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Happy 70th Birthday Betsey Johnson!

Tuesday night’s raucous Betsey Johnson show was not only a retrospective of the designers’ rocker duds from the 60s till now, but also a banging birthday party for the freshly minted 70-year-old. In honor of Betsey, models were given ’80s style crimped hair and cleopatra-esque eyes.

Lead stylist John Reyman from Aveda created the throwback hairstyle section-by-section, first spritzing a protective layer of Control Force hair spray before using a crimper. To reduce frizz, hair was brushed out with the fingers and then back-combed around the parietal ridge to create volume. “It’s inspired by Betsey Johnson herself,” said Reyman. “Her kind of fun, crazy hair—it’s 80s and it’s crimped, it’s par-tay. Think White Snake circa 1987.”

Models posing with a Baked By Melissa mini-cupcake dispenser.

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Try This Sweet Kate Spade Spring Look Now

Last week, we told you about Kate Spade’s Spring 2013 presentation, with its retro-inspired shapes and ultra-feminine Jouer makeup. While we’re sure everyone will be wearing powder blue (seriously!) eye shadow come spring, we don’t want to wait to try out a slightly toned-down version of the designer’s runway look. We love the way the model above is pairing clean, youthful skin with strong brows and petal pink cheeks. To get the look, start with Jouer’s new Matte Moisture Tint, which dries to a velvety (not powdery) finish and follow with a generous dusting of Jouer’s Mineral Powder Blush in Peony. The bubblegum hue looks extremely bright but we promise, it’s amazingly flattering and gives you a delicate rosy flush. For brows, we like to fill in any sparse areas with brow powder or pencil. And while we don’t know what they did at the show, we think this look demands a spritz of a flirty scent. What could be more appropriate than kate spade new york’s Twirl? Don’t be surprised if we start introducing ourselves as Holly Golightly. 

—Mollie

If you’re in an extra-fancy mood, swipe on a coat of Jouer’s Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Peony, a pretty pink. 

Inside Anna Sui’s Fashion Week Beauty Bar

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Ah, Anna Sui. The ever-enchanting designer never ceases to captivate me with her darling designs that transport you to another place and time. This season’s runway show was inspired by both the French Revolution and the underground punk scene, resulting in a wondrous mix of bold looks. Equally statement-worthy was the beauty, which was dreamed up by makeup artist superstar Pat McGrath and featured major eyeliner to complement bright blue hairpieces.

Although, I’d love to rock Sui’s spring 2013 runway face in real life, my day-to-day lifestyle calls for a lower maintenance look, so I was thrilled to learn that the designer created a backstage beauty bar that featured an straight forward demo on how to use the designer’s easy-to-wear cosmetics. I chatted with Emily Fang, Anna Sui Cosmetics international marketing director, about the new collection’s pretty products and how you can channel the softer version of Sui’s runway look at home.

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Classic ’50s Cat Eyes At Alice + Olivia

We love a cat eye, especially one that’s colorful. stila’s Sarah Lucero delivered one that met both criteria at Alice + Olivia's Spring 2013 presentation. “It's ’50s-inspired, the all-American girl,” said Lucero. “What I love is the fun personality that Alice + Olivia has in the clothing, so we did the makeup very smart, sexy, bold. The whole look is about the eyes.”

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Badgley Mischka: A Model’s Diary

This New York Fashion Week, we have a new blog contributor—and she’s as pro as they come. Model Alana Zimmer (whose resume includes regular Vogue editorials, walking in couture shows like Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier, and starring in Nicole Miller’s fall ad campaign) is taking exclusive backstage pics for us at all the shows she’s in this season. Check back each day to see NYFW from a model’s point of view! 

The step-and-repeat backstage. 

Good morning! Empty chairs and a forest themed catwalk. 


Hair by Peter Gray

Matching toes (polish by Deborah Lippmann) and flip flops. 

Erin O’Connor’s opening look . 

Shades of pink. 

Get the EXACT color that manicurist Deborah Lippmann used on the models at Badgley Mischka here

The Perfectly Approachable Ponytail at Rachel Roy Spring 2013

At yesterday’s Rachel Roy presentation, celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson was on hand to talk about the perfect wearable ponytail he had created. “The position of the ponytail was the most important. We didn’t want it to be too high because the high ponytail tends to be a little too cheerleader, and the low ponytail can be too sophisticated. So we wanted something that sits in the middle of the head.”

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Mega Hair, Makeup, and Nails at Erickson Beamon

At Erickson Beamon, the beauty inspiration was all about ’60s black and white photography, only done in a seriously over-the-top way. Lead makeup artist Tina Turnbow for NYX said, “I am such a huge fan of the ’60s, so we were just thinking about this gorgeous, expressive, huge eye and with the inspiration of those beautiful black and white pictures.” To get the eye look, she used the brand’s Jumbo Eye Pencils in black and white to draw dramatic shapes and then a smudging brush to diffuse and create the shadowy effect. To contrast with the mono-chromatic eye makeup, Turnbow added a “shot of crisp coraly-red” to the lips.

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Dream Girl Hair and the Nomadic Woman at Sachin + Babi Spring 2013

At the Sachin and Babi Spring 2013 show this afternoon, Martin Christopher, the lead stylist for Cutler Redken, was creating dream girl hair. His take on the look: “It’s polished but still has a nice beach texture. Very chic, very beautiful woman. She’s going to the beach but she’s spent some time getting the ends together. Very, very healthy.”

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Battle Royale References at Band of Outsiders

We loved the film-inspired concept behind Saturday’s Band of Outsiders show. Creative director Scott Sternberg looked to Japanese cult classic Battle Royale, which follows a class of ninth graders who are forced to fight for survival, while creating the collection. (Pop culture fun fact: In the last year, Battle Royale has often been referenced as a potential inspiration for the Hunger Games for somewhat obvious reason). The militaristic and feral influences inspired a clean, natural and slightly wild beauty look.

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Ohne Titel: A Model’s Diary

This New York Fashion Week, we have a new blog contributor—and she’s as pro as they come. Model Alana Zimmer (whose resume includes regular Vogue editorials, walking in couture shows like Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier, and starring in Nicole Miller’s fall ad campaign) is taking exclusive backstage pics for us at all the shows she’s in this season. Check back each day to see NYFW from a model’s point of view! 

Coral-orange nails.

Lucia Pica for MAC doing a blue eye in lineup. 

Britt Maren with her long extensions by Jimmy Paul and orange eyes by MAC

Melissa Tammerijn, the closing girl, just off the runway.

For more fashion week fun, check out all of our coverage here!