During an amazing dinner during market week a year ago, who knew I was looking at the venue for this year’s runway show? It must have worked its way into my subconscious as inspiration often does, and once the designs began to take shape, Buddakan NYC was really the only place for my “Cherry Blossom” collection to make its debut. A perfect mix of modern Asian fusion, the chic use of color and dramatic lighting created a magical setting for my fanciful walk through the cherry blossoms.
Here’s a sneak peak at the backstage beauty which began with my favorite skin care line, Arcona. Triad Pads cleanse, tone and hydrate, infusing skin with protective antioxidants (I use them pre and post workout), and Magic White Ice moisturizes and preps the skin for flawless make-up.
The amazing team from Stila led by the beautiful Sarah Lucero created the look: A hint of Asian inspiration with a fresh, pretty palette. Rosy cheeks and lips stained with Cherry Crush, and a glamorous eye using black Smudge Pot liner on the top lid only, lilac shadow (from my soon-to-be-released limited edition Stila Loves Claire Pettibone Palette!) under the lower lashes, set off with subtle sparkle on the lids. The girls had a soft innocence with a dose of sophistication…perfect for wedding day, or any day!
Celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter and her team created graceful twisted knots for our up-do’s with straight short bangs. Ojon hair products keep the hair nourished and add a great shine, while flat irons from Smart Heat effortlessly turn any frizz into soft sleek tresses. I loved how this look worked on all the girls and gave a consistency to the show.
Once hair and make-up are in place, it’s time to get dressed, and of course fabulous shoes from Kathryn Amberleigh finish the look. I introduced some cherry pink pops of color to go with a few of the gowns, in addition to ivory and antique gold. This NYC based husband and wife team create some really cool classic looks with a twist.
We had one model M.I.A. which added a bit of last minute stress to our backstage frenzy, but what is a fashion show without drama?! We scrambled to put her dress on another girl for a quick change, and in the end, it all worked out! Just like a wedding day, there may be things that don’t go according to plan…just take a deep breath, smile, and remember what the day is all about.
Ready with my girls in the line-up as a few last minute guests take their seats out front. The music starts, the lights come up, and it’s show time! See you soon with Cherry Blossom 2010.