NYFW Beauty Looks Recreated

We saw some beautiful looks on the runway this season and the lovely and ultra talented Anisa Tavangar recreated them for us on your fellow CU/BC classmates!

DSC00966Model: Krishana Raghubeer – Carolina Herrera inspired

DSC01017Model: Gabrielle Bullard – Jason Wu inspired

DSC01048Model: Talisa Ramos – Diane von Furstenberg inspired


DSC01093Model: Sylvia Korman – Victoria Beckham inspired


DSC01159Model: Alisha Bansal – Marc Jacobs inspired


DSC04037Model: Kira Tsougarakis – Cushnie et Ochs inspired

DSC01248Model: Aku Acquaye – Marc by Marc Jacobs inspired

Which look would you rock?


NYFW Fall 2015 // Lupe Gajardo


Birds and the homeless are seemingly unlikely influences for clothing, but Chilean designer Lupe Gajardo took these inspirations to a stylish, ready-to-wear level in her debut collection at New York Fashion Week. Dresses and jackets plumed with feathers in warm, autumn shades while worn-in burlap and patchwork denim took a structured form in pencil skirts and straight-leg trousers. According to Gajardo, the city streets acted as an additional muse, and the nods to street wear in the collection, from utilitarian fanny packs to effortlessly cool bomber jackets, are there to prove it.

By Ella Viscardi


NYFW Fall 2015 // PYER MOSS

NEW YORK (February 12, 2015) – New York-based men’s wear line Pyer Moss showcased its Autumn/Winter 2015 collection Thursday night in runway format during New York Fashion Week. The show took place at the Runway @ Venue 14 NYC, a new venue located at 353 West 14th Street.


The collection, designed by Kerby Jean-Raymond, was inspired by the movies School Daze and Cruel Intentions, featuring stoic colors and sharper, more tailored silhouettes. In a departure from the traditional Pyer Moss aesthetic, this season Jean-Raymond played with volume and shape, creating a collection where 70% of the pieces were draped instead of flat-patterned.



Key fabrications include hand dyed shearling, French terry, engineered stretch wool blends, black spacer fleece and viscose, while the Classic Leather Bomber and Biker jackets were updated in grey and blue camouflage. Custom shoes were created for the runway in a collaboration with GREATS.



By Andre’ Fuqua


Tadashi Shoji’s Fall 2015 show harmonizes his consistent expertise in creating effortless, feminine forms with motifs of avian and mechanical flight. The show features a variety of cocktail dresses, gowns, capes, coats, and skirts that incorporate these themes through the use of varied silhouettes, complex embroidery, striking appliqué, feathered fringe, and billowing tulle.


ONP_3879These elements create diversity between the garments and an ability to transition the pieces from breezy fall to biting winter. Over the course of the show, the color shifts from basic black and white, to metallic neutrals, to jewel tones that end the show on an energetic high. The transition from the first look to the last, moves between solid planes and sheer panels, creating a harmonious collection that speaks to a range of customer aesthetics.



ONP_3470Of all the looks, a floor length cape laid over a simple black gown perfectly weaves elements of hard and soft with metallic floral embroidery in geometric registers. This look’s uniquely ordered lines contrast the fluttering birdlike elements of many of the other gowns and reaffirm Shoji’s mastery in elevating classic silhouettes.



The beauty look also captures this balance. Firmly parted at the side and slicked down while the ends float with each step, the hair uses the hard edges of the manmade alongside gliding wings of natural flyers to add life to the looks. Placing pieces of gold glitter along the lash line paired with a natural pink lip, the makeup adds a metallic edge without detracted from the feminine softness of the collection.


By Anisa Tavangar // Image c/0 Style.com and Stylebistro.com


The fashion world left New York for Milan and now Paris (not that it really ever leaves) but we got a peek at some shows when bloggers, designers, and models were running amok for NYFW.  Sasha Henriques covers the art institute show below:


In a show that was sentimental and touching in the best way possible, Art Institute students’ collections brilliantly showcased their strong personal aesthetics rather than catering to the trends of the season.

The excitement was definitely palpable in the Main Tent at Lincoln Center. The theater, which held about 400 people, was packed with students, parents, and administrators alike, and was furnished with a sleek white runway that wrapped around a middle row of seats.

Twelve students and alumni from various Art Institutes around the country competed and were chosen to present their six-look collections—and the designers’ aesthetics couldn’t be more different. From evening gowns to sporty menswear, motorcycle chic to “multi-media assemblages,” according to final K-pop-ragdoll-inspired designer Zong Peng, the show was incredibly dynamic.

