This morning, I had the seriously awesome pleasure of attending the Spring 2013 collection presentation for one of my favorite designers, Rachel Roy, held at her studio in Times Square. Additionally wonderful was to see Ted Gibson, the lead hair stylist for the presentation.
With the inspiration for Roy’s Spring 2013 collection a chic NYC uptown girl that visits the downtown galleries, the vibe of the clothes is classy city-girl cool amped up with elegant silhouettes and touches of youthful, urban femininity. Neon pinks and oranges, Roy girly signature prints and unexpected piping, edging and details are present throughout the pieces.
Complementing and highlighting this whimsical, smart girl was Gibson who created a sleek ponytail for the look, but noting the pony’s placement on the head was key in conveying the look. “The ponytail had to be young and fresh,” Gibson said. “I wasn’t going to go too high as it would look too cheerleader-like and too low ends up being very sophisticated and a little old.” Directly in the center of the back of the head provided the perfect balance of young, but still quite chic, noted Gibson. Additionally, the pony is a bit mussed up as Gibson said he didn’t want it to be too contrived. Hair from the bottom was then wound around the base for an added detail.
To get this look, Gibson sprayed Build It Blow Drying Agent throughout the hair to add texture. Next he gathered the hair into a ponytail in the middle of the head using a bungee and then took a small piece of the hair from the bottom and wrapped it around the bungee, securing it with pins. Hair was lightly pulled from the top to mess it up a bit. It was then finished with Beautiful Hold Hairspray.
For the nails, lead nail artist for Essie Michelle Saunders used the pretty neutral Boy Best Friend for the hands, and for the feet a special concoction. First a coat of Blanc, Essie’s true white to provide a back light for one coat of the bright Canyon Coral.— Jolene Turner