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Spring 17 Beauty Cushnie et Ochs

Michelle Pfeiffer’s iconic look in Scarface inspired the makeup and hair at the CUSHNIE Spring 2017 show. Mac, Moroccan Oil and Christian Louboutin Beauté teamed up to create a modern take on the 1983 classic, featuring softly waved hair, a bold lip, and fresh glowing skin.

Moroccanoil Global Brand Ambassador Antonio Corral Calero channeled Elvira’s sleek, shiny hair, keeping it the runway look sexy and sophisticated while still remaining wearable. With a deep side part and sweeping curls, the look echoed the perfect blowout, one that would stand out on both the runway and the streets.

MAC Lead Artist Sammy Mourabit designed the makeup look with three key elements in mind. “The look is sexy, sultry and strong,” he mentioned backstage, as he deftly applied a subtle contour and creamy highlighting to leave the skin dewy and glowing. To create the show-stopping pout, he colored in the top lip with MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry and the bottom with Chromatographic Lip Pencil in Process Magenta. A few swipes of mascara completed the fresh faced look.

Christian Louboutin Beauté Lead Manicurist Alicia Torello revived the cult classic stiletto nail worn by Michelle Pfeiffer’s character, but added graphic color blocking for a modern twist. After filing the nails into an elongated almond shape, each nail was painted with Louboutin’s Just Nothing and Sweet Charity colors, in an angled gradation that increased from pinky to thumb.

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Cushnie et Ochs Spring 17 Inspiration 1

Inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer's character Elvira Hancock in the 1982 mob film Scarface & Miami's Art Deco district, the CUSHNIE Spring / Summer 2017 Collection explores rich pastels, bold shapes, and unexpected cutouts.

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Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2017 Runway Behind the Scenes 1

Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie know their customer, and while subtlety may not be her strong suit, having fun sure is. For Spring, the pair sent out a collection that relied heavily on the slashed and split sexy-at-all-costs clinging silhouettes that party girls and paparazzi-bait alike have come to rely on them for—this time, in color-block pastels inspired by Miami, and Michelle Pfeiffer’s character from Brian De Palma’s Scarface. “We’re women designing clothes for women, and we’ve been doing it for eight years now, and it’s working,” said Ochs.

The slinky, sexy looks certainly seemed to resonate with the front row, which included at least two former CW stars and one former pageant queen, all of whom looked like they may have at any given point been photographed out on the town with the ever-growing groups surrounding the Hadids or younger Kardashian/Jenners.

And there was plenty here for that particular cohort to covet, from a cocktail frock that bared both flank and haunch to the flowing monochromatic jumpsuit that opened the show. For those with board meetings in their future, there was even some suiting, demurely slit at the shoulders. The disco-era Miami influence was most keenly felt in the sparkly Lurex cocktail frock and cutout jumpsuits, though one could make the argument for the final group of geometrically beaded gowns with pleated accents coming from that city’s architecture (Gianni Versace’s Miami mansion, maybe?). After all, as Pfeiffer’s character so famously said, “Nothing exceeds like excess.”

- Alessandra Codinha, Vogue Magazine

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