The beginning of the runway presentation was more than just inspiring—the first designer’s first look was worn by a model who has spent the last three years recovering from a debilitating disease that left her paralyzed. The model, accompanied by the use of a walker, attempted to traverse the entire runway. The struggle was tangible, and by the end of her journey the audience stood and applauded wildly. And with that touching moment, the show began.


IMG_4776Jamaree Eimmanassakul of Vancouver presented womenswear that was highly structured; she dabbled only in black, white, and gray, but her clothing managed to remain feminine and totally wearable, even with her play on the men’s tuxedo. Her last look, a studded “matador” suit, was a stunner.

Romina Vairo of Pittsburgh had a collection that was perfect for the recent weather—her knits looked warm and soft, and she played with fluid draping and soft silhouettes. She experimented beautifully with new materials and textures in unconventional ways, such as the holographic plastic she featured in her fourth and fifth looks. A particular favorite was her knitted gray cocoon-style dress—honestly the most comfortable-looking knit I’ve seen in a while.

IMG_4748The runway presentation kicked it up a notch with Alexa Dibiaso, an alum of the Houston school. Her collection brought some much-needed edge—deep blacks and a play on soft and hard with leather, chiffon, and crocheted accessories. Her looks were particularly daring and fresh.


Jesus Romero of San Francisco showed the audience some Golden Age glamour with his flowing, evening-gown-inspired looks. His strongest look included silky black high-waisted palazzo pants paired with a white satin blouse with billowing sleeves and a long train—the epitome of sophistication.




The strongest collection was presented by Daniela Ramirez of San Francisco. Not only was it en pointe trend-wise, with her sleek use of harem pants and geometric silhouettes, but her color palette—soft nude, oxblood, and black—was wearable and contemporary.

The closing collection, presented by Zong Peng, was one of the most visually strikingly I’ve ever seen. Drawing inspiration from K-pop, primary colors, and the freedoms of childhood, Peng’s three-dimensional pieces were incredibly creative and super strange. I can’t say any of them were wearable in the least, but they certainly ended the show with a yarn-filled bang.


A Make Up For Ever Holiday | The Classic

You can never go wrong with a classic red-lip and some twinkle in the eyes for a holiday look.  Tutorial by Anisa Tavangar using the Make Up Forever Studio Case. Check out the review she did here if you haven’t already!


Pack 516 onto the eyelid, keeping the color below the crease.


With a larger brush (or your finger), sweep 530 across the brow bone to lift the eyes without going overboard with the shimmer.


Lightly dust 122 onto the inner corner of the eyes. Tap excess shadow off your brush before applying to avoid too harsh of a highlight.


On a thin angled brush, line the outer half of the upper lash line with The gunmetal shadow will help to define the eyes while serving as a festive metallic twist.


Contour, bronze, blush, highlight— do whatever you are comfortable with to complete your face. Opt for a red-toned blush to coordinate with the lips.


Apply a matte red lipstick.

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Check out the other looks herehere, and here!


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A Make Up For Ever Holiday | Green Flashes


Want to stand out from the holiday reds and sequined festive looks? Flash those flirty lashes and a pop of gorgeous green eyeliner with this look! Tutorial by Anisa Tavangar using the Make Up Forever Studio Case. Check out the review she did here if you haven’t already!

Brush 544 over the eyelid and a little into the crease. The base of this look should stay simple in anticipation for the bring wing to come.


Lift the eye by sweeping 516 onto the brow bone.


Take your favorite black liquid or gel eyeliner and draw on winged liner. Do not be afraid to make your line a little thicker and wing a littler longer than usual— this look is supposed to be bold!


With a thin angled brush, carefully pat 236 over the black line created in the previous step. The black base will help the green stand out.

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Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with 516.


Curl the lashes and apply your favorite mascara.


Contour, bronze, blush, highlight— do whatever you are comfortable with to complete your face.


Apply a matte natural color to your lip, avoiding anything that might outshine the eyes.

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Check out the other looks herehere, and here!


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A Make Up For Ever Holiday | A Kiss of Warmth


With the weather a bit colder outside, warm up your face with this neutral yet oh-so-sexy look. Tutorial by Anisa Tavangar using the Make Up Forever Studio Case. Check out the review she did here if you haven’t already!


Place 828 onto the outer and inner corners of the eye. Make sure to leave the center of the lids free of this shadow.

