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Couture Design House Draws From Historic Royalty

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TeKay Designs, a couture house based in Houston, debuted its “Queen of the Brides” royalty themed bridal gowns during New York Fashion week this past February. The collection was inspired by the elegance of historic monarchas, and featured luxury fabrics, textures and colors.

Not only were the gowns unique, but the faces that graced the runway were as well, as diversity was applied to the model search.

“Women of royalty are represented from all over the globe through these gowns,” explained Kimma Wreh; the Fashion Designer and Creative Director for TeKay Designs. “Places such as Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East influenced the current collection. The gowns express cultural themes that resonate with many ethnic groups.”

Some gowns featured intricate embroidery, while others were accented with shimmering beading. Each represented a woman of royalty who has left behind an indelible mark. “I am proud to present a bridal collection that acknowledges style aesthetics that many cultures have contributed to humanity.” said Kimma.

Check out some of the photos below to see some of the gowns that were inspired by women of royalty from various cultures throughout history.

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HOW TO: Perfect Buns At Paris Fashion Week

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Pulled back hair dominated on the runways of Paris Fashion Week. Whether they were sleek and sulty or messy and edgy, this hairstyle prevailed. Here are some tips on how you can get the looks styled by Redken Creative Consultant Guido.

LANVIN FALL – WINTER 2014

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The hair at Lavin’s F/W 2014 collection was amped up with wet and greasy textures to give the hair a nighttime feel to go along with the evening atmosphere created on the runway. A messy updo glistened on the runway for a very sexy and edgy illusion. Here’s how to get the look.

Redken Products Used – Collection:
– guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
– argan-6 oil multi-care oil
– shine flash 02 glistening mist
– forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

Create the Look:
1. Saturate damp hair with guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
2. Apply argan-6 oil multi-care oil for added shine
3. Using fingers, rake hair into a ponytail and secure with elastic
4. Twist ponytail into a messy chignon and secure with open fasteners
5. Finish by applying generous amounts of shine flash 02 glistening mist and forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

MARGIELA FALL – WINTER 2014

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The hair at Margiela’s F/W 2014 was kept traditional to match the style of the clothing this season. The bun was given volume with a droopy side knoot to give an overall mature feeling to the hairstyle. Guido combined flex shape factor 22 and flex mess around 10 to give the hair some texture and hold. Once the hair was prepped with product, Guido divided the hair into two sections and twisted inwards before creating a loose knot.

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
-flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste
-flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste
-forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

Create the Look:
1. Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair
2. Blowdry with a natural bristle brush until hair is 80% dry
3. Apply a dime to nickel size (depending on length) of flex shape factor 22 and flex mess around 10 into palm of hand and mix together
4. Distribute product evenly throughout the hair
5. Finish blow drying hair until completely dry
6. Create a left side part
7. Divide hair into two sections in the back and twist hair inwards and tie into a loose knot
8. Thread elastic through the know a few times as if you’re sewing a button onto something and tie elastic once to secure knot
9. Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

CELINE FALL – WINTER 2014

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Easy and minimal was the theme for the hair at the Celine F/W runway. “So we are backstage at Celine and the hair is well, very Celine-esque, which means that it is simple and minimal” said Guido I used flex mess around 10, which is a new cream-paste from Redken, on the roots to give the hair a bit of hold and texture. I wanted the product to hold the lines created as I raked my fingers through the hair. This technique made the style feel masculine in a way.”

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-pillow proof blowdry express primer
-guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam
-flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste
-forceful 23 super strength hairspray
-shine flash 02 glistening mist

Create the Look:
1.Apply pillow proof blowdry express primer to damp hair and comb hair straight back
2.Apply guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam to roots and blow-dry with a natural bristle brush
3.Apply flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste to roots for texture and grip
4.Gather hair into a low ponytail with fingers
5.Twist ponytail up until it twists over itself and secure with an elastic leaving the ends of the ponytail out
6.Apply forceful 23 super strength hairspray on the ponytail
7.Finish with shine flash 02 glistening mist


HOW TO: The Ponytail At Valentino’s F/W 2014 Show

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poinytail3Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a playful twist on the traditional ponytail look for Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2014 Paris Fashion Week show. The out-of-the-box look lent itself well to the eccentric designs presented in the collection season, and added lightness to the collection as a whole.

