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How To Get and Survive an NYFW Job #work #career

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I almost didn’t do anything for New York Fashion Week. I got a few invitations, but my main plan was going to be working on paid writing assignments, maybe doing a trend roundup from the shows, and working on a Fall/Back To School beauty guide. The big event of my September was going to be working the NY primaries as a poll worker for the Board of Elections. Of course, the best laid plans often go awry and my plans changed abruptly upon seeing an ad for NYFW interns. I have experience in pretty much every aspect of fashion, and I’ve been writing/blogging since hitting the streets of New York so I applied and interviewed and got hired. Instead of chilling at home watching netflix and writing, I was working NYFW.

I’m not going to lie, it was the single most triumphant moment of my time in New York (aside from the day that I moved into my apartment). Although, this is like, my 4th industry internship in New York, this is the one that used everything I learned everywhere else.

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If you’re interested in doing a Fashion Week internship, understand that you’ll probably be the lowest person on the totem pole and own that. If you know that you’re really grandiose and want to be the boss of everyone, this might not work for you. Partially because you’re co-workers will hate you, and also because you will be angry about doing things like monitoring (ok, standing around in) stairwells to make sure people leave the show location, asking people (nicely) to stand on line, even if it’s Joe Zee or Anna Dello Russo. You might not like wearing a uniform, or not standing out. If you can handle being the person who pushes the elevator button for fashion royalty (and assorted hangers on) without resentment, then you’ll be ok.

And make sure you set two alarms, because call times will be alarmingly early.

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One of the best ways to survive 12 hour days standing on your feet is to maintain a healthy diet. This was how I made it. I ate quick breakfasts of yogurt with fruit, honey and chia seeds. I snacked on fruit and veggie ice pops. I drank a lot of water, packed lunches of salads and crackers with cheese. I also used Energems, the chocolate covered caffeine and vitamin bombs that give you a clean energy boost that won’t leave you sugar crashing. (I did interviews for them for awhile and they were cool enough to give me 3 boxes of samples.Blogging rules). Luckily, my boss was also into providing good food on long shifts, which was epic.

I don’t do selfies much anymore, because…why bother? But this was me leaving for work on the last day, at 4:30 am. I have finally got the 10 minute face down, much to my surprise. I kept my hair natural all week, varying it up with two strand twist cornrows, a bi-level afro with braids on the side, bantu knots, and this freestyle business which was just letting the bantu knots out and fluffing up the curly kinks. I also wanted to show that you don’t have to be a model to get an NYFW internship or job. You just have to be a sane, reliable person with a decent personality. And probably some college. And a positive attitude. And good interpersonal skills. And willingness to work on a team. And money for carfare because you won’t get paid instantly (and in some cases you don’t get paid at all).

You know, just the basics.

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Remember to take care of your skin and body. I don’t usually wear makeup every day, so I was careful about removing it every night. I actually soaked a facial wipe with Jouviance Micellar Solution, $22 (not in this pic because I keep it in the fridge and forgot) which cleansed and moisturized. If I had an early day I went for a gentle exfoliant, or used the origins Spring Super Stars Set, $20 (I bought this with actual money) which includes an overnight moisturizer. This Ahava skin serum oil came in handy, too. I spent more time soaking in the tub, and this Molton Brown body wash has a heavenly, relaxing scent. I also just got these samples from Petal Fresh, which were exemplary. The Aloe Vera Moisturizing Body Wash, $5.50, makes great bubble and the Perfecting Body Butter in Guava Nectar , $7.70, soothed skin chafed by my waist trainer. I wrapped my waist in plastic wrap for extra softening.

I definitely had fun messing with my hair every day, but of course I was careful to keep it clean and my scalp moisturized. I massaged my scalp pre-shampoo with either Pura D’or Argan Oil ( I mixed it with apple cider vinegar to remove dead skin on my scalp) or this Argan Oil Hair Treatment that was sent over by Agadir. They also sent this amazing comb, which is strong enough to glide through my hair wet or dry. I still have a ton of Aveda shampoo hanging around the bathroom from last year, but I relied on their Be Curly moisturizing, sulfate free co-wash for NYFW. CurlKeeper Original Total Control for Frizzy Hair and Styling Cream were my go to products for braids and knots, and I kept hair hydrated while styling with their award winning H2O Water Bottle, which mists hair and keeps it pliable while braiding and plaiting. Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss, $29, added lightbending sparkle and a light fragrance to finished styles.

