Ok, so yep, London has already closed and now everyone’s in Milan. But here I am, about to show you some of my favorite snaps from backstage at DKNY. It’s a giant post, there are loads of photos, and asking me to pick my favorite is like asking me to save a favorite shoe in a house fire: can’t I just take them ALL?!?
Backstage with DKNY is always an adventure, and it’s such a fun, vibrant show. This season, the runway and show used the power of real style from the streets. As in, most of the individuals who walked the catwalk for Fall 2014 were real people with real style. From a biologist to club kids to DJ Chelsea Leyland (a personal favorite, love her style) and rappers, the show was inspired by the grit and joie de vivre it really takes to make it here. I got a chance to shoot backstage for my blog and for my client, Refinery 29. Which, coincidentally due to workload, is one of the reasons why this post is tardy….but, I digress.
The base look created by Maybelline New York lead makeup artist Yadim was just glowing skin courtesy of the brand’s Dream Fresh 8-In-1 BB cream SPF 30 (always amazing for a flawless finish in mere seconds before you head out the door,) with touches of concealer and moisturizer. After that, each makeup artist was instructed to replicate each individual model’s look as they would normally appear on a night on the town. I repeat, each look was individual. That’s groundbreaking for a runway presentation.
Hair followed the same path as makeup, with Wella Professional lead Eugene Souleiman likening backstage to a hair salon, with each person getting a customized look. Again, groundbreaking. Green cornrows, a canary yellow layered cut, natural curls of every size and dimension: it was just so good.
Michelle Saunders for Essie whipped up an eclipse manicure for some of the gals (a fancy name for a reverse French mani.) If you want to get the look, apply Essie First Base base coat to dry nails, then one coat of Blanc (pure white polish) followed by a coat of Smokin’ Hot (a gray lacquer) over the center of the nail, leaving a thin white arc around the entire nail base. Add Allure (think ballet slipper pink with a touch of white) on top of the entire thing, then finish with Matte About You top coat.
Otherwise, the nails were essentially nude polish. Such as is done to get a good look. But that manicure? Amazing. These are DJ Chelsea Leyland’s nails above (and her amazing rings – do you die?)
You know, it was such fun to shoot this show this season, both backstage and front of house. Because beauty really is individual, despite what airbrushing will tell us. DKNY celebrates something that anyone who lives in New York knows, which is that New York makes you even more of who you already are. It demands you to define yourself, to rise above the din and make your voice heard. You can’t be like everyone else and thrive here. New York is one of the most beautifully diverse places on earth, and I’m happy one of my favorite brands celebrates that as much as we all should. These urban warriors created a canvas splashed with diversity and suited up to take charge of the runway. Which is the next post, coming right up.
All images shot by Kristin Booker for Fashion.Style.Beauty on September 8th, 2014. All rights reserved.