Fashion and beauty editor Ally Dean is making the rounds at New York Fashion Week, spotting celebrities at every turn and going backstage for the secrets behind some of the week's most impactful collections! Oh, and the parties... Here, her diary from day 2 (see my day 1 diary here!)
NYFW Diary, Sunday September 13
7 AM: FLATS AWAY
When you’re running from backstage to front of house and jaunting across the city (seriously, the shows are so spread out this year) flat shoes are the ideal outfit option. If you match your shoes to the carpet, consider that an added bonus!
9 AM: BREAKFAST BREAK
After a morning preview with TRESemmé (more about that in an upcoming issue of Hello!) I fuelled up for the day at the Shore Club. Why pick one breakfast option when you can have four? My meal melange included scrambled eggs with caviar, smoked salmon salad and Oreo-like cookies.
12 PM: THAKOON
Athleisure continues to reign supreme at Thakoon, where Kerastase Hair Expert Odile Gilbert accentuated natural texture to create lived-in bends and movement. “We want the girls to look like they just walked off the street,” she says. “It’s relaxed and an easy look for anyone.”
1:30 PM: RUSTIC TABLE
Rustic Table, a cozy café around the corner from Fashion Week’s Spring Studios, is the best spot to refuel between shows. Antioxidant-rich smoothies are great for fighting off the fashion week flu and the house-roasted coffee will give you a much needed boost of energy. In the mood to indulge? Opt for their Nutella Classica – a croissant dressed with peanut butter and Nutella.
2 PM: CHLOE GOSSELIN PRESENTATION
Chic glass pillars and cascading blooms overtook the Lori Bookstein Gallery and framed the new footwear collection from shoe designer Chloe Gosselin. The luxury designer, who is a favourite of Blake Lively, reinterpreted the desert landscape to create an assortment of earthy toned-sandals.
3 PM: DVF
“We’re going to Studio 54, my darlings,” says Pat McGrath backstage at Diane Von Furstenberg of the butterfly-inspired, blue-meets-green eye makeup look. “Diane was inspired by this photo by Steven Meisel, and that worked out pretty famously because I actually created that beauty look years ago!”
For the hair, Orlando Pita created voluminous curls inspired by a photograph of Diane herself. Tropical, silk florals were fastened to the hair to complete the glamorous look.
Essie nail artist Michelle Saunders created this neutral manicure/pedicure (such an NYFW trend!) to keep the focus on the statement footwear and vibrant collection. Any ideas which model let us snap her perfectly polished fingers and toes? (Hint: She’s best friends with Taylor Swift and bakes #kookies for Momofuku)
5 PM: STAR SPOTTING
The backstage entrance (which is usually found through a dodgy alleyway, behind the main entrance) is a great place to spot celebrities arriving for shows. I ran into Malin Akerman outside Diane Von Furstenberg.
8 PM: MICHAEL KORS GOLD PARTY
Thunderstorms cleared just in time for Hailee Steinfeld, Jaime King, Alessandra Ambrosio and Kate Upton (to name a few) to walk the gold carpet. Held at the lavish rooftop bar of the Standard Hotel the glamorous soirée was thrown by designer Michael Kors to celebrate the launch of his new fragrances, the gold collection.
"I can’t think of anything more glamorous than gold!” Michael tells Hello! when we chatted on the red carpet. “It’s the most luxurious thing you can add to an outfit and it goes with anything.
Inside the event, we watched Michael dance like a boss as surprise musical guests Duran Duran performed “Notorios" and mingle with guests including makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and celebrity stylist Cristina Eurlich.
12 AM: BEDTIME RITUAL
Before bed I applied the hydrating and luxe Victoria Radford’s 24K gold sheet mask – because sometimes sleep alone just isn't enough to recharge.