New York Fashion Week is now behind us and the verdict is in: whether you’re into the 60’s, 90’s, or any era in between, there is an inspiration point for you in many of Spring 2013’s collections. From sporty shows like rag & bone and Milly to cheeky collections nodding to Helmut Newton, Spring 2013 is filled with some fun trends.
Fashion’s two biggest influences for Spring 2013 were the 60’s and the 90’s, which carried over into the relaxed and whimsical hair on the runway. From the ubiquitous braid to sleek, deep side parts, Spring 2013 had something for every length, color, and texture.
Fashion week’s bevy of beautiful models had their natural beauty highlighted for Spring 2013. Eyes, lids, brows, and lips were the focus: soft, feature-enhancing makeup and bold, modern looks both reigned on the runways. From iconic images of the past to scenes in nature, makeup artists drew inspiration from a variety of muses and really mixed the old with the new. We can’t wait to try out these fresh trends next spring!
Few things can put a damper on your style like a rainy day. How are you supposed to look cute when you have to stay dry? We’ve found some chic wardrobe additions to protect you from any April showers that may come your way, plus the products to keep your hair smooth and face flawless. Bring it on, mother nature!
Shanghai Tang Interior Printed Umbrellas, $66
Shanghai Tang makes amazing umbrellas that are as beautiful as they are functional. Compact enough to fit in your purse, these umbrellas are printed on the inside as well so you can enjoy their phenomenal patterns while staying dry.
Teva Fuse-ion sneaker, $90
It seems the only option for footwear in the rain is a pair of knee-high boots, but if you’re looking for something more comfortable and lightweight that will still keep your feet dry, Teva’s Fuse-ion sneakers are the perfect solution.
Ali Ro Classic Raincoat, $275
Brighten up a rainy day with one of Ali Ro’s colorful classic raincoats. The flattering silhouette is chic to wear on a sunny day too!
Jason Wu for Melissa Ballet Flat Shoes, $152.19
Melissa makes a line of plastic shoes that are stylish enough to wear any time. One of Melissa’s designer collaborations, Jason Wu created these adorable ballet flats. These are fab for days when you still have to look dressed up when the weather’s less than ideal.
Ilse Jacobsen Handmade Natural Rubber Boots, $199
These gorgeous rubber boots are handmade in Denmark. They come in amazing colors and we just love the lace-up detail. Durable and fashionable.
Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat, $21
Anastasia might be a brow expert but she definitely got it right with this new lash product. Waterproof your favorite mascara by layering on this topcoat and never have runny raccoon eyes ever again.
Living Proof No Frizz Straight Styling Treatment, $26
If you think a rainy day means your blowout is out of the question, think again. Living Proof makes incredibly effective styling products like this No Frizz Straight Styling Treatment that keep you looking sleek and smooth in any climate.
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”
― Elizabeth Taylor
The drink part is of course optional, but Liz got it right in saying that lipstick is an important step in pulling yourself, or your look, together! It takes a confident woman to rock a bright lip color, but these super flattering and wearable shades make it easy. Try a colorful lip this spring, it’s an easy way to complete your outfit and you can keep the rest of your face clean and simple.
Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Dahlia or Scarlett color, BUY NOW, $30
Scarlett Johannson is the face of Dolce & Gabbana makeup and a notorious fan of red lipstick, calling it “glamour in a tube.” If you want to capture the sexy star’s red lip look, try this D & G’s Scarlett or Dahlia shades.
We all love Target- and we love Target even more when there’s a designer clothing line released (Missoni, Isaac Mizrahi, and Vera Wang have all participated). On February 5th, Jason Wu will get to woo consumers with his lower-price collection of clothing and handbags, ranging from $19.99-$59.99, for Target. Wu’s star studded celebrity client list includes: Emma Stone, Michelle Obama, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, among others.
Page Daily staffers picked their favorites from his line (trust us, it was a tough choice-everything looks super chic and sophisticated.
Melissa’s Pick: Trench Coat in Black, Also Available in Navy, $54.99. “I love the details and everyone could always use a great trench.”
Mary’s Pick: Poplin Dress in Navy, $39.99. “I love the classic shape (very 1960s Mod)- the perfect transition piece from day to night.”
Dani’s Picks: Long-Sleeved Sailor Sweater in Black/Cream Stripes, $32.99, Long-sleeved Sheer Blouse in White with Black Ribbon (Available at Target.com Only), $34.99, Cuffed Shorts in Navy (Available at Target.com Only), $26.99, Woven Mini Saddle Bag in Cream (available at Target.com only), $24.99. “It is so preppy and yet downtown chic all at the same time.”
Caitlin’s Pick: Flared Dress in Cream with Black Patent Belt, $59.99. “Very Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Tell Us: Will you be purchasing from the Jason Wu collection?
We loved the effortless look with a new “twist” Ted Gibson created for Lela Rose: “The new braid for Spring!” We can actually do this one ourselves.
We think textured, beachy So-Cal hair like the looks created by curl expert Ouidad backstage at Timo Weiland will be an easy trend to create at home this Spring and Summer. Try a loose updo topped with a sporty backwards baseball cap.
We saw a chic, sleek pony styled by Renato Campora for Frederic Fekkai at Marchesa. Dress it up by wrapping a section of hair around ponytail to conceal the band.
The look at Rachel Zoe was a heavy eye with natural lips. The lipstick from her new Exude line was used on the models in Nude.
Brows are going to be huge for Spring! The models at Altuzarra sported minimal makeup but with serious brows created by MAC make-up artists. They were also responsible for the major brows backstage at Proenza Schouler and paired them with pretty flushed cheeks.
Statement-making brows were the theme backstage at Cynthia Rowley too, where Make-up Forever artists used shadow to fill them in.
Brows were a big part of the look created by Francois Nars, founder of NARS cosmetics, for the Marc Jacobs show. A strong brow was paired with major lashes and nude lips inspired by Amy Winehouse.
Sally Hansen’s natural looking Parchment Complete Salon Manicure polish was used to create the natural-looking nails backstage at one of our favorite young designers, Alexander Wang.
Poppy red nails looked fresh on the models at Jason Wu. Their nails were polished with OPI’s Monsooner or Later.
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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.