Our New York Fashion Week runway beauty awards

Our New York Fashion Week Runway Beauty Awards
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Our New York Fashion Week runway beauty awards

Longest Braid Ever Seen on a Runway: Mara Hoffman

Can we officially kill the braid trend? It simply cannot be improved upon after this. Catwalk by Tigi creative director Nick Irwin made two French braids on each side of the head, and had them meet in the middle. He added loooooong braided extensions, then wrapped a woven belt around them at the nape of the neck.

Best Feather Hair Extension Redux: Marchesa

One of my most hated hair trends ever, the feather hair extension, turned suddenly chic in the hands of Odile Gilbert at Marchesa. I thought we left it back in 2011 where it belongs, but I’m rethinking it now after seeing the gothic version. Gilbert glued ostrich feathers in the hair and used Kerastase’s Laque Dentelle hair spray to hold it all in place

Best Ugly Beauty: Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs loves uniformity and likes to use wigs in his shows. Guido made these to look like the girls chopped their own hair and couldn’t be bothered to touch up their roots. Francois Nars said the makeup was supposed to look “unhealthy,” with no blush or lipstick–just a slash of blue eyeliner. The nail color is one that Jacobs and Sephora whipped up specifically for the show, called “Bark!” (Yes, there’s an exclamation point.) Manicurist Marian Newman said the manis were supposed to look “wrong.” The dark brown color was topped off with jet crystals on the tip. The overall effect? The coolest girl at NYFW.

Lipstick We Went Home and Tried Right Away: Prabal Gurung

Charlotte Tilbury did bright pink and lavender lips at Prabal Gurung, in addition to neon orange. The color was appealing in a very Star Trek way. When I got home I actually tried it, mixing a bright pink lipstick MAC lipstick I had laying around with tons of lavender eye shadow. I loved it–but didn’t want to wear it outside the house because I was too afraid people would think I was baiting street style photographers.

Best Giant Cornrow: Oscar de la Renta:

Orlando Pita described this braid as a “giant cornrow” and I still can’t stop thinking about it. To top off its perfection, Pita stuck a giant flower brooch into 

Best Frida Kahlo: Tie between Rebecca Minkoff and Naeem Khan

Both designers were inspired by Kahlo for spring, but sadly they chose the braids and not the eyebrows. I’d really like to see a full caterpillar brow on the runway. Sally Hershberger, with the help of some extensions, was responible for Frida at Naeem Khan, and Jeannie Syfu at Tresemme channeled her at Rebecca Minkoff. Que bonita!

Best Post-Sex Hair: Michael Kors

Orlando Pita said he wanted the girls to look like they just “had a romp” and threw their hair up afterwards–it’s just held with pins haphazardly stuck in there. To complete the look, the models wore makeup from Michael Kors’ new makeup line–FYI the bronzer palette is ENORMOUS. You’ll never run out. Because a Kors girl must always look bronze, flushed and sporty.

Best Pat McGrath Homage: Vera Wang

Bumble and bumble stylist Jimmy Paul wanted a gym-inspired look, using headbands and tucking the girls’ ponytails inside. But I can’t help thinking of famous makeup artist Pat McGrath, whose headbands are her signature.

Best Neck Makeup: Maki Oh

You don’t see neck makeup everyday on the runways, that’s for sure. Temptu makeup artist James Vincent airbrushed darker colors on the models’ neck to symbolize the strength and power of the African Shea tree.

Best Rich Boho Look: Donna Karan

The look at Donna this season was perfection. There was a 70s boho vibe, except think rich boho, someone who has access to really good products and sort of looks like Gwyneth Paltrow. Eugene Souleiman wanted hair that was in “premium” condition. Charlotte Tilbury used a variety of desert-hued MAC products for one of the prettiest, most wearable faces I saw all season.

Best Nail Art that Looks Like a Comb: Rodarte

Tracylee mixed two new Sally Hansen shades (Clay and Cinnamon, to debut spring 2014) and used a makeup sponge to blend, for this clever tortoiseshell nail art design.

Best Game of Thrones Hair: Anna Sui:

The words “Pre-Raphaelite” and “Coachella” have been thrown around by critics describing the hair at Anna Sui’s show. I only see Daenerys.


New York fashion week is over, but before we bid it adieu to say "Cheerio!" to London, there were a lot of beauty moments worth noting. I already pointed out some of the trends that emerged (neon orange lips, jewelry inspired looks, and even greasy hair) but there were many one-off looks that deserve some attention, too.

Since everyone loves an awards show, I decided to bestow all the most notable looks with completely made up awards. From "Best Neck Makeup" to "Best Giant Cornrow," no detail was left unrewarded. Click through to see the most original and innovative beauty from the spring 2013 shows.

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