I woke up on 9/11 feeling that weird feeling that comes from remembering that one day in 2001, the Word Trade centers fell due to a terrorist attack. Life goes on, and now there,s a 9/11 Memorial to commemorate the loss of so many lives, but it still felt kind of weird to be running to a fashion show.
I mean it didn’t stop me, but I did have a moment of prayer about it. Respect.
As usual, even though I reminded myself over and over again not to be late, I ended up flying to get on the train. I was on the edge of my hard plastic seat until I was finally walking up ramp for Lincoln Center. As I crossed the courtyard, I saw these girls, who seemed to be in a Harajuku Girl walking class or something. Snapped a shot and ran on, since backstage was indeed…
in the BACK of Lincoln Center. A long, long walk from the front. Luckily, I was able to get checked in and found myself in the one spot everyone wants to be in: backstage, with an all access pass. YES!!
I got in and it was this- PANADEMONIUM. The re were models everywhere, tons of people in black Red Door Spas t-shirts doing various things to them, people running back and forth with cameras, and the whole place smelled like burnt hair. Heaven. I was definitely in the right place.
In short order I found my PR contact and the Lifeway frozen kefir treats. Armed with a look breakdown and some sweet sweet frozen relief, I was no calm and prepared to go forth and cover. Life is always better with frozen pear flavored kefir treats. Puts things into perspective.
This is me giving MBFW backstage realness. Love it. Skincare thanks to Red Door Spas Professional products. I’ve been using the Calming sensitive skin range for the last few weeks for dewy soft summer skin. Eyes are Aquamatic waterproof glide-on eyeshadow in S60, butter LONDON Wink eye pencil in Union Jack Black, and Bobbi Brown everything mascara, pot rouge, and crystal lip gloss. I’m wearing the Ariel charm necklace from ShopJacquelineRose, along with her green oasis bracelet and my jade and silver bead Lisa Hoffman beauty fragrance bracelet in Clary Sage. My outfit is: Freeport field jacket from LL Bean, white button down Ann Taylor shirt, plum and grey embroidered novella skirt from Life is good, 3/4 signature leather belt from LL Bean in Guide Gold, ParMana Designs Dream Awake shoulder bag, and Cat Footwear Zosia sandals. Nail polish by Zoya in Carmen over a base coat of Probelle Beauty nail hardener.
the Red Door Spas team, Headed by Woody Michelb, Cesar Olivas, and Adeline Sarno, were in charge of creating looks for eight separate designer’s visions. Which meant that they had to be focused and on pint to deliver consistent results for each group of models. No pressure, right?
The look for show opener Mister Triple X was a head full of bouncy curls offset by a faux hawkian style braid on the side of the head. After setting hair with (you can use velcro rollers, pins, or hot rollers), the hair was misted with Kerastase Laque Couture to smooth and define waves. The makeup was all about a smokey eye and ripe pink lips.
Guys were backs stage getting smooth, sideswept hair from Control Sector and Mister Triple X. No one was exempt from the Red Door Spas nail team- even the male models had their nails buffed and cuticles trimmed.
The look for MT Costello was GOLD! Models were given loose 70s style waves (gorgeous on ANTM alum Jaslene Gonzales), and their faces and bodies were decorated with gold leaf. Pure glamour! The makeup was all smokey eyes and nude lips with glowing skin.
Furne Amato and Gregorio Sanchez featured models with deep parts and ballerina buns. Severe and classic. Their nails were done in a soft pink, neutral shade. Makeup for Gregorio was clean, in a classic 50s way with luminous skin, and cateye liner with false lashes.
Designer Altaf Maaneeshia offset his sculpted designs with this messy, frowsy take on an updo. This was done by using a small curling iron to create loose curls, and then molding each section into waves by hand. Kerastase V.I.P Volume in Powder was used to create height and separation, then misted with Kerastase Laque Noir to set the style. Pull tendrils out to frame the face and then finish with Kerastase Laque Couture. The makeup was clean and simple, with a bright lip and gold cream eyeshadow on the inner corners of eyes.
Shrekahnth made a statement with a striking braided look. Hair is sectioned off, and a french braid is created down the center of the head, then more braid are created towards the back of the head and secured with elastic. An Egyptian-styled graphic was drawn around the eyes with liner, and the lip was completely nude.
One all the models were coiffed, buffed, polished, and made up they trooped off to get dressed before hitting the runway… bye models!
Up next: Art Hearts Fashion/Red Door Spas backstage review Part 2- some glimpses of the outfits! Models dressed for the runway in Furne Amatao, MT Costello, and more…
xoxo, Faith/Sassy EthnicBohemian