.” She adds, “Our vision is a relaxed, comfortable style that reflects the ease and comfort of the Pure Barre line, a style that can be put into a braid or bun for class and then be taken down easily for running errands or having lunch with friends.”
Makeup artist Annagrace Martin wanted to focus on the eyes. “Smoky eye is in, so I’m going to go heavy on the eyes,” she says. “I’ve really been obsessed with NARS lately. I’m going to use an all-black eyeshadow stick. It creates a really awesome smoky look. It blends so well. You don’t need a smudge pen or a sponge; you can use a brush and just blend it in.” Creating a look that complements Pure Barre’s sportswear and athletic clothing, Annagrace says it’s all about a soft face and a hint of color on the cheeks. She wants her fitness girls to look “soft, but not sweaty.”
Both salons helped bring some spark to the runway, alongside other models from Calypso St. Barth, Anthropologie, G. Gilbert and more. Proceeds from the event, which was emceed by Star 94’s Heather Branch, benefit Friends of Atlanta Waterworks and Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta. Each guest left with a Westside Provisions District tote bag, including one week of unlimited classes at Pure Barre Westside, a $25 gift certificate to The Bilt-House, a coupon to DTox and much more.
Remember, these looks can easily be translated for upcoming holiday parties and after-work events. You may not want to wear gold foil out for happy hour, but you can try lustrous metallic shades, or if you’re not sure how to weave raffia through your hair, try tucking a few flowers in a loose braid. The point is that you can have “a really good strut” on or off the runway!
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