Sunday, September 30, 2012


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Lincoln Center, NYC

words/backstage images Judith Ecochard

Farah Angsana
"For that sophisticated woman that travels and falls in love with the culture and a man..." was NY Based designer Farah Angsana's inspiration for her "The Glamazon" collection.

Brazil---and the Amazon in particular---inspired much of the hand beaded/embroidered details (done in India) ---and exotic prints---for this luxurious collection of cocktail and evening dresses.
"I want women to look beautiful and not make an 'artistic' statement...some designers want to make weird statements..."

SO Angsana's dresses are all fitted perfectly to enhance a feminine silhouette---not to make some kind of statement about geometric proportions that we see a lot in fashion editorial---i.e. this Fall's oversized coat trend---with some that would take up half a subway car.
But we digress...

Other notable highlights include Angsana's wonderful flair for bold colors and black and white---and the quality of the fabrics used...stunning, including silk chiffon, silk crepe, silk satin organza...and tulle, often embellished with sparkling crystals.

"I am always taking pictures, " she noted..."even of hotel walls..." that color-wise, serve as inspiration.

Christo-busy guy-namesake salon ---hub of activity for Fashion Night Out and as go to glam spot for hip/hop rapper EVE
We also had a chance to chat with lead hair/makeup guru Christo---who clued us in on how to get the "clean polished look for a va-va-voom woman..."

 "...a sleek high ponytail -with height and movement" he added... was the desired look. 

AND, a great way to show off all those ornate beaded necklines, imo without competing with the attire.

Products used include Christo's Shaping Spray, which contains sunscreen agents to provide volume, lift, and hold without ever flaking  and Glow & Shine for just that--- added shine.

Polished, clean...sleek---un-fussy hair for ornate clothes

backstage fav...Make Up Forever evens the skin tone out

Christo's team also did the makeup---with the emphasis on a bold-bright red lip using Chanel lipstick.

highlighter on eyelids, under brow add glow, flirty eyelashes and soft pinky apple on the cheeks softly balance out a strong lip color that's the focus here.
Backstage, Susan Sidor-Production Manager instructed the gals---"...think of something that makes you dead stares..."

Japanese sumo 'do-shaved sides and a top knot- on a stylist backstage...very cool

Nails-by the ever busy Patty Yankee for Dashing Diva---pretty pail peachy pink shade...Purgasm.
Nails-by Patty Yankee for Dashing Diva---Purgasm ----

Color-FX appliqués are  new...

silk floral jacquard organza strapless cocktail dress
Close-ups of some of the dresses backstage...
Tangerine silk chiffon belted caftan with beaded neckline

Blush silk crepe with beaded sleeves

silk floral jacquard organza w/ 3/4 sleeve cocktail dress

crystal embellished neckline

beaded neckline of royal blue silk chiffon evening gown

Rose pink silk crepe strapless embroidered cocktail dress

Yellow silk chiffon beaded empire bodice evening gown

nulti-colored tribal sequin strapless cocktail dress

embroidered salmon sleeveless shift dress

beaded cap sleeve, ivory tulle and silk crepe gown with crystal embellishment
hair pony tail---high with some height at the crown-universally flattering look

glittery stacked platform heels...

sign backstage---missing the "alcohol" part---but we never saw any of that anyway---New York-Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is all business at this locale...

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Lincoln Center -NYC

words/backstage images Judith Ecochard

Bright and early---Bibhu Mohapatra's backstage gathering of models, hair stylists, make-up pros and nail technicians--all started up at 6AM.

AMIT ABRAHAM-lead stylist L'Oreal Professionnel
We didn't-getting in to survey the bustling scene at about 7AM...impressed with the number of people and the number of cups of Starbucks coffee. Def a sponsor we miss ha ha.

True Grip Powder---new for 2013 by L'Oreal Professionnel-

True Grip-"adds instant volume"---a powder...shaking it "...looks really bad backstage..." JOKE

The geometric, graphic 'do, coiffed by led hair stylist AMIT ABRAHAM/L'Oreal Professionnel-- got very smooth/sleek by using Mythic Oil Milk to protect the model's locks...and copious amounts of Freezing Mist and/or Architexture---for not a stray hair anywhere ABSOLUTE perfection...finished off with Perfect Shimmer for shine.
hair-center part, baby flat ironed smooth-then in two pigtails...braided ---before bring twisted and pinned into a low bun at the base of the neck.

spray, spray spray---no strays

Abraham and Joseph DiMaggio

middle part...

even naturally straight hair got worked over as the hair required precision

Shorter hair can rock this graphic look-smooth---end slick behind ears

Laura Polko-L'Oreal Professionnel---on right

3 pairs of hands to get this model's hair perfect....

one of our fav products....great to wear before hitting a swimming pool-unde swim cap

braids-kinda in a figure eight pattern...well pinned

Maybelline's make-up team-led by Gato---was most amazing as they were up late the night prior doing the visage for Betsey Johnson's S/S 2013 runway fest/birthday party.

eye color extended out to temples

A luminous look-a bit ethereal, imo---achieved by encircling the eyes with Color Sensational Lip Color in Shocking Coral and Fifth Avenue Fushia-with Magnificent Mauve patted on the lips. Bronzing powder -varied by skin tones---was used for definition on inner eye sockets and eyelids---as well as temples and cheeks.

And on the apples of the cheeks----a nice peachy pink...

lots of brushes-different functions...

strikingly romantic  make-up---but not too bold. In real life-just use the pink on the lids...and blend more...

Gato-still smiling!

in broad daylight-the look is def more editorial...

On the nails-two coats of Maybelline's Audacious Asphalt---"...a balance grey-between black and white..."in keeping with the rebirth/reborn theme..."a Luna moth into a butterfly..."

Clothes on the racks ---already making a statement--- the laser cut fabrics/leather...and the striking broken shards prints---often insert in panels on slim fitted day dresses and skirts---in several color waves...

close-up netted-lacy fabric detail

laser cut black leather jacket-stunning

United Bamboo sandals

Bibhu Mohapatra intro'ed his plush leather clutches and handbags-in dramatic geometric shapes...and bold tones---including this terrific cobalt blue

Butterfly Handbag

Chartreuse is another popular color for Spring 2013. Bibhu Mohapatra used also---one example, this glamorous evening gown with tulle underskirt---that would have looked amazing on Julianne Moore for the Emmy's---