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 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.


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.


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.


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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Sneak Peek: NYFW SS13 — Julio Cortez for The Greyest Ghost

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Anna Sui

One of the fun things I was able to do this season was bring in my old friend Julio Cortez from San Francisco to shoot for The Greyest Ghost. I always end up with too many show invites– this season I covered around 40 shows myself, with Julio photographing an additional 20 or so shows. There are so many brands and designers I’d love to feature, I just sadly can’t be in 3 places at once! Luckily, Julio covered some beautiful shows, which I can’t wait to share with you. For now, here are some of his best teaser images.



Diane von Furstenberg and the genius new Google Glass specs

Oscar de la Renta

Lela Rose

Nicholas K

Primary NY


JScott Backstage
Jeremy Scott

®2012 The Greyest Ghost/ Julio Cortez

Be sure to check back Monday for full photo posts and reviews of the SS13 collections!

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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Nonie Creme

Nails, by Butter London for Beauty.com 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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The finished hair/makeup/nail look:
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See the full photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2011-2012 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

Sneak Peek: NYFW S/S 2012 DAY FOUR

8,821 Photos Later…

Sneak Peek: Christian Siriano S/S 2012
Christian Siriano Backstage. Hair: AVEDA

Sneak Peek: Christian Siriano S/S 2012
Christian Siriano Backstage

Sneak Peek: VPL Backstage S/S 2012
VPL Backstage. Nails: Butter London

Sneak Peek: VPL Backstage S/S 2012
VPL Backstage

Sneak Peek: HONOR Backstage S/S 2012
HONOR Backstage. Hair: Bumble and Bumble. Makeup: NARS

Sneak Peek: HONOR Backstage S/S 2012
HONOR Backstage

Sneak Peek: Band of Outsiders Backstage S/S 2012
Band of Outsiders Backstage. Makeup: Shiseido

Sneak Peek: Band of Outsiders S/S 2012
Band of Outsiders. Hair: AVEDA

Sneak Peek: Altuzarra Backstage S/S 2012
Backstage at Altuzarra. Nails: CND. Hair: Frédéric Fekkai

Full posts to come, once I have a break in my show schedule. 🙂

®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost