#NYFW: Fierce Felines at Catherine Malandrino Fall 2012

We all have a dark side that plays more to our instincts than our better judgment. Inspired by the 1982 film Cat People, Catherine Malandrino indulged in the idea of a fiercer alter ego by pairing light cashmere pointelle with patent leather and corseted silhouettes as part of her Fall 2012 collection. To match the seductive looks, Moroccanoil’s Antonio Corral Calero, Sephora PRO’s head makeup artist Gilbert Soliz, and CND’s Angi Wingle worked to craft a look for Malandrino’s tough temptress.

Calero looked to capture the decade with a flowing contrast of two different finishes and textures – glossy, volumized wave on top, slicked close to the sides and stick-straight, shiny, smooth strands in the back. He began with conditioned, healthy tresses, thanks to Moroccanoil Treatment and the Hydrating Styling Cream that was applied to damp hair. He then blow dried the hair with a round brush to create the volume on top. Using the Volumizing Mousse, which will be available this fall, through the top and sides of the head until they were saturate, he then finger-combed the strands to separate and create a fine curved pattern. He pumped up the style by lifting the waves at the root for more definition. “Afterwards, I lifted the hair at the root – and then crisscrossed the raised strands at the crown for a bit more height and volume,” he said.

He sprayed the new Luminous Hairspray Strong for hold and shine and flat ironed each section of the back for more contrast. He took care of the last flyaways and added an extra dose of shine with the Glimmer Shine Spray to unify the two finishes.

To add an extra edge, Soliz crafted a graphic cat eye worthy of any ‘80s fantasy thriller. He first lined the outer 2/3 of the eye and darkened the lid with the cat eye flare with MAKE UP FOR EVERKohl Liner in black. He whitened the inner corner of the eyes the Aqua Cream in #4. Depending on the skin tone of the model he added a pop of color to the wing with Aqua Cream in #21 for the lighter models and the Aqua Cream in #7 for the models of color. Dior’sDiorshow Mascara in black added drama to the lashes. For the face, he used Laura Mercier’sTinted Moisturizer and touched up any flaws with the Secret Camouflage. He contoured the girls face to have a similarly sculpted look using the Bronzing Duo and left the lips nude but moisturized.

To top everything off, Malandrino asked Wingle to create a custom color for her based on the aggressive allure of the collection. The strong plum cherry shade was made by layering CNDColours in Plumville and Dark Ruby and were topped of with the Air Dry Top Coat to match the high shine of the patent leather in the collection. Watch out for the ferocious Malandrino girl this fall, she’ll be on the prowl!