Richard Chai's Love SS14 show was a study in modern minimalism. The collection successfully mixed clean lines and geometric shapes with well-edited pops of color in a palette of mint greens, poppy reds, and periwinkles. It was a runway event with something for everyone: daring dresses and separates cut from red leather, springy plaids and angular prints mixed with abstract florals, and a lot of white pieces in wearable silhouettes. A couple of looks centered around black sequins, which kept the mood interesting, but the overall simplicity is what made this show so beautiful.
“The makeup look was all about androgynous, minimalist futurism,” said the makeup artist James Kaliardos. On the models, that translated to clean skin, natural, full brows, and sleek center-parted hair tucked behind the ears—all easy to re-create if you like the looks as much as we did. Inspired by Chai's and Kaliardos' color palette and aesthetic, we put together an inspiration board. Check out the picks and looks below.
Demeter's unisex Red Poppies fragrance is earthy, sweet, and has a spicy kick—it’s as versatile as Chai’s collection, and feels so on point with this look. A red gloss like Armour Beauty Lip Gloss in Siouxie is always classic, and this shade is especially vibrant and eye-catching, and really lasts. It'd make an ideal accompaniment to the understated, simple hair shown on the runway.
The tranquil, sprightly mint-teals in Inglot Freedom System Rainbow Eye Shadow in 104 give you endless possibilities. You can wear each shade separately or swirl all three together for the perfect seafoam. To liven up a muted ensemble, RGB Nail Polish in Minty makes a great mani. But we loved the tawny sandals paired with the mint-and-cream palette so much that we'd also try HIPPxRGB Nail Tint in T3. The tan-toned neutral is our go-to whenever we want a look that's more edgy, but still feels polished. For a real taste of minty refreshment, try Indie Lee's all natural, good-for-skin Tea Tree Rosemary Cleansing Bar. It's packed with oils and pleasant-smelling herbs, and leaves your skin feeling so clean.
This look makes black sequins feel really easy to wear; another way to try out the minimal-decadent look is with Ciatè Black Pearls Caviar Manicure kit. The shine, texture, and uniform shape of the pearls give a pretty, unexpected result. They can stand alone as your only accessory. To try out the sleek, slightly androgynous hair, we like Frédéric Fekkai Coiff Controle Ironless Straightening Balm. Center part damp hair and work the balm in from roots to ends. Then comb back the front pieces back, tuck behind your ears and clip into place. Blowdry for a sleek look, remove clips, and leave strands tucked behind your ears. That's it!
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Runway Photos: Thomas Concordia / WireImage