Naeem Khan S/S 2013: Backstage

Naeem Khan S/S 2013

Naeem Khan featured one of my favorite backstage beauty looks of the SS13 season. During a week when many shows featured straight, slicked back hair, and (in my opinion) boring “natural” makeup, the dark eye-catching makeup, and unique take on a traditional bun/ponytail was a revelation.

NARS Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer created a look featuring matte skin, heavy brows, that was punctuated by dark, glossy lips. The inspiration for the look: the former Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson.

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James Boehmer at work

The idea was to have the models look “chic, elegant, and beautiful” with ultra matte powdered skin, with no shine. Brows were very defined, and elongated to drams the face. Only mascara was used on eyes. According to Boehmer this look was “all about the lips”, an effect created by layering multiple red lip liners, pencils, and gloss.

Naeem Khan S/S 2013

Naeem Khan S/S 2013

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HONOR S/S 2012: Backstage

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HONOR’s Spring 2012 collection was one of the most delicate, girly collections– and biggest hits– of the season. After being told how very girly the collection was, Designer Giovanna Randall decided to juxtapose “imperfect” elements alongside the polished feminine pieces. “I decided to go all the way and make it ultra feminine, but also with something slightly ‘off.’ I had a vision of creating an army of angry dolls that had been played with too much, not precious dolls that sit on a shelf.”

Backstage, Catherine Deneuve was a key inspiration.
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Bumble and Bumble’s James Pescis created a youthful 60’s inspired ponytail.
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To get the look: Hair was sprayed with Bumble and Bumble Prep, and Thickening Spray, then blown dry.

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Hair was styled with a severe side part, covering the forehead and the edge of one eye. Hair was then sprayed with Bumble and Bumble Dry Shampoo for texture, and pulled back into a loose low ponytail at the back of the head. To finish, hair was brushed through using the stylist’s hands, and topped off with Spray de Mode.

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James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry created a flawless face, framed with slightly off-kilter and messy lashes.

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To get the look: new Spring 2012 productTinted Moisturizer was applied to the face, topped with a dusting of Loose Powder. Eyes were enhanced using Eyeliner Pencil in Black Moon, and Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte and Santa Monica Boulevard.
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Eyelashes were coated with many, many applications of Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara and Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara. Said Boehmer “When you think you’ve got enough mascara, add two more coats.” To finish the look, Pure Matte Lipstick in Valparaiso was applied to lips.

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The finished look

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Leith Clark and Giovanna Randall style the show board

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HONOR Designer Giovanna Randall

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Totally lusting over this gold collar

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Shoes by Repetto

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I want these “stockings”!

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A model being sewn into her dress

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The retro inspired dresses were a large part of the reason this was one of my very favorite collections of the season. I’m only sad I overbooked myself that afternoon, and didn’t get a chance to shoot the runway show as well!

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See the full photo set here. Or my coverage of the F/W ’11 HONOR show here.

HONOR: Fall/Winter 2011 Backstage

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James Pecis for Bumble and Bumble created a glam, Parisian look for HONOR’s Fall 2011 show, inspired by designer Giovanna Randall’s childhood trip to a closing Caldor department store.

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The overall style is very 1970’s: straight, with a slight curl at the bottom.

To get the look:
Mist hair with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray, then blow dry to add body.

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Hair was then curled and pinned up to create a “classic set”. When pins are removed, brush hair extensively to create a “static lightness”. Finish with Spray de mode hair spray.

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HONOR designer Givanna Randall trying the look out for herself.

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The romantic by “slightly punky” makeup look was created by NARS Cosmetics International Lead Makeup Artist James Boehmer.

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To get the look:
Start with Sheer Glow foundation on the face. Use “Sex Appeal” blush to add a glow to cheeks.

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For eyes: Boehmer used a variation of two blushes, “Exhibit A” and “Taj Mahal” , applied over “Red Square” Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Triple X Lipgloss was applied to lids to add additional shine. Finish off the eye with Via Vento Larger Than Life longwear eyeliner, and Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara.

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On lips: Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.
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The result: Gorgeous 70’s influenced glam, with an edgy twist!
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See the full photo set here.

All photos and content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.