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5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

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At 51 runway shows during New York’s Fall 2009 Fashion Week, CND’s star nail pros manicured the hottest models and created five new recession-friendly ways to have the latest looks at your fingertips.

carolina+herrera 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Tickle the Ivories – Glimmering ivory and buttercup blond manicures debuted on the runways of Carolina Herrera and iconic American designers Jason Wu and Tommy Hilfiger. The look is opaque, not sheer, with hit of golden shimmer.

dkny 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Dark is Classic – Ebonized jewel tones in sapphire and amethyst punctuated the seriously sexy styling at BCBG, Herve Leger and DKNY, while Milly and Luca Luca showed classic dark raisin manicures to complement their feminine collections. At Miss Sixty, pure black Voodoo polish was reserved for pedicures. At Diesel, Amanda Fontanarrosa mixed a custom shade of dark chocolate enamel to match the clothes.

thakoon 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
40s Moon Manicure – The glamour and hope of post WWII returned to fashion in the form of bold beauty elements including matte red lips, pin curled hair, lined eyes and half moon manicures. Ruffian, inspired by a vintage Vogue cover, updated the moon manicure from Vogue’s coral to a deep blood red. At Thakoon, CND’s Wanda Ruiz took the look a step further with a French moon mani in beige and black. At FORM, the urban black uniforms were contrasted with 40s hair and makeup and black and white moon manicures. At ThreeAsFour, CND’s Roxanne Valinoti abstracted the manicure with black triangular moons on nude nails.

matthew+williamson 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Greige & Dirty Pastels – The non-color of choice for fall is grey. At Kai Kuhne, Roxanne Valinoti designed a gradated manicure effect with greys shade evolving from pinky to thumb. CND’s Kristina Baune mixed custom shades of grey and mushroom for Karen Walker, Costello Tagliopietra, Matthew Williamson, Yigal Azrouel, and Malandrino.

baby+phat 5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009
Vintage Metallics – Nails are jewels not tools, treat them like the fashion accessory they are. At Marchesa, the look was a metallic charcoal veil to pick up on the delicate embroidery. Baby Phat manis were a universally flattering warm antique gold while Binetti showed distressed gold and silver on a black base.

GoIndulge.com is offering a free mixing bottle with the purchase of CND shades for custom blending. Use the coupon code FWRecipe.

New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

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 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009For the Thuy Fall 2009 show, Anthony Barrow for Avon created disheveled rocker updos.

“What we’re going for is to create a dry, airy texture and Thuy wanted the hair to go up…to be a little bit rockabilly. We combed through some Avon Advance Techniques Volumizing Mousse, on dry hair, and sprayed on Avon Advance Techniques Hair Spray. All of that is dried into the hair, using a hair dryer and paddle brush – which gives it a little bit of finish, but keeps it separated because we don’t want the texture to be too perfect.”

“The front half of the head is backcombed and the first few side sections are backcombed. Then the back is twisted asymmetrically across the back of the head. So it’s a bit like a French pleat, but it runs behind the ear. The front is dressed back up and twisted and the ends are left out, so there’s texture in the front. The reason for twisting the hair right to left is because the designer has created several looks with hats. So the hats go from left to right, so we’re balancing that out. What’s important is it’s not too pretty. It’s got a bit of gritiness to it. This is perfect hair, actually, because it’s a little bit damaged.”

thuy+hair New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

When I asked about the inspiration, Anthony explained, “Thuy wanted something that was strong and ‘not too girly,’ in her words…and edgier and raw. But she wanted it to be clean and she wanted it to be flat. The emphasis needed to be on the front, with the texture. We went through many variations before we decided on this one.”

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009Romero Jennings (for MAC) created the futuristic makeup look. “Thuy was talking about optimism and the future and clean lines. So I felt that the makeup should be organic, like a lot of her shapes are. But because she’s doing some color, I decided to go black and white. I was able to use texture – so there’s shine and matte. There’s definitely a liner, and it’s done with Blacktrack Fluidline, mixed with some new products. We have a new Black Collection for fall that is amazing.”

“On the lid, I mixed Frozen White Pigment with Gold Pigment and a little bit of Reflects Gold. On the cheek, we’re applying Mineralized Blush. But even though there’s a hint of color, you’re really not going to see it. On the runway, it’s going to look like black and white and the skin is just going to glow.”

