For the second season in a row, I was lucky enough to be invited backstage to cover the pre-show prep of one of my favorite brands, L.A.M.B. I’ve been following the brand since it’s inception, and as a huge Gwen fan for over 15 years, I couldn’t have been more excited. Thanks so much to Dashing Diva, the beauty brand responsible for the show’s nail looks for having me! The atmosphere this season seemed to be a bit more rushed and hectic than the Spring show (more on that below), but once I arrived, I managed to snag a few minutes with Dashing Diva’s nail technician Pattie Yankee, and talk about Gwen’s inspiration for the Fall look.
Because of the incredible variety of colors used in this season’s collection (divided into multiple “groups” of overall looks), Gwen decided that a classic black was the only color that would work with every look.
Dashing Diva’s “Limo Service” was used on the models, and on Gwen herself! (Two coats were applied, followed with Top Seal.) Black nails made an appearance at quite a few fall runway shows, with Gwen admitting that while for awhile, the color was out, it was clearly making a comeback.
Limo Service is a very shiny, intense black polish.
A Dashing Diva nail artist.
Limo Service, as seen on Gwen. Instructing the Models After Their Run Through.
With time to kill after getting some more beauty shots, I managed to capture a bit more of the pre-show backstage atmosphere. When I’d first arrived, Gwen was nowhere to be found. Turns out she was watching the models practice in the Theatre.
In addition to the beautiful black nails, the hair and makeup was also phenomenal.
Hair was once again styled by Danilo. With Makeup by Charlotte Willer for Maybelline.
The variety of different looks seen on the models made l.a.m.b one of the most eclectic shows of fashion week!
The Buffalo Girls, What Ended Up Being My Favorite “Group” From the Show.
The Shoes, as always, were a mix of Gwen’s punky aesthetic, and glam:
A Model Resting, Pre-Show.
One of the reasons for the “hectic” atmosphere I mentioned earlier— the models ran through the show three times before it began. Causing hair and makeup to run slightly late, and Gwen’s publicity interviews to back up.
Gwen with ELLE’s Joe Zee
The Always Animated Gwen.
Also there watching Gwen talk to the press, her super sweet parents! You could tell by the looks on their faces they had to be some of the proudest parents of all time. Gwen’s mom Patty was looking totally adorable in an older season l.a.m.b zebra print coat, which I complimented her on.
Gwen Noticing Her Family Watching Her.
With 8pm quickly approaching, quite a few other photographers mumbled frustrations about no posed “photo op” being set up with Gwen, a great contrast with last season’s show. I took it in stride, and with patience, still managed to catch Gwen’s eye before I headed out to grab a spot for the runway show. And all my waiting definitely paid off:
Seriously the Most Gorgeous Woman in the Business!
Be sure to check back soon for the full runway report! See the entire set of backstage photos here.
All Photos and Content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.