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Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

I was lucky enough to be backstage for the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show. (*yes, this is the show that I accessed backstage via the front of house. Go me!). The hair team from Aveda was led by Antoinette Beenders and the makeup team as led by Polly Osmond for Victoria’s Secrety Beauty, with whom Christian did a makeup collection earlier this year.

Antoinette was pretty focused on the hair, so she didn’t really speak with people much to describe what she was up to, but I was able to snag a few minutes with Polly, who explained the gloss on the eyelids the models were rocking.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

Antoinette Beenders for Aveda
Antoinette Beenders, for Aveda, creating the ponytail look for the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

Wielding the rod
I am kind of enamored of a curling rod now, but I know that no good would come of me having a straigh heated rod around the back of my head in my awkward hands.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

Getting the models hair ready
Members of the Aveda hair team getting the models hair ready for the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010
An overhead shot to show some of what goes on backstage at the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

Fixing the ponytail
Antoinette, and her helpers, getting a models’ ponytail ready for the Christina Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

Soothing hands
Aveda was giving the models hand massages while they were waiting for the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show to start.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

Applying the eyes
You can’t really see the cool effect he is doing, but he is putting a gloss on the eyelid for a shine effect.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

Applying the lips
If you don’t pay attention to him using the brush on her lips, you can see the look of the eyes with the cool gloss effect.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

The man himself
Here is Christian Siriano passing thru backstage before his Spring/Summer 2010 show. He was perturbed at all of the people that were backstage and was heard saying “Who are all these peeeeople?” as he headed front of house.

 Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

Checking the time
Or maybe for a text. Christian Siriano passing thru backstage to front of house at his Spring/Summer 2010 show.

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Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

I was lucky enough to get to go backstage and see the hair and makeup being done for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show. This was my actual *first* backstage fashion show. Yep, had no idea what I was doing, but got much more comfortable as the shows went on.

Below, you will see a vid of MAC Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, discussing the look for the show:

And below are vids from the hairstylists for the show, Pearson Knight and Isabelle Lepage, discuss the hair inspiration and execution for the show:

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Romero working
MAC Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, working on one of the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show models.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Romero correcting a mistake
As one of the models went by, MAC Makeup Artstist Romero Jennings stopped her to fix her eyeshadow.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Romero smiling
MAC Makeup Artist Romero Jennings smiling for the cameras.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Romero showing the colors
MAC Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, shows the colors used on the models for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

MAC Face Chart
The MAC face chart for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Ready to make up
One of the MAC makeup artists for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show had their gear all set up, with the facechart as a guide.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 Show
My first backstage at NYFW – Spring/Summer 2010.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

On the hair side of backstage
Hairstylist Pearson Knight looking over the hair section backstage at the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Getting teased
One of the models from the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show getting her hair teased up.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Shaping the hair
Once the model’s hair was teased, it was shaped in to place for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Models gather
The models were getting ready to line up for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Look who else is here?
Spotted: Ms. Ferocia from the Glamazons, (aka @arterbery on twitter), backstage doing her thing, too.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Show board for the models
This board tells the models of the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer show what they are assigned.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Models lining up
The models for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer show line up to walk the runway.

 Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

Sequence board
This board was right by the runway entrance, showing the models in the outfits and in which order they were to walk.

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Summit up – Total Beauty Summit, Day Two Sept. ’09

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At the L’oreal Technical Center

We all sat gathered around the large tables to listen to the speakers of the day.

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Waiting to start

I’m pretty sure that Meredith was twittering, Amber was checking her mani and Dina was looking busy while we waited.

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Introduction lady

So, yeah, I’m so bad that I cannot remember this lovely L’Oreal representatives name. She greeted us and introduced us to our first speaker.

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First speaker of the day

Patty Slattery, AVP of Education and Technical Services at L’Oreal, answered our haircoloring questions. She’s good.