Keeping teeth brushed and clean, and especially using the Dentek OrabrushTongue Scraper, which helped stave off bad breath. I went between a deep berry lip gloss to classic reds from Makeup Forever and Gerard Cosmetics. On the last day, as I opened the door for  gorgeous 90s era supermodel Carolyn Murphy (she walked in the Michael Kors show), she actually took two seconds to complement me on my Immortal hydra-matte liquid lipstick, $20. Score! I have a slew of Makeup Forever primers and two versions of the Ultra HD foundation, so that got me through. Lightweight coverage that stayed true for all 12 hours. Susan Posnick Color Correct, $16, highlighting and concealing pencil in C-4 helped me add light under my eyes and minimize bagginess.

By using the best products (and yes, I know- most were sent to me or given at events, so in a way unfair to suggest spending your hard earned cash…), maintaining a sensible diet and drinking water regularly you can make it through the most grueling NYFW job.  I’m definitely investing in foot pads or flatter flats next time as well. You’ll need black clothes if they don’t have a uniform, so if you know this is what you want get some basic black pieces that you can interchange and be comfy but stylish in.

AND- which is prob what you really wanted to hear- keep eyes peeled for opportunities. I follow Fashion/Beauty Monitor, Fashionista.com, and Stylecaster on twitter and that’s how I learned about the internship I snagged. If you want to go into fashion pr or work in a showroom, try calling or emailing their hr department. The most important thing is to be real and realistic about both your chances and what the jobs will be like.

NYFW is a job, whether you’re working the runway, doing hair and makeup or writing up shows. Nobody has time for prima donnas or overly competitive bitches, so be aware that eyes are on you and tongues are wagging before you start acting up. This is that industry that has seen every type of hanger-on and psycho user  type, so while people are friendly, it doesn’t mean that they don’t notice your behavior. Also… this is that funny industry where it feels like you’re going up but you’re really just another place filler until someone new comes along. Keep that in mind when you’re backstabbing.

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

 

 

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NYFW Streetsyle: in which we see a range of stunning people and also Teri Agins and Kathy Horyn

This is a completely subjective view of people I saw at NYFW. I liked the way they looked in their clothes? But also they happened to be near me, walking by me. I shot what was in front of me and what appealed to my eye.

Outside Daniel Silverstain:nyfw ss 2He was wearing the outfit I almost wore, so whew! Crisis averted, right? I was really into his DIY paint drip boots. The whole ‘I’m an artsy type’ thing is stronger than ever in an age where you can paint on a screen. nyfw ss 1  I loved, loved, loved this lady’s jeans!!! The best loose, boyfriend cut, best distressing. And she actually bought that Want Les Essentials bag, it wasn’t a blogger freebie (that’s my new question these days). Her name is Louise Kim and she has a site called Chuck and Chelsea.nyfw ss 4I liked her crazy. She was out in melting heat wearing fall fabrics. I also like dthe mix of a deep wine red with pink, and the skirt, which combined a high slit with modest coverage. A study in sartorial contradictions here. Her name is Seun Ajayi and her site is I Am See Own nyfw ss 3 I love a girl that looks capable and cute. Anna J. Martinez had the whole thing down, comfortable shoes and errythang. I loved the denim circle skirt, it really resonated with me. the neckerchief? I mean, Frenchy Brooklyn! Her style was accessible, and it was the little funky touches like her round tortoiseshell frames that made it sing. Those fab shoes are by Freda Salvador, and Anna’s site is Naked City Style.

Literal Streetstyle:nyfw ss 5Photo 1)  Denim skirts were actually on view during NYFW. I didn’t see anymore? But it proved that some people took those trend articles seriously. Photo 2) I loved these back zip jeans that I saw on another customer at Muji.

Paul Frank Circus Jumble:nyfw ss 6Show for kids, but great grownup style. Photo 1) proves that punk is chic. Photo 2) This  interested me because of the sheer, embroidered overskirt. I may have worn it differently, but i found it intriguing. Photo 3) She is just perfect. I bet her Rockstud pumps are real, too.

 Moynihan Station after HBA & PSNYC:nyfw ss 7I came out of the backstage area and all this was coming towards me. I would have been remiss if I didn’t get some photos. Photo 1) I asked for his photo because black & white realness, so cute. Photo 2) Another fall wight blouse, a turtleneck no less. Loved the caramel leather miniskirt. Photo 3) These guys are streetsyle vets, having been photographed by Bill Cunningham multiple times. nyfw ss 8Photo 1) Literally the only off the shoulder blouse I saw all summer. Maybe I just didn’t go to the right places, but with al the ‘you must have one’ hype, I expected to see this more. I like how she kind of co-ordinated with her friend on the blue and white and tan sandals thing. Photo2) I chased Hijacking the Runway author Teri Agins down the street because even though I called her name she totes ignored me. That put me in my place. But the funny part was that I took two shots quickly and in the second- Cathy Horyn appeared over her shoulder!!! Two for one and I was done. This is like that time I went to my first NYFW with no invitation, stood on the steps at Bryant Park and got Anna Wintour coming out. Score!

Next up: I finally tell you about that time I went to see American Psycho at Nitehawk Cinema

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go see Daniel Silverstain’s ss2016 show and attend NOLCHA Fashion Lounge

Daniel Silverstain:silverstain ootdIt was hot and humid. I wore this because I wanted to. I added the $10 straw fedora later, but it still counts. That’s my birthday bag from REpurposing NOLA. I was still sweaty? But that shirt is so old it doesn’t matter. It’s so old it predates my blog. silverstain1   The back view. silverstain2My favorite look, because of the simplicity of the cut. the fabric is all the drama here. I also liked the yellow/white manicure with silver strip, because I could do that and probably will. silverstain3I LOVED the use of color. It felt very fun. The print was sort of Abstract Expressionist, sort of African. Silverstain kept it simple in a way. If you take that redbanded pleated skirt and wear it with a white tshirt and ballet slippers or converse, you will be beautifully dressed without having done anything other than slip on a skirt.

I loved the little ruffle on the bottom of the printed shift dress in photo 1. I’d wear the leggings with a hot strappy black chemise and killer stilletos (live the ones in the show, that weird too long strap, like a dog’s tongue). So disco era.silverstain4Metallics. Let’s talk. Last summer there were these knife pleated skirts everywhere that looked to be made out of gold leaf or tinfoil. If you bought one, just put that away and trot it out for ss2016, cuz it’s still relevant. Silverstain did a great, crazy spaceman leather jacket, but I wasn’t s fond of those culottes. However, that’s not to say they’re not workable or fabulous. I’m just saying I don’t feel them. silverstain iced psl

Afterwards I had to purge the fashion by having a PSL on ice at Sarbucks. So good. Although they have a new thing now. This was my first PSL ever, though.

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It was sort of a gloomy day and I had just seen the sargent exhibit and felt like this was the only thing that I wanted to wear in the world. Those white LL Bean Signature twill pants are perfect. Just so comfortable. the gold wingtips with mes insert are from Ami Clubwear, and they just add that right amount of sass. The take the dandy idea and slap it silly. nolcha 1  This jewelry by Raje was showstopping. I really liked the leather dickey, although I think the metal corners are too heavy and sharp. I loved the way that they draped these bib necklaces. Sexy! nolcha 2Interesting patterning from Charles & Ron on these dresses. I love the strong and unflinching use of the yellow/gold. Like, POW! Summer dress in your face! The short one appeals to me. It’s like a dashiki or something. Too cute and perfect for the beach. I liked their bags and leather belts. Nicely done, very rich looking. nolcha 3The home furnishings at Bo Concept where the Nolcha Fashion Lounge was located made me hungry to shop. So many cute little tchotchkes! A skateboarding gold bulldog? Wonderful.nolcha 5

I had another place to go and as I walked down 18th I found a MUJI! I LOVE MUJI! I went in and poked around, and bought a few highlighters and a pumice stone for fun. They had a ton, but it takes me forever to make choices so. I always have to think about it forever.