“The collection this season felt more eclectic, so I wanted the hair at Valentino to be more whimsical and playful,” said Guido. “I created a simple part and added a little bit of height at the crown to give the hair a late 60s kind of feel. Regardless of these youthful subtitles, the vibe remained true to the brand’s identity. The hair is beautiful and very Valentino.”

Here’s how to get the look yourself at home:

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam
-forceful 23 super strength hairspray

Create the Look:

1.Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair
2.Blow-dry hair straight with natural bristle brush
3.Create a clean center part
4.Comb hair straight back creating slight lift at the crown
5.Gather hair into a low ponytail covering ears and secure with elastic
6.Place elastics every 2-3 inches down the ponytail
7.Pull hair in between each elastic to puff out the hair
8.Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

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Diego Binetti NYFW F/W 2014 Hair Recap

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Jenny Balding working on a model

During New York Fashion Week designer Diego Binetti revealed his FW14 collection title LOVE. The collection features cape-like wool coats, wild prints, and oversized knits and tops. According to Binetti, “The LOVE by Diego Binetti FW14 has a spirit that is Nomadic with a city-slicker vibe…LOVE collection is unapologetically street-inspired with a sophisticated bohemian flair.”

Stylist Jenny Balding created the hair look for the collection’s debut developing hairstyles that had a naturally disheveled, rocknroll, effortless feel. “This is a woman who wouldn’t spend much time on her hair, but looks effortlessly sexy and disheveled. “ said Balding. “Enhancing natural beauty was key for this look.”

Here are the steps to create the look:
•Start with clean, dry hair to showcase hair’s natural texture
•Use a dry shampoo like Redken pillow proof blow dry two day extender & oil absorbing dry shampoo to give body and volume at the roots
•Spray section by section from the nape of the neck, right up to the front hairline
•Mist hair all over with a light hairspray – “I used Redken fashion work 12 versatile working spray as you can layer it on without it becoming sticky” said Balding.
•Use a large curling iron only to create a bend in the mid shaft of the hair – this creates movement and texture
•Shake your hair out and let it fall into its natural part to give this effortless, sexy disheveled finish

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Couture Fashion Week New York 2/14/14 6pm Show

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On Friday, February 14th I attended the 6pm show of Couture Fashion Week featureing designers Nonye Lumm Couture, Wesley Petermann and Marisol Henriquez.

Set to the pulsating beats of African music Nonye Lumm Couture was first up with a vivid display of gorgeous evening gowns, billowing dresses and tailored suits. The edgy androgynous creations of swiss designer Wesley Petermann was up next. Highlights included a show-stopping fur dress creation, and a flamboyant Lady-Gaga-esqe metal top with spikes. Lastly, Marisol Henriquez presented her with “Retro Texturas” Collection featuring rich and varied textures, oversized bows and translucent bodices.

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Nonye Lumm Couture

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Wesley Petermann

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Marisol Henriquez


NYFW 2014 Hair Recap: Marc By Marc Jacobs

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The hair at the 2014 Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week presentation by Marc By Marc Jacobs, brought us all back to our school girl days, with two tight clean braids accessorized with black headbands. The hair was made a little playful with slightly disheveled strands, as a way to make it clear that even though the hairstyle was playful, a Marc girl isn’t a typical girl next door. The hairstyle “incorporated elements of manga, cartoon warriors and Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family into the look I designed for Marc by Marc Jacobs.,” said Redken Creative Consultant Guido. “I created this schoolgirl hairstyle with the Marc girl in mind, in that I wanted the overall style to remain youthful, cool and a bit punk. There is substance and style to the Marc girl, but there is also a rebellious dark side. Quite simply, the two braids are not meant to be that cute or innocent.”

Intrested in how to get the look? Then, read on.

Redken Products Used:

-flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste

-pillow proof blowdry two day extender

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Create the Look:

1. Apply flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste to damp hair from root to ends
2. Rough dry the hair with fingers
3. Create a messy center part down the center and divide hair into two sections
4. Apply pillow proof blowdry two day extender from mid-lengths to ends for added texture
5. Braid hair tightly on each side and fasten with an elastic
6. Place black headband behind ears
7. Pull some loose pieces around the face for an undone finish


A/W 2014 By Misha Presentation

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On Monday, February 10th I attended the A/W 2014 Presentation of London fashion designer Misha Vaidya at New York’s Lali Lali Gallery. Vaida’s clothing line By Misha, which launched in 2011, always unveils a collection with a unique story and theme. This season’s collection titled “Eloquence,” debuted against a simplistic romantic backdrop of hanging lights in a dimly lit room. Featuring deep colors such as navy, burgundy, mustard and olive-green, the collection includes expertly tailored cropped jackets, flowy dresses, pencil skirts and several lace pieces. Check out some of the photos below to see some of the garments that were on display.

