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ALU at NYFW – Backstage at Thakoon

By on February 26, 2009
in CND, NY Fashion Week F/W 09
Backstage at Thakoon was a madhouse. We all played the hurry up and wait game to get our interviews in but it was worth it. The designer’s “it” factor has been on the rise after dressing the First Lady for the Democratic National Convention last year so it’s no wonder. His designs brought Anna Wintour, Nina Garcia and Amanda Peet down to the Meatpacking district to check out the line.

Of course, CND was on the scene with another fab custom tip design. We’re talking french-inspired moon manicures.

CND’s Wanda Ruiz told me that the look they were going for was “Late 30s, early 40s when ladies were very glamourous.” They brought the look up to date with a more three dimensional, architectural look using the deep black as contrast.

The base color is a custom blend CND is calling “Beige Kiss” with Voodoo hand painted on top. That’s right, I said hand painted. Instead of taking the easy way out with an airbrusher, Kristina Baune and Shelena Robinson spent 6-7 hours at the CND production suite to create all the tips.

Beige Kiss Recipe:
A little more than half a bottle of Romantique
A 1/8 of a bottle of Cocoa
A little less than a 1/8 of a bottle of Retro White
6 drops of Hot Pop Yellow

The makeup look was created by Diane Kendal for NARS. She was given the direction, “40s, 80s and a little bit rock n roll,” so her focus went straight to the eyes. Diane believes in the adage that you focus on one feature, eyes or lips, so for Thakoon it was all about the eyes.

Really strong eyebrows were paired with a soft, smudgy brown/black eye. Skin was left dewy (Sheer Glow foundation) with warm coral blush (Gilda) and muted, moisturized lips. No mascara. Strong yet soft and pretty.

Eugene Souleiman created the hair which was all sleek, smooth and shiny in the front, messily pulled up in the back. After creating a deep side part, the hair was gathered into low side pony. He then teased, twisted and pinned it low on the back of the head, roughing it up to give the look texture.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    that is so ugly (nails)

    what no more swatches on you? that is what i like about your blog, sigh

  2. Anonymous says:

    chanel did that last year, with all different colours

  3. CincyFan says:

    Anon#1 – I didn’t say there would be no more swatches. I went to fashion week and I’m sharing that with everyone. I’m sorry you aren’t enjoying it. There will be new swatches soon.

    Anon#2 – You’re probably thinking of Christian Dior from the summer of 2007 but it was done differently with softer colors.

  4. Anonymous says:

    idk why CND just wont mix these up themselves and sell them…is it really that difficult? i dont want to have to buy all these different colors to mix up one polish & have leftover np that i dont want. *sigh*
    thx for these pics tho, i think the manicure design is cool and edgy :)

    ps: this is ocelot1, but it tells me i cant do openid or name & url for some reason :/

  5. rachel says:

    i actually really like this, I feel a polish change coming up :)

    p.s. I’m so jealous of you getting to go to fashion week!

  6. Down Comforter says:

    I think the nails are kinda cool….for a runway :)