Welcome to the first guest post from my assistant NYFW photographer, Julio Cortez!
Pre-show with designer Jeremy Scott – September 12th, 2012
The last stop of my NYFW show calendar was one I anticipated and needed the most. Jeremy Scott knows how to have fun, treating a crowded Milk Made audience to nothing short of a good time.
I want to thank Rachel again (and again and again) for the opportunity in assisting her with Spring 2013 show coverage for the Greyest Ghost. I may have survived my first fashion week, but I felt like I was going to fall over and die on more than one occasion when I wasn’t lost in the moment while shooting.
Next time I’ll remember to stay hydrated with all the free coconut water backstage, eat breakfast before cramming into tents almost at capacity, and say no to free champagne on an empty stomach.
Kabuki for MAC cosmetics says he “was inspired by the late 1970’s and early 1980’s make-up, where shadows are layered on top of the other, giving the effects that colors are going in and out of focus, like a mirage in the desert.”
“The lips are subdued compared to the eyes,” says Kabuki. “They are defined with nude pencil and filled in with a sheer, slightly metallic lipstick that corresponds to each model’s skin tone.” Midnight and electric blue eyelids popped up on various runways this week, but Kabuki’s smokey blending and Dashing Diva’s nail art combo is one of my favorite looks.
Dashing Diva’s Pattie Yankee designed gold lamé nail appliques inspired by this picture that Jeremy found online. Originally, Yankee mimicked the collection’s leopard print with the gold luxe print, but Scott found the nail design too distant from the original inspiration.
The custom appliques are applied to hand filed almond/oval shaped nails inspired by Yankee’s own. I think the final translation is opulent, fun, and wearable – especially with the metallic gold accent on the inner eyelids.
Inspired by club kids and power tails, Eugene Solomon for Wella created a tight bun atop the models’ heads, attached a braided hair piece, and finished off the look with a shimmer spray. This kind of style relies on a slick execution
Out of all the celebrity guests, I only snapped a photo of Grimes because I’m currently crushing on her as hard as you probably are, too. Also in attendance: Paris Hilton, Tyra Banks, Leigh Lezark, Sky Ferreira, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Lochte, and Opening Ceremony models galore.
The designer says the Moroccan hip-hop theme is inspired by the Arab Spring and elements of Harlem. No doubt designed with Azealia and Rihanna in mind, every look screams liberty, money, and sex in a way that only Scott can translate into opulent street wear.
With a little help from the animal kingdom, fabrics printed with cheetah, crocodile, giraffe, leopard, ostrich, and snake patterned with gold chain links and dollar bill details illuminate the runway at Milk Studios to the beats of Aaliyah, Missy, and Busta.
Gold machine guns and custom Jeremy Scott coins adorn metal mesh cuts and the designer’s own right hand fingers. According to Style.com’s Matthew Schneier, “Scott insisted those were in tribute to the guns raised in celebration of democracy and peace.”
Scott’s collaboration with New Era fuels the snap-back cap revival, topping off look after look as one of the collection’s top highlights and predictably sought after Spring must haves. I’m not sure how many of us can pull off the snap-back veil combination, but I’ll give the black patent croc cap and 90s Versace-esque scarf that River Viiperi is wearing a shot.
Last month, Rihanna wore runway look #38 at the 2012 iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas, NV. Homegirl’s past collaborations with Kabuki inspired him during the runway makeup tests. Oh, and the basketball jersey is made of 24K gold metal mesh paired with black petroleum crocodile thigh high boots and a matching New Era cap.
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All Photos and Words ®2012 Julio Cortez/The Greyest Ghost