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PFW S/S 2014 Louis Vuitton Show Hair Recap

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In case you missed it, the hair at the Louis Vuitton show at the S/S 2014 Paris Fashion Week was a spectacular production. Styled by Redken Creative Consultant Guido, messy hair strands poked out of the dramatic headpieces.

“It’s a very stylized look, which is fitting for Marc Jacobs. I wanted the hair to be in a messy knot to offset the richness of the headdress.” Said Guido. “The hair is youthful and playful, whereas the feathered headpieces are quite heavy and exotically ornamental.”

Get the look (if you dare) by following the below steps:

1. Blow dry damp hair with full frame 07 protective volumizing mousse and a round brush
2. Pull hair into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie
3. Twist into messy knot leaving ends loose
4. Finish with quick dry 18 instant finishing spray
5. Put headdress on

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Photos by Matt Lever for Redken.


Highlights From Nolcha Fashion Week’s September 11th 7:30pm Runway

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On September 11th, I attended the 7:30pm runway show of Nolcha Fashion Week. The night’s show was jammed pack with an audience eager to see the creations from up-and-coming designers Mariana Valentina, Leka, Lum, Studio 6th Sense and Nina Athanasiou. The designers did not disappoint. Mariana Valentina’s line on women’s eveningwear kicked off the show with freely flowing silk gowns. Next up, were breathtaking dresses by Léka, which featured crinolines and stylistic components inspired by her architectural and landscape design background.

One of my favorites of the night were the gowns of LUM by Lama Taher, which were adorned with sparkling embellishments and black lace embroidery on various tulle and chiffon creations.

Designer Stephen Goudeau of Studio 6th Sense presented his collection “Religious Paradise” which has bright colors of blue and yellow with patters inspired by his love of drawing and sketching.

Finally, Nina Athanasiou collection for both men and women started off with a rocker vibe so I was surprised when feminine silhouettes began emerging….so was the crowd. One model walked down the runway wearing a short cocktail dress, and within seconds transformed it into a long evening gown before our very eyes. Everyone was left in awe.

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MBFW Backstage Access: Brandon Sun

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On Wednesday, September 11th, Brandon Sun presented his Spring/Summer collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. According to Red Door Spas’ National Creative Director and Master Hair Stylist Zahir Ziani, since the garments in the collection were bold and geometric, the hair was kept soft and sophisticated. Long hair was parted down the center, then swept back into a low side bun. Stray pieces were allowed to fall naturally, creating a very casual look.

Picture1Drawing inspiration from the fur used in Brandon Sun’s collection, Adeline Sarino, National Training Director of Nails for Red Door Spa created a surprising ombre nail look using shades of cool light/dove grey with a matte finish.
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The makeup look was created Cesar Olivas, Makeup Artist for Red Door Spa, and focused on brows, while leaving lashes mascara-free. Lips were kept soft and natural using various shades of red to compliment the collection.

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Get The Look: The Hair At Paola Hernandez’s SS14 Fashion Show

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Mexican designer Paola Hernández presented her Spring 2014 Collection titled “Singularity,” at Chelsea art space Churner and Churner Gallery during New York Fashion Week. The collection portrays the notion of Singularity with pleats that represent the unfolding of the spark in each of our hearts.

To complement the fashions, the hair of the models were made sleek but also featured an unexpected twist of a tight, center braid, creating a strong, yet feminine look.

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“Paolas’ collection this season has strong shapes but have a beautiful fluid movement so I wanted the hair to reflect that with the strength of the braid and soft flow of shin, silky, straight hair,” said Jenny Balding, Cutler Salon Stylist & Redken Grooming & Styling Expert. “This look can be worn really at any time but it’s a fantastic alternative to wearing your hair down for an evening look.”

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Here’s how you can get the look, and watch the video below to see exactly what Jenny did to achieve the bold hair style.

