NYFW Diary: Stride of Pride (and a little Amy Winehouse inspiration) at Badgley Mischka

The phrase of the day at New York Fashion Week? “Stride of pride." It’s no longer the “walk of shame," ladies – Badgley Mischka wants you to think of it with a more positive spin! Their party girls for Fall 2015 may be walking home in the same clothes, hair and makeup, but they still look incredible (and probably better than most people do in the morning).

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It’s a little bit Amy Winehouse, a touch of Brigitte Bardot and a whole lot of sexy. “This is a rock ‘n roll Spanish woman, I think,” explains by MAC makeup pro Tom Pecheux. Smudgy, thick black eyeliner (MAC Blacktrack Fluidline) was drawn on, then extended out with an “inky, tattoo colour blue (Pro Longwear Fluid Liner in Indelible Blue)” and finished with a pinky-nude lipstick (that Pecheux took down a notch with a bit of white). The look was intentionally not perfect, but more like the model had been to the Oscars and got home in the wee hours of the morning with slept-in makeup. “I don’t like perfect,” explains Pecheux. “Not perfect is beautiful.”

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Hair-wise, it was a teased affair that looked lived in – a bouffant reminiscent of Amy Winehouse that was loose and textured, and definitely not fussy, even with the gilded roses pined in.

If you’re going to tease your hair, do it like a pro. Hairstylist Peter Gray’s number one tip for that coveted volume? “To ensure even crown height, count number of brush strokes and gradually increase strokes as you work towards the top of the head.” His other big tip for getting manageable hold that’s still soft to the touch is to use your hairspray as a styling tool and not just a finishing look. Spray Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray throughout wet hair (especially at the roots), then dry hair. Instant hold without the stiffness.

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And then there was the blinged out nail. Nail artist Deborah Lippmann painted on black ( Fade to Black), nude (new hue, All About That Base) and a golden glitter (new hue, Can’t Be Tamed) across the top and underside of the nails before sprinkling each tip with hundreds of glistening Swarovski crystals for a rock ‘n roll vibe. Now we just need a swanky all-night party to attend …

PLUS: See which celebs hobnobbed at the show!

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