Gimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets during Fashion Week. Here are her photos to inspire you for next season (or this one), and some wardrobe picks to help you get the look.Aimee Song (Song of Style) is such a doll; I can’t even handle it! She’s always dressed to perfection. Shearling is giving fur a run for its money in the coat department, and this particular number is magnific. Together with her bandana neckerchief and elongated-fringe saddle bag, this look has a modern western/naturalist vibe. A sleek mesh shirt, denim flares and snakeskin booties also keep her feeling totally urban and cool at the same time. Aimee, you’re just too good!
You know those amazing shows with the A-list models, front-row celebs and influencers clutching fancy swag bags while watching beautiful clothes being paraded down the runway? That public face of Fashion Week is one our beauty trend editor Kate Fannin rarely sees. No, she’s in the frenzy backstage, where all the real action is—ducking between clouds of hairspray and noting each flourish of the makeup artists’ brushes—all to see firsthand the freshest trends and hottest products for seasons to come.
Before she sets out for a week in the thick of it, she shares her pro tips on surviving the madness, who she’s excited to see and the little things that make it all worthwhile—and we’re taking note!
Eleonora Carisi is a staple of the Milan Fashion Week crowd. As one of the most famous Italian bloggers (JouJouVilleroy), Eleonora represents her country’s chic reputation well. I am consistently inspired by her personal style.
Today’s outfit is a feminine take on menswear tailoring. I love the wide, cropped trousers, and pale pink is the color of the season. A fuzzy box clutch and sky-high heels add just the right amount of fun to her sleek look.
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One of the major themes I’ve noticed thus far here in New York is the high-low mix. Pairing a premium statement piece with a basic tee is the ultimate in casual chic. The fashion world has really embraced a more relaxed look this year, and I love Karli’s effortlessly cool style. That fringed skirt is absolutely stunning and I must have it immediately! I’ll take those modern mirrored aviators, too, while we’re at it.
Zina has really nailed this normcore trend. I love when a woman can mix the unexpected and make it look effortlessly cool. Her light, pleated midi skirt adds just enough feminine chic to her sporty white sweatshirt.
She keeps to her minimalist vibe with spare accessories, and designer sneakers are an edgy contrast to her easy and relaxed outfit. Fashion bloggers like Zina (Fashion Vibe) are full of inspiration this season!
I wasn’t able to catch this beauty’s name because she was rushing off to walk the runway. She was running down the street, stopped on a dime, managed this serene pose and then sprinted off again. Models really do know how to work the camera! The slip dress is one of the most popular new cuts, and I love this light, ethereal number. A skinny belt adds definition, while a Chanel bag lends a little premium flair.
The beauty look at Derek Lam’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show perfectly captured a new take on nude. What started out as a conceptual “no makeup look” evolved into a sophisticated, natural color palette of lavender, mauve and violet.
Tom Pecheux for M·A·C was inspired by the colors and quality of Lam’s materials used in his fashion; he brilliantly centered the makeup look around a violet eye, making it the perfect complement to his cool, textured, earthy tones. Using a lipstick called Violetta, he placed it on the eyelid with his finger and blended it up into the crease.
Force of Nature eyeshadow, a slightly metallic taupe-y mauve, was used on top of the lower eyelid only, playing off the creaminess of the lipstick and creating the perfect blend of a warm/cool neutral. Brown eyeliner and a coat of black mascara, followed by a coat of violet mascara just on the tips of the lashes, finished it off. Satin skin, a peachy pink cream blush and a nude peach lip completed this stunning new take on neutral.
Nails were polished and fresh, courtesy of Jin Soon’s nude nail combination of Nostalgia, a semi-opaque rose-beige, and Muse, a sheer pink (the perfect combo to complement any and all skin tones!). A high-shine top coat left an overall effect that was finished yet understated.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pita for Phyto and T3 wanted the models’ hair to be textured and earthy. He created an off-center part after drying their hair and adding shine and moisture, then hair-sprayed around the ears and up. A do-rag was fitted just over the models’ heads, so the hair stayed flat throughout the prep and the strands kept their texture. A large-barrel curling iron was used to add imperfections and bumps at the end of the hair, which made the completed style “look good, but not overdone.”
As is often the case in spring, designers look to exotic cultures for inspiration. This seems even more relevant this season as the idea of escape comes into play.
African tribal references provide a rich source for bold print and embellishments. What’s new here—once again—is the clean, modern approach.
The spice route also shows up on this journey as a reference point for color and crafted details. The approach is just as simple with a single component of ornamentation making the statement.
More subtle are the easy, draped or wrapped pieces, which reference authentic indigo dyes and ombre effects.
Another play on the important maxi dress completes the different ideas that all live within this modern nomad trend. For each section, it’s an eclectic mix of references, but the end result is not.
It’s so beautifully modern and perfect for spring and leading into summer.
It was a joy to walk in and see Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director in action backstage at the Derek Lam show. That’s Tom in action on the left. His inspiration was vibrant color used as a work of art. The focus was on the eyes. He used a bright-orange liner by Estée Lauder called Double-Wear Stay-in-Place Eyeliner in coral across the top of the eye and a white eyeshadow in the corners. A New Estée Lauder Long Lasting Lipstick in a nude shade was tested on the lips.
The models looked beautiful with luminous skin. Tom applied the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Foundation.
We can’t forget about hair. Orlando Pita’s inspiration was 1960s art from the west coast. He used a T3 blowdryer to dry and give a great finish. The hair was not over done. He gave a little bump at the top and a natural part in the middle. Very relaxed and beautiful.
Jin Soon Choi used a new color from Estée Lauder from the Spring 2011 collection. She left nails in their natural shade and added a beautiful golden beige color to the nails.