Next Up: NYFW Streetstyle featuring Teri Agins and a cameo from Cathy Horyn

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: the absolute last post about my Aveda backstage odyssey- the style diary

 Day One:osklen 2 I manage to actually get up, but with barely enough time to get out of the house. So much for alarms. I made it to Industria a half hour after makeup and hair started. osklen 3 I got a stress fix hand massage, which was actually amazing. It was like drinking coffee. I felt a lot better afterward, my hands were kind of greasy though. osklen 1 This is me looking hangry because I left the studio to walk to the next event without grabbing a muffin. THEN it was too late to walk around and forage for food and too early to go to the next Aveda location. I just sat there and drank my water and thought about McDonald’s. This is my outfit, late chick chic. I grabbed my fave summer muumuu and my Gilligan hat first thing, then I filled in with this necklace from last year, my Ami Clubwear faux leather lock tote (looks like a Birkin, room for food and shoes), and my trusty slide on Squander boots from Cat Footwear. At least my feet didn’t hurt. osklen 2a  On my way from West 12th Street to 28th, I passed Milk Studios, the other great NYFW outpost. I passed Artists & Fleas, and remembered that I need to stop in there sometime. osklen 4 I sat in this amazing public sculpture while waiting t go over to the Tibi backstage event. It’s this huge sort of puzzle…osklen5But it has seats welded into it. It’s like plate tectonics brought to life. osklen6

After everything was over, I ate the lunch I scrounged from backstage and then I found this most awesome wooden box. It’s in my apartment right now. I put all my bags in it.

Day Two:ps ootd1I actually managed to get up and go to the track. I ran/walked for 2 miles and then it was time to go shower…ps ootd1aIt took all this to get ready. So, yeah, my outfit was a skirt and a blouse because now I have no time for any crazy outfits. I decided to use my Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, since it was a dry day with moderate temperatures. I can honestly say that it does not feel as if you have makeup on. It’s like air. ps ootd1bI had decided on an Afro with a sparkly headband after seeing that display in the window of Artists & Fleas. I also wanted to try out my Pro Beauty Tools 1875 W Ionic AC motor hair dryer. I wet my hair and then sprayed it with Aveda Thickening Tonic and made a bunch of pin curls. I dried them most of the way, then left them alone while I piled on makeup. As soon as I was one step away from being dressed, I hit my hair with a cool blast of air from my blow dryer.

After I let all the pin curls out, I decided to see if blowing air through the diffuser attachment would help. It was kind of like running your fingers through curls, so at the end of the day it all worked out. I smoothed Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss over the whole thing and was done.ps ootd2Why go to all that trouble? Because I was going to the show, as ball players say. Going straight to Moynihan Station where NYFW was holding court. It was one of those days where you wanted to be dressed for anything. And I was dressed for whatever Public School NYC could dish out. I even had flipflops in my bag.ps ootd2aSee? I might be blurry, but I’m THERE. And thanks to Still Standing foot spray I was finally getting to wear the Ami Clubwear floral peep toes that I’ve had since March. Can I admit to you that Ami Clubwear is my Forever 21? It’s cheap, fun and sexy. I can’t love them enough.ps ootd3Also, dressing up gave me the confidence to dare to hang around and squirm my way into seeing the show. There was a platform, kind of like the Givenchy arrangement, where people could stand and watch but not interfere with the fashion set. So I basically saw the same show as Andre Leon Talley, the guy wearing sunnies and all black in the front row.  I mean I was breathing in air that he had breathed.

So that was worth getting up early for.  ps ootd3aI downloaded these pics from Vogue Runway so you could see how cool the clothing was. Public School NYC did an amazing job of presenting an ss2016 collection that was eminently wearable. I die for the crocheted sweater with the thick black stripes. ps ootd4When I came blinking into the sunlight, some nice people asked me if I wanted a ride to Soho, and the next thing I knew I was in the back of an SUV with a goodie bag and scooping Jolly Ranchers out of the cupholder. Stylight was out in full force picking up random fashionistas and getting them from Milk Studios downtown to 34th Street while jamming to hot dance music. I admit to laughing when they played Sexy Back.ps ootd5

I didn’t have another show, so I ended up hanging out at this place Mariachi’s with another backstage girl. The chilaquiles are heaven. The red stuff is chorizo, and it was like bacon’s sassy sister. Yum. So I finally did a fashion blogger thing and had brunch! And a beer- a Bohemia beer, no less.

That’s Sassy, y’all.

