New Zealand Fashion Week 2012: Day three

I’m desperate to get my hands on some crimpers. After yesterday’s runway shows at the Auckland Viaduct Convention Centre, I’m hellbent on crimping my hair and digging out the lipgloss. Here are the beauty highlights from the runway yesterday.


Oh, that crimped hair. It was a thing of beauty and not at all like the dreadful eighties efforts. The Stephen Marr team threw hair into a messy  bun on the crown, then took a section around the face and crimped away before criss-crossing 45 of the most fabulous crystal-encrusted bobbi pins around each model’s face. Where do you get these bobbi pins you ask? Blak’s PR and creative Chris Lorimer had his interns painstakingly glue diamante and black pearls by hand. He swears it didn’t take long. Guess what I’ll be doing tonight?

The makeup really finished the modern-day Wuthering Heights vision of loveliness. MAC key makeup artist Sam Howard took the brief of “young romantic girl with a dark edge” and went for drama in the eyes using Blacktrack Fluidline generously.


Nail art is not dead – as witnessed on the Salasai runway. The strong tribal print that is a major part of Salasai’s winter collection was mirrored on the long talons. The inspiration for the look was “Dolly Parton meets Joan Jett” after all. But it was the lips that stole the show as far as I’m concerned. Big blue-red mouths finished with oil slicks of gloss were worthy of a standing ovation. MAC’s very clever Amber D went to town with products to get this look including Burgundy Lip Pencil, Sin Lipstick, Ruby Woo Lipstick and Clear Lip Glass.


If the idea of a fully blue-red glossed-up mouth scares the bejesus out of you, then Australian designer Charlie Brown’s toned down mouth may be the way to go. It was still a statement, just more wearable. It was the focal point of the face, a clean example of polished minimalism finished with Smashbox Infrared Matte Lipstick. Beautiful.