NEW YORK -- Backstage at New York Fashion Week is full of insights, including makeup and hair tips and tricks from stylists to the stars.
Before the Noon by Noor runway show Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center, color expert Rebecca Isa of Cleveland-based Zoya nail polish dished about nail art tricks and what hues could be hot later this year.
For the show, Zoya nail technicians polished models' nails a deep red called Norra from the brand's collection. The base of the nail near the cuticle was left bare in the shape of a half moon (color and style pictured above and at right).
It's a subtle type of nail art, Ms. Isa said, and gives shorter nails an elongated look. Plus, achieving it isn't as difficult as you'd think.
Remember from school reinforcement rings used to help keep notebook paper from tearing out of binders? Cut those rings in half and place them at the base of each nail. Polish around the rings, and once they're removed, a perfect half-moon design is left behind.
The nail polish industry works a lot like apparel and accessories -- colors and trends fluctuate from season to season. Looking ahead to next fall, what's been on the runway so far this Fashion Week is evidence that beige, black and dark red could be back in a big way, Ms. Isa predicted, and perhaps a touch of pewter.
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More backstage opportunities and interviews colored my second day of covering the shows at New York Fashion Week. Therefore, I wanted a look that was sophisticated yet in style. I also had a lot of walking in store for me, plus some slick streets leftover from snow earlier in the week, so I needed shoes and an outfit that would be comfortable as I dashed from show to show, venue to venue.
Little black dress and textured moto jacket with zipper details, H&M: These are two of my favorite pieces. The little black dress is my go-to for layering. I've paired it with blouses, cropped sweaters and sweatshirts and blazers. It's also stretchy and super comfortable! The jacket is chic yet edgy and has some texture to it for some visual interest.
Sabika Manhattan choker, www.sabika-jewelry.com; cross necklace, Forever 21; hammered metal silver ring, Wilson Lodge gift shop at Oglebay Park resort; and zebra print hoop earrings: I kept the accessories simple for this look and limited them to silver tones to coordinate with the silver in the zippers of the jacket. The Manhattan choker is one of my favorite necklaces. It goes with practically anything, living up to the philosophy of the Pittsburgh-based business that designed it; all of its jewelry must go with black, jeans or khaki or it can't be part of the Sabika collection.
The cross added some layers to the neckline and a bit of my personality. The ring and hoops are great neutral pieces that I mix and match with a lot of things I wear. Although I do bring to Fashion Week some of my better jewelry (meaning things I paid a bit more for), I typically stick with costume jewelry while I travel, just in case I were to lose something during the trip.
White Mountain boots: Boots (or any style of shoe) by this brand are the epitome of comfort, perfect for the long lines and long days of New York Fashion Week. I ordered these from QVC.com, but they're also available at mainstream stores such as Macy's.
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Rest assured, fashion fans. There were no streakers strutting down the catwalk like yesterday on Day 4 of New York Fashion Week. Instead, there were more big shows by big-named designers. Donna Karan featured average people, as well as models, to showcase her latest collection, while Diane von Furstenberg celebrated the 40th anniversary of her signature wrap dress with a glitzy, confetti-filled fashion show.
Here are scenes from these and more events of Day 4, as told on Twitter:
Aww! Models helping models in this embarrassing runway slip: http://t.co/j1BTGp2e9O— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) February 10, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Crowds were ushered to the roof of the Empire Hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side Saturday night for the first look at Sheena Trivedi's collection of edgy-meets-exotic men and women's wear.
For her fourth show at New York Fashion Week, Ms. Trivedi, a former Pittsburgh resident who now lives in New York, presented a black-heavy collection called "Kids of Bengal" that creatively wove in texture, patterns, leathers and mirror and fringe details. Models wore tribal-inspired makeup, and jewelry draped across their heads, hands (pictured at right) and necks became their armor. Fashions also reflected influences of the multiculturalism from her upbringing. (Growing up, her family exposed her to Indian culture and the Hindi language through annual trips to India.)
Life isn't a fairy tale, Ms. Trivedi said, so fashion should embrace and reflect its less simplistic side, too. The show attracted buyers from overseas, as well as domestic press and friends and family.
Despite her growing reputation on the international fashion scene, Ms. Trivedi hasn't lost touch with her Pittsburgh roots. She gushed about her love for the Steelers, even belting out a few lines from "Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa during our interview. By her side through the night was her sister -- and Ms. Trivedi made sure I knew she was born at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Oakland.
(Photos of "Kids of Bengal" fashions by Sheena Trivedi. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)