Collete Davis: Women Who Are Changing the Face of Beauty on the Runway

Carrie Hammer Spring 2015 NYFW Show

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Last February, designer Carrie Hammer was praised for her New York Fashion Week premiere when she chose to send real women (of all shapes and sizes — one even in a wheelchair) down her runway instead of traditional models. She called her dream team the “role models” (get it?). The concept returned for her recent Spring 2015 show at Fashion Week when she featured 24 successful women, including CEOs, lawyers, and entrepreneurs, to be this year’s crop of “role models.” But perhaps the most inspiring part was her connection to Karen Crespo, a 30-year-old from Los Angeles who contracted bacterial meningitis and had to have all four limbs amputated. Not only did Carrie help raise $100,000 to get Karen new prosthetic limbs after her old ones were stolen off her porch, but she also dressed her for the catwalk. How’s that for girl power?

Since we’re such advocates of women who are changing the face of beauty, we scored an exclusive on the hair and makeup looks for the show. Carrie described the overall style as “CEO badass chic.” She said, “This is a woman who gets up in the morning and signs multimillion-dollar deals. So I wanted everything a really incredible woman would wear, but enhanced. Big lashes, clean face, big buns, high hair.” This theme matched perfectly with the DNA of her label, which can be summed up as tailored workwear with a twist.

The cherry on top of the beauty style was — of course — a bold red lip. “Putting on a red lip is sort of like putting on high heels,” said lead makeup artist Linda Giardinello for New York Institute of Beauty. “You still feel feminine, but it makes you feel empowered and strong.” And that’s what Hammer’s designs are all about.

Collete Davis

The model: Collete Davis, cofounder of TechDrive

Her story: Don’t let her tiny frame fool you. Davis is a professional race car driver pursuing IndyCar, the most competitive open-wheel championship in the country. She also cofounded TechDrive, a site that focuses on the intersection of technology and transport.

Her look: While most models were made up with a thin kohl line along the top lash line, Davis had a subtle change. Giardinello added a soft flick of the eyeliner to create a day-appropriate cat eye. For novices, use a piece of tape as a stencil. Angle the tape underneath your bottom lashes angled toward your temple. Use the strip as a guide when you draw the line slightly up.

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