For the Opening Ceremony’s Fall/Winter 2015 Show at Cheim & Read in New York City, CND, the global leader in professional nail care, showcased three unique nail designs. The show was presented in a unique art gallery setting, which complemented the inspiration for the nail/fashion collaboration which was inspired by the early works of legendary film director Spike Jonze.
The fashion collection honored Jonze’s photography by highlighting 35-millimeter film through an interplay of collage formats and contact sheets on unconventional mediums. It also featured a select capsule collection honoring storied technology brand Kodak. CND completed the look with two linear nail designs featuring Kodak’s signature color palette and a third look paying homage to one of Jonze’s poignant photographs.
“We were completely captivated by Opening Ceremony’s creative vision for this collection,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Their colors and concepts tied in perfectly with CND’s Fall 2015 trend story, which celebrates an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and refined details for an intriguing combination of glamour and grunge.”
The nails presented at the Opening Ceremony captured the essence of the collection through a collaborative effort between the elite global artists of the CND Design Lab Team, Opening Ceremony and their design consultant, celebrity nail artist Naomi Yasuda.
The handmade works of art were created with vertical and horizontal striping techniques using VINYLUX® Weekly Polish in an array of heavily pigmented Kodak-inspired colors including red, yellow, blue and purple. A decoupage technique was implemented to lay Jonze’s impactful black and white photography on the nail. Intricate detailing provided the framework for the design, the third bespoke look for the collection.
“The nails that CND designed for us this season in collaboration with Naomi Yasuda were a seamless interpretation of our designs onto the models’ fingertips,” said Opening Ceremony Founder Humberto Leon. “We really wanted this collection to honor Spike’s photography and the technology behind it, and it was exciting to see the art come to life on the nails to complete the story.”
Last Thursday, I attended the Art Hearts Fashion show, which closed out Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with an amazing display of one-of-a-find pieces. Designer Mister Triple X kicked off the show with a sophisticated street wear line for men and women. Bold prints and subdued colors were characteristics of the collection, with the only major burst of color seen with fiery red pants worn by one of the male models.
Walter Mendez’s chic and elegant gowns took to the runway next, featuring dresses that were absolutely breathtaking. Soft greys transitioned smoothly to dark blues and bold velvet greens. Reality star and entrepreneur Lilly Ghalichi stunned the audience as she graced the runway, showing off one of the designer’s most elegant pieces in the collection.
House of Li Jon was by far my favorite, as the designs featured bold patterns and the brand’s signature hand crafted wearable couture armor, which glistened as it hugged the curves of each model’s frame.
Hailing from the Netherlands, House of Byfield showcased fitted suiting and men’s bags as well as contemporary dresses for women.
Furs were abundant in Hallie Sara’s collection off luxury pieces reminiscent of the iconic old-world glamour and timelessness of feminine silhouettes.
Finally, MTCostello’s immaculate collection of gowns were absolutely breathtaking. His showcase of designs proved to be a crowd pleaser, opening with a model wearing a reptilian face makeup and a solo male model who walked down the runway wearing nothing more than a golden robe and covering his manhood with his hands.
Check out some of the photos from the fashion show below.
Last night’s artic temperatures didn’t keep away NYC’s fashion elites who converged at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers for the 8:30pm Nolcha Fashion Week runway presentation. Prieston, a Hungarian designer, kicked of the show with an amazing collection featuring crystal embellishments, flowing dresses and geometric cutouts. The fall-winter 2015 collection was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” which could be seen with the feather design elements adorning some of the pieces, as well as with the colorful, chunky sweaters.
Following Prieston, Ann Himsel, an NYC-based designer debuted her first collection completely inspired by menswear colors, style, fabrics, and silhouettes. Strong, structured pieces emerged one by one with a sophisticated feminine flare sneaking through the masculine undertones.
Finally, Danny Nguyen Couture closed out the evening with stunning evening gowns that mesmerized the audience, with soft, luxurious fabrics, lace and detailed craftsmanship seen in the intricate use of fabric floral and crystals. It was also the only collection of the night to insert bright pops of color, with reds and magenta.
Check out some of the photos below to see pieces from each of the designers.
On Tuesday September 8th, I attended the Spring/Summer 2015 runway show of Portuguese designer Katty Xiomara at Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City. The award-wining designer presented a collection that features asymmetrical cuts, geometrical patters, and an overall organic aesthetic. Some of the garments had a tomboy look with attached white collars and pieces that resemble an over-sized man’s suit shirt. Simultaneously, Ximara created pieces that allow a woman to feel exceptionally feminine with thigh-high cuts, v-shaped necklines, and a midriff bearing top.
The show ended with the unveiling of the OtterBox® Dress, a collaboration with mobile accessories company, OtterBox® and their Alpha Glass™ technology, an all-new fortified glass screen protector for cellular phones.
“Creating an ensemble from glass screen protectors provides a unique challenge for me as it is something that has never been done,” said Xiomara in a recent press release. “Alpha Glass compliments my style perfectly, blending elegant and refined taste with an understated strength.”
Check out some of the photos from the event below.
On September 9th, I attended the Spring/Summer Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway show of Kati Stern Venexiana, known as the go-to fashion house for rock-n-roll haute couture. As the last show of Saturday night, the presentation did not disappoint. Fifty-seven gorgeous evening gowns graced the runway, captivating the audience with a show of freely flowing fabrics and intricate crystal detailing. The collection itself is a unique juxtaposition – gowns featuring billowing chiffon and taffeta contrasted greatly with bold metallic and pieces featuring open-backs and deep, plunging necklines.
Prints were scarce, but crystals were in abundance with this collection, so these gowns are not for the woman who doesn’t want to be a glittering showstopper.
Although, black was prominent, the color scheme nicely incorporated soft, feminine pastels with a pallet of yellow, aqua, turquoise, yellow, mint green, pink and lilac.
Launched in 2003 by designer Kati Stern, the collection is sold at high-end retailers around the world including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Drawing 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.
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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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.
“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.”
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.