NYFW Day 2

Today was jam-packed with designer showcases - hope you enjoy the highlights!

8:30am Adam Lippes/Cutler/Redken Salon at Washington Square Hotel
Thanks to the fabulous team at ALIVE Mag, Brittany of Love.Style.Transform and I got backstage access to the ADAM by Adam Lippes presentation with Cutler/Redken Salon! Despite the early call time, it was cool to see the models get glammed up. With a small group of press, we interviewed the friendly lead makeup artist, Tiffany Johnston. To best pair with the designer's structured clothing, she wanted the models to look like "androgynous, fun girls who just got back from holiday." She dabbed a lip gloss stick on the models' eyes to resemble a "tea stain." Tiffany's vision was for the makeup to look "easy."

The charming lead hairstylist, David Cruz, wanted a "cool, downtown" vibe for the models' hair, so he pulled each model's hair back in a ponytail. He used Cutler volumizer for texture and finger-teased each ponytail so that the overall effect was "a little rough, but still pulled together." 

We were unsuccessful in crashing the actual show LOL, but at least we got a sneak-peak at the featured looks in the show:

6:00pm Harbison at Milk Studios
This showcase was the highlight of the trip, since Alive Mag set me up for a one-on-one interview with the talented, refreshingly down-to-earth Charles Harbison, founder and creator of HARBISON! (If that name sounds familiar, it's because he showed his fall collection at Spring Saint Louis Fashion Week.) With the help of Harbison's sweet PR coordinator, Life Coach Hope McGrath, and Market Coordinator for STLFW, Marisa, Charles was gracious enough to chat with me and share cool tidbits about his Spring/Summer 2015 collection. He envisions a "relatable" woman who is "in touch with her femininity" wearing the pieces. As the diverse collection reflects, he likes the juxtaposition of "hard and soft." When I asked if he faced any challenges while developing the collection, he quickly laughed and replied "Yes!" He had difficulty finding fabrics that held structure, but were still light and colorful. Clearly, Charles overcame these obstacles to create a bold, sophisticated-with-a-wink collection.
My fave piece from the collection-an edgy silhouette with playful flowers. That's Charles at the bottom. Check out my Instagram for an awesome pic of our interview!
A perk of backstage access is seeing the space before the models come in.
Don't you heart that furry bag? I love the diversity of the collection - each piece has its own personality.
6:30pm Jonathan Simkhai at Milk Studios
Pastels, black & white with classic silhouettes and subtle details permeated this collection. I can't wait to see his fashion showcase at Saint Louis Fashion Week this fall!
7:00 Koonhor at Milk Studios
The serious, single-file lines were a surprising contrast to the geometric patterns, handwoven appliques, tapestry details, and bright hues. The program for the showcase described the collection as "eclectic" with a "graphic robustness." The Koonhor woman "wants looks to carry from day to night, and a pair of customized Nike sneakers to provide the finishing touch."
7:30pm Isa Arfen at Milk Studios
This collection featured structured, tailored separates in modern hues. The tropical staging of the showcase conjured images of a chic but slightly eccentric woman at an upscale resort. Probably in a fabulous location with equal doses of sun and rain. . .
9:00pm VENEXIANA by Kati Stern at Lincoln Center
Set to unexpected rockabilly music, the models strutted down long runways in floor-length, sparkly gowns in a rainbow of hues. The rather large hairstyle of the person in front of me made taking photos an awkward task, but here's a sample of what I saw. 
Photo on left courtesy of Devoe Magazine
Now, it's off to sleep to prepare for day 3. . .


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