Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has hit NYC in full force. On day 1, we were lucky enough to be present at the NOVIS 2013 Autumn/Winter Presentation at the beautiful Eyebeam Gallery in Chelsea, NYC!
As I entered the grand, well lit room, I was greeted with a bubbly glass of champagne and directed to the stage where I found 18 models standing in some of the most perfectly tailored ensembles I had ever seen. The line was full of texture, color and incredible shape. In the presentation there was a royal blue full velvet pantsuit (my absolute favorite ensemble!), a black empire waist sheer ballgown completely covered in crystal ‘studs’, blazers and shifts made of a frizzed gray shag-type wool, crisp leopard separates and lady like gloves in a bold stripe.
The collection was eclectic and upbeat with variety that flowed together perfectly to create a line that would likely be rocked by a young fashionista that embodies grace with an edge.
The hair was, in my opinion, to die for! Every model had a strong bang that was, as my colleague hairstylist Katie Papson (www.katiepapson.com) pointed out, oh so Bridget Bardot with heavy yet soft fringe and jaw length pieces at the temple. Some models had their hair down and shaggy, some had a voluminous pony. Every model’s hair teetered between sexy-freespirit and polished-work appropriate. All looks created by hairstylist Linh Nguyen for Cutler/Redken with perfection.
I saved the best for last- the MAKEUP! The makeup genius, Lisa Aharon, created this look using Kevyn Aucoin Beauty products. At first glance, the makeup was just fresh, simple, and clean… until we got closer. It wasn’t until Katie said ‘Is that glitter on her bottom lid?’ that I realized there was something else going on here. Each model had one perfectly placed rhinestone in the center of her lower lash line. The rhinestone was small enough to be overlooked at a quick glance, but large enough to catch the light and make you do a double take. Add the stone to the well defined and slightly darkened brow…. with the strong bang? Absolute. Perfection.
I was thoroughly impressed with every aspect of this presentation and I am so glad we made the trip all the way to 12th Avenue in Chelsea! Rock on NOVIS!
Hair and Make-Up:
Make-Up – Lisa Aharon for Kevyn Aucoin
Hair – Linh Nguyen for Cutler/Redken
Nails – Casey Herman for Etoile
Skincare – Murad
Photography credit: David X Prutting/Billy Farrell Agency