THOM BROWNE S/S 2014

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Thom Browne’s shows fall into that rare category of “what on Earth could I possibly say to do this justice” style events. Maybe in the future when memories can be downloaded, and relived by others via virtual reality, could someone who didn’t see it firsthand understand what it’s like to experience one of his shows. Which are not really just shows– but a spectacle.

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I arrived early enough to catch the makeup test. Which left a lot of the waiting press…surprised after catching their first glimpse.

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At this point, most of us were left wondering “what is going to happen during this show?!” But more on that later. 😉

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I also caught many of the finishing touches being put onto the clothing in the collection. Which had so much impeccable detail (as always!) that I had to remind myself I wasn’t in Paris, backstage at a couture show.

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Back to the “unusual” makeup for the show:

To break it down in the most simple way, one could say there were two looks for the show. The “nurses” and the “patients”. That’s right, the show’s main point of inspiration was an insane asylum.

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A nurse gets her makeup painted on.

The distinguishing looks breakdown as follows:
Nurses: “normal” face makeup, red lips, “normal” hair, topped off with a white snood.
Patients: “crazy” smeared makeup, wild bird’s nest hair, topped with a red snood.

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A patient.

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The full makeup instructions, straight from the source– MAC’s Sil Bruinsma:
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The key was the imperfect smudging of all the patients’ looks, to truly capture that crazed feeling. Nurses= same makeup, not smudged.

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Hair, by Bumble and Bumble’s Jimmy Paul continued with the nurse and patient theme, showcasing “normal and crazy” once again.

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For the patients’ hair, the following steps were used:
Hair was doused with Surf Spray, then dried, and teased BIG. To add volume to the looks of models with finer hair, donuts were placed on top of the head, then covered with more teased hair. The look was then finished off with white Hair Powder.

The finished look:
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After hair and makeup was completed, I got to investigate many pieces of the collection up close.

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Supposedly these cats were “strangled by the pearls” of their insane mistress.

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A sketch artist’s work backstage.

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Getting into character.

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Note the anchors on the collar– the show also had a slight nautical theme.

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The show itself was definitely a unique experience. Starting about 40 minutes late, after nearly an hour of the pre-show jack-in-the-box-esque creepy musical soundtrack, many of those in the audience felt as if they too were being slowly driven insane. But it was sooo worth it.

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It was long, and it was creepy, and weird. But unlike anything else I’d ever seen at NYFW. Or really anywhere, ever. I can only describe it as Sleep No More meets One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest meets Queen Elizabeth’s court. Happening in slow motion, under flickering light bulbs, complimented by another bizarre soundtrack of meowing cats and toy instruments.

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The models all perfected the “I am dosed out of my mind on psychiatric drugs, now where the hell am I?” look. Meanwhile the nurses were passing out candy “pills” to show-goers.

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In the end: it was the most original, and slightly disturbing show I saw all week. And I loved it!

See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2013-2014 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

KATE SPADE S/S 2014

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Kate Spade’s presentations are always one of my “don’t miss” shows of fashion week. Quirky hair and makeup, spectacular nails by Deborah Lippmann, and of course, the cute, whimsical clothes and handbags are inspiring season after season.

For Spring, Creative Director Deborah Lloyd was influenced by a European Tour, and frequent Kate Spade muse the 1960’s.

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The 60’s influence was visible in the unique black and white cat eye, created by JOUER’s Neil Scibelli.

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To get the look:

Apply JOUER Matte Moisture Tint to face, and set with Mattifying Translucent Powder. Cheeks were dusted with Mineral Powder Blush in “Peony”. For eyes, “Praline” Powder Eyeshadow was used on lids, with a cat eye created using Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner in “Panther” and white shimmer paint. After topping eyes with false lashes, the look was completed with “Kate” Lipstick, and “Blush” Moisturizing Lip Gloss.

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The finished look:
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Once again Deborah Lippmann created a fun, original look for the show’s nails. Inspired by a cap-toe show, the tips of each nail feature a silver design, with alternating colored stripes on each model.

To get the look: Start with Gel Lab Base Coat, then two coats of white shade Psuedo Silk Kimono. The tip of each nail is then painted in the silver shade Bad Moon Rising. Finally, an accent color is added to the end of the tip in It’s Raining Men (red), Groove is in the Heart (pink), or Walking on Sunshine (yellow).

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The finished look:
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In the end, everything came together to showcase an adorable, flirty European inspired collection.
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See the full set here.

All Photos and Content ®2014 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

Delpozo S/S 2014

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Delpozo’s SS14 show, the brand’s second since relaunching the label in 2012, was one of the most breathtaking shows of the season. The best fashion shows, in my opinion, are always those that imbue a sense of magic or whimsy, which this collection had in spades. Leading to it quickly climbing to the top of my SS14 favorites list!

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The bright pops of color on the model’s eyes provided a nice contrast to the sweet, dreamy dresses in the collection.

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The hair for the show, created by Moroccanoil Artistic Director Antonio Corral Calero mixed volume with sleekness, presenting the look as a smooth ponytail, with heavy volume on top. Hair was both simple, and unique amongst the many looks of SS14.

To get the look: Moroccanoil Treatment was used to prep hair, which was then parted in the middle, flat ironed, and tied off in a ponytail. Hair was then backcombed from middle to ends, about 4″ above the ponytail. To finish, models’ locks were smoothed into a rounded shape and topped off with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Medium.

The finished look:
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Inspired by the Corot painting “Gypsy Woman with Tambourine”, and stained glass windows, the clothing was equally as beautiful as the hair and makeup:

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The collection, which struck me as at once both old-fashioned and modern, would be just as at home on a red carpet as it would on a woman walking down the aisle at her wedding.

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This dress is beyond gorgeous.

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2014 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA S/S 2014

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Every fashion week I over-commit myself, do too much, and wear myself down. But it’s soooo much fun, it’s worth the fact that I seem to get sick every.single.season. This time, luckily it didn’t happen until after NYFW ended. But it definitely kicked my butt. I’m finally feeling better, and ready to share some of my experiences and photos from my tenth season of NYFW!

What better to start with, than Oscar de la Renta?

I never feel like my words, or limited fashion vocabulary can truly do an Oscar show justice. But I’m happy to say the Spring/Summer ’14 collection once again blew me away. Oscar is a designer who creates clothing that nearly every type of woman could wear, regardless of age, or personal style. From ball gowns to suits, it’s all there! Including quite a few numbers I wish I owned myself.

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The show finale:

See the full 200+ photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2013 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

SNEAK PEEK: NYFW SS2014 DAY THREE

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Sally LaPointe. Hair: Pantene. Makeup: MAC. Nails: Pattie Yankee

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Peter Som. Hair: WELLA. Makeup: MAC. Nails: ZOYA.

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Rebecca Minkoff. Hair: TRESemmé Makeup: Stila Nails: ESSIE

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Creatures of the Wind. Hair: Kérastase. Makeup: NARS

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HONOR. Nails: Deborah Lippmann, Makeup: Kevin Aucoin. Both for Beauty.com

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Hair: PHYTO

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All Photos and Content ®2013 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost