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While many labels have shifted to favor the avant-garde face, Burberry Prorsum is generally a show at which beauty is held in high priority. The Burberry girl is, after all, inherently pretty in the most natural way. Think spokesmodel for the Body fragrance, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a woman on whom clothes seem superfluous — just a… READ MORE »


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One of our favorite trends from the fall 2010 runways was the plethora of easy-going hairstyles. The epic, totally un-doable up-do was an unusual sight as high-maintenance hair faded into the distant fashion past. Even the most complicated styles rarely involved more than a little mousse and a… READ MORE »


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Love runway makeup? And models sans fards? If you haven’t seen “Model Morphosis,” a new-ish T Magazine blog feature, you must check it out immediately. Photographer Greg Kessler captures models backstage as they arrive at shows, then snaps their transformations after they’ve sat in the chairs of some of the most major makeup artists in… READ MORE »


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Besides all the signature zigzag prints and tribal silhouettes, the real star of Missoni’s Fall 2010 show was (for me anyway), the deep, dark eggplant-hued lips the models sported in what MAC makeup artist Lucia Peroni called “A little bit Scottish, a little Masai, a little punk.” Sounds good to me. I’m a little obsessed… READ MORE »


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Models wore chain-embellished clothes at the Gareth Pugh show in Paris earlier this week, so nail pro Marian Newman for Creative Nail Design extended the look to their nails, too. These hanging chains are the latest in the recent crop of textured nails during 2010’s various fashion weeks. Keep reading to see the shorter “daytime” READ MORE »


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If you’re backstage beauty junkies like we are, you might wanna jump on this deal ASAP. MAC & Milk are definitely the cool kids during Fashion Week–Milk Studios founder/Creative Director Mazdack Rassi likens their space to MoMA as opposed to Bryant Park’s Met–and we love going behind the scenes to see what brilliant MAC makeup… READ MORE »


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It was the last day of Fashion Week, and despite having to hobble around on heels that made our feet burn, backstage at Isaac Mizrahi’s show was coolishly refreshing. Because Isaac cited “camping on the Upper East Side” of Manhattan as part of the inspiration for his fall collection, makeup artist Val Garland made them… READ MORE »


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Makeup artist Gregory Arlt dubbed the Davidelfin fall 2010 beauty look the “lip show” because, as you guessed it, the makeup was all about lipstick. Most of the Davidelfin collection is black, but Gregory said he was inspired by two magenta coats, so he created a full lip to match. He first applied the Process… READ MORE »


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Brazilian designer Carlos Miele’s show was colorful and playful, but the makeup was warm and golden and all woman. Maybelline New York makeup artist Gato Ruben Zamora told us he wanted the models — most of whom are teenage girls — to look a little more grown-up, like “beautiful women.” He created a totally wearable,… READ MORE »


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If you don’t know the designer Sophie Theallet’s name yet, you will. She won a Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund award last year, Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley were in her front row (alongside a gaggle of Saudi Arabian princesses), and influential fashion consultant Robert Burke called her fall runway “theREAD MORE »


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The beauty at Nanette Lepore’s fall 2010 show was inspired by women in Renaissance paintings, but makeup artist Makky’s two-toned lips look anything but old-fashioned. He applied MAC Cosmetics’ MAC PRO lipstick in Charred Red, a dark burgundy, to the bottom lip. Then, he put Odyssey, a bright fuchsia, on the top. While Makky doesn’t… READ MORE »


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Backstage at Zac Posen, Odile Gilbert (seriously, one of the most amazing hairstylists of our time) performed a feat by combining urban long hair chic with Posen’s ’40s-inspired collection. “We wanted to create a simple yet sexy look this season that is very wearable,” Odile said. “Zac and I talked about how influential the downtown… READ MORE »


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Super cute Erin Fetherston is one of the sweetest designers I can think of, so it’s no wonder hairstylist Odile Gilbert told me that the designer herself was the inspiration for the hair as she placed blunt bangs — Erin’s signature style — over the models’ foreheads. MAC makeup artist Lucia Pica had another muse… READ MORE »


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I ran into MAC makeup artist and our Kiki T’s pal Stevie Huynh backstage at Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung’s show, and I can’t think of any prettier makeup I’ve seen so far. Stevie was all about creating the most gorgeous skin to match Prabal’s time of the Android aesthetic, and he really did create an… READ MORE »