•Blow dry very straight with Redken align 12 protective straightening lotion
•Section a mohawk section of 2″ width coming into a point at the nape.
•Apply Redken align 12 protective straightening lotion again to this section as it will help hold the braid. Reverse braid from the hairline right down to the nape and secure with small band.
•Finish with Cutler Flyaway Stick on stray hairs to keep the look polished.


Get The Look: The Hair at Malan Breton’s Spring/Summer 2014 Presentation

Photos courtesy of Kaplow PR

Photos courtesy of Kaplow PR

Designer Malan Breton presented his Spring/Summer 2014 collection on Saturday, September 7th at the Box at Lincoln Center. The collection was inspired by classic Savile Row 1960s-style silhouettes and the romanticism of the clothing featured in Wong Kar Wai’s critically acclaimed film, “In the Mood for Love.”

The hair of the models were tousled with loose, flowing curls. Lead hairstylist, Jose Perales, Creative Director of Babyliss Pro created the soft, dreamy hair-look by using Babyliss Pro MiraCurl, an automatic professional curl machine (seen in the pictures above).

Here are the steps to get the look:

  1. Begin by dividing hair into three sections – left, right and middle.
  2. Curl large sections of the hair – 1 ¼ inch or greater – away from the face, using a large barrel curling iron. Pin in place to set.
  3. Next, begin curling small 1 inch sections of hair using the Babyliss Pro MiraCurl. Starting on the right side, curl hair using the tool’s setting fixed on left rotation. Repeat on the left side, with the tool’s setting fixed on right rotation. This will ensure that curls angle towards the face. Pin each curl to set, and then blow dry the hair using a diffuser, on a cool setting.
  4. Leaving the middle section of hair pinned, brush out the right and left side curls using a bristled brush. Start at the root and work down to the ends. Perales recommends using a hairspray, such as Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Hair Spray, while brushing to eliminate frizz.
  5. Move on to the middle section, releasing it from the pins. Beginning in the back, working toward the front, tease each curl with a bristle brush at the root to create the illusion of thicker hair with more volume.
  6. Lastly, brush the middle section back and secure with Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Hair Spray.

The Babyliss Pro MiraCurl may be purchased by licensed hairdressers and cosmetologists through a professional beauty distributor or store, and range in price from $199.99 -$249.99.


Couture Fashion Week New York Showcases Native Designers

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On September 6th, I attended the 6pm show of Couture Fashion Week New York held in the Grand Ballroom at The New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The show opened with an amazing display of bedazzled gowns by up-and-coming fashion designer Priya Saluja. A native of New Delhi, Priya draws her inspiration from India’s rich cultural heritage and creates one-of-a-kind pieces embellished with handcrafted printing and embroidery. The opulent garments were visually stunning and made a statement on the runway, showcasing a very contemporary twist on traditional Indian garments.

First Nations designers Linda Lavallee and Luugigyoo Patrick Stewart’s line creenisgaa clothing followed with handcrafted and hand-painted leather boots, along with wearable art fashions.The line’s name “creenisgaa” is named after the Cree and Nisga’a nations Linda and Patrick belong to.

Up next were the fashions of Canadian fashion designer Linda Kay Peters who debuted her line Bell Robes by Linda Kay Peters. Her designs incorporate elements from her own Ojibway/Cree heritage, while others feature her interpretations of the Coast Salish/Sto: lo culture. The formalwear for women was seductive and sexy, without being too raunchy. Male models donned pieces from the men’s line featuring expertly tailored vests.

Finally, the fashions of Aboriginal Fashion Designer and Artist Sho Sho Esquiro took the stage, whose elegant pieces feature meticulous detailing and figure-flattering silhouettes. A show-stopping strapless black gown with billowing ruffled bottom evoked a waterfall of verbal “wows” from the crowd before the room filled up with applause, and it wasn’t even the final piece in the collection to grace the runway.

The show featured a performance by Reagan Richards: Rock & Roll Oddity.

