nyfw: fall 2013 beauty trends

February 18th, 2013 · 2 Comments

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I spend so much time at Fashion Week paying attention to the clothes, sometimes I forget that hair and makeup is a crucial part of every show! And just like with clothes, there’s such a huge variety that it’s sometimes hard to pick out what’s an overarching trend and what’s specific to each designer’s aesthetic. But I wanted to give you guys a sense of what I saw in a little bit more detail, so I’ve tried to boil it down to a few trends!

Above: Piecey Beach Waves at Candela

I always like my hair best when I haven’t brushed it in a while, which is exactly this style. To get this at home, use a clampless curling iron and leave the bottom inch uncurled, then comb out with your fingers (not a brush!) and use a little bit of spray. To keep the waves subtle and natural, start the curl at your jawbone or lower, and only curl from that point down. This is one of the easiest looks to recreate at home, so you guys should definitely try it!

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Natural Skin and a Bold Lip at Noon By Noor

I loved, loved, LOVED the hair and makeup for this show. The perfect red lip was timeless and so glam, as were the vintage Hollywood curls — they paired seamlessly with everything from 60’s preppy knits and scarves to lavish gowns.

To get this look at home, let your skin be the star by keeping it smooth and hydrated! See how her skin looks like it’s glowing? That’s the goal. Try a light moisturizer that won’t irritate your skin (I swear by Simple Skincare’s Vital Vitamin Day Cream!) to avoid any redness that could ruin this look! Keep your makeup simple and bare and choose a matte red for your lips — everyone’s favorite red is different, but the look for this show had slight orange undertones — perfect for winter-y glamour!

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Bold Brows and a Wine-Colored Lip at Parkchoonmoo

Even more so than a red lip, you have to keep the rest of your makeup understated but balanced to match a wine-colored lip. Try a subtle smokey eye in shades of light brown, and swap your blush for a matte bronzer to achieve this pretty, polished look. And the sleek ponytail never goes out of style!

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Oversized Eyelashes at Nina Skarra

Kids, don’t try this at home. Dramatic false lashes are huge parts of NYFW, but to adapt them for everyday life, you want to tone them down by about 95%. Instead of using these editorial-worthy lashes, dot a few individual falsies around the corners of your eyes and then line with jet black liquid eyeliner for an instant perk-up. One of the best parts about fashion week is taking the high-level trends and adapting them to use at home, and this one is perfectly suited to it! (And to take it all off at the end, try Simple Skincare’s makeup wipes!)

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Hair Prints at CZAR

Ok, I have no idea how they did this — some form of spray paint/stencil maybe? So freaking cool.  Color definitely wasn’t limited to clothes this season, with models at Nicole Miller, Carmen Marc Valvo and CZAR sporting major pops of color. The orange and yellow ombre at Nicole Miller was the model’s own, but to steal their idea (temporarily), check out my video on using hair chalk here.

And when all else fails, stick a clock on your head and call it a day:

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(I kid, I kid: the Raphael Cennamo show was stunning and I can’t wait to show you guys more pictures from it!)

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NYFW: shows, day two

February 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments

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Looking at these photos, you wouldn’t even know that there was a snowstorm on day two! It says a lot about all the time and energy and preparation that shows this beautiful could take place on a day where every flight going into or out of New York was cancelled, subways were shut down, and even the roof of the tents was leaking in places.

But nevertheless, the shows went on! And they were so completely gorgeous — the standout for me was this amazing gown (above) at Noon By Noor, which completely blew me away, but there were so many beautiful, wearable pieces that came down the runways. A few of my favorites are below!

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{red leather elbow-length gloves were an amazing detail at CZAR}

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{perfect pockets on a ballgown at Carmen Marc Valvo}

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{retro-inspired suiting at Noon By Noor}

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{an easy, wearable shift at Rebecca Minkoff}

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{…but the real standouts were these amazing coats}

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{oversized knits were the perfect antidote to snowy weather}

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{and I ended the day with a peek backstage at PARKCHOONMOO}

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NYFW: shows, day one

February 15th, 2013 · 3 Comments

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably got a little bit of a sense of how I spent my days at Fashion Week, but the fact is, I lugged my good camera to New York for a reason, and I want to show you guys some real shots of the amazing shows that I saw!  So please bear with me as I spend a couple of days showing you guys the beautiful clothes we’ll all be wearing in about nine months. 🙂

My first show of Fashion Week was Kimberly Ovitz, and OMG, what a way to begin!  First of all, I was coming from a meeting so I was about 20 minutes early (that’s five hours early in Fashion Week time), so I took my seat and concentrated on thawing my hands (it didn’t work, my teeth were still chattering by the time the show started).  I was trying to distract myself so I wouldn’t drain the battery on my phone, so I started people watching… and who walks in the side door but Anna Wintour?!  I didn’t think it was her at first but I had the girl next to me confirm — not a bad way to kick off the week!  I didn’t get a good picture of her because I didn’t want to be that girl, but trust me, she was there.

And the clothes!  I loved the downtown aesthetic of the show, and the way that the effortless layering of blacks and neutrals.  Leather is still huge this season, and it was fun to see it incorporated into vests and lighter pieces that we can actually pull out in the south. 

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Then it was off to Lincoln Center for one of my favorite shows every season, Tadashi Shoji!  I love these dresses so much — the amount of detail and care that’s put into each one is just stunning.  I fell in love with dress after dress, but my absolute favorite was the white feathery 20’s-inspired shift at the top of this post.  I can’t wait to get that baby in my closet!  The little bows down the back were the most amazing detail.  A few of my other favorites are below!

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Next it was off to Candela, which was also a top show for me last season!  I loved the low key, boho pieces that still managed to be completely glamorous — and this season was no exception.  One of the coolest details was the back of this beautiful beaded dress reflected in a mirror so you could see it from all angles.  Stunning!

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So after getting a little taste of fall fashion, I took a break from the tents and headed over to my amazing agents for a blow-your-socks-off amazing gifting lounge.  I basically have to throw out everything in my closet to make room for the amazing pieces I picked up — too many favorites to count, but I’m especially excited about the Brahmin purse I’ve carried every day since getting home, and the Herve Leger sandals and BCBG shades that are just screaming to be brought to Miami with me in a few weeks!  I couldn’t resist tweeting a photo from my hotel room that night:

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After that was done, it was time for a little more dress-up!  I stopped by the office at Bollare, where my friend Dara let me try on some beautiful Oscar De La Renta and Valentino pieces from Marissa Collections!  No one does mint like Oscar and Valentino — it was totally worth braving the cold to get a few shots!  (The necklace is from VSA — you’ll see it in more posts soon!)

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Then back up to the tents to quickly take in collections from Concept Korea (maybe it’s partly because Chad is a massive video gamer, but Korea is on the top of my to-travel list, and I love seeing what their incredibly talented designers are up to every season) and a little menswear from Timo Weiland.  A few snaps below!

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And I’m a little embarrassed about what happened at this point.  So, I’d been on my feet since about 8:30 a.m., and I was pretty wiped.  And I had this new pair of amazingly soft, incredibly comfy Eberjey pajamas.  And it was really cold outside. 

So… I decided to skip the parties that night and curled up in bed.  Perfect end to day one of fashion week. 🙂

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