I was actually giddy to attend the spring 2011 presentation of the real designer behind Eleanor Waldorf’s creations on Gossip Girl. Since the start of the hit CW show, Abigail Lorick has successfully carved a name for herself in the fashion industry, being widely recognized for her girly garments that have very clean and tailored silhouettes. I was really excited to see what this former model envisioned for her own models to look like wearing her latest Lorick collection. I first went backstage at the intimate Tela Tea Room studio to talk to the show’s lead on hair, Jeffrey Rice of Philip Pelusi Salons, who was busy perfecting a low, messy bun on one of the models. The look is “very soft, easy, and breezy…almost like the models did it themselves – casual, yet put together.”
Rubbing a combination of Beach Color, an organic product with a sugar granule texture, and Refresh Hair, which acts as a dry cleaner for the hair between his palms, Rice finger combed the models hair and softly wrapped it into a messy bun leaving hair band fully exposed – no bobby pins.
The key to the makeup was highlighting the skin and lead makeup artist, Deanna Melluso of Temptu, kept it minimal enhancing the models natural features. A light dewy mouth and a generous amount of Temptu's Peony blush on the apples of the cheeks (but not clownish at all) was all that was needed. A
Dashing Diva's lead manicurist Pattie Yankee applied Chelsea In The Buff to all the ladies nails. The shade is a nude, sheer color that goes well with the pastel color palette of the Lorick collection. The neutral color didn’t take away from the clothes at all, and was still very feminine, in keeping with the mood of the show.