Victoria’s Secret to the Rescue!

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Week Suite at the Loft at the Byrant Park Hotel was a welcome respite for attendees taking a break from the tents and in need of some papering.  Offering beverages and snacks, as well as manicures in their new fall shades, guests had a place to just hang out and relax in between shows.

New VS MAKEUP Collection launched August 2009
New VS MAKEUP Collection launched August 2009

Prescriptives Me up Before it Go-Go

Estée Lauder announced today that it will close all Prescriptives counters globally by January 31, 2010.  While supplies last, they will continue to sell products through their website.  So stock up NOW or risk forever holding your peace.

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Soon to be a rarity

Prescriptives was once ranked among the top five brands in American department stores; but today is not that day, and I will admit, I’m part of the problem!  Years ago (ahem, many), I used to be one of their loyal foundation and moisturizer customers, but then one day, I just stopped.  I’m not sure why, I suppose I started trying different brands and falling in love with new products. Brand loyalty is so hard to find these days.

Richard Avedon Exhibit at ICP from May 15 – Sept. 20th

Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 Exhibit is showing at the International Center of Photography.

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He had me at Dovima with Elephants.   Richard Avedon’s body of work is truly stunning — he reinvented fashion photography delving into the realm of art.  The exhibit travels back in time expanding the evolution of fashion through his lens.  The photographs are extraordinary and well displayed covering over five decades of his work on two floors of the ICP.  Carve out a decent amount of time to view this exhibit.  A worthy must see!

Ready-To-Bare it ALL: Backstage at Vivienne Tam Spring 2010 Collection

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On Saturday, September 12th, Gina Brooke, Artistic Director of Shu Uemura, was kind enough to extend an invitation to go backstage and preview the look for Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2010 runway collection.  Considering this was the last year fashion week would be held at Bryant Park (sniff, sniff), I was anxious to get to the tents.

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The inspiration for the show was nature.  Gina Brooks did an exceptional job embodying the theme and creating a clean, natural face with soft pink cheeks and dramatic lashes that appeared like butterfly wings (using the Shu Uemura Farfallina False Eyelashes on both the top and bottom lash line).

“Butterflies were seen everywhere in Vivienne’s collection which was inspired by freedom, life and the 1960’s,” said Brooke. “It was only natural to have these beautiful, wing-like lashes flank the models’ eyes to resemble one of earth’s most gorgeous creatures.”

Get the Look:

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Shu Uemura Artistic Director Gina Brook
Shu Uemura Artistic Director Gina Brooke

IMG_0326Hair by Kevin Mancuso for Kevin Mancuso Salons.  Following suit, Kevin completed the look with middle parts, producing loose waves on these models flowing locks, creating a modern twist on a classic hippie do.

After my interview, I had a little time to kill until the show started.  Fortunately, I ran into a friend who invited me to the W Hotels VIP Backstage Lounge, sponsored by Veuve Clicquot.  I had me a drink (or two) while mingling with some of fashion’s finest.

Showtime! I filed into the crowd excited for Vivienne Tam’s collection and especially thrilled to see the premiere of her latest collaboration with HP for their digital clutch.  A beauty bloggers dream! So compact and stylish, I want it!  But like Vivienne Tam’s collection, this stunning piece of machinery is not expected to launch until Spring 2010.

A stunning show it was, but see for yourself.  Click HERE for complete image coverage of Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2010 Collection.

For more on the Vivienne Tam/HP Digital Clutch click HERE