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New York: Backstage at Libertine Spring 2016


“This style was inspired by the more polished side of an undone, care-free look. The severe side-part, combined with a gentle buckled wave, is soft, casual and allows for movement. It’s a refined ‘out all night’ look – with a touch of volume at the crown.” Thomas Osborn US Creative director of Catwalk by TIGI told us backstage before the Libertine Spring 2016 show "It's not actual bedhead, it's more refined, but it isn't overly stiff and styled either. In fact the look is intended to move, and even wear down a little as the girls walk the runway." To get this soft and pretty but still a little wild look Osborn and his team took the following steps:

  1. Prep hair with CATWALK by TIGI Blow Out Balm to achieve smoothness and shine. Using the tail end of a comb, create a severe side-part

  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush, lifting the hair at the roots and smoothing through the ends to create volume at the crown. Direct hair forward toward the face for the side swept effect

  3. Next, take small sections of hair and fold around the air concentrator of the dryer, to achieve the “buckled” texture. Then, using duckbill clips, pin along the folds of the hair and lightly mist CATWALK by TIGI Work It Hairspray to set the look

  4. To finish, separate and loosen the hair with fingers and use a soft bristle brush to tease hair at the crown

While that was going on, in beauty room 2, without a doubt the most amazing nails we've seen all week were being applied by the team from CND nails led by key artist Heather Davis. Inspired by artist Blinky Palermo, the "tiny tight canvases of each nail" played off the Libertine collection perfectly, with our personal favorites being the 'bad penny' nails and the mirrored nails which according to CND Creative Direct Jan Arnold contained pieces of sequins used in the collection that were given to her by Johnson to use on the nails. 

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All images: Cynthia Anderson for Style Wylde. To see the collection in all of its glory, check out the feature in Runway.