February 2020

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Fashion Week Essentials

1. A Change of Shoes: CitySlips

If there’s a time to wear flats, Fashion Week is not it.  Trendy sky-high heels wreak havoc on your feet whether you’re a model, celebrity, editor or blogger running from show to show.  Give your toes a break between engagements with comfy flats that fit in your bag.

2. Long-wearing Color: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color and 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil

A statement-making loud lip or eye look is a must-have for Fashion Week.  For a chic, classic red lip or edgy smokey eye that lasts, we love Urban Decay.  The shadow pencil is easy to apply even in the back of a cab and stays on like no other product we’ve tried.  The lip pencil is highly pigmented and does not budge even after your second or third after-party cocktail.

3. A long-lasting blowout: John Freida 3-Day Straight + Volume Refresher

We think there’s a reason why fashion world people are always photographed with a high top-knot bun: they haven’t had time for a blowout.  If you can make time for a pro-blowdry, make it last by using John Freida 3-day straight product. And if your hair is falling flat or feeling greasy, their Volume Refresher does the trick and smells amazing, too!

4. An anywhere charger:

We asked Olivia Palermo what her number one Fashion Week essential is: “My Blackberry charger!” It’s true – between snapping photos, tweeting, pulling up a confirmation email and Googling to find out the name of that blonde starlet in the front row, your tech can fail you.  Luckily lots of lounges including Maybelline in Lincoln Center have charging stations. But if you don’t have time to stop, keep one of Powermat’s wireless chargers with you to charge up.

5. A quick-fix kit: You never know what little thing you might need be it gum, floss, tissues, q-tips or blister pads.  You have to be prepared!  Fortunately Kmart came to our rescue with Zico Coconut Water to rehydrate, safety pins for potential wardrobe malfunctions, a Tide Pen (affiliate), lip balm, hand sanitizer, mints and a chic shade of nail polish for touch-ups! …which are items every girl should keep in her bag!

Buy Now, CitySlips, $30
Buy Now, Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, $20
Buy Now, 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil, $19
Buy Now, John Freida 3-Day Straight, $9
Buy Now, John Freida Volume Refresher, $4.98
Buy Now, Zico Coconut Water Pack of 12, $18.40
Buy Now, Tide Pen, $4.65

Bat Your Lashes Down The Runway

Bat Your Lashes Down The Runway

Fashion Week is full of the kind of energy that makes you stop and think, the kind that excites you and elevates your tastes to another level. It brings out the inner hunger that we all share to embody our personalities through fashion. It follows, then, that when models grace the runway, every little bit of their look is dissected, from lip color to heel height. This season, look to their lashes to highlight emerging trends in the beauty sphere that are sometimes more artistic than practical. Here, founder of EnvyDerm Eyelash Growth Serum, Volume Mascara, and Intense Liquid Eyeliner, Nadia Smith, shares her take on which lash trends to look out for, and how to get the look at home.

Long, Thick Lashes

Long, luxurious lashes are a staple in the fashion world. Although they might not be as unique as the other trends that have recently popped up, they are a classic staple in the realm of beauty.
Nadia says, “This season, as clean lines and defined cuts follow in the minimalist direction, some designers will likely follow this theme and maintain natural lash looks. With products that work while you use them, like EnvyDerm, you can achieve this look simply by applying your makeup.”
This is a great trend to try out at home, and you’ll have your friends asking, “Are those real?”

Tips for Application:
Apply EnvyDerm Lash Growth Mascara to clean, dry lashes.
Swirl while applying for maximum impact. Allow one minute between layers.
Apply EnvyDerm Intense Liquid Eyeliner to clean, dry lash line.
Wipe excess off brush and draw a line along the upper lid, beginning from inner corner.
If you want to grow longer lashes without using the makeup products, try EnvyDerm Eyelash Growth Serum. Apply to lash line the same way as you would liquid eyeliner.
Extra tip: also works on eyebrows!

