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

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See the full photo set here.

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Karen Walker S/S 2012

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Karen Walker’s collections expertly toe the line between girly and tom-boyish, interjecting bright, quirky prints that keep things fresh season after season.

For her Spring show’s nail art, Karen wanted a color that screamed “summer”. CND lead nail tech Wanda Ruiz created a custom lemon-lime sherbert color by mixing 2 existing CND polishes.

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7 drops of Blackack were added to the bright yellow shade Bicycle, which was painted onto models’ nails in 2 coats. 1 coat of AirDry Top Coat was applied to finish the look.

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A closer view of the finished look:
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Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble created a rock and roll inspired boyish 40’s hairstyle.
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Careful to note that this style can be dangerous if it veers into “wedding-ish” territory, the look was slightly disheveled, and meant to be a style that could easily be a “cool girl DIY”. The result was one of my favorite hairstyles of the season!

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To get the look:
Hair was sprayed with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray (a favorite product of mine!) at the roots, then blow dried. Surf Spray was misted over the length of the hair to mattify. Hair was then rolled, and secured with bobby pins. Laurent then roughed up the hair using his hands, to create a disheveled look. Hair was finished with a spray of Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder, in corresponding shade to match the models’ hair.

The finished look:
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Additionally, a handful of the models’ hair was styled with “do rags” made from Karen’s prints:
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Makeup by Clinique

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Prints are always the highlight of Karen Walker’s collections:
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Many guests at the show wore dresses from Karen’s F/W ’11 collection:
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See the full photo set here.

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Jen Kao S/S 2012


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:

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VPL S/S 2012

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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.

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Nails, by Butter London for were simple and natural. Founding creative director Nonie Creme chose a nude shade the emphasised the “sexual but not crass” nature of the collection.

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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!)

The finished look:
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Just a few of the many lovely Butter London shades available!

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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See the full photo set here.

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Oscar de la Renta S/S 2012

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Some seasons, fashion week gets so intense that 20,000+ photos later (yes, you read that right), you don’t even know where to start. Which, along with an untimely hard drive crash, is how it came to be that my Oscar de la Renta show coverage is posting a bit…late.

Despite the months passing, I’m just as obsessed with this collection as ever. Take a look, and find out why:

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Backstage, it was all about BIG HAIR.

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I say this every season, but one aspect of Oscar’s collections that never ceases to amaze me: the impeccable details of every piece.
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I was so happy to see the incorporation of neon into the Spring collection. I can’t get enough of it!

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Surprise spotting backstage– Nicki Minaj!
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The Spring collection featured quite a few billowing ball gowns fit for royalty:
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The collection stayed young and fresh with the sprinkling of cute bobby-socks with heels, and lots of white, delicate dresses:
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My favorite dress in the collection:
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After the show, I managed to catch the de la Renta family, with friend Daphne Guinness:
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See the full photo set here.

More Oscar de la Renta:
Pre-Fall 2012
Fall 2011
Fashion’s Night Out 2011
Spring 2011 Showroom Visit

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Preen S/S 2012

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Preen’s S/S ’12 show was one of the most surprisingly beautiful shows I attended all season. I knew to expect an elegant collection, but left the show completely blown away by just how gorgeous and colorful everything was! Every aspect of the show, from the silhouettes of the dresses to the hair gave me a sense of an updated, neon, neo-Victorian meets 1940’s by way of “Blade Runner” vibe.

The hair, by Paul Hanlon for AVEDA was a geisha-inspired, but reminiscent of a modern, youthful update of the popular 1940’s Victory Rolls style.

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1. Prep hair by spritzing throughout with Aveda Volumizing Tonic, blow dry with a round brush. Work hair away from the face and neck to keep the hairline clean. If hair is dry or damaged, begin by prepping with Aveda Brilliant Damage Control, and follow with Aveda Volumizing Tonic.
2. Once dry, gently brush hair away from the face and let hair part naturally on the left side. Smooth hair with a fine-toothed comb and a light mist of Aveda Air Control Hair Spray.
3. On the right side of the head at the top of the ear, begin to twist hair toward the back of the head, staying just on top of the parietal ridge. Use a tail comb to neatly bring hair up into the roll, and secure the roll with “U” pins. Avoid twisting too tightly at this point.

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4. Continue twisting toward the back of the head following the natural hairline. Twist all the way to the nape, secure hair with a clip.
5. Repeat twist on the left side, starting slightly lower, one to two inches above the top of the ear, sloping downward at the back of the head to create a “U” shape when twists meet at the nape.
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6. Neatly brush hair upward from the hairline to create a seamless connection between the two twists. This gives the appearance of a single, smooth, twisted roll that snugly wraps around the head.
7. Use Aveda Air Control Hair Spray and the end of a tail comb to smooth all wisps and flyaways while replacing “U” pins with bobby pins, snugly tucked and hidden.
8. Finish with Aveda Brilliant Spray-On Shine. — Via AVEDA
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Paul also explained an easy way for the average woman to replicate this style– by twisting 2 ponytails near the front of the head, rolling, and pinning. Secure the style with Paul’s favorite product: AVEDA Air Control, a dry hairspray.

