Libertine Fall 2016

Feb 24, 2016

This is my last part of my series covering NYFW backstage. If you missed the previous posts, make sure you check out the behind-the-scenes of Jonathan Simkhai and Jenny Packham. Thanks again to Cristal from Beauty Goodies, I was able to witness my first Libertine show, whose driving force is Johnson Hartig. The brand is known for its graphic prints with an avant garde approach to old school classics. It was such a fun show, and backstage was really energetic but relaxed at the same time. Every detail, from the collection to the bright barrettes in the girls' hair to the eclectic nail embellishments, made a statement, literally (as you will see if you keep scrolling).
Makeup was by Too Cool for School. The only makeup the girls had was heavy eyeliner, glitter, and mascara, with nothing on the skin or lips. The inspiration stems from the girl who's out having fun and doesn't have to worry about her contour or makeup looking disheveled. It had a very '60s feeling, with everything else fresh and natural.

Hair was by Tigi, led by Thomas Osborn, who also did the hair for the Jonathan Simkhai show. He talked about the journey with each designer, and getting a feel for the collection about two weeks before each show. They will go into a hair test with a solid idea of what to do, and sometimes they'll nail it during the hair test, or will go through several different rounds before everyone, especially the designer, is happy with how the hair complements the collection and helps bring the vision to life.
The nails by CND were so incredibly unique and fashion forward. Each sculpted eye was handmade out of liquid and powder, with over 200 hours of workmanship. Every pupil was then accented by Swarovski crystals that are illuminated by the runway lights.

I absolutely loved this bright pink and orange coat and couldn't wait to see it on the runway!


Linda Fargo, senior vice president of the fashion office and the director of women's fashion and store presentation of Bergdorf's. She's created over 1,000 window displays!
Hope you guys enjoyed my backstage coverage of NYFW for FW 2016. I had a lot of fun and it gives me such a different perspective watching everyone work backstage to bring a designer's vision to life. This may sound cheesy, but during those 15 minutes you're really kind of transported and brought into the designer's world. You see colors, fabrics, and different lines of the clothing's construction that all work together to evoke a sense or feeling that can take you to a totally different place than the person sitting next to you, but that's what fashion is all about. It's meant to evoke a very personal feeling, because clothing is supposed to represent what you feel and who you are. It reminded me of why I've kept this blog going over the years, because it's my creative space to share a little bit of who I am through outfits and clothes, while keeping true to a consistent POV. So being able to be a tiny part of NYFW has been extremely gratifying and also humbling, and I have to thank Cristal from Beauty Goodies again for the opportunities! And finally, check out and follow my Instagram for more backstage moments.

Ok, tomorrow, it's back to regular snapshots! :)

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