Makeup: Laura Mercier’s Blushing Brides at Marchesa

Text, Vivian Kelly

Photos of Marchesa Brides, courtesy of Kaplow P.R.

Exclusive Preview: Makeup Artist Talia Shobrook Creates the Perfect “Blushing Bride” Face for the Marchesa Spring 2013 Bridal Show

CloseUp of Marchesa Bridal Face Using Laura Mercier Products

When I attend the New York Bridal Shows, my attention is usually focused on the hair, as there is usually more creativity being exercised there, as opposed to makeup.

*If you missed my post on the gorgeous princess bride hair and head piece,  Leonard Zagami created for Angel Sanchez, click here for some inspiration.

Leonard Zagami's Hair for Angel Sanchez's Bridal Show

To be fair, that is perfectly understandable, as the wedding dress is the focal point, not a bright red lip or smoked-out eyes. Save that for the other “Red Carpet Moments” in your life, like a big night out.

This is not to say that brides should content themselves with no makeup and just a slick of lipgloss. Beauty junkies – you know that the “no makeup aka natural look” is the hardest one to achieve.

Laura Mercier artist, Talia Shobrook created the Perfect “Blushing Bride” Face for the Marchesa Spring 2013 Bridal Show. For the “how-to” directions, check out her detailed face chart below.

The HOW-TO: Laura Mercier Face Chart for Marchessa Bridal

Even if you’re not a bride to be, this look is perfect for any woman who just wants to look pretty and natural. This look, by the way, has never gone out of style, since in was in vogue as far back as the day of portraitist, Thomas Gainsborough [1727-88], a favorite of the Royal Family, who specialized in flattering portraits and landscapes “bathed in delicate and evanescent colors”.

For more information on Gainsbrough and his work, visit,


Lady in Blue, by Thomas Gainsborough

Portrait of Thomas Gainsbrough's Daughters


So get to it, and have fun!

All products Talia used are available at

Angel Sanchez Bridal – Angelic Hair & Gowns

Forward, Vivian Kelly

Angel Sanchez Finale With Leonard Zagami's Custom Headpieces to Match

Venezuelan born Angel Sanchez is a designer who has some similarities to the late great Gianfranco Ferre. Both began their careers as architects and switched over to fashion design. Their architectural roots  are present in their clean yet dramatic silhouettes. Mr. Ferre’s most memorable pieces were his stunning white dresses and blouses. As you can see, in the right hands a white dress or shirt can be a gorgeous wardrobe staple. Those who own classic Ferre pieces such as these, never give them up.

Gianfranco-Ferre- Another Outstanding Design

By contrast, Mr. Sanchez is known for his bridal and evening gowns. He has a legion of celebrity fans for his bridal and evening wear including Sandra Bullock, Gisele Bundchen, Salma Hayak and Beyonce. His bridal designs range from a simple destination bride dress for the woman who wants to take her vows barefoot in the sand to sumptuous designs like the Couture Wedding Gown Eva Longoria wore to take her vows in 2008. Although there are yards and yards of train in Eva’s gown, the lines remain architecturally sleek and un-fussy.

Eva Longoria in her Angel Sanchez Couture Wedding Gown, 2008

Photo Above, Angel Sanchez Destination Bridal Gown as seen in MS-Weddings-Spring08-p.21

A great dress though, is not enough. The hair must absolutely complement the dress. Star hair stylist, Leonard Zagami created some unique silver headpieces backstage at the latest Angel Sanchez bridal show that were absolute perfection.

To read  Leonard Zagami’s hair tutorial, written by Anthony Palermo,  click on the above for the complete story and all of the images.

Leonard Zagami at Work Backstage at the Angel Sanchez Bridal Show

Below, a sneak peek of the perfectly synchronized hair Leonard created for the show. He used Moraccan Oil, a product that he and Anthony recommended after Anthony made me a pale silver blonde. I now use on a daily basis for its near miraculous abilities to transform my processed hair into hair worth running my fingers through.


