It was our last day covering backstage beauty at New York Fashion Week, but oh what a day it was. We started the day at Badgley Mischka at the Lincoln Center tents, made a beeline for Vera Wang next door, then swooped on over to the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea for the Rodarte beauty scoop – definitely the highlight of the day, if not all of Fashion Week. We finished the day at Marc by Marc at the New York State Armoury and Sophie Theallet at Milk Studios, before zipping off to catch a flight back home.
Here are my top beauty picks on Day 6 of NYFW, which was, with a few exceptions, pretty much all about RODARTE:
1) The silvery metallic eyes at Badgley Mischka. These designers do glam very well and Tom Pecheux, working for MAC Cosmetics, channelled old Hollywood but turned it on its ear by crafting a bold eye done in varying shades of silver and grey. An extreme “banana” shape above the crease made the eyes pop. Peter Gray’s hair for Mischka was equally stunning – a rolled chignon that was then affixed with a diamante strip along the hair part.
2) The red and gold half-moon manis at Mischka. Retro-feeling, almond-shaped moon manicures were given an edge with a splash of chunky red glitter on the tips in the aptly-named Ruby Red Slippers by Deborah Lippmann and a silvery-gold moon in Believe, the colour Lippmann created for Cher. Sparkly red nails surfaced at the Rodarte show, where Lippmann crafted the shade, Jessica Rabbit, which was worn by Lindsey Wixson and Karlie Kloss in the runway show to complement their glimmering red gowns. All the other girls’s tips were painted with Lippmann’s No More Drama, a pearly caramel.
3) Sunset eyes at Rodarte. James Kaliardos, working for MAC, was inspired by prairie sunsets and the film Days of Heaven in crafting his multi-hued eye. Soft shades of yellow, orange and even lavender were beautifully layered on the lids and all around the eyes. Kaliardos also applied concealer to the lashes to keep the look soft and monochromatic. Stunning.
4) Wind-swept hair at Rodarte. Odile Gilbert, working for Aveda, channeled a girl who was out on the windblown prairies with a sideswept, tousled ‘do affixed with a tiny braid. The final touch: some girls’s hair was adorned with golden fan hairpins designed by Rodarte. In keeping with the theme of the show, they gave the feel of wheat sheafs but also had a bit of a graphic, Asian feel.
5) The Bonnie & Clyde look at Sophie Theallet. Makeup artist Val Garland, working for MAC, took inspiration from Faye Dunaway’s smokey eye from the film Bonnie & Clyde, but turned it on its ear by pumping up the smoke and layering in deep burgundy tones. To complement the berets the girls would be wearing, Aveda stylists created a simple, tousled ponytail, which was wrapped around the neck with black ribbon. Gorgeous.