September 1 2014

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3 posts tagged "Nadja Bender"

Chop, Chop


nadja-cropModel Nadja Bender appears to have snuck in a visit to the salon mid-New York fashion week. She posted this photo of her cropped cut on Instagram, with the caption “New hair, so do not care!!!” She joins catwalkers like Hilary Rhoda, Sam Rollinson, and Lakshmi Menon, who all recently opted for more than just a trim.

Update: We were faked out by a wig yet again. Fellow catwalker Jamie Bochert commented on the new pixie and asked if it was in fact faux. Bender’s response: “Yeah, wish it [wasn't] though.”

Model Mayhem


model halloween

It’s a model’s job to play a character—normally, one given to her by a designer or photographer. But on Halloween, the girls (and guys) that wear the clothes call the shots. Above, we recap some of our favorites from last night—from Toni Garrn’s creepy contacts to more than one virgin in black and white (Alina Baikova and Marine Deleeuw, I’m looking at you). And the awards for sweet—not spooky—costumes go out to Maud Welzen (who transformed from catwalker to Catwoman) and Constance Jablonski (i.e., Sailor Moon). However, it was Samantha Gradoville’s over-the-top Marie Antoinette wig, guillotined neck, and risen-from-the-dead smoky eyes that took the cake here on Beauty Counter.

Photos: Instagram

Banana Liner 2.0


Banana liner—or banane, as François Nars often refers to the single arched pencil etching that is customarily drawn through the crease of the eye, en Français—is a classic sixties-era makeup mainstay. You may remember seeing it last season at Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Moschino, when the decade experienced its latest resurgence. But there is a way to modernize the popular lid embellishment, as we learned from Gucci Westman at Rag & Bone’s Fall show—and makeup artist Polly Osmond in the new issue of Numéro. “The typical sixties shape starts closer to the nose,” Westman explained backstage in New York, choosing to start her stroke toward the center of the eye and drag it straight out toward the temple, rather than in a more perfect crescent shape. For her part, Osmond went the other direction, starting her line almost on top of model Nadja Bender’s nose and keeping it soft and slightly diffused. “This feels more obscure,” Westman said of the benefits of experimenting with newfangled approaches to old techniques—and making them seem new again in the process.

Photo: Liz Collins for Numéro., March 2013; Luca Cannonieri /