Maria Maria Maria! [Sharapova] – That Is, Styled by Leonard Zagami For NYFW

STORY, Anthony Palermo

Preface,by Vivian Kelly

I’ve always admired  gorgeous women with long blonde locks since I was 5 years old, starting with Goldilocks and  later, Princess Aurora, Farrah Fawcett Majors, Marilyn Monroe and more recently, Blake Lively and Maria Sharapova. Family friend, William, then a Dutch University Student, and now a KLM pilot, jokingly showed me an image of Maria Sharapova on his iphone, casually calling her “my girlfriend” and then laughing when I believed him – for a second.

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones to think Maria was something really special.

This season, at NYFW, Maria was front row at some of New York’s biggest shows. Below, Anthony Palermo, tells us how his ALS partner, Leonard Zagami, created some fresh looks for the gorgeous tennis star. I’ve featured the one she sported at the Marc Jacobs show.

And, now… here’s Anthony!

“Mercedes Benz Fashion week is always filled with fabulous people. These Fall RTW 2012 collections were more about the who’s who in the front row. One of our all time favorites , Maria Sharapova , knows how to make an entrance and cause a frenzy on the court, but the real commotion starts when she is spotted at all the hottest shows!  Celebrity make up artist  and  friend of the AnthonyLeonard Salon ,  Andie Markoe -Byrne, teamed up with  Leonard Zagami, Creative Director of ALS,  to complete Maria ’s looks for the shows.

Read on as Leonard explains look 1 of the 3 looks he gave the grand slammer for this very fashionable NYC Week!

AT Marc Jacobs:

Maria , seen here with famed photographer  Patrick Demarchelier and his wife Mia , had a slightly pinned back side part . “I used Super Shine Cream by Oribe   to get a sleek look with out it being too overdone” says Zagami. ” I also used a Kent Brush ( for fine hair) to help smooth down fly-aways”. Maria usually  parts her hair in the middle so this was a great change for her!

To read and see all 3, go to anthonyleonardsalonblog. There, you’ll find out how Leonard styled her for her appearances at Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta. If you’re sitting next to Anna [Wintour], you had BETTER be on your game! Thanks to Leonard, Maria looked every bit the star she is.

Hair Heaven – Leonard Zagami’s “Camelot at Dawn” Coupe

Text, Vivian Kelly

Anne Garside’s coffee table book, Camelot at Dawn delivered a sorely needed fashion moment in the midst of the disheartening 8 day power outage. The photos shot by Orlando Suero, were ones I’d never seen before.


Most of the photos we see of Jacqueline Kennedy are of her as as the First Lady or in her later incarnation as the mysterious “Jackie O”, dodging paparazzo  Ron Gallela.

The images of  Jacqueline Kennedy and her husband, shot in May 1954, in Georgetown, have that “easy” American style that put US fashion designers on the map. I related to Jackie’s khaki capris, striped shirt and flats, because that’s my daily uniform, but that hair! The short wavy haircut she had combined with bubblegum pearl necklaces and large gold clip earrings got my heart racing.  Like turned to love when I got to the image of her lighting the candles for her first formal dinner party. The white strapless evening gown was stunning combined with the famous three strand pearl necklace and the haircut. I could get the necklace at Carolee but the hair – not so easy.

Jackie, before her first formal dinner party, Georgetown, 1954. Photo by Orlando Suero.

The only two guys who would really “get” this obsession were Anthony Palermo and Leonard Zagami. Off to New York I went to go show them the book and hopefully to walk out with a modern day version of this cut. If you’re not familiar with their work, have a look at their blog, and you’ll see what I mean by “editorial”.

While sitting in Leonard’s chair, getting my so-so short coupe transformed into a modern day version of Jackie Kennedy’s 1954 cut, Anthony [Leonard] came by to chat in between a barrage of color clients. I come to A-L for the outstanding hair services but even more so for their company; we share a mutual passion for hair that can transform you and can make you feel like your favorite fashion icon.

and Leonard [right], my go-to editorial hair gurus”]“Have you seen the Vogue covers book” asked Anthony. “Uh, no…” I confessed, feeling decidedly out of it but happy I had something new to get inspired about, while getting the haircut of my dreams. An added bonus was that Leonard told me about his Uncle, Salvatore Zagami, a noted sculptor/artist who brought works from his personal collection for the Salon’s FNO party back in September. Luckily for me, he left some of them in the salon and I enjoyed them as Leonard worked on my hair.

