OSCAR DE LA RENTA F/W 2013

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The Fall 2013 Oscar de la Renta show was quite an…experience. Security was so tight, I fully expected Michelle Obama herself to be in the audience when I reached the show space at the brand’s Bryant Park showroom. It made for a stressful evening, to say the least. To be 100% honest: if every Oscar show was this intense, I’d probably stop photographing them. (Crazy security, no backstage access, + angry photographers = not my thing.) But in the end, it was worth it to see what happens when you mix two of the most talented fashion designers working today, to create one, inspiring new collaborative collection. And I feel privileged to have witnessed it first hand.

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There were many, many hats.

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The jewelry and styling at Oscar’s shows are always exceptional. But this collection in particular blew me away.

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Bits of the collection here and there had a more witchy, sinister vibe.

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You can see Galliano’s touches here and there.

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Of the multiple hair and makeup looks for the show, this was my favorite.

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One of my favorite looks. I always go for the sparkles.

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Oscar goes vamp

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I was surprised to see Jessica Stam!

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One of my very favorite aspects of this entire collection are the double/triple layered gloves. Some, mesh on mesh, some mesh on leather:

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And of course, the princess gowns at the finale:
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No one knows where the future lies for Oscar de la Renta and John Galliano. But if this collection was a hint, I predict a lot more vampiness for the brand.

See the full 130+ photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2013 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

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NAHM F/W 2012

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I was *quite a fan* of everything going on at NAHM this season. Designers Aly Hilfiger and Nary Manivong have matured into their new roles as co-designers, with the brand showcasing strong new patterns, bold shoes, and delicate lace fabrics.

Anyone who knows me well is aware that I am a HUGE fan of the color teal. Which made the gorgeous teal chunky cat-eye at NAHM one of my favorite looks of the season.

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Mac key artist Victor Cembellin created a look that was part baby doll, part futuristic.

To get the look:
Skin was prepped with MAC Face and Body Foundation. Next, eyes were lined with Minted Eye Kohl, and were then filled in using Aqua Pro Eyeshadow. Eyes were finished with multiple coats of False Lash Mascara. Cream Blend blush in Something Special was used to create a rosy look on cheeks. The entire look was completed by lightly covering lips in additional Face and Body Foundation.

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Hair, by Jon Reymanfor AVEDA was inspired by 1920’s style sleep bobs, and the famous coif of Diana Vreeland.

To get the look:
1.Prep hair with Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother.
Starting at the nape of the neck, spray roots with Aveda Volumizing Tonic. Blowdry with a round brush to smooth.
Starting at the nape, coat six horizontal sections of hair top and bottom with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray and wrap horizontally around the barrel of a 1” curling iron. Repeat with each of the six sections, moving up the back of the head.
Brush through the hair with a Mason Pearson brush and create a triangle part at the hairline – from temples to the crown, separating the top section of hair.
Separate a small section of hair above each ear and clip aside. Make a horizontal part at the back of the head to separate the remaining hair into two sections.
Unpin hair from above the ears, bring underneath the back sections and tie in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck.
Add the bottom of the lower horizontal section into the ponytail and spray with Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.
Use fingers to roll the ponytail into a horizontal roll at the nape of the neck. Tuck under and pin.
Working with the remaining (upper) horizontal section of hair, split in the center to create a part down the back of the head. Spray hair with Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.
Wrap each section into the existing roll at the nape of the neck. Tuck under and pin.
Release the top triangular section of hair from its pin and spray with Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray. Smooth the hair over the entire look, again pinning the ends underneath.
Finish with a light spray of Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray to maintain hold and enhance the matte finish. –Instructions via AVEDA.

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Angi Wingle, lead nail tech for CND created a “strong, confident neutral” by custom blending 2 CND nail polishes. 3 coats of Desert Suede were applied to nails, followed by an overlay of Marshmallow Rose. Finished with Sheer Matte Topcoat.

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The complete, finished look:
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The designers, and their creations.

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Such great shoes!

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I loved all of the pastel lace, floral patterns, flapper inspired silhouettes of this collection!

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2012

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One of my favorite bi-annual NYC events happened last weekend— The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island!

I harass my friends about going every year. They always debate whether or not it’s really as awesome as I make it sound…and then they see my photos, and regret not going! Never fear though: if you missed it, it happens again in August.

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For this year’s June weekend of festivities, I attended the party on Saturday. A first, and honestly, not something I’m sure I’d do again. The past two years, I’ve gone on Sunday, which always seems to be more lively, and full of more dressed up, dedicated party-goers.

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Either way, it was still fun, drinking in the sun, taking photos, and making some new friends. I don’t, however, recommend attending after you’ve had a late night out with friends. I was a bit late heading out, and only caught the last 2 hours of the event. (I won’t make that mistake again!)

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Photographed by Zak Knudsen.

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Me, looking a little kooky.

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Menswear! So cute.

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I saw this adorable little girl everywhere that day.

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A familiar face from last year.

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Too much fun in the sun?

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More menswear!

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Zak and the tower o’ beer!

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These two win best dressed couple of the day!

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New friends I made on the ferry ride over!

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Creeeeepy.

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Watermelon love.

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party official website.

See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

The 2011 Jazz Age Lawn Party

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party, held bi-annually on Governor’s Island, is my hands down favorite NYC event of the summer. I first fell in love with the party last August.

There’s nothing like spending the day on Governor’s Island, enjoying old time-y dancing, picnic lunches, tasty drinks, and amazing jazz age inspired fashion. The street style at the Jazz Age party cannot be beat! Sadly, I’ll be missing the August event this year. But I did manage to make it over to the party this past Sunday. With the help of the new East River Ferry, my journey was cut in half! I’d definitely recommend using that as your mode of transport if you’re based in Brooklyn, like I am.

This summer, the event was bigger than ever! I made so many wonderful new friends. If I took your picture, say hi! The photos really speak for themselves, so I’ll cut this short, and get on to the good stuff. 😉

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As soon as we encountered the line to get in, we already ran into some amazing fashion.

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Beautiful homemade headdress.

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I frequently see both of these ladies at events around NYC. They always look amazing! Definitely my favorite photo of the day.

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Parasol pretty.

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