KAREN WALKER S/S 2016

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Karen Walker impresses me season after season with her fun, quirky take on clothes that are– gasp!– actually wearable. While I love avant garde fashion, or flowing gorgeous ballgowns as much as the next girl, it’s nice to see impeccably designed clothing that is suitable for everyday wear, and affordable.

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The fact that designs some of the best sunglasses around also helps.

And like many of my other favorite designers, Karen has fun with her collections’ themes and inspiration. For Spring, that inspiration was “life in Zvedzny Gorodok, AKA Star City” in the Soviet Union. Once a secret city where Soviet astronauts lived, little details such as spate suite-esque zippers, utilitarian garments, and star shaped earrings helped visualize that inspiration.

The Sephora PRO team translated the astronaut/space theme into a glam look, featuring an enchanting blue eye.

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SNEAK PEEK: SPRING/SUMMER 2016 NYFW DAY SEVEN

Dennis Basso:

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Milly:

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Samira Wiley and Malin Akerman

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HARBISON:

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SNEAK PEEK: SPRING/SUMMER 2016 NYFW DAY SIX

Jeremy Scott:

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Gigi Hadid.

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Lela Rose:

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Karen Walker:

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Thom Browne:

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SNEAK PEEK: SPRING/SUMMER 2016 NYFW DAY FOUR

Mara Hoffman:

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Ji Oh:

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Monique Lhuillier:

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Babyghost:

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Collina Strada:

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Sandy Liang:

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AMMERMAN SCHLÖSBERG FALL/WINTER 2015: BACKSTAGE

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I was only allowed backstage at the FW15 Ammerman Schlösberg show for a few brief moments. But that small window of time was enough for me to see that the shows hair and makeup were likely to be one of the most unusual beauty looks of the season.

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Mark Carrasquillo and the SEPHORA PRO team created the look, which was inspired by the clothing collection’s “Furry Hospital” theme. Featuring pale skin, glittery smokey eyes, and on some models– fake blood.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 Backstage

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Backstage at the S/S 2015 Marc by Marc Jacobs show, it seemed as if I was transported back to my high school years in the late 1990’s. With makeup inspired by (the original 1980’s) English Rave scene, and hair by 90’s era Bjork, it’s no wonder why!

Redken’s Guido chose Bjorks’s signature hair knots, redone in a mohawk type style, to transform the models into “tough girls” for the show.

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Redken’s Wind Blown 05 was used to add texture to hair. Next, said Guido “I started by taking the hair into four horizontal sections and bringing them into little ponytails at the top of the crown, twisting them down, leaving some ends out and then pinning them with fine pins. Nothing is perfect. The part isn’t perfect, so you get kind of a punky feeling.”

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Harajuku Lovers Wicked Style Fragrances: Now at Sephora!

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The five new Harajuku Lovers Wicked Style perfumes that were due to be released in mid-November are now available on Sephora.com!

In addition to the individual fragrances, there are two gift sets with smaller bottles of perfume. A set of five 0.33oz Mini bottles, or purse size roller-ball fragrances make the full collection available for all budgets.
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$100 at Sephora.

I’m thinking of picking up the roller ball set:
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I absolutely love the “G” perfume I picked up at Gwen Stefani’s Fashion’s Night Out signing. As one of my friends has said, it smells very similar to the 1980’s Debbie Gibson perfume “Electric Youth”, which along with Love’s Baby Soft was one of the very first perfumes I ever wore.

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The adorable full size bottles.

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Fashion’s Night Out: Gwen Stefani at Sephora Soho

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It might have been over two weeks ago, but I’m still giddy about my Fashion’s Night Out experience at Sephora Soho. I never would have guessed I’d be spending the second FNO doing virtually the same thing I did on the first! Once I heard Gwen Stefani would be at Sephora signing her five new Harajuku Lovers perfumes, all previous plans were canceled.

When I arrived at Sephora to purchase my perfume that morning at 9:40am, I estimated that I was already about 60th in line. Luckily, my guess was correct, and I was able to purchase two of the Harajuku Lovers perfumes and get a wristband for the signing.

The store had already been decked out for the occasion:
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I returned to Sephora about an hour before Gwen was due to arrive. Thankfully, I’d also been confirmed for press access for the blog, so I was able to set up in the photographer’s area while we all waited for Gwen. The line for the signing already stretched to the back of the store, and what seemed like a few hundred onlookers crowded around Sephora’s windows waiting to catch a glimpse of Gwen. It was nearly impossible for late arrivals to get inside! I heard a few anxious discussions about fans outside possible breaking the glass. It freaked out quite a few of us inside the store.

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Onlookers practically smashed against the front doors.

While we waited, I captured some more of the atmosphere:
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The perfumes! They all smelled so good.

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The signing area.

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Two of the Harajuku Girls came out for a photo op:
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All of the sudden, the crowd began to cheer, and Gwen soon appeared:
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Looking gorgeous, as usual. In Spring 2011 L.A.M.B.

More detail of the dress:
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Gwen gave a few quick tv interviews about the perfumes:
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Gwen discussing the new fragrances:

A close up of her amazing hair style:
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The crowd outside had been going nuts the entire time, so Gwen decided to pay them a visit:
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They nearly started a riot after Gwen appeared in the windows. I hear people were jumping on top of cars, and the entire block of Broadway in front of Sephora was impassable.

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Grabbing the perfumes for another photo op.

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About to start the signing:
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My friend Veronica had been holding my spot in line while I finished my press coverage. Once the signing started, I hopped over, and we waited to meet Gwen.

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Gwen signing for the woman in front of me.

Even though I met Gwen last year, I was nervous. She’s pretty much the only celebrity I actually consider a role model and an inspiration. Thankfully, she’s also hands down one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. She just radiates kindness. While she was signing my perfume, we had a chance to quickly talk about me meeting her at the last FNO (Gwen said I looked familiar!), and I gave Gwen one of my moo business cards with her photo from a 2002 No Doubt show. She said she’d check out the photos, because she loves to see what fans shoot. She also signed a 5×7 copy of the same photo for me after I told her it’s one of my favorite photos I’ve ever shot.

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The photo in question.

We talked so much, eventually a security guard told me it was time to go! I feel very lucky that I had a chance to chat with Gwen again, and get my new “G” Harajuku Lovers perfume signed! The little felt-head bottles are absolutely adorable. I went home with G and Love (which smells a lot like grapes!). I can’t wait until the rest of the collection hits Sephora stores in November. I think I might have to buy them all!

See the full photo set here.

Thanks so much to Gwen, Sephora, and Coty for hosting this amazing event!

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After the signing.

®2010 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost