77 posts tagged "New York Fashion Week"
The thought of NYFW makes me want to hyperventilate…and drink. A strong cocktail, preferably a margarita straight-up with extra salt, would certainly calm any nerves (and undoubtedly lead to a good time), but I’d also wake up to puffy eyes and dehydrated skin. Not a good look—even if I do spend the majority of my days backstage in the trenches. Instead of finding solace at the bottom of a bottle of Patrón, I’ll be sipping Big T NYC’s Tell-Tale Glow Organic White Tea like a responsible beauty editor navigating a month full of long days and even longer nights. The “couture tea” brand got its start backstage at Fall 2014 shows like Whit and Nanette Lepore, with models slurping this blend of goji berries, elderberries, and zante currants through lipstick-saving straws. Not only do the natural antioxidants help fight against free radicals and give your complexion a jolt of luminosity, but you’ll stay sober enough to meet fashion week’s never-ending parade of deadlines.
Lengths tucked into high collars, tonal hair and makeup, cornrows, and waist-grazing ponies—check, check, check, and check. The trends that dominated the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris made an appearance in Japan, proof that it really is a small world (at least when it comes to beauty). At Matohu and Beautiful People, turtlenecks and scarves served as the means to hide models’ long hair, much like they did at Prabal Gurung, Burberry Prorsum, and Anthony Vaccarello. The extreme tails spotted at Valentino and Chanel sashayed down the catwalks at Ujoy and Atsushi Nakashima. And from the front, the tops of models’ heads at Nakashima’s show were coated with gray paint (similar to the black powder Guido Palau employed at Alexander Wang) and lids dusted with a slate-colored shadow—both meant to coordinate with the clothes and produce a matchy-matchy effect (previously seen at Marc Jacobs). Even those Snoop Dogg-inspired braids devised by Duffy at Adam Selman made their way around the globe, arriving on the runway at Lamarck. One thing that did make an appearance in the buzzy city that didn’t get much attention in the other fashion capitals? Lips. If you dismiss Rihanna’s many wardrobe and lipstick changes, there was a lack of loud mouths for Fall 2014. Not the case today at KBF (below). This traffic-cone-colored pout is one beauty move we’ll be borrowing from the East.
Flashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin
The Moment: Glitter, glitter everywhere
The Motivation: With incredibly dreary weather descending upon New York (hello, Polar Vortex), it was with a very happy heart that we noticed an uplifting trend developing on the NYFW catwalks. Glitter, in all its glory, was popping up everywhere, from Altuzarra’s greenish-gold lids to Rodarte’s shimmering lips. This shot of Saint Louis Augustin from a 1997 issue of British Vogue is just another example of how sparkles (combined with a David Bowie-esque slash) can make a serious beauty statement.
Grace Mahary recently shared her backstage obsession with Style.com: MomentCam, an app that transforms photos into black-and-white caricatures. She may have to play the waiting game in hair and makeup, but you can’t pin down this model’s artistic imagination. Here, she shares her top five portraits from New York fashion week. We look forward to seeing the sketched scenarios Mahary (and her catwalker cohorts) wind up in come Milan and Paris.
“Pilot Katlin Aas smells a gas leak at a fitting.”
“Ashleigh Good playing captain just before Tommy [Hilfiger].”
“Arlenis Sosa cruising away from Hervé Léger with her pirate’s booty.”
“Backstage photographer Greg [Kessler] lighting up everything behind the scenes.”
“Chiharu [Okunugi] taking a casual fifteen-minute break from backstage at Helmut [Lang] to play polo.”
“I love being a part of fashion week. I live off the adrenaline of shows. I wasn’t planning on walking so many shows, but it’s a pretty special year: Donna is celebrating her thirtieth, Diane von Furstenberg just celebrated her fortieth. It’s a season that’s not to be missed, so I couldn’t sit this one out.”
We heard rumblings that Kloss was “too famous” to walk the New York shows. Judging by the ten runways she strutted down for Fall 2014, that rumor was totally bogus (which the model clarified above). I asked Tracy Kloss (her mother) backstage if the super ever gets tired, and she stated quite simply: “No, she’s always had high metabolism and high energy.” And perhaps she has a bit of FOMO—as she doesn’t seem to be slowing down during fashion month anytime soon.