CHRISTIAN SIRIANO S/S 2013

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In case anyone may have missed the 400 other times I’ve gushed over it on this blog, I LOVE SHEER. Sheer fabrics have to be my hands-down favorite element of fashion. Whether it’s black, gothy lace, or romantic tulle, I want to wear it. So as you can imagine, seeing Christian Siriano’s Spring 2013 collection was like dying, and going to Sheer Heaven.

But before we get the ballerina inspired clothing, let’s talk about the backstage beauty. Taking the concept of a ballerina “leaving practice”, the beauty looks were not those of a ballerina onstage, but mimicked the light, sweet, and slightly unkempt appearance of a ballerina’s everyday life.

AVEDA Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders created an “off duty ballerina” top of the head bun:

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Antoinette at work

To get the look:
Antoinette explained that the secret to this bun is in the twist! Hair was sprayed with “Pure Abundance Prep” to add thickness, then blown dry. Models turned their heads upside down, while stylists added a dab of Texturizing Cream to ends. Hair was then pulled to the crown, and a comb’s tail was used to rake the ridges out. The bun was created with a simple twist, which was then secured with an elastic band. Pins were added to finish the look, which was “slightly disheveled” and finished with “Air Control Hair Spray” right before the models went out on the runway.

MAC Lead Artist Polly Osmond led the team of makeup artists in developing the fresh-faced, pretty ballerina on the go makeup for the show.

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To get the look:
Faces were prepped with Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation. Powder Blush in “Well Dressed” and “Tenderling” was applied to cheeks and the forehead, with a slight dab of Cream Colour Base in Luna overtop to add a highlight. “Runway Rose” was used on eyes, along with Cream Color Base in “Shell”, on the center of eyelids. A mix of concealer, and Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup was used on lids. The look was topped off with Brown mascara on top and bottom lashes.

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CND lead nail tech Angi Wingle painted nails in a romantic, sparkly pink to match the metallic and pearl colors in the collection.

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To get the look: 2 coats of CND “Grapefruit Sparkle” (out in May 2013) were used, followed by High Shine Top Coat.

The complete finished look:

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And now for some of the most gorgeous dresses (and shoes!) I have ever seen:
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Some of my favorite looks from the collection:

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I can’t even take how beautiful these three dresses are:
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Who says wedding dresses have to be white?!

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Get in my closet.

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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2012-2013 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

LOUISE GOLDIN S/S 2013:

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Rekden Creative Consultant Guido is known for inventing some of the most edgy, trendsetting, and beautiful fashion week looks at fashion shows worldwide. Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs are just two of the major brands that regularly showcase his genius.

The Spring 2013 Louise Goldin show featured one of the most unusual hair styles of the week. Guido described the look as “manga/cartoony, slightly spooky” “Sleepy Hollow” inspired”, and “slightly gothic”.

“We’re always speaking so much about wearable styles, but we have to remember that fashion after all is also an art – and this look is all fantasy.I really saturated the hair in product, let it dry and then pulled out the left front section of the ponytail and pulled it across the face and eyes. I think of emerging branches, or like a mask of hair over the face that has a very haunted, ‘spinderly’, maybe even Tim Burton-esque feeling. These certainly are not sweet little girls.” -Guido, Redken Creative Consultant

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Guido

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Monique Lhuillier S/S 2013: Backstage

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Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2013 collection was inspired by one of my favorite things: the ocean. Naturally, that led the beauty to be appropriately mermaid-esque, featuring one of my other favorite things: the color turquoise.

Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics created one of my top looks of the season– an aquatic inspired dramatic blue and gold eye. “Jerry Hall on holiday in Mustique” served as additional inspiration.

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Products used.

To get the look: Cover lid with Mac Chromacake in High Def Cyan. Follow with matching Electric Eel Eyeshadow, blending to outer edge of the eye. Brush Gold Metallic Pigment, mixed with Shine Mixing Medium onto corner of eyes. Apply Luxe Lipstick to lips. Finish with the application of Strobe Cream all over the body.

Val Garland’s additional suggestions to make it last all day/night: 1. Use a primer first. 2. Use eye pencil to color over lid, blending to the edges. 3. Powder over lid with translucent powder.

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Kérastase’s Odile Gilbert also used the show’s aquatic theme to create a mermaid inspired look for hair. To get the look: Part hair in the center. Spray Double Force Controle Ultime Hair Spray from the center area of hair, to the tips. Next, crimp hair with a three-barrel curling iron to create waves. To achieve a “wet” finished look, apply Elixir Ultime liberally, topping the hair off with more Double Force Controle Ultime for hold.

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Kate Spade S/S 2013: Backstage

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Backstage at the Spring/Summer 2013 Kate Spade presentation, Deborah Lippman created a gorgeous “picnic” inspired look on the models’ nails.

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Calla S/S 2013

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CALLA’s Spring 2013 presentation was one I ended up accidentally stumbling upon during Saturday night of NYFW at Milk Studios. And boy, was I glad I found it— the collection ended up being one of my hands down favorites of the S/S ’13 season.

Both the floral and more abstract watercolor prints were absolutely phenomenal, and the unexpected polka-dot eye makeup (which I will SO be DIYing soon) took the entire look to the next level.

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