Proenza Schouler Fall 2011


Paul Hanlon (Fekkai): It's funny—it's simple hair, but it actually takes a while to do! Jack and Lazaro always want their girls to feel a bit easy, a bit cool; it's this 'once was done and now is undone' thing. I was looking at pictures of Sissy Spacek, Ali MacGraw, Cher...for me, it's very Native American, like the Apache Indian hair. Very heavy...dreadlock-y, in a way. There's lots of extensions but we're razoring the ends so it really looks grown out. We're starting to braid it but then we're tying it and pulling all the pieces out, so it's tangled and wispy. There's also this gradation of texture: it's very chic and shiny at the top, with Sheer Hold hairspray, and then very tangled at the bottom, using Ocean Waves spray. It's funny because looking around, some of the makeup artist's assistants already have this hair!

Diane Kendal (MAC): The boys were influenced by the American West—sun, sand, Indian fabrics—and they wanted to keep that influence in the face. So we're doing really warm skin tones, very blended, with eyebrows brushed out and slightly feathered. The eye is a taupe-y stone, blended out—I actually used a lip pencil, in Stone—and lips are toned down. This kind of bold, strong, 'no makeup' makeup look has definitely been a trend so far this season.

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  • Jessie

    to be honest, hair and makeup were about the only things i liked about the proenza collection this season. the prints were too heavy and tribal. not my style.

  • MG


  • Cindy @ AlienBabyBlog

    I love the step-by-step pictures. It's always neat to see the shows behind the scenes.

  • march

    ok so whats with the tissue/clips in the models hair?

    • admin

      Hi March, great question--I asked my friend Mauricio from L'Atelier de Laurie salon in NYC (he was also on the backstage team at Proenza) and he had this to say: "the reason for placing pins/clips in the models hair is to allow the makeup artists to work on the models faces freely, without hair getting in the way. It can also set a certain style. The tissue is to prevent indentations or marks in the hair from the actual clips."

  • Leah


    Thank you so much for the thorough explanation on how to recreate this beautiful hair style! And the pictures are brilliant!

    I'm not sure if Emily will read this comment but I wanted to thank you for starting this blog! After hearing about it Nylon it has quickly become one of my favourites!

    I've recently decided to take the plunge and start a blog! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Thanks again!


  • Jess

    I like the simple things in life. Like that in the glamour of it all, toilet paper is wrapped around the models heads!