Get the look: Pared-down pretty at Steven Tai Spring 2014

Vancouver-born designer Steven Tai is known for intricately re-working fabrics with details that make each piece more than meets the eye. 

As models floated down the runway at The Shows in Toronto – in creepers no less!  the dip-dyed fabrics and painterly prints left onlookers curious to get a second look. True to form, the London-based designer elevated these springtime signatures with laser-cut details and pixelated embroidery. 


His slouchy sportswear would be equally at home in the closets of minimalists, as well as on the backs of celebrities off duty. Carey Mulligan opted for monochromatic looks in eye-catching cuts at Cannes this year. Next time temperatures rise, Tai’s loose, white jumpsuit might tickle her fancy for a stroll with her husband, Marcus Mumford. 

Much like the line itself, the makeup and hair were pared-down pretty. Pantene Pro-V consulting stylist Justin German braided the models’ hair, then pressed them with a flat-iron to create loose waves. 

Keeping the focus on the skin, CoverGirl makeup pro Amelie Ducharme used a cream foundation before applying rose-tinted blush. Sweeping CoverGirl Cheekers in Natural Twinkle in lower, broader strokes created a natural-looking flush.

“Besides applying it on the apples of the cheek, we went a bit wider or else it would look too doll-like,” said Amelie backstage. “You want it to look like you were a little bit shy.” Or like you’re fresh from a jog? No matter the narrative, the athletic-inspired collection had hearts racing. 

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