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Backstage Beauty: Badgley Mischka Fall 2010

Hey Glamazons! If you were as smitten by the movie Avatar as I was, then you should be super excited to hear that it inspired a backstage beauty look.
Surprisingly, it was the chic and elegant Fall 2010 collection designed by Badgley Mischka (and not someone more racy and edgy such as Diesel or Marc Jacobs).
Lead hairstylist Peter Gray (for Redken) said that this year, the designers decided to produce a diffusion line (much like Versace did with the line Versus); meaning that the show would be split into two. Half of the show consisted of the classic Badgley Mischka (ie elegant red carpet gowns) and midway through, the look went a bit edgier. Gray explained that he thought it would be great if the hair look could change as well.
*Side note: If you’re reading this and thinking, that’s impossible, think again! He really did it…the guy is a hair genius!
The first look was what he called “princess hair.”
“[The designers] showed me these pictures from movie Avatar of the vines on the ground and all the jewelry comes from this idea of interlinking vines on the ground,” he said. “We kind of roped the hair and twisted it and it formed sort of this ropey vine and they liked that.”
Then, Gray said his thoughts immediately turned to how to transform the “princess hair” into “warrior hair.”
The key? It’s all in the base.
“We started off with a good base, like a layer of foundation on the hair,” he explained. “This is the key to create anything with versatility. People expect hair to sort of behave on its own, but it’s just like skin; you’ve got to moisturize it and tone it. You’ve got to cleanse and condition the hair and get it in good enough to make it do what you want it to do.”
The base in this case was Redken’s Layer Lift 007. The hairstylists applied it to the hair, blow dried and then brushed back the sides of the hair tightly into what Gray dubbed as “panels.”
“It’s very, very tight with a high ponytail underneath the crown,” he said. “We’re separating the top area and then flat ironing the hair underneath we’re getting it nice and straight.”
Gray also explained that the tightly pulled back panels added a nice eyelift and gave the girls cheekbones which created more room for lead makeup artist Charlotte Tillbury (for MAC) to work her magic.
These extraordinary new extensions called Easy Hair were also being used on the girls to add more volume. (Extraordinary only because each strip of hair contained this strip of sticky tape on the back of it. You simply peeled off the top layer and stick it in your head. AtotheMazing!)

“The combination of using the Layer Lift 007 and the extensions together kind of gives you nice fat hair,” he said. “The hair floats and it doesn’t look all heavy. I didn’t want all of the hair just hanging down; I wanted something sexier.”
So how did it all work? The models hit the catwalk with the twisty updo. Then halfway through the show, the hairstylists dropped the hair and pulled out the flat irons. (They even had outlets placed next to the runway entrance so they could start flat ironing the hair down as soon as the model left the runway!)
“This is the good thing about people that are collaborative,” he explained.
One thing that Gray didn’t want to see on the runway? Models looking what he described as “old” in the dresses.
“One thing that I notice about young starlets on the red carpet today is that they try and look too old; too grown up,” he said. “At 20, 21, why should you be looking like a 45 year old woman? Wear your hair young! And, at 45, you should be looking younger. Loosen up and go for it; have some fun!”
Makeup artist Charlotte Tillbury described the makeup look as very “computer generated.”
“Everything is very contoured and highlighted,” she said. “It’s a very sort of feline look; but in a natural way, not like a freak.”
Lead manicurist Deborah Lippman used a silver sequined nail shade on the models from her line called Marquee Moon.
“It’s a futuristic sequined silver; a silver that has a lot of pigment,” she said. “It has a frost in it and as an added bonus you get big chunks of sequins. You might get one on one nail and then 10 on the next. That’s the way it’s supposed to be: deconstructed, easy, free.”
Model Arlenis Sosa getting her makeup done. While doing so, she shared with me that this was her second season to walk in the Badgley Mischka show and she was really excited. Her fave shows thus far to walk in were DVF because of the all the color and Carolina Herrera because of the elegant and chic designs. “Everything is going well and I’m just happy to be here,” she said while smiling. Just love her to pieces she’s so sweet!

Models about to change out for the show.


Love, love, love this dress!!

A cute cocktail frock that I also liked.

I need this jacket in my life!!!

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Fashion Week: Heart Truth with Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush!

