New York was a hoot. Here’s Our Favourite Backstage Fashion Week Highlights

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  • It was an eventful SS16 fashion week in New York. We take a look at the best in beauty.

    We came, we saw, we exhausted ourselves. We’re wrapping up New York SS16 fashion week and we’re geared up to tackle London. We’ve contended with 82-degree heat, burley bouncers and crazy Taxi drivers over the last week just so that we can see the beauty trends for next spring first hand. We’ve sneakily tried new products and learnt a trick-or-two in the process. Joy.

    But, before we throw ourselves head first into the London shows here’s a round up of the best bits from the Big Apple.

    Seventies Disco Fever at Diane von Furstenberg
    New York is known for playing it safe; there’s all kinds of ‘no make-up make-up’ and natural hair. They have a place, of course, but we can’t tell you how much we enjoyed a throw-back to the seventies at DVF.

    TRESemmé’s New York Fashion Week Ambassador, Orlando Pita, told us that the inspiration for the beauty look was Diane herself. ‘This look is really all about Diane! She was sharing pictures with me of herself from the 1970s when she allowed her natural texture free-reign for the first time. I just loved the texture and the volume.’

    But, that’s not where the story ends; those incredible hair accessories have a history too. ‘Diane was on holiday with Sarah Jessica Parker over the summer. They came across some pretty designs in a shop one day and the owner told her they were created by his late mother. Diane immediately named a piece in her collection after his mother and invited him to New York to attend the show. He created the hair accessories especially for her.’

    A Night At The Museum
    There’s something quite magical about being let loose in a museum after hours. New York’s new Whitney Museumis a gem and (lucky for us) was the scene for TRESemmé’s fashion week event. Dinner over-looking the Hudson? Not too shabby.

    The Celebs Prefer Trump
    Is there anything better than celeb-spotting? We think not. This season we stayed at the Trump Soho; a huge glass building near Canal Street. The hotel was nice enough but the truly great thing were the number of famous faces there. Seriously, you couldn’t turn a corner without bumping into someone off the telly. Naturally we played it cool. Not. Deep breath, we spotted Jessica Alba (countless times) all the Kardashians bar Kim and Kris (seriously, Khloe’s behind. Wowzer). Jesse Metcalfe, Mel B and our favourite Mindy Kaling. The joy.

    Introducing The Model Of The Moment
    We’re kind of obsessing over Maria Borges right now. She’s sweet, smiley, beautiful and being booked for all the big shows. Here she is backstage at Diane von Furstenberg where we ran into her while getting her make-up done. She is one to watch.

    We Got Adorned
    You can’t go to New York without getting something pierced. Weird but true. This time we hit up Adorned; an insanely cool tattoo and piercing parlour. We were quite tame with our choice – a simple rose gold helix piercing by the talented Colby. If you fancy the Colby treatment we hear he’ll be over for a pop-up piercing shop in London soon.

    Rodarte Does It Simply
    When it comes to Rodarte we’ve learnt to expect something oddly beautiful. In the past we’ve seen Swarovski crystal under-eye liner, pierced brows and metallic lips. What we got this time was far more sober but equally as lovely. The highlight courtesy of NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Craving, £30, and the extreme lashy look was thanks to NARS Audacious Mascara, £21. We’re desperate to get our hands on the vintage metal hair accessories styled by hair stylist Odile Gilbert.

    Catwalk Worthy Hair
    We were a little spoilt this season because both TRESemmé and Nexxus were on hand for glossy blow-dries. TRESemmé’s pop-up Runway Studio doled out their catwalk inspired looks from Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera and BCBG Max Azria, while the new Nexxus Salon in TriBeCa opened their doors for show goers for expert hair analysis, treatments and styling. We could get used to that kind of treatment.

    The Sunsets
    Because no one does a sunset quite like New York.  

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