20th Century Chinese Opera at Bibhu Mohapatra - Fall 2012
(Backstage hair and runway photos by Paul Nathan for L'Oreal Professionnel)
The Asian influences continued at Bibhu Mohapatra where Amit Abraham for L'Oreal Professionnel put together a sleek, straight ponytail inspired by early 20th Centuray Chinese opera. "We created this dramatic center part and, in the back, wrapped hair around the pony tail to create the illusion of a knot," said Amit. Amit also made sure to trim the bottom of the ponytail so it had a perfect, blunt line. He used Mythic Oil to prep the hair, Infinium 3 hairspray to make the ponytail sleek and secure, and Fresh Dust for a "soft, matte finish."
The makeup look created by Maybelline New York Makeup Artist Gato Zamora is easy to recreate, all while still making an incredible statement. "The look put a theatrical spin on backstage beauty," said Gato. "It was an elegant face that combined contemporary nuances with an old-fashioned allure." Gato blended Eye Studio Color Studio Tattoo 24-Hour cream Gel Shadow in Too Cool all over the entire eye and underneath the lower lash line. For the ultra-dramatic lip, he applied Color Sensational High Shine Lipcolor in Dazzling Plum with a lip brush and topped it off with Super Stay 10-Hour Stain Gloss in Luxurious Lilac for a "lacquered, plastic-like effect."
(Photo courtesy of Maybelline New York)
For the nails, Bibhu teamed up with Zoya Professional Nail Polish to create a set of three shades especially for the collection: Zeenat - a shimmery grey, Parveen - a sleek beige, and Rekha - a bold red inspired by the memory Bibhu had of his mother who always wore red nail polish. Only two of the shades made it down the runway. Models wore two coats of Rekha on their left hand and a coat of Parveen topped off with a coat of Sparkle Top Coat on their right hand. "The models are wearing the beige on the right hand because in India, people eat with their right hand so the color was appropriate," said Rebecca Isa, color designer for Zoya. "I love the Sparkle Top Coat because it gives a fun effect without changing the shade of the color."