All Photos and Content ®2014 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost
Backstage at Lela Rose’s S/S 2012 show, the word of the morning was one “glamorous”. From the retro gorgeous hair, to the old Hollywood inspired nails, to the delicate beadwork on dresses…glam was everywhere.
To help amplify the already sparkling clothing, Deborah Lippmann used “Believe“, a hybrid gold-silver shimmer on the model’s nails.
The color was chosen to coordinate, but not match the eye makeup used, and was applied to both the short, rounded nails, and toe nails.
The best thing about “Believe”? It’s both a day or night appropriate color, that works for ALL skin tones!
Ted Gibson created an alternative to a braid for the show’s easy breezy hair look.
Starting with Build It Blow Dry Spray and Tame It Shine Lotion to tousle the hair, Ted then twisted the front section of hair from the part to the nape, using a pin to secure it. Finishing the look off with Beautiful Hold hair spray.
Luckily, the clothes are just as pretty!
®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost
It’s only fitting that I begin each fashion week backstage at one of my favorite shows, Vena Cava! When I arrived backstage at Milk Studios for the Fall 2011 show, I was immediately drawn to Butter London Creative Director Nonie Creme creating her typically amazing nail art for the runway.
This season was no different, instead of applying polish to the models’ nails, multicolored bands were painted onto their fingers!
The colorways for the nail bands came straight from Vena Cava’s fall collection. Nonie said this “expanded nail art” concept was created to mimic jewelry.
Shades used include Tramp Stamp, Union Jack, Royal Navy, Scoundrel, and Flouro Orange.
To get the look: Choose a “Three Free” nail polish from Butter London (safe for use on skin). Using the polish brush, freehand bands of color around the entire width of the finger. Repeat in contrasting colors. The nail bands last approximately 24 hours.
MAC’s Christian McCulloch created a playful, glitter-laden look, intended to function as an accessory to the clothing itself.
To get the look:
Start with MAC Select Moisturecover to create a natural base. Lightly highlight cheekbones using Strobe Creme.
For eyes, apply a mixture of MAC Pro Glitter in “Reflects Purple Duo”, “Silver”, and “3D Silver” over MAC Pro Shine Mixing Medium. Set brows with MAC Clear Brow Set. On lips, use MAC Lip Pencil in “Subculture” to line edges. Finish with MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in “Petting Pink”.
Celebrity stylist Ted Gibson created a laid back 90’s grunge inspired hair style to compliment the retro feel of the fall collection.
To get the look: Part hair in center, and apply a mixture of Ted Gibson Tame-It Shine Lotion, and Fix-It Gel to add texture. Slick hair down at the crown of the head, then twist the lower portion into coils. Pin the coils, and allow them to set. After removing coils, use a blow dryer on low heat to help separate the waves in the hair.
See the full photo set here.
All Photos and Content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.
My very first show of Spring 2011 NYFW (and the first show I’ve ever fully covered backstage!) was Vena Cava. Held at Milk Studios, on the morning of September 9th, the atmosphere backstage pre-show was buzzing with activity. Some shows teeter on the brink of chaos, and others seem to move at a languorously slow turtle’s pace. Thankfully, when I arrived backstage, preparations at Vena Cava were running smoothly and right on time.
Hair was styled by celebrity hair stylistTed Gibson and his salon team. I caught up with Ted as he was explaining this season’s hair inspiration, and the styling process to a group of fellow bloggers:
For Vena Cava S/S ’11, Ted was inspired by 1970’s Halston woman he’s seen in an old issue of VOGUE. The idea was to take a classic bun style, and update it for more modern times by adding texture.
To get the look, Ted and his team started with his Build It Blowdrying Spray to add texture and volume. The hair was then blown dry, and flat ironed straight. Tame It Shine Lotion was used to fight frizz, and smooth hair down on the top of the head. Hair was then finger-combed back into a low ponytail.
Christian McCullogh for MAC was inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer’s look in the movie “Scarface”. A blue eyeliner was drawn on the lid, with Midnight Blue shadow applied all over, with a dusting of Graphology over the top. Contrast shadow was used in the corners, and the lashes were coated with Haute & Naughty mascara. A matte orangy peach lip stick finished the look.
See Ted styling hair, and the makeup process here:
Intro by Tanya Davis of Beauty.com
Every detail in Vena Cava’s S/S ’11 show was perfectly complimentary. The gorgeous silk dresses and the turbans, the reds of the lipstick, the sleek hair, and the chunky wooden jewelry that added texture. I thought the collection showed a maturity for the brand, while still holding on to their past signatures like geometric patterns, flashes of color, and impeccable silks.
Thanks to Ted and his amazing team for letting me be a part of the backstage experience. If any of you ever get a chance to work with the Vena Cava team, or Ted Gibson, take it. Everyone I worked with backstage was at the top of their game. And being around Ted, and his fun, easy going personality makes it impossible not to smile.
See the full photo set here.
All Photos and Content ®2010 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost