This wrap-up has been a long time coming but I wanted to make sure I could find most, if not all, the images from New York Fashion Week before I made my judgement. Well, weeks later, I think I am ready. Here are my favourites from the very recent New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011-2012 shows.

Face

All the pretty faces ….

Lancôme for Chris Benz

Yellow eyeshadow is not something you can just throw on. The colour, the intensity and the pairing with other colours can make the look a complete failure, or a smashing success. Lancôme lead makeup artist, Daniel Martin, did a top job with this sunshine lid and full lip.

Official Description: The makeup muse for Chris Benz’s Spring 2012 collection was Candy Darling, a 1960’s nightclub fixture who was part of Andy Warhol’s clique. With Candy and Chris’ bright colors as inspiration, lead makeup artist Daniel Martin wanted to create fresh, clean skin with a pop of color on the eyes and lips. Daniel used shades of sea foam and mint green on the eyes and then applied black gel liner for definition. For thick jet-black lashes, he applied “tons of mascara.” A wash of tangerine blush was applied high on the cheekbones and Lancôme’s new Rouge in Love lipstick gave the models a bright pouty lip.

Products Used

  • Teint Miracle Foundation
  • Blush Subtil Rose in Rose Coral
  • Ombre Absolue Palette in C10
  • Liner Definition in Black
  • Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara in Black
  • Rouge in Love Lipstick in Sequence of Love

Estée Lauder for The Row

While this look may not look complicated, don’t dismiss it too quickly. The balance of flawless, natural skin, with a healthy bronzed glow makes this look a stand-out for me. It’s wearable, breezy and if you have great skin I would suggest you make this look your ‘every-day-during-summer’ look. It is effortlessly beautiful.

Official Description:

“The beauty look for The Row presentation is softly sophisticated.  The models look fresh, natural and beautiful – what any woman would want to look like when she wakes up in the morning.”

– Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director.

Makeup: Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder. Nails: Deborah Lippman using Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer.
Photos: Courtesy of Estée Lauder

Hair

In some cases, the hair on the runway can draw more attention than the clothes.

Wella Professionals for Jeremy Scott

I could never in a million years pull this off, even on halloween, but isn’t it the cutest look ever. It reminds me of the girls hair in the movie version of Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch. It is fun, and has a good mix of texture. I love that the curls look super soft and the bottom section of hair flows into a gathered ponytail, while the top section has height and volume. Ooo so pretty!

Official Description: The hair look at the Jeremy Scott S/S 12 show was inspired by ‘Country Barbie’, and offered a glamorous take on a classic country and western look.  The hair look took inspiration from references as vast as the American Wild West, from ‘Elly May Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies’ to ‘Mrs Robinson in The Graduate’, and provided a brilliant close to New York Fashion Week.

Alterna for Erin Fetherston

There were four looks Esther Langham, Creative Director for Alterna, created for the Erin Fetherston show. My favourite was the braided bun, a look that is next to impossible to create yourself. Ok, maybe for more co-ordinated folk it isn’t that hard, but for someone like me it is a dream hairstyle. It is classy, chic, lady-like …. all the things I wish I was.

Official Description: Esther Langham led a team of Alterna stylists to create a quartet of soft, textured, teased hairstyles for the Erin Fetherston Spring 2012 show. The overall theme was Girlish, 1960’s mod.

Products Used

  • ALTERNA Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse
  • ALTERNA Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast
  • ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray

Nails

The fashion accessory of all fashion accessories!

OPI for Jason Wu

Seeing as though this was Spring Fashion Week, and those of us in Australia are now blessed to be experiencing Spring, most of us are thirsty for pops of colour. The bright lacquer Suzi Weiss-Fischmann picked for this collection was spot on. It was bright, fun and screamed SPRING.

Official Description: Jason Wu’s off site showing had the models fingers blessed with OPI’s MonSooner or Later, a vibrant orange-y red, watermelon shade. The boldly colored nails, acted as an eye-catching accessory that complemented the beautiful clothes.

“Jason Wu is an amazingly talented designer, so being able to work with him is very exciting,” says Weiss-Fischmann. “Nail lacquers are a huge part of fashion. It’s a privilege for OPI to be working amongst world-renowned designers during Fashion Week. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Jason to accessorize his spring 2012 collection with the hottest nail trends”.

– Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-founder and Artistic Director

Did you have a favourite look from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York? Would you wear any of the above looks? Let me know by commenting below!

 

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