RODARTE SPRING/SUMMER 2019

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Last September, one of my long term fashion week goals was finally achieved: I was able to photograph backstage at the Rodarte Spring 2019 show. And it was just as gorgeous as I always dreamed it would be!!

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Morgan Taylor Lead Artist Eichi Matsunaga created an Art Deco inspired nail in metallic colors with crystal accents.

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To get the look: Polish colors including “Give Me Gold”, “Could Have Foiled Me”, and “No Way Rosé” were used, then topped off with 3 tiny rainbow colored crystals glued to each of the nails.

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Odile Gilbert for TRESemmé created one of the most gorgeous hairdo’s I’ve seen in all my years of covering fashion week. The stunning, rose filled romantic hair completely stunned everyone who saw it.

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To get the look: stylists used the brand’s Sultra After Hours 1-inch and 1.5-inch Clipless Curling Wands. Hair was curled by alternating twisting hair towards and away from the face for a natural, loosely waved look. Tresemmé Fresh & Clean Dry Shampoo was used to add body, then finished off with Tresemmé Two Extra Hold Hair Spray to keep hair in place. To complete the look, hair was accented with fresh roses in varying colors and sizes, secured with hair wraps and bobby pins. Each of the 48 models had a custom selection of roses, by floral artist Joseph Free! The models were then paired with veils, bows, or metal hair accessories in bird or crown varieties.

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Hair genius Odile Gilbert at work:
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James Kaliardos for NARS created bright, vibrant looks in 3 different eyeshadow shades, which varied amongst the models.

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To get the look: lids were prepped with NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Eyes were then accented with NARS eyeshadows in Douro (yellow), Baby Jane (teal blue), and Domination (hot pink) in a rectangular design. Which was made extra vibrant by pressing the pigment onto the lids with a medium-sized shadow brush. To complete the look, NARS red-orange lipstick shade Powermatte Lip Pigment in “Don’t Stop” was applied to the lips of every model.

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After a short break for show prep, and some unexpected rain, the show began! The vision of models in their gorgeous hair, makeup, and nail looks, combined with the beautiful collection completely blew me away.

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Models descended from the church and were guided across the street the Marble Cemetery for the runway show.

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Totally a dream come true!

 

See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2018-2019 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

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JONATHAN SIMKHAI S/S 2019

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For Spring 2019, Jonathan Simkhai went back to his roots, in the form of an intimate presentation, vs. a runway show. As one of my favorite homegrown NYC (now LA!) designers, I’ve been following his career since I attended his very first show. So it’s amazing to see how far he’s come, and how his design work has grown.

Backstage, things were as beautiful as ever. Grace Lee for Maybelline NY created a fresh faced look, with a focus on wine stained lips.

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To get the look, Lee applied Composer to the center of model’s lips, then quickly used BabyLips to smudge and blend it outward, before the matte lipstick dried.

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Odile Gilbert for TRESemmé created a 1960’s inspired look with sleek, straight hair, accented by 2 small braids (one on each side). To complete the style, the ends of the braids were finished off with small wooden beads.

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The step by step to get the look: Start by washing hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner to create a frizz-free foundation. Part hair in the centre. Spray TRESemmé Repair & Protect Pre-Styling Spray to prevent damage and then blow dry hair with a paddle brush. Use hair straighteners to achieve a sleek and smooth finish. Spray generously with TRESemme Dry Shampoo for texture. Then, take a small section of hair from either side, tightly plait and fasten with a hair tie. Add wooden beads for additional 60’s-style chic. Finish the look with TRES TWO Micro Mist Hair Spray to keep the look in place without creating stiffness.

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For the final beauty touch, Côte toxin free nail polish was used to accentuate model’s nails in a nice, soft neutral shade.

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The complete beauty look:
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Upstairs, models prepared for the presentation, and posed for photographers before the arrival of the guests.

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The collection featured softer looks, and represented a departure form-fitting gowns Simkhai is known for. While it might represent a change– it was a welcome one. The collection was beautiful, hippie dreamware any woman would want to own.

