Thursday, July 31, 2008

GALA MAGAZINE LOUNGE-A PREMIUM PRINT'S SUNNY CELEBRATION




















LUXE BRUNCH EXCLUSIVELY AT THE RIVEFRONT SPINDLER&KLATT CLUB

JULY 19th, BERLIN

Words, Pics by Judith Ecochard

It was a rare sunny day during Berlin’s Fashion Week – and the glossy German read GALA (part of the European Gruner & Jahr Media giant’s empire) threw a fabulous party for city officials, celebs, fashion week attendees, and anyone else who could score a coveted invite.







The buffet was beyond delicious…with hot and cold tables, indoors and out, laden with fresh seafood, hot meat and chicken entrees, pastries, salads, and enough cheeses to make the French envious---- in addition to what can be considered upscale breakfast eats. The champagne flowed and there was even a special espresso bar for the caffeine addicted.








We had a nice chat with Katja Reising- one of the several Maybelline NY make-up artists who graciously staffed the kiosks…and offered free touchups and full blown maquillage redos.

We opted for (needed) the latter…

Tips From Katja Reising:







German pencils made by Faber Castell, branded for several companies-are the best.
White eyeliner applied inside rim wakes up the face.
Put neutral tone concealer on lips before applying lip liner.
In Germany-big blue navy liner on lids close next to lashes is popular way to make eyes pop.
Just powder the T-Zone triangle for a half matte/half glowing look that’s healthy looking.


Next, we had a hair styled beyond belief by the congenial Gerrit Schulz-Bennewitz curling it up for L'Oreal-who we met backstage at the Eastpak show. He teased and coiled our tresses for over an hour, recreating the hairdos used in the Stella McCartney Lookbook Fall 2008 –that was shot during Paris Fashion Week.








Plus we got the inside scoop on the Berlin vs. Dusseldorf girl…the former has an individual haircut that is edgy, and wears a lot of black garb (no kidding). Dusseldorf ladies are more blingy, more into logo labels...and wear more colorful garb.





We missed the free shoulder/neck massages by Garnier denizens…but chatted with others we met and made lots of new BFFs forever.