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Dina setting us straight

Dina being very emphatic about what we should do now, while Amber is all “uhm hmmm”. Meredith is doing a fine job holding the model’s hair.

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Amber cleaning up

Amber was cleaning up a drip, while Dina keeps on applying haircolor to our hair model.

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On the other side

On the other side of our station was Nancy, from The Informed Makeup Maven, and her lovely haircoloring partner for the day – who has some kickass highlights, I must say. Both of them were home haircoloring virgins.

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At the next station over
Michelle, from All Lacquered Up, and Nancy, from Beauty411, work on their model. I’m not going to point anything out, but Michelle was *working* that cover-up. icon wink Summit up   Total Beauty Summit, Day Two Sept. 09

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Overhead shot
Overhead shot of all of the madness that was bloggers coloring hair.

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Dina and Meredith coloring
I’m pretty sure by this time that Dina and Meredith were getting delirious, while working on the hair model.

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Stepping in
One of the great advisors at the L’Oreal Technical Center stepped in and showed how to really get in there and color hair. He’s fast.

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Approving Dina
Dina was giving her approval to our station mates for their job well done for first-timers.(*Seriously, help me out here – who is this adorable blonde?)

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The makeup station
We had a chance to get our makeup touched up and the MUA’s were set with the stash of L’Oreal products.

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Dina getting touched up
No, not in that way, silly, but getting her makeup touched up during a break.

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Victoria Stiles getting a makeup touch-up
Makeup Artist Victoria Stiles had her makeup touched up by this gorgous MUA, who I remember worked the OCC Makeup booth at The Makeup Show back in May. Just adore her look.

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Meredith getting touched up, too
Meredith had her makeup touched-up during a break, too.

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SEO tips and tricks
Stoney deGeyter, President of Pole Position Marketing gave us a presentation on how to build our sites visibility.

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How to work with PR
Beth Mayall, Total Beauty EIC, and Lauren Donner, Assistant VP, Tractenberg & Co., discuss some of the right and wrong ways to interact with PR agencies.

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L’Oreal Dining Room Menu
We had the chance to lunch in the L’Oreal Dining room and here were our choices for the day.

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Lunch in the L’Oreal Dining Room
Man, this salad was good – thankfully – since that was all I was able to eat before I had to leave and go to the Ports 1961 show. Uhm…I mean, go to the restroom.

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Chatting during lunch
All of the lovelies chatting during lunch.

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Smiling Kitiya
The lovely Kitiya, from Mischo Beauty giving me a smile during lunch.(*If you look close you can see the iphone charging on the vent by the window – that damn plug-in was on the floor under that vent.)

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Evening cocktail party
At the end of the summit, L’Oreal treated us to a cocktail party to mingle with company reps and eat nommy little treats. Of course, the big treat waiter kept stopping by, so that made it even nicer. icon wink Summit up   Total Beauty Summit, Day Two Sept. 09

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Meredith and I
Here is Meredith and I, just mere hours before she kissed a pig and got its H1N1 cooties. (*at least that is how I am telling the story).

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Kristen and Sarah, from the Total Beauty team
Kristen and Sarah were so sweet during the summit. Side note, Sarah was the one that picked out my gorg Tiffany necklace. She’s got good taste.

Summit up – Total Beauty Summit, Day One Sept. ’09

I was invited to a Beauty Summit put on by Total Beauty. It included stops at several established beauty movers and shakers. Here are some of my pictures from Day 1 of the two day summit.

(*if you would like to see more pictures, you can see additional ones on Facebook)

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Gathering at Molton Brown

Total Beauty members mingling at the Molton Brown store.

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Meredith browsing the wares

Meredith from “Daily Dose of Coffee” smelling the smells.

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Molton Brown Men’s Line

Molton Brown has recently introduced a full line of mens’ products.

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Mingling at Molton Brown

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Molton Brown Home

Mollton Brown also has a line of candles and fragrances for the home, too.

