KAREN WALKER S/S 2013: BACKSTAGE

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Karen Walker’s Spring 2013 collection was inspired by space. Yet the somewhat futuristic inspiration was toned down with a dash of 1950’s nostalgia, and whimsical sherbert hues.

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CND’s Angi Wingle took the season’s creative direction quite literally, creating a white “milky way” manicure inspired by “looking skyward”. Nails were painted with 2 coats of “Studio White”, and finished with 1 coat of “Super Matte Top Coat”.

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Longtime Karen Walker collaborator Laurent Philippon, for Bumble and Bumble created an edgier, tougher look for spring. Hair was lightly tousled, and featured bangs that covered models’ eyes.

To get the look: Hair was saturated with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, then dried. Three loose braids were woven into hair.

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The braids were then flat ironed, then undone to create a slight wave. Extensions were glued in, then trimmed to create the shaggy bang fringe.

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Extensions were matched to models’ natural hair color. Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder was used to help blend the hair colors.

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The finished look:

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Clinique Global Colour Artist Jenna Menard took the 1950’s optimism, and space age theme of the show and translated it into a “moon kissed” makeup look. Lips were bright with a dash of iridescence, and skin was porcelain.

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Jenna Menard at work.

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To get the look:
Skin was perfected with Clinique Even Better Broad Spectrum SPF15 Foundation, and set with Sheer Stay Matte powder. Long Last Lipstick in Watermelon was applied in multiple layers along with Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Seashell Pink/Fawn Satin and Pink Slate to achieve the bright pink pout. Quickliner For Eyes Intense, in Intense Ebony was used to line eyes. The look was finished with High Impact Extreme Waterproof Mascara in Black, and Bottomlash Mascara in Black.

The complete finished look:
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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2012-2013 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

Kate Spade F/W 2012: Backstage

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Kate Spade’s f/w 2012 collection is the epitome of Parisian Chic. Cute without being overly saccharin, I found myself wanting to toss my mostly black wardrobe, and embrace all things girly and whimsical.

Backstage before the show, I caught up with Deborah Lippmann, who designed the show’s nail art in collaboration with show stylist Brad Goreski.
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Brad Goreski

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Deborah in action

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The very French-inspired nails were prepped by Deborah, 24hours before the show. Deborah Lippmann’s “Fade to Black” was painted on almond shaped nails, as a base color, after which a nail brush was used to dot on dabs of “I’m Not Innocent” to create the polka dot effect.

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Stylists Creighton Bowman and Matthew Monzon for René Furterer used clip on bangs to create a graphic, mannequin like effect for the hair.

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To get the look:
1. Hair was prepped with Naturia Dry Shampoo
2. Fioravanti Shine Enhancing No Rinse Detangling Spray was used to create shine, and smooth hair.
3. Hair was spritzed with Glossing Spray, then smoothed with a flat iron to create a glass-like effect.
4. Clip-on bangs, from Helena Collection, were applied to some models’ hair. (Bangs were trimmed before application, to look more natural.)
5. Vegetal Finishing Spray was used to create extra hold, and ensure the fake bangs stayed attached.
6. Finally, Myrrhea No Rinse Silkening Fluid was rubbed between the stylist’s palms and applied to the ends of hair.
(All products René Furterer)

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Garance Dore, who collaborated with the Kate Spade brand, on illustrations for the Fall 2012 collection

I adored everything about the f/w collection. Once the models were prepped and the looks were complete, it was fun to see how each aspect of the look tied together. Case in point: a LOT of polka dots!
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Models, pre-presentation

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An adorable Kate Spade employee!

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My favorite shoes from the collection, in my favorite color (teal)!

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See the full photo set here.

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