On Monday, Examiner.com was on the scene for Stacey Bendet's Alice + Olivia Fall 2013 presentation at the Highline Stages. We began our day backstage where we spoke with the Sarah Lucero who curated the make-up for Stila Cosmetics. Sarah created a “romantic Renaissance” look with gold-leaf eyes and juicy, vampy oxblood lips.
Q: What was the inspiration for the look?
Sarah Lucero: The inspiration for the beauty is romantic Renaissance makeup. A lot of gold leafing is happening on the eyes. So you can create any gold shimmer eye shadow. Dampen your brush first and paint it on almost like an eye mousse. That’s making this stand out extremely strong and sexy. Then the lip is a very beautiful dark merlot vinyl. Stila has a great new lip product coming out for fall, but what you can do now is get a really dark lip color, maybe like an oxblood red. Everyone’s been playing with red lipsticks for a few seasons. Now take a black cherry lip glaze, something that looks like glass, but kind of a purple wine stain color and layer over it. And then against gorgeous buttery-looking skin, Stila Beauty Balm is one of my favorite products.
Q: Do you have any tips for making a dark lip last?
Sarah Lucero: My favorite tip to make your dark lip last is to use a lip brush to apply it. So, really embed that lip color or lipstick or gloss as you would a stain by using a good lip brush. I like the Stila when it’s flat, it’s beveled, so it’s pushing it in versus just a top coat layer. It’s like it’s really getting at something in there. It’s like priming it to last. And don’t apply too much gloss at the lip line, otherwise it could bleed. And also don’t just use a Vaseline or something that’s gonna break it down and be too greasy. Really invest in a great prestige beauty lip gloss that’s going to stay in place. It feels almost tacky, but you need it to hold. Otherwise if you use a Vaseline, or even an 8-hour cream (which I use all over everything else), but on this type of lip, it would make it too sheer.
Get the Look:
· Complexion: Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer
· Lips: Stila Stay All Day Lip Vinyl Gloss in Merlot, a fall 2013 launch (but get the look now with Long Wear Lip Color in Daring)
· Finishing Touch: Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Brow Color
MoroccanOil helped style the models' hair for the presentation and NCLA designed the nails. They customized plaid nail strips for this presentation. Next we headed into the presentation, which is always a fun cocktail party. Sugar and Plumm, NYC's famed bistro, bakery and chocolatier, provided custom-made, red and black, plaid cake pops. Celebrity pastry chef Pichet Ong created the cake pops using inspiration from the designer's collection which featured street style plaid and fantasy accents. Guests also enjoyed Chandon and Polar Seltzer. We loved the new vanilla and orange flavor. mophie also had a stand at the presentation where guests could charge their cell phones.
Soon the celebrities started arriving! Katharine McPhee, AnnaSophia Robb, Victoria Justice, Vanessa Hudgens, Figure skater Johnny Weir, Julie Henderson, Zoe Lister Jones, Maggie Grace, Nichole Galicia, Michael Eisner, DJ Chelsea Leyland, Angela Simmons, Sarah Ramos, Ellen Wong, Catt Sadler, and Sarah Ramos were all in attendance. We spoke with Victoria Justice on the red carpet. Check out what she had to say about her first official New York Fashion Week:
Q: Are you having fun at fashion week?
Victoria Justice: It’s been fantastic. I feel like this is every girl’s dream, so I feel very lucky to be here.
Q: And what do you love about New York?
Victoria Justice: I love the energy. I love how there’s so many people out and about, all the great shopping, all the great restaurants. Just has a great vibe.
Q: What upcoming projects can you share with us?
Victoria Justice: I am currently working on my own album, so I’m writing lots of music for that. Getting ready to release my own single separate from VICTORiOUS or Nickelodeon, so that’s cool. And I’m going on my own headlining tour this summer.
Q: What’s the sound for the album?
Victoria Justice: It’s gonna fall into the genre of pop, but as far as the sound, right now it’s kinda sounding a little bit ‘80s - has a throwback vibe.
"This collection is fantasy street style...It's making the ordinary extraordinary," Bendet told Newsday. You can check out our favorite looks from the collection in the slideshow.