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Dina and Meredith being cheesy

Dina, eye4style, and Meredith, from Daily Dose of Coffee, being smiley for the camera.

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“Sex in the City” set

In front of Bergdorf Goodman, they had part of the sidewalk blocked off to film a scene for the “Sex in the City” sequel movie.

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“Sex in the City” sidewalk set

The crew from the “Sex in the City” sequel had blocked off part of the sidewalk in front of Bergdorf’s to film a scene.

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Joel Warren, Warren Tricomi Salon

Joel Warren getting ready to color hair at the Warren Tricomi Salon in The Plaza Hotel, NYC.

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Edward Tricomi, Warren Tricomi Salon

Edward Tricomi giving a consultation to a client at the Warren Tricomi Salon in The Plaza Hotel, NYC.

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Edward Tricomi answering questions

Roselyn, from tempt’d, “grilling” Edward for hair answers. LOL! (*psst – he likes her with dark hair).

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Joel Warren and I

Joel Warren was kind enough to take a picture with me in my “before” hair.  Ha!

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Fabulous blowout, Kari

Kari, from Fabulous Over Forty, gets a fabulous blowout at the Warren Tricomi Salon.

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Getting my blowout

Thibault, from the Warren Tricomi Salon, starting to work his magic on my travel weary hair.

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Mid-blowout at the Warren Tricomi Salon

Thibault is working that dryer so fast to make my hair pretty, you can’t even keep up with it.

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My blowout from the Warren Tricomi Salon

This is all Thibault’s magic here, and it looks really damn good, if I do say so myself.  :)

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Amber’s blowout

Here is the lovely Amber, from Beauty Junkies Unite, showing of her beautiful blowout from the Warren Tricomi Salon.

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Meredith getting her blowout

Meredith, from Daily Dose of Coffee, getting her hair blown out at the Warren Tricomi Salon.

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Beauty at The Plaza

Downstairs of The Plaza Hotel is an area with beauty vendors of known and unheard (to me) brands.

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Sponge Skincare

Sponge Skincare originated in Greece and is based around olive oil & organically grown herbs. I had never heard of this brand before, but it has been researched for 30 years, starting as benefit to pregnant ladies.

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Getting a touch-up

Getting my makeup touched up by a Smashbox Cosmetics makeup artist at The Plaza Hotel.

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Tired bloggers

Some of the Total Beauty members take a bit of a break on the big seating before we left The Plaza.

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Dinner at Tao

After a busy day, we all got to go to Tao for dinner.

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It’s all mine, Baby!

Be careful when you choose to go to the potty, because you might come back to a Tiffany’s necklace at your seat.

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Happy Birthday!

Meredith, Daily Dose of Coffee, was celebrating a birthday while in NYC, so the nice waiter at Tao, brought her a birthday surprise!

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Gawd, this was good

I still don’t know exactly what this was, maybe a Chocolate Spring Roll?, I dunno, but gawd, it was insanely stupid good. Chewy on the outside and so creamy good on the inside. And, hell, I don’t even *like* sweets and I was all over this. Just sayin’….

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After dinner chatting

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After dinner socializing

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Kitiya and I

The lovely Kitiya, from Mischo Beauty, decided she didn’t want her picture taken. That wasn’t going to stop me. icon smile Summit up   Total Beauty Summit, Day One Sept. 09 (*besides, check out that rockin’ mani!)

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Roselyn getting her grill on. rong>

Once again, Ms. Roselyn, from tempt’d, is grilling the movers and the shakers. This time it is Emrah Kovacoglu, Total Beauty CEO.

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After dinner snapshot

Yep, I’m embarassed to say that I don’t know the names of the two lovely ladies to my left in this picture, but the picture was taken by Emrah, himself. The lovely ladies to my right are Kitiya, from Mischo Beauty, and Roselyn, from temptd.

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Emrah and I

Total Beauty CEO, Emrah Kovacoglu, and I take a picture after dinner.