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009


 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009“The lipstick is a mixture of Flesh Pot (from the limited-edition Heatherette Collection) and Myth. The look is kind of nude and fresh. On a darker girl, I’m going to use Chelsea (discontinued lipstick), which is nude and brownie. It’s pretty. It’s makeup that someone can actually do at home by themselves, with or without all of the extra things that I use. You can actually do this really great strong liner, highlight around it, do a neutral mouth and little bit of blush and you’ll get the same effect.”

When I asked Romero about emerging trends, Romero said, “For fall, I’m seeing that it’s dark. There’s a definite liner, but it’s not pointy. It’s not glam-y or vampy. It’s almost more futuristic and modern. That’s what I love about it. And the skin looks healthy.”

Give Me Fever: Scrunch Collar Cardigan

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fever+sweater+coral Give Me Fever: Scrunch Collar CardiganSpoiled Pretty readers, meet my new favorite sweater – the Scrunch Collar Cardigan by Fever.

I bought mine last weekend at Macy’s…the petite version was on sale for $19.99. I picked one up in gray and I am very tempted to go back and buy another (or a couple more) in different colors.

I’ve worn the cardigan twice this week and received a ton of compliments.

Fever’s Scrunch Collar Cardigan is also sold at Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.

New York Magazine’s Top Twenty Beauty Looks From Fashion Week

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gray+lipstick New York Magazine’s Top Twenty Beauty Looks From Fashion Week
New York Magazine’s The Cut has a great slideshow retrospective of the Fashion Week that was. Click here for their top twenty beauty looks from NYFW, Fall 2009.

This Week’s Ideeli Sales

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Mark your calendar for this week’s amazing sales at ideeli.com

marquis+camus This Weeks Ideeli Sales
Marquis & Camus
Starts Tue 3/3
Prices Start at: $69 (save up to 72%)
Sometimes you have to look to the past for clues about the future, and when you get really lucky, you find treasures from yesterday that become part of who you are today. Enter Marquis & Camus, a jewelry collection that masterfully remixes vintage pieces with the finest modern materials to create a whole new take on timeless couture. This event is scheduled to start on Tuesday, March 3 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 36 hours, or until it sells out.

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Furla Handbags
Starts Tue 3/3
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The roaring ’20s brought a new lease on life and a fierce take on fashion to people around the world. Catching this creative momentum, Aldo and Margherita Furlanetto founded a small leather goods company in the stylish city of Bologna, a small company called Furla, whose buttery leather handbags would soon come to represent the ultimate in feminine luxury. This event is scheduled to start on Tuesday, March 3 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 36 hours, or until it sells out.

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Rinkel
Starts Wed 3/4
Prices Start at: $659 (save up to 61%)
Rinkel’s no-fear attitude led to a unique blend of classic and contemporary design elements, rekindling a love affair with high-drama style. Streamlined shapes in rich jewel-tones unite the collection; however, because, like fingerprints, every crocodile skin is unique, no two bags are exactly alike. And understanding the value of these beautiful creatures, Rinkel is registered with CITES, designating 5% of its annual sale earnings for the preservation of the species and its ecosystem in Columbia. Combining pure glamour with environmental responsibility, Rinkel celebrates bold beauty and gives a modern-day meaning to the term “crocodile rock.” This event is scheduled to start on Wednesday, March 4 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 36 hours, or until it sells out.

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Escada
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Prices Start at: $489 (save up to 70%)
For spring Escada is serving up more of that fearless style straight to your wardrobe, each piece a winning combination of classic shapes and of-the-moment slickness. Intricate detailing combined with stunning prints and colors make for a show-stopping collection. Whether these designs show up on the red carpet or the city streets, there’s no denying– Escada’s fans are right on the money.This event is scheduled to start on Thursday, March 5 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 36 hours, or until it sells out.

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Becky Kelso
Starts Friday 3/6
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Becky eschews current jewelry trends and opts to find inspiration in her own family jewels and in her travels to Morocco, Asia, and Turkey. Her timeless designs feature gems like topaz, citrine, opal, and amethyst, set in yellow gold and sterling silver to exude an antique, yet whimsical quality. This event is scheduled to start on Friday, March 6 at 11am for 1st Row members, noon for 2nd Row members. This event will run for 3 days, or until it sells out.

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New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009

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reem+acra3 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009

Backstage at the Fall 2009 Reem Acra collection (held at Reem’s showroom),teams from Bumble and bumble and MAC were busy at work styling hair and crafting makeup to compliment the collection’s Grecian theme.

