Fashion Week Diaries

You've seen some of the amazing looks that we loved during the runway show front of stage and now take a sneak peek backstage as the models, hairstylists, makeup artists and designers prepare for the show.
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 15, 2010

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Model Chanel Iman waits to get her makeup look approved backstage at the Michael Kors Fall 2010 show.

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A model waits to get her makeup look checked by lead makeup artist Dick Page (for Shiseido) backstage at the Michael Kors Fall 2010 show.

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While model Chanel Iman patiently sat getting her makeup done backstage at the Michael Kors Fall 2010 show, I couldn’t help but to snap a quick picture of her big, voluminous ponytail.

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Loved this head band that Camilla Marie designed herself! A blinged out headband is always a great way to dress up any outfit.

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Getting my natural tresses touched up by hairstylist Zola (owner of the Z-Spot Salon in Brooklyn, NY).

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My second favorite was this super cute bobbed wig with bangs. What do you think?

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But the curly blonde haired wig was my favorite!

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The long, straight wig made me feel very chic.

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Or perhaps the long, voluminous dark look is for me?

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I’ve got a new attitude! This blonde wig felt extra light and fit perfectly.

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Here’s look #1: a long blonde wig with lots of volume. That’s the owner of Shuly Wigs styling the wig for me.

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Also at Myrdith’s beauty lounge? Shuly wigs! Here I am before I started to try on the looks.

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An attendee at the lounge searches for the perfect MINX pattern for her nails. The event, hosted by celebrity manicurist Myrdith Leon-McCormack, was held at the Melange Salon at the Peninsula Hotel in NY to raise money for Haiti.

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Celebrity hairstylist Dante Bladshaw of Warren-Tricomi Artist Management pauses for a quick buffing session at the M2M damoreJon manicure station.

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Former supermodel Pat Cleveland shows up to support her modeling daughter Anna van Ravenstein (who walked in the show). The mother daughter duo also strutted down the runway of the Fashion Relief For Haiti Fund show on Saturday night.

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A posterboard of the models wearing the various looks from the collection hangs backstage near the racks of clothing.

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A model showcases the finished hair and makeup look. “The girls are very trendy, very young,” makeup artist Stephane Marais (for MAC) said backstage about the look. “She’s a rebel. She has to stay elegant and chic but she wants to look fierce and dangerous.”

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A hairstylist for L’Oreal Professionnel straightens and slicks back the hair of a model.
“Zac wanted the girls to have a downtown girl look,” lead hairstylist Odile Gilbert said.

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A cute frock hanging backstage that I just couldn’t take my eyes off!

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Of all the great black models, one I’ve noticed missing from the runways would be supermodel Alek Wek. However, she returned to rock the runways for Zac Posen.
“I’m just trying to take it slow right now,” she said backstage. “I’ve been modeling for so long, so now I do it in moderation and work on other projects, which is great!”

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Former model turned television host Veronica Webb finds a corner to talk with America’s Next Top Model judge J. Alexander about the shows he’s excited to see this Fashion Week. At the top of his list? Zac Posen, of course!

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The backstage frenzy at ARISE minutes before the show is scheduled to start.

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Model Chanel Iman chats backstage with ESSENCE.COM managing editor Emil Wilbekin before changing into her first outfit for the show.

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Model Arlenis Sosa showcases the final hair and makeup look for the Deola Sagoe collection.

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Hairstylists braiding hair onto a model to create what lead hairstylist Danilo described as “a halo.” This look was used during the Loin Cloth & Ashes portion of the show.

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Lead hairstylist Danilo added in a bun of hair to the models in the Black Coffee Collection. “She’s a chic and uptown lady, but very modern,” he said about the hair look.

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Makeup artists had tons of IMAN cosmetics makeup on the ready to apply to the models.

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Makeup artist Unique London showcases one of the IMAN cosmetics palettes used backstage at the show.

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A model stands ready for a run through before the show.

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The seated crowd waiting patiently for the ARISE African Collective Part III show to begin.

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