Kim Ovitz S/S 2011: Backstage and Presentation

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WHO: Kim Ovitz
WHAT:Spring 2011 Collection
WHERE: 9/9/10 Milk Studios

Backstage at Kim Ovitz, I was found one of the calmest pre-show environments I encountered all week. Models sat in wooden chairs, texting away as their hair and makeup were prepped.

The makeup team, led by Luc Bouchard for MAC was inspired by the geometric shapes of Ovitz’s collection. Faces, lips and eyebrows were bare. Black triangles were painted in the corner of eyes using MAC paintsticks.

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Hair was styled by Marco Santini, of Ion Studios, and his team. First, hair was flat ironed, and then brushed back and hair sprayed.

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It was then woven in place using plastic thread.

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The end result:
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The presentation itself was held in one of Milk’s larger studios to accommodate the large geometric stage the models stood in.

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INSPIRATION: The exhibition “On the Square” at Pace Gallery. Artists Louise Nevelson and Sol LeWitt. (Via

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VERDICT: A cohesive collection, daring with it’s shapes and patterns, yet still incredibly wearable.

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Jeremy Laing S/S 2011: Backstage and Show

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WHO: Jeremy Laing
WHAT: Spring 2011 Collection
WHERE: 9/16/10, Milk Studios

Backstage at Jeremy Laing, Marco Santini for ION Studio led a team of stylists in creating a “do rag” inspired hair style.
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Hair on top of the head was slicked back:
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The bottom section of hair was left loose, and held in place by a horizontal strip of hair, woven across the width:
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The result:
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The concept was inspired by the woven head pieces Jeremy created for some of his models:
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Hung Vanngo for MAC led the team of make up artists, who left faces fresh, with subtle splashes of color on eyes and lips. Powder was dusted on the face. Eyes were brushed with gray shadow, but remained free of eye liner or mascara. Orange lipstick, complimenting the colors in the collection, was used on the lips.

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Pre-show Polaroids!

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Waiting after a run through.

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Jeremy Laing inspecting the fit of a look pre-show.

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Last minute touch ups are made.

Once the show was ready to start, I quickly ran out to the media riser to snag a spot.
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About to begin!

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For Spring, Jeremy decided to forgo the his usual prints for solid blocks of color.
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A rose patten was the lone print in the collection:
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INSPIRATION: Flags flapping in the wind (via

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My favorite piece in the collection:
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VERDICT: I found Jeremy’s creative mix of materials intriguing. Many of the looks had hints of a minimalist origin, but were made more interesting by being crafted with unusual fabrics like leather, and sheer materials. Traditional silhouettes slightly altered kept things current.

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See the full photo set here.

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Mandy Coon S/S 2011: Backstage and Presentation

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WHO: Mandy Coon
WHAT: Spring 2011 Collection
WHERE: 9/9/10, Milk Studios

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Both the hair, and the clothing were inspired by Mandy’s vision of Jellyfish.

Backstage, teams from MAC and Ion Studios prepped the models:

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Lead stylist Pasquale led the Ion Studios team in creating an under the sea inspired look.

Hair was sprayed with salt water to texturize. Next, hair was back combed to create body, woven into a thick braid, and then pinned over the eyes to create a jellyfish-like shape.

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The finished look:
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Lead artist Francelle Daly for MAC also followed the Jellyfish theme, keeping eyes bare, while creating an iridescent look for the rest of the face. Pro Prime translucent powder was used on the skin. Frozen white pigment highlighted cheek bones, and strobe cream was smoothed onto arms and legs.

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Even the lighting fit the under sea theme.

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My favorite looks:
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VERDICT: Gorgeous! Another rare collection where I would wear every piece. The airy, flowing fabrics, and bright colors mixed in with basic blacks (my wardrobe staple) blew my mind. This is what a sunset would look like, reflected under the sea.

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All Photos and Content ®2010 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost