Couturing takes you behind the scenes of Myer Fashions on the Field runway show, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event with High Tea at Mural Hall.
With hair under the direction of KEVIN.MURPHY and make-up by Yves Saint Laurent, Myer showcased models wearing the best of this year’s Spring race-wear and dedicated the showcase to the endearing relationship between Fashion on the Fields and Myer over the last 50 years.
First developed in 1962 to attract women to the racecourse, Myer Fashions on the Field at Flemington has become a centrepiece event for the Spring Racing Carnival. With this year’s runway show exhibiting Spring Carnival fashion of the five decades past, Yves Saint Laurent makeup ambassador Natasha Severino explained how this was further translated in the makeup. Using the Rouge Pur Couture lipstick range ($50), bold lips were the focal point of the face, with each model sporting a different colour according to the style of their catwalk outfits. Those who were to wear lady-like 1950s silhouettes were given a classic red lip (No.1 Le Rouge) while those in 1960s mod styles wore a striking tangerine colour (No.13 Le Orange). The girls in modern attire – which included a printed silk pant-suits and sequin-detail maxi dresses – stayed on-trend with psychedelic neon pink (No.7 Le Fuchsia) and purple lips (No.16 Poupre Preview).
The remainder of the face was left fresh and natural. Severino used the new Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation ($78), the limited edition Dare to Glow luminizers and the iconicTouche Éclat Radiant Touch ($55) to give an iridescent glow perfect for Spring. A sweep of the yet-to-be released Palette Couture blush sculpted and finished the face. Eyes were lightly contoured with the gold-toned colour in the Ombres 5 Lumieres eyeshadow palette(new Fall/Winter 2013 colour-way No. 3 Tawny) working with black Faux Cils mascara($52) and white eyeliner to open up the eyes and create a “fresh” look with “subtle definition”. Nails were painted with La Laque Couture in Rose Abstrait No.24 ($39) a classic, ageless French pink colour.
The inspiration behind hair by KEVIN.MURPHY was a “classic look that transcends the ages”. Kept simple to provide “a simple canvas” to showcase the millinery, the models’ hair was slicked into a sleek ponytail at the nape of the neck. To achieve this look,STAYING.ALIVE leave-in conditioner ($32.95) was applied to damp hair, which was then blow-dried straight and secured in a ponytail. Any flyaways were tamed usingHAIR.RESORT.SPRAY beach texturiser ($34.95) which lends “a good hold without looking too plastic”.
We asked what the secret was to such a refined and classic ponytail. We were told that the ponytail is made up of two parts so that the hair doesn’t collapse. Half the hair makes up an internal ponytail to build a strong base, and the rest is secured on top of it to create one strong structure. Lengths of hat elastic rather than regular hair-ties were used, to avoid the hair being “knocked about”, creating a flawless ponytail with a glossy finish. Headpieces were secured in line with a deep right-hand parting in the hair. Traditionally, millinery should be worn on the right-hand side, a key tip for those wearing headwear at the Spring Racing Carnival this year.
Although there was a flurry of activity backstage, we quickly caught up with Style Master, James Nicholson who showed off the recently launched KEVIN.MURPHY app for Android and Apple iPad. Using dynamic technology, the app features a plenitude of all thingsKEVIN.MURPHY, including products, how-to’s and photo-shoots. This all-comprehensive tool for the perfect ‘do’ is available for free download from the KEVIN.MURPHY websiteand from the iTunes App Store.
KEVIN.MURPHY will be hard at work at the upcoming Melbourne Spring Fashion Week with Murphy as Hair Director, his ninth year in the role. Nicholson revealed that we can expect “a very directional collection of hair” with “a lot of hair up… more sophisticated looks… and geometric structures of hair”. We can also anticipate plenty of use of the new, unreleased shades of Murphy’s innovative COLOUR.BUG Coloured Hair Shadow in white and metallic colours.
Images by Amanda Wong and Lucas Dawson Photography
Special thanks to KEVIN.MURPHY PR