I’ve been a longtime fan of Rachel Antonoff‘s designs. In fact, her first presentation was the very first fashion show I ever covered for this blog! So it makes me happy to see that she is finally getting the recognition and publicity she deserves.

One of the things taking her career to the next level: her collaboration with Bass Shoes. Full disclosure: I am ADDICTED to these shoes. Not only are they comfortable, but the designs –especially of her oxfords– are unparalleled in cuteness, and comfort at their price point. I own multiple pairs, and whenever I wear my black & clear oxfords, in particular, I have strangers stopping me on the street to ask about them.

When I stopped by backstage before Rachel’s show, the first thing I noticed wasn’t the hair, makeup, or clothes– it was the new shoes. I am so excited to say that there are more clear shoes on the way!


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Monique Lhuillier S/S 2013: Backstage



Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2013 collection was inspired by one of my favorite things: the ocean. Naturally, that led the beauty to be appropriately mermaid-esque, featuring one of my other favorite things: the color turquoise.

Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics created one of my top looks of the season– an aquatic inspired dramatic blue and gold eye. “Jerry Hall on holiday in Mustique” served as additional inspiration.



Products used.

To get the look: Cover lid with Mac Chromacake in High Def Cyan. Follow with matching Electric Eel Eyeshadow, blending to outer edge of the eye. Brush Gold Metallic Pigment, mixed with Shine Mixing Medium onto corner of eyes. Apply Luxe Lipstick to lips. Finish with the application of Strobe Cream all over the body.

Val Garland’s additional suggestions to make it last all day/night: 1. Use a primer first. 2. Use eye pencil to color over lid, blending to the edges. 3. Powder over lid with translucent powder.

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Kérastase’s Odile Gilbert also used the show’s aquatic theme to create a mermaid inspired look for hair. To get the look: Part hair in the center. Spray Double Force Controle Ultime Hair Spray from the center area of hair, to the tips. Next, crimp hair with a three-barrel curling iron to create waves. To achieve a “wet” finished look, apply Elixir Ultime liberally, topping the hair off with more Double Force Controle Ultime for hold.

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Jen Kao F/W 2012

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Backstage at Jen Kao’s FW ’12 show, Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble created a unique, dip-dyed hair style that left me wanting to get more experimental with my own hair.

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Described as an “updated/softer goth look”, the style was edgy, while remaining pretty.

To get the look:
Hair was parted with a severe middle part. Bumble and Bumble Prep was sprayed on hair, then blown dry. Thickening Hairspray was then used to add volume and texture to hair. Dip-dyed extensions were added to the underside of models’ heads.

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The look was finished with a spritz of Bumble and Bumble Shine Spray.

The gorgeous finished look:
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The dip dyed extensions, which were dyed right before the show.

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Models posing for the look book, post beautification.

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CND’s Candice Manacchio created a very dark, saturated manicure to compliment Kao’s FW12 “east meets west” collection.

To get the look:
Nails were painted with CND Oil Slick. Followed by two coat’s of CND Super Shiny.

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The finished look:
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See the full photo set here.

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

Altuzarra S/S 2012: Backstage

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Backstage at the S/S ’12 Altuzarra show, the look of the night was focused on natural skin and nails, accented by an extreme brow.

CND lead nail technician Candice Manacchio created a natural, clean “second skin” manicure that complimented the more sporty looks of the collection. CND “Putty” was topped with CND Super Matte Top Coat.

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Just as gorgeous as the look for the show: Candice’s own nails!

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MAC lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux’s inspiration for spring came from “Elizabeth Taylor at the gym”. A clean face was complimented by the almost alien angular black brows.

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After mattifying the face with MAC Select Cover Up Concealer and MAC Select Sheer Loose Powder, brows were darkened and lengthened. Using a MAC 266 brush to apply MAC Eye Shadow in Carbon, brows were topped off with MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder. The look was finished with MAC Pro Gloss Texture on lids to a “sweaty” add shine.

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Frédéric Fekkai Lead Stylist Paul Hanlon created a young, fun straight-haired style, that complimented the collection, while still giving each model’s look individual flair.

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To get the look, Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Styling Whip was applied to the top two inches of wet hair, to create volume. Part hair strongly on the right, bringing the front of the hair just over the left eye. Blow dry hair straight using a large round brush.

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Next spray hair with Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist. Tousle hair by brushing it through with fingers. Apply Fekkai Coiff Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Creme from mid-length to ends of hair. Finish the look by spraying Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hair Spray over the entire head.

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The finished look: sleek, modern, and sporty.

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See the full photo set here.

®2011-2012 Rachel Scroggins / The Greyest Ghost