ALICE & OLIVIA S/S 2013

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The Spring 2013 Alice & Olivia presentation wasn’t just a fashion show– it was a party. Guests sipped champagne, were entertained by DJ’s, and indulged in Magnum ice cream bars while scoping out the collection.

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What I liked most about the whole affair, was that the presentation was FUN, and within the collection, there was a dress for everyone. Whether you need a ball gown, or a day dress –possibly even a wedding dress– you could find it within Stacey Bendet’s fresh, whimsical designs.

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One of my favorite looks.

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So very “My Fair Lady”.

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Yea, the lighting was all over the place at this presentation. But everything still looked cute!

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See the full photo set here.

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

VPL S/S 2013

Welcome to another guest post, from The Greyest Ghost assistant photographer Julio Cortez:

For VPL’s Spring 2013 collection, designer Victoria Bartlett brings more visibility to the panty line than ever before. The 43 piece collection is true to the brand’s signature comfort, functionality, and style. This season, Bartlett adds surreal feathers, contrast metallics, and parachute volume for our layering pleasure.

Hair


Hair lead Bob Recine created a symmetrical hairstyle to parallel the collection’s lines using PHYTO and Amika tools.

The hair is first styled back into a clean and tight pony tail.

It takes two people and four hands to execute the intricate fishtail braid.

The fishtail is then brought forward and pinned atop the head.


The hair is kept in place with a fishnet and PHYTO holding spray until the models are ready to sport their bungee head straps on the runway.

Beauty

Makeup by Romy Soleimani with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics focused on soft, dewey skin and a flash of metallic eyelids. The skin is hydrated with ARCONA ice spray and eye dew for a natural, radiant glow. OCC primer is mixed with silver pigment and applied with a brush over the eye crease for a 90s stroke effect.

Nails

Nail art by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics completes the look, with a custom paint job created for the runway using a drop of blue “RX” lacquer blended with “Dangerous” and “Tarred”. This is a practical everyday color that you may want to mix for yourself at home. All nail lacquers available at Beauty.com.

Runway

Bungee strapped girls breezed on the runway in casual futurism silhouettes embellished with metallic contrasts and plenty of peek-a-boo skin. Hard lines and signature symmetry are softened by Bartlett’s effortless draping combined with a playful neutral and pastel color palette. Fuzzy layers, earth tone sequins, and spring’s go-to parachute anorak round out an inspiring RTW collection that any city girl would want to slip into for sartorial comfort.

View the full photo set on Flickr!

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CANDELA S/S 2013

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The Spring 2013 Candela presentation was one of those rare fashion shows where I wasn’t “working”, wasn’t covering any beauty brands– I just got to relax and enjoy the clothes and shoes.

And boy, were they pretty. In fact everything about the show was gorgeous, in a soft bohemian way. The hair & makeup, the clothes and shoes, and the magnificent set design. The floral backdrops of the presentation not only looked appealing, they smelled wonderful too!

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Floral crown for the show

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Makeup by Bobbi Brown

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Shooting the lookbook

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Hair by Bumble and Bumble

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The perfect skirt for dressing up, or dressing down.

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The collection made me wish summer would just hurry up and get here already!

See the full photo set here.

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

RACHEL ANTONOFF S/S 2013

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I’ve been a longtime fan of Rachel Antonoff‘s designs. In fact, her first presentation was the very first fashion show I ever covered for this blog! So it makes me happy to see that she is finally getting the recognition and publicity she deserves.

One of the things taking her career to the next level: her collaboration with Bass Shoes. Full disclosure: I am ADDICTED to these shoes. Not only are they comfortable, but the designs –especially of her oxfords– are unparalleled in cuteness, and comfort at their price point. I own multiple pairs, and whenever I wear my black & clear oxfords, in particular, I have strangers stopping me on the street to ask about them.

When I stopped by backstage before Rachel’s show, the first thing I noticed wasn’t the hair, makeup, or clothes– it was the new shoes. I am so excited to say that there are more clear shoes on the way!

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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.

ERIN FETHERSTON S/S 2013

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Back on the very first unofficial day of NYFW, I stopped by backstage at Erin Fetherston’s S/S 2013 show. While I sadly couldn’t stay for the presentation (I had to dash uptown to another show!), I got to spend some time learning about the girlish, fun Brigitte Bardot inspired look.

