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At Lacoste's Spring 2011 show at New York Fashion Week, sporty, practical braids and bright lips were a perfect match for the his/hers easy breezy stylish looks that tied in decades past with a clean color palette.

James Kaliardos
HAIR: Luke Hersheson for Redken
SNAPSHOT: Power Play of Color

THE SCOOP: Good sportsmanship is always in fashion, and Lacoste loves to enhance its athletic heritage with a fully modern lifestyle update. The silhouettes were a bit of a gender bender, playing on Great Gatsby and the 80s, with the makeup accentuating the cheeks and the lips in a new custom blended 'fleuro-red" red shade created by James Kaliardos for the show.

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Reflecting on the Lacoste brand and their foray into beauty via their new fragrances, Love of Pink and Essential Sport, Kaliardos says, "So much of beauty is ethereal; you can't really put your fingers on it -- it's not so 'paint by numbers' -- fragrance plays in with beauty as they both hit on different parts of your brain, kicks in different reference points - it is in the subconscious, gives just a certain, personal feeling for each person." And the feeling we got from the hair and makeup for this season's show was one of attainable, chic, practicality, with the hair composed of two thin braids flanking a side ponytail.

: Kaliardos stresses that the essence of this look is to have naturally bronzed, glowy-looking cheeks, with a fluorescent red lip that works for any skin tone. On the cheeks he used a creme highlighter blush followed by bronzer, then skipped the eye shadow, but says to definitely do mascara. The goal is to achieve an illuminated face, which gets topped off by the bright lip color.

GET THE LOOK- HAIR: Luke Hersheson was inspired by a 70s Bo Derek for the hair to compliment the retro-feel of the clothing, incorporating an air of masculinity, with an overall minimal presentation. Create this look on your own by side parting, then creating two one-inch thick French braids along both sides. Secure tightly into a side ponytail, and use Redken Body Full Volume Amplifier for extra hold.

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