Hey Glamazons!
After the Ports 1961 show, I took a much-needed break to eat, recharge and get ready for one of the most fabulous, fun shows of the season: Heart Truth Red Dress Collection.
The runway was adorable: glittery chandeliers hung above it and at the end, there was a set fit for a candy striper. Too cute for words!
My fabulous friend, Sandrine (check out her blog, La Dolce Vita, and upcoming blog, Date City) and I managed to get into the second row! Here’s a camera phone pic of us before the show. Loves it!
Before the show started, Superbowl winner (Who Dat!), Saints running back, Reggie Bush, tried to slip quietly in his front row seat. Little did he know, one row behind him sat the girl who’s been harboring a secret crush on him (it’s the dimples) for years…yours truly. I walked up to him to get a picture (strictly for blog purposes, wink) and he was super sweet about it. Yum.
Okay, so I had to acknowledge his fineness though I know he was there to support his girlfriend Kim Kardashian (whose crazy family I watch every Sunday so no shade at all to her, happy for them, I swear!).
Though Reggie caused a mini commotion (someone behind me asked, is that 50 Cent?), once the show started, all eyes were on the beautiful celebs.
Here’s the rundown of designers/stars plus pics!
A pregnant Bethenny Frankel was charming in Isabella Oliver. The entire time she was holding her stomach and smiling from ear-to-ear in a ruched strapless dress.
Felicity Huffman came out to applause in Oscar de la Renta. She looked stunning and stopped to hug her husband.
Estelle was gorgeous in an elaborate Zac Posen gown. She broke into a rockstar pose at the end of the runway. So fun!
Joan Collins walked out in Stephanie Rolland. The crowd erupted in applause and everyone was trying to snap a picture.
I just love Jordin Sparks’ energy! She showed off a new svelte bod in a form-fitting Badgley Mischka number.
Kim Kardashian wowed in a Marchesa gown that highlighted her famous curves. Her make-up and hair was elegant and refined. She stopped to blow a kiss to boyfriend Reggie in the front row. So cute!
Kimora Lee made an appearance wearing a short, sequin dress from her new line, Kouture by Kimora. Yes, it’s spelled with a K. She looked beautiful and stylish, as always. (Sidenote: I was surprised to see her since rumor has it that Baby Phat isn’t showing this season?! Somebody explain).
Raven-Symone hit the runway in Tadashi Shoji—and can I say she was super-fierce? She even kicked her shoes off before walking backstage! Don’t hurt nobody (No seriously, that could’ve flew into someone’s face).
One of my personal favorites was Regina King, who sauntered down the runway in a curve-hugging dress from Tracy Reese (she’s in amazing shape) to Alicia Keys’ “Put it in a Love Song.” I love that when the music suddenly stopped, she paused, broke into a pose and kept moving once it played again without missing a beat. Now that’s fierce!
Robin Roberts walked out to applause in a one-shoulder J.Crew Collection dress that showed off her toned shoulders and arms. She’s such a strong figure, battling breast cancer and covering hard news like the earthquake in Haiti, without losing her fun, cheery disposition. Everyone was inspired by her and cheered her on down the runway.
Can we stop pretending Heidi Klum is a human like the rest of us? She came out looking impossibly gorgeous in a John Galliano gown and sleek blonde hair. She’s all the more striking in person.
All the ladies walked out under red heart confetti at the end, danced and posed for a picture under the Heart Truth banner.
All in all, it was a superfun show for a better cause: spreading awareness about heart disease. Visit http://www.hearttruth.gov/ for resources about the disease and what you can do to help.
The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show always lifts my spirits and was a great way to end a sad day in Fashion. Oh and as if the show wasn’t entertaining enough on its own, I saw my girlfriend in my head, Wendy Williams, and ran into the hilarious Robert Verdi (pictured below with the amazing Elaine) and Micah Jesse (check out his blog, he cracks me up!) after the show. Fun times!
Now off to bed for a full day of shows tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Kisses,
Coutura
Pictures: Style.com. Ybf.com. Instyle.com.

NEW! Badgley Mischka for HSN "American Glamour"


Hey Glamazons,

You loved IMAN’s Global Chic collection and Serena William’s Signature Statement line, but the next collaboration from HSN will blow your mind! Introducing: Badgley Mischka for HSN. Yes, legendary designers, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, are finally creating an affordable collection for a mass retailer. The dynamic duo boasts being one of the few design teams with several specialties: exquisite gowns, luxurious lingerie and to-die-for swimwear! With Badgley Mischka, the beauty is in the details, that are always elegant and dazzling.
The collection for HSN falls right in line with their luxe aesthetic. Fittingly titled, “American Glamour,” the collection of shoes, jewelry, apparel and handbags, priced at $39-499, delivers red-carpet glamour to the American public. What’s more? They will expand the line in March 2010.
Reality check: you won’t be getting a signature Badgley Mischka gown for $500 bucks but the jewelry is absolutely spellbinding and at most, $160! I kid you not.
Check out the lovely styles below and let me know what you’ll be buying when it launches November 17th with a 2-hour premiere special at 9PM EST.
$139

$159

$89.90

$109

$119.90

$99

$89

$69

$49

$39

$39
AND one of the best parts of New York Fashion Week, in my opinion, is the Badgley Mischka presentation, which I had the privilege of attending this September alongside Kim Kardashian and Kelly Rowland. Check out my pics from the beautiful show below.




Kisses,
Coutura

Badgley Mischka, Andre Leon Talley and Pink Peeptoes?

All hail the Voguettes…but what were those pink peeptoe flats about? Were they velvet? And wasn’t it raining?
Anyway, today I was blessed to see the Badgley Mischka show and though getting an invite should have been enough, I HAD to have a seat too. I plopped down in the first open chair I saw with my head up (customary fashion week demeanor) but it quickly went down when a pr guy with a walkie talkie told me “these seats are for our sponsors only” in front of the whole standing section…humiliation 101. Luckily, I found a reason to flee when I spotted Jason Biggs (American Pie) being attacked by the Paps.
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The Paps
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All in your personal space, Jason Biggs!
And then my editor reached her charitable quota for the year by calling and giving me her seat literally five seconds before the show started (Thanks, boo!).Β And when the lights came on, every garment that hit the runway, from the bikinis to the gowns, was absolutely spellbinding.Β 
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I am secretly in love with fellow glamazons, Mark Badgley and James Mischka…and this year, to the dismay of many of their loyal fans, they shied away from razzle dazzle and gave the sophisticated lady plenty of wearable pieces—from fresh floral prints to tailored coats.
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Sidenote: is that a little thickness I see? I was happy a model who eats regularly made it to the runway…my editor, however, was floored.

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But their gowns still brought the drama (note to Erin: this is ruffles done right).
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Ferosh.
And for kicks, here’s Marc Jacobs in a skirt…somebody tell me why…
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Photos: NYMag.com.