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Priya Saluja (third left) posses with models wearing her designs at Couture Fashion Week New York – September 6, 2013

Designer and artist Sho Sho Esquiro being interviewed next to models wearing pieces from her namesake clothing line at Couture Fashion Week

Designer and artist Sho Sho Esquiro being interviewed next to models wearing pieces from her namesake clothing line at Couture Fashion Week

Debut Collection of Traditional First Nations Designs from creenisgaa clothing

Debut Collection of Traditional First Nations Designs from creenisgaa clothing
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Ringing Bell Robes by Linda Kay Peters at Couture Fashion Week

Ringing Bell Robes by Linda Kay Peters at Couture Fashion Week


Fro Fashion Week Comes to New York This Fall

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A recent article in the New York Timers referred to the lack of diversity in the fashion industry as Fashion’s “blind spot, noting only 6% of African-American models were casted to walk the runways in at New York Fashion Week this past February. To combat this disparity in the industry, an innovative fashion experience is emerging in New York City this fall: Fro Fashion Week. Already in its 6th season, the Atlanta-based event is planning to take the East Coast by storm by bringing its highly anticipated event to Brooklyn, NY this September 5-8th. The week will consist of workshops, pop up salons, trunk shows, and an after party.

The festivities will culminate with a GOTHIX themed fashion show on September 7th, which will feature fashions of 6 upcoming designers chosen from across the US. The runway will be host to a diverse selection of models with various curly, kinky and coily hair textures, a non-traditional presence currently missing in the fashion industry. Also different from the credentials-only shows at NY Fashion Week, Fro Fashion Week offers designers, models and attendees the chance to be a part of the excitement of fashion week, an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t be given.

“Not everyone can find themselves in New York Fashion Week,” says  Valaira Sa-Ra, Executive Producer of the ‘Fro Fashion Show. “We wanted to bring Fro Fashion Week to New York because we cater to a demographic that isn’t typically represented.”

The featured designers presented at GOTHIX are:

  • D’Andra Williams, Renee Fredrique (Queens, NYC)
  • Chantel Gibbs, Shannon Shenone (Elmont, NY)
  • Ronnisha De’Lynn, Aura Clothing (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Antoinette Middleton, I AM Designs (Bradenton, Florida)
  • Raqui Rhodes, Necessories by Raqui (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Valeri Reaves, MyMeApparel (Atlanta, Georgia)

The show will be hosted by blogger Rochelle “BlackOnyx” Graham and exclusive backstage coverage provided by NaturallyCurly.com.

For more event information including ticket sales and show times, visit www.frofashionweek.com.


Tweezerman’s Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Collection

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While it may not be possible for everyone to experience fashion week in-person, Tweezerman has made it possible to carry around the trendy prints seen on the runway with stylish must-have accessories for any make up bag with its Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Collection.  Available exclusively at Sephora, the collection includes:

Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Unbreakable Mirrors: $15.00 each – The perfect size for travel, the vibrant chvron print pattern comes in two color choices of Pink and Blue.

Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints Filemates: $5.00  – This nail file features 100/180 grit to file down and shape any type of nail, and comes with a snap close case so it’s always clean and protected.

Mix ‘N Match Runway Prints SoleMates Foot File & Smoother:  $22.00 – A two-in-one product, the stainless steel Micro-File aims to remove dead skin and calluses, while the Finishing File makes skin touchably soft.

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Backstage Beauty: Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan Fall 2013

On February 10th, I went backstage at Emerson’s Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center. The team of Red Door Spa, led by National Creative Director and Master Stylist Zahir Ziani, was responsible for the teased up-do seen on the runway. The hair, as described by Ziani, was created to look effortless and natural, “as if the model put her hair up in the pony-tail herself.” Tousled curls were created first to add volume, and hair was wrapped around the base of the pony-tail and secured with bobby pins. Only one product was used, a dry spray by Kérastase, which allowed Ziani to apply the spray repeatedly while avoiding a greasy-weighed down look.

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Stylist Zahir Ziani didn’t use any rubber bands to hold the base of the hair in place. Instead, he used the model’s own hair, which was secured with bobby pins.

Stylist Zahir Ziani didn’t use any rubber bands to hold the base of the hair in place. Instead, he used the model’s own hair, which was secured with bobby pins.

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All of the make-up used for the show was by Bobbi Brown. Dark, rocker-chic cat eyes were created using Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in black. And, the top of brows here highlighted using Bobbi’s limited edition Sparkle Eye Shadow, a combination of shimmering pearls and fine glitter. Similar to the hair, the makeup was done to look as if the model did it herself.

