The Blonds S/S 2012

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I found it very fitting that one of the most theatrical and entertaining shows of NY Fashion Week took place on the last (for me) day. The Blonds’ shows are always a sight to see, as much a true spectacle as one can find during fashion week.

This season, I not only photographed the runway show, but ventured backstage as well. There, I found hair and nails just as show-stopping as the clothes.

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CND nail tech Kristina Eastabrooks created a 20 sets of glamorous, sparkling nail tips for the show– that took over 100 hours to complete! The details on the nails, which featured materials like crushed geometric glass, 24k gold leafing, Swarovski crystals, and hand painted designs, were truly amazing:

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The finished nails:
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Dennis Lanni for Bumble and Bumble created “Jessica Rabbit”, curvy big hair that corresponded with the show’s classic 60’s heyday Playboy theme.

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Dennis himself is a huge fan of 60’s era beauty, and it’s “big healthy hair”, but also insured the look didn’t veer too far into “pageant hair” territory.

To get the look:

Hair was sprayed down with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray. A large barrel curling iron was then used to curl hair, which was then pinned on the top of the head to set.

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Once pins are removed, hair was back-combed with a fine bristled (not nylon!) brush. Hair was finished with Spray de Mode for hold.

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The finished look:
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Phillipe Blond gets the model treatment

The clothes themselves showed off an equally intense attention to detail:

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Hand-finishing a corset right before the show

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2011-2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

Sally LaPointe S/S 2012

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Sally Lapointe’s Spring collection was inspired by the Renwick Ruins, the former smallpox hospital on NYC’s Roosevelt Island. So it was fitting that to complement the clothing’s vintage inspiration, Stylist Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble created an unconventional look, inspired by haunted 1920’s ballerinas.

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To get the look hair was sprayed with Bumble and Bumble Prep. Hair was then sculpted into a bun, using Bb Gel. When dry, a black wig cap was pulled over the front of the hair.

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Spray de Mode was used on loose hair to provide additional hold. The ends were then tucked into the front of the wig cap.

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To finish the look, white Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder was sprayed onto the front of the cap.

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The finished look:

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The hairstyle was quite fitting for LaPointe’s sculptural, architecture inspired meets outer space collection.

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Though the lighting on the runway was a little difficult (I REALLY hate smoke machines, and think they should be banned from all runways!), I thought the collection looked great, and proved to be one of the most ambitious and avant-garde collections of the season.

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost