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New York City. In February. For New York Fashion Week.

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By the time you are reading this, as you can see, I am already in New York. In February. Willingly. It’s New York Fashion Week time again, this time for the Fall/Winter shows. I don’t normally come out this time of year, but I have the chance to go backstage to some amazing shows and do some really fun things, so I couldn’t pass up a trip. Even if it is the middle of winter.

I can’t wait to bring you video and pics from all of my adventures and hope that enjoy the coverage next week, too.

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Big lights will inspire you – New York

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As I write this, I am on a plane headed to New York City. That’s right, it’s that time of year again – The Makeup Show.

TMS is a makeup trade shows that includes some of the biggest names in makeup (*Nars, Smashbox, MUFE, YSL) and gives a chance to smaller brands to break thru (*can’t wait to see who is premiering this year). It’s also an opportunity to hear some of the leading Makeup Artists in the business give tips & tricks and flat out good advice for those in the business.

As usual, you know that my twitter feed will be blowing up with up-to-the-minute of what I’m seeing and doing while I’m in NYC.

I’m excited to go again this year and can’t wait to share it with all of you!

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Missing out on NYFW

So, I am irrationally bummed that I will not be attending the Fall ’11 NYFW/MBFW due to an injury I did to myself (*burns hurt!). However, I do love that fashion is becoming so much more tech savvy. This means that while I am unable to attend any shows in person, I *can* watch them via livestream, as more and more houses put their shows online. Thanks to “Racked” there is a handy reference guide to see who, and when, these shows are streaming:

This week, you (yes, you!) have more personal invitations to Fashion Week shows than even the Tumblr convoy, because a slew of designers are broadcasting their big events via livestream. We’ve got the entire schedule below, which includes Lincoln Center, Milk Studios and off-site shows; there’s so many you can always just “see what’s on” and tune in.

Compare this list to last year’s February Fashion Week livestreams, and the growth is stupendous. From 10 shows livestreaming to nearly 50…better start making some reminder Post-Its.

Note that many other sites have also listed similar livestreaming schedules, but we’ve found missing and incorrect information in all of them, so what you have below is as near to perfection as we’ve gotten.

· Wednesday, February 9
Hear Truth’s Red Dress Collection: 7pm. Live from Lincoln Center on CBSNews.

· Thursday, February 10
BCBG Max Azria: 10am. Live from Lincoln Center on BCBGMaxAzriaRunway.com.
Luca Luca: 3pm. Live from Lincoln Center on FirstComesFashion.com.
Wayne: 6pm. Live from Milk at Milkmade.
Christian Siriano: 7pm. Live from Lincoln Center on FijiWater.com, plus a contest to win one of the looks.

· Friday, February 11
Peter Som: 10am. Live from Milk on Milkmade.
Perry Ellis: 11am. Live from Lincoln Center on PerryEllis.com.
Jason Wu: 1pm. Live from off-site on BergdorfGoodman.com, with chance to pre-order looks on February 16.
Rebecca Taylor: 2pm. Live from Lincoln Center at RebeccaTaylor.com.
Costello Tagliapietra: 3pm. Live from Milk at Milkmade.
Rebecca Minkoff: 3pm. Live from Lincoln Center at RebeccaMinkoff.com.
Nicole Miller: 6pm. Live from Lincoln Center at FirstComesFashion.com.

· Saturday, February 12
Prabal Gurung: 12pm. Live from Lincoln Center on FirstComesFashion.com.
Alexander Wang: 5pm. Live from off-site on Style.com.
Charlotte Ronson: 6pm. Live from Lincoln Center on FirstComesFashion.com.
Suno: 7pm. Live from Milk at Milkmade.
Altuzarra: 8pm. Live from Milk on Milkmade.

· Sunday, February 13
Derek Lam: 10am. Live from Lincoln Center at FirstComesFashion.com.
Preen: 11:30am. Live from Milk at Milkmade.
DKNY: 1pm. Live from off-site on Facebook.
Calvin Klein Men’s Collection: 2pm. Live from off-site at CalvinKleinInc.
Thakoon: 3pm. Live from off-site on FirstComesFashion.com.
Cushnie et Ochs: 7pm. Live from Milk on Milkmade.
Tommy Hilfiger: 8pm. Live from Lincoln Center on Facebook.

· Monday, February 14
Carolina Herrera: 10am. Live from Lincoln Center on FirstComesFashion.com.
Olivier Theyskens for Theory: 12pm. Live from off-site on Facebook.
Tracy Reese: 1pm. Live from Lincoln Center on FirstComesFashion.com.
Donna Karan Collection: 2pm. Live from off-site on Style.com.
Alice + Olivia: 5pm. Live from The Plaza on Livestream.com.
Betsey Johnson: 6pm. Live from Lincoln Center on BetseyJohnson.com.
Marc Jacobs Collection: 7:30pm. Live from the Armory on MarcJacobs.com.

· Tuesday, February 15
Badgley Mischka: 10am. Live from Lincoln Center on FirstComesFashion.com.
Diesel Black Gold: 1pm. Live from off-site on Livestream.com.
Jen Kao: 1pm. Live from Lincoln Center on FirstComesFashion.com.
Marc by Marc Jacobs: 3:45pm. Live from the Armory on MarcJacobs.com.
Tibi: 7pm. Live from Lincoln Center on FirstComesFashion.com.

· Wednesday, February 16
Michael Kors: 10am. Live from Lincoln Center on MichaelKors.com.
Nanette Lepore: 11am. Live from Lincoln Center on NanetteLepore.com.
Oscar de la Renta: 1pm. Live from off-site on Facebook.
Milly: 3pm. Live from Lincoln Center on FirstComesFashion.com.
Anna Sui: 6pm. Live from Lincoln Center on AnnaSui.com.
The Blonds: 7pm. Live from Milk on Milkmade.
Proenza Schouler: 8pm. Live from off-site on FirstComesFashion.com.

· Thursday, February 17
Calvin Klein Women’s Collection 2pm. Live from off-site, on CalvinKleinInc.

*UPDATE* I just saw today (10th) that Maybelline (*as official makeup sponsors of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) have a YouTube page that is streaming fashion shows all week: Live From The Runway

Of course, as much as I will enjoy watching the shows, it’s the backstage that I will really miss this season. I just adore watching everything come together with the hair and makeup. Is it too soon to start counting down to September??

Are you going to tune in to any of the shows? Are there any shows *not* streaming that you wish were?

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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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