ELLE Ed-in-Chief's fashion week diary: day 3
Andrea gets a Nars makeover and does some shopping in New York
I start the day right with a hot cup of peppermint tea and a yogurt parfait with fresh berries at Fabrick at my hotel, before heading out and braving the -13 degrees Celsius weather.
My only show of the day is Tanya Taylor. Backstage is buzzing, but I manage to catch Uzo, the lead makeup artist and Nars International Lead Makeup Stylist, as she puts the finishing touches on a model. The look is "a subtle, but modern palette comprised of luminous skin, muted eyes and rose pink lips" she say. I find out that the lip colour was almost a dark red berry, but in the end Taylor decided on a lighter colour to let the clothes shine.
For hair Bumble and Bumble does a simple low ponytail, fastened by a custom-made black leather cord made by the Tanya Taylor team. As for the manicure, by Morgan Taylor, the nails are painted a high-gloss black and topped off with a holographic spine motif inspired by aquatic skeletons.
At the show, there's a bit of commotion front row as Colbie Smulders, Abbie Cornish and Jamie Chung, wearing Tanya Taylor's SS15 collection, get the photographers in a frenzy with their collective gorgeousness.
The collection is partly marine-inspired, with holographic bubble-like paillettes and fishbones on dresses and skirts as well as aquatic motifs, but the standout pieces are the more urban, modern ones, like a camel coat with oversized white lapels and a detachable bottom, so it can be worn as a jacket, or the bold plaid top and skirt cinched in with a fluorescent apricot rope belt.
After the show, it is time to visit the original Nars boutique, on 413 Bleeker Street, but not before having lunch around the corner at Café Cluny. This is Nars founder Francois Nars's favourite café, and he never fails to eat here whenever he visits the Nars store. As I tuck into soup and grilled cauliflower salad, I see why this homey place is his favourite.
At the store, I'm treated to a Nars-style makeover, which is really just 50% skin and 50% makeup, that is simply used to enhance the natural features. I get to try the brand-new All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. The claim is that just one drop will give complete yet natural coverage. I don't believe it until I see it for myself, as the makeup artist applies the foundation with her fingers, another Nars technique, onto my face for flawless coverage, with some foundation to spare on her hand. Then, it's just some Contour Blush to slightly sculpt and sharpen my face, a sweep of Amour Blush on the cheeks, Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner, and Audacious lipstick in Kelly, a colour exclusive to this store, to finish the look. I'm amazed at how such subtle makeup makes such big-impact changes to my appearance. I can't wait to master this look and start wearing it every day.
After the store visit, I head to Soho for a spot of shopping, and spend more time than I should at a great multi-label store called Intermix, which has a great mix of emerging and established designers. I also walk away with two new pairs of shoes from New York shoe brand Sam Edelman.