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

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Getting in the Spirit of Fashion Week

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Every season, right before fashion week begins, I like to revisit some of my favorite nyfw images from the season before. I’ll be updating soon about all the fun things I have planned for SS13 (60+ shows! New collaborations! Two photographers shooting!), but for now, check out the “best of” my FW12 images:

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Sneak Peek: Brood
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Sneak Peek: Eleven Objects
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The Blonds

Sneak Peek: Rachel Comey Backstage
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Sneak Peek: Badgley Mischka Backstage
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Sneak Peek: Kate Spade 2
Kate Spade

Sneak Peek: Chris Benz 2
Chris Benz

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Sneak Peek: Victoria Beckham Backstage 2
Victoria Beckham

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NAHM

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Christian Siriano F/W 2012: Backstage

Christian Siriano’s inspiration for his f/w 2012 collection came from the 1930’s film Vampire Bat. Which resulted in one of the most literal translations of a designers influence, into a corresponding backstage beauty look– that I found to be very beautiful, and quite unique.

The bat motif appeared not only in the clothing, but hair and makeup as well.

AVEDA’s Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders created a hair style that mimicked the shape of a bat, keeping hair sleek and close to the head up top, while spreading out in the back to mimic wings.

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To get the look:
STYLING STEP-BY-STEP:
1. Prep hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother and blowdry straight.
2. Create a section at the top of the head by parting hair along the parietal ridge on both sides. Secure hair on top of head with an elastic.
3. Continue the parts on both sides of the head toward the nape. Secure center section at the back of the head with an elastic.
4. Comb out the loose section on the left side of the head and prep with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray. Create an inverted braid, starting at the temple – 1 to 2 inches above the ear – working toward the nape, following the natural curve of the hairline.

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5. Secure the braid at the nape with an elastic and flat iron loose ends.
6. Repeat on the right side of the head. Mist both braids with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray.
7. Release the section at the back of the head and comb out.
8. Flat iron hair in one-inch sections, prepping with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray to add gloss and light hold, moving up the from nape to crown.

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9. Remove the elastic from the top section and use a flat iron to smooth the hair, working in horizontal sections from sides to center part. Let the hair fall over the braids, covering them completely, and smooth out with a fine-toothed comb.
10. Pull the hair back, as if for a low pony tail, in a wide, flat swath. Use pins to hold hair in place, anchoring them into the braids on left and right sides of the swath.
11. Secure hair by placing a 3 to 4 inch metal comb horizontally at the nape. Remove pins.

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12. Mist with Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray to tame flyaways and add shine. Spritz with Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine for added gloss to finish.

The finished look:
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MAC lead makeup artist Polly Osmond took the bat motif even further, creating a dark, dramatic, bat wing inspired lip.

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To get the look:
Faces were kept natural, using only MAC Powder Blush in Melba on cheekbones, and a light dab of eye gloss on eyelids. Lips were lined with MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth, then filled with MAC Lipstick in Media. Clear Lip Glass was added “at the last minute”.

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The MAC products used.

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See the full photo set here.

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

Oscar de la Renta F/W 2012

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The NY fashion week frenzy may have died down, but now the real excitement begins for me: sorting through all the photos I shot of the collections. Starting with Oscar de la Renta seemed to be a natural choice, with it being one of my favorite collections of the week, and including some of the prettiest photos I shot this season.

I’m always shocked at despite the fact that NYFW can be non-stop craziness, there is such a comforting sense of calm at Oscar. Even during the sometimes hectic backstage prep, models and crew were happy, with not an upset staffer, or single frown in site.

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Teasing hair

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Gucci Westman for REVLON once again created a look that perfectly complimented the girliest collection I’ve seen from Oscar so far. Rosy pink cheeks and lips synced perfectly with the winter pastels, ballerina inspired dresses, and big teased “bobbed” hair style from Orlando Pita.

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The jeweled headbands added the perfect touch to the hair.

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The REVLON lip butters used on models are one of my current beauty faves!

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A fun show surprise: a new line of Oscar de la Renta nail color will debut next Fall!
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After a short chat about “girls who don’t ever smile” with some of the models backstage, they got extra goofy for my camera:

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These two are the absolute cutest

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With only a short time left before the show was to start, I ventured over to the dressing area to get a closer look at the collection:

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This dress was to die for!

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I’ll never get over the embellishment of the garments, and Oscar’s attention to detail

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Season after season, the jewelry and accessories at Oscar’s shows remain constant highlights of my fashion week:
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Perfect ski bunnies

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Last minute touch ups

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I made it back out to the runway just in time!

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This season, I tried something different: shooting the runway with my 50mm lens, to get more of each outfit in the frame. Not sure if I’ll attempt it again next time, but it’s a nice change to see the full look. Because Oscar’s collections are always so impeccable— from head to toe!

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The lens change did provide for some nice accessory shots

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Pastels made for a nice change from the usual winter jewel tones

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It’s definitely worth noting that Oscar continually chooses one of the most diverse group of models of any designer at NY Fashion Week. A fact that I love!

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The (first) show-stopper:
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Oscar’s collections flawlessly mix timelessness with modernity. This season, a new youth-fullness also made an appearance on the runway:
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Out princess-ing even the princess gowns of the S/S ’12 collection

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The way the fabric swirls…

Arizona Muse, in the second show-stopping gown of the night:
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The finale:
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I can only imagine how many yards of material make up this gown’s skirt

It’s easy to see why, of the five Oscar de la Renta shows I’ve photographed so far, this is my hands down favorite. (Followed closely by the Picasso inspired Resort 2012 collection.) I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Fun fact: after the show, we spotted Anna Wintour, who arranged for a personal fitting with Maria Sharapova trying on looks straight off the runway.

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See the full photo set, with over 200 photos here
Or my past seasons of OdlR show coverage, here.

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