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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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Ain’t no party like a Spa Week party… (SPA WEEK starts today!)

Last week, PC joined the Spa Week team to celebrate Spa Weeks 16th season, which starts today!! Since coming to fruition in 2004 (in just a few spas in New York), Spa Week quickly gained a following for offering their infamous $50 spa treatments at some of the top spas nationwide! Their expansion has made for a very Sweet 16, now being available in hundreds of the fine spas and salons across North America.

Visit  spaweek.com for participating spas and bookings. Appointments are available from April 16 – 22nd.

{Spa Week Media Launch Party}

I look forward to the Spa Week launch party every season. It’s such a fun way to meet some of the participating members and sponsors, plus I get to spend time with the fab Spa Week team and catch up with my fellow bloggers, including…

{Myself with the fabulous Michelle from Spa Week and Lorna from TheFabulousReport}

{Cindy Barshop owner of Completely Bare}

Completely Bare is offering an assortment of $50 services during Spa Week including Laser Hair Removal for Basic Bikini, Chin, and Lower Stomach Line.

{Emily Giffin and Spa Week CEO Cheryl Reid }

Big news for Emily Giffin fans (author of Something Borrowed… you know the movie), she’s releasing a new book, Where We Belong. Emily was at the event signing autographs and mingling with fans.

I had to stop by the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas booth… this season they will be offering a number of treatments including the Spa Week Stress Melter Body Treatment – a 50-minute signature service that features a deep body exfoliation, relaxing aromatherapy body wrap and soothing pressure point scalp massage and their signature Spa Week Facial (50 minutes). And exclusive for SPA WEEK, they are adding the Diamond Tip & Organic Flower Peel Microdermabrasion or Oxygen Blast for an additional $50 ($85 value). Lastly, you can get your feet summer ready, with their 60 minute Magnolia Pedicure, which is also being offered.

I also got the 411 on Keri Glassman’s new Nutritious Life Meals – I’m always looking for a good snap me out of my winter layers and into a bathing suit ready programs. They offer 3 freshly prepared gourmet meals and 2 snacks at your doorstep daily. And what’s so fun about their offering is you can mix and match based on your dietary preference.

And lastly I could pass up some time at the TY KU bar — they are one of my favorite alcohol sponsors of all time. Besides being so fun, their Sake is superb.