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Straight out of Romeo and Juliet.

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See the full photo set here.

All photos and content ® 2018-2019 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

NYFW SPRING/SUMMER 2019 : SNEAK PEEKS DAY THREE – RODARTE

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I’m still in shock that I actually got to photograph this gorgeous show! I can’t wait to share every single detail next week. Until then, here are some of my favorite shots from behind the scenes:

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Nails: Morgan Taylor, Hair: TRESemmé, Makeup: NARS.

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All Photos and Content ®2018 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

THE BLONDS F/W 2018: BACKSTAGE

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The Blonds show what is arguably one of the most fun and innovative collections each NY Fashion Week. Season after season, no one else produces such over the top amazing looks, that find a home on red carpets and concert stages around the world.

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Preciosa crystals were also featured, along with bondage belts and accessories form new collaborator CreepyYeha.

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This season’s phenomenal nail look from longtime Blonds collaborators CND was inspired by the theme of good vs evil, and “Lucifer as a powerful woman”. Frescos, Red spikes, and studs made frequent appearances, in both the nail art and clothing.

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The outstanding nails featured crystals, spikes, flames, crocodile print, heavenly frescos, CND Shellac Gel Polish, and suede.

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“The whole story starts with Lucifer as a female. A strong powerful female, burning in the fire, finding the melted, molten marble, protecting herself with armor, and finding her spikes and her crystals”

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The complete show’s worth of nails took the CND team over 400 hours to complete!

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Sky high hair do’s by ORIBE topped off models’ looks:
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While longtime Blonds collaborator Kabuku once again provided a bold makeup look for the show:

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Kabuki finishing Daphne Guinness’ makeup.

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Daphne’s body suit, by The Blonds.

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The accessories are always just as fun as the clothes.

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Daphne Guinness, who performed during the show.

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The finished nail look:

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Lil Kim backstage after the show:
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Model Iskra Lawrence:
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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2018 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

FALL/WINTER 2018 NYFW SNEAK PEEKS:

As is tradition, I post some of my best shots from each show that I covered this season of fashion week before writing full, in depth posts later. This time, I decided to do one big post with the best images!

Prabal Gurung:

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CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING/SUMMER 2018: BACKSTAGE

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Years ago, I photographed one of Carolina Herrera’s Bridal Fashion Week shows for BRIDES Magazine. And it was one of the most elegant shows I’ve ever attended. The Spring 2018 show was no different.

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Held in the Met Museum (the first time a fashion show has been allowed to take place inside!), the show was gorgeous and magical in a way I haven’t experienced since the final show by the late and great Oscar de la Renta.

Backstage, Morgan Taylor Lead Artist Gina Edwards designed the nail art look, which consisted of an elegant “cloud-like white” nail, created using “Heaven Sent” nail lacquer.

The finished look:
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Makeup wise, MAC Cosmetics provided the beauty look, which focused on fresh smooth skin, and a kohl-rimmed eye.

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To get the look:
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Finishing things off, beauty wise, TRESemmé NYFW Stylist Odile Gilbert presented a “sleek is chic” smooth, straight hair look.

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To get the hair look:
Start by washing hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner. Generously spray TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray to damp hair, and apply TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse to the roots (before blow drying!). Create a clean center part and blow-dry, use a curling iron to soften the ends and create subtle curve. Take the section of hair (before the ear) on each side and secure underneath the remaining hair with an elastic band at the nape of the neck. To finish, secure the look with TRESemmé TRES Two Freeze Hold Hair Spray for a neat and even consistency.

Via TRESemmé.

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The finished look:
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The collection was just as beautiful and elegant as one would expect from Carolina Herrera. Featuring bold, vibrant colors, embroidered gowns, and flirty tulle accents. I would wear almost every one of the stunning dresses presented.

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2017-2018 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

LIBERTINE SPRING/SUMMER 2018: BACKSTAGE

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Libertine’s NYFW shows are another reminder that yes, there are still SOME designers left showing in New york who take chances, and have fun with their collections and shows.

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Backstage, lead nail artist Heather Reynosa and the CND Design Lab created another standout, funky look that incorporated aspects of the eclectic “punk couture” collection. The nails were truly “wearable art”.

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Crystals, fringe, skulls, safety pins, bird heads, dollar signs, venus fly traps, vials of “blood”, and even miniature “pills” decorated the nails, which had been handcrafted over a 3 month period before the show.

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Tousled hair, tucked into model’s coats and jackets was compliments of EVO. With Too Cool for School makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes finishing the beauty look with a glittery, smokey eye. Products used included Glam Rock Urban Shadow in #10 Metal Chic.

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It’s easy to see why the fun, incredibly embellished collection ended up being one of my favorites of the season!

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2017-2018 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

JEREMY SCOTT S/S 2018: BACKSTAGE

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Jeremy Scott’s fashion shows are vibrant, colorful affairs in the sea of NYFW “sameness”. Along with the always funky and fun clothing, it’s the perfect environment to catch some of the most innovative and creative beauty brands in the business at work.

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Backstage, the ever trendsetting CND showcased bright neon nails, with glitter dipped fingertips. Created by CND Creative Ambassador Miss Pop, the look perfectly complimented the intergalactic space odyssey themed collection by Scott.

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After dusting the fingers with silver glitter, the CND team applied nails painted with 2 alternating shades of CND Shellac. Hot Pop Pink, and a neon orange from the upcoming Spring 2018 collection. The oval shaped nails also alternated both gloss, and matte topcoats. Shellac Matte Top Coat created the matte look.

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Frequent Jeremy Scott collaborator and MAC Key Makeup Artist Kabuki created a more subtle look than usual for this season’s runway show.

Studio Waterweight Foundation, and Studio Correct and Conceal palette were used to lightly correct and create “newborn baby skin”. For the eyes, lashes were curled, and eyebrows were brushed upward. But no mascara was used. A sheer lip color was then applied in matching tones to mimic each model’s natural lip shade. To finish the look, crystals were dotted under models’ eyes to incorporate the “bling” of the collection.

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To complete the behind the scenes looks, Wella Professionals Global Creative Director and ghd Ambassador, Eugene Souleiman created “sassy” party girl hair styles, unique to each model.

Souleimain said: ““I wanted to create something wearable that is unique to each models individual character. In the past we have created strong, conceptual looks that embrace the mood of the clothes and the statement Jeremy is making. This season the statement is, there is no statement. The hair is relaxed and beautiful. I want every girl to look in the mirror and like the way they look, then leave the show wearing the look.”

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Gigi’s bouncy  ponytail

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Karlie in the styling chair

To get the look:
1. Blow dry wet hair to straighten and lengthen using ghd Air Hairdryer and Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Me to hold hair in place
2. Prep hair with Wella Professionals EIMI Extra Volume Mousse, pressing into the hair rather than brushing through to add sharpness and definition and then pull hair back and shape into ponytail ensuring hair is high enough
3. Starting at the roots, use ghd Platinum styler to work downwards, adding more tension as you pull hair down to craft a sleek, straight look. Let hair cool down and then brush out the pony
4. To finish the look spray Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Firm for a strong, controlled finish — VIA WELLA.

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2017-2018 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

SPRING/SUMMER 2018 SNEAK PEEKS: DAY FOUR

Sandy Liang:

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Hair: Danilo for Amika. Makeup: Koh Gen Do

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Designer Sandy Liang with her models.

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Stay tuned for a full show recap soon!

All Photos and Content ®2017 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

SPRING/SUMMER 2018 SNEAK PEEKS: DAY THREE

Self Portrait:

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Hair: Bumble and Bumble. Makeup: Maybelline. Nails: Morgan Taylor.

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Jaime King and Rachel Bilson

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Stay tuned for a full show recap soon!

All Photos and Content ®2017 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.