All Photos and Content ®2015 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.
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.
HONOR is one of those special NYC based brands that I’ve been following almost since their inception. Back in 2011, I shot their second show ever, and fell in love with their unique mix of whimsy, and retro sensibility.
Each season, they create and incredibly detailed inspiration story behind the collection. For Spring, the story was as follows:
“A beautiful debutante falls in love with a George Harrison-type bad boy. They go on a physical and spiritual “trip” together. She finally realizes she has fallen for a bad person and begins to untangle herself from him. She is stronger for her experience.”
For the beauty look, this translated into a relaxed low ponytail, bold blue winged eyeshadow, and a fun blue and pearl nail.
Backstage at Adam Selman, I saw the first appearance of what seemed to be a new Spring beauty trend– fake freckles! At times overdone, in this case they were straight up adorable.
VPL by Victoria Bartlett led the way in introducing the world to underwear as outerwear. So it was fitting that for Spring, nudity and nakedness and bare skin played a large roll in the backstage beauty looks for the show.
Nails, by Butter London for Beauty.com were simple and natural. Founding creative director Nonie Creme chose a nude shade the emphasised the “sexual but not crass” nature of the collection.
To achieve the look, Creme used two coats of Butter London Flawless Base Coat, topped with Butter London Tea with the Queen. Nails were finished with Butter London Hardware P.D. Quick Topcoat. (It was emphasized how important using a base coat is, especially when using nude or light colors on nails. Advice that, from now on, I will always be taking!)
Clé de Peau Beauté color creator, Lucia Pieroni was inspired by the idea of “living mannequins” for VPL’s spring show. Skin was prepped with Refining Fluid Foundation SPF24. Color was applied to eyelids, using the two brown colors from Eyeshadow Quad in #208. No liner or mascara was used. Brows were filled using Eyebrow and Eyeliner Compact in 1 and 2.
#12 Gold Luminizing Enhancer in 12/Gold was dusted onto cheeks to give models a subtle glow. The look was finished with Enriched Lip Luminizer #201/Sweet Lychee on lips.
Bob Recine for Phyto created a wet “just out of the shower” style for the show. To get the look: Hair was saturated with Phyto Professional Intense Volume Mousse, then slicked back over the crown of the head, while the ends remained loose. Phytolaque Soie Light Hold Hair Spray was sprayed onto a toothbrush to tame flyaways. Hair was set with Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray.
See the full photo set here.
All Photos and Content ®2011-2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost
It’s only fitting that I begin each fashion week backstage at one of my favorite shows, Vena Cava! When I arrived backstage at Milk Studios for the Fall 2011 show, I was immediately drawn to Butter London Creative Director Nonie Creme creating her typically amazing nail art for the runway.
This season was no different, instead of applying polish to the models’ nails, multicolored bands were painted onto their fingers!
The colorways for the nail bands came straight from Vena Cava’s fall collection. Nonie said this “expanded nail art” concept was created to mimic jewelry.
Shades used include Tramp Stamp, Union Jack, Royal Navy, Scoundrel, and Flouro Orange.
To get the look: Choose a “Three Free” nail polish from Butter London (safe for use on skin). Using the polish brush, freehand bands of color around the entire width of the finger. Repeat in contrasting colors. The nail bands last approximately 24 hours.
MAC’s Christian McCulloch created a playful, glitter-laden look, intended to function as an accessory to the clothing itself.
To get the look:
Start with MAC Select Moisturecover to create a natural base. Lightly highlight cheekbones using Strobe Creme.
For eyes, apply a mixture of MAC Pro Glitter in “Reflects Purple Duo”, “Silver”, and “3D Silver” over MAC Pro Shine Mixing Medium. Set brows with MAC Clear Brow Set. On lips, use MAC Lip Pencil in “Subculture” to line edges. Finish with MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in “Petting Pink”.
Celebrity stylist Ted Gibson created a laid back 90’s grunge inspired hair style to compliment the retro feel of the fall collection.
To get the look: Part hair in center, and apply a mixture of Ted Gibson Tame-It Shine Lotion, and Fix-It Gel to add texture. Slick hair down at the crown of the head, then twist the lower portion into coils. Pin the coils, and allow them to set. After removing coils, use a blow dryer on low heat to help separate the waves in the hair.
See the full photo set here.
All Photos and Content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.