Backstage Beauty: Greta Constantine Fall 2013

Braids, buns and a raw, smudged smoky eye spell tribal warrior for Greta Constantine Fall 2013

Sebasian's Daniel DiTommasino at work; Photo by Edward Kowal
Sebastian Hairstylist Daniel DiTomasso at work; Photo by Edward Kowal

A subversively seductive sex appeal. The thrill of the hunt. Every woman has an edge, but only some have thorns. These are just some of the phrases that inspired designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong to mix fur and fluid fabrics with sharply cut leather and over-sized accessories for their Greta Constantine Fall 2013 collection. Backstage before the presentation, models were paired off with Sebastian core hairstylist Daniel DiTomasso and members of his team in order to create braids, buns and spikes that illustrated the word of the evening: tribal. “This season we were excited to add more texture to the hair and so we broke it down into three looks: Tribal Goddess, Tribal Warrior and Tribal Amazonia,” explains DiTomasso. He shared the details on how to get each look below.

The Warrior: A sleek, tight ponytail knotted along the crown from root to base, leaving pointed tips for texture.

The Tribal Warrior; Photo by Edward Kowal
The Tribal Warrior; Photo by Edward Kowal

The Amazonia:  Two half-moon sections on both sides of the hair line are cornrowed about halfway down the length, leaving the ends straight. The middle section is twisted and pinned up, leaving the ends loose and spiky.

The Tribal Amazonia; Photo by Edward Kowal
The Tribal Amazonia; Photo by Edward Kowal

The Goddess: Long ponytail topped with a pompadour, mini side braids and choppy fringe.

The Tribal Goddess; Photo by George Pimental
The Tribal Goddess; Photo by George Pimental

The beauty look was also rooted in the theme. “Stephen gave me three words: tribal, savage and psychological romance. I liked the idea of the makeup being broken down and a little bit raw, so it doesn’t look perfect,” says M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist Melissa Gibson who created the look. Like the hair, the makeup has many layers, mixing a smudged smoky eye incorporating black, grey and cobalt blue with a blank slate nude face and lip.

Photo courtesy of MAC Cosmetics
Photo courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Greta Constantine also debuted the documentary short “Then to Now,” which chronicles the rise of the brand throughout its development, highlighting the process from ideation to retail. It’s a fascinating all access glimpse at the dedication, desire and drive it takes to produce a fashion label. See the Fall 2013 Collection

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