The first day of fashion week is like the first day of school, everyone’s been planning their outfit for weeks and are early for their first shows and it’s great to see all your “fashion friends.” Then by the end of the week you wear whichever shoes hurt the least and are late everywhere. But my first fresh day of Fall 2014 fashion week I was especially excited for my first backstage beauty coverage assignment at Lincoln Center, for Desigual.
It was an exciting one because Gordon E was creating a killer gold statement eye with MAC Cosmetics. I definitely want to try this look for a night out, and it’s easier to achieve than it looked. In person it looked like gold leaf was applied to eyelid, but Gordon told me it was a mixture of Gold Metal Pigment with MAC Pro Gloss Texture. Then MAC Pro Gold Glitter was applied to the center of the lid.
“We’ve used this gold metallic mixed with gloss and delivered in an almost amateur way. We sort of just schmeared it on the eyes so it doesn’t look like gold eye shadow. We want it to look like gold leaf or gold paint,” Gordon said.
I also chatted with Danilo from Pantene about the hair.
“It’s a very volumous texture, an abundance of curl, a rather tight curl, which I think is a little more modern,” he said.
While backstage I noticed the clothes were super colorful and had a little bit of a pop art feel!
My next show was Brandon Sun at Industria Superstudio in the Meatpacking District. I was early so I asked if I could head backstage to interview the beauty team from Red Door Salon and Spa. The makeup look was pretty understated, with a pretty plum lip achieved with Red Door Iced Grape and Breathless Lip Colors.
This collection was absolutely beautiful. The use of texture really gave each look tremendous depth. It’s been one of my favorites so far, and from a designer I wasn’t familiar with before this season, it’s always really exciting when that happens.
Finally I headed over to the Maritime Hotel to go backstage at Rodebjar. It was all about “day after” beauty.
The inspriation is a rock and roll girl but this is her daytime look,” said MAC’s Fredrik Stambro. “So she puts her liner on top of a liner that was made last night. It’s supposed to look a little worn in and focus on the lips. A cool strong young modern woman who is not scared of doing a bit of an eye.”
Since the designer is Swedish he brought in a lot of his fellow countrymen to help with beauty, the hair stylist, Aveda’s Erika Svedjevik, was Swedish and skincare brand Verso also hails from the country. It seemed like a really collaborative effort.
It was a long day arriving and running all over the city, and when the show going is over it’s always time to go back and write about it all!