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The finished look:
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The retro inspired collection was modernized beautifully by the use of bright, showstopping color, and digital prints.

“This collection is a modern take on Victorian aesthetics. Flowers are digitized; colors and lines are defined by the way light reflects and refracts through a prism. The result is an intersection of romance and pure modernity.” — Thea Bregazzi for Preen

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The collection was even more impressive on the runway:

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Overall? Preen was one of my top 5 favorite shows of the season!

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See the full photo set here.

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Mandy Coon S/S 2012


After past season looks featuring jellyfish inspired braids, and colored hair pieces, the backstage beauty at Mandy Coon’s Spring show was much more low maintenance.

Rolando Beauchamp for Bumble and Bumble created a look that eschewed “effortless glamour”, and brought to mind mermaid hair one usually finds after a long day at the beach.



To get the look: Bumble and Bumble Gel was applied to damp hair, which was parted in the center, and then blown dry. Using a 1 inch curling iron, random sections of hair were curled– leaving the ends loose/un-curled.


Next hair was set with Bumble and Bumble Grooming Cream. Finally, Bb Texture Hair (Un)Dressing Cream was applied to “rough up” hair and achieve a “matte finish”.




NARS National Makeup Artist Francelle created a low maintenance look, inspired by artist Mark Rothko. Eyes were “color blocked”, and lips mimicked the stain one gets after eating raspberries.

To get the look: Francelle started with NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer on skin. Next, a combination of The Multiple in Laguna and Bronzing Powder were dusted over cheekbones. For lips, Bilbao Lipstick was applied first, followed by a dab of Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick over top, which Francelle applied using her finger. Lids were painted with Lhasa Eye Shadow and Douces Frances Trio (using the pink shade). Santa Monica Boulevard Eye Liner Pencil was used in the inside corners of eyes, with Black Moon Eye Liner Pencil lining the outer edges.

The finished look:


Mandy Coon’s collections are consistently a favorite of mine, and the Spring collection– inspired by Mandy’s love of rocks and crystals, and featuring an intriguing mix of textures and materials– is just as cutting edge as I’ve come to expect.




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See the full photo set here.

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Peter Som S/S 2012: Backstage


Peter Som’s Spring 2012 show was exploding with bursts of colorful– both on the runway and backstage.


WELLA Professionals creative director Eugene Souleiman created a “rich girl gone bad”, Courtney Love meets the 1960’s influenced hair style that wasn’t “too ladylike”, to contrast with the ultra-feminine floral looks of the collection.

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Extensions, waiting to be applied!

To get the look: Wella Professionals Perfect Styling Blow Dry Lotion and Velvet Amplifier were applied to damp hair, then blown dry. Hair was parted at the side, then curled, and misted with Wella Professionals Pro Ocean Spray. Next, Souleiman ran his fingers through hair, to tousel and break up curls.


To finish the look, Wella Professionals color ambassador Aura Friedman added platinum extensions colored with pale rose-gold hues (shadowed at the root to help disguise the extensions) to add a 3-D look and focal point to hair. Extensions were secured with bobby pins to the side of the part, where a veil of hair was brushed over top to allow the color to peek through.




Some of the products used

The finished look:

Another reason the rose-gold tones were chosen? They flatter all skin tones and hair colors.


MAC’s Tom Pecheux used a combination of MAC Fig. 1 Eye Shadow with MAC Pro Indian Ink Small Eye Shadow Pro Palette blended above the crease for a retro inspired look. To finish the face, MAC Innocence, Beware! Lipstick was rubbed onto lips for a subtle stained effect.




ZOYA lead nail tech Sunshine Outing used ZOYA’s Erin to create a light “micro-glazed” effect.


Overall, I thought the edgy yet still feminine beauty direction complemented the clothes quite well!

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See the full photo set here.

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Hyden Yoo S/S 2012

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Who: Hyden Yoo
What: Spring/Summer 2012
Where: The Cabana at the Maritime Hotel

Hyden Yoo’s S/S ’12 collection was influenced by neo-colonialism, and the 1992 film L’amant (The Lover).

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The presentation’s location couldn’t have been more fitting for this 1920’s Indochine inspired collection. The unseasonably sweltering temperatures in NYC only enhanced the illusion of traveling to a foreign place and time.

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Behind the curtain:
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A closer look:
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Comfy colonial cool, with a modern twist. For boys and girls!

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See the full photo set here.

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Badgley Mischka S/S 2012: Backstage

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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.

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The result:
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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.

The finished look:
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The beauty perfectly complemented the ultra-glam gowns backstage:
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See the full photo set here.

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