A Salvatore Zagami Sculpture, photographed by Anthony Palermo.

Considering my hair is finer than Jackie’s the cut I walked out with was as close as I could get. Leonard suggested playing with a strong mousse, such as Nexxus Mouse Plus Volumizing Styler. The key was to scrunch my hair to create the waves I wanted. Perfect, AND easy.

Leonard's modern version of Jackie Kennedy's 1954 Hairdo

Hair is like fashion. As with fashion, as soon as a collection is done, the question  “what’s next?” arises. As I got up, I asked Anthony about “the next step. Maybe the Lady Diana cut?” His eyes lit up and he said, “and maybe blonde too?”

Princess Diana's Short Haircut


Over the Holidays, we’re going to Foxwoods. While the others at the poker tables, I’ll be at the Lady Diana Retrospective, studying her hair and style. On a world tour, the exhibition “Diana, A Celebration” stops Sept. 16 through Jan. 15 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket. Graeme Murtonand Nick Grossmark, art handlers for the Althorp Estate in England,  installed the iconic gown worn by Diana at her 1981 wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales.

Art handlers Nick Grossmark (black gloves) and Graeme Murton (white gloves) travel to each tour stop for "Diana, A Celebration," responsible for setting up the exhibition (wearing gloves to prevent damage). The duo are standing next to Diana's iconic ivory silk and lace wedding gown.

After that experience, I’ll undoubtedly have  a Lady Di moment and head back to the A-L Salon to make my vision a reality, with a lot of help from my friends there.

Hair Happiness – the In-Styler- taking hair from bad to rad

Text, Vivian Kelly

Before the email from the lovely Cheryl Buscema of Siren PR and that life-changing afternoon meeting when I got to meet  celebrity hair stylist, Dean Banowetz, my hair possibilities were limited – to say the very least.

A “good day” meant no frizz, wavy bumps  and no cowlicks and the ability to put my hair into a stubby ponytail. [yes, the growing-out process is still on].

As I flipped through my monthly issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and W, I admired the sleek straight hair in Carmen Kass wore in Michael Kors ads season after season and the sleek chignons in the new “Mad Men” collection Banana Republic is promoting, that sort of hair was never in my personal realm of possibility. My admiration was always detached as without a hair magician such as Leonard Zagami or one of Oribe’s wizards doing their magic on my hair, that kind of hair was just  never going to happen to me.

All of this changed after I met Dean in the Setai’s zen-like Library Room during MBMiami Swim Week. He demoed his creation – the in-styler on Cheryl, who has beautiful long chestnut hair. I was impressed but I was still a tad emotionally removed, that is until he worked the magic wand through my short bob. To say that it was not a good hair day up until that point would be putting it kindly. It was around 2:00p.m., and I’d been out running from hotel to hotel on market appointments in the humid mid-summer Miami heat with my hair yanked away from my face in a ponytail.

Seeing is believing and as Dean started working the wand through the first strand of my tangles, Kooba Gooding Junior’s insolent voice whined in my brain, “show me the money!” Less than five minutes later, the voice was silenced as I looked in the huge mirror and saw a perfectly coiffed bob.

Dean pronounced it, “too perfect” and mussed it up a bit before spraying it and letting me leave, with my own in-styler to go.  Good hair is life-changing. As I walked out of the Setai, I couldn’t wait to see people I knew to show them my hair – a feeling I’d only experienced after a really good shorter than short hair cut at Oribe’s and when Anthony Palermo dyed my hair an amazing copper red.

I always like to share my findings and to get an opinion. Once back home in CT, I had Junior Editor Juliette and her friends try the in-styler out. If super critical teen cheerleaders liked it, the in-styler was the equivalent of a record that’s gone platinum.

An hour later, they marched into my FE Home office and pronounced the in-styler “really LEGIT” and preened and posed to show the results. As Dean had explained, you can create waves and flip up your hair with the in-styler, as well as straighten it.

Some final notes, even though my hair is colored and roughed-up from color, the in-styler did not dry my hair out as the typical straightening iron does, because

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