NYFW Day 3: Penelope Cruz at Carolina Herrera, dining next to Kylie Jenner and Rosario Dawson

By Ally Dean

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 3 (see her day 1 diary here and day 2 diary here!)

NYFW Diary, Monday September 14

The Frick Collection, a stately museum on the Upper East Side, was transformed into a beauty parlour with models, manicurists, makeup artists and stylists jostling for position in the cramped backstage area.

CLICK THE PHOTO FOR MORE DIARY IMAGES! The gorgeous Frick Collection.

Unphased by the frenzy is Diane Kendall, who calmly explains the makeup look to her team. “It’s a very ethereal and feminine collection, so Carolina wanted the girls to look beautiful and fresh," Diane Kendall tells me when I’ve finally been able to push my way over to her. The beauty look is a lesson in pretty pairings: Two metallic golden eye shadows were layered to create a “glistening wet look” on the lids, two blushes (a swipe of coral followed my a dab of concentrated pink) were also layered on the cheek and a pair of matte lip colours were used to create the soft-pink lip look.

The even more gorgeous beauty look at Carolina Herrera.

Penelope Cruz (who was wearing a flirty printed day dress) was just one of the notable faces sitting front row at Carolina Herrera.

KOI restaurant was completely empty when I first sat down for lunch. Thirty minutes later, a sizable crowd had gathered outside and were pressing their face against the floor-to-ceiling windows. The cause of the sudden commotion? Kylie Jenner, her beau Tyga and their “krew” were enjoying a sushi lunch at the next table. As Kylie was making her way out of the restaurant an over-zealous fan pushed past security and breathlessly asked for a photo. Gracious, the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan posed for a picture and my lunch date (FLARE’s Beauty Editor Caitlin Kenny) stealthily snapped this #belfie. Because when you’re in such close proximity to a Kardashian’s backside, what else are you supposed to do?

SEE ALL MY DIARY SNAPS BY CLICKING THE PHOTO: Kylie Jenner from behind, exiting KOI Restaurant.

“Thank you so much for coming!” exclaims Rosario Dawson when I walk into the Studio 189 presentation. Warm, gracious and vivacious, the actress and her partner Abrima Erwiah are hosting an intimate presentation and cocktail party to celebrate their new collection, “Indigo". The conscious clothing line supports African women and shines a spotlight on the luxurious textiles, fabrics and techniques of artisans. “I love this patchwork kimono, it if flattering on everyone and works no matter where you’re travelling or what you’re doing,” says Abrima. “We love the idea of creating well-made, beautiful clothes that blend the gender line,” adds Rosario. “These pieces look good on anyone and more than anything, they feel great to wear.”

Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah at their presentation.

Twinkle lights and lanterns illuminate the leafy canopy at the Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel, creating a perfect oasis for a fashion week reprieve. “This may be the only proper meal we get all week!” jokes Sarah Rutson, VP of Global Buying for Net-A-Porter. With hectic show schedules, you’re lucky if you have a moment to grab a Venti coffee, let alone a proper sit-down meal. Arugula salad with blue cheese and baked sea bass round out the menu of the day.

Riding the elevator down from the Grammercy Terrace, a small group of editors enjoy a night cap at the Rose Bar. A swanky walnut bar with Andy Warhol artwork decorating the wall. Must-have cocktail? Watermelon Mint Martini.

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