Day Three:

Just when you think it’s over, they pull you back in! cb1

A last minute addition had me prepping to go backstage for the Chiara Boni/La Petit Robe show and I had already let myself slide since Sunday’s Public School show. I had to get back in the game with Mirai Clinical Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash and a quick Gin-Zing Refreshing Face Mask from Origins. I washed my hair with Be Curly Co-Wash and gave myself followed by the Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque. Then the same steps as on Sunday.cb2This time I used the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation, which left my skin kind of dewy. I really just wanted to wear my overalls. I wanted a louche 90s look, a cross between a raver and those chicks from TLC.cb3 I freshened up my manicure with CND Vinylux Weekly Polish. every single color has sparkle to it. Those sandals are my fave Jasmine wedges from, of course, Ami Clubwear. cb4

I threw these Kale Krunch snacks in my bag, because you never know. They taste like Cheez Doodles, but they’re healthy. Which is mind-blowing. My new fave habit is to pack a clear purse with essentials, like a pen, notebook, Still Standing Spray, asthma inhaler, tissues, Boscia charcoal blotting linens and a lens cloth for my glasses. Can I mention that the Kale Krunch and Boscia product came from my Stylight goodie bag? I did. cb5 A perfect day for Le Grand Hat, don’t you think? Kind of like Easy E, but with a sense of humor. cb6 After covering backstage I made it home and looked at my trophies. I didn’t go tearing all over the city. I wasn’t followed by paparazzi or streetstyle photogs, but I had fun. I actually enjoyed Fashion Week for the first time since I came to New York and started covering fashion. And I got backstage! With my favorite beauty brand Aveda! I was living the dream!!!endThen I washed off all my makeup and took off my heels and stuff and went back to being me. Which is always the best part of all.

Next up: we go to Daniel Silverstain‘s ss2016 show and Nolcha Fashion Lounge

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for Public School and it was all Piero, Tami and Lamenka back there

ps1So, my third backstage assignment with Aveda was at NYFW ground zero, Moynihan Station for Public School NYC. I am pleased to announce that not only did I manage to get up early and get there on time, but I also managed to dress appropriately. Score one for me!  ps2Once admitted backstage, there was a long, mazelike hallway to traverse. I kept wondering how big the set must be for us to have to walk so far to get backstage.  ps4

ps3It was backstage madness times ten as the Aveda team did hair, Maybelline ‘beat face’ and the Deborah Lippman people painted nails in preparation for the show.  ps3aAveda Global Artistic Director for Hair Styling, Allen Ruiz was crafting the perfect look for the nomadic, adventurous Public School NYC girl. A look as comfortable strolling through remote mountain villages as it would be sipping champagne in Paris.  ps5The sleek, twisted ponytail is a simple chic look that can take you anywhere. See the Trend Report at the end of this post for products and instructions. ps6Backstage product stars were Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream and Brilliant Retexturing Gel for smooth, shining style.ps7

psfinallooktippishorterI found out that the girl getting her hair done by Tippi Shorter who is Aveda’s Global Artistic Director, Textured Hair was Lameka Fox. Who? Only one of those girls touted to be the next big thing. She was really nice, too. I talked to her later and she said she was really excited to do the show. If I hadn’t picked up this copy of The Impression outside after the show, I would not have known how huge she is.

Stars, they’re so down to earth. ps8

ps9There was no mercy for the boys either- they were also getting makeup, hair and nails done. The curly haired guy in photo 1 is Piero Mendez, who’s basically the biggest male model walking the planet right now. I didn’t know that at the time, I was too busy running around. ps91

ps92I managed to get breakfast was spicy, crispy, curly papadams, raspberry scones and blueberry corn muffins from The City Bakery, and I almost got to eat it but every time I turned around something was in front of me that I had to take a photo of. I got a few bites of everything, but eventually my breakfast was thrown out…which means there will be a future blog post in which we visit The City Bakery.ps93This is when I lost my breakfast; Maxwell Osborne, half of Public School NYC came out of the dressing area and I had to stalk him. 

Worth it.

psfinallookHere’s model Tami Williams (you saw her in Vogue, Elle, she’s everywhere…) on the runway wearing Public School NYC ss2016. Chic, sleek, simple.

