While ready-to-wear often steals the spotlight, we’d be making a big mistake not to give some special attention to the fresh beauty trends that graced the runway last week. With as much presence as the covetable clothing, New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2012 season brought us an assortment of hair and makeup looks that inspire our beauty routines as much as the collections inspired our wardrobes. From voluminous, airy updos to nail art we’ll be taking to the salon, here are the best and brightest beauty highlights from backstage to the catwalk. (Hint: keep those tweezers at bay—bushy eyebrows aren’t going anywhere!)
Curiousity killed the cat through an adventure Midtown to visit a Saks Fifth Avenue and Whitney Museum's Young Designer Celebration; hosted by Chanel Iman, Amanda Hearst, Devon Aoki, Magherita Missoni, Valerie Boster, Martin Dawson and Daria Oberlander. What started off as a slow evening turned to be the best time to observe the exclusive dresses designed by Prabal Gurung, Christian Cota, Erdem Moralioglu, Doo.Ri Chung, Roberto Rimondi, Marios Schwab and Tommaso Aquilano - some of whom were in attendance. Doo.Ri, who designed a stellar blue flared hem frock with a stunning white & black polka dot bow strap, won the honors of dressing host Chanel Iman. As the arriving crowd danced to violins played over trendy deejay sets, plenty gasped at the craftsmanship and beauty of Christian Cota’s phenomenal cage dress, Erdem’s floral sensation and Prabal’s black and white contrast achievement by way of a cocktail dress. 17 dresses were designed in total by the designers, with many of their pricetags climbing into the four figure range; Cota’s cage masterpiece was priced at $3,950, while Erdem’s floral pieces began at $700. Guilt over the hefty cost was not an issue, however, as 10 percent of purchases will benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Also in attendance was Fern Mallis, who recently stepped down as global ambassador of IMG and the face of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Mallis will begin her own firm Fern Mallis LLC, with IMG Fashion as her first client.
Earlier in the afternoon Passion Style PR invited editors and stylists to preview the Fall 2010 collections of a plethora of designers; including Philippe Audibert, Hernan Lander, Marie Saint Pierre, Max et Moi and Mirjana Scepanovic. Attendees enjoyed Philippe’s ethnic beauty of jewelry, Max et Moi’s subtle glamour and Hernan’s edgy aesthetic attempts. Passion Style welcomes all patrons of fashion, press and media to their annual party June 10th; guaranteed to be a memorable event.
Heidi Slimane has created a memorial on his site for the late model Ambrose Olsen, who hung himself last week; Christian Siriano is rumored to be dressing Melania Trump for Monday’s Met Ball; Karl Lagerfeld is expected to attend New Yorks Fashion Week for an award ceremony and Fashion’s Night Out; Charitybuzz.com’s week at Vogue auction closed at $42,500; Michael Kors follows Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa, saying young models are a turnoff. “I think if you send out an army of robotic 14-year-old children dressed up in their mom's clothes, I think the reality is that it's a turnoff, unless you are in fact a robotic 14-year-old.”; Naomi Campbell will visit The Oprah Show Monday, where it’s rumored she will sign a “No Throwing Cell Phone” pledge; Oscar De La Renta talks about the slack in couture saying, "Couture has become completely irrelevant, Couture isn’t necessary, even to promote the brand. Customers are smart. They know that a $10,000 wedding dress will look as beautiful as a $1 million wedding dress. Maybe it will not be finished the same way inside, but who will know?"