The eyes got some serious color at Z Spoke by Zac Posen Spring 2011. Photo: Getty Images


It was a party backstage at Z Spoke by Zac Posen's Spring 2011 fashion show at New York Fashion Week. Pat Cleveland was busy testing out hairspray, which she claimed "smelled delicious," and The Js (that's Jay Manuel and J. Alexander to anyone who doesn't watch America's Next Top Model) were perched on a table conveniently located next to an impressive Champagne display. The beauty looks were a frenzy of curly updos and some serious use of color on the eyes and lips.

MAKEUP: Charlotte Willer for Maybelline New York
HAIR: Odile Gilbert styling for Zac Posen using Got2b products
NAILS: OPI
SNAPSHOT: Bold and Colorful

THE SCOOP: Posen is known for his dramatic silhouettess and color choices, and his unique aesthetic was reflected in the various makeup and hair looks; it was all about interesting shapes and slashes of bright eye shadow, plus vibrantly patterned nails.

Graphic yellow eyes at Z Spoke by Zac Posen. Photo: Jill Schuck Taylor for StyleList



"Zac said he was channeling the theater and street performers, so we went with something definitely dramatic," said Willer. She applied pink blush and black mascara, and then gave each model one of three daring eye and lip pairings. The "lead look" used gold and copper on the eyes and a striking cherry lip; the other two options included an intense yellow pigment on the eyes paired with hot pink lips, or peacock-blue and green eyes offset by hot orange lips.

Odile Gilbert was, to be honest, too busy to stop for interviews, so Larry Sims, Premiere Celebrity Stylist for Got2b, explained the hair. "It's almost like Marie Antoinette walking down the street in New York City in 2010," he said. Translated, this meant masses of curls tied back in one of three ways (in a top knot, French twist or ponytail). Stylists used a ¼ inch curling iron to curl the entire head, spraying each section with hair spray for hold and shine, then brushed it out "almost until it was frizzy," and pulled it back. The French twists had curls coming forward onto the forehead, and the ponytails and top knots featured loose tendrils along the temples.

Nails were adorned with long oval press-ons, in brightly colored leopard, tie-dye or French manicure patterns.

The leopard print and tie-dye nails from OPI. Photo: Jill Schuck Taylor for StyleList



GET THE LOOK - MAKEUP: All makeup by Maybelline New York. The Falsies Mascara, Mineral Power Naturally Luminous Blush in Gentle Pink, Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Give Me Gold, Copper Chic and Sapphire Siren, Color Sensational Lipcolor in Very Cherry (plus specially-created for the runway yellow pigment powder for eyes, and hot pink and orange lipstick)

GET THE LOOK - HAIR: All products by Got2b. 2 Sexy Hairspray, Smooth Operator Hair Spray, Fat-tastic Root-Boosting Spray

GET THE LOOK - NAILS: All products by OPI. For leopard spot: Alpine Snow, What's With the Cattitude, The "It" Color, Who the Shrek R You, Black Onyx. For tie-dye: Alpine Snow, No Room For the Blues, Hot & Spicy, That's Hot Pink. For French manicure: Jade is the New Black, Romeo & Joliet.

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