The final makeup look backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Emerson Fall 2013 show

The final makeup look backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Emerson Fall 2013 show

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The nails were just as edgy as the makeup. Inspired by the black lace used in Emerson’s collection, ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain and ORLY Nail Lacquer in After Party was used to create the fabulous nail detail seen below.

ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain and ORLY Nail Lacquer in After Party

ORLY Nail Lacquer in Pure Porcelain and ORLY Nail Lacquer in After Party

The nail art was inspired by the fabrics used in Emerson’s fall 2013 collection

The nail art was inspired by the fabrics used in Emerson’s fall 2013 collection


Backstage Access: Fall 2013 NYFW Alon Livne makeup by Per-fekt Beauty

Makeup artist Suzana Hallili applying the finishing touches on a model

Makeup artist Suzana Hallili applying the finishing touches on a model

On February 9th, I had the amazing opportunity to go backstage at Alon Livne’s show held at Lincoln Center as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lead makeup artist Suzana Hallili explained that Livne wanted the models to look solider-like, an effect she created by emphasizing strong brows and grey, smoldering eyes. Gun Metal eye shadow, custom-made by Mob Wives’s star Love Majewski in collaboration with Hallili and Richard Anderson, was used on the upper and lower eye lids. Strong brows were defined with per-fekt brow perfection gel ($22), while nude lips made sure the model’s eyes remained the focus of attention. For luminous skin, skin perfection gel ($57.50) was used as a base all over the face, and cheek perfection gel in bronzed ($28) accentuated cheekbones.

Smouldering eyes and defined brows created the solider-like effect requested by the designer

Smouldering eyes and defined brows created the solider-like effect requested by the designer

The final make-up look

The final make-up look

Beauty Tip 1:  According to Hallili, the skin perfecting gel can also be used to clean up excess eyeshadow that may fall under the eye, without having to worry about ruining the rest of your makeup.

Beauty tip 2: Hallili used eye perfection gel ($45) under eyes to neutralize redness, and make the models look more awake since they are usually tired from back-to-back shows. It’s a great product to use when you haven’t gotten a full night’s rest.

Backstage,  I had the chance to chat with Love Majewski. “I love all of Per-fekt Beauty’s products,” she raved. “I especially love their body perfection gel.”

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In addition to joining the cast of VH1’s Mob Wives, Majewski is a licensed cosmetologist and celebrity make-up artist. She also has a line of color cosmetics called Veritas Cosmetics.


The Knot and the Wedding Channel Couture Runway Show – Spring 2013

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On Saturday, October 13th, I attended a bridal couture runway show presented by The Knot and the Wedding Channel at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. The show took place as part of Couture Bridal Fashion week, New York’s premier bridal-industry trade show. This was the first time the event featured a grand runway presentation, which showcased more than 100 dresses from top designers. Gorgeous gowns of each designer billowed down the runway with intricate detailing in an amazing display of the latest fashion trends in the couture bridal world.

The designers featured included: Cymbeline, Emmaline Bridal, Ian Stuart, Jesus Peiro, Jorge Manuel, Katerina Bocci, La Femme, Maggie Sottero, Max Chaoul Couture, Melanie Harris, Mikaella Bridal, Nilah and Company, Paloma Blanca, Ruben Perlotti, Simone Carvalli, Siri, and Victoria Nicole.

Pictures from the October 13th fashion show – Click to enlarge

In addition to fashion shows, Couture Bridal Fashion week offers retailers and designers the opportunity to showcase their latest collections throughout the week. Here are a few that caught my eye on my way to the runway presentation:


Brooklyn Fashion Week[end} – 2013 Spring/Summer John Guarnes

On September 30th I attended the Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear, avant-garde and couture collection presentation of Philippine designer, John Guarnes as part of the 14th season of Brooklyn Fashion Week[end} in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Set against the pulsating rhythms of African beats, freely flowing fabrics in dark earth tones danced across the stage, before bright colors of chiffon and tulle exploded onto the runway. A majority of the designs were classic, and every inch of the clothing, from the embellishments to the cut of the fabrics, was meticulously constructed to fit the contours of a woman’s body perfectly. The presentation ended with a show-stopping white ensemble that would be a perfect choice for a unique, summer bride.

