City Pulse

By Laura Werling

To wrap up fashion week I ventured away from the big stages of Lincoln Center and headed downtown to Grand Opening, where LES Runway was putting on a great selection of runway shows showcasing up and coming fashion designers of New York. Alexandra Taylor, designer, friend and our own fashion editor, presented her Spring/Summer 2012 Collection on the final night of Fashion Week, finishing the week with a bang. She presented a beautiful and chic collection inspired by the melting of Arctic glaciers; the stunning beauty of the landscape of the harsh glaciers juxtaposed against the organic flow of water. This was depicted beautifully in a digital print of an abstracted image of the interior of a glacier. The print was shown on a sophisticated cotton voile button-down top, tying together all the magical shades of blue in the collection.

The hair and makeup look for the show was created by TIGI Hair Care. The idea for the hair was an urban-luxe look; perfect imperfection. The hair was pulled back into a braid, than twisted into a low, side bun. The hair was deeply parted on the side, and was curled and brushed out to create a side swept, organic, and carefree look. Very sophisticated and elegant, yet young and relaxed. Products used included TIGI Catwalk Session Styling Cream for shape, and TIGI Catwalk Root Boost Spray for lift and volume.

The makeup was just right for the urban woman—clean, chic, and sexy, emphasizing the smoky eyes. TIGI Makeup evened out the skin of the face using Glammar Foundation Powder, and used Beadhead in Rose to highlight the cheeks. The lip was given some color using TIGI Makeup’s berry lipstick.

To say the least, Alexandra Taylor Collections wowed the audience with her unique understanding of the New York girl; creating smart and graceful looks that catch the attention of many. To see more by Alexandra Taylor, take a look at her website

Alexandra’s pieces and those of the other LES Runway designers are available at the LES Runway Pop-up store at Grand Opening. Grand Opening is turned into a boutique storefront by day where you can purchase select items straight off the runway. The Pop-Up store is opened Tues, Wed and Sun (12pm-7pm), Sat (12pm-6pm) at 139 Norfolk Street.

Originally published September 2011
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