ThisThatBeauty’s Back from The Tents: Exclusive Coverage of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week S/S11 (New York) – The Vessel by Lois Samuels [backstage beauty & front of house]

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The Vessel by Lois Samuels Spring Summer 2011 line was inspired by The Migration Series by America Artist Jacob Lawrence. Lois is known for creating structured, simple pieces. This season was no exception as Lois incorporated the bold colors used by artist Jacob Lawrence to create a collection that can be mixed with other pieces or worn separately.

Makeup was keyed by Make Up For Ever’s AJ Crimson. The focal point of the makeup was the eyes.

AJ Crimson used blues and greens from Make Up For Ever’s Aquarelle line to create peepers that I describe as futuristic, fantasy, bat winged eyes. AJ described the look as “very bold, very strong, very powerful, yet soft elegant and pretty.”

While I do agree that the eyes were indeed “pretty” (rich jewel-tone blue on the lids is a personal fave of this beauty writer), I did not feel the connection between the designer’s inspiration (The Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence) and the futuristic choice of eye makeup.

However, while the eyes fell short of home plate, the cheeks knocked the ball out of the park. The blush used was an orange from the Aqua Cream Line. The blush was positively amazing and complimented the clothes and models beautifully. I need those cheeks in my life!

Three different styles were created by hair designer Eugene Davis of Freelance (the Work Space) out of London. All three styles included sleek and textured hair. Here are two looks that we loved!

Look 1: Bouffant and free textured ponytail with a bit of romance.

Look 2: A take on 70’s (part in the middle or side, sleek top and textured ends)

My favorite piece from the show was the Hepburn Dress. The pastel yellow is beautiful and is the very essence of Spring. The style is so simple that it’s almost a shame. I die thinking of all the ways I could accessorize.

The miniature bowler hats featured in the line are made by Suzette Art Couture (SAC). The hats are hand woven and made of Panama straw. SAC’s miniature bowler hats feature a fringed edge that gives them a Southern vintage look that ties in beautifully to theme of the migration of Jacob Lawrence and the Vessel by Lois Samuels’ line of neatly tailored pieces.

This season the Vessel debuted several items for him. We cannot wait to see what Lois Samuels unveils for F/W11.

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