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Brooklyn Fashion Week(end) – Badass Pretty Clothing

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On the evening of Saturday, September 29th, I attended the 2013 Spring/Summer shows at Brooklyn Fashion Week{end} (BKFW) at Industry City at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park. Over the course of four days, BKFW gives emerging international and local designers a platform to showcase their work, while supporting charities. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit The Paul Robeson Theater, The SCIP program and Soles4Souls®.

At Saturday’s show, one presentation that absolutely blew mind was Melissa Squire’s line, Badass Pretty Clothing. Models donned outfits that looked like 1950s pin-ups got together with rocker chicks from the 1980s and decided to start a clothing line. This, as it turned out, was a very good thing. There was nothing bland or ordinary in this show. Vivid colors, fun prints and peek-a-boo lace detailing made for an exciting parade of fashions on the runway. Dresses that looked very sexy, all of a sudden became sweet, as models turned around to reveal cute, unexpected bow detailing on backside of the clothing. The fashions in this line are over-the-top and playful, but still very wearable. All of the items can be dressed up with accessories and heels, or made casual with funky jewelry and layers. I should also point out that a lot of the dresses are actually reversible, so you get two outfits for the price of one. The collection is, as the name of the line says, pretty badass.

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Nolcha Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013: M.N ALOUSH

M.N. Aloush

When the first model of a show emerges wearing a Catwoman mask, you immediately know you are about to witness something amazing. Bold, edgy and chic are words I would use to describe the fashions of Middle-Eastern duo Mesho and Nouf Abothnain, who presented their latest collection at Nolcha Fashion Week on Wednesday, September 12th at Pier 59 Studios in New York City.

Daring, sexy creations surfaced onto the runway with surprises of unconventional combinations of colors and materials. I literally sat in my chair eagerly awaiting the appearance of each model, and was never left feeling disappointed. Black, lace overlays transformed cheerful fabrics into sultry statement pieces, and the gold detailing on some of the clothing were absolutely regal. A special highlight of the show was a plain black short suit flanked by a cape, which revealed an unexpected vivid floral pattern on its underside as the model walked. Click here to learn more about the designer’s label, M.N ALOUSH.

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Nolcha Fashion Week: Angelys Balek

Angelys Balek

On Wednesday, September 12th, I attended the fashion show of Thailand-based designer Angelys Balek, as part of Nolcha Fashion Week at Pier 59 in New York City. The show opened with playful patterns, and slowly transitioned to a more subdued style. The incorporation of cut-out leather in bold colors amplified what would otherwise be monotone, black clothing. Though a little rebellious, the leather somehow managed to be sweetly feminine, elegant, and absolutely chic.

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William Okpo S/S 2013 Presentation

William Okpo

On September 11th I attended the S/S 2013 Presentation of William Okpo, a women’s wear collection designed by two sisters, Darlene and Lizzy Okpo. The line, named after the sister’s father, takes its inspiration from their parents, Nigerian immigrants, who would often intertwine their culture’s clothing with American styles.

NYC skyscrapers peeked through the glass windows of the The Ailey Studios, as guests marveled at the clothing that seemed to evoke work wear of historic plantation workers mixed with modern-day sophistication. Earthy tones, playful polka dots, color-blocking, and some abstract silhouettes were noticeable trends in the collection.

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NYFW Spring/Summer 2013 By Misha Fashion Presentation

BYMISHA

On Friday, September 7th, I attended the Spring/Summer 2013 fashion presentation of By Misha. I love the whimsical themes of By Misha’s collections. The Autumn/Winter 2012 line, Crown Jewels, was fairytale-inspired (read my review of that collection here). The theme of this year’s collection is Wishing Well, and features charmeuse and chiffon fabrics in shades of honeysuckle, mint, forest, marmalade and crème brulee. Beautiful organza pearl flowers stood out as a strong characteristic of this collection, as they adorned romantic dresses, skirts and tops. Modest sequin detailing is also prominent in some of the clothing in Wishing Well. Hey, a girl’s got to have a little sparkle.

White-Rose: cream full-length fitted strapless gown

(L-R) Meadowsweet: mint chiffon cocktail dress and Lemon-Mint: grey pleated, wide-legged chiffon trousers with half-sleeve mustard brocade jacket, with pearl flowers

Foxglove: fuchsia cocktail dress with transparent top adorned with organza pearl flowers

Tiarella: shoulder cream blouse with organza pearl flowers paired with a high-waisted, puffed brocade skirt.

(L-R) Daffodil, Dandelion and Elderberry