Glamour and Decadence at Venexiana

The Venexiana fall 2011 show was bold and dramatic featuring clothes that ran the gamut from edgy, short leather dresses to cascading sequin evening gowns that I can only imagine being worn on the red carpet! Philip Pelusi from Tela Design Studio chose to do a “Venetian top knot” – the perfect medium between a classic French twist and a traditional top knot. This elegant hairstyle perfectly complimented the collection because it’s not too overpowering, yet not too simple either. Pelusi used his own Tela Beauty Organics line of products on the models’ hair. He used Dry Shampoo to instantly clean and rejuvenate the hair. After spritzing on hair, he applied a little bit of Composer, a damage and split end repair solution. It initially feels sticky but once you run it through the hair it gives more control, making the hair easy to twist into an updo.

Napoleon Perdis was the lead on makeup, and he told me that the look was influenced by Venexiana designer Kati Stern who is “Northern European, expensive and luxurious.”

Napoleon went all out with this look, choosing to make the whole face the focal point. He wanted to create intense black eyes that look aristocratic, and like they took effort. He used China Doll Eyeliner Equinox, Ultimate Contour Palette shadow, and coat after coat of Peep Show Mascara in Fantasia. To create a bold pout, Napoleon blended black cherry red and berry lipsticks from his line. He also used Cheek to Chic Blush Duo in #6 for a noticeable rosy flush.  The result was a modern, European inspired look that matched the very glamorous clothes.