“The inspiration is goddess-like,“ said Polly Osmond, Key Makeup Artist of MAC.

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009“So the face is highlighted and shaded. We’re doing a greasy, taupe-y eye with highlights on the cheeks and a pale lip. The only specification Reem had for the makeup was to make the girls look beautiful. The entire look took about a half hour to conceive because it’s very simple and easy.”

To replicate the look, prep the face with MAC Face and Body Foundation. Then apply MAC Butter Nutty Shadestick to temples, bridge of the nose, and chin. Brush MAC Powder Blush in Taupe on eyelids and under eyes, MAC Nylon Eye Shadow in the inner corners of the eyes, and MAC Root Cream Colour Base under eyes. Layer MAC Gloss Texture on top of the Root Cream Colour Base – then curl lashes and coat with MAC Mascara X in Black.

Apply concealer to the lips then follow with the Root Cream Colour Base. Top with MAC Shy Girl Lipstick and MAC Boy Bait Lipglass. Finally, swipe some MAC Gloss Texture on the cheekbones.

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009When I approached Laurent Philippon, Lead Hairstylist for Bumble and bumble, he was scrambling because the electricity had gone out – which left him and his team without power for their styling tools. But he was so calm and gracious, and gave me his full attention for a quick interview.

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009“This is a red carpet kind of hairstyle. Reem wanted something quite sophisticated. It’s a side chignon with a really, really low side part. It frames the face and brings a geometrical shape to the hairstyle, but with softness as well. It’s a very clean and finished hairstyle but it’s not glued. I don’t want it to look glued. I still want it to feel like it’s hair. We’re drawing the part with a comb, then using Styling Lotion and drying hair really flat. And we’re putting it into a side ponytail – no backcombing involved. The twist is really about securing it with large pins. So it’s really tight, but it doesn’t look tight.”

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009Angi Wingle, and her team of Creative Nail Design technicians, put the finishing touches on models’ tips and toes. The nails were filed to a naturally rounded shape (to echo the bustlines of Reem’s draped gowns) and polished with a coat of Cocoa.

New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

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lela+rose+fall+2009 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009For her Fall 2009 collection, Lela Rose drew inspiration from the rainforest – and the creepy crawlies that call it home. To help transform the models into chic, tropics-trekking entomologists, Lela enlisted the help of two of the biggest names in the beauty business.

Celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow (for Beauty.com) used products from Stila Cosmetics to reinforce the rainforest theme. Tina prepped the skin with Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, Perfecting Concealer and Sheer Pressed Powder.

“The skin is fresh and dewy, not dead and matte,” Tina explained. “I’m so excited to have the skin be healthy and shiny and glowing.”

When I asked if dewy skin was an emerging trend for Fall, Tina confessed that she’s ready to see the skin again. “I love the idea of sheen. I love seeing the skin, and powder usually takes that away. This morning, we’re only applying powder to the t-zone.”

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009Models’ lids were painted with gold and green shadows from the Precious Pearl Palette and lined in Kajal Eye Liner (in Emerald and Pearl) along with Stila Smudge Pot in Jade – to mimic the the “iridescent, pearlescent shell of a beetle.”

Cheeks were earthily flushed, using Convertible Color in Camellia and pouts glossed with Lip Glaze in Praline. Eyeshadow in Constellation and Venus (new shades) were brushed over brows and high on the cheekbones to give the face definition and impart a jungle-like wetness to the look.

I wasn’t surprised to see mane magician Ted Gibson backstage, as he and Lela love to collaborate. For the past two seasons, I have chatted with Ted backstage at Lela Rose – and he always serves up something fierce.

Every fashion week, I am amazed by his conceptual (yet accessible) hairstyles…and this season’s coiffure made me heart Ted all the more.

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Lela Rose, Fall 2009While Tina Turnbow was inspired by the beetle, Ted found his muse in Odonata – aka the dragonfly.

To create the insect-inspired do, Ted created a center part, then swept hair back into a “youthful ponytail.” The voluminous crown was created using Build It. Tame It Shine Lotion smoothed the hair and calmed flyaways. The ponytail was coiled and blasted with heat from a hair dryer (air concentrator nozzle on), to give the hair texture.

Finally, the twisted tail was set with Beautiful Hold Hairspray, which smells so wondorous that you want to spray it on – whether or not your hair needs help staying put.

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