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Dick Page’s Roses by the Dozens at Narciso Rodriguez | Backstage Beauty

Simplicity ruled the runway at Narciso Rodriguez‘s fall 2017 collection debut. Not that the designer dialed back his sophisticated styles any more than usual, but the looks were without embellishment. Instead, Rodriguez emphasized the silhouette and its movement through dramatic shapes and strategically placed cutouts. Fluidity in sleeves, hemlines and silk fabrications gave these muscular constructions an ease and rhythm.

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Pared-back beauty in simple rosy tones topped these strong designs with an ethereal face. No makeup artist can illuminate the complexion quite like Dick Page. For this show, the Shiseido artistic director created petal-like skin that was all the more delicate next to the contemporary, moody clothes.

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New York Fashion Week Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Rodarte, Narciso Rodriguez, Alice + Olivia and Tory Burch

A simple color scheme doesn’t always mean plain clothing, something demonstrated by Rodarte’s fall collection, which proved the power of texture.

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Designing siblings Kate and Laura Mulleavy are prone to referencing a medley of influences, invariably taking us into a world of eccentric fantasy. This season, San Francisco, art nouveau and their golden years at Berkeley fused into a hard take on lace frills. The frenzy of embellishment began with skirts featuring ruffled piping in alternating patches of leather and Western-style sequins, while lace and mesh were worked into every form, from ’80s-style joggers to tiered bridal dresses hand-embroidered with sequined flowers. Mismatched earrings in every shape and size carried the mélange of moodiness down to the details.

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Last Looks: Tory Burch, Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez

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Starting off Monday’s runway shows, Tory Burch‘s latest collection took cues from beauty in unexpected places, issuing a nod to mod with some modern refinements. An abundance of embroidery, fringe and prepster smocking came as no surprise, while plunging necklines, breezy silhouettes and twists on Burch’s iconic caftan evoked beaches and blue seas. As the show progressed, the palette softened from daytime bold reds and blues to an equally at-ease iridescent pastel organza.

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Party Report: Jeffrey Fashion Cares at Art Beam in New York

Fashion loves a good cause—and a good runway show! Industry insiders flocked to Art Beam in Chelsea on April 6 to put up some coins for a good cause: this year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares bash.

On behalf of Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom’s EVP of Designer, Zachary Quinto hosted a raucous live auction and men’s fashion show following a cocktail reception/silent auction. The auctions featured some pretty hot ticket items, including invitations to Elton John’s Oscar viewing party and a Paris Fashion Week package that includes front row tickets Dries Van Noten and Lanvin’s shows.

The runway show sampled from thirteen of the best in the business: Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Raf, Baja East, Bobby Abley, Christopher Kane, Valentino, Loewe, Haider Ackermann, Ashish, Christopher Shannon, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy all lent menswear threads to the catwalk to help raise funds.

Who was there? Everyone was there—including Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez, Joseph Altuzarra, Carole Radziwill and Anna Wintour. Now in its twelfth year, the Jeffrey Fashion Cares team has raised over $5 million dollars for non-profits and charity organizations benefitting the LGBT community.

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The Watery, Wavy, Artfully Intimate World of Narciso Rodriguez

How to wear spring’s loveliest pastels? In the case of this asymmetrical crepe sheath dress by Narciso Rodriguez, the key is to first understand that it was inspired by water.

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New York Fashion Week: February 17

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s runway shows: bold looks rooted in girl power at MARC BY MARC JACOBS, a ’70s Moroccan fantasy from Tory Burch, modern minimalism at Narciso Rodriguez and the bittersweet passing of the torch at the always lovely, classically feminine Oscar de la Renta show.

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New York Fashion Week: September 9

We’ve got highlights from yesterday’s shows, including sultry sirens from Rodarte, lush floral elegance from Oscar de la Renta and the latest from Tory Burch, Naeem Khan, MARC BY MARC JACOBS and Narciso Rodriguez.

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Aquatic themes ruled the runway at Rodarte* with sequined mermaid dresses, earthy underwater palettes and skinny jeans paired with boho blouses and swashbuckling boots.

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Backstage Beauty: Dick Page + Deborah Lippmann at Narciso Rodriguez

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We’re accustomed to seeing polished and refined from Narciso Rodriguez, so it was a dramatic surprise to see a bit of punk and edge in the makeup Dick Page planned for the show. Inspired by Debbie Harry, Page used versions of eyeliner as the wow factor—including pencil, cream, liquid and, of course, mascara.

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The liner was a wedge shape on the outer lid, and when models opened their eyes there was a bit of transfer on their eyelids. Page let it be, and allowed a more lived-in look. When we asked how darkly to apply the liner, he replied “keep going until you can’t see anymore.” Noted!

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This was the 8th and final show for Deborah Lippmann, and she went out with a bang. Her last nail look was a matte camel color—a color she described as a “weird, cool camel.” The concoction consisted of a base coat, two coats of Terranova, dried after 1-2 minutes, then finished off with Flat Top, a mattifier.

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The completed look left us in agreement with Page on this quote about his makeup inspiration: “Debbie Harry on her worst day is cooler than us on our best day.” Touché!

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Tailored Perfection at Narciso Rodriguez

With all the extravagance appearing on the Fashion Week runways, it’s easy to forget that at some point, someone, somewhere is intended to wear this clothing, whether to work, to a party or out for dinner. That’s part of what makes Narciso Rodriguez’s* new collection so appealing. We’d happily welcome each piece into our closet and select one to wear at random, with our eyes closed, taking comfort in the fact that there isn’t a single oddball in the bunch. But despite the quiet simplicity of Rodriguez’s clothing, each beautifully tailored piece maintains an element of curiosity—whether that’s asymmetrical draping, geometric seams or an elegant cape.

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