Kérastse’s Odile Gilbert took the Bardot inspiration and “toughened it up” with a (working!) zippered headband. Bangs were parted to the side, then twisted back into the zipper’s opening.

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To get the look: Hair was prepped with Kérastse Mousse Volumative to add body. Hair was then curled into loose waves using a large barrel curling iron. After securing hair with the headband, the look was finished with Double Force Hair Spray, and a small dollop of Elixir Ultime Rose Milleanaire on the ends.

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MAC lead makeup artist Lyne Desnoyers was inspired by photos Erin showed her, shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth. In response, she created a “neo-cat eye” tailored to the shape of each models’ eyes. The look was thick on the upper lash line, while gently blended on the bottom.

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To get the look: Skin was perfected with MAC Cosmetics Pro Concealer Palette, and Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation. A mix of Cream Colour Base in Pearl, and Luna were used to highlight cheekbones. With Skinsheen Bronzer dusted over the face to give the models a warm glow. Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline was used on upper lids for the cat eye, with the lower lashes finished with Carbon eye shadow. The lip color was a custom blend of orange, white, and nude Lip Mix.

The finished look:
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Erin wanted nail art that complimented the clothing, but that would also serve as an additional “accessory”.

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Butter London’s Katie Hughes painted nails in two shades: “Lillibet’s Jubilee”, a metallic violet-silver, and “The Full Monty”, a metallic gold.

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The complete finished look:
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See the full photo set here.

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

TANYA TAYLOR S/S 2013

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Tanya Taylor is a relatively new (and new to me!) designer on the NYFW scene. Gathering a fair amount of buzz after just one season, Taylor’s second collection showcased her love of prints, and an updated, quirky vision of ladylike style.

Backstage, international lead makeup artist Uzo, for NARS created a summery 1960’s inspired look that channeled actress Natalie Wood.

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The products used:
FACE: Sheer Glow Foundation, Copacabana Illuminator, and Copacabana Multiple (applied to cheekbones only).
EYES: PRO-PRIME Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow (pink side),Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara, and Bali, Bengali, or Blondie Eyeshadow (on brows).
LIPS: Tonga Lip Liner Pencil, Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, and Barbarella Lipstick.
-Via NARS Trend Report

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ESSIE manicurist Gina Edwards designed a different take on the staple French manicure: matte black tips!

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The rounded nails were first painted using “Au Natural”, with the french tip painted with “Licorice”. “Matte About You” topcoat finished the look. Toes were painted with “Au Natural”.

The finished look:
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Stylist Allen Wood for Bumble and Bumble continued to carry on with the 1960’s inspiration, styling hair into two looks: sleek ponytails, and pony’s with head scarves, made from scraps of Tanya’s fabric from the collection.

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The finished look:
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The presentation was held at the MoMa, leading to some interesting views of the collection from above:
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Tanya Taylor has definitely earned a place on my “designers to watch” list for her clever use of pattens, and updated take on classic pieces like skirts and blazers.

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See the full photo set here.

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

HONOR S/S 2013

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HONOR’s Giovanna Randall is a breath of fresh air in the NY fashion world. Showing collections that would be equally at home on the runways of Paris, she continues to impress me with her talent, and growth as a (very!) new designer.

For Spring, the HONOR collection was inspired by nature, and human anatomy. Taking this interpretation literally, was Deborah Lippmann for Beauty.com.

“We created a gorgeous high-gloss white nail that was actually bone-inspired. We wanted a natural nail that still captured the essence of the collection, and came up with a killer combination.” –via Deborah Lippmann’s tumblr.

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KATIE GALLAGHER S/S 2013: BACKSTAGE

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Any longtime readers of my blog know that Katie Gallagher is a favorite designer of mine. One of the most avant-garde and risk taking young designers currently working in NYC, I’ve seen her grow in both talent and popularity over the past few years. (Her second ever show was one of the first presentations I ever photographed.) Not only does she have talent in spades, she’s also incredibly sweet too.

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Katie, organizing the models before her show.

This season, Katie’s collection was entitled “Everything Forever”. It“is inspired by the concept of rebirth and purity…an ode to the remnants of our past, which are ingrained in us and ever-present. Despite infliction, the soul can remain pure. However, everything we do is in us forever.” — via the show’s line sheet

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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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