Feather False Eyelashes

Beware: this trend is tough on the eyelids. Feather eyelashes can be heavy, but if you’re going for an over-the-top look, you can guarantee that these will be a showstopper. “Feather eyelashes are the kind of trend that we see emerge during Fashion Week because they are unique and fun. Fashion designers are artists, and with art comes the drama of the avant-garde.” Feathers were a big hit in the hair for the last season, so look for this to evolve into lashes for the fall.

Tips for Application:
Curl lashes with eyelash curler.
Adjust the width to fit your specific eye shape.
Apply adhesive and allow about 10-15 seconds for drying.
Place false lashes on upper lash line, working from the outside in.

Paper False Eyelashes


Hoping to upstage all other lash trends this season, a new look is here: paper eyelashes. Following the tradition of Chinese paper cutting, these lashes take falsies to a new level. Pioneered by company PaperSelf, the lashes feature animals such as horses, butterflies, and peacocks. “Paper lashes have just hit the beauty market, and have really changed the idea of false lashes. These designs are themselves works of art, and have surfaced just in time for the runways,” says Nadia.

Tips for Application:
Choose your size: small (for corners) or full (for entire lash).
Apply much like false lashes, but remember to test them out beforehand.
Make sure to cut and alter lashes to fit the length and width of your eye shape.
Extremely careful application is required due to the delicate nature of the paper.

For more information on eyelash trends and products, visit Envy Derm.


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A Small Purse Can Be a Girl-on-the-Go’s Best Friend


Running around from show to show during Fashion Week can be extremely stressful, especially when you are carrying a large purse and jacket wherever you roam. Well, ladies, kiss your large handbags goodbye, because I found a cute substitute. This adorable phone purse from Aldo really made my Fashion Week less stressful. The small purse not only holds your cell phone, but your digital camera and business cards as well. It is perfect when you’re attending networking parties, shows, or events, where huge purses or clutches can be overbearing. Attached to a gold chain, this little accessory simply hangs from your shoulder, as if you are carrying nothing at all! The purse comes in different animal prints and colors to go with your attire. So, next time you’re on the run and only want to hold a few items, take along this lovely purse from Aldo. I am sure it will make your busy schedule a whole lot easier, as it did for me. =)
—Noelle Mihalinec

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Top 5 Trends from Fashion Week

By Melissa Meyers

This season’s shows pulled out all the stops as celebrities, socialites, and the fashion world elite came out for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park. Fashion lovers braved the snow and the crowds to see the fall collections from Jill Stuart, Tibi, Christian Siriano, Anna Sui, ADAM, Pamella Roland and much, much more. Here are the 5 hot trends that I saw all over the runways.

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Betsey Johnson’s Show Is Better than Cupcakes

By Jennifer Wright

Remember that last column about how the economic crisis was taking a toll on Fashion Week? Well, seemingly not on everyone.

Maybe no one told Betsey Johnson about these dark times, because her show was too delicious for words. Little wonder as the theme was Betsey Johnson’s Sweet Shop. There was no sign of doom and gloom in this veritable candy land, in which the models channeled Queen Frostine in their perfectly puffed skirts. Well, perhaps Queen Frostine with a dash of 1980’s style punk rocker. Fatima of America’s Next Top Model fame did a great job.


Betsey herself led the guests in a dance and encouraged people to try the table of sweets provided by Sprinkle Society. Meanwhile, a video projected onto the wall showed Betsey “baking” by wildly throwing pink glitter at a chicken. She also appears to be generously providing the boys of Patrick McMullan with day jobs, as they were all there, dressed up as waiters and doling out mini hot dogs and sliders. It’s not every day you are served a vegetable burger by Liam McMullan.


I also want to say a special thank you to Betsey Johnson for the fantastic sunglasses in her goody bag. In my mind this was the most frivolous and fun show of the week.


