As much as I love to watch the shows of New York Fashion Week – I can’t help but want to break out in a North West-esque tantrum because I want it all, RIGHT NOW! I mean, having to wait for months until the collection becomes retail ready just isn’t something I want to accept all the time – and this time the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter collection is no exception. A runway show draped in powerful femininity and hints of urban warrior chic from head to toe dominated the runway and I got the chance to see it all form together backstage.
Show preparation begins with hair/makeup and nails and thanks to SheaMoisture, I got up close and personal with the hair team behind the sleek styles that rocked the runway. China/bantu top knots styled by lead stylist Bok-Hee and the Shea Moisture team were achieved using SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smoothing cream, Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Soufflé and High Shine Glosser to create sleek and fierce styles for a collection of models from across the world.
Once ready to go – the models sashayed down the runway in frocks filled with patterns of Maasai reds, Ebony blacks and Cassava whites. A collection inspired by the the evolution of heritage and how it has shaped today’s modern woman. Check out my favorite (lust-worthy) looks from the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter 2015 collection below.
Tracy Reese – Mod Floral Lace Multi Faceted Coat
Tracy Reese – Cassava Studded Patent Coat and Zip Front Skirt
Tracy Reese – Cassava Luxe Poncho with Chic Trouser and Black Turtleneck
Tracy Reese – Cassava Patent Moto Jacket / Stretch Cady Embellished Shell and Modular Culotte
Tracy Reese – Maasai Red/Ebony Abstract Fringe Poncho w/ Ebony Patent Halter Dress
Tracy Reese – Studded Ebony Patent Coat and Zip Dress
Tracy Reese – Maasai Red Flared Sweater Dress and Zip Off Cardigan
Tracy Reese – Animal Spot Trench w/ Black Cavalry Twill Combo Dress and Oatmeal Turtleneck
Tracy Reese – Neutral Multi Faceted Coat w/ Black Cavalry Twill Zip Skirt and Oatmeal Turtleneck
Tracy Reese – Modular Plaid Coat w/ Bright Navy Turtleneck and Sweet Potato Cavalry Twill Gaucho
Tracy Reese – Navy Grid Jacquard Peabody Jacket
Tracy Reese – Black/Blue Gradient Fur Hemmed Vest w/ Ebony Turtleneck & Skirt
The air is crisp and atmosphere is definitely changing which means its time to put Fall beauty tips into action. There’s something very distinct about Fall skin care from using different moisturizers, altering lip colors and a whole lot more. During New York Fashion Week, I caught up with celebrity makeup artist Renny Vasquez and SheaMoisture to talk Fall beauty trends, favorite products, easy day-to-night makeup looks in five minutes or less and how to make the most out of the makeup you already have.
How can you achieve a great beauty look for for in five minutes or less?
I would say Wet Dry powder from SheaMoisture is amazing for that. You can use it as three different products! You can use it wet as a foundation, dry as a powder to set the foundation or if you get one that’s 2-3 shades warmer you can use it as a bronzer. It’s all about having products that you can transition and use all over. You can use a bronzy color on an eyelid as well as a blush.
PRO TIP: Worried about eye liner smudging and wearing off? Use a black gel eyeliner (like Renny’s favorite Black gel 77 by Inglot) that sticks to the skin and stays put from day to night.
How to properly mask dark spots and under eye circles.
Use foundation from your favorite line, that same line will have various pallets a few (2-3) shades lighter that you can also use as a concealer. Since the product consistency is essentially the same you won’t have to worry about inconsistent textures and it will blend in seamlessly.
(PRO TIP: Avoid using a different concealer/foundation combinations on your face. The camera flash will expose the different textures and you’ll see a dramatic difference in the spots covered on your face.)
BONUS: To get more out of your concealer and create amazing highlights use that concealer all over! Put it down the bridge of your nose, on your forehead, a little bit on your chin and a dab on your cupids bow (above your top lip) to create amazing highlights.
Fall Beauty (Tips and Biggest Trend)
“I think for the fall its going to be all about heavy around the eyes and nude lips! That’s the trend right now!”
To achieve the flawless fall look, Renny suggests that you emphasize the eye in a simple way. Get the perfect nude eye look by applying false lashes, heavy eye liner (cat eye anyone?) but leave the eye shadow alone. Accompany the look with a nice nude lip and you’re all set for a warm Fall beauty look.
What fall beauty trends are you looking forward to experimenting in this season? Plan on playing in a nude lip or a vampy deep pop of color? Share your favorite fall beauty tips, trends and ideas below.
On Monday, September 8th Korto Momolu showcased her phenomenal designs during her New York Fashion Week spring show presented by SheaMoisture. Filled with a variety of textures, pastels and dynamic structures, the Project Runway All-Star accessorized the beautiful line with the definitive structured pieces of one of my favorite jewelry designers Darrell Roach Jewelry.
Thanks to the great folks at SheaMoisture, I got the details on the hair and makeup looks by celebrity makeup artist Renny Vasquez. Rich hues on the lips was the look for all using the SheaMoisture Lip Crayon in Roberta and lip gloss in Rosie for shine and deeper color.
The Darrell Roach designs that graced the models were made of lucite, copper and were an great addition to the designs that stole the show.
Inspired by her African roots, Liberian-born fashion designer and stylist Korto Momolu (pronounced Cut • Toe – Mo • Mo • Lu) is stamping her global brand on fashion forward women’s wear and accessories that celebrate the essence of her rich heritage through the use of traditional, luxury fabrics; skins; mixed prints, etc.
This beautiful dress was lined with brilliant pop of cobalt blue and that Darrell Roach designed neck peice is a great touch!
The embellished, structured shorts were quite a hit with the front row fashionistas
Flowy, chiffon gowns were also a huge hit on the runway. This beautiful gown is something I’d definitely love to wear.
Pops of tangerine in a shift dress with fishnet accessories kicked off the runway show
This floor length chiffon dress in cream definitely was a highlight of the show, especially paired with Darrell Roach necklace.
Nudes and neons is still high on the Spring/Summer trend for next year, I love how Korto Momlu paired the two colors in this ready-to-wear piece.
Glitz and glam was on the menu with this Korto Momlu sequins-embellished piece
I even got a chance to rock my favorite Darrell Roach designed jewelry piece (my ring) that I got back in 2008 in Charlotte, NC.
As the Korto Momolu brand expands, so do her accomplishments and opportunities to include designing for Miss Universe (Leila Lopes) and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; creating an accessory line for Dillard’s Incorporated department stores; producing an eco-friendly jewelry line for the Smithsonian museum stores; designing the uniforms for the Walton Family Museum (Crystal Bridges); serving as the Cheerios’ ambassador for the Shoprite Partners in Caring “Knock Out Hunger” campaign; and contributing her time and talents to countless charitable and philanthropic endeavors. Highlighted in the ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ in New York City this season, Korto has been featured in many international and national publications and has appeared on numerous television shows, including two seasons of Project Runway AllStars.
What do you think about the collection? The jewelry? Share your thoughts on your favorite looks below.
Photos by Getty Images/ By: Brian Killian