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This is everything you need to get the look. I love the idea of taking the twisted ponytail and making a twisty bun, don’t you?

Next up: Backstage NYFW style!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for the Chiara Boni/ La Petite Robe beauty blowout, featuring Dharma Stuart/Major Models

cb1Chiara Boni, whose La Petite Robe label a cult brand since the 80s, showed her latest collection at ArtBeam last week and Aveda was on hand to handle both hair and makeup.  cb2The inspiration for the look was a blossoming flower, with bold lips and undulating wet look hair.  cb3The pace backstage was frenetic as stylists wielded product and hairdryers at a frantic pace. The hair took liberal amounts of Aveda’s Flax Seed Aloe Strong Hold Sculpturing Gel, which enhanced the wet look and made hair super shiny. cb4

cb5Here the models take a break from styling prep as they line up to do a show run-through on the catwalk. cb5aAveda Guest Artist John Reyman adjusting a model’s look. His inspiration was blooming roses, which ties in with the floral colors and prints in the show. His instructions and product recommendations are at the end of this post. cb6

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cb7 In the midst of the chaos, models were giving interviews. It was a total madhouse back there! But the makeup looks amazing. The pink lip is so wearable. cb7a

La Petite Robe’s love of color and sense of shape has landed them on multiple covers, like the one of the cast of Orange Is The new Black on the cover of Essence magazine. The ss2016 collection didn’t disappoint, with sumptuous pieces in hot pinks and fuchsias along with softer florals and deeper violet hues.

These shoes in photo one. Dying.cb8Here, model Dharma Stuart/major Models is transformed from a Michigan teen to a, NYFW runway star. The basketball playing teen decided at 12 that she wanted to be on billboards. The leggy teen with a penchant for pink gingham has already appeared on runways in Paris and is featured in an edgy editorial in Lucy’s Magazinecb9 Can you just die? I love La Petite RobeChiara+Boni+La+Petite+Robe+Runway+Spring+2016+vXlP3RrSaoWl

The finished look on the Chiara Boni/La Petite Robe runway. Glorious!

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Try it!! The fingerwaves can work on a variety of hair lengths and textures with determination, and that lip color goes across skin tones.

Next Up: we go backstage with Aveda for Public School NYC at the official new NYFW site, Moynihan Station.

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda’s hair team at Tibi and Bobbi Brown was there

tibi1After the Osklen backstage transformations were documented, I raced over to 12th Avenue to see what was going on at Aveda’s Tibi headquarters. After checking in, it was straight backstage to see what was going on. tibi3 Aveda’s hair team leader was award winning hair designer Frank Rizzieri who created a cool girls style to reflect the laidback wanderlust of the Tibi girl. The hair was loose, with a slight bend near the ears and a bit of Aveda Shampure dry shampoo to add texture and a bump of volume at the crown. You’ll have instructions on how to get the look at the end of this post. tibi2aHair products and tools everywhere! The stars of backstage were Aveda’s Thickening Tonic spray, Shampure dry shampoo, Pure Abundance style prep and Control Force hairspray. tibi4

tibi5I ran over to catch what was going on in the nail area, where JINsoon was feverishly painting on a pastel spring palette with a twist. The nail was almost bare, with the color at the nail tip. See the nail art on @jinsoon.tibi7

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I wandered over to the makeup area and Bobbi Brown was actually there painting models. That was a huge thrill. tibi2I was lucky enough to get a live demo of Frank Rizzieri showing off how he diid the cool girl hair look for the show on Kristina from Houston’s Pretty Shiny Sparkly blog. tibi8The backstage lunch spread from City Bakery featuring to die for cookies and fresh fruit…tibi9There were mini-wraps and sandwiches, nuts and bottles of fresh NYC tap water in Vapur bottles with the Aveda label. After a full morning of backstage beauty, it was definitely time for lunch. tibilookHere’s the finished hair/makeup look striding down the Tibi runway. You can see the whole collection here.

