New York Fashion Week Fall ’10. Backstage at Rebecca Taylor.

February 14, 2010 • New York Fashion Week Fall '10


Designer Rebecca Taylor doing interviews backstage

I hadn't yet been backstage for the Salon, the smallest of the Bryant Park tents, so I was excited to check out the space. Despite the smaller size of the actual tent, the backstage area was surprisingly spacious, with separate sections for hair, makeup, wardrobe, and then a nice little impromptu setup for interviews, complete with Rebecca Taylor backdrop. It was so cute!

Over in here, I met up again with my old friend Rudi Lewis of Cutler, who Lauren and I had spoke to the day before at ADAM. He was still cheerfully multi-tasking with several different products in his hands, but paused long enough to mention the look he was going for, for the show. He said the Rebecca Taylor fall '10 girl was an easy, downtown It girl. She could be a New Yorker, a Parisienne, or so he put it, the daughters of Jane Birkin. He wanted to evoke a feeling of tousled, sultry style, as if the girls had been out all week partying but still looked great. So each model's hair was blowdried and then sprayed with Cutler's Specialist Volumizing Spray. It was then back brushed under and sparyed with Redken Spray Starch before pressed with a flat iron. For the finishing touches, Lewis intentionally created patched of static-y flyaways around the crown with Redken Workforce, then pulled the out and poufed them up right before the girls went on the runway. What resulted was an bedhead look that was ultimately, effortlessly chic.

Lead stylist for Cutler Rudi Lewis sprays a models hair with Redken products




It often takes several people to do the job!


Just a small portion of the makeup set up at M.A.C.  

Over in M.A.C. makeup, the complementary look for Lewis' hair was alread well underway. I had the pleasure of speaking with lead artist Rie Omoto as she worked away with nimble fingers. She reiterated the essence of the Rebecca Taylor fall '10 girl as a confident, stylish one. She said this girl was often seen in New York, walking down the street with her feminine, yet tough style with a little rock n' roll. She echoed the sentiment of an effortless look, saying this girl doesn't try to hard to look good, she does it naturally. So Omoto chose to play up the eyes dramtaically, while leaving the rest of the face fairly neutral. She said she used M.A.C.'s Eye Pencil in Ebony to create a strong, thick line above the eye. The Studio Fix Lash mascara was applied to only the top lashed, to amp up the drama factor, and then the cheeks were dabbed with M.A.C.'s highlighting fluid, Contour. Omoto wanted to be sure to keep the lips neutral to play up the eyes, so she applied a clear lip balm and then dabbed M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation over that for a minimal lip that wasn't too matte. The resulting look was sultry and yet simple, and seemed very eas to achieve on one's own. In fact, some of the girls even chose to touch themselves up while they waited for Omoto's magic fingers!



Dabbing M.A.C.'s Countour on the cheeks


Some models prefer to do their own makeup!


Lead artist for M.A.C. Rie Omoto 


Got to sneak a peek at Rebecca one more time on the way out!

Photo Source: Second City Style
-Alia Rajput

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