Peaches Geldof was in attendance, giving Betsey’s punk style a run for her money in short shorts and garters. She was also ended at the Alice + Olivia presentation later, where I joined Ask Melissa founder Melissa Meyers and her daughter, Rachel Meyers. Rachel and Peaches are shown posing together below.


We quickly met up with the talented designer of Alice + Olivia, Stacey Bendet, there with her husband Eric Eisner and their adorable daughter Eloise. Stacey noted that the show this season was “all about characters, as shown by the puppets and the art.”


The models were in scarce supply. Stacey opted for artistic mannequins and fabulous pictures of the clothing instead, but the beautiful people abounded. Not only were Paris and Nicky Hilton in attendance, but so was 90210 star Shanae Grimes. Shanae was loving her specially made floral print dress by Alice + Olivia.


While I was enjoying the mini-cupcakes by Baked by Melissa (it was a day full of cupcakes), Teen Vogue took a picture of Rachel’s Marc Jacobs outfit, but cannot feature it, as Rachel is not yet 13. Fortunately, we have no such rules here. Here’s a picture of both the fabulous Meyers women with Kim and Khloe Kardashian.


The spirit of the shows may be different this season than in the past, but as long as Betsey Johnson and Stacey Bendet are around, the sense of playfulness that makes the week so delicious will not quite be lost.

Backstage at Rag and Bone

By Jennifer Wright


It is Fashion Week and I am ready! I am excited – the shows, the parties, the fashionably clad people running madly across town. So, for my first event for the week, I was delighted when Ask Melissa founder Melissa Meyers asked me to join her backstage at the Rag and Bone show. As I would have expected, Melissa saluted the designer’s taste, looking fashionista fantastic in a bright green slouchy Rag and Bone dress.


Backstage is a wonderful education on how tall, young and thin women can be transformed into runway models. No sooner did we arrive than we met the dashing Frenchman Teddy Charles, the lead stylist representing Frederic Fekkai. (“I am working for Frederic for the next three hours,” Teddy remarked.) In addition to the Rag and Bone show, you can see his work featured on the Yigal Azrouel runway. Collaborating with the designer, he had a very specific vision for the models’ hair in this show. Teddy wanted every model to look “like she quickly threw up her hair . . . but still the look should be beautiful and elegant, with personality and style.”


Stylist to the stars Marshall Lin of Frederic Fekkai, seconded the notion of elegant hair, stating that this season, “bangs are in, as is long, elegant hair, with strong lines and without too many choppy layers.” Marshall is well qualified to make such a trend-setting statement as he has five years of experience at Frederic Fekkai. (Look for him at the SoHo salon.) Marshall has also styled for the Proenza Schouler and Rachel Roy shows.


The models not only had great hair for the show, they also had terrific make-up. I learned how many issues arise when hair, makeup and beautiful clothing must seamlessly combine. Yes – there were signs reminding the models to put on turtlenecks before their make-up was applied! Fortunately, Revlon’s artistic director, Gucci Westman, had the situation under control. Gucci began by affixing a white paper mask with eye and lip cutouts to each model’s face. She then applied lipstick followed by eye shadow, before removing the mask. Many of us wondered precisely what function the paper masks served; Gucci explained that “when they’re removed, they provide the dewy glow that we’re trying to create.” Ms. Westman would know – she’s applying her considerable talent for the Jason Wu and Max Azaria shows as well. You might also want to check out her upcoming, specially formulated lipstick called Mori Red.


Being backstage allows you to browse through the designer’s upcoming collection as though you were at Barney’s. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love Rag and Bone’s new pieces. The colors are the same slate grays and blacks that Rag and Bone specializes in, but the styles all have a certain 1960’s flair to them. There’s a black, one shouldered cocktail dress that is absolutely to die for.


A glimpse at the people doing the work behind the scenes at the shows helps us understand the enormous effort that goes into a successful fashion event. Thanks to Teddy and Marshall and Gucci and all their staff, the models walking in Rag and Bone were polished perfection rather than raggedy.

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