Pack 826 onto the center of the lids and carefully blend the outer edges of the look and lightly blend the edges between 828 and 826, making sure to leave a distinction between the shades.


Brush 826 along the lower lash line for some added definition.


Use 530 along the brow bone to lift the eyes and clean up any dark shadow that made its way too far up the crease.


Create the appearance of thicker lashes by lining the eyes with Artist Liner in M-10.


Curl the lashes and apply your favorite mascara.


Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with 122 to bring light to this dark look.


Bronze and blush the face, mimicking the warmth of the eyes.


Apply a subtle nude lipstick to keep the focus on the eyes.

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Check out the other looks here and here!



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A Make Up For Ever Holiday | Wine Lips and Sultry Eyes

If you are looking to bring some drama to that holiday or New Year’s party, go bold on the eyes and the lips. It’s not overkill if you can strike that perfect balance. Anisa shows us how to create this look with deep burgundy hues using the Make Up For Ever Studio Case. Read the review she did here!


Cover the eye area— from lash line to brow bone— with 530 to act as a base, making blending shadows easier in the coming steps. Sweep 524 onto the eyelid. A light color like this on the lid helps to open the eyes in a dark eye look. 


Line the waterline and lower lash line with the Artist Liner in M-10.


Before the liner has time to set, blend it out with 100 and 826. Focus 100 on the outer half of the lower lash line and 826 at the center.DSC_0049

Define the crease and outer corner of the eyelid with 826 to balance some of the darkness created on the lower lash line.

DSC_0056Curl the lashes and apply your favorite mascara.


Skip blush and lightly contour and highlight the face instead to match the intensity of the eyes.


Apply a dark plum lip liner and lipstick.




Check out the other looks here, here, and here!


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A Make Up For Ever Holiday | A Review

The folks over at Make Up For Ever certainly know beauty. Iconic products with cult followings make up most of their product line so it is no wonder that they came up with some amazing holiday 2014 sets. One of these sets, the Studio Case ($59.50), includes twelve shadows from the brand’s new Artist Shadow line and a full sized Artist Liner in black.


The pros:

  • Finding a palette with a good mix of shades is not easy. A lot of products have too many neutrals, too many darks, or too many bright colors but with the Studio Case, you will get a little bit of everything.
  • When buying individual eyeshadows, sticking to your comfort zone is the easiest choice but this sometimes means owning ten of the same shade by accident. Unconventional shades like a beautiful cranberry (D-826) expand your eyeshadow collection and the number of looks you can do.
  • The full sized Artist Liner is a major perk. For liner lovers like myself, this eyeliner is smooth, very black, and does not budge. If eyeliner rarely makes it into your looks, owning a black like this is a great way to branch out and this particular one can be easily blended to look less harsh.
  • The shadow formula is really wonderful. The colors are pigmented, smooth, and blend easily. Even if the palette does not seem like something you would buy, the other shades in the range are taking a look at the next time you find yourself in a Sephora.


The cons:

  • There is a serious lack of mattes and the one matte shadow is a base color and is too light for defining. Sure, there are metallic, duochrome, shimmer, and iridescent formulas but those are all just variations of “not matte”.  These “not matte” shadows are great for the holiday season when the emphasis is on glitter everything but less practical for year-round use and creating defined looks for the daytime.
  • The size of the shadows in the palette should also be considered before purchase. Full sized Artist Shadows come with 0.07oz of product but this palette’s pans hold only 0.024oz of product. If you don’t normally wear eyeshadow this will not be a problem but be warned, if you purchase the palette and fall in love with a particular shade, you will run out of it very quickly.
  • While the idea of a sturdy outer box is nice and looks great as a gift, it is not practical. A lot of unnecessary space around each shadow means that the box is much bigger than it needs to be. The palette isn’t great for travel because of this but at least there is a decent sized mirror.



first row

First Row: M-530, ME-122, D-236, I-524

second row

Second Row: S-516, ME-108, D-926, D-826

third row
Third Row: I-544, M-100, I-218, ME-828



Check out four looks you can whip up for any festivity using this palette (click on the images for the respective tutorials to come!) Let us know which one you’d rock this season. C

Wine Lips and Sultry Eyes



Classic Holiday

Warm & Smoky



A Flash of Green



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If you hadn’t heard, HOOT is doing a Stoop Swap today! Come to the Barnard Quad from 3-5pm to swap and sell anything you desire. There will be cotton candy, music, and lots of fashion! See you there.