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Roselyn and I

The lovely Roselyn, from temptd, and I taking a pic together.

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Twittering dinner

I wasn’t the only lucky winner at dinner – Ms. Kia from Yummy411, was tweeting about the fact that she just won an iPod Touch at dinner, too.

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Chris visiting the tables

Chris Alexander, from Total Beauty, was making the rounds chatting after dinner. Here he is with Michelle, from All Lacquered Up and Nancy, from Beauty411.

FYI, NYFW S/S 2010 – Or, how I went to the tents in flats…

fe0498dddbda3b08 MBFWtent.xxlarge FYI, NYFW S/S 2010   Or, how I went to the tents in flats... As you might know, I had a chance to go to NYC for the Spring/Summer 2010 Fashion Week shows. It was an tremendous opportunity, and I learned so many things as a newbie, that I thought I would share some of my knowledge with you:

  • Always be nice to the people with the clipboards backstage – you never know what opportunities await you just by being polite, ie., getting to see the hairstyling, when you are only booked to see the makeup side of things.
  • Nothing, I repeat, NOTHING backstage is for you – this includes any and all food products, hairstylists/makeup artists or photo crews. They are here to assist the designer, record the action of the designer’s backstage just like you or to keep the model/stylists energy up, etc.
  • Stylists (hair or makeup) are not there to solve your pesonal problems, ie. do NOT ask them about your blisters, etc. - they do NOT want to hear about it, let alone do anything about it, (*No, *I* did not ask about this. Eww, gross.) nor is this the time for your own personal blowout/makeup fix.
  • If you give the appearance that you know exactly what you are doing, and where you are going, you can sometimes get where you shouldn’t be without any questions, ie., going thru the Christian Siriano show front of house to get to the backstage area. Oops.
  • If you have an iPhone, you must carry your charging cord, with wall socket adapter, with you at all times.
  • Which means, you must always be on the eagle eye for an empty outlet within reasonable reach, ie, do not be too proud to crawl on the floor of the L’Oreal corp dining room to get to an outlet – it’s a nescessary evil.
  • Be careful when you turn corners on sets, as you never know when you will see the designer changing clothes or the models boobs. It happens.
  • If you are invited to something, just know that you deserve to be there just as much as everyone else at the event, no matter how in awe you are of the other attendees. You were invited, so OWN IT!!
  • You do NOT, I’m going to repeat this, too, YOU DO NOT! have to wear heels to NYFW. I mean, you can, but it is not like a requirement. They don’t blatantly check your shoes when you pick up your credentials.
  • Always keep your business cards handy, as you never know when you will need to hand one out , ie., on the plane out there or in the bathroom of the lounge you are visiting.
  • You WILL be surprised at how many people actually “know” you – via Twitter, Facebook, etc. You will get warm fuzzies from this.
  • You will realize at the end of the day, even after all the complaining about how there are too many shows that you can’t make it too, how much walking you have to do or how crowded everywhere is, that you are one of the blessed few people in this world that gets to have this opportunity and it’s just effin’ AMAZING!

I truly did have the most amazing time that I won’t easily forget. I need to say a huge thank you to some of the most amazing people who extended themselves so graciously, so that I could do some of the things I was able to do that week:

Sarah fom StyleIT Online
Dina from eye4style
Nancy from Beauty411
Diane from Beauty Alchemist
Meredith from Daily Dose of Coffee
I hope you ladies know just how much I appreciate what you did for me, sincerely.

I would also like to thank all of the lovely PR reps that I interacted with over that week. It was so great to put faces to names and to meet so many new people, too.

In addition, I would like to thank all of my great twitter followers who read me babbling on about what I was doing and cheering me on from all points. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed playing it all out.

Okay – I am *so* over this mushy stuff.  icon wink FYI, NYFW S/S 2010   Or, how I went to the tents in flats...


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