Backstage at NYFW: Red Door Spa for Brandon Sun Spring 2014 Collection

-Guest post by Ali Butterfass

I was lucky enough to see a couple of shows at New York Fashion Week, and it was an amazing experience. However, while I loved seeing the polished presentation of the runway, it wasn’t until I got to witness the carefully controlled chaos backstage that I truly appreciated the work, artistry, and incredible teamwork that goes into making the show look so effortless. I went backstage with Red Door Spa to watch them create hair, makeup, and nails for Brandon Sun’s Spring 2014 collection.

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Sun’s collection is casual and sophisticated, with an irreverent energy. To play off this upscale downtown vibe, makeup artist Cesar Olivas designed a beautifully polished look that was classy, but with an edge.

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Keeping the face natural and fresh, the models’ matte complexions were the perfect base for a contoured, smoked-out eye using Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Smokey Eyes Pencil and Color Intrigued Eyeliner. Lashes were left free of mascara to keep the overall impression soft.

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Picking up the hints of orange in the collection, lips were stained a soft red that brought a playfulness to the look.

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National creative director and master hair stylist Zahir Ziani kept hair simply styled and natural, “like she did it herself.” Sweeping hair off the face and into a low side bun, with a few stray strands falling naturally, this tousled style counterbalanced the chic, put-together collection.


Inspired by the grunge-rock elements of Sun’s designs, national training director of nails Adeline Sarino created a cool ombre manicure using shades of light and dove gray. Nail technicians painted stripes of lacquer onto cotton balls, then swiped them over models’ nails to produce a one-of-a-kind look that I’m dying to practice on myself.

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Watching the models be transformed from women in street clothes and bare faces to elegant head to toe glam-punks was completely mind blowing. What do you think of the finished look?

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