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.
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.

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.

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.

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***

Fashion Week Ready #NYFW

For My Boss,
Because he’s always up for new challenges…
So we should be too!


Things Are Looking UP

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Because everybody likes quick & easy…
So get online and take action!


Hot Off the Press

For Your Knowledge, 
Because someone’s ears are burning…
So listen and learn!


Out with the OLD, In with the NEW

For 2012,
Because it has been a good year…
So let us reflect!
2012 has come and gone. Behind the Mirror has only been a small little fetus, much like the one Kayne planted in Kim’s uterus, for the year of 2012. 
However, I think we’ve made some great strides with the help of several treatments and products during the last couple months.
Let us take a moment to celebrate the New Year with the best of 2012 and the beauty advice that came with…
7. Gangnam Style Dance Craze – Not much to say about this other than, it is fun.  
6. Gay Rights – “For supporters of same-sex marriage, it was a year of milestones. Obama, after a drawn-out process of ‘evolving,’ said in May he supported the right of gay couples to wed. On Election day, Maine, Maryland, and Washington became the first states to legalize gay marriage via popular vote. And on Dec. 7 the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases that could further expand same-sex marriage rights.”
Unleash the pearly whites with the whitening treatments discussed in Where the Wild Things Are because trust me, you are going to have a lot of weddings to go to in the upcoming year!!!!
5. Hurricane Sandy – Sandy (Frankenstorm) threw us Into the Darkness because she thought she could shut down New York at the end of October. We never needed a candle in sopo* like we did then. Sandy gave it a good go… and while it devastated most of the North East, 
Ain’t no bitch going to take NYC down.
According to the Huffington Post yesterday New York area lawmakers in both parties are erupting in anger, saying the House Republican leadership has decided to let Congress adjourn with holding a vote on aid for victims of the Superstorm. We have a long way to go but we learned Doing Good is the best Beauty Secret!!!
4. The Olympic Games in London – 
I love the Olympics. As an American I feel it is my duty to love the Olymipics. The best moment of the 2012 London Games was the U.S.A. Women’s Gymnastic Team taking the Gold! The top knots that hold so sturdy while they run so hard to jump, twist, and flip are amazing!!! That top knot would look a whole lot better as Some Kind of Hepburn… I hope the victory party was celebrated with Skinny Girl, Revenge, and the  BUN MAKER!!!
3. Launch of the Iphone 5 – The long awaited Iphone 5 was released in September after Apple had pulled the biggest tease of all time launching the 4S previously.  When my girls want to look like a tease they use seductive eyeliner like the liquid eyeliner from Givenchy’s Parad’Eyes Fluid Eye Liner in Blue Lagoon However, liquid eyeliner is never easy. Into the Gloss’s new years resolution #5 is to master Liquid eyeliner. 
2.  The Re-election of Barack Obama – 
How could anyone forget the rivalry between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. It seemed from the moment these two started to campaign everyone, including small children & animals, felt the intensity. 
While I wouldn’t say these two are Young at Heart, they did show us how to act like babies. I rocked the Lady vote.  But, for the perfect skin of a baby’s face we will still have to use the ultimate product discovery of 2012 – Dior Skin Airflash!!!!
1. Women in 2012! – The best of 2012 belongs to the women  of 2012. It was a big year for women in many ways. From the idiotic, offensive comments male Republican lawmakers and candidates made about women’s bodies, health, and reproductive rights to losing the amazing Nora Ephron. Here are just a few of the amazing moments in 2012 for Women.

 – Single Women Elect The President 


“Barack Obama owes his re-election victory to the unmarried women,” according to research by the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action fund, the Guardian reported. The data showed that single women made up 23 percent of Americans who turned out to vote on Nov. 6, and 67 percent of them cast their ballot for Obama.

– Anne-Marie Slaughter Reignites A National Conversation
While the discussion around juggling family and work is certainly nothing new, it was rekindled this year when Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a piece for the Atlantic entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” The article elicited multiple responses.
– Women Win More Seats In Congress

Thanks to victories in the Nov. 6 congressional elections, women now hold 81 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a groundbreaking 20 percent of the Senate is now female. That’s still much less than 50 percent, but the seats do make this a historic year.


– Marissa Mayer Named Yahoo CEO 
Mayer got the large and often troubled company ‘s top gig at just 37. Many women expressed disappointment in Mayer’s statement that she was taking just a few weeks of maternity leave and working throughout, but whether or not you agreed with that decision, it put America’s uneasy relationship with maternity leave at the center of the national conversation.

– Adele Wins SIX Grammys 

Spanx’s Sara Blakely Becomes The Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire
Blakely founded and owns 100 % of the privately owned company that has redefined shapewear for women. At age 41, she joined Oprah and Meg Whitman as one of three self-made female billionaires, according to Forbes.


Women Dominate The London Olympics 
For the first time in Olympic history, every country participating sent female athletes to the games. Within team U.S.A. specifically, the women won more gold medals than men (29 to 17) and more medals overall (58 to 45). Gabby Douglas, Serena Williams, Missy Franklin, Misty May-Treanor and many others made us proud.


and those are just a few!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*sopo – south of power*
***beauty always comes from within, photos from all over the place this week and here.  xoxo, behind the mirror***
credit for women’s moments

It Doesn’t Matter, I Love It

For Below the Sink,
Because good advice never goes bad…
So from my ears to yours!


Topsy-Turvy World

For Claire,
Because she lightens up my hair
So I will help lighten up her day!


Some kind of Hepburn

For Noa,
Because she is always up for a party, 
So here is the party we had for our hair…


Just Add Water

For Marcie, 
Because she taught me how to make tea…
So I will teach her about a hair mask!
A lot of people already know how to do both, however some only know one or the other.
As I learned yesterday, the thing with tea is you just add hot water.
Well Marcie, as it turns out, a hair mask is pretty much the same concept…

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