Focus on Fashion: Gustavo Arrango Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2007
I was really excited to attend the Mercedez Benz Fashion Week 2007 show for designer Gustavo Arango at the Altman Building on February 3rd. One of my faves, AVEDA, was doing the hair and the makeup for this show. Fortunately, I got invites to go backstage.
The backstage area at the Altman building is really spacious compared to the Fashion Week tents. It was easy to spot and interview Rudy Miles, AVEDA Global Face Color Artist, and others from the Aveda Makeup Team.
Gustavo Arango designs glam clothes for glamorous women, especially Latina women. The look for this show was inspired by the Hollywood glamour of the 1920s. To make the look more modern, it was not quite as controlled or “done” (*photos has been removed).
Gustavo Arrango Backstage Beauty:
I also spoke to Jon Reyman and his AVEDA hair team. Since the inspiration was the 1920’s pin curls and finger waves that define that era’s Hollywood glam style, the model’s hair was set in pin curls and then loosely pinned in the back to produce a modern, Raphaelite-styled bob. This stunning look was romantic and youthful, but not too “set” in place. The models really did look angelic, walking down the runway. I don’t have a list of all the products used but I will get it and add the details to my photo-essay feature, soon.
Two of the products used were Air Control, an environmentally-friendly hair spray, and Pure Abundance Hair Potion to add texture and volume. Jon also explained that AVEDA was being much more selective in the number of shows they were doing this Fashion Week. The reason? Aveda puts their proverbial money where their mouths are. They will only work with designers in sync with AVEDA’s earth-friendly mission and philosophy.
The makeup artists and hairstylists are working in a short time frame. They are working on lots of models at the same time. They have to answer the same, endless questions over and over again. However, all of the backstage teams have been gracious and responsive to me as a writer and reporter. The AVEDA staff in particular were so nice to be around! They seemed to be enjoying their jobs, and their colleagues. A special thanks to makeup artist TERRY whose husband was also backstage, on the “hair” team.
I didn’t interview the team from Pritti Organix Nail Salon, but they did the manicures.
The Designer Gustavo Arrango:
Gustavo Arango came by to talk to Jon for a moment. I was too tongue-tied to introduce myself. But the designer, outwardly very calm. He said he hadn’t slept much the night before the show (I can just imagine!). He needn’t have worried since the collection, although body-conscious, was beautiful and quite wearable.
Mr. Arango, born in Colombia and raised in Puerto Rico, studied in New York at F.I.T., subsequently working as a fashion designer for Pierre Balmain and then launching his own collection.
An interesting but sad note is that the designer’s apartment was destroyed during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th. He moved back to Puerto Rico. His collection now is inspired by the exotic beauty of Puerto Rico, and the urban chic of New York.
Gustavo Arrango The Clothes:
The clothes moved with the body, especially the evening gowns in chiffon and silk charmeuse that were accented with beads in many cases. One I particularly liked was a slate silk charmeuse gown with lizard straps. Shoes were high, high, and higher, from Beverly Feldman and La Favorita. I don’t know what the fashionistas will say about the collection, but my personal opinion is that Gustavo Arango designs to make every woman look beautiful, no matter what her age or features.