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New York Fashion Week Backstage Beauty Fall 2012

New York fashion week is well known in the insider circle as a more ‘subdued’ beauty experience. That said, there were quite a few noticeable trends popping up at more than one show during the week.

Red Lips

Hello seductress… well, actually, the red lips I saw were more ‘sweet’ than ‘va va voom’ and came in a range of hues. Over at Charlotte Ronson a red-orange lip was created, using a coating of Sephora Collection Lip Attitude Glamour Lipstick in Red Flirt and Rosy Frivol to compliment the models’ eye wash of lavendar.

Make up artist Dick Page created a strong ‘poster paint type’ lip with a matte finish over at Marc by Marc Jacobs by using a tomato red Shiseido lipstick base. “This is the base of lipstick, before the pearls and mattes and other finishing items are put into it,” he said. “You wouldn’t want to wear it in real life because it’s quite waxy and horrible, but it looks great on the runway.”

Red lips were also the choice of colour for Monique Lhuiller, Zac Posen and Thakoon, proving that glamour still exudes on the runway.

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Strong, elongated eyebrows were the focus backstage at Vera Wang where Clé de Peau’s Eyebrow Pencil and Eye Liner Pencil were used to create a strong, bold look, which was the same story over at Marc Jacobs where thick, dark eyebrows accented heavily penciled eyes.

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Side Swept

Probably the most noticeable trend of fashion week was the side part teamed with frizzy manes, twisted buns or low ponytails at the nape of the neck. The hair style showed up on the runways of DKNY, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, BCBG Max Azria, Michael Kors and Nanette Lepore.

The key to this ultra sleek look is to use a blow dry spray before flat-ironing the hair and combing over from a deep side part. If you prefer to use a gel, Phyto Professional Wet Gel does the best job. To tame fly aways without making your hair looking as though it’s been plastered onto your head, spray a makeup brush with hair spray and brush down and away from the face.

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Day Eight

Adrienne Landau

If you are a PETA fan, look away, because Adrienne Landau’s show is always about fur. Rabbit, sable, racoon and mink were teamed with embossed leather skirts and skinny pants.


L’Wren Scott

Luxurious silks and velvet in jewel tones of scarlett red, butter yellow, ivory, amethyst, sapphire and plum had us traveling back in time during L’Wren Scott’s Fall show. The silhouette was kept very feminine with pencil skirts teamed with cropped fitted jackets, sweeping capes and fur shrugs.


Elizabeth and James

On the last day of New York Fashion Week, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen held their first presentation for their five-year-old contemporary collection Elizabeth and James. Although I have been writing about my favourite shows, this HAD to be flagged as an absolute disaster! Yeah they may have picked up on the trend of Pyjamas but I found it hard to get past the ill-fitted trousers, terrible example of layering and yawn-worthy matching outfits.

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Day Seven

Victoria By Victoria Beckham

It was no surprise that the lines were slim and fitted in VB’s fall show. Known to create dresses that she herself would like to wear, it was obvious that the focus had shifted from her former pregnant self to her re-found figure after the birth of her daughter Harper. Pieces were inspired by military looks and her son, Brooklyn’s sports uniform, making for an easy to wear collection suitable for any soccer mum.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

It was return of geek chic at the Marc by Marc Jacobs show with models donning super-sized specs teamed with high round neck short sleeve shirts, loose fitting trousers and combat boots. There was also a nod to the grungey school kid with hanging dresses, tailored jackets and bell skirts that hit below the knee.


Ethereal, elegant and down right stunning. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig knows how to steal a girl’s heart. Models floated down the catwalk in pieces inspired by “A Soul Brought to Heaven,” an angelic work by painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Lace, tulle and hand embroidery made for spectacular dress after spectacular dress. Not all was delicate… A leather laser cut knee length number, bronze metallic rose hip applique dress and ‘little red riding hood’ inspired gown had the supermodel FROW swooning.

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Day Six

Vera Wang

Brilliant sheer pieces were paired with impressive outer wear garments in Vera Wang’s soft meets hard show. Coats ranged from sporty, big collared and sleeveless to more feminine cape-like silhouettes, while the beige, gray, pale blue and black palette had a slight contrast added to it with vibrant tangerine.



Badgley Mischka

Glamour played a big part in Mark Badgley and James Mischka’s fall collection with metallic tweeds, sequins, fur, velvet, satin, shimmering gold and beads galore.


A bit of a ‘whoop whoop’ for my home country Australia, because it was the influence behind Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s fall collection.  “We had a huge story to tell about the history and the landscape and the way we viewed where everything came from there,” Laura told WWD. The palette certainly reminded me of Australia’s landscape with its dusty blues and rusty tones.


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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Day Five

Carolina Herrera

One word came to mind throughout Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2012 show… elegance. Fabrics were luxe, attention to detail was exquisite and the final product was perfectly polished. Turtle neck jumpers were teamed with knitted skirts and dresses were full and regal or fitted and sophisticated.


 3.1 Phillip Lim

Mapping and Panneling was all the rage at Phillip Lim’s show with pieces charging down the catwalk in black, white, grey, nude, blue, green and apricot. Wool cape coats and roll neck jumpers were worn over monochrome trousers and organza silk knee length skirts were teamed with leather peplum jackets.


Alice + Olivia

Fun! Fun! Fun! Is how I would describe the Alic + Olivia collection. There was a bit of everything… everwhere. Frills, sequins, stripes, florals, leather, fur, tulle… you name it, it was probably there.

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Day Four

Diane Von Furstenberg

Rendezvous was the name of the collection and seduction was its’ game. Dresses hugged the body and soft over coats added a touch of mystery. Colour blocking combinations were mixed with bold, sophisticated prints.  A pair of interlocking hands clasped the shoulder of a body-hugging black dress, while other pieces were decorated with music notes, jigsaw pieces, and chains.

Victoria Beckham

She’s known to create her collections based on what she’d want to wear and she’s not pregnant any more, so her new collection showed it. Dense rib jersey fabrics and knits were used to pull in all the places you’d want to be pulled. The silhouette was long and lean with a touch of polo sport or military structure.


Lela Rose

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was the inspiration behind Lela Rose’s fusion of structure and movement; romanticism and functionality in her collection. Outerwear pieces focussed on the sporty lookincluding double-faced graveled wool coats over shirts and pleated skirts while beading and draping were employed for her evening-wear.


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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Day Three

Alexander Wang

It was all about the gloss at Alexander Wang, with nearly every surface looking either lacquered, laminated or waxed. Jackets came in an array of styles with high necks, peter pan collars, buttons, zips, leather, mohair, slim fit and puffer. Mid calf length skirts and trousers were sent down the runway accessorized with fishnet stockings that matched the models’ lattice face guards. 

Prabal Gurung

It was all about a spiritual quest from dark to light in Prabal Gurung’s collection. The journey started off with black, traveling through varying hues of blue, eventually culminating in a finale of gold and ivory. The silhouette of the pieces were sleek and sexy with his expert tailoring joining the mix. Skin was flashed in all sorts of places and then covered up from head to toe, showing his ability to embrace all walks of fashion.

Monique Lhuillier

Considering it’s the year of the Dragon, it was quite fitting for Monique Lhuillier’s palette to be red and black for her Fall 2012 show. Belted knee length dresses in amazing prints swanned down the catwalk accesorized with leather gloves. Textured coats and silk tailored trousers with leather panels added a touch of masculinity to the otherwise very flattering feminine collection.  


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