The Spring 2013 Candela presentation was one of those rare fashion shows where I wasn’t “working”, wasn’t covering any beauty brands– I just got to relax and enjoy the clothes and shoes.
And boy, were they pretty. In fact everything about the show was gorgeous, in a soft bohemian way. The hair & makeup, the clothes and shoes, and the magnificent set design. The floral backdrops of the presentation not only looked appealing, they smelled wonderful too!
The collection made me wish summer would just hurry up and get here already!
See the full photo set here.
All Photos and Content ®2012-2013 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost
Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2013 collection was inspired by one of my favorite things: the ocean. Naturally, that led the beauty to be appropriately mermaid-esque, featuring one of my other favorite things: the color turquoise.
Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics created one of my top looks of the season– an aquatic inspired dramatic blue and gold eye. “Jerry Hall on holiday in Mustique” served as additional inspiration.
To get the look: Cover lid with Mac Chromacake in High Def Cyan. Follow with matching Electric Eel Eyeshadow, blending to outer edge of the eye. Brush Gold Metallic Pigment, mixed with Shine Mixing Medium onto corner of eyes. Apply Luxe Lipstick to lips. Finish with the application of Strobe Cream all over the body.
Val Garland’s additional suggestions to make it last all day/night: 1. Use a primer first. 2. Use eye pencil to color over lid, blending to the edges. 3. Powder over lid with translucent powder.
Kérastase’s Odile Gilbert also used the show’s aquatic theme to create a mermaid inspired look for hair. To get the look: Part hair in the center. Spray Double Force Controle Ultime Hair Spray from the center area of hair, to the tips. Next, crimp hair with a three-barrel curling iron to create waves. To achieve a “wet” finished look, apply Elixir Ultime liberally, topping the hair off with more Double Force Controle Ultime for hold.
I tend to say this every time I post about one of his collections, but Chris Benz is one of my absolute favorite young NYC designers. Not only is he one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with, he continues to amaze me, season after season with his genius use of color, and unexpectedly whimsical “eccentric grandma” aesthetic of his clothing.
I really feel like years from now, Chris will reach a Marc Jacobs level of success and industry domination– fitting, since he once interned for the designer.
For two seasons in a row now, Jen Kao’s collections have provided some much needed color during New York Fashion Week. Never afraid to mix colors and patterns, Kao’s designs continually push the envelope and become more progressive. For Spring, the nail art proved to be just as revolutionary.
Inspired by poisonous frogs, CND lead nail tech Wanda Ruiz created “lethal love” nails, a “dark sided” ombre look:
Backstage at Badgley Mischka’s Spring 2012 show, the word of the day was “glamour”.
Nail guru Deborah Lippmann created a brand new color to compliment the drama of the show’s hair and makeup looks, and celebrate the “power of dressing up”.
Inspired by the rose gold Rolex watch, the color, The Glamourous Life (which took over 3 years to develop!) was painted onto short, rounded nails and on toenails; leaving them neat in appearance, and satiny–but not frosty– in finish.
Faces were first prepped with Rodin’s Olio Lusso. Next, Pecheux used Mineralized Charged Water Moisture Gel to hydrate, followed by MAC Sculpt Foundation for coverage. On eyes, Metal-X Cream Shadow in Palladium was applied below the brow, with Metal-X Cream Shadow in Vintage Coin on lids. Mac Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Forever Green was used to created the winged-out cat eye look. MAC Haught and Naughty Lash Mascara topped off the dramatic eye. Finally, MAC lustre Lipstick in Flamingo was applied to lips.
See the full photo set here.
All Photos and Content ®2011-2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost