Backstage Beauty at Catherine Malandrino

For Amiram,

Because New York Fashion Week isn’t easy…
So admire the hard work behind the scenes!
 
In the vein of Valentine’s Day this week’s post is for Amiram. It is also fashion week. No traditional Valentine’s post like “most kissable red lips” this week. Sorry. Instead I took an adventure Sunday morning in the aftermath of Nemo to learn the backstage secrets at the Catherine Malandrino show with the Design Director of the label famous for bringing the style of Paris and energy of New York to the stage.

Backstage was, as one would expect, super crazy! It seemed like 3000 things were going on at once… when I arrived hair and make-up was already underway.
Neatly hung in front of an enormous area to complete over 35 model’s looks was a beauty board with the inspiration, model’s photograph, and names.

The over all look for the models was very minimalist, allowing the clothes to take the spotlight.
THE HAIR – 
Didier Malige for Rene Furterer formed hair that was flat, stick straight, and flowy. The look incorporated a strong middle part with long hair neatly kept behind the shoulders.








THE MAKE-UP -
James Kaliardos and the MAC pro team created a look that was barely there using a variety of beige tones.
The cheek bones were illuminated with a high shine created with what seemed like a mini facial. The make-up artists put Tata Harper revitalizing oil on the girls faces to enhance the shine for a luminous finish.

THE NAILS -
Michelle Class at CWM for Morgan Taylor polished the model’s nails with a very beige minimalist shade. I was told Rita Ora’s manicurist created the color and it will be released with the new line this Summer.

THE PRODUCTS -
Rene Furterer Paris products were used on Hair, Mac Cosmetics on the Face, and Morgan Taylor on the nails.

The design team was relaxed and confident in the collection. Nothing ever seemed to be unorganized or out of control back stage. Amiram was cool, calm, and collected while getting the girls ready for the installation.

(I know, I think he is sexy too!!)
Then it was SHOW TIME! Hit it!!!

Inspired by French Art Deco elegant line of Ruhlmann, Catherine Malandrino presented clean and graphic shapes for Fall 2013. Elongated Silhouettes were illustrated by funnel neck collard coats to mid calf pencil skirts and glove sleeves in a marriage of leather, cashmere, knit, rubberized wool, and double silk satin crepe. Black velvet ribbon wrapped the body and created the illusion of movement. Proportions were ample and comfortable with dropped shoulders, generous cape jackets and hooded trench coats, while dresses were lean and followed the body’s curve. The combination of black velvet with nude tulle, tones of absinthe, burgundy, and midnight blue induced a warm color combination. A soft, yet graphic celebration of geometric shapes and craftsmanship were manifested throughout the collection.







The “installation” was amazing!

If you’re interested in what I wore to the show, New York Daily News captured a great shot of me in my hopscotch Malandrino trousers.








Next up – Marc by Marc Jacobs & the Marc Jacobs After Party!


***beauty always comes from within, photos are 100% mine this week bitches  xoxo, behind the mirror***

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