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Next up: backstage with Aveda for Chiara Boni of La Petite Robe

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for Osklen’s ss2016 hair look

osklen1NYFW isn’t just about front rows. One of the best privileges is to get a backstage pass to watch how the show looks are put together. I was lucky enough to get on Aveda’s list and was invited backstage for four creative fashion events. This past Saturday I got up early and took the train into Manhattan to view the Aveda hair team create a special look for Brazilian based brand, Osklen.  osklen2Backstage guests were invited to get their hair done in the runway style, and there was a separate, fully stocked hair station set up for transformations right in the hallway of Industria Superstudio where Osklen would be showing. osklen3 The finished style, which was created by Aveda Global Creative Director, Antionette Beenders, is reminiscent of an orchid, or maybe that’s just me. The low-slung bun with romantically drifting tendrils is modeled here by Kelsey Kinsel of the blog Pink & Blondeosklen5While I didn’t get my hair styled, I did partake of the lavender-scented hand massage featuring the Stress Fix range from Aveda. My troubles melted and my shoulders loosened as my hands were smothered in moisturizing lotion and gently manipulated. Definitely a great way to wake up! osklen6Breakfast wasn’t an issue, since there was a table piled high with fruit and delectable baked goods from City Bakery along with collapsible plastic water bottles from Vapur with the Aveda logo.  The water was locally sourced. It came straight from New York City taps. Did you know that NYC has the most amazing waterosklen7I finally got to meet Aveda’s Heather Kleinert, the awesome person who sends me products to review and met a new person, style blogger Samantha Metell of Bonjour Blue. I had actually seen her walking over to Industria and was struck by how cleanly elegant her outfit was. I found out that the gorgeous laser cut skirt, which looked like suede, was actually fabric and by J. Crew. I absolutely adored her gray/pink CND Rubble gel nailpolish which perfectly suited her ensemble.  osklen8

osklen91I got to watch Ms. Beenders create a look from scratch, which was amazing. It’s definitely a look that you’ll want to try, and I’ll be providing instructions at the end of this post. She finished the model’s hair with a Aveda Control Force hairspray and smoothed the sides with her hands.osklen92A range of Aveda products were on hand at every station for dealing with different hair textures and types. osklen93Cute and a morning person? Breaking those model stereotypes, girl! It’s hard not to smile back at someone who just beams at you without provocation. osklen94

osklen95The styleboard that showed Osklen’s lineup with each model’s looks.  osklen96As the morning went on, activity heated up in the changing area as stylists steamed clothing and organized clothes for the show. Can I admit that I love backstage more than sitting in the audience? I love seeing the creativity that goes into sending a model down the runway.

photo by Osklen
photo by Osklen

And this is a look from Osklen ss2016, so you can see how the hair/makeup and styling all work together. You can find more photos from the ss2016 NYFW show on Osklens’s instagram.

Get The Look:

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Trend Report instructions courtesy of Aveda. Use recommended products for best effect.

Next up: backstage at Tibi with Aveda

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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The LAST NYFW Review: Mongol, Lupe Gajardo, and a last look at MBFW at Lincoln Center (sniff…)

This is it, the last of my NYFW recaps. I wanted to include every show that I was invited to, even the ones I missed. Because obviously, one blogger staying in bed does not stop anyone from walking the runway.

Mongol by Bayarma Bayarkhuu:
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I actually thought that this was a presentation and figured I’d have lots of time to mosey on down to Lincoln center. Um, no. It was a bigass show and everyone I know was there and got little felt purses as parting gifts. So I felt stupid.

These were my four favorite looks from the show. The designer was born in Mongolia and is using the windswept steppes as the inspiration for her sprawling collection. I loved the use of color. The rich, ribbed furs in violet and flame red are gorgeously done. The outfit in photo 1 is so perfectly 90s with  long shearling lined velvet coat and the yellow sunglasses, I’m in awe. The caped black jumpsuit with the figure sculpting white half-moon shapes on the sides is a showstopper.

After looking at all the photos, I think that they could have edited better, but when it’s your first show it’s hard to cut pieces that you treasure, so I get it. You can see all of the looks here, and watch the video below.

Lupe Gajardo:

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I was actually looking forward to this one, but just couldn’t force myself to go out in the frigid cold and darkness. I love fashion, but c’mon. I missed a great show though- as you can see from these photos. I love the sweater in photo 1 with the bright smear of yellow around the face. The wheat colored knit ponchi is pretty good, it would look great thrown over a stiff collared white shirt, and I love the see through knit sheath dress.

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These leather clutches with a simple contrasting strap and the designer’s name is wonderful. No crazy hardware, just simplicity. Gajardo also showed a knack for reinventing denim with her patchwork pieces. The shearling lined denim jacket with leather trim is an easy update that looks effortlessly stylish. She also convincingly wove feathers into pieces without coming off costume-y. Good job!

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Check out the rest of the collection here and check out runway video below:

MBFW is over- all hail MBFW:

So NYFW got evicted from Lincoln Center and sponsors like MBFW pulled out like, ‘we through’.  That’s ok. Sometimes you have to get rejected and kicked out to get lean and mean. I mean- have you never seen a Rocky movie? NYFW is in the eye of the tiger and they’ll be back.

The better be, anyway. We all need places to go in September. Bust a move, New York Fashion Week!

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Bye, tents…it was fun.

Next up: Aveda storms the runways with Stella McCartney, Costello Tagliapietra and Haider Ackermann

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW recap: The Official Haul of the aw2015 season shows

So, yeah. Fashion Week happened, and I went some places and got some stuff handed to me free of charge. Did I say no? Um.

Let’s move on.

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On Day 6, when I should have been slogging to 3 shows, I crashed and went through my stuff.  I didn’t go out that much, but I think I did ok. I mean, nobody’s handing out free magazines and stuff at the supermarket, right? So in that light…BONANAZA!!!

Clothing and clothing related items:

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I believe that we have discussed the Tide Fashion Closet with stylist Jennifer Eve on hand to give out clothing mantenance advice? I managed to get one bag of Tide pods (with Febreze!) for every day that I was supposed to be at Lincoln Center. Why? Because chicks need detergent like they need egg sandwiches. I got this tshirt from Planet Zero Motorsports at the NOLCHA Fashion Lounge and this insane brightly patterned Winnie scarf from the incredible Desigual aw2015 show.

Beauty products:

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I got a totebag from My Indie Hair at the Nolcha Fashion Lounge. They are all about social media, down to putting their handles on the inside rim of the bag. They were giving out hairspray, but that just gunks up my hair, so I traded that for their Polish #mixitsoft. I got some Bumble & bumble samples from Stylinity at TechStyle Lounge along with a new SK-II Facial Treatment Mask and a tiny bottle of Facial Treatment Essence. Pandora was giving away fashion emergency kits and free photos at Lincoln Center.

Tech stuff:

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I got this cotton totebag (yes, another one… so original, right?) at TechStyle Lounge and filled it with new fun tech goodies. Like this most righteous UME Drive Millenium bracelet ($27.99) that I got straight from CEO Clem Harrigan’s pocket. What’s an UME Drive? It’s 8gig of wearable storage- waterproof and everything. No excuse for not having your presentation when you’re wearing it, right?

I also got a self help book called The Love List on a USB stick/keychain and the Stylinity Selfie Stage ($19.99) which is a clear plastic cradle for your smartphone with both adhesive and a suction cup on the back. Basically? Full length selfies just got so much easier.

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Bottles of Smartwater were all they had for free refreshment at Lincoln Center this (the last) season.   No more Diet Coke or Illy Coffee Drinks. No delicious Lifeway Kefir. Just water. I got four and am saving them for no real reason.

Got this All Beauty Water cucumber and aloe drink sweetened by Stevia at the NOLCHA Fashion Lounge. Definitely tasty. The Koa Olakino drink is so confusing that I just don’t really want to drink it. It’s supposed to be juice- but they tool all the color and sugar out so it tastes like water. I’ve had relationships like this, and it’s weird. Why would you make 12 fruits and vegetables taste like water?

SexyPop popcorn and Skinnygirl Sparklers from TechStyle Lounge– basically fake diet snack food. You can make popcorn fresh and customize it to your taste with far fewer additives and calories. The Skinnygirl Sparklers are basically soda and I admit that I guzzled them all because I never drink soda. I felt really bad afterwards because I could have used real fruit juice and a sparkling water to create my own low cal beverage and avoid the 10 calorie per bottle tariff I paid.

Reading material:

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They give away free copies of T Magazine, The Daily Front Row and WWD at NYFW. So I try to load up. For rainy days and working in my daybook and getting ideas, they definitely come in handy.

Next up: The Art Institutes Student Showcase review

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian