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Fall 2015 marked the first show for the Oscar de la Renta brand, since the loss of it’s beloved namesake last October.

A veil of secrecy hung around the premiere of new Creative Director Peter Copping’s runway debut. No backstage access was granted this season, security was tighter, and the venue itself was darker, making the whole thing feel shrouded in mystery.

Oscar’s absence was like a hole in the room. Gone was the light, Joie de vivre most usually found at ODLR shows. But all was not lost: replacing it was a new sense of maturity, sexiness, and glamour, that made me feel more as if I was at a show somewhere like Milan, and not New York. Shiny, and new. Different.

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Yet while things were drastically changed from seasons past, they were not bad. Reminders of Oscar staples were everywhere. Suit jackets, the big gowns, floral prints, and impeccable accessories.

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Tanya Taylor is the creator of some of my favorite prints and textures shown at NYFW. They are always ladylike, yet never boring. And each season I find myself wishing I could buy the majority of what she sends down the runway. I’m a big fan of dresses, and her dresses– well, they impress.

Along with creating great fabrics, Tanya also designs some wonderful complimentary accessories. Frequently including things such as bags, belts, and hair embellishments.

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CHROMAT is undoubtedly one of the most interesting brands showing at NY Fashion Week. Their shows are never just ‘models walking down a runway’. They’re a unique spectacle, showcasing some of the most innovative, and architectural clothing of the week. Who else uses glowing LCD lights strapped onto models’ clothing, and foreheads? No one.

Designer Becca McCharen keeps things fresh by reimagining and reinterpreting Chromat’s original cage lingerie and body garments in new ways each season. For fall, that included the addition of feathers, 3d printed jewelry, and more swimwear.

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Delpozo is unlike any other brand currently showing at New York Fashion Week. Elegant, impeccably tailored clothes, with gorgeous handmade embellishments that out-do much of what is shown on modern runways. The closest I can liken the experience to, is a less theatrical version of attending a Thom Browne show. And while both would seem more at home somewhere amongst the Paris couture shows, they stand out in a sea of “average”, and are the highlights of my NYFW show list.

Backstage, the works of painter Andrey Remnev served as inspiration for the collection, and the beauty, which translated into a look meant to mimic by “solid gold”.

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ESSIE lead manicurist Julie Kandalec created a look featuring a small, but flashy stripe of gold glitter, meant to look as if models had “just pulled their hands out of gold”. To get the look: Nails were prepped with one coat of Matte About You. Next, using a striping brush, Good As Gold was applied in a fine strip down the center of the nail. Gold glitter polish Rock at the Top was applied over the stripe, and the look was completed with a coat of Second Shine Around (only on the stripe).

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MAC senior artist Victor Cembellin created a “washed out” painterly makeup look, leaving skin and lips more natural, and focusing on the eyes.

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To get the look: A blend of Motif Eye Shadow, Pervette Lipstick, and Reflects Gold Pro Glitter were applied to the corners of the eye. To complete the process, Studio Waterweight Foundation was applied to model’s lips to tone down natural lip color while MAC’s Dare you lipstick was applied to cheeks to create a rosy accent.

The finished look:
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Hair focused on simplicity, with the focus this season being on the headpieces added just before the models walked the runway.

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The gorgeous, twisted fabric headpieces.

To get the look: Moroccanoil Global Creative Director Antonio Corral Calero applied Moroccanoil Treatment, and flat ironed hair straight. Next, hair was pulled into a sleek, side-parted ponytail. The look was finished by using Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray to secure the look, and delicately pulling the pony tails through the headpieces.

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The finished look:
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Much like their inspiration, the clothes themselves were works of art:

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Designer Josep Font, taking a bow.

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Since their NYFW debut 5 years ago, HONOR has become one of the most reliable brands around for gorgeous, whimsical womenswear. For Fall 2015, designer Giovanna Randall was inspired by the forest, a theme which presented itself in both the collection, and the show’s set design. Both of which completely blew me away.

Backstage, the inspiration was classic Catherine Deneuve, with 70’s inspired hair, and girlish headbands featured on models.

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This season featured hair by Linh Nguyen for Cutler/Redken, that was parted in the middle to capture the “school girl” look. To get the look: hair was curled in small sections, while left straight in others. Redken Pillow Proof was used to add texture, and the look was finished with Fashion Work 12 Hairspray to set.

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I was only allowed backstage at the FW15 Ammerman Schlösberg show for a few brief moments. But that small window of time was enough for me to see that the shows hair and makeup were likely to be one of the most unusual beauty looks of the season.

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Mark Carrasquillo and the SEPHORA PRO team created the look, which was inspired by the clothing collection’s “Furry Hospital” theme. Featuring pale skin, glittery smokey eyes, and on some models– fake blood.

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Starting Monday February 23rd, check back for full in depth photographic reports from backstage, and the runways of over two dozen New York Fashion Week shows. Until then, everyone have a wonderful (cold!) weekend!



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