Backstage beauty at Alexander Wang NYFW fall/winter 2013/2014: Eroded-nail trends & hooded eyes (not for the faint of heart!)

Feb 10 2013 by
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Hooded eyes and "eroded nails" backstage at Alexander Wang fall/winter 2013/2014. Photo by

It’s day three after my manicure, and let’s just say my nails are no longer looking as polished as I’d like. The good news? I’m right on trend, according to Jan Arnold, nail designer and co-founder of CND. “For today’s show, we used an ‘erosion’ technique,” she explains backstage at Alexander Wang. “The goal is to make the nails look a little weathered—like this is a girl who really lives life. I’m calling it the enigma trend.” To create the look, Arnold says they went for a monochromatic matte finish with a gradient of sandstone hues. The polish—Impossibly Plush—was applied to the nail with a fan brush. (The technique is to apply the polish from the side of the nail to the centre.) Next, she added Speedey Top Coat, and, when the nails were dry, she used the CND Glossing Buffer to remove the shine and give it that eroded finish. “The shape is androgynous because Alexander didn’t want it overly sexy or feminine. He wanted it to be functional. It also works well with the textures in the collection, in particular the brushed wools that look slightly worn.”

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Jan Arnold, nail queen and co-founder of CND backstage at Alexander Wang.

Hair guru Guido Palau created the posh, slicked-back ponies at Alexander Wang. “My two key ingredients are Redken Hardware Gel and Diamond Oil, which is a new product out this spring that creates high shine and is also an excellent de-frizzer," explains Paulau. "It’s our most glamorous product, I think.” Palau’s top tip? The trick to wrapping a section of hair around the wet pony is to first soak it in Redken 23 Hairspray. “Put a pin in it, and it will dry and set.  It’s very simple.”

Guido Palau backstage at Alexander Wang.

A coppery-cognac-hued extension was added to the pony to give the look a pop of colour. “Alexander loved the colour of Irina’s [Kravchenko] hair last season, and today he wanted that same colour to accent the clothes. I think the look reflects Alexander’s more stylized evolution. It just feels right; it feels more sophisticated now."

 "Cognac ponies" backstage at Alexander Wang.

Another famous redhead front row at Alexander Wang.

MAKEUP Don’t try this at home, girls. Diane Kendal’s grey eyes and contoured lids and cheeks aren’t flattering off the runway. “It’s quite specific for this show; it’s quite hard," explains Kendal. "Alexander wanted me to play with shadows; he wanted the eyes to look quite hooded.” Hey—given my sleep deprivation, I’m working that look already. The second confirmation that I’m right on trend—at least backstage at Alexander Wang.

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