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, day 2 diary here and day 3 diary here!)
NYFW Diary, Tuesday September 15
8 AM: RODARTE
“Before we begin, does everyone have coffee?” says NARS makeup artist James Kaliardos backstage at Rodarte. Now heavily into fashion week, fatigue is beginning to show (and yes, my hair is 90% dry shampoo). “We’re seeing a lot of non-looks this week, but at Rodarte we are actually doing a makeup look which is really great.” Inspired by poetry, James used a matte-finish foundation and NARS Dual Intensity blush in Craving, a two-toned product on the cheekbones to create a soft and luminous contour. A slick off matte beige-pink lipstick completed the romantic look.
“You can’t wear a crown unless you’re the queen,” says hairstylist Odile Gilbert as she holds two ornate gold and silver brooches out to the crowd encircling her. “But we can give the girls a piece of the crown.” To keep the look modern, Odile placed her royal accoutrements at odd angles along the hairline, even letting some models pin their own barrettes in place.
Adding to the gilded effect were nails, painted with gold crescents at the cuticle and silver tips were created to match the metallic embellishments throughout the collection.
12 PM: ALICE & OLIVIA
“The girls are Golden Goddesses!” exclaims Stila makeup artist Kaci Harabedian. I’m backstage at the Alice & Olivia show and Kaci shows me her beauty concoction, a mix of two different metallic shadows to create the gilded eyelid. Braided sidepieces made their way into textured ponytails to create a cool-girl vibe and two-tone gold confetti nails completed the glittering look. In the midst of the backstage hustle, I joined models in a round of shots. Of green tea macha, that is, to ward off fashion week flu.
2 PM: BY CHLOE
For a healthy meal that tastes indulgent, stop in at By Chloe. in Soho, where the vegan cuisine features fresh ingredients like sweet potato, black bean and quinoa topped with guacamole and small-batch vegan ice creams.
5 PM: SOPHIE THEALLET
Drums sounded loudly on the rooftop at Shop Studios to signal the start of the Sophie Theallet show. Models stalked the runway in an earthy mix of khaki greens, rich cinnamon, gold and cream. Feather peplums, hems and embellished footwear added to the sumptuous vibe. As the percussion built, models congregated in the middle of the rooftop surrounded by the transfixed crowd to celebrate designer Sophie with a standing ovation.
NYFW Diary, Wednesday, September 16
9 AM: MICHAEL KORS
The inspiration was “Southwestern style, circa 1890” and what followed was “dusty and undone glamour” in the form of matte bronzer, windswept hair and chalky nude nails. Simply beautiful.
10:30 AM: NAEEM KHAN
The double chignon created for Naeem Khan was a contemporary interpretation of Mediterranean ease and glamour. “Each model will have their own head scarf wrapped around like a headband,” hairstylist Joseph DiMaggio tells Hello! “It adds a little something extra and is a personal detail for each model.”
1:30 PM: BAUBLE BAR SAMPLE SALE
A right of passage for any New York visit, when I heard about the Bauble Bar sample sale I hustled over because costume jewellery (for $5!) is worth the elbowing chaos that these events inherently possess.
4 PM: ANNA SUI
Designer Anna Sui graciously greets each model backstage before her presentation, handing them customized gift bags as a thank you for walking in her show. I was standing close enough to snap a sweet picture of she and supermodel Gigi Hadid before the run through. To capture the Polynesian-inspired collection, Pat McGrath chose a deep-Bordeaux lip. “Beauty doesn’t have a season anymore,” Pat tells me when I asked her why the brooding shade for spring. “Makeup is about capturing a mood, and this show is about seduction and glamour, so I went with a bit of a vampire lip.”
Palm trees made of glistening chiffon decorate the runway at Anna Sui as the exotic collection, led by Gigi Hadid, comes down the catwalk.
8 PM: PROENZA SCHOULER
Whip-like braided ponytails, clean luminous skin and matte nude nails (eight models rocked two accent black nails) epitomized the cool, urban look at Proenza Schouler.