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Kristin Booker • February 13, 2016

New York Fashion Week Diaries: Backstage at Kate Spade New York Fall 2016

It’s that time of year again! Even though I’m covering fewer shows, I wanted to go backstage for some of my favorites. Let’s start with yesterday at a perennial favorite, Kate Spade New York.

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This year, the presentation was held at the historical Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Plaza (that’s right: 30 Rock.) The view was stunning, the process to get upstairs was high security (it is NBC headquarters, after all – wouldn’t want any of us running off to find the soundstage for Saturday Night Live,) and backstage was tight. As a matter of fact, I don’t think anyone who hasn’t covered backstage at a fashion week presentation can understand exactly how clustered it gets. Even thought this shot is flashed, I saved it because I wanted to give you a peek at just how close all of us are when we try to work. We are literally right on top of each other.

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This poor model is just waiting to get her makeup approved.

The look again this season is still youthful, and more of the no-makeup look. Heavy emphasis on glowing, perfect skin with minimal cosmetics, and easy hair with (for the girls with long hair) a smooth, evenly-parted crown that ends in a tousled ponytail.

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The hair was prepped with PHYTO Volume Intense Mousse, then PHYTOSpecific Thermoperfect 8 Sublime Smoothing Care and PHYTOSpecific Integral Hydrating Mist (coming soon to was worked in for added texture. Rough dry the hair, loosely gather it into a pony, tie it with a soft elastic and cover it with a velvet ribbon. Mist it with finishing spray, call it a day.

Just disregard all the foil bits and nets you see. That’s to protect the style before they hit the runway.

Romy Soleimani working her magic on a model backstage at Kate Spade New York Fall 2016.

Romy Soleimani working her magic on a model backstage at Kate Spade New York Fall 2016.

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The lightly-flushed makeup look is achieved by tapping Kevyn Aucoin Luminous Foundation (coming soon to to the center of the face and anywhere you experience flushing. If you need extra coverage (especially under the eyes) use Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer underneath. The flush of the cheek is Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow in Patrice mixed with Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Duo in Blood Roses applied to the apples of the cheeks. Curl your lashes, and follow that with Kevyn Aucoin The Mascara in Curling, and finish by defining your lip line with Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Pencil in Hyancinth and blending The Sensual Lip Balm for a pretty lip.

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Deborah Lippmann was in charge of that pop of cherry on the hands, which was created by prepping the nail with Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Base Coat, followed by one coat of Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in My Old Flame and one coat of Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in It’s Raining Men. That layered look is so pretty. You have to try this one at home.

Onto the next show, but before I go, I want to say that I’m already thinking about how to talk about the whole “no-makeup” thing for those who might not be as comfortable (or even really into) a look so youthful that’s, let’s face it, easier to do on models who are under the age of 25. There’s a way to lighten up without looking like you forgot something before you left the house, so know that I’m thinking about that as I go through Fashion